T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Hopkins Golf: Personalized, custom wedges to suit your style
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Friday, November 01, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.
You've probably noticed a fun trend in golf these days with manufacturers going out of there way to make your clubs more personal.
It's not just about custom-fit clubs anymore. Now, you can have your clubs personalized. Many golf companies are taking personalization to a new level and Hopkins Golf is a leader in the clubhouse to that end.
First off, you might be asking: What is Hopkins Golf?
Started by Greg Hopkins, who previously spent 16 years as the CEO of Cleveland/Srixon Golf before resigning in 2012, Hopkins Golf opened its doors in June of 2013.
Hopkins -- who knows a thing or two about great wedges -- had one goal in mind: bring the Tour-level wedge personalization to the masses.
Now, with Hopkins Golf, not only can you purchase a Tour-level wedge with Tour-level personalization -- you also don't have to break the bank in the process.
In the words of Hopkins, "It's like having your own Tour van."
The Hopkins Golf website features an easy-to-use tool that gives you a number of options to personalize your wedge or set of wedges. Everything from stamped icons to engraved initials to selecting the color paint fill you want used on the stamping and engraving.
The base price of a single Hopkins Golf wedge is $99.99 without personalization. Prices vary depending on the level of personalization you desire. For instance, if you'd like custom colors in paint fill, add an additional $15 per club. For engraving or stamping, add an additional $30 per club. All of that sets a price point right around the average cost of other Tour-level wedges on the market.
You can also choose from a variety of grips, shafts and even ferrule colors (that little piece near the bottom of your club where the shaft meets the top of the hosel).
All Hopkins wedges are made the same way for you as they are for the company's Tour players (it's currently the No. 3 wedge used on the Champions Tour). Features include the following:
- 8620 Carbon Steel, unchromed, for great feel and rusting purposes.
- Grooves that have maximum USGA dimensions for increased spin.
- Face milled pattern with maximum surface roughness for maximum spin.
- Stock wedges include Lamkin Crossline grips.
- Stock wedges include Hopkins Golf OTM (On The Money) steel shafts.
- Six different custom grinds.
- Custom personalization including engraving, stamping and custom colors.
The turnaround time for customized Hopkins Golf wedges is almost as impressive as the wedges themselves. From the time you place your order to the time the wedges arrive at your doorstep is typically less than seven days.
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