Bob was born in Canada in 1939. His father, Walter, was a precision tool and die maker, an avid golfer and constant tinkerer of golf equipment. Bob did not necessarily share his father's passion for golf as a child, but he observed and assisted in his father's club creations.
Bob, at 25 left Montreal for the United States and settled in Carlsbad, California. Despite his earlier feelings toward golf, he became smitten with the game and wanted to become involved in some way. He lived near a golf course, and started to play competitively, eventually developing his father's passion for "tinkering" with golf clubs.
"I played golf, but realized my talent was only going to take me so far," said Vokey.
Much of Bob's research and development takes place around the driving ranges, practice greens, and bunkers of the PGA Tour, where he works closely with professionals to better understand exactly what they need in terms of design and, most importantly, feel. "I have always said since the day I arrived at Titleist, that I have the best R&D facility in the world - The Professional Tours.
Vokey Design wedges have been the overwhelming favorite among Tour players since 2004, with close to 40 percent of all sand, lob, and approach wedges in play each week. While the PGA Tour is the ultimate proving ground, Bob always has the amateur golfer in mind when he goes to his design table. His philosophy has resonated in the marketplace where Vokey Design wedges are best-sellers with golfers of all skill levels.
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