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In-depth: 2012 TaylorMade ATV Wedges

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Recently TaylorMade Golf invited GolfWRX to Bandon Dunes for the launch of the TaylorMade ATV Wedge.  Dubbed ‘The TaylorMade Short Game Experience,” it truly was that. Featuring a Short Game Clinic with the legendary Jim Flick, a round at the brand new (and not yet open to the public) 13-hole Par 3 course called ‘The Preserve’ and topped off with a round at Bandon Trails, it didn’t disappoint. Getting to Bandon Dunes is not easy, but the decision to go certainly was.

We had the opportunity to try 360 Tour ATV shoes, PENTA TP5 balls, Ghost Manta putter and a set of ATV Wedges at one of the premier golf resorts in the US. The ATV in ATV Wedge stands for All-Terrain Versatility, and if you want to put it to the test, Bandon Dunes is the place.  Down time on arrival day allowed some playing time at Shorty’s, a small Par 3 course adjacent to the practice range.  You may think the a wide-soled wedge and a tight lie don’t mix, but the ATV performed beautifully. Shorty’s has the tightest lies this side of your kitchen floor.  Surprising and impressive.

The next day was a short game clinic with the Mr. Jim Flick. Jim taught us how to hit all the shots and the crew TaylorMade showed us why we could.  Don’t be fooled.  Thanks to the concave sole (lack of camber) and ‘ski-like’ leading edge, the ATV can handle it. Dubbed the ‘Wonder Wedge’ in early prototyping due to performance, this ATV is not a one trick (or even two trick) pony.  From sand, the wider sole seems to provide added forgiveness and ‘float’ through.  I found you don’t need to open it up quite as much as you think. The club head will glide a bit, providing extra forgiveness.

There’s plenty of versatility in the ATV wedge, but what you won’t find is a bounce number. “We don’t put bounce on this wedge for a reason,” said TaylorMade’s Brian Bazzel, Manager, Iron, Wedge & Putter, Product Creation. “There’s different bounces on different parts of the sole, and those different bounces are used to hit all these different shots.”

The video illustrates some of the uses of the ATV Wedge and includes plenty of tech talk.  It’s a short portion of the clip, but be sure to check out the proper use of a C-Grind for a shot off a fairly tight lie.  You would not think a wide sole wedge could do this, but  the ATV can. Of course, all this is great, but the true test is on course.  Bandon Trails, especially first time seeing it, is a pretty tough track.  I went with KBS Stiff in 50*, 54* and 58* lofts and the TaylorMade ATV Wedges performed well from all lies, all day.

As a rule, I dislike putters with insert, but I can’t discount the performance of the Manta putter and PENTA TP5 Ball.  Three birdies on a tough, unfamiliar layout is not typical for me.

My last full shot of the day was a 90-yard ATV sand wedge uphill approach to about 15 feet setting up my last birdie of the day.  A great ending to a great experience.

CLICK HERE TO DISCUSS THE TAYLORMADE ATV WEDGES IN THE FORUMS

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  1. Faustina Borgert

    May 31, 2013 at 1:41 am

    The term “ATV” was originally coined to refer to non-straddle ridden six-wheeled amphibious ATVs such as the Jiger produced by the Jiger Corporation, the Amphicat produced by Mobility Unlimited Inc, and the Terra Tiger produced by the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company in the mid 1960s and early 1970s. ;:'”

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  2. dc

    Mar 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I just got a set of these puppies and am starting to try them out. The first sand shot I hit with the 56 was sculled over the green. It seemed that the effective bounce with the face open was much more than I am used to.I guess I will have a bit of a learning curve with these, maybe don’t open up the face as much (which is a mixed bag–probably more forgiving, but less loft). Also I am a bit worried about hitting shots from tight lies with these wedges. They set up nicely and I like the shafts a lot, so hopefully I can figure these out.

    • triedntrue

      Oct 31, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      I had the same effect when I played with these clubs too. Could you tell me if you ever figured out how to compensate on bunker shots and tight lies?

  3. blando12

    Jun 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    ive hit the wedges and they perform better than any other wedge ive used. so ive ordered mine a week ago and just playing the waiting game now. ready to get the vokeys out of my bag

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  5. Jason

    May 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Nice article and vid. Thanks for posting!

  6. gticlay

    Apr 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Hey Hipcheck – very jealous of both the wedges you got, AND that trip!! Wish I went too.

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Golf Avenue Find of the Day: Nike T60 fairway wood

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At GolfWRX, we have partnered with Golf Avenue to offer our readers additional value on trade-ins, as well as discounts on used clubs, because if there is anything golf gear heads love, it’s tinkering and testing—both new and old equipment.

Golf Avenue is one of the largest online retailers for used clubs, and with that, there are lots of great deals, and fun clubs to be found, and since we like gear just as much as you—we’re doing some digging for you.

The find of the day – Nike T60 5 Wood

The key feature of the T60 fairways wood is a 60-gram tungsten plug on the sole to lower the center of gravity, increase launch, and boost forgiveness. This particular club has outstanding project potential since the head is in great shape, and it is currently shafted with a stock Nike “ladies” flex.

You can find this club for purchase now at Golf Avenue: Nike T60 Fairway Wood.

Be sure to use the link: GolfWRX.com/GolfAvenue to find out more details of our partnership!

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Bettinardi unveils limited-run BB1-Wide “Totally 80’s” putter

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Bettinardi has unveiled its third limited-run putter of 2020: the BB1-Wide “Totally 80’s” putter.

The flat-stick, of which there are just 300 pieces worldwide, is milled to 362 grams from 303 Stainless Steel and features original Honeycomb face milling and a multi-color 6061 Aluminum pocket insert for an 80’s feel.

 

The BB1-Wide “Totally 80’s” putter contains a Tour Blast finish and features a “Betti Boombox” engraved along the sole, geometric shapes on the heel of the face, and “Bettinardi” along the inner neck

The putter is hand-painted in a hot pink, blue, orange, and white color scheme, and comes paired with a custom matching Lamkin SINK Fit grip and Made in USA headcover.

Putter Specs:

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  • Face Milling: Original Honeycomb
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  • Weight: 362 Grams Qty:
  • 300 Pieces Worldwide

The new limited-run putter costs $750 and will be available at select Bettinardi specialty dealers worldwide and online at Bettinardi.com on July 16th, 2020 at 10 am CDT in The Hive.

 

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: “KiwiNick”

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to kick things off with one of our early submissions:

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: KiwiNick

Handicap (per profile): 5

KiwiNick WITB

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (8 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV 65 X

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV 75X

5-wood: Callaway XR16 Pro (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 765 TS

Utility Iron: Callaway X Forged UT (21-degrees bent to 22-degrees with 4i shaft length) 
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.0

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW) 
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.0

Wedges: Callaway MD5 (50-10)*, MD4 (54-06)**, PM Grind (58-12)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S200

*(“Wasn’t a fan of the W grind so gave it a custom C grind in my garage”)

**(“56/08 bent to 54/06 for the tight lies on my home links course: Paraparaumu GC, NZ”)

Putter: Odyssey O Works 7S

Golf Ball: Srixon Z Star XV

Putter Grip: Lamkin

Grips: Lamkin Midsize Tour Velvet

From KiwiNick

“It’s taken me nearly two years to land on a #witb that feels fairly permanent. I sometimes add a 2H (Apex 19, 18*) when it’s really blowing outside as the 5W can lose a little distance off the tee into the breeze.

One of my favorite clubs is the 58* PM Grind. I’ve never played with a wedge that was so good from dry sand and mid – deep rough. If you haven’t tried one, you need to demo it. Phil is on to something with these wedges.

The other revelation has been the Tensei Blue AV X flex shafts. I fight a draw that can turn into a low spin hook if my strike heads to the toe. The Tensei Blue is so linear in the way it loads and unloads that I can swing at 110-115mph and have more than enough to make the shaft work. The combo in driver and 3w (which is used 95% as a tee club) has lifted my ‘fairways found’ stats dramatically!”

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

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