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Garcia, D. Johnson using TaylorMade prototype wedge



Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia are using yet-to-be released TaylorMade R-Series wedges at the Northern Trust Open, a TaylorMade representative confirmed to GolfWRX.

So what are they?


In early January, photos of the unreleased wedges leaked in our forum. They were shown in two different grinds, Tour Grind and ATV Grind, and have a new groove technology called “EF Spin Groove.”

According to sources, the EF Spin Groove is the most durable groove TaylorMade has ever produced. Johnson is using two R-Series wedges (56 and 60 degrees), and Garcia is using a 58-degree model.

More information on the wedges will be available in the coming weeks.

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  1. Connor

    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm



    The rest

  2. Worm

    Feb 20, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    If I’m right. It’s called (Electroforming face)
    Nickel colbalt alloy face. Personally I’m not feeling it. Looks like them Z spin models they let out.

  3. FLIP

    Feb 20, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Just too busy man…..and I’m a TM wedge guy (I play tp rac wedges). This is a design/marketing flaw…there is no need for “R-Series” or “atv grind”….it’s a wedge….it should be simple….slap that tp logo where the taylormade logo is….maybe put the taylormade logo near the heel on the bottom edge or just on the hosel. Put the “R-series” & “atv grind” graphics on the plastic that protects the new metal. Idk…that’s just my opinion.

  4. MH

    Feb 20, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    First of all, I hate the TMaG bashing; this is an equipment website, so if it weren’t for TMaG and Callaway, we’d be awfully bored. That said, I won’t buy a TMaG club for the foreseeable future mostly because of their resale value. I realize a golf club isn’t a real investment but I’ve been burned enough dropping $100+ for one of their wedges only to turn around have them worth the same as a Vokey from 2008. Not an issue for those of you out there that aren’t ho’in, but this is GolfWRX…there’s ho’s in all of us.

    • Steve

      Feb 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      I have never bought or didn’t buy a golf club based on resale value. Just so foreign to me.

    • other paul

      Feb 20, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Please buy the club so that I can keep on buying them used later on for $100 ???? I could build a whole bag of last years clubs from the demo or used sale for under $800 if I felt the need. I would rather put that money into lessons right now….

      • Regis

        Feb 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm

        How much resale value can there be on a wedge? Nothing in golf loses value quicker than a wedge, especially if its been used in the sand. Secondly, how can so many people have opinions one way or the other based only on a photo of the back of the club? Personally in terms of wedges I’m a Mizuno guy but I wouldn’t dismiss any manufacturer based upon this information especially after watching Sergio and Dustin around those greens yesterday.

  5. RH

    Feb 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    If you cropped out the “R series, ATV design”) they would look much better.

  6. Teaj

    Feb 20, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    busy design on the back, I know this means nothing about performance but its much like eating, food that is appealing to your eyes will taste better.

    Much like the Jetspeed these seem like they will not appeal to the better players, strictly based off of how they look.

    • Rich

      Feb 20, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      Except that 2 tour guys have already got them in play………

      • Brian

        Feb 21, 2015 at 5:59 pm

        And how much are they paid for that?

        • Rich

          Feb 22, 2015 at 3:04 pm

          I don’t know but DJ hasn’t upgraded to the last two models of wedge that TMAG have released so there must be something good about this wedge.

        • Rich

          Feb 23, 2015 at 2:32 am

          On a side note did you see the spin DJ got from the cabbage on the 10th at Riviera today in the playoff? What a great shot! I’m sure it was with that new wedge.

          • Double Mocha Man

            Feb 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

            And did you see the short wedge he hit into the 17th, but it landed in a sand trap? He made bogey on an easy par 5. It cost him the tournament. Bottom line; it’s still the archer, not the arrow.

    • MHendon

      Feb 22, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      They look fine to me and no busier than my Vokey SM4’s

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What GolfWRXers are saying about TaylorMade’s SIM fairway woods



In our forums, WRXer Hotdocta created a thread to discuss the new SIM fairway woods and wants to hear from fellow members who have experienced them. Plenty of WRXers give their thoughts on the 2020 additions from TaylorMade, with the vast majority mightily impressed with what they have seen.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • DNice26: “I bought the 5 wood based on reports the Sim is silly long and low spin, and after my first round today, it absolutely delivered. The 5 wood isn’t too big, and I found it to flight excellently off the tee and off the fairway. It set me up today for birdies on all the par 5s. I have mine shafted with an 80X diamana blue, and it is fantastic.”
  • JoeFrigo: “The SIM is the hottest 3w I have ever hit. Had the m6 all last year and absolutely loved it. I said all last year it was the best fairway I’ve ever played….the SIM is even better. I love the profile at address, and there are times the SIM 3w gets within 1mph of my driver ball speed. I honestly went back to PGA store for playability and grabbed the 5w instead because the face is so hot. I had about 5 launch monitor sessions and 1 round on the course and was killing it, but gaps were way off now. Decided id wait and get more course time with it, but then the Coronavirus came.”
  • tyusg: “The SIM fairways are extremely hot off the face. Was hitting off the trackman at my work, and was reaching smash factors of 1.51 and 1.52. The shape of them do remind me of the M6, a little bigger, and a pretty deep face. But the V Steel tech they put back in I believe is why the smash was so high. Even on off center hits, the ball speed was pretty much all there still.”
  • Polly509109: “I have hit both SIM ti/ SIM Max. They were both very good. Tried all the Mavrik 3W offerings and SIM fit my swing better. Switched from TS3 fairway. Into the SIM ti with my old shaft from the Titleist. 82X Diamana Whiteboard. Don’t have any numbers for you, not really a launch monitor guy. But was getting 255-269 carry and 275-288 overall with the stock Diamana 75S shaft when I was fitted. 104-108 ss. Don’t know what kinda monitor.”

Entire Thread: “TaylorMade’s SIM fairway woods”

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What GolfWRXers have bought since ‘lockdown’



In our forums, our members have been discussing their golfing purchases since lockdown began in many areas of the world. WRXer ‘lvmike’ created the thread and has purchased a Ping putter as well as a TaylorMade driver and our members have been getting involved with plenty of WRXers investing in new equipment from clubs to hitting mats and beyond.

Here are a few posts from the thread but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • JoeFrigo: “Other than a mat and net, unfortunately, I haven’t bought any clubs…courses are closed here so I can’t hit anything anyways. I’m now really looking into a personal launch monitor since ill have a month at least of no range time. But the temptation is strong for more clubs! particularly putters since I can do that in my basement green.”
  • manima1: “Purchased an EXPUTT putting simulator – perfect for lock-down. Review so far is this is an excellent tool in dialing in putting distances and developing a consistent stroke at a given distance – similar to how you can dial in irons and wedges on a typical full simulator.”
  • pmang: “In the past week I’ve bought a SIM Max, a TS2 and a hot melt gun. Come to think of it I bought a Garmin clip-on GPS/Rangefinder… oh, and some Adidas golf shoes…. and I’m sure there will be more.”
  • pgetzen: “Bought a Stitch SL1 bag and two Cleveland RTX4 wedges on the Walmart deal, as well as 3 knit headcovers.”
  • 1PuttTutt: “Full basement simulator setup, including hitting mat, screen/enclosure, mevo+ launch monitor, projector, gaming laptop, etc. Unfortunately only the hitting mat has arrived so far, but I was able to set up some blankets and padding so I can hit balls in the basement. I also bought four dozen balls and a pushcart. I was thinking the pushcart was a genius idea, being that courses would limit to one person per cart, and courses would run out. But then they shut courses down before I could use it.”
  • uglande: “Two Vokey SM8 wedges and a Scotty Special Select putter. I’m wearing out my basement carpet with all of this chipping and putting, so my short game should be good to go when we’re released again to the outdoors. I also bought some sweet Titleist black leather (noir) head covers.”
  • Kye123: “Me, my dad and my little bro bought a Swingcaddie S300 and an industrial net from a fishing company… was going great until my little bro sailed a 60 straight into the conservatory two houses down, wedges are now banned.”

Entire Thread: “What have you purchased since ‘lockdown’?

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Whats in the Bag

Tiger Woods WITB for each Masters win



At its core, Tiger Woods’ equipment hasn’t changed by much over the better part of the last two decades. However, the 15-time major champion’s equipment is constantly evolving, and there is no better tournament to witness that evolution than to take a peek into the gear he used to win all five of his Masters Tournaments.

A couple of major notes to consider: Tiger used a steel-shafted driver playing less than 45 inches all the way up until the 2004 season when he finally made the move from his trusted Titleist 975D long after the rest of the PGA Tour had swapped into newer technology. It was still another two years before Tiger made the move to a 460cc driver head in the pursuit of greater ball speed and forgiveness.

Tiger also held onto his 2-iron for a long time, and up until a few years ago would rotate it in and out of the bag with a 5-wood. 2019 was the first major tournament Tiger won using a 5-wood instead of his trusted 2-iron.

Tiger Woods Masters WITB: 1997-2019

Tiger Woods WITB 1997 Masters

Winning Score: -18…bested his next closest competitor Tom Kite by 12 shots!


Driver: King Cobra Deep Face (9 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

3-wood: Titleist PT (15 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Irons: Mizuno MP-29 (2-4) and MP-14 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTG (Raw Tour Grind) (56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport TeI3

Ball: Titleist Professional 90

Tiger Woods WITB 2001 Masters

Winning Score: -16, beat David Duval by 2 shots and Phil Mickelson by 3.

Driver: Titleist 975D (7.5 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Titleist 970 (15 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Titleist 681 Forged (2-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Titleist Vokey Design 200 Series (58 bent to 56 degrees, 6o degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Nike Tour Accuracy TW


Tiger Woods WITB 2002 Masters

Winning Score: -12, was 3 shots better than Retief Goosen and 4 better than Phil Mickelson

Driver: Nike Forged Titanium (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

3-wood: Titleist 970 (15 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Irons: Titleist 681 Forged Prototype (2-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design 200 Series (58 bent to 56 degrees, 6o degree)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

 Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

 Nike Tour Accuracy TW


Tiger Woods WITB 2005 Masters

Winning Score: Tiger beat Chris DiMarco in a playoff after they both tied at -12. The next closest golfers were Luke Donald and Retief Goosen at -5.

Driver: Nike Ignite 460cc (8.5 degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Diamana 83 TX

3-wood: Nike T60 Ignite (15 degrees )
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 103 TX

Irons: Nike Forged Blades (2-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Nike Pro Combo (56 degrees), Nike Blade TW (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Ball: Nike One Platinum TW

Tiger Woods WITB 2019 Masters

Winning Score: -13, was one shot better than Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, and Xander Schauffele.

Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P-7TW irons (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord


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