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Garcia, D. Johnson using TaylorMade prototype wedge

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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?

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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

    Vokeys

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    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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Today from the Forums: “Recommend me a 14th club…”

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Today from the Forums showcases our members helping out ewe8523 who is on the hunt for a 14th club. Per ewe8523:

“My home course is fairly short 6050 yards, so I’m not really in a position where I have to hit a lot of long fairway shots. There is one par 5 on each side – 548 and 449 respectively.

Open to other options as well.

Including current specs and avg distance.

  1. Driver – Cobra F9 – 250 yards
  2. 3-Wood – Cobra F7 – 220 yards
  3. Hybrid – Callaway Epic – 200 yards
  4. 5 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 175 yards
  5. 6 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 165 yards
  6. 7 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 155 yards
  7. 8 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 145 yards
  8. 9 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 130 yards
  9. PW – Callaway Apex CF16 – 115 yards
  10. 50 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 100 yards
  11. 56 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 75 yards
  12. 60 Degree – Cleveland CBX – Bunker Only
  13. Putter – Scotty Cameron Newport 2
  14. ?”

WRXers have been giving their suggestions on what could work best for ewe8523, and also discussing what they have found most useful from a 14th club standpoint.

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.

  • heathpitts: “Very similar setup and gapping to my setup. Although my wedge lofts are a bit different. I have wedges at 50, 54, 58, and 62 but generally, only carry 3 per round. I adjust the 54-62 based on where I’m gonna play. I do also have a graphite shafted 3 utility iron that I play around with as a driving iron, but I see that you haven’t really found one that you like. I adjust the 14th club based on the course or conditions or time of year (due to different wedge grinds) sometimes but try to keep it as simple as possible. I think your setup is pretty good honestly. I always seem to score better with fewer options, so I don’t try to get cute with shot selection 🙂 I play 13 clubs a lot of times.”
  • MP4444: “I agree with the others on a club to hit that 185-190yrd spot. Either a hybrid or an iron with extra help compared to the CF16s. I personally have a 4 hybrid and a more game-improvement style 5 iron that I use interchangeably for this spot in my bag depending on how I’m striking the ball. When my ball striking is on, I usually prefer an iron in this spot because my misses are smaller, but it’s nice to have the help of a hybrid when I’m not feeling so on with my game. If you go the iron route just be sure to check out the lofts to ensure the proper gapping. Some game improvement and super game improvement type irons have stronger lofts so you may need to look at a 4 or 5 iron depending on the model. I would also recommend hitting both on a launch monitor and comparing peak height and spin numbers. You are still typically looking to hold a green at this distance, so you want to make sure you are getting enough height and spin to have a chance.”
  • Z1ggy16: “The obvious choice is like a 188-yard club but if you never need that shot… Why spend the money? Other option is like a 64* wedge, but that’s probably going to get you into trouble more often than not. I’d lean toward the 185-190 yard club, probably another hybrid, gives you more flexibility if you play other courses that are longer.”
  • crapula: “Higher lofted Callaway Epic?”

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Today from the Forums: “Best 54/56-degree wedge for a sweeper?”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 54 and 56-degree wedges which are effective on full shots from tight lies. WRXer, 10of14, is a sweeper of the ball and has reached out to fellow members who have been giving their suggestions in our forum.

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.

  • dhen9: “M grind or ES Glide 2.0.”
  • PowerCobra98: “Callaway MD4 or MD5 with the C Grind.”
  • bsb70x7: “I am a sweeper and a low bounce player. I play Vokey 54 with 10* of bounce (as my highest bounce). You may want to go with 8* of bounce if you use your Lob wedge in the sand.”
  • NYCGolfNut: “I’m the same. M grind Vokey – 8 deg bounce, heel and toe relief. Works great.”

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Today from the Forums: “Searching for a 5-wood”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 5-woods, with WRXer, RAMDAN, on the hunt for a new addition to his bag. Our members discuss the options on the market and give their take on the best models from their experiences.

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.

  • Golf64: “Cobra F8 and 9s are still out there, and the new SZ is nice too. I prefer Ping, love the look and feel and easy to get in the air!!”
  • KGilma: “I just replaced my F6 baffler with the F9. It is a definite upgrade. I still have the F6 if you’re interested.”
  • bjh1: “Recently got an Epic Flash 5 wood (regular, not sub-zero), and I am loving it! Can’t go wrong sticking with the Callaway.”
  • jah7838: “I agree with those mentioning the Baffler and the other various Cobra offerings. F8+ and F9 Tour are really good clubs. I just got the F9 Tour 3 wood, and it’s really easy to elevate with the right shaft. I still have my Baffler that I’m going to mess around with as my 5 wood. I was using it as my 4 wood for last season, and really liked it, but I found a good deal on a like-new F9 Tour 3 wood that I couldn’t pass up. The issue I’m going to have with the Baffler as my 5 wood is that I’ve had my Adams 19* XTD Super Hybrid that it’s going to have to beat out. I’ve had that club for so long now, and I’m going to have a hard time not keeping that one in the bag. It’s not a knock on the Baffler; it’s just how much I trust the XTD.”
  • AG12: “I just was given a PING G410 5W to try, and I think it’s the easiest FW to elevate and just wants to go straight. I think j the Tour 75 shaft that PING offers is a great shaft as well. Worth a look if you’re in the market.”

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