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Spotted: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged wedges

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Callaway is debuting a new wedge at this week’s Safeway Open, which we spotted in the bag of Wesley Bryan. A Callaway representative confirmed the prototype wedges are forged, as indicated by their Mack Daddy Forged labeling, and that Callaway will release more information about the clubs in the coming months.

The Mack Daddy Forged would be the third launch in the company’s Mack Daddy wedge franchise in recent years. In 2013, the company launched the Mack Daddy 2 wedges, which were forged from 1020 carbon steel. The company then moved to a 8620 carbon steel cast construction with its MD3 (Mack Daddy 3) Milled wedges, which were released in 2015. The Mack Daddy wedges appear to be slated for an early 2017 release.

From the photos, it’s clear the Mack Daddy Forged wedges will continue to use weight ports in their design, which remove mass from the back of the wedges to allow designers to reposition it in different places depending on wedge loft. For example, Callaway’s high-lofted wedges have more weight positioned at the top of the clubhead, raising the center of gravity (CG) to create more spin.

Based on Bryan’s wedges (50-10, 54-10 and 58-08), the Mack Daddy Forged have a more squared-off shape than recent Callaway wedges.

Several more PGA Tour players are testing the wedges at Silverado Country Club this week, and Callaway Tour Reps expect immediate conversion by several Callaway staffers into the new model.

Related: See what GolfWRXers are saying about the new wedges in our forum.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Smith

    Oct 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Less is more…I know it doesn’t really matter what the back of it looks like, but that giant chevron is brutal.

  2. Desmond

    Oct 12, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Do not like the look at address – they ought to move the grooves out to the toe — all that wasted space

  3. Nath

    Oct 12, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Ill take a 58/08 RAW dgs400, thank you!

  4. Hooker T. Washington

    Oct 11, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Most of the tour players using MD3 wedges have had forged heads this whole time, they were just made to look like the same cast heads that were offered to us retail consumers

    • KDY

      Oct 11, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Actually thats not true. There is a reason why a good amount of players were still playing the MD2 Tour Grind because it was better feeling and spun more. These are entirely new.

      • Chuck S.

        Oct 12, 2016 at 11:18 am

        That’s not exactly true either. You’re correct that all the MD3’s on tour are cast just like the retail ones, but the reason a lot of players are still using the Tour Grind is because of the head shape. The T Grind has a straighter leading edge and overall more boxy look that neither MD2 nor MD3’s have. These new ones don’t seem to be as rounded as MD3’s so I wouldn’t be surprised if more of those players make the switch.

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Titleist AVX golf balls passed the test, are now available across the United States

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Titleist’s AVX golf balls first came to retail as an experiment in three markets — Arizona, California and Florida — from October 2017 to January 2018. AVX (which stands for “Alternative to the V and X”) are three-piece golf balls made with urethane covers, and they’re made with a softer feel for more distance than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

After proving their worth to consumers, Titleist’s AVX golf balls are now available across the U.S. as of April 23, and they will sell for 47.99 per dozen (the same as Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls) in both white and optic yellow.

According to Michael Mahoney, the Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing for Titleist, the AVX is a member of the Pro V1 family. Here’s a basic understanding of the lineup:

  • AVX: Softest, lowest trajectory, lowest spinning, less greenside spin and longest
  • Pro V1x: Firmer than the Pro V1, highest spinning and highest trajectory
  • Pro V1: Sits between the V1x and the AVX in terms of feel, spin and trajectory, and will appeal to most golfers

Different from the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, the AVX golf balls have a new GRN41 thermoset cast urethane cover to help the golf balls achieve the softer feel. Also, they have high speed, low compression cores, a new high-flex casing layer, and a new dimple design/pattern.

For in-depth tech info on the new AVX golf balls, how they performed in the test markets, and who should play the AVX golf balls, listen to our podcast below with Michael Mahoney, or click here to listen on iTunes.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the AVX golf balls

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Andrew Landry’s Winning WITB: 2018 Valero Texas Open

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Driver: Ping G30 (9 degrees at 8.8 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue ATX65 TX
Length: 45.25 inches, tipped at 1 inch
Swing Weight: D3

3 Wood: Ping G (14.5 degrees at 15.15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75
Length: 43 inches, tipped 1 inch
Swing Weight: D2

5 Wood: Ping G (17.5 degrees at 17.75 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 85
Length: 42 inches
Swing Weight: D2

Irons: Ping iBlade (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105X
Swing Weight: D2

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F and 60-10S)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping PLD ZB-S
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 33 inches, 3 degrees, 3 degrees flat

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Full Cord

WITB Notes: Landry tweaked his iron lofts before the Valero; 1 degree weak in his 4 and 5 iron, and 0.5 degrees weak in his 6-PW.

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Alexander Levy’s Winning WITB: 2018 Hassan Trophy

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 915Fd (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 70TX

Hybrid: Titleist 816 H1 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95X Hybrid

Irons: Titleist 716 CB (3), Titleist 714 MB (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 120S

Wedges: Titleist SM6 (52-08F),Titleist SM7 (58)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Putter: Odyssey O Works 7
Grip: Odyssey Pistol

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Levy’s clubs. 

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