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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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Sergio Garcia’s Winning WITB: 2018 SMBC Singapore Open

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Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage Dual Core 70TX

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue 3+ (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

5 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 16 (3-4 iron), Callaway Apex MB 18 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10, 54-10 and 58-08)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Azalea

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft

Related: Sergio Garcia’s 2018 WITB, with commentary from Sergio himself about his golf clubs

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Fujikura launches new Pro 2.0 and Pro 2.0 Tour Spec shafts

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Fujikura has announced the launch of the second generation of its Pro series shafts: the Pro 2.0.

The first iteration of the Pro shafts were designed with a soft handle section to aid in loading. The Pro 2.0 presents an even more effective loading zone, according to the company, which also says torsional stiffness is 14 percent greater in the 2.0.

“Like all of our shafts, the Pro 2.0 has been designed utilizing enso, a 3D motion-capture technology that no one else in the shaft industry has,” said Alex Dee, Vice President at Fujikura Composites America.

“This technology and advanced data analytics has allowed us to crack the code on how club performance and ball flight are affected by shaft characteristics and swing type. When we compared to the original Pro, we saw the 2.0 was significantly easier to swing, had tighter shot dispersion, and lower spin to deliver the club head with more power, control and distance. We were thrilled with the result.”

The Pro 2.0 is painted “Destroyer Grey” with a metallic blue design in line with the original Pro shaft. The Tour Spec model is painted “Tour Spec White.”

The shafts will be available in weight ranges from 57 to 87 grams (5, 6, 7, 8) and in flexes starting at R2 up to X. $225 MSRP; $250 for the Tour Spec model. Hybrid option available for $140.

Available at over 600 qualified Fujikura charter dealers beginning February 1. Full specs at Fujikura.com.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Pro 2.0 in the forums.

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Fred Couples signs with Bettinardi, will continue to use FCB putter

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Fred Couples has been using his namesake Bettinardi putter, the FCB (Fred Couples Blade), for the past four years. Now, he’s officially joining Bettinardi’s Tour staff.

Couples, who has won 15 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times on the PGA Tour Champions, will putt exclusively with the company’s flatsticks.

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“I’m really looking forward to representing Bettinardi and its beautiful range of hand-made putters, as they always give me great confidence when I’m standing over putts,” said Fred. “Having won 5 times already with a Bettinardi putter, there’s nothing I’d rather be putting with.

Couples averaged 1.70 putts per hole when playing in 12 events with the Bettinardi wand last year.

“Having Fred Couples join our Tour staff is a massive endorsement for Bettinardi Golf,” said founder Robert Bettinardi. “We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to our growing Tour staff. I’m sure he will prove to be a great ambassador for our brand, as he attracts huge crowds and media attention wherever he plays.”

Here’s a look at Boom Boom’s FCB putter.

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