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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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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list

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As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

Mizuno JPX 919 Forged

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal

Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

Srixon “Z785” irons

 

Srixon “Z585” irons

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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