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Callaway Mack Daddy Forged Wedges: What you need to know

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Callaway’s new Mack Daddy Forged wedges are quite different than the company’s current MD3 Milled wedges, and that’s by design. They’re not meant to replace the MD3 Milled or any other Callaway wedge model, but rather expand the company’s wedge offerings to meet the needs of different golfers.

As their name suggest, the biggest change to the Mack Daddy Forged wedges is that they’re forged from a soft 1025 carbon steel. Here’s what else you need to know about the new Mack Daddy Forged wedges, which will sell for $149.99 each when they hit stores on January 20.

What You Need To Know

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Lofts Available: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees
Stock Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 Tour Issue (Blue Label)
Stock Grip: Lamkin UTX
Finishes: Satin Chrome (silver) and Brushed Slate (black)

  • The Mack Daddy Forged wedges have a unique shape that resonated instantly with Callaway Staffers Henrik Stenson and Thomas Pieters, who both used the new wedges at the 2016 Ryder Cup. New Callaway signing Daniel Berger is also using the new wedges.

A 52-degree Mack Daddy Forged at address in Nickel Chrome.

  •  Compared to other Callaway wedges, the Mack Daddy Forged have less offset, squarer toes and straighter leading edges. Callaway wedge designer Roger Cleveland says that a straighter leading edge makes a wedge easier to align.
  • The Mack Daddy Forged have what Callaway calls an •R• Grind. It’s similar to the C Grind used on Callaway’s MD3 Milled wedges, Cleveland says, but it is more relieved in the heel and toe areas to offer more versatility around the greens. Cleveland calls it a “mid-bounce” grind, suitable for everything from open-faced lobs to square-faced bump and runs.

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  • Expect more spin from the Mack Daddy Forged’s new 16-groove design, which adds a groove near the bottom of the wedge face to promote increased stopping power, especially on shots of 10-20 yards.
  • Like Callaway’s MD3 Milled wedges, the Mack Daddy Forged use Callaway’s Progressive CG Position. As loft goes higher, so does each wedge’s center of gravity to create maximum spin.

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  • The wedges are offered in two finishes: Satin Chrome and Brushed Slate. The Satin Chrome wedges have a layer of copper beneath their Satin Chrome plating, which creates a unique feel and improves durability. In the high-wear areas of a wedge, such as the face and sole, the copper layer will become visible with use. Brushed Slate wedges will wear to a raw finish.

Related: See what GolfWRXers are saying about Callaway’s Mack Daddy Forged 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. edge of lean

    Jan 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Any offerings for us lefties? Y’know, being peddled by Mickelson and all.

  2. Troy Sheaffer

    Jan 11, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Used the MD3 Wedges for a bit over a year and they have been great. Looking forward to seeing and testing these wedges to determine if a change would be beneficial.

  3. Rich

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Can’t wait to see/try these, they look great!

  4. MT

    Jan 10, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    why Rory Mcilroy doesn’t play them and uses Titlest instead?

  5. MT

    Jan 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    what you need to know is that their highest ranked player Rory McIlroy is playing Titlest wedges instead of that Callaway wedges and that are the only clubs in his bag that are not Callaway.

    • booya cornflakes

      Jan 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Correct. But how does Rory’s preference in wedges relate to whether these will fit my game?

      FWIW, I currently play MD3’s, and they kicked my SM6’s out of the bag. I just like the feel better, they’re both good wedges. Stop being such a fanboy.

    • Scott

      Jan 25, 2017 at 4:30 am

      What Rory plays with doesn’t mean squat to me or my game.

  6. jgpl001

    Jan 10, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    These look good, very good

    I am not a TM fan, but have been playing the TM EF wedges for the past 6 months and they are excellent, perfect head shape and loads of bit, just wish they were a touch softer

    Tempted….

  7. S Hitty

    Jan 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    He copied the TM EF wedges. Sharper leading edge, squarer toe, 1025 soft carbon. Because the MD3 was so crappy

  8. Mark

    Jan 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Well that is my birthday present sorted. 54 and 58 in slate finish. Marvellous.

  9. Joshuaplaysgolf

    Jan 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Could something pull these Vokeys out of my cold dead hands?? And my wife and I just did our 2017 golf budget last night….I’m highly intrigued to demo these.

  10. Charlie

    Jan 10, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Dammit Callaway – We need more lofts!!! Was hoping to grab a 46 or 48 from this new lineup and possibly a 64!

  11. Cornwall1888

    Jan 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I’d like to use forged wedges but I like to get a few seasons out of a wedge I think forged wedges would wear to fast

    • The dude

      Jan 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Jeez….how many rounds you play?…live in FL?

    • Woop

      Jan 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Get the TM EF wedges. Those grooves will last you 18 months easily

      • Mike

        Jan 11, 2017 at 12:42 am

        yep my TM EF 60 is still going two years and no difference in performance.. playing all year round

  12. C

    Jan 10, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I like that lowest groove. Sure it is great for chips around the green. But it’s also useful to try and back up my skulled shots that bound across the green.

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 US Open (6/12/2018).

Driver: Vertical Groove (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60 Tour X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 7X

5 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 7TX

Hybrid: Exotix CBX (19 degrees), Adams Idea a12 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95x Hybrid

Irons: TaylorMade r7 (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS Tour

Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 (54-14), TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (60), Hopkins Golf (64)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T T5W
Grip: Scotty Cameron Pistol

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

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SPOTTED: New Callaway Forged irons… Apex or Legacy?

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Photos of a new Callaway Forged iron popped up in our GolfWRX Forums, and our members are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be replacements for Apex Pro irons, or whether they’re an update on the Legacy series. They could also be X-Forged irons, but since Callaway recently came out with new X-Forged irons, that would be unlikely.

Here’s what GolfWRX Members are saying:

  • elwhippy: A new Legacy iron? Looks a bit Japanese shaped. 
  • mattTHEkatt: Like an X-Forged/Legacy Black mashup. They look powerful. 
  • DTown3011: …gotta be the next Apex!
  • J13: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • mgholda: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • TheMoneyShot: I thought Cally was going to phase out the Apex name after they released the MBs?
  • john443: A larger cavity in these then the X- Forged… competitor to the 750 and AP3 maybe? …or Legacy Black finally brought to retail…hallelujah. CF16 replacement???!
  • Equipto: These look very sharp, and like thumpers. I don’t care if they are a Legacy Black or Apex replacement, call them whatever… i’ll try them 
  • mrmikeac: Next gen Callaway Apex Legacy? Hmmmm…..
  • Brizam: The Legacy Black might be the best players cavity back ever made.  If they were to become available they’d move straight to the top of the list of clubs to buy for me. 
  • Jourdan M: This is the Apex Pro 

Here are photos of the new Callaway irons we spotted

Previous Apex Pro irons

Previous Legacy irons

Which one do you think the new iron looks like? 

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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