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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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Gary Woodland WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Honda Classic (2/19/2018).

Driver: TaylorMade M3 440 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Acra Tour-Z RPG

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Shafts: Accra Tour-Zx 4100

Driving Iron: Titleist 716 T-MB (2)
Shaft: KBS Tour C-Taper 130 X

Irons: Titleist 716 MB (4-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper Limited Edition Black PVD 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (48-10F, 52-08F, 56-10S), Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (60-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper Limited X (48), KBS Hi-Rev Black PVD S-Flex (52, 56, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: Scotty Cameron Pistol

Golf Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

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

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Cobra launches King Forged Tec Black and King Black Utility irons

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We first spotted Cobra’s new King Forged Tec Black irons (in both One-length and variable length) and King Black Utility irons (in both One-length and variable length) at the 2018 PGA Show. The company wasn’t dishing out any information related to the clubs at that time, however, electing to await for the official launch to provide details.

Well, Cobra officially launched the clubs on Tuesday, so we now have all of the tech info, specs and more.

Read below for all of the details, and click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the clubs in our forums.

King Forged Tec Black irons

Cobra first launched its Forged Tec irons in 2015; “Tec” stands for Technology Enhanced Cavity. They used five different materials in the club head to produce an iron with more forgiveness and distance.

The 2018 Forged Tec irons have gotten a material upgrade with a new Forged 4140 Stainless Steel face, allowing them to be made thinner and produce greater ball speeds across the face. They also have the new “dimonized” black finish that appeared on the company’s King Forged MB/CB irons in the past (and the irons that Rickie Fowler uses). Cobra says the finish is more durable than any black finish on the market.

“The handsome new Dimonized Black Metal (DBM) Matte Finish boasts the industry’s most durable satin black finish ever, reducing glare and providing extreme wear resistance while maintaining the look and feel of a classic forged iron,” Cobra said in a press release.

Additionally, the irons have tungsten weights to lower CG (center of gravity), and move CG more toward the center of the face, and they have carbon fiber medallions to dampen vibrations for a softer feel.

Forged Tec Black One Length

At the 2018 PGA Show, Cobra representatives said that One-length irons represent at least 60 percent of all its iron sales. Yea, wow. So it’s no wonder why Cobra is coming out with Forged Tec Black One-length irons in addition to its variable length offering.

The one-length irons sets match the weight and length of the 7 iron throughout the set, and have progressive tungsten weighting to achieve different launch characteristics — that means the longer irons will launch a bit higher, and the shorter irons a bit lower. New in this set is also progressive lie angle configurations; the longer irons will have a more upright lie angle, while the shorter irons will have a bit flatter lie angle.

The goal here is to allow golfers to take one swing no matter what the number says on the sole of their irons, but still produce desired results.

Both of the Forged Tec Black irons come equipped with Cobra Connect (powered by Arccos) in the butt end of the grips so golfers can retrieve data on every shot they hit during a round of golf or practice session. Golfers who purchase a set of these irons will also receive enough Arccos sensors to put in the remaining clubs in their bag, as well.

The irons come stock with steel True Temper AMT Tour White shafts, with a powder-coated black finish to match the black club heads, or graphite UST Recoil ES SmacWrap shafts. The 7-piece sets (5-PW, GW) sell for $1,099 in steel or $1199 in graphite, and will hit retail on April 6.

King Utility Black irons

Cobra also announced the launch of its King Utility Black irons, including variable length and one-length options.

They’re each made with Cobra’s familiar PwrShell face technology, which adds stability around the perimeter to make the clubs more forgiving while also allowing the faces to be constructed thinner. The faces use forged 455 high-strength stainless steel inserts to optimize ball speed across the face. Also for greater ball speeds, they have full, hollow-body constructions, and they have Tungsten toe weights (67-73 grams in the variable length irons and 90-94 grams in the shorter, one-length irons). For more precision and consistent spin, they have CNC milled faces and grooves.

The utility irons are also adjustable, with +/- one degree of adjustability using their MyFly8 hosel.

They have black PVD coats to achieve their black finishes, rather than the dimonized finish of the Forged Tec irons. Like the Forged Tec irons, however, they come equipped with Cobra Connect in the grips.

The Utility Black irons hit retail on April 6, and will sell for $219 in graphite and $199 in steel. The variable length heads will be available in 3 (18-21 degrees) and 4 (21-24 degrees) irons, while the One-length irons are available in 3 (18-21 degrees), 4 (21-24 degrees) and 5 (24-27 degrees) irons. Each come stock with steel true Temper AMT Tour White shafts with black powder coating, or graphite UST Recoil ES SmacWrap shafts.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Cobra’s new irons here

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The Elder and Younger 2-Ball, #teamkiradech, and a very boring wedge on the Honda Classic range

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course  in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. And there was plenty to see on the range Monday.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, making his first U.S. start since the 2016 Web.com Finals, was in his glory. We got WITB looks at (the very yellow bag) of Brandt Snedeker, Gary Woodland, and Chesson Hadley, too.

Here are a few of the best shots from t-minus three days until tournament time.

Chesson Hadley is gaming this superb, decade-old, lead tape-laden, Odyssey 2-Ball.

We also spotted Odyssey’s latest 2-Ball offering, the Exo Two-Ball. No word on whether Mr. Hadley is upgrading…

Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s putter cover is everything you’d expect (and perhaps more).

The leader of #teamkiradech also has his emoji self embroidered on the back of his shirt. This would only be made better if emoji Kiradech also had an embroidered emoji on his shirt.

Chesson Hadley is also gaming one of Vokey’s new SM7 wedges with a bit of weight removed in a very boring fashion.

As if there weren’t enough yellow in this picture… Banana Snedeker?

All joking aside, you gotta love Snedeker gaming a Tourstage X 5-wood.

…with this wear mark, no less.

Laundry service for Bronson Burgoon, please?

Chad Campbell loves three things: UNLV, shaving cream, and Arnold Palmer. The Palmer-Barbasol thing makes sense, as the King reportedly abhorred facial hair on professional golfers (really).

A lovely assortment of Piretti covers. It’s probably frowned upon as a professional to walk away with this whole bag, but tempting nevertheless…

Ditto: Bettinardi.

Check out all our photos from the 2018 Honda Classic below!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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