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More Grooves, More Precision: TaylorMade launches Milled Grind wedges

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TaylorMade has officially launched the Milled Grind wedges that we spotted at the 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

After working closely with its staffers, TaylorMade developed three different grinds for various types of swings and playing conditions with the new wedges, which are made from soft 8620 carbon steel.

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  • LB (Low Bounce): A “C-type” sole with relieved rear section.
  • SB (Standard Bounce): Relieved heel section, beneficial on open-faced shots.
  • HB (High Bounce): The sole has wide camber for “added lift.”

As the name implies, the leading edges and soles of the wedges are CNC-milled for greater consistency in manufacturing and performance. The milling process also ensures “leading edge symmetry to the score lines, leading edge radiuses, and sole grind geometry,” according to a TaylorMade press release. These are important qualities for golfers in order to maintain the proper impact and turf interaction while using each wedge loft and grind.

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Compared to its Tour Preferred EF predecessors, the Milled Grind wedges have a deeper bore where the shaft is inserted, going from 1 inches to 1.5 inches deep, which is visible with a red polymer plug in the heel. This design helped TaylorMade move weight away from the heel and move center of gravity more toward the center of the club where it’s desired.

The grooves of the Milled Grind wedges also have steeper side walls, sit closer together, and have one additional groove on each wedge to produce more spin.

TaylorMade’s Milled Grind wedges will sell for $149.99 each starting March 3.

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  1. L. Moore

    May 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

    It seems that so many commenters, mostly the same ones, always complain about
    the price of new equipment that they’ve not even tried. While I game Edel wedges,
    I’ve tried these and they are very good sticks.
    Perhaps the 2ndSwing site it the site they should frequent. I’d much rather hear from
    those that have tried the equipment.

  2. rex235

    Jan 20, 2017 at 12:10 am

    TM “Red Button” Wedges?

    Really?

  3. Bud

    Jan 19, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Not interested. At all. Especially for $160 a pop. Since when did all the clubmakers start colluding and start selling all their wedges for $160? Just a few years ago they were $99, then it moved to $130 and now Titelist, TM and Callaway are all charging $160 for their new wedges. Just ridiculous

    • lco21

      Jan 20, 2017 at 11:28 am

      For what it’s worth, I was taking a look at the TM website and they are listed at $149.99 not $159.99. Not saying it couldn’t change but the other new items are listed correct and correspond to what was reported on WRX.

      Doesn’t change your point much however.

      • Zak Kozuchowski

        Jan 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

        We have corrected the price listed. It is $149.99 each.

  4. DC1

    Jan 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I really like my ef wedges, might have to try these some day after I have worn out my current ones.

  5. S Hitter

    Jan 18, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    These MUST be better than the EF grooves, otherwise TM have made a serious mistake.

  6. golfraven

    Jan 18, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Am I the only one who sees same appearance as the Wilson STAFF FW6 Wedge from 2007. You would think technology and style evolved in the last decade but seems not to be the case for TM wedeges. Good luck selling those.

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GolfWRX Forum Thread of the Day: Bettinardi Ryder Cup Celebrity putters

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Our GolfWRX Forum Thread of the Day was started by member devey07 who posted photos of red-white-and-blue Bettinardi Ryder Cup putters with the Paris skyline on the back cavity. On the hosels, you’d think there would be names of the 12 players on the USA team… but that’s not the case.

Jackson? Rice? Who? At the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, there’s a celebrity match being played with players such as Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice , Michael Phelps and more. See the full list of names here.

And some head covers…

Click here to join the full discussion about the Bettinardi Ryder Cup celebrity putters.

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Dustin Johnson decided to putt cross-handed mid-tournament at East Lake

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Dustin Johnson made a weekend charge at the Tour Championship, and it was almost good enough for him to capture the FedEx Cup title (and with it the $10 million jackpot). Although he fell short, the revival gave him a third-place finish at the season finale, after he fired back to back rounds of 67 at East Lake. The most interesting part about his weekend performance? Well, during the sixth hole on Saturday, Johnson decided to putt for the rest of the event cross-handed.

Speaking to the media after the event, Johnson elaborated a little more on the decision (transcript from ASAP Sports)

So how did Johnson perform with the cross-handed technique? Well, the American gained strokes over the field on the greens on both days over the weekend. For the two days of action, Johnson gained 0.63 strokes over the field with the flatstick, which incidentally was more than he managed over the opening two days in Atlanta. However, a missed birdie chance from inside six feet on the 18th hole on Sunday evening doomed his chances of taking home the FedEx Cup.

Johnson is no stranger to making impulsive changes on the golf course. Recently at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Johnson switched his TaylorMade Spider Tour mid-tournament in favor of the Spider-Mini, despite winning the RBC Canadian Open the week previously with the Spider Tour. While earlier in the year, Johnson decided to implement the AimPoint putting technique. A change which didn’t last long, after instructor Butch Harmon told him to stop as he had no idea what he was doing.

With just four days until the Ryder Cup begins, how comfortable do U.S. fans feel about Johnson deciding to putt cross-handed for the biennial event?

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Under Armour releases limited-edition Spieth 2 (Red, White and Blue) golf shoes for the Ryder Cup

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It’s officially Ryder Cup week, so let the custom gear and apparel begin!

For the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris at Le Golf National, Under Armour has made a patriotic pair of shoes for Team USA’s Jordan Spieth. Not only are they for him, however, but Under Armour has released a limited number of “similar” shoes to the public, according to a press release from the company. The Spieth 2 USA shoes are available now on Under Armour’s website for $200.

Like the original Spieth 2 colorways, the Spieth 2 USA shoes have a Gore-Tex construction for 100 percent waterproof protection, according to the company. Also, the shoes have TPU (thermoplastic urethane) fibers in the upper made for durability and an overall lighter weight.

Stay tuned for more custom products from the Ryder Cup.

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