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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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Bettinardi unveils new BB1 Flow Summer Lovin’ putter

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Bettinardi unveiled a new addition to The Hive at its Summer Social last night, and it’ll have you pining for the days of a certain festival on Max Yasgur’s farm.

The BB1 Flow Summer Lovin’ putter is a new creation from Bob Bettinardi that features the company’s first-ever stainless steel tie-dye PVD pocket insert.

Here are the specs for this truly groovy golf club.

  • Material: 303 Stainless Steel
  • Insert: 303 Stainless Steel Tie Dye PVD
  • Face Milling: Micro Honeycomb
  • Weight: 358 grams
  • Finish: Tour Blast
  • Lie: 70°
  • Loft:
  • Toe Hang: 3/4
  • Grip: Orange Lamkin

The BB1 Flow Summer Lovin’ will be available through The Hive and Bettinardi specialty dealers on Thursday, June 28th.

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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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