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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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Puma unveil new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

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Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Puma Golf has launched its new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear – a new version of the NXT with premium leather accents.

The upper of the shoe features a premium leather saddle wrapped around Pwrframe reinforcement. The Pwrframe TPU is an ultra-thin frame that is placed in high-stress areas of the upper for lightweight in a bid to offer added support and increased stability.

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The new additions feature Puma’s Pro-Form TPU outsole with an organically-altered traction pattern, containing over 100 strategically placed directional hexagon lugs in proper zones, designed to provide maximum stability and traction.

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The Ignite NXT Crafted footwear contain a full-length IGNITE Foam midsole, wrapped in Soleshield in design to offer maximum durability, comfort and energy return. Soleshield is a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole designed to make cleaning off dirt and debris effortless.

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Speaking on the new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear, Andrew Lawson, PLM Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The Ignite NXT Crafted perfectly fuse the beauty of handcrafted shoemaking with modern development techniques to deliver optimum elegance and peak performance. With the combination of style and performance these shoes will appeal to a wide variety of golfers – those who appreciate the classic look of a leather saddle shoe and those who value modern comfort and stability technologies being a part of their game.”

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The Ignite NXT Crafted shoes are available in 4 colorways: White-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Black-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Peacoat-Leather Brown-Team Gold and White-Hi-Rise-Team Gold) and come in sizes 7-15.

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The shoes cost $140 per pair and are available online and at retail beginning today, June 5, 2020.

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Nike drivers. WRXer ‘DixieD’ is currently building up a Nike bag and has reached out to fellow members for driver advice, and WRXers have been sharing what they feel is the best Nike driver ever made.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Ger21: “VR Pro LE? I have two I was still playing last year.”
  • mahonie: “The STR8-Fit Tour was one of the best drivers I’ve played. Still have it the garage and take it to the range occasionally…it would possibly still be in the bag if it hadn’t developed a ‘click’ in the head which I cannot fix. Long, straight(ish) and nice sound.”
  • jackr189: “The VR_S is one of the best.”
  • Finaus_Umbrella: “I played the Vapor Fly Pro, and still do on occasion for nostalgia sake. Sound and feel are great, but it demands a good strike.”
  • PowderedToastMan: “I enjoyed the SQ Tour back in the day, the one Tiger used forever. Do I miss it? Not at all, but it was a pretty good club for its time.”

Entire Thread: “Best Nike driver?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about driving irons for mid-handicappers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether mid-handicappers can benefit from a driving iron. WRXer ‘jomatty’ says:

“I average about 230 off the tee on good drives. I can get a little more sometimes, but 230 is probably the average. I’m 42 years old and shoot in the mid to low 80’s. I do not get along with fairway woods very well, especially off the tee, and really don’t get enough extra length over my hybrid to consider using it aside from very rare situations on par 5’s (I’ve considered just going from driver to 19-degree hybrid and getting an extra wedge or something).”…

…and wants to know if he would be better served by a driving iron. Our members have been sharing their thoughts and suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MtlJeff: “If you can shoot mid 80’s, you probably hit it well enough to hit a bunch of different clubs. Personally, I think hybrids are easier to hit….but some driving irons are quite forgiving. I use a G400 crossover that is very easy to hit and looks more iron-like. Something like that you might like. Be careful with some of them though because they aren’t always super forgiving, so you’d have to hit them first.”
  • HackerD: “G410 crossover is my version of a driving iron, feel like I hit it straighter than a hybrid. Just as easy to hit as a hybrid.”
  • hanginnwangin: “I shoot in the low 80s normally and in the 70s on my really good days. I have probably around the same or similar swing speed as you. I have been hitting my 4 iron off the tee on tight holes, and it’s been working pretty well so far. I hit it about 190-220. I have a 4 hybrid but just can’t hit it as consistently as the 4 iron, and it doesn’t even go much farther. I have a 5 wood which I only use for 220+ yard par 3s or wide-open fairways. Basically, it’s all personal preference and what you do best with. Everyone is going to be different. Try new stuff out and see what works. But if irons are the strongest part of your game (they are for me as well), I would give the 4 iron a shot. You can get a lot of roll out on the tee shots with it,”
  • Hellstrom: “Don’t laugh, but I bought a 17* hybrid with a senior flex shaft at a garage sale for $5, and I can hit it nice and easy and keep it in play without losing any distance. My driver SS is between 105 and 110 usually and swinging this thing feels like swinging a spaghetti noodle, but it works. I don’t have it in the bag all the time, but I do use it for certain courses. I take my 6 iron out and throw that in, so if I struggle with getting the ball off the tee, I just go to that.”

Entire Thread: “Driving iron for a mid-handicapper”

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