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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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Indi Golf introduces two new putter designs featuring the brand’s Colossal Sweet Spot Technology

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Indi Golf Alisson Black Matte

Indi Golf has unveiled two new putter designs in two different finishes named Allison and Ramone.

The Allison and Ramone flatsticks come in both black and chrome finishes and contains the brand’s Colossal Sweet Spot Technology which, according to the company, eliminates miss-hits no matter where the ball is struck on the face.

Indi Golf Allison Satin Chrome

Indi Golf Ramone Satin Chrome

Speaking on the new additions, Rob Lang, General Manager, Indi Golf, stated

“After designing wedges for the past few years, the putter category was the most logical next step for us in our mission to help golfers make their short game their best game.

“We’ve been developing the technology for these putters for over a year now and we’re confident they will help golfers make more putts. We’re excited to finally introduce them.”

The Allison putter is a face-balanced mid-size mallet, which features a double-bend shaft which aims at creating a perfectly face-balanced putter for the player that uses a straight back, straight through putting stroke.

Indi Golf Allison Satin Chrome

The Ramone, a toe-hang blade putter, features a 30-degree toe-hang, which is aimed towards the player that favors an arced putting stroke.

Indi Golf Ramone Satin Chrome

Indi Golf Ramone Matte Black

As well as the Colossal Sweet Spot Technology, both of the new additions from Indi Golf are precision CNC milled and are constructed from Aircraft Grade Aluminum. The flat-sticks also contain toe and heel tungsten weighting, designed for increased stroke stability and maximum feel for ultimate consistency.

Indi Golf Ramone Matte Black

Indi Golf Alisson Matte Black

The putters are available with matte black or satin chrome finishes in 33”, 34” or 35” lengths and customers can also choose between a Lamkin Deep Etched Pistol putter grip, upper Stroke Traxion Tour 2.0, Traxion Pistol GT Tour or Traxion Claw 2.0 grip.

Indi Golf Ramone Stain Chrome

Indi Golf Alisson Stain Chrome

The putters are currently available for pre-sale at www.indigolfclubs.com, with inventory beginning middle of December. The MSRP for both putters is $449.99, and during the pre-sale, the price is $329.99.

 

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “How often to replace your wedges?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from cookszn who asks WRXers how often do they change their wedges. Cookszn also asks the same question focusing on those who don’t have the fortune to be able to play the game in winter months, and our members have been sharing their thoughts, with many following a variety of different philosophies.

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.

  • MattyO1984: “Lob Wedge, every year to 18 months. Sand and Gap, every 24-36 months.”
  • dlygrisse: “Every 2-3 years. For me, it’s more of a visual check, if the chrome is wearing off and the grooves are getting a bit dodgy. I play about 10 months a year on average. For me, though, it really depends on how much you practice. If you are just playing golf 20-40 times a year or so you really won’t get much wear. But if you practice bunker shots and work on your short game on a weekly basis, then you may need new wedges every season.”
  • Oz Max: “I’ve had my set for 5 years now, and they still spin a lot, enough to zip back a few meters on a pitch shot (when I make a good contact that is!). Though I loom after them, clean the grooves regularly and use one of those regrooving tools, they are perfect to keep the edges sharp every so often.”
  • Zigzog: “I am using some Cleveland 588 Tour Action at the moment, at least 15 years old – they still spin plenty for me. New wedges will give more initial bite, but this will stop after a handful of rounds IMO – so for me, I am more comfortable with what I know.”
  • RichieHunt: “About once every 12-15 months.”
  • Roody: “I play about 100 rounds a season. I just replaced my 60-degree wedge last week. The previous one was 5 years old. I have a groove sharpener that I use on the wedges once or twice a season. Seems to keep them “good enough” for my needs.”

Entire Thread: “How often to replace your wedges?”

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Testing Nippon’s brand new Modus G.O.S.T. shaft that features a graphite layer on top of a steel shaft for a balance of feel, vibration dampening and stability.

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