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Hank Haney inspires Callaway’s new Sure Out wedges

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PGA Tour players arrive to the green with an arsenal of specialized short-game shots to help them save a par or make a birdie. It’s a far different story for most amateur golfers; they just hope to make solid contact with a wedge.

Few golf instructors understand this juxtaposition better than Hank Haney. He’s known for helping Tiger Woods with his game during his prime, but now focuses his time helping average golfers shoot better scores. After signing an endorsement contract with Callaway last January, he told the company it could help average golfers play better with a wedge that took the fear out of their short games.

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Callaway listened and its collaboration with Haney led to the development of the new Sure Out wedges, which look and function much differently than the company’s Mack Daddy wedges that are used on the PGA Tour.

First and foremost, the Sure Out wedges are designed to make bunker shots easier for average golfers. They use oversize club heads and wide, rounded soles to minimize turf resistance and prevent the clubs from “digging” in the sand. The design of the wedges also eliminates the need to open the club face at address, something Haney says most golfers are scared to do.

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“It’s pretty much impossible to either blade or chunk this wedge,” says Dave Neville, Callaway’s Senior Director of Brand Management for Metalwoods and Wedges.

The wedges are also designed to be “shank proof;” their hosels are pulled back from the club face to give golfers more confidence around the greens.

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Like Callaway’s Mack Daddy wedges, Sure Out models are made to spin. The wedges use 17 machined grooves that extend the width of the club face to increase spin on shots contacted on the toe and upper areas of the club face, common impact areas for average golfers. Like Callaway’s Mack Daddy Forged wedges, Sure Out models also have a smaller groove on the bottom of their club faces that Neville says is key for generating increase spin on short chip shots around the green.

The Sure Out wedges ($119.99) will be available on March 10 on Callaway’s website. Stock shaft options are the KBS Tour 90 (steel) and UST 65 (graphite). They’re available in lofts of 58 and 64 degrees.

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  1. chinchbugs

    Mar 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Alien wedge 1/10 the price and probably twice the clubs….and that is NOT saying much….

    Up next from DL the perfecter club….take the perfect club and just increase the head cc’s and put a more recent shaft in it… can’t wait (yawn)

  2. Warwick Weedon

    Mar 2, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I want one!! The anti shank hosel attracts me. The Alien did not work for me.

  3. exrog

    Mar 1, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    this wedge $119.99. the EX-1 $59.99. ( it may be XE-1 , not sure but still…) Bazooka 1-out $49.99. all the exact same thing. I am an 8 handicap and struggle with sand shots. I have the bazooka 1-out that I have tried in the sand with not much success, but for chipping around the greens that club is fantastic. if I am playing a course with thicker rough around the greens I will put it in the bag.

  4. N. D. Boondocks

    Mar 1, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I still will play my old Hogan Sure-Out if I know the bunkers are fluffy – very good results, then.
    If I play it from a bunker with wet &/or packed sand – very bad results, then.

  5. chinchbugs

    Mar 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

    You are SURE(ly) OUT of my foursome if you play this club!

  6. Mat

    Mar 1, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Just another wedge with a Granny Flange™.

  7. SlapHappy

    Mar 1, 2017 at 1:41 am

    I’m a gonna scoop some ice cream with that back flange area

  8. SteveTT

    Feb 28, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I don’t see the need for score lines abutting the top line of these wedges…. unless you happen to hit the ball very high up on the face…. and even then it won’t help! And if you think about it, the high up score lines will create added friction with the flying sand and could conceivably twist the clubface open due to the unequal face area higher than the last full score line at the hosel. Do you see my point?

  9. Matt

    Feb 28, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Have been gaining the 60PM for a couple of years, might give this a go

  10. Gary

    Feb 28, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    besides the old alien version of this club Moe Norman used a version of this club years ago..sad to say but anyone over a 18 handicap should be using this club for chipping and sand shots….and for you guys that are good out of the sand these clubs are just plan amazing,

  11. Cdub

    Feb 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Haney will do anything to make a buck.

  12. ArkJag

    Feb 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Coming to a K-Mart discount rack near you….

  13. Golfguy

    Feb 28, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    My brother-in-law up north sent me an interesting note. Believe it or not, you can still buy the Alien Sand Wedge at Costco Canada. 56 degrees of loft.

  14. Travis

    Feb 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    What in God’s name is Callaway doing?!

    They’re officially going downhill in my book. I was just thinking that Callaway is becoming a cheap and cheesy brand, and now this?!

  15. rex235

    Feb 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    The Mack Daddy Wedges are available in Left Hand.
    Like Thomas and Teresa Baretti are asking…
    What about the “SURE OUT” model?

  16. Blake

    Feb 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    “impossible to blade”

    I highly doubt that

  17. GhostofBenHogan

    Feb 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Sure out of original ideas, eh Callaway?

  18. Mark

    Feb 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Pass the sick bag please. Absolutely hideous and an insult to Hogan wedges of old.

    • Desmond

      Mar 4, 2017 at 3:10 am

      Not many remember “Hogan”

      See bankruptcy

  19. CCTxGolf

    Feb 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Strange lofts. 64* is a very, very niche wedge loft. As someone said below somebody playing a 64* probably has no need for this help/technology. It takes the other uses that a good player has for wedge with that much loft out of play. I find the 58* a strange choice too but at least somewhat more applicable for a mid high handicap player. Wonder why no “normal” sand wedge lifts.

    • Joshuaplaysgolf

      Feb 28, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Possibly to offset the fact you can’t open it up? So these are supposed to produce auto flop shots?? Only answer I can think of.

      • CCTxGolf

        Feb 28, 2017 at 6:20 pm

        That’s very good reasoning. Almost like the wedges are just “auto” opened up! Lol Thanks for the input. Makes since

    • Jack

      Feb 28, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      I use a 60 because I hit it comfortably to about 90 yards, 3/4 about 75 yards (can max it to about 100+, but that’s not what I need, and an occasional bladed shot will go 120 lol). It comes in very handy for approach shots and I use it for chip shots too as it provides more loft and minimizing roll out. Why do you think it’s a strange choice?

  20. The dude

    Feb 28, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    But in a statement Haney also said

    “Really works best with the swing magic- power connector-impact snap-sky track devices-the Haney blueprint-swing plane caddie!”

    This guy would endorse a pancake if they paid him to say it will improve your game…

    • Mike

      Feb 28, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      thats the best comment ever!!!!

    • Jim

      Mar 2, 2017 at 10:32 am

      I agree. Can HH possibly shill anything else. Everything he touches apparently is the best thing to improve your swing, your chipping, your whatever. Depending on the day of the week, and who is paying him that day, he’ll shill anything. Really lost credibility in my mind.

  21. acemandrake

    Feb 28, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I used to have the Hogan Sure Out.

    It was best for bunkers with lots of fluffy sand.

  22. JJ

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:38 am

    First they buy the Ben Hogan Company and rob the Apex and Edge brand name and now this! Can’t believe they give the credit to Hank Haney. What’s next the Callaway Radial Irons? or Callaway Personal blades? Callaway Equilizer Wedge? Ben Hogan must be rolling over in his grave!

    • SlapHappy

      Mar 1, 2017 at 1:40 am

      Those are great ideas! But Callaway is already doing that. Keep up, will ya?

  23. Thomas Barretti

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:37 am

    will it be available in left hand

  24. dr bloor

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Kind of odd loft choices. 56* is traditional for a sand wedge, and if you really need that sole, you probably shouldn’t be thinking about putting a 64* in the bag.

  25. TexasSnowman

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:14 am

    not a fan of haney in general; but this is good. they should actually extend the concept into the 50-52-54-56 lofts.

  26. dan

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Ummm… you can’t just make the exact same wedge with the exact same name and give credit to Hank for “inventing” it. Anyone ever hear of the Hogan “sure out?” It’s literally the exact same shape and concept with slightly shorter grooves.

    • dan

      Feb 28, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Did I mention that it’s actually called the Hogan “Sure out” ?? Come on people!

  27. Geoff

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Ping Glide ES already incorporates everything in this wedge and executes it flawlessly.

    • Geoff

      Feb 28, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Callaway crediting themselves and Haney for this knockoff is Trumpian.

  28. ImPeach 'Im!

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Looks a lot like an Alien wedge from the 90’s.

  29. Matt

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:49 am

    This looks like a straight copy of Cleveland golf smart sore wedges. Only difference is grooves that go through the whole face.

  30. Brian

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Decent bunker player here, but we (definitely myself included) all have the odd days where nothing in greenside sand seems to work. I’ve been toying with the idea of a 60º PM grind…but I might give this a look if it makes bunker shots that simple.

    • Tom

      Feb 28, 2017 at 11:14 am

      I’m with ya Brian. These might make shots easier on course with little to no sand in bunkers or way side areas.

      • Jim

        Mar 1, 2017 at 9:06 pm

        That was the point of the deep (way wider than THIS incarnation) sole and tight-to-the-ground front edge…Minimal bounce & inherently low COG. Worked off hardpan w/o having to lean shaft back – or open face to add loft, and thw width of it created bounce in powdery sand….
        Absolutely worth a try (the original – or maybe the Cleveland Smart Sole 60….a lot of loft for some people from sand, but if you master it, a 54 degree then becomes an awesome choice for chipping pitching and fairway wedge… Not a lot of money – we’re not talkin’ buying a $750 driver to experiment with – or a $350 PXG SW…

        The original was awesome.

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Review: FlightScope Mevo

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The Mevo is a useful practice tool for amateur golfers and represents a step forward from previous offerings on the market. It allows golfers to practice indoors or outdoors and provides club speed, ball speed, smash factor, launch angle, spin rate, carry distance and flight time.

It also has a video capture mode that will overlay swing videos with the swing data of a specific swing. It is limited in its capabilities and its accuracy, though, which golfers should expect at this price point. All in all, it’s well worth the $499 price tag if you understand what you’re getting.

The Full Review

The FlightScope Mevo is a launch monitor powered by 3D Doppler radar. With a retail price of $499, it is obviously aimed to reach the end consumer as opposed to PGA professionals and club fitters.

The Mevo device itself is tiny. Like, really tiny. It measures 3.5-inches wide, 2.8-inches tall and 1.2-inches deep. In terms of everyday products, it’s roughly the size of an Altoids tin. It’s very easy to find room for it in your golf bag, and the vast majority of people at the range you may be practicing at won’t even notice it’s there. Apart from the Mevo itself, in the box you get a quick start guide, a charging cable, a carrying pouch, and some metallic stickers… more on those later. It has a rechargeable internal battery that reaches a full charge in about two hours and lasts for about four hours when fully charged.

As far as software goes, the Mevo pairs with the Mevo Golf app on your iOS or Android device. The app is free to download and does not require any subscription fees (unless you want to store and view videos of your swing online as opposed to using the memory on your device). The app is very easy to use even for those who aren’t tech savvy. Make sure you’re using the most current version of the firmware for the best results, though (I did experience some glitches at first until I did so). The settings menu does have an option to manually force firmware writing, but updates should happen automatically when you start using the device.

Moving through the menus, beginning sessions, editing shots (good for adding notes on things like strike location or wind) are all very easy. Video mode did give me fits the first time I used it, though, as it was impossible to maintain my connection between my phone and the Mevo while having the phone in the right location to capture video properly. The only way I could achieve this was by setting the Mevo as far back from strike location as the device would allow. Just something to keep in mind if you find you’re having troubles with video mode.

Screenshot of video capture mode with the FlightScope Mevo

Using the Mevo

When setting up the Mevo, it needs to be placed between 4-7 feet behind the golf ball, level with the playing surface and pointed down the target line. The distance you place the Mevo behind the ball does need to be entered into the settings menu before starting your session. While we’re on that subject, before hitting balls, you do need to select between indoor, outdoor, and pitching (ball flight less than 20 yards) modes, input your altitude and select video or data mode depending on if you want to pair your data with videos of each swing or just see the data by itself. You can also edit the available clubs to be monitored, as you will have to tell the Mevo which club you’re using at any point in time to get the best results. Once you get that far, you’re pretty much off to the races.

Testing the Mevo

I tested the FlightScope Mevo with Brad Bachand at Man O’ War Golf Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Brad is a member of the PGA and has received numerous awards for golf instruction and club fitting. I wanted to put the Mevo against the best device FlightScope has to offer and, luckily, Brad does use his $15,000 FlightScope X3 daily. We had both the FlightScope Mevo and Brad’s FlightScope X3 set up simultaneously, so the numbers gathered from the two devices were generated from the exact same strikes. Brad also set up the two devices and did all of the ball striking just to maximize our chances for success.

The day of our outdoor session was roughly 22 degrees Fahrenheit. There was some wind on that day (mostly right to left), but it wasn’t a major factor. Our setup is pictured below.

Outdoor testing setup with FlightScope X3 (foreground) and Mevo

The results of our outdoor testing are shown below. The testing was conducted with range balls, and we did use the metallic stickers. The range balls used across all the testing were all consistently the same brand. Man O’ War buys all new range balls once a year and these had been used all throughout 2017.  The 2018 batch had not yet been purchased at the time that testing was conducted.

Raw outdoor data captured with range balls including metallic stickers. Mevo data (blue) and X3 data (orange) were both generated from the same exact shots.

You’ll notice some peculiar data in the sand wedge spin category. To be honest, I don’t fully know what contributed to the X3 measuring such low values. While the Mevo’s sand wedge spin numbers seem more believable, you could visibly see that the X3 was much more accurate on carry distance. Below is a quick summary of the percent differences between each of the parameters as presented by the Mevo and the X3 in our outdoor session when separated out for each club. As previously mentioned, though, take sand wedge spin with a grain of salt.

Table showing the percent difference of each parameter between Mevo and X3 grouped by club (outdoor testing).

The first thing we noticed was that the Mevo displays its numbers while the golf ball is still in midair, so it was clear that it wasn’t watching the golf ball the entire time like the X3. According to the Mevo website, carry distance, height and flight time are all calculated while club speed, ball speed, launch angle and spin rate are measured. As for the accuracy of the measured parameters, the Mevo’s strength is ball speed. The accuracy of the other measured ball parameters (launch angle and spin rate) is questionable depending on certain factors (quality of strike, moisture on the clubface and ball, quality of ball, etc). I would say it ranges between “good” or “very good” and “disappointing” with most strikes being categorized as “just okay.”

As for the calculated parameters of carry distance, height and time, those vary a decent amount. Obviously, when the measurements of the three inputs become less accurate, the three outputs will become less accurate as a result. Furthermore, according to FlightScope, the Mevo’s calculations are not accounting for things like temperature, humidity, and wind. The company has also stated, though, that future updates will likely adjust for these parameters by using location services through the app.

Now, let’s talk about those metallic stickers. According to the quick start guide, the Mevo needs a sticker on every golf ball you hit, and before you hit each ball, the ball needs to be placed such that the sticker is facing the target. It goes without saying that it doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun to spend time putting those stickers on every ball, let alone balls that will never come back to you if you’re at a public driving range. Obviously, people are going to want to avoid using the stickers if they can, so do they really matter? Below is a table of data showing the percent difference between the Mevo’s data and the X3’s data of what we collected outdoors with a driver and range balls with and without the use of the stickers.

Table showing how the percent difference of each parameter changes between Mevo and X3 when you use the metallic stickers and when you don’t

The FlightScope website says that the metallic stickers “are needed in order for the Mevo to accurately measure ball spin.” We observed pretty much the same as shown in the table above. The website also states they are working on alternative solutions to stickers (possibly a metallic sharpie), which I think is wise.

Another thing we thought would be worth testing is the impact of different golf balls. Below is a table of data showing the percent difference between the Mevo’s data and the X3’s data of what we collected outdoors with a driver and range balls as compared to Pro V1’s. All of this data was collected using the metallic stickers.

Table showing how the percent difference of each parameter changes between Mevo and X3 when you switch from range balls to Pro V1’s

As shown above, the data gets much closer virtually across the board when you use better quality golf balls. Just something else to keep in mind when using the Mevo.

Indoor testing requires 8 feet of ball flight (impact zone to hitting net), which was no problem for us. Our setup is pictured below. All of the indoor testing was conducted with Titleist Pro V1 golf balls using the metallic stickers.

Indoor testing setup with FlightScope X3 (foreground) and Mevo

The results of our indoor session are shown below.

Raw indoor data captured with Pro V1’s including metallic stickers. Mevo data (blue) and X3 data (orange) were both generated from the same exact shots.

Below is a quick summary of the percent differences between each of the parameters as presented by the Mevo and the X3 in our indoor session when separated out for each club.

Table showing the percent difference of each parameter between Mevo and X3 grouped by club (indoor testing)

On the whole, the data got much closer together between the two devices in our indoor session. I would think a lot of that can be attributed to the use of quality golf balls and to removing outdoor factors like wind and temperature (tying into my previous comment above).

As far as overall observations between all sessions, the most striking thing was that the Mevo consistently gets more accurate when you hit really good, straight shots. When you hit bad shots, or if you hit a fade or a draw, it gets less and less accurate.

The last parameter to address is club speed, which came in around 5 percent different on average between the Mevo and X3 based on all of the shots recorded. The Mevo was most accurate with the driver at 2.1 percent different from the X3 over all strikes and it was the least accurate with sand wedge by far. Obviously, smash factor accuracy will follow club speed for the most part since ball speed is quite accurate. Over every shot we observed, the percent difference on ball speed was 1.2 percent on average between the Mevo and the X3. Again, the Mevo was least accurate with sand wedges. If I remove all sand wedge shots from the data, the average percent difference changes from 1.2 percent to 0.7 percent, which is very, very respectable.

When it comes to the different clubs used, the Mevo was by far most accurate with mid irons. I confirmed this with on-course testing on a relatively flat 170-yard par-3 as well. Carry distances in that case were within 1-2 yards on most shots (mostly related to quality of strike). With the driver, the Mevo was reasonably close, but I would also describe it as generous. It almost always missed by telling me that launch angle was higher, spin rate was lower and carry distance was farther than the X3. Generally speaking, the Mevo overestimated our driver carries by about 5 percent. Lastly, the Mevo really did not like sand wedges at all. Especially considering those shots were short enough that you could visibly see how far off the Mevo was with its carry distance. Being 10 yards off on a 90 yard shot was disappointing.

Conclusion

The Mevo is a really good product if you understand what you’re getting when you buy it. Although the data isn’t good enough for a PGA professional, it’s still a useful tool that gives amateurs reasonable feedback while practicing. It’s also a fair amount more accurate than similar products in its price range, and I think it could become even better with firmware updates as Flightscope improves upon its product.

This is a much welcomed and very promising step forward in consumer launch monitors, and the Mevo is definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for one.

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Sergio Garcia WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Honda Classic (2/20/2018).

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage Dual Core 70TX

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue 3+ (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

5 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 16 (3, 4), Callaway Apex MB 18 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Nippon Modus Tour 130x

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10S, 54-10S, 58-08C)
Shafts: Nippon Modus Tour 130x

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Azalea
Grip: Super Stroke 1.0 SGP

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft

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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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