Tinker season has returned!

With the 2016-2017 PGA Tour season ending at the Tour Championship on Sunday, it’s technically the offseason despite some of the best players in the world competing in the 2017 Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club. Although it’s an important and patriotic competition, it still marks the start of new equipment releases, and PGA Tour players trying out new equipment.

On the range at Liberty National, we spotted new Callaway Mack Daddy 4 wedges — the company says they are in the prototype phase — and a new Callaway X Forged prototype driving iron in the bag of Phil Mickelson.

Callaway Mack Daddy 4 prototype wedges

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The Mack Daddy 4 wedges look similar to the company’s previous MD3 Milled wedges, which also had four weight ports in the rear cavities that were said to reposition center of gravity (CG) higher in the wedges for a lower launch and higher spin. The overall look of the wedges, however, bear more of a resemblance to its Mack Daddy 2 wedges. The photos also show that “milled” is stamped on the hosel of the Mack Daddy 4 wedges.

Maybe the Mack Daddy 4 is a best-of-both-worlds design that draws from the constructions of both the Mack Daddy 2 and 3 wedges. We’ll have to wait and see, for now.

“This is a Callaway prototype wedge that we are currently testing with our professional staffers,” a Callaway representative told us. “It is a prototype as of now.”

Callaway X Forged Driving Iron

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In Phil Mickelson’s bag, a well-known club tinkerer, we spotted a Callaway Epic Pro iron, X Forged 2017 irons, Callaway Apex MB irons, and a never-before-seen X Forged 18-degree driving iron. Unlike Callaway’s previous Apex UT driving iron that had a weight port in its sole, the X Forged driving iron we spotted in Phil’s bag has a clean sole. It does, however, sport an expectedly wider sole than the new X Forged 2017 irons that were recently unveiled in Japan.

“These are Callaway prototype irons that we are testing with our professional staffers,” a Callaway representative told us. “They are prototypes as of now.”

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  1. It wouldn’t be Fall if Callaway weren’t debuting their new and improved wedges from a few months back. My oh my, how do Titleist, Ping, Mizuno, Cleveland and dare I say Taylormade compete in the wedge segment? They only release new wedges every 18-24 months.

    Overengineering? To a T.

    FWIW, I do like that they’re not even bothering with rebadging.

  2. Read this “article” three times and have not figured out what makes these BETTER than Mack Daddy 2 wedges? It says it ” reposition center of gravity (CG) higher in the wedges for a lower launch and higher spin” How much lower and how much spin?

  3. From Wikipedia:
    “Overengineering (or over-engineering) is the designing of a product to be more robust or complicated than is necessary for its application, either (charitably) to ensure sufficient factor of safety, sufficient functionality, or because of design errors. Overengineering can be desirable when safety or performance on a particular criterion is critical, or when extremely broad functionality is required, but it is generally criticized from the point of view of value engineering as wasteful. As a design philosophy, such overcomplexity is the opposite of the less is more school of thought (and hence a violation of the KISS principle and parsimony).

    Overengineering generally occurs in high-end products or specialized market criteria, and takes various forms. In one form, products are overbuilt, and have performance far in excess of needs (a family sedan that can drive at 300 km/h, or a home video cassette recorder with a projected lifespan of 100 years), and hence are more expensive, bulkier, and heavier than necessary. Alternatively, they may be overcomplicated – the design may be far more complicated than is necessary for its use, such as a modern text editor asking whether files should be saved in ASCII, EBCDIC or various multi-byte formats. Overcomplexity reduces usability of the product by the end user, and can decrease productivity of the design team due to the need to build and maintain all the features.

    A related issue is market segmentation – making different products for different market segments. In this context, a particular product may be more or less suited for a particular market segment, and may be over- or under- engineered relative to an application.
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    The golf club industry and over-engineering…. so true.

    • From Wikipedia:
      IDIOT
      An idiot, dolt, dullard or (archaically) mome is a person perceived to be lacking intelligence, or someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly counterproductive way. Along with the similar terms moron, imbecile, and cretin, the word archaically referred to the intellectually disabled, but have all since gained specialized meanings in modern times. An idiot is said to be idiotic, and to suffer from idiocy.
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      You are the definition. So true//

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