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Spotted: Justin Rose is testing a new TaylorMade “Hi-Toe” wedge

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On Twitter today, Justin Rose posted a photo of a never-before-seen TaylorMade “Hi-Toe” 60-degree wedge. As the name suggests, it appears the toe portion is raised; we’ve seen this high-toe design from other manufacturers, and the benefits of those designs included increasing face area on open-faced shots, and shifting CG (center of gravity) to where it’s more beneficial for wedge play (likely higher for more spin and a lower flight).

The wedge is also stamped with “MG” to suggest it’s a “milled grind” wedge, much like TaylorMade’s popular wedge line that’s in stores now. There also appears to be slots behind the face, likely to also shift CG to where it’s deemed more beneficial.

Talks of a TaylorMade wedge with a high-toe design were actually started by Dustin Johnson a few weeks ago in a press conference. His full comments on that wedge are above, and you can join the discussion about the wedge in our forums.

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  1. Ben

    Nov 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    It’s a copy of the Callaway PM Grind, and I would take the PM over the TM any day of the week!

    • Matt Polivka

      Nov 29, 2017 at 11:39 am

      this wedge is actually slightly different.. the PM grind has grooves over the entire face.. this wedge still has the classic no grove toe and heel area.

  2. Odo

    Nov 17, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Is that a bronze wedge? Never saw one like that before. Looks cool.

  3. Mike Singleton

    Nov 17, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I have been playing the Callaway Mac Daddy PM wedge for 4 years now and quite frankly it’s the finest sand wedge since the original Ping Eye 2. If you have game and want to improve your 50yds and in scoring
    you owe it to yourself to try these. The hi-toe allows the face to be laid open for better flange use in bunkers & on flop shots…while the specific grind of the sole is ingenious…..Thank you Phil. If Vokey
    had something like this in their line, they could pick up another 15% of their already dominant market share…..just saying Boy’s & Girl’s

  4. The dude

    Nov 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    What is the significance of a high tie again????

  5. etc.

    Nov 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Looks like they gouged metal out of the sole flange and likely placed it into the toe and top to raise the CG. If so, this lob wedge is only good for golfers with high speed swings because a lower swing speed will lower the trajectory excessively.
    It’s a Tour Only lob wedge.

    • Odo

      Nov 17, 2017 at 11:12 am

      That’s good to know. Thanks.

    • Corey

      Nov 17, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      I understand your comment scientifically, but disagree. I play the 58 and 64 in the Callaway PM-Grind (which is the exact wedge this Taylormade is ripping off). Yes I have an above average swing speed, but I play with two 65 – 70 year olds who play the 56. If we’re purely talking about short game, it has become both of their go to clubs. The larger face unintentionally gives them a larger room for error and higher CG adds a ton of spin for stopping power with negligible loss in height. One of them actually consolidated wedges due to its versatility and added another hybrid.

      I will sing on the mountain tops for this design…even if is a straight stolen idea from Callaway Phil Mickelson design. 😉

  6. Pelle

    Nov 16, 2017 at 11:40 am

    This wedge looks pretty much as a combination of Callaways PM-grind and Cleveland CBX wedge. Neither of them seems to be any success. May be Taylor Made will find some customers?

    • Piney

      Nov 16, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      Not sure what you’re talking about. Callaway’s PM grind has been very successful and has a pretty strong following.

      • Corey

        Nov 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

        It even has the identical U-Grind sole…exactly like Callaway.

  7. C

    Nov 16, 2017 at 7:29 am

    How did 6 people rate this a shank?

    • Chopper

      Nov 17, 2017 at 9:56 am

      By reading “TaylorMade” and left clicking the shank button.

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ClevelandKyle who brings up the subject of wedge set-ups. In the thread, our members discuss what wedges they like to carry as well as answering ClevelandKyle’s question: “If you had to carry two wedges for the rest of your life, what would they be (degree, make, model) and why?”

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.

  • SEP1006: “PW / GW – 0311P PXG GEN 2, same as irons. 54/12 and 58/06 – Ping Glide Stealth 2.0: best wedges I’ve ever played by far, very versatile.”
  • cardoustie: “Like the OP, I keep going back to old school Vokey sm2’s .. 50/54/60. TVD m grinds. No wedge spins it as well or feels as good. I am ordering a Glide 3.0 eye 2 58 though.”
  • manoagolfer: “Vokey 48, 54, 58 and 62. Just added the 62 for the short stuff around the greens and steep faced bunkers.”
  • BCULAW: “RTX4 Raw 46 mid, 50 mid, 56 full, 60 low. After playing Vokeys almost exclusively for the last ten years or so, these Clevelands have been a real eye-opener. Spin is greatly increased, and the grind on the 60 is stellar. Highly recommended.”

Entire Thread: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Afor1991 who is on the hunt for a 1 or 2-iron after having no luck with hybrids. With a swing speed in the low 100s, Afor1991 is confident he has the speed and consistency to make a 1 or 2-iron work for him, and our members have been giving him their best suggestions in our forum.

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.

  • boggyman: “1st generation TM UDI 16* hard to beat with right shaft for a 1-iron, IF you could find one. Used mine in a set of OL Cobras for a while. Need to re-shaft it now though.”
  • Pepperturbo: “I have been effectively using T-MB 17* 2 iron since it was introduced. Now and again put my old Mizuno Pro 16* 1 iron in the bag to remind me those clubs require a good swing. Good luck with your choice.”
  • joelsim: “It depends on how much you value consistency over distance. And of course what your handicap is. I don’t have an official handicap but am regularly scoring in the 70s at my home club, at most 85 if I have a really bad day. And I tried a UDI #2 a couple of weeks ago and sold it a day later. Will stick to my G400 #4 Iron at power spec 19*. Gives me 195y carry consistently with run out according to ground hardness. So far it beats G and G400 Crossovers, Cobra King Utility and TM UDI #2 hands down.”
  • wam78: “Currently playing Mizuno mp h5 2 iron and I absolutely love it! Feels good, easy to hit high and low and can be found for a good price.”

Entire Thread: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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