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



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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Rory McIlroy’s putter builder speaks on his winning TaylorMade Soto proto



It’s no secret that Rory McIlroy’s biggest weakness has historically been with his putter. But ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won by two shots, McIlroy made a putter switch and ended up with just 100 putts for the week — the lowest in his PGA Tour career. He also finished first in the field in Strokes Gained: Putting, and put on a putting display for the ages on Sunday to shoot 64 (he birdied 5 of the final 6 holes).

Related: Rory’s Winning WITB from the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational 

What’s so special about this putter? To figure that out, I spoke with TaylorMade’s International Tour Director Chris Trott, who worked directly with McIlroy on building his new putter.

Trott explains that McIlroy showed up to Bay Hill “with a different kind of confidence” that week. His caddie, Harry Diamond, showed up to the TaylorMade Tour Truck on Monday night (McIlroy wasn’t on site Monday) with a previous putter of McIlroy’s — a Scotty Cameron that he won multiple majors with, according to Trott — and he wanted to have a new putter built that matched up with the specs of it. “He came with a plan and he wanted to be on spec,” says Trott. So the TaylorMade team sent Harry off to the hotel Monday night with a TaylorMade TP Soto with no face insert, one with an insert, some other variations, and they sent him back to the hotel with a few Spiders, as well, according to Trott.

But since Trott says that McIlroy liked the feel of his previous gamer, Trott thought it was best to send a request back to TaylorMade’s offices in Carlsbad for a TP Black Copper Soto with a midslant neck and a Suryln insert in preparation for McIlroy’s arrival the next day. “Nine out of 10 times we already have a head with the insert in it [inside the tour truck], but this putter is so new,” says Trott. “It’s not even out yet.”

Trott says McIlroy showed up to the Tour Truck the next morning, but he “wasn’t enamored” with the options, although he did fancy the solid face Soto. Here’s the photo notes that Trott took of the solid-faced Soto that McIlroy liked.

Good thing Trott sent that request back to the office, though! The first words out of McIlroy’s mouth when he saw the new TP Black Copper Soto slant neck proto with the Suryln insert, according to Trott, were “Hmm, that’s nice.” But he wanted to tweak the specs. He wanted the putter an eighth of an inch shorter and 3-to-4 swingweight points lighter. Eventually, Trott also added 0.25 degrees of loft to the face compared to McIlroy’s gamer, and made it 1-degree more upright.

The new putter Trott concocted also had a Golf Pride Tradition grip on it, and McIlroy had him change it to a TaylorMade Red Cap Pistol grip.

So, McIlroy took to the putting green with the solid face Soto and the Black Copper slant neck proto with the Surlyn insert. After a few drills, McIlroy decided he liked the feel and look of the Trott concoction, and while he really liked the Black Copper finish, he did have concerns about how it would hold up in the weather.

In the end, McIlroy decided on the TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto proto. Here are the photo notes that Trott took from inside the trailer while holding McIlroy’s (eventual) winning putter.

The numbers in the photo above mean the specs of McIlroy’s putter are as follows:

  • Weight: 508.3 grams
  • Swing weight: D1
  • Lie angle: 71.25 degrees
  • Loft: 2.75 degrees
  • Length: 34.25 inches

Here are photos that we shot of the putter on Tuesday of the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play:

It’s safe to say McIlroy made the right decision for Bay Hill, and according to Trott, he’ll likely be sticking with the putter going forward. And if not, surely Trott and his team will be there with 7-10 more putter options for McIlroy to try out and hand-pick from. Must be nice to be Rory!

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Rory’s putter in our forums.

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Spotted: Phil Mickelson’s Callaway Mack Daddy PM-Grind “2.0” prototype wedge



More than three years ago, Callaway released a Mack Daddy PM Grind — PM stands for Phil Mickelson — that had a raised toe section for a higher center of gravity. Mickelson liked the PM Grind wedges because the designs allowed him to get more spin on open-faced shots, and also because they created a low trajectory with more spin on square-faced shots, said Roger Cleveland in 2015.

Since 2015, Mickelson has been playing various lofts of Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedges, and with various amounts of lead tape.

On Tuesday at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event, however, we spotted a new Mack Daddy PM Grind “2.o” wedge in his bag that has a different look. Is this the introduction of a new wedge release from Callaway?!


We spoke to a Callaway representative who, in so many words, said this is just Phil being Phil and tinkering with equipment, not a product launch.

“This is a Phil-specific prototype version of the Mack Daddy PM-Grind Wedge,” said a Callaway representative. “We built it specifically for him. He likes to tweak his clubs, of course, and this is just an example of that. Always a tinkerer!”
We’ll be sure to update you on more information about the PM Grind 2.0 prototype wedge when we have it.
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Adidas launches special edition black Boost colorway



Adidas staffers will be collectively back in black at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play this Thursday.

The company announced special edition black colorways for its Tour360, Tour360 Knit, and Crossknit 2.0 models, which players will wear, along with head-to-toe black, at the match play competition.

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“Boost changed the game for players when we brought it into our golf category,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “Now with the introduction of this special edition colored Boost, golfers can add another style option to their lineup while still enjoying the benefits that only Boost can deliver.”

Adidas partnered with BASF to develop the proprietary Boost technology, which offers cushioning via highly elastic thermoplastic urethane (TPU) pellets that are then fused together with heat and molded into the midsole shape for each specific model. Adidas cites energy return, unmatched cushioning and comfort along with long-lasting durability as the key benefits of the technology.

Adidas Tour360 Knit

The special edition black Boost colorway is available now and will only be featured in the Tour360 family: Tour360 ($210), Tour360 Knit ($190), Crossknit 2.0 ($160). Supplies are limited.

Adidas Crossknit 2.0

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