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Callaway launches new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical wedges

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Earlier this year, Callaway released its Mack Daddy 4 wedges, which were armed with Groove-In-Groove Technology and “Nip-It” grooves to provide more spin. Now, industry legend Roger Cleveland and Callaway R&D, with heavy influence from Tour pro input, have launched the brand new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedge.

The Mack Daddy 4 Tactical features a limited edition Black Tour Issue Shaft and Lamkin Tactical Grip. The Mack Daddy 4 Tactical also features a sharp new Tactical PVD finish, Black PVD Face and black medallions for an aggressive look.

According to Callaway, The Mack Daddy 4 is the most rigorously tested and Tour-validated wedge that they have ever offered. The new wedge is said to provide more compact shape, straighter leading edge, tighter leading-edge radius and slightly more offset compared to their Mack Daddy 3 range. All features were included to provide maximum spin and control from tight lies.

The Mack Daddy 4 Tactical is available in both Callaway’s S and X grind options. Here is a rundown of what both grinds will provide, according to Callaway

  • S-Grind: “Medium-width sole with slight chamber at the back and moderate heel relief to keep the leading edge low through impact, promoting solid contact on open-faced shots. 10º bounce.”
  • X-Grind: “The newest grind features a narrow, high-bounce crescent sole, with the low point near the front. Excellent for moderate-to-steep attack angles and medium-to-soft course conditions. 12º bounce.”

Available lofts include  50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60-degree options, all of which will be available for both right and left-handed players. The Mack Daddy 4 Tactical will be in stores from the 21st of Sept. and will cost $179.99.

Callaway will be donating a portion of the proceeds for the Mack Daddy 4 Tactical to the Birdies For The Brave Foundation, a national military outreach initiative. All active, reserve, retired, and military veterans are eligible for a 15 percent discount on the new release from Callaway, which will be available here.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. Mad-Mex

    Sep 15, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    I don’t care for the tactical grooves, the strategic grooves seem to work better for me.

  2. pr

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:34 am

    More wedges nobody wants

  3. carl

    Sep 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    will liberals try to confiscate these? who really needs tactical “weapons of war” that are black and scary looking

  4. Tom

    Sep 12, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    WOW! so different looking, never seen anything like these!!! what a major breakthrough in club design!!!

  5. Travis

    Sep 12, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Lame.

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Club Building 101: Counterbalancing golf clubs

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Counterbalancing can take many forms, from higher balance point shafts, to heavier grips. This video explains how this relates to club building, along with the benefits of counterbalancing from both a player and design perspective.

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Callaway redesigns Odyssey R-Ball Prototype using GE’s additive manufacturing

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Callaway has announced the company has signed a consultancy agreement with GE Additive’s AddWorks team, with the aim of improving its equipment through the potential of additive manufacturing. According to GE Additive’s website, additive manufacturing is a process that creates a physical object from digital design, enabling the creation of lighter, stronger parts and systems.

What does this mean for Callaway’s equipment?

The opening project from the agreement is a redesigned Odyssey R-Ball Prototype putter head. Callaway originally developed the Odyssey R-Ball Prototype as a tour preferred model in Japan, which consisted of removing the front ball from the original 2-ball design. Callaway, through additive manufacturing, has optimized the acoustics of the putter while retaining the preferred shape and performance.

 

Brad Rice, director – R&D, Advanced Engineering at Callaway, speaking about the process, stressed that the use of additive manufacturing is the future to the production of equipment in the game of golf, stating

“Additive manufacturing is a new tool; which is quickly going beyond the aspirational phase, and into the functionalization phase of the technology. Callaway needs to learn how to use this tool well because it is inevitable that 3D-Printing of production parts is going to happen – it is the production method of the future.”

So just how has Callaway and GE Additive collaborated to create the ideal acoustics on the Odyssey R-Ball Prototype putter head? Well, the answer is by adding geometry that made it difficult for conventional casting methods, which you can get a feel for in this short video.

For the Odyssey Prototype putter to retain its optimal design and shape while altering the acoustic signature of the putter head, Callaway and GE Additive’s AddWorks’ design and engineering teams implemented additive manufacturing through the following process:

  •  AddWorks provided guidance to Callaway, based on decades of additive design background spanning several industries.
  •  The team refined existing designs to the build direction to ensure all features were self-supported or easily supported during the build. The AddWorks team designed supports for thermal stresses and overhang constraints.
  •  Topology optimization was used in conjunction with acoustical mapping to create the optimal design.

According to GE Additive AddWorks general manager, Chris Schuppe, additive manufacturing is a method which we are going to be hearing of a lot down the line, and he is expecting this to be the first of many collaborations with Callaway

“We’re taking away many new learnings from our first project together, especially around aesthetics. We have also used additive technology to create an acoustic map, which is certainly a first for us. We’re looking forward to driving more successful projects with Callaway, as they continue their additive journey.”

What the future holds for Callaway’s products through the use of additive manufacturing remains to be seen. However, the company’s bold stance on the potential of the process enhancing their equipment could be telling.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest club that you game?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from uwhockey14, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for the oldest club that they still use out on the course. Despite the latest technologies continually leading to new and improved equipment, this thread shows that for many of our members, there will always be a place in the bag for that certain trusty older club.

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.

  • leo the lion: “Odyssey Dual Force 56 degree wedge which is about 20 years old. These wedges have what I believe are called Stronomic inserts in the face. The inserts are made of a very hard material and still look new. I have not found a wedge that gives more spin and control than these wedges. Ping Eye and ISI’s come close but the Dual Forces can almost stop on a dime. I also have a 52 degree that I will use together with the 56 on shorter courses.”
  • NRJyzr: “Playing Golden Ram Tour Grinds right now, they’re approximately 38 years old.”
  • Moonlightgrm: “My Ping ISI irons are 18-years old. Nothing can move them out of my bag. Easy to hit and very forgiving. I tried a set of Mizuno JPX900 forged this year, and they lasted exactly 3-rounds.”
  • sneaky_pete: “18* Mizuno Fli Hi II Driving Iron from around 2006/2007.  This will never leave the bag! Also still rocking my Adams Speedline Super S 3 wood from 2012.”
  • dpb5031: “Arnold Palmer AP30r blade putter – ~50 years old. Kasco K2K #33 (sorta between a 2 hybrid & 5 wood) – 18 years old.”

Entire Thread: “Oldest club that you game?”

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