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Callaway launches new PM Grind 2019 wedge

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Callaway Golf’s newest wedge, the PM Grind 2019, hits the shops next month, with the wedge having been co-designed by Phil Mickelson and Roger Cleveland.

Mickelson’s efforts in improving the PM Grind revolved around his belief that there are three essential shots that every golfer needs to possess with a wedge in hand. The knockdown, the hit-and-check and the flop-shot.

The latest PM Grind will feature Callaway’s Groove-In-Groove technology, which was first introduced in their Mack Daddy 4 wedge last year. The technology entails four micro-positive ridges machined into flat parts of the face, parallel to the grooves, creating 84 points of contact with the ball.

For the PM Grind 2019, however, alterations, suggested by Mickelson were made. This year’s PM Grind has seen the micro-grooves machined into the face at a 20° angle, making them perpendicular to the target line when you open the face, with the aim of promoting more spin than ever before on lob shots.

The PM Grind 2019 also features an increased amount of offset which is designed to make it easier for the player to move the ball back in their stance and position their hands ahead of the ball.

The club also contains a higher toe, which was achieved by removing weight from the sole, and aims to promote a lower trajectory and create more space high on the face of the club by pulling the centre of gravity location upward.

The C-Grind sole on the wedge offers extra relief at the heel and toe, with the aim of promoting crisp, clean contact from a variety of greenside lies.

Speaking on his experience building the new PM Grind 2019 wedge alongside Phil Mickelson, Roger Cleveland stated

“Working with Phil on the PM grind wedges has been a fantastic experience. His insights are always spot-on, and implementing them to create something innovative like the PM Grind 2019 is incredibly satisfying. This wedge is going to help a lot of players hit shots they couldn’t hit before.”

The PM Grind 2019 contains the KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 steel wedge shaft, designed to deliver a balance of feel, spin and control, and possesses a Lamkin UTX grip in black with green highlights.

Loft/bounce combinations for the PM Grind 2019 include (all available in right-handed and left-handed)

  • 54º/14º
  • 56º/14º
  • 58º/12º
  • 60º/12º
  • 64º/10º

The PM Grind 2019 comes in a choice of Platinum Chrome and Tour Grey, both containing a PM Grind medallion on the back of the club. The new wedge from Callaway will be available from retail stores on February 15, and costs $159.99.

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  1. Richard

    Jan 6, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Cool, can’t wait to try these. The previous model was awesome and these look like they’ll be even better with the C grind and some camber on the sole!!!

  2. CaoNiMa

    Jan 6, 2019 at 1:58 am

    It’s the PM Grind F2 wedge Face Forward! lmao

  3. Scheiss

    Jan 6, 2019 at 1:57 am

    What’s with the cheap coin badge
    Why do they keep adding stuff like this that just has a tendency to fall off and annoy

  4. Chip

    Jan 5, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I don’t like the higher toe

    Hahahahaha

  5. Travis

    Jan 5, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Why is everyone saying they don’t like the high toe or the grooves? These look identical to the old PM grind except in a different finish. Do people forget the old PM grind already and thing this is a new thing? This concept has been around for years and years now…

  6. SwingMan

    Jan 5, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Like everything about ii except for that high toe is a no go. Most players are not Phil and don’t need that high toe. I’ll stick with the Ping Glide Stealth 2.0. Just can’t get over the bulky look of that head and PM toe. The rest of it is genius.

  7. Tom

    Jan 4, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Score lines extending all the way to the edge of the face looks “cheap” they have no function there because nobody hits the ball out there….looks like an old “Pal Joey” model from the early eighties….low quality image

  8. Speedy

    Jan 4, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Don’t like the looks of it (higher toe).

  9. Big "O"

    Jan 4, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I liked these in high loft (60deg) and played 2 off and on over a couple of seasons. But the offset looks like a deal killer to me in the pictures. I will have to see it in hand but me and offset don’t get along.

  10. HDTVMAN

    Jan 4, 2019 at 11:56 am

    YES! A 54°! On my second set of PM Grind’s, and will switch to the 2019 models. Best wedges on the market.

  11. Rich Douglas

    Jan 4, 2019 at 10:57 am

    If the grooves are optimized for hitting shots with an open face, would it also be true that they are NOT optimized for hitting shots with a square clubface?

    I suspect it doesn’t really matter a lot–marketing hype, likely. But if it is a real thing, you’re faced with making that choice.

  12. Ryan

    Jan 4, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Is Callaway planning a new MD4 or Forged wedge?

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Talking with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish…and a look at the insane headcover they made GolfWRX

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We last talked with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish in November of 2017 after the Nashville-based company launched a custom headcover and accessory builder on its website.

The company has been producing custom headcovers, yardage books, and other accessories since 2013 when it entered the market with its signature wool headcovers.

We wanted to see what was up, and Guess was kind enough not only to answer a few questions, but to design a pretty incredible GolfWRX driver cover using some raw assets we sent over.

BA: What’s new at Sunfish since we last talked? 

AG: 2018 was a great year for innovation at Sunfish. We worked hard to develop new design and construction techniques, and it has been really exciting combining these new creative elements into one of a kind headcovers and accessories. 2018 was our eighth year in business, but it was probably the most significant in terms of innovation. We’re excited to see where we can go from here!

BA: Looking at your websites, I know one of the new things you developed is something you call Photoflux. What exactly is Photoflux?

AG: Photoflux is our proprietary high-resolution printing process, that gives us the ability to apply to our products anything from photos to complex patterns to intricate logos. The level of resolution and detail is truly unmatched, and can’t be achieved with embroidery. We apply it to our leather and Duraleather products, even our hand-made copper ball markers and divot tools! Those are really exciting, because we can make custom copper ball markers with full color logos, on demand

BA: How the heck did you come up Photoflux?

AG: A customer ordered a scorecard holder with his family photo to be embroidered on each side. We made the piece and weren’t happy at all with the result. The embroidery process couldn’t do justice to the photographs. It was clear that there were certain limitations to embroidery, and we were motivated to overcome them. After months of trial and error, long hours and strenuous testing against sun, rain, and wear, we developed the current process.

BA: What are ways the Photoflux process can be used?

AG: Photoflux is perfect for applying photos, but can also be used for intricate logos or family crests. Really any graphic element can be expressed accurately using Photoflux, including shading. Recently we’ve had fun developing custom patterns such as tiger fur and using them as stripes on headcovers. The sky’s the limit!

Photoflux is best in concert with other design techniques, such as embroidery, laser engraving, and precision cutting and sewing. The featured piece (shown in this feature) incorporates Photoflux, precision cutting and sewing, laser engraving and embroidery. The result is as much artwork as it is a functional golf accessory.

BA: What are the limitations of the technology…what products can you apply Photoflux to?

AG: It’s great for leather and Duraleather headcovers, putter covers, scorecard and yardage book holders, alignment stick covers, cash covers, valuables pouches, wine bags, barrel style tartan headcovers…and even copper ball markers and divot tools!

BA: Tell me about this headcover you made for GolfWRX. I suggested the use of a graffiti wall, a GolfWRX logo, and skeleton hand holding up one finger to denote one club/driver, and you really went to town!

AG: So for the headcover you have, we used Photoflux to apply the graffiti wall image to the top of the cover (did you notice the ‘GolfWRX’ spraypaint in there? We threw that in there for you as an Easter egg!). On top of that, we embroidered the skeleton hand. For the stripe, we laser cut the outline of a typical urban skyline, and laser engraved the chain-link fence pattern over the top, than sewed that down. The bottom portion is a Photoflux image of GolfWRX that you sent over.

With so many new ways to decorate and manipulate the materials, we’re really excited about combining it all for our fans and customers to create really unique products. We feel the sky is the limit, and we hope this headcover illustrates that.

 

 

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New XXIO Prime woods, hybrids, and irons aim for lightweight power

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XXIO’s latest club offerings, XXIO Prime, looks to offer easy distance and easy accuracy for the moderate swing speed golfer, according to the company.

XXIO Prime woods

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XXIO Prime Woods feature a new re-designed hosel structure, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the driver shaft, which is designed to help moderate swing speed golfers to close the clubface through impact.

Forged from Super-TIX PLUS Titanium, the new cup face includes a sweet spot that is noticeably larger than previous designs, which aims to increase distance performance significantly. The Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face is thinner, lighter and stronger than previous additions, creating a maximum COR across the face, which aims to increase ball speed and distance.

According to Chuck Thiry, Vice President of XXIO USA

“The speed increases, higher launch angles, and draw bias of the new Prime will show immediate results from swing one. It’s legit lightweight power for the players that absolutely need it the most.”

Featured in the XXIO prime woods is the SP-1000 shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin, which creates a strong but lightweight club. Along with the lightness in the shaft, XXIO has made weight savings in the grip and club head, which aims to produce woods that are both fast and easy to swing.

The XXIO Prime woods feature an expanded toe and narrowed heel, a tungsten-nickel inner weight that is low and deep, a lighter hosel repositioned closer to the center of the face, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the shaft, all with the aim of offering golfers with maximum forgiveness from their woods.

The XXIO Prime woods will be available from March 1 and will cost $579,99.

XXIO Prime hybrids and irons

The new XXIO Prime hybrids feature an expanded COR and a lower center of gravity, which is designed to increase distance and ball speed while delivering a straighter ball flight.

The hybrids from XXIO contain a Forged Maraging Steel Cup Face which includes a large sweet spot which aims to increase distance performance.

Just as with the woods, the XXIO irons also feature the Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face, though along with this, they also contain a CNC milled speed groove, which significantly increases the COR, creating a larger sweet spot, designed to provide greater distance, ball speed and accuracy.

Both the hybrids and irons include the SP-1000 Shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin. The hybrids and irons also feature weight savings in the grip and club head, with the aim of increasing swing speed.

With an expanded toe and narrowed heel, plus a crown step that moves weight low and deep, XXIO claim that this is their most forgiving suite of Prime hybrids. While with two high-density tungsten nickel sole weights and an overall profile that is 3mm shorter than the previous model, the company also claims to have created their most forgiving irons yet.

Speaking on the new XXIO Prime series, Chuck Thiry stated

“XXIO Prime is, quite frankly, the most unique and beneficial product ever available to moderate swing speed players. Period. People might think that is marketing hype, but they simply haven’t hit Prime yet.”

Both the XXIO Prime hybrids and irons will hit retail stores on March 1. The Prime hybrids will cost $379.99, while a single graphite iron will be available for $259.99.

 

 

 

 

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SPOTTED: 2019 Mitsubishi shafts

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The Diamana shaft line from Mitsubishi Chemical is probably one of the most iconic in the sport. Released in 2005, Blueboard, Whiteboard, and Redboard, were the first generation of shafts.

Photos of the full fourth generation Diamana lineup, offering new materials and technology, along with new names, have surfaced in the GolfWRX forums. Like previous generations, each color shaft offers different ball flight and spin characteristics.

“RF” is the highest launching and spinning in the Diamana line, offering high launch and mid spin, while the “BF” is the mid-launch and mid/low-spin model. Finally, the “DF” is mid/low-launching and the lowest-spinning shaft in the lineup.

All of the fourth generation Diamana shafts use updated technologies and materials that you would expect from a premium lineup. DIALEAD pitch fiber is helps reduce shaft deformation, while still producing exceptional energy transfer.

Each shaft contains MR70 carbon fiber that is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials and Boron fiber for its compression strength and shaft reinforcement. ION plating has been done before in the Diamana line, in vacuum chambers — silver alloy ions are bonded to the shaft to give it a chrome-like finish that can’t be replicated by paint.

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