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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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Tour Velvet Cord Golf Grip

Grips might seem simple, but there is a lot that goes into making good ones. From formulating compounds, and adding color, to creating tooling to make sure they hit all of the required specs. Grips are often the most overlooked part of a golf club, and they shouldn’t be. The grip is the singular connection you as a player have with your clubs, and it should offer equal amounts of control and comfort, depending on how often you play and the weather conditions.

Yes, golfers generally pay a lot of attention to their putter grip,s but when it comes to the rest of a set, many golfers will just say “give me whatever is stock,” which is not a great idea.

These are the top-five grips of all time.

Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Tour velvet Cord Grips

How could we begin to talk about great grips without starting with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord? It’s the gold standard of durable all-weather performance. A soft rubber infused with a tight-weave cotton twill fiber (cord) adds additional traction that you just can’t get from an all-rubber grip on its own. It’s the most-used cord grip on tour and a favorite of golfers needing weather defying traction. (Honourable mention the classic non-corded Tour Velvet)

Winn Grips Excel

Winn Excel soft golf grip

The Winn Excel might not be the most durable or best all-weather grip ever made, but I challenge anyone to find a grip that offers greater comfort for fair-weather golfers, or players needing maximum shock absorption. The Winn Excel is Winn’s number-one selling grip of all time by a large margin, and speaking from experience, I have installed my fair share of full cases of these back in my big box retail golf days. From Winn “The Excel grip has been hailed by arthritic and hand fatigue sufferers as the reason they can still play golf.” With that in mind any product that is able to help golfers enjoy the game more belongs on the list!

Lamkin Crossline Cord

Another cord grip might seem like an odd addition to the list, but hear me out. Grip aficionados will tell you right away why they prefer the Lamkin Crossline Cord over others on the market. The taper is slightly different, the cord is a bit rougher, and for those in need of anything bigger than a standard grip—the Lamkin Crossline Cord is the ONLY full cord grip on the market that comes in an oversized option (weighing in at a whopping 76g). That alone makes it unique and earns its spot in the top five.

Iomic Sticky

Iomic Stick Golf Grips

Bold, colorful, and tacky are all words best used to describe the Iomic Sticky grip. It was one of, if not the first, mainstream grips in North America to offer a HUGE selection of color options and there’s a scientific reason why. Iomic grips are made from an elastomer resin, which is neutral in color: this means that any change to the color won’t change the weight of the grip, and that means you can mix and match up your set without having to worry about changing feel. It also gives grip designers endless freedom to come up with wild combinations too. According to Iomic, the elastomer resin offers a number of distinct advantages over rubber which includes lower torque, greater durability, and all-weather traction.

Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound

Golf Pride New Decade golf grips

Easily making its way into the top five is the Multi-Compound or as many call them the NDMCs. This grip was a game-changer for Golf Pride and the industry as a whole. It made grips “show up” on TV and got regular golfers to rethink their grip buying habits from just plain rubber to multi-material colorful options. From a performance perspective, the NDMC offers the best of both worlds, cord on the top (gloved hand) and a softer material under the bottom hand for additional traction and comfort.  Still considered a premium option, you can find New Decade grips on a lot of OEM stock products.

What do you think GolfWRXers? Are their any grips you think belong in the top five that aren’t included? Any that are included you don’t think should be?

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from SMAC43 who created a topic dedicated to Tour player’s love of Vokey wedges. SMAC43 asks fellow members just why so many Tour pros choose to play Vokey wedges, and WRXers weigh in with their reasoning.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say on the topic at the link below.

  • Downtown_Brown_4: “I think it has a lot to do with Aaron Dill. He’s able to take feedback from the players and custom grind anything they could ever want.”
  • straightshot7: “Vokey is probably what most of them played with as a junior and in college. Some guys don’t like to tinker with their short game equipment. Vokey is tried and true.”
  • Matty01984: “Vokey’s definitely seem to be the most popular wedge out there, and they have been for some time. The grind options and the guys that Titleist have working for them are definitely a big part of that. Interesting to see them cropping up in bags of guys that are on staff with other companies.”
  • Pepperturbo: “Remember, next to putters, wedges are the most used clubs on the PGA Tour. For that reason, Tour players replace wedges multiple times per year. A few players with contracts have been known to replace them every two-three months. However, if a tour player uses forged wedges, they are replaced more often because the sole and grooves wear quite fast with excessive use; cast not so much. I played forged for years before switching to Vokey SM6 when they were introduced; still have them in the bag too, even though I practice near daily with the LW. Last but just as important. Even though wedge grooves wear a good player can still spin the ball. Spin is about how you impact the ball and speed.”

Entire Thread: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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Henrik Stenson WITB 2019

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2019 Houston Open.

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62 (unconfirmed)

henrik stenson witb 2019-driver

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62

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5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80 TX

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Irons: Callaway Legacy Black (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Wedges: Callaway MD3 (46-08S), Callaway Jaws MD5 (52-10S, 58-08C)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Putter: Odyssey O Works #7
Grip: Garsen Max

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Wrap Cord

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