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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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WRX Spotlight: Swag Golf proto putter

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Product: Swag Golf proto putter

Pitch: From Swag “Swag is the brand that isn’t scared to push the limits in a conservative sport that isn’t evolving to meet changing styles. We like to listen to music on the course, we want to be bold, we love having fun, we love golf, and we’re going to express that both on and off the course. We aren’t going to try to sell you on how great our proprietary materials are and we don’t need to rely on clever marketing to sell more. We’re a no BS company. What matters is that our putters feel good and in turn make you feel good when putting. We have some crazy ideas, we love to tinker, and we experiment on how to perfect everything we do. ”

Our Take on the Swag Golf Proto putter

Though relatively new, Swag Golf has been making a big splash in the industry for their high-end and striking headcovers and accessories. Perhaps less talked about when it comes to the company is their putters – something which I feel is likely to change after testing out their prototype rainbow finish flat-stick.

The putter is beautiful from whatever angle you look at – but especially at address. Extremely smooth lines, and with full-shaft offset, the blade’s shoulders and bumpers are flawlessly balanced to frame the ball and let the putter sit perfectly square. The single line alignment aid enhances the look and is positioned right in the center of the blade’s sweet spot, while the CNC milled flat-stick delivers perfectly smooth edges – noticeably on the neck for a sublime and soft profile.

With a head weight of 354g, the putter from Swag feels exceptional in your hands over the ball. Every detail matters when investing in a premium putter, and the sensation of the stable and firm feel of the flat-stick as well as there being no wavering of the head, makes the putter feel like an extension of your body when standing over a putt.

The sound and feel of the putter is an area where Swag has knocked it out of the park. With a fly milled face from 303 Stainless Steel, the flat-stick delivers an incredibly soft feel at impact.

No vibration is felt on impact, even on long-distance putts. It never feels like your hitting the ball but more caressing it, which is a pleasant sensation when putting from downtown. What you get in terms of sound at impact is a low, deep pitched note from a putter which rolls beautifully on its axis and produces no vibration on slight mis-hits.

To nitpick, the company’s “black mid pistol tackified kangaroo leather grip” took some getting used to. Initially, it took a little away from how impressive the flat-stick feels in your hands, but it gradually becomes more comfortable.

Overall performance-wise though, the putter from Swag provides everything you could hope for from a high-end putter. Exceptional feel at address, painfully attractive profile and precision at impact.

As of now, the company boasts self-confessed “putting nerd” Kevin Streelman as their PGA Tour ambassador. Streelman is currently gaming the brand’s Handsome Too proto, and after experiencing the Swag rainbow proto for myself, the highest compliment I can give is that I would be surprised if he (and PGA Tour newcomer Rhein Gibson) are still the only Tour pros to game one of the brand’s flat-sticks in 12 to 24 months time.

In terms of an Anser-style putter, Swag packs a hefty punch with their numerous offerings. While I personally love the eye-catching rainbow finish (which has been blasted to remove some of the boldness), I realize it’s not for everyone. However, the company has plenty more traditional finishes on their array of flat-sticks, which you can find on their website here.

Whatever finish you prefer your putters to come in though, it’s unlikely that any department of Swag’s flat-sticks will leave you disappointed.

 

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New Mitsubishi Chemical ZF shaft in play at the Tour Championship

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Even after winning just a week ago, Justin Thomas has put a new MCA Diamana ZF-Series shaft into play for the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Final this week at East Lake Golf Club. JT is using the 60g TX version in his 9.5-degree Titleist TS2 driver (see Thomas’ BMW Championship-winning WITB here).

MCA has confirmed the new shaft and given us some great information on why it is are adding this fourth profile to the Diamana line—something the company has never done before.

The new Diamana ZF has taken the easy loading bend profile from the BF-Series and tweaked it in certain spots along the length to further maximize the design and find greater performance for players across swing speed ranges.

“The result is a profile that makes ZF a little more explosive and easier to accelerate.” -Mark Gunther, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MCA GOLF.

Like the other shafts in the Diamana Fourth Gen. Series, the Diamana ZF shafts owe their stiffness and stability to two unique technologies. First: the MCA-developed MR70 carbon fiber material, and the second: Boron fiber. MR70 is found in both the butt and tip sections of the shaft and is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials, with a 10 percent greater modulus (a measure of stiffness). These designs have additional strength thanks to Boron fiber in the tip section to create the exact EI curve desired.

When you compare the new ZF to Diamana BF-Series, the ZF-Series shafts are a slightly stronger profile and built to have increased stability in both the butt and tip sections. They feature a softer, more active middle for better energy transfer and clubhead acceleration.

A cool feature for those looking to get a bit more distance but are on the lower end of the swing speed spectrum: There will also be a 40-gram version of the ZF, which is the lightest shaft of the fourth generation Diamana family.

“We’re extremely happy to have a 40g option within Diamana™ ZF,” says Gunther. “This opens the performance benefits of these unique Mitsubishi Chemical materials to a whole new range of players who prefer to play an ultra-lightweight shaft.”

Mitsubishi Diamana ZF-Series Availability and Specs

Diamana ZF-Series will be available September, 13 2019 at MCA GOLF authorized retailers and dealers nationwide, with a suggested retail price of $400.

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  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 60 (S, TX Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 70 (S, TX Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 80 (S, TX Flex)
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Forum Thread of the Day: “Are 919 forged irons really that good?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 9ironiscash who asked fellow members what they thought about Mizuno’s 919 forged ironsOur members dish out their experiences gaming the irons, with the majority of WRXers answering with a resounding yes to 9ironiscash’s original question.

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

  • Gmack1973: “I think the 919 forged are great irons. I play to a handicap of 4 and think I’m not a bad ball striker. I had the tours 6-pw, and they were great but a bit unforgiving if you don’t get them out the middle. I now have 919 forged 4 – PW and couldnt be happier. They have the Nippon Modus 120 stiff shafts.”
  • Gofguy224: “They are great irons! Had them for about a month and I’ve already shot 3 of my lowest scores ever! Very forgiving and they feel buttery soft
  • chjyner: “The whole 919 range is probably the best on the market “
  • PowerCobra98: “I like them. Moved from Apex 19’s into 919 Forged. I’ll likely be looking at a set of MP20 HMB’s though.”

Entire Thread: “Are 919 forged irons really that good?”

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