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WRX Spotted: TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedges

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3M is all about innovation, and this week at the 3M Open, there’s another company showcasing a new innovation. Behold: TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedges.

We don’t have an official comment yet from TaylorMade, but based off of the pictures we have so far, we can draw a couple of conclusions about these new wedges (hopefully) coming soon to retail

  • There appears to be some type polymer-filled cavity in the back of the wedge. It’s not a big cavity, and we’re not quite sure what its purpose might be, but it could be for a couple reasons: To remove mass, and direct the center of gravity, and/or to improve on the feel (and acoustics)
  • Speaking to CG: There seems to be a shifting pad along the back of the wedges with increased thickness in certain areas. Again, this could be to change the feel and move the CG depending on the loft. Doing this can increase spin and trajectory control, which is something everybody wants.
  • New face: Heres the give away that this wedge is very close to coming to retail: full-blown finished retail marketing material on the clubs. Anytime a club (any club) shows up with marketing material on the face, means that is has gone through a lot of different people and steps to get there. OEMs don’t put that kind of time into a face sticker without the product being close to hitting shelves.

Speaking to that sticker, TaylorMade is introducing raw-faced wedges. As it has been proven many times, a raw face won’t actually increase spin, but it will reduce glare…and also create a look preferred by many players. Taking a page from the old Nike playbook (remember the coated Engage wedges?), these stickers will keep the faces from rusting on shelves before they go into players’ bags.

The Milled Grind wedges have been a big winner for TaylorMade along with the Hi-Toe wedges, and if this is a sign that raw wedges are coming, then TM is going to have another winner on its hands…and in bags of tour pros and regular golfers alike.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Gary Thompson

    Jul 4, 2019 at 9:02 am

    RB…You wouldn’t have issue with leaving the sticker on the face would you? Its not like stickers left on clubs are a pet peeve of yours right? Hahaha…

  2. Clay

    Jul 3, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    The look down looks good. The rest? Too much “stuff”! Time will tell, good luck!

  3. Jim

    Jul 3, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    The face reminds me of some of really old clubs with the odd face pattern when you look down at it. I really like the current model so hopefully these will be as good. But that face isn’t the best looking.

  4. dat

    Jul 3, 2019 at 9:01 am

    pass. Make one without a raw face for the mass market, as most people will complain about it after two months when they didn’t clean the face to begin with. Their loss, but the customer will blame TM.

    • Travis

      Jul 26, 2019 at 9:15 pm

      The customer won’t complain. Plenty of OEM’s have raw wedges now. It’s becoming more normal and there’s a giant sticker telling you what’s going to happen to the face.

  5. Jarnio Bubly

    Jul 3, 2019 at 8:20 am

    It looks kind of Hi Toeish already which is nice.

  6. JP

    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Just release the hi-toe with the flat leading edge and no gooseneck looking hosel. The one DJ carries. Give me that and I’m a buyer!

  7. Brandon

    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    That is up there with the ugliest wedges of all time, even though the face is kind of cool looking.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon putter cover”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon putter cover. The eye-catching cover has got our members talking in our forums, and the reaction to the cover has been very positive.

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.

  • Fritzer: “Sick cover, love the SJ logo considering he played for the Jr sharks.”
  • chafita: “Awesome cover.”
  • tdk8180: “You better win with a cover like that…ballsy putting a San Jose logo on there….jeez”

Entire Thread: “Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon cover”

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New 2020 Cleveland Launcher UHX irons feature a combination of hollow and cavity back irons

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Cleveland Golf has introduced Cleveland Launcher UHX irons, which incorporate hollow back long irons with cavity back short irons.

The unique approach looks to provide maximum distance and forgiveness in the long irons (4- 7-irons) through lower and deeper weighting in the hollow back construction while focusing on precision and control from the 8-iron to PW with a cavity back design in this addition to the 2020 Cleveland iron lineup.

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2020 Cleveland Launcher UHX irons: Details

The new additions also contain a high-strength, HT1770M variable steel face insert in each long iron. According to the company, improved mass distribution in the face insert is designed to deliver higher ball speeds and more distance on each shot.

Speaking on the new Launcher UHX irons, Director of Engineering, Research and Development at Cleveland, Dustin Brekke stated

“This combination of cavity back and utility irons into one set offers the perfect blend of distance and accuracy. A new variable face pattern delivers more distance due to hotter faces with better mass distribution.”

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Both the hollow and cavity back irons feature a V-Shaped Sole which is designed to offer both improved speed retention and forgiveness through improved turf interaction. The company’s Tour Zip Grooves and enhanced Laser Milling aim to provide maximum spin on each Launcher UHX short iron.

Arriving in both left and right-handed options, Cleveland’s Launcher UHX Irons officially launch on October 4 and are priced at $799.99 MAP for a seven-piece steel set and $899.99 MAP for a seven-piece graphite set.

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2020 Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons feature “turbocharged” face insert

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Cleveland Golf has unveiled new game improvement Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons which feature a new “thinner, hotter” turbocharged face insert designed for more speed and forgiveness.

Along with the turbocharged face insert, the new additions also contain a fully hollow construction. The design of the fully hollow construction allows for optimized sole weighting and bids to offer players both a higher launch and maximum forgiveness.

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Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons: Details

Speaking on the new Launcher HB Turbo Irons, Dustin Brekke, Director of Engineering, Research and Development at Cleveland stated

“These irons allow game improvement players the ability to get the ball into the air better than any iron on the market. Now with a thinner, hotter face, the Launcher HB Turbo Irons give you a half club more distance over the previous generation.”

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The irons feature a redesigned HiBore Crown, which pushes the center of gravity low and deep within the base, a placement which is designed to allow golfers to launch their ball higher.

The clubs also contain progressive shaping throughout, as the brand seeks to provide players with a smooth transition by offering maximum forgiveness on long irons to optimal control on short irons.

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Cleveland’s Launcher HB Turbo irons hit retail on October 4, and are available in both right and left-handed options. The new additions are priced at $799.99 MAP for a seven-piece steel set and $899.99 MAP for a seven-piece graphite set.

 

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