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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.

  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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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ClevelandKyle who brings up the subject of wedge set-ups. In the thread, our members discuss what wedges they like to carry as well as answering ClevelandKyle’s question: “If you had to carry two wedges for the rest of your life, what would they be (degree, make, model) and why?”

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.

  • SEP1006: “PW / GW – 0311P PXG GEN 2, same as irons. 54/12 and 58/06 – Ping Glide Stealth 2.0: best wedges I’ve ever played by far, very versatile.”
  • cardoustie: “Like the OP, I keep going back to old school Vokey sm2’s .. 50/54/60. TVD m grinds. No wedge spins it as well or feels as good. I am ordering a Glide 3.0 eye 2 58 though.”
  • manoagolfer: “Vokey 48, 54, 58 and 62. Just added the 62 for the short stuff around the greens and steep faced bunkers.”
  • BCULAW: “RTX4 Raw 46 mid, 50 mid, 56 full, 60 low. After playing Vokeys almost exclusively for the last ten years or so, these Clevelands have been a real eye-opener. Spin is greatly increased, and the grind on the 60 is stellar. Highly recommended.”

Entire Thread: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Afor1991 who is on the hunt for a 1 or 2-iron after having no luck with hybrids. With a swing speed in the low 100s, Afor1991 is confident he has the speed and consistency to make a 1 or 2-iron work for him, and our members have been giving him their best suggestions in our forum.

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.

  • boggyman: “1st generation TM UDI 16* hard to beat with right shaft for a 1-iron, IF you could find one. Used mine in a set of OL Cobras for a while. Need to re-shaft it now though.”
  • Pepperturbo: “I have been effectively using T-MB 17* 2 iron since it was introduced. Now and again put my old Mizuno Pro 16* 1 iron in the bag to remind me those clubs require a good swing. Good luck with your choice.”
  • joelsim: “It depends on how much you value consistency over distance. And of course what your handicap is. I don’t have an official handicap but am regularly scoring in the 70s at my home club, at most 85 if I have a really bad day. And I tried a UDI #2 a couple of weeks ago and sold it a day later. Will stick to my G400 #4 Iron at power spec 19*. Gives me 195y carry consistently with run out according to ground hardness. So far it beats G and G400 Crossovers, Cobra King Utility and TM UDI #2 hands down.”
  • wam78: “Currently playing Mizuno mp h5 2 iron and I absolutely love it! Feels good, easy to hit high and low and can be found for a good price.”

Entire Thread: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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