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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 part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture 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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Do Bryson DeChambeau’s upright iron lie angles give him an advantage from the rough? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been debating whether Bryson’s iron lie angles give him an advantage over his peers from shots out of the rough. WRXer ‘Valtiel’ kicks off the thread saying:

“Is it possible the Bryson’s extremely upright iron lie angles (~10*+ more upright than standard) give him a bit of an advantage out of the rough? It would seem like the more upright a club is, the less shaft/heel/hosel would actually be grabbed on to/twisted by deeper rough. 

To look at it from the opposite extreme, an iron that was bent significantly flat would, if I’m correct, come into contact with a lot more of the rough around the hosel area. Thoughts?”

And our members have been having their say on the subject in our forums.

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.

  • jll62: “Buddy of mine is on the MacKenzie Tour and also has irons that are nearly as upright as Bryson’s. He said better performance out of the rough is definitely a thing with that upright of a lie angle. Basically, if you have a high VSP, you start to minimize rough interaction as much as you can.”
  • NoCalHack: “I don’t think that the lie itself would make a big difference at all. 10 degrees probably means a couple of blades of grass. But one reason why his clubs are so upright is the one length thing. The fact that his longer irons are shorter means he swings them steeper. This no doubt helps him.”
  • Hairpie: “I think the added length that produces more speed is a bigger factor. I also think Winged Foot is more accessible to a bomb and gouge mentality since nearly every green is open in front.”
  • ronbo: “Biggest advantage is the GW is the length of his 6 iron and the amount of club head speed compared to a Std. GW or even a PW out of the rough is unbelievable. Try it sometime. One Length here to stay….”
  • labgolf: “100%. I was saying it all week. Not to mention the extra weight and length on the wedges. HUGE advantage. He’s a sharp cookie!”

Entire Thread: “Bryson’s irons and the rough”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best feeling/softest irons

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In our forums, our members have been discussing some of the best feeling and softest irons. WRXer ‘leftycabe’ is a lefty on the hunt for a new set of irons and has asked fellow members which of the following irons are the best feeling:

  • Miura 801
  • Mizuno MP20 sel
  • Mizuno 921 sel (tour)
  • PXG 0311 T (gen 3)
  • Titleist 620 CB
  • Titleist T-100

And our members have been having their say on the matter in the thread.

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.

  • Go_Time: “I’ve hit them all, and Srixon 785 has been the softest.”
  • iNeedMoreGolf: “Ok, so the best answer I can give you is the Mizuno mp MMC 20. I’ve hit a lot of irons this past year all head to head… nothing, and I mean nothing was softer to me than the mp mmc20. From 4 iron down to PW and that’s rare in my opinion to have each iron be consistently the same amount of soft throughout the set. Not just soft but a soft that’s different than the rest and still very informative on what you put into the shot.”
  • bunta: “Softest? Everythings pretty soft when you hit the middle. Best feeling? Srixon 785. By far.”
  • BCULAW: “Z785s are pillow soft with the right shaft. Add the v-sole, and it is a feel player’s dream.”
  • HSTNGolfer: “Another set to consider is Wilson Staff Model blades. Tried everything, except the Miuras, at a golf Expo in February and the Wilsons felt the best to me.”

Entire Thread: “Best feeling/softest irons”

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GolfWRX Classifieds (09/23/20): PXG fairway, Titleist driver, Miura irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Bgpreg24 – Miura MB-001 irons

Miura irons, especially blades, always demand attention, and this mixed set with MB001 and CB1008 will also demand some exacting ball striking.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Miura Irons

Member Pingman4 – PXG 0341X fairway

As far as underrated fairway woods go, PXG easily makes some of the best-looking, best-performing ones on the market. This is your chance to get one for a great price.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: PXG 0341X

Member CaptainBogey – Titleist 913 driver

This listing is very straight forward—which is where you should also be hitting your driver. Great Titleist driver at a great price!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Titleist 913

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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