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2019 TaylorMade Milled Grind 2.0 wedges feature a new raw face design, TPU insert

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We’ve seen them on Tour recently (including in Tiger Woods’ bag) but had no information about when 2019 TaylorMade MG2 wedges would arrive at retail. That changes today: TaylorMade Golf has launched the second generation of its Milled Grind Wedges—the Milled Grind 2 (MG2), featuring a new raw face designed for optimal spin for precision wedge play.

The ZTP Raw Grooves on the new MG2 are designed to offer sharper, deeper and narrower grooves and a sharper radius, which, combined with a rougher surface from the laser etching between the grooves, aims to allow players to create more friction between the clubface and the ball for maximum greenside spin.

According to the company, as opposed to plated grooves, the raw face design increase in friction reduces the ability for the golf ball to potentially skid up the clubface before it grips—leading to a more consistent ball flight.

Speaking on the new raw face offering, Bill Price, Senior Director of Product Creation, Putters & Wedges, stated

“Our Tour Players have long benefited from the performance raw wedges offer and it’s great to now be able to offer these performance gains to golfers of all levels. We’re confident they will enjoy the look, feel and performance that a raw face has to offer.”

Each raw wedge head also features an air-tight 3M adhesive sticker which has been specially designed for the wedge and is applied on the face to prevent rusting before purchase/use. When the golfer removes the adhesive sticker, the face immediately begins oxidizing, which in turn, begins the rusting process.

TaylorMade has increased the face thickness of the head from 5.1 mm in the MG1 to 6.5mm in MG2 for a new “Thick-Thin” head design.

To enable a thicker clubhead without adding weight, engineers were able to move weight by creating a TPU insert in the back cavity, a feature which is designed to provide vibration dampening to create a solid, positive feel at impact. According to TaylorMade, the placement also allows for an optimized CG location.

Just like in the company’s MG1 and P7TW irons, the MG2 wedge is CNC milled to allow for each leading edge and sole grind to be accurately and consistently replicated.

The sole geometry of the MG2, consisting of contour, angle and surface area is designed and maintained to interact correctly with the turf in the desired manner, with a Low Bounce (LB) Grind designed to provide the least amount of ground resistance and a Standard Grind (SB) offering a median ground resistance.

2019 TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedge specs, availability 

The MG2 wedge comes in two finishes—Satin Chrome and Matte Black and features True Temper’s Dynamic Gold S200 (steel) shaft and a Golf Pride Tour Velvet Burgundy 360 grip.

The new addition from TaylorMade will be available at retail from September 6 with an MSRP of $169.99.

 

 

 

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Lanto Griffin’s winning WITB: 2019 Houston Open

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Driver: Titleist 917 D2 (10.5 degrees @ 9.75)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70 TX

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (16 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80 X

Irons: Titleist U510 (2), Titleist T100 (4-9)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 105 X (2), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130 X (4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (46 10F, 50 12F bent to 51, 54 10S bent to 55, 60 08M)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

Putter: Sik Flo
Grip: SuperStroke Slim 3.0

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride tour Velvet

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Cole Hammer WITB 2019

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*Equipment accurate as of the 2019 Houston Open

Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XT 70 TX

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3-wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ 7X

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Irons: Ping i210 (3, 4), Ping iBlade (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper XP 115

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Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50/12, 54/12, 58/10)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

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Putter: Ping PLD Anser 2

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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All-new KBS TD graphite shafts for drivers and woods released

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After more than a decade designing steel shafts that have helped revolutionize the golf custom fitting and OEM space, KBS Golf Shafts and designer Kim Braly are going further by officially launching the all new TD Driver and wood shafts.

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Until recently KBS’s focus had always been on steel iron and wedge shafts, including the popular KBS Tour, KBS Tour 90, C-Taper, and TourV products. But over the last few years, its line has slowly expanded to graphite hybrid and irons shafts in varying weights and profiles to help create a matrix of shafts that would allow fitters to find a KBS Shaft for almost any situation. The one void in the matrix was driver and wood shafts—but not anymore!

The all new KBS TD (Tour Driver) wood shafts are a huge step forward for a company that has always focused on helping golfers get the most performance out of their clubs. The KBS TD’s range in weight options from 40g to 80g+ in 10g increments with evolving profiles as the weights increases. This ideology is based on the simple fact that from years of working with the best fitters in the world, KBS has developed a deep understanding of how these factors work together to help each player in certain swing “categories.”

The other interesting part of the KBS TD wood line is the absence of stated flex on each shaft—yes, they 100 percent come in varying flexes but not in the same “stiff” and “regular” naming that most golfers are familiar with. Instead, the TD shafts are separated into categories ranging from Category 1 through Category 4. This helps eliminate some of the preconceived notions that some golfers might have about trying different shaft flexes, and on the custom fitting side, also helps fitters better understand each player swing profile that matches up with a certain weight and flex (category).

KBS TD shafts: Specs & fitting details

Getting into the nitty-gritty of the specs from a fitting perspective, every shaft in the KBS TD line has the potential to work in any driver or fairway wood. This gives golfers the opportunity to play a KBS product right through the entire top end of the bag from driver to highest-lofted fairway wood.

The fitting opportunities are also expanded since every shaft in the TD line has 4 inches of parallel tip section to allow fitters and builders fine-tune to create in-between flexes. This is nothing new in the shaft world, but considering this design trait is available in every shaft, it means that, for example, if you need a “Category 3.5” a builder could tip a 3 a little extra to make it play the perfect flex.

For more information on the KBS TD wood shafts and the rest of the KBS shaft lines, check out KBSGOLFSHAFTS.com 

Also, check out GolfWRX Forums: KBS TD Shafts Spotted to join the discussion on these newest shafts from KBS.

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