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Tech Talk: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Wedges



“Nothing feels better than forged,” says Callaway wedge designer Roger Cleveland, which is why the company’s new Mack Daddy 2 wedges are forged from 1020 carbon steel.

But modern wedge design has become about much more than just the way the ball feels coming off the club face. Today’s wedges have to be able to provide golfers with the spin they need to control the ball from a variety of different lies, and their sole designs have to be adaptable to a range of golfer types and course conditions.

Callaway’s Mack Daddy 2 wedges derive their name from Callaway’s “Mack Daddy Grooves,” which were unveiled on Callaway’s X-Tour wedges in 2006 to allow golfers to put as much spin on their wedge shots as legally possible. The Mack Daddy 2 wedges carry on that tradition — Cleveland says that the new grooves are so good that they restore 85 to 90 percent of the spin golfers received from wedges created before the USGA’s 2010 groove rule, which shrunk the width and depth of the grooves that equipment manufacturers could put on their wedges.

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Click here to see the long-running discussion about the Mack Daddy 2 wedges in the forms.

According to Cleveland, the 56-, 58-, 60- and 64-degree wedges have grooves that are “right up to the legal limit of the USGA.” They have 5-degree sidewalls, and edge radiuses that are manufactured to extremely tight tolerances to ensure that they are conforming. But the lower-loft wedges (47-, 50-, 52- and 54-degree models) were purposely designed to create less spin than the higher-loft models. They have less aggressive 20-degree sidewalls, which Cleveland says gives the lower-lofted wedges more consistent spin rates on full swings.

Mack Daddy 2 forged

The Mack Daddy 2 wedges are shaped much like the company’s “X Forged” wedges, which are still Callaway’s most popular wedge model on the PGA Tour several years after their release date. Cleveland says that many tour players held on to their X Forged wedges despite the release of new models because of their slightly larger size, which was larger than Callaway’s newer “Forged” and “Jaws” lines of wedges.

The Mack Daddy 2 wedges also aim to be more like the X Forged in the wide amount of grind options available. They’re being released in three different grinds, an S Grind, C Grind and U Grind, which are described below.

The “S Grind”

Callaway Mack Daddy 2 S Grind 58Mack Daddy 2 58 Address

This “standard” grind has the straightest leading edge, making it a good fit for golfers who play most of their wedge shots with a square face. It also has some heel relief, and the lowest amount of bounce, 10 degrees, which means it works well in firm conditions. The S Grind is available on all of Callaway’s Mack Daddy 2 wedge models.

Translation: Try the S grind if you have a shallow angle of attack or play firm golf courses. 

The “C Grind”

Callaway Mack Daddy 2 C GrindMack Daddy 2 C Address

A “C Grind” creates a sole shape the resembles the letter C because of the ample relief on the heel and toe sections of the wedge. It also has a more curved leading edge as well, which keeps it sitting lower to the ground to make opened-face shots easier to execute. It has 14 degrees of bounce, which means it works well in soft conditions and for soft sand. The C Grind is available on the 58- and 60-degree models.

Translation: Try the C Grind if you’re a digger, a golfer who takes big divots, or play golf courses with soft terrain. 

The “U Grind”

Callaway Mack Daddy 2 U GrindCallaway Mack Daddy 2 U Grind Address

The U Grind, which is the same grind used by Phil Mickelson, has a concave sole that allows golfers the ultimate in versatility. It’s the most relieved wedge, with the roundest leading edge to help golfers like Mickelson get the club under the ball to hit high, soft shots from almost anywhere. It has 10 degrees of bounce in the square position, but like the C Grind, it’s playable when opened or closed because of its unique sole shape. The U grind is available on the 58- and 60-degree models.

Translation: Try the U Grind if you play a lot of specialty shots with your lob wedge — opened, closed, toe down, etc. Its 10 degrees of bounce and wider sole in the square position also makes it a good choice for golfers with moderate-to-steep angles of attack. 

Mack Daddy 2 Face Texture

One of the most notable features of the new wedges is a lazered pattern on the face that gives the wedge a unique look at address. Cleveland says that the pattern will wear extremely fast with use, so it shouldn’t be counted on to provide extra spin.

“But it looks cool,” Cleveland says. “And it highlights our new grooves.”

The Mack Daddy 2 wedges come stock with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold S300 shafts and Lamkin Crossline grips. The will be available in two finishes, a milky chrome and a “slate,” which was buffed with a Scotch Brite to give it a raw, custom shop look.

The wedges will cost $119, and will be available in retail stores July 12.

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  2. chris

    Jul 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I like how it says the face will wear down quick. So don’t count on being able to spin the ball??!! Lol Ill stick with the mizuno’s

    • Gary

      Jul 5, 2013 at 12:35 am

      Funny how that works. Not sure why they design the face that way when it will where down very quickly anyway, same probably goes for the Cleveland and Rotex design as well as the Nike VR wedge design. Looks cool but doesn’t add to the performance much evidently anyway. Other than that I like the Mack Daddy wedges though and anticipate trying 3 of them at some point.

    • B

      Jul 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Wow your reading comprehension is terrible.

      The article simply states that the face pattern wears down quick, and isn’t meant for spin in the first place. The grooves accomplish that on their own.

      • Gary Lewis

        Aug 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm

        Right. The face pattern will wear down fairly quickly but that isn’t a big deal. The grooves are the most important thing and they should hold up relatively quite well.

        • Nm

          May 16, 2016 at 10:41 pm

          It’s so one you test them at a course or shop they hit like monsters them slowly wear down and become regular clubs. 😉

  3. Max2850

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Hi, I am confused. On the Callaway site Roger Cleveland and Randy . Peterson discuss these wedges. They stated that the C grind is made for more versatility in shot making.

    The U grind is what Phil M. uses, as it stated here. It is described as having a wider sole and is for steeper swings.

    That is the opposite of what is stated here.

    • Gary

      Jul 5, 2013 at 12:37 am

      That is the same message I got from the Cally website. Even though the C grind has more bounce it is still considered the most versatile of the 3 sole designs.

  4. TigerEarl

    Jun 29, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Might be worth a try, as long as they feel better than the current line up. Although they are forged, and I liked the shape and versatility of the current wedges, they felt like concrete.
    Hope they got it right this time, thus I can play Callaway from 4-LW 😉

    • Jgolf215

      Jul 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      I replaced my Vokey non conforming with 2012 forged recently and loved them. I thought they felt very soft coming from the Vokeys. But with all the hype, I’m going to have to try the MD2 in a 58, just for the new grooves. Also to have a higher bounce option.

  5. cjb

    Jun 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

    According to the C grind is available in -52 to -64 wedges.

  6. cjb

    Jun 28, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Why limit the C grind to -58 and -60 wedges?
    Would be better to have C grind in all high spin wedeges, I would like to have a -56 with C grind and a -52 with S grind..

  7. Blanco

    Jun 27, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Will Callaway step up behind this product and give lefties a choice in each loft? Or are we destined for a 52/56/60 standard grind? Hope its the former as these really look good to me. I hope I can buy a 60/U.

    • Adam

      Jun 30, 2013 at 12:43 am

      You can get the U and C grind in 60* for LH. Check the Cally website.

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Whats in the Bag

Trey Mullinax WITB 2023 (February)



Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Blue RDX 60 6.5

3-wood: Ping G430 MAX (15 @ 14)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 TX

7-wood: Ping G430 MAX (21)
Shaft: Project X HRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 TX

Irons: Srixon ZX (3), Wilson Staff Model CB (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Wilson Staff Model (46-08, 52, 56), Titleist Vokey Design Wedgeworks Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
Grip: Scotty Cameron

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (2/6/23): TaylorMade P790 Ti Iron Set



At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of 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 we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a TaylorMade P790 Ti Iron Set

From the seller (@TaylorMadehunter1): “Flat out set of rocket launchers. Set is 5-A and shafted with Project X 6.0 shafts. Lengths shown in pics. They look stunning in the bag, behind the ball, and have the performance to match! $850.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade P790 Ti Iron Set 

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TOUR REPORT: Jordan Spieth changes drivers, Josh Allen’s SICK putter, and Kisner’s new Wilson setup



Welcome to Monterey Peninsula, one of the most beautiful golf properties in the world, for the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

In my opinion, this week is one of the most interesting weeks of the year for golf equipment entertainment. That’s because the field is stacked with celebrities who have varying levels of skill sets and industry access. Getting a peek at how the celebs setup their golf bags is intriguing and unpredictable; you just don’t know what kind of golf clubs you’ll find.

Also, Jordan Spieth, a celebrity in his own right in the golfing world, made a shocking driver change this week, and we got an awesome Arnold Palmer history lesson at Pebble Beach.

It was a packed week in the golf equipment world, so lets get right into this week’s Tour Report from the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Michael Pena is a gear head?

Actor Michael Pena, who’s a single digit handicap golfer, was testing out two different drivers – a Callaway Paradym and a Ping G430 – at the beginning of the week. By the time the event started, Pena opted for the Paradym. He was also testing out two different putters – a Bettinardi BB8 and BB8 Tri.

Testing out different clubs at the event to get as dialed as possible? Pena must be one of us.

Michael Pena 2023 WITB

Carlton’s saucy putter

Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for his role as Carlton in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has been a longtime participant in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and he carries a low single digit handicap.

Ribeiro has fresh clubs almost through the bag, using Ping’s new G430 metalwoods and i230 iron models. He does, however, use an older Ping Sigma2 Tyne putter, which was released back in 2018. The putter is caked with lead tape on the sole, too, proving Ribeiro always does things with a touch of flair.

Alfonso Ribeiro 2023 WITB

Charles Kelley’s old flatstick


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Charles Kelley, a country singer and lead vocalist for the band Lady A, uses a TaylorMade Ghost Manta putter, which was first released in 2012. The paint job has certainly seen brighter days, but golf balls don’t care about the aesthetics of a golf club. If it works, it works, and Kelley says it hasn’t left the bag in three years.

Charles Kelley 2023 WITB

Kira’s 7-wood

Kira K. Dixon, a reporter for the Golf Channel and Miss America 2015, has an eclectic golf bag setup, highlighted by a Callaway Epic Max, which she equips with a Project X Cypher Fifty 5.5 shaft.

Kira Dixon 2023 WITB

Macklemore embraces bogeys

“Thrift Shop” rapper Macklemore isn’t the best golfer in the Pro-Am field, but his outfits are certainly some of the most eye-catching. The Seattle native actually has an entire lifestyle golf brand, called the Bogey Boys, which has a uniquely fun fashion style that also embraces bogeys on the scorecard. His “Bogey Boys” brand name is laser etched onto his custom TaylorMade P-790 irons.

Macklemore 2023 WITB

Amanda puts the mic down

Amanda Balionis Renner, a CBS Sports reporter, is usually the one asking golfers the questions. This week ahead of the event, however, she competed in celebrity challenges at The Hay, and we were able to get a look inside her club setup. She was spotted with all-new Callaway Maradym metalwoods, new Paradym irons, and a custom Odyssey Toulon putter with a white-and-green LA Golf shaft.

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Darius unveils a new PXG driver?

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Darius Rucker 2023 WITB

Arnold Palmer’s $250k irons

Behind the first tee at Pebble Beach is a putting green, and surrounding that putting green is a line of golf shops with green awnings. One of those shops, called “Golf Links to the Past,” is filled with antique memorabilia and awesome stories to tell.

Along the back wall, a set of Arnold Palmer’s game-used irons is on display. In fact, they’re Palmer’s personal Wilson Staff Model Dyna-Powered custom irons that he used to win 14 times in 1960-61, including the ’60 Masters, the ’60 U.S. Open, and the ’61 Open Championship.

They’re selling for a cool $275,000 at Golf Links to the Past.

How did the store acquire the golf clubs, and why are they worth so much money? Click here for the entire story.

Another Arnie story you may not have known

Across the street from Pebble Beach’s clubhouse is the Pebble Beach Visitors Center, and it’s well worth a visit for anyone interested in the history of the golf course and the surrounding area. There’s gold nuggets all over the place inside. One that particularly caught my interest was the “Palmer on the Rocks” story told in the photo above.

Check out more photos and stories from Pebble Beach here

ScHoolboy Q – Wedge of the Year, ft. Callaway

ScHoolboy Q, a rapper who sings hits such as “Man of the Year” and “THat Part,” is an avid golfer with keen eye for fashion – check out his ski mask look on Wednesday for proof. He also covers up his golf clubs with stylish “Malbon Golf” headcovers, and he has an awesome blue-and-orange Callaway Jaws Raw wedge with a laser-etched Q on the back.

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Josh Allen’s insane Tour-Only Scotty Cameron


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NFL quarterback Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills has a smooth-yet-powerful golf swing, and he also has one of the coolest gear setups of any player in the Pro-Am field. In the video interview with above, Allen shows off his Jordan sneaker putter cover, ultra-custom Scotty Cameron putter, and a new TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver.

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Jordan Spieth’s shocking driver change

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For the last several years, Spieth has mostly opted for Titleist’s TSi3 driver. He had a brief stint with Titleist’s new TSR3 driver model at the 2022 Travelers Championship, but he’s struggled to upgrade from his trusty TSi3.

This week, however, ahead of the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Spieth began experimenting with the Titleist TSR2 model, instead of the TSR3. Working with Titleist tour rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck, Spieth found the TSR2, set in the D-1 hosel setting, was able to keep his spin numbers more consistent and provide greater forgiveness when hitting shots of varying trajectories and shot shapes.

On this week’s PGA Tour Equipment Report, we went in-depth on Spieth’s surprising driver change: Take a read here

A look at Camilo Villegas’ golf club lofts

Villegas has Srixon’s new ZX7 MKII irons in the bag, but his lofts are far from stock. Since Villegas writes his club lofts inside the back cavities, we can see his 7-iron is lofted at 36 degrees, which is 4 degrees weaker than the stock 32-degree iron spec. Interestingly, Villegas also plays one of the weakest driver lofts on the PGA Tour: a Titleist TSi3 11-degree head, although it’s in a C1 setting, which decreases it by 0.75 degrees.

Kevin Kisner’s new Wilson set

Kisner made one of the biggest off-season equipment switches on the PGA Tour, signing a new deal with Wilson for the first time in his career. This week at Pebble Beach, we got our first look at his equipment setup as a full-time Wilson staffer.

Check out his full setup: Kevin Kisner’s 2023 WITB

And, with that, we say goodbye to the beautiful cliffs of Pebble Beach. We’ll see you next week for “The Greatest Show on Grass” at the 2023 WM Phoenix Open in Arizona.

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