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Spotted: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged wedges

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Callaway is debuting a new wedge at this week’s Safeway Open, which we spotted in the bag of Wesley Bryan. A Callaway representative confirmed the prototype wedges are forged, as indicated by their Mack Daddy Forged labeling, and that Callaway will release more information about the clubs in the coming months.

The Mack Daddy Forged would be the third launch in the company’s Mack Daddy wedge franchise in recent years. In 2013, the company launched the Mack Daddy 2 wedges, which were forged from 1020 carbon steel. The company then moved to a 8620 carbon steel cast construction with its MD3 (Mack Daddy 3) Milled wedges, which were released in 2015. The Mack Daddy wedges appear to be slated for an early 2017 release.

From the photos, it’s clear the Mack Daddy Forged wedges will continue to use weight ports in their design, which remove mass from the back of the wedges to allow designers to reposition it in different places depending on wedge loft. For example, Callaway’s high-lofted wedges have more weight positioned at the top of the clubhead, raising the center of gravity (CG) to create more spin.

Based on Bryan’s wedges (50-10, 54-10 and 58-08), the Mack Daddy Forged have a more squared-off shape than recent Callaway wedges.

Several more PGA Tour players are testing the wedges at Silverado Country Club this week, and Callaway Tour Reps expect immediate conversion by several Callaway staffers into the new model.

Related: See what GolfWRXers are saying about the new wedges in our forum.

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  1. Smith

    Oct 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Less is more…I know it doesn’t really matter what the back of it looks like, but that giant chevron is brutal.

  2. Desmond

    Oct 12, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Do not like the look at address – they ought to move the grooves out to the toe — all that wasted space

  3. Nath

    Oct 12, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Ill take a 58/08 RAW dgs400, thank you!

  4. Hooker T. Washington

    Oct 11, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Most of the tour players using MD3 wedges have had forged heads this whole time, they were just made to look like the same cast heads that were offered to us retail consumers

    • KDY

      Oct 11, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Actually thats not true. There is a reason why a good amount of players were still playing the MD2 Tour Grind because it was better feeling and spun more. These are entirely new.

      • Chuck S.

        Oct 12, 2016 at 11:18 am

        That’s not exactly true either. You’re correct that all the MD3’s on tour are cast just like the retail ones, but the reason a lot of players are still using the Tour Grind is because of the head shape. The T Grind has a straighter leading edge and overall more boxy look that neither MD2 nor MD3’s have. These new ones don’t seem to be as rounded as MD3’s so I wouldn’t be surprised if more of those players make the switch.

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Modern Classics (Ep. 4): Testing a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 3-wood

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GolfWRX recently launched a new 8-part video series, called “The Modern Classics,” in partnership with 2nd Swing Golf. Throughout this video series, GolfWRX’s Head of Tour Content, Andrew Tursky, tests out 8 legendary used golf clubs that are still being played on Tour today. How do the older, less expensive products compare to modern technologies?

In the first three episodes, Tursky tested out TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred MC 2011 irons, Adams Idea Pro hybrids from 2006, and a TaylorMade Rocketballz RBZ fairway wood.

For episode 4, we highlight the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast fairway woods, which were released to the public in 2010. Although they’re more than a decade old, we spotted one in Richard Bland’s 2022 WITB.

The Burner SuperFast fairway woods are currently available for $76.99 on 2nd Swing’s website.

Check out the video at the top of the page for more on the product, design, and how it stands up in testing against a modern 3-wood.

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Will Zalatoris WITB 2023 (February)

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Black 7 X

3-wood: Titleist TSR2+ (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X

Irons: Titleist T200 (3), Titleist T100
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Prototype Graphite on Steel Technology Prototype Hybrid 10 ST X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (50-08S, 54-10S),Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron T-11 Proto
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Tour 1.0PT

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip Cord

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Best wedge for bad bunker players? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing wedges for poor bunker players. WRXer ‘gdb99’ kicks off the thread saying “I’m not good out of sand. I used to be, 35 years ago. I blade shots over the green. It’s all technique, and I need a lot of practice. I know that,” and reaches out to our members who have been sharing what they feel are the wedges that can help him the most.

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.

  • hammergolf: “Ping Eye2 is the best bunker club ever. If you’re blading it you’re not steep enough. Open the face and hit down on the sand. The bounce will stop it from digging too much.”
  • flubberlange: “Try a Vokey 60* in a K grind.”
  • Fwitz11: “I also struggle with the bunker and have found that an open 60 and hitting just behind the ball is the easiest out I have used. Has helped me a ton with not blading it over the green.”
  • lazyjc4: “I’ve hit the best bunker shots of my life with PM Grind wedges.  I look like I know what I’m doing almost all of the time.”

Entire Thread: “Best wedge for bad bunker players? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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