Callaway Golf’s newest wedge, the PM Grind 2019, hits the shops next month, with the wedge having been co-designed by Phil Mickelson and Roger Cleveland.
Mickelson’s efforts in improving the PM Grind revolved around his belief that there are three essential shots that every golfer needs to possess with a wedge in hand. The knockdown, the hit-and-check and the flop-shot.
The latest PM Grind will feature Callaway’s Groove-In-Groove technology, which was first introduced in their Mack Daddy 4 wedge last year. The technology entails four micro-positive ridges machined into flat parts of the face, parallel to the grooves, creating 84 points of contact with the ball.
For the PM Grind 2019, however, alterations, suggested by Mickelson were made. This year’s PM Grind has seen the micro-grooves machined into the face at a 20° angle, making them perpendicular to the target line when you open the face, with the aim of promoting more spin than ever before on lob shots.
The PM Grind 2019 also features an increased amount of offset which is designed to make it easier for the player to move the ball back in their stance and position their hands ahead of the ball.
The club also contains a higher toe, which was achieved by removing weight from the sole, and aims to promote a lower trajectory and create more space high on the face of the club by pulling the centre of gravity location upward.
The C-Grind sole on the wedge offers extra relief at the heel and toe, with the aim of promoting crisp, clean contact from a variety of greenside lies.
Speaking on his experience building the new PM Grind 2019 wedge alongside Phil Mickelson, Roger Cleveland stated
“Working with Phil on the PM grind wedges has been a fantastic experience. His insights are always spot-on, and implementing them to create something innovative like the PM Grind 2019 is incredibly satisfying. This wedge is going to help a lot of players hit shots they couldn’t hit before.”
The PM Grind 2019 contains the KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 steel wedge shaft, designed to deliver a balance of feel, spin and control, and possesses a Lamkin UTX grip in black with green highlights.
Loft/bounce combinations for the PM Grind 2019 include (all available in right-handed and left-handed)
The PM Grind 2019 comes in a choice of Platinum Chrome and Tour Grey, both containing a PM Grind medallion on the back of the club. The new wedge from Callaway will be available from retail stores on February 15, and costs $159.99.
What Adam Scott said about his new 681.AS irons
- Editor’s note: We originally filed this piece for the Equipment Report on PGATOUR.com.
Adam Scott has used the same irons — Titleist Forged 680 — for the better part of 10 years.
“When you’re old and stubborn, you like what you like,” the 41-year-old told PGATOUR.COM.
Indeed, as he has transitioned into Titleist’s latest woods and wedges, the 14-time PGA TOUR winner has remained steadfast in playing his 2003 680 irons with KBS Tour 130 X shafts.
It was interesting, then, to see Scott with a different — but very similar — set of irons in the bag ahead of THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT.
At a glance, the visually stunning irons look identically shaped to the 680s we’re used to seeing in Scott’s bag — similar large muscle pad on the rear of the club, similar hosel transition, similar generous amount of offset, similar topline. However, the irons looked substantially less worn and were stamped with 681.AS on the hosel.
What’s going on here?
Titleist declined to comment, but PGATOUR.COM caught up with Scott, who shared some details. As it turns out the new irons are the same…sort of.
Before digging into the 681.AS, we asked Scott why he doesn’t simply continue playing 680 irons, and when a set wears out, replace them with another. The answer, he said, was simple. Titleist “just ran out of original sets,” which the company stopped producing in 2005.
What to do? Scour eBay and used club stores? Frequent garage sales?
Scott indicated Titleist engineers took a different tack: They made CAD (computer-aided design) copies of his beloved 680s and CNC-machined what he called, “basically the same clubs.”
“Thanks to technology,” he said, “they’re as exact a replica as you can get, but with the way they’ve been made, I could argue it’s a more solid head with a more solid strike.
“I’ve been stuck on the 680s for a long time now,” he added. “…We’ve tried some stuff here and there. We tried bending the 620 MBs earlier this year, which I actually used at the Masters. I’ve been looking for 12 months for that new fresh set with good feel in the hands and good vibes, and we just couldn’t get there, so they took this project on.”
He continued: “It’s very nice for me that Titleist was able to do that. I know what I know. I’ve played it so long, I’m at a point where I think it’s detrimental to go searching and trying to change. I know how I play, and I know what I need to play well.”
Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/15/21): Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini
At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.
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 – buy and selling equipment.
Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini
From the seller (@Hunter01): “Rare Tour Issue Odyssey Stroke Lab mini putter. From the tour van with tour crimp on hosel. 35” long with grip options available. This putter never came to retail but we’re made available to the tour in limited quantities. 329 firm.”
To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini
L.A.B Golf unveils new MEZZ.1 Proto putter
L.A.B Golf has soft-launched its new MEZZ.1. Proto, which is currently limited to just 1,000 individually numbered putters.
The new mid-mallet putter is fully CNC machined from a billet of 6061 aircraft aluminum (body) and 303 stainless steel (midsection) for what L.A.B are calling their “best-feeling putter to date”.
The new addition includes 10 weights (eight on the bottom, two on the sides) that allow the company to individually build each putter to a golfer’s exact specifications.
Golfers can also choose their preferred alignment aid, with blank (no marking), line, and dot all offered with the new MEZZ.1 Proto.
The putter comes equipped with a headcover and is available to purchase now at LabGolf.com for $600.00.
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