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TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind wedges are officially coming to retail

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New for 2020: TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind wedges.

Tiger Woods not only moves the needle in golf…he is the needle. No one in golf history (perhaps sports, for that matter) garners the interest that the 15-time major champion does. So, when a piece of his equipment becomes available to the masses, it’s a big deal.

Introducing the long-awaited TaylorMade MG2 TW (Tiger Woods) Grind wedges.

2020 TaylorMade MG2 Tiger Woods Grind

First off, there is something that all of us need to understand about anything in Tiger Woods’ bag…it’s made for him. P7TW irons are the perfect example. Although they are beautiful in the bag and hold the necessary “wow” factor, they were designed for Tiger, by Tiger…that’s it.

This absolutely is not to dissuade someone from giving these a whirl, the point is, they are unique to him and have details about them that you must understand before sticking it in play.

The TaylorMade MG2 (Milled Grind 2) TW Grind wedge sits in the same box.

In simple terms, they are wedges that simply do it all—but only if you are skilled enough to use them.

More photos and the discussion in the forums.

TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind wedge: 56-12

TaylorMade MG2 Tiger Woods WITB 56

TaylorMade MG2 Tiger Woods WITB 56

TaylorMade MG2 Tiger Woods WITB 56

The grind on the TaylorMade MG2 TW is a dual-sole profile that allows Tiger to play multiple shots in any situation. Probably fair to say that it’s a 56 degree that could masquerade as a 60 in some cases. With quite a bit of heel relief for a 56-degree wedge, the TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind is designed to be both an optimum wedge for full shots and offer a ton of versatility around the greens.

Keep in mind TW is a player that still uses the 56-degree around the greens a good portion more than most on tour. Hence the heel relief and unique sole design. In addition, he doesn’t carry a gap wedge, so the 56 has to deliver the perfect turf interaction for high-speed shots.

Chris Trott from TaylorMade sports marketing had a chance to chat with Tiger about his wedges last year and this is what he said:

“I had the good fortune of talking to Tiger a little about the nature of his wedges and the biggest take away was that he likes to commit to exactly what part of the of the bounce he wants to utilize. Once that’s committed to, it’s time to execute.”

More photos and the discussion in the forums.

TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind: 60-11

2020 TaylorMade MG2 Tiger Woods Grind Retail vs Tigers

The same things apply to the TaylorMade MG2 TW 60-11.

The unique pre-worn leading edge offers a bounce profile that works for shots squared up, while the aggressive heel relief on the back edge allows the wedge to sit close to the ground on open-face shots. To be honest, this 60-degree wedge has a high/med/low bounce profile, not really adding grind profiles to one wedge, more like adding a shot buffet for the player who knows what s/he is doing.

2020 TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Down the Line

2020 TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Face on

I had a chance to speak with TaylorMade’s Principal Engineer Paul Demkowski who was the project lead on P7TW and MG2 TW, and this is what he had to say:

Paul Demkowski and Tiger Woods at TaylorMade’s “Kingdom”

JW: Walk me through the process of developing the TW wedge from A to Z—including your time and collaboration with Mike Taylor.

PD: The collaboration with Mike T was a download of information from the 15-plus years he’s worked with TW…understanding the evolution of his sole designs and where it currently stood. We wanted to add tech to make it TaylorMade. That’s where Milled Grind technology came in. This allowed us to perfectly duplicate his complex sole grinds every single time.

For the first six months, the grinds were very similar to what he used. In January of 2019, I met with TW at Torrey Pines. He asked for a new 60-degree wedge with more bounce and less heel relief. He felt this would be better for his bunker play. We made the adjustments to the design and got the new sole grind to TW within a few weeks. He won the Masters with it and has been using this new sole grind in the 60 ever since. This is the grind being sold in the MG2 TW.

JW: The MG2 TW Grind has a very unique profile—it’s almost five grinds in one. Can you explain what makes it so unique?

PD: The number of complex surfaces on the sole is what make these wedges so unique. The pre-worn leading edge adds resistance to digging while still allowing the leading edge to sit low. The trailing edge and heel relief make these wedges very versatile for different shots around the green. With different face angles, the leading edge still stays low, which is unique while having a decent amount of bounce and camber. The combination of these features produces a wedge that is good in tight/firm conditions but also good in bunkers and softer conditions.

JW: Eliminating the obvious, what other profile of player would this wedge be good for?

PD: They are for a skilled wedge player that has a shallow-to-neutral attack angle…that likes a lot of versatility with the leading edge sitting low to the ground.

JW: Since the angles are so specific, would bending it weak or strong change the essence of the whole wedge?

PD: Just like any other wedge you will increase or decrease bounce when you weaken or strengthen loft. Plus or minus one degree of loft change would be hard to notice. Strengthening more than a degree will require the player to be extra precise with the reduction in bounce.

Specs: (TW’s specs on the button, FYI)More photos and the discussion in the forums.

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  1. Fallon Cruz

    Aug 10, 2020 at 10:37 am

    $599 for two wedges? No thanks!

  2. JT

    Aug 10, 2020 at 9:00 am

    The grind is like something between a vokey V or T grind. Looks sick.

  3. Trevino

    Aug 10, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Interesting to see the D6 56* and D4 60*

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Wilson introduce new Staff Model putter collection

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Wilson Sporting Goods has this week launch of its Staff Model putter collection, featuring four different styles of flatsticks.

Each new putter is milled from a solid block of ultra-soft 304 stainless steel in design to offer the perfect combination of stability and feel, while all four are also 100% precision milled with exceptionally tight tolerances in a bid to offer superior consistency and roll.

In addition, performance-balanced weighting seeks to deliver ultimate swing control with unmatched feel.

“Performance has always been the top priority for Wilson Golf, and our mission is to provide top-of-the-line products for golfers of every skill level. The innovation and craftmanship of our new Staff Model putter collection is something that we’re truly proud of and will help all golfers feel more confident on the greens,” – Tim Clarke, President, Wilson Golf.

The Original – 8802

“Inspired by The Original Wilson 8802, the shaft-over-hosel design provides a smooth and seamless transition from shaft to head at the ball address, with a full toe hang.”

The Blade – BL22

“A tour-proven blade style putter features a plumber’s neck hosel design for a clean setup and alignment to the ball, with a medium toe hang.”

The Mallet – MT22

“A short, slant-neck hosel on this mid-mallet design provides a unique feel upon address and alignment, with a medium toe hang.”

The Tech Mallet – TM22

“The twin tail, high MOI tech mallet provides forgiveness and stability for golfers of all levels, with a moderate toe hang.”

The putters are available for pre-sale now on Wilson.com and at select retail locations beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1 and are priced at $349.99 each.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/6/22): Rare Cobra LTDx Long Drive Head (Kyle Berkshire Edition)

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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 rare Cobra LTDx Long Drive Head (Kyle Berkshire Edition)

From the seller (@thorsness): “Cobra LTDx LS 5.5* Long Drive Head Kyle Berkshire Edition. This is an extremely rare club that I have never seen for sale on the preowned market, and trust me, I looked everywhere. It took me about 6 months to get my hands on one in a limited released directly from Cobra. Unfortunately, after dabbling in the long drive game, I’ve came to the sad realization that my back cannot withstand the required amount of reps.

There are quite a few noticeable differences between this and the standard loft retail heads: it is definitely a bit deeper, does not have the sight dot on the crown, and also does not have the ripples on the crown. As someone who has always struggled with spinning the ball too much, the few reps I got on the launch monitor with this thing showed it was by far the lowest spinning driver head I have ever hit.

It’s been hit about 10-15 times max. These were $800 brand new for only the head when they were released by Cobra and there was less than 20 of them available (according to a Cobra rep that has connections to my home course). It cost me over $1000 to get it shipped up to Canada with shipping and import fees, so I’m looking to recoup that. $1000.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Rare Cobra LTDx Long Drive Head (Kyle Berkshire Edition)

This is the most impressive current listing 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

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Wait, what?! Check out Spencer Levin’s WILD new putting technique and obscure putter from 2004

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Spencer Levin is already a folk hero in the golf world, and his legend is likely to grow this week thanks to a new putting technique he’s implementing – and he’s using the technique with a putter from 2004 that he found in his dad’s shed.

On Tuesday ahead of the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open, GolfWRX.com spotted Levin – who qualified for the event via Monday qualifier – using a hammY putter, which was released to the public in 2004. A quick Google search reveals that the putter is currently being sold for $119.95 at intheholegolf.com.

According to the product description of the hammY putter, it’s built with a longer length (37-38.5 inches), a split grip, and a triple-bend, center shaft construction. It’s designed to be used with a hands-spread grip and a 45-degree open stance, with the ball played back in the stance to allow for a natural forward press and better view of the line.

LPGA player Natalie Gulbis actually first made the putter famous by winning with it in 2007, and now Levin is bringing the design to the PGA Tour 15 years later.

GolfWRX caught up with Levin on Tuesday in Las Vegas to get the backstory of how the hammY ended up in his golf bag:

“I’m going split grip. That’s the way I think it says you’re supposed to use this putter. I think when they designed it they wanted you to tuck your arm in and stand open with it, and use your right hand only, but I know that’s illegal now so I’m just taking my arm off [my chest].

“The only reason I tried it was because I was fooling around with a short putter and I was just gripping way down the shaft, and I was starting my short putts on line. So then I remember, it’s funny, this [putter] came out of my dad’s shed. He’s had this putter for like 30 years. I remembered he had it, and I went to fool around with it, and the first day I used it I made 11 birdies with it. Ever since then I been using it, so. Hopefully I keep it rollin.”

Wait, so Levin really found this hammY putter in his dad’s shed, and he’s using it to play in a PGA Tour event?

“I knew he had this putter in the past, and it was kinda similar to what I was messing around with, you know?” Levin said. “And then I just grabbed it and put a new [SuperStroke] grip on it…the first time I used it was in a Monday for Napa, and I putted good, and I used it yesterday, and I putted good yesterday. So it’s just kinda, something I been using…ever since I’ve used it, I haven’t even thought about using a different putter. Whereas before I was changing putters everyday.”

The rest of his bag setup is just as legendary as his putter, too. Most notably, he’s using TaylorMade Burner TP fairway woods (which were originally released in 2007), and he’s using them with stock shafts. He’s also using a headcover made by Seamus Golf that’s inspired by “The Dude” character in the 1998 movie The Big Lebowski – if you haven’t seen the movie, then “obviously you’re not a golfer.”

Check out Levin’s full WITB setup at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open

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