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First Look: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Wedges

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Check out the photos we shot of Callaway’s “Mack Daddy 2” wedges at Harbour Town, site of the RBC Heritage.

According to designer Roger Cleveland, Phil Mickelson has been using a prototype version of the Mack Daddy 2 wedge for much of 2013, and Ernie Els used one last week at the Masters. The wedges are due out to retail in July, and will be available in a choice of three grinds: the “U Grind,” “C Grind” and “S” or “Standard Grind,” Cleveland said.

The photos indicate that these wedges feature an extremely rough face texture, which is highlighted on the back of the wedge as well. That added friction should increase spin over previous models.

We were only able to snap photos of the 60-degree models, but the wedges will be available in 58-degree models as well.

 Click here for more photos and to see what members are saying in the forums.

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A 60-degree model with 10 degrees of bounce and an “S Grind.”

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A 60-degree with 10 degrees of bounce and a “U Grind.”

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A 60-degree with 14 degrees of bounce and a “C Grind.”

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The extremely rough face texture.

 

 Click here for more photos and to see what members are saying in the forums.

 

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  1. jhill

    Apr 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

    haha. Funny that I saw a Renegar golf commercial on golf channel this morning. Then right after i saw this U grind above. Callaway/ Roger Cleveland is indirectly endorsing Renegar.

    • John

      Jun 17, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Actually that “U grind” has been around for a very long time, no one is endorsing Renegar, especially not Roger Cleveland, arguably the best wedge maker in the world for some time now. Just because you see that commercial first and then this callaway is endorsing them?…what if you saw this and then saw that I guarantee youd have come back on here saying “o my god!!! renegar is copying callaway/roger clevelands u grind!!!!” golf equipment is so marginally different from brand to brand anyway there are very few original designs, especially wedge grinds, just people trying to upgrade and perfect existing ones.

  2. pablo

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I like my new cleveland 588 forged wedges with the laser milling better.

    • BigKid

      Apr 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      I really like the 588 forged when I got them in December as well, but in 5 months, the in between groove laser milling is already non existent on both of them.

      • Gary

        Jul 6, 2013 at 8:19 pm

        The micro grooves seem to be pretty much a gimmick. They evidently don’t improve the spin any if at all and they wear off fairly quickly. I like the previous Cally Forged wedges pretty well Trivalent Dark finish) , but like the new sole design better and the Mack Daddy 2 grooves increase the spin by 25 percent, that would be really nice. Hopefully that will be the case.

  3. Flip4000

    Apr 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

    no face shot?

    • JD

      Apr 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

      I know .. After Nike , CG 15,16 laser this laser that .. The grooves are already regulated.. So gotta see the face

      • JD

        Apr 16, 2013 at 11:06 am

        Got it .. Looks like a row of chains on the face.. So the grooves are maxed .. So how far can they go with the face? Is there a limit. ?

  4. Rufiolegacy

    Apr 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    what type of swing/player would suite the U grind?

    • Gary

      Jul 5, 2013 at 12:24 am

      Designed for steeper swings according to what I have read online. Evidently Phil uses the U grind in his 60 degree.

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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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