TaylorMade’s second generation Milled Grind wedges will be available in early September. The Milled Grind 2 adding a raw face, popular with the world’s best players, to the proven technologies of its predecessor.
Like the original Milled Grind wedges and Tiger Woods inspired P·7TW irons, the Milled Grind 2 line utilises the company’s CNC milling technology to produce the soles of the new model. The process creating the same leading edge and sole based on a master design with outstanding consistency each and every time.
To increase spin and control of the new models, TaylorMade refined the ‘ZTP’ grooves for the Milled Grind 2 and added a raw face design that also increases friction.
The new ZTP raw grooves are sharper, deeper and narrower with a sharper radius, while laser etching lies between each groove to further enhance spin. The decision to opt for the raw face and grooves driven by spin and Tour player preference.
“Our Tour Players have long benefited from the performance raw wedges offer and it’s great to now be able to offer these performance gains to golfers of all levels. We’re confident they will enjoy the look, feel and performance that a raw face has to offer,” TaylorMade Senior Director of Product Creation, Putters & Wedges Bill Price said.
The raw face, which is protected by a specially designed sticker to prevent rusting before it is put in play, increases friction when compared with a plated face, meaning golf balls are less likely to slide up the face at impact and produce more inconsistent results.
To improve the feel of the new model, the company’s engineers employed the use of a design optimization tool usually utilised in the creating of woods and irons that identified a construction with a thicker back and thinner outer areas would deliver a softer more desirable feel.
To achieve this, the Milled Grind 2 features what the company calls a “Thick-Thin Head Design” that has a thicker face than the previous model that was achieved by incorporating a TPU insert in the cavity that also dampens vibrations to further improve feel.
Offered in two bounce options, Standard Bounce (SB) and Low Bounce (LB), the new model is also available in Satin Chrome and Matte Black finishes.
Announced alongside the Milled Grind 2 and available at the same time at retail, the Hi-Toe Big Foot wedge adds forgiveness and game improvement elements to the company’s popular Hi-Toe wedges.
Featuring grooves covering the entire face and a high toe design that delivers more spin from any lie and a higher centre of gravity (CG) for a lower launch and more spin, the Big Foot model incorporates a wider and flatter sole than the standard model.
The leading edge is designed to minimise digging, while weight saved through the use pockets in the back of the wedge has been redistributed to the wide sole, which features increased bounce, particularly towards the toe, to simplify and improve shots from bunkers and rough, as well as assisting players with an out-to-in swing path.
“We have one of the best wedge line-ups on the market but realized that there was still one golfer out there that wasn’t catered for, with Big Foot we now have a game improvement wedge that’s easier to play regardless of course conditions, especially for those who struggle out of bunkers,” Price said. “The Hi-Toe Family of wedges now cover every aspect of the game; versatility, playability and game improvement.”
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