With renowned golf wedge designer Roger Cleveland leading the way, Callaway has been doing exciting things with its wedge lines in recent years.
And its latest release, MD Forged wedges, is a perfect example of the innovation that Callaway is bringing to players to help them improve their games from 125 yards and in.
In designing the MD Forged wedges, Cleveland sought out extensive feedback from Callaway’s PGA Tour players as it related to what they were looking for in a wedge to optimize scoring chances.
Cleveland’s ongoing research and the players’ input led to a new shape as compared to Callaway’s popular MD3 wedge line, as well as a new groove configuration that has been implemented to help create more spin on short shots.
“With the Forged line, you’ve got a little bit of a straighter leading edge, a little less offset, and a little bit more of a squarer toe,” said Dave Neville, Callaway Senior Director of Brand Management. “We’ve also added a new groove right down near the bottom; that’s going to help (around the green).”
Also of note when it comes to the MD Forged wedges is the new R-Grind that Cleveland has created in terms of the sole. These are mid-bounce wedges that feature a modified crescent sole shape that has been designed for versatility and shot-making, especially around the green.
MD Forged wedges also feature a progressive CG placement that promotes enhanced control through a more penetrating ball flight, especially in the higher-lofted wedges.
Spin control was also a significant consideration in the MD Forged design, as three groove patterns have been implemented depending on loft.
In the gap wedges (50 and 52 degrees), a 30V groove has been utilized to better control spin on full shots, while the sand wedges (54 and 56 degrees) feature a 20V groove pattern that creates slightly more spin on full shots and from greenside bunkers and other shots played around the green.
The lob wedges (58 and 60 degrees), meanwhile, offer a more aggressive 5V groove pattern, which has been designed to create maximum spin.
And finally, players can also expect incredible feel as well given that these wedges have been forged using soft 1025 carbon steel.
Of course, given their performance profile, one might wonder if Callaway has a target audience for the MD Forged wedges?
“This is really a better player’s wedge,” said Neville when asked that question. “We’re doing extremely well with this on Tour. The type of player who’s a shotmaker, likes to open the face around the green, they should take a look at this wedge.”
MD Forged wedges are available in lofts ranging from 50-60 degrees, as well as two unique finishes, Nickel Chrome and Brushed Slate.
They also feature premium True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S200 shafts and custom Lamkin UTx grips.