For TaylorMade, the process of creating its new Milled Grind wedges started with extensive input from Tour players about what they’re looking for in a wedge.
Armed with that information, TaylorMade then set out to deliver a whole new level of precision from a design, construction, and shaping standpoint, which meant a different approach than many other manufacturers take.
More specifically, Milled Grind wedges are individually milled using a CNC milling machine as opposed to being hand crafted and polished.
“Wedges that are hand-ground lend themselves to inconsistencies from wedge to wedge, especially when mass produced,” said Paul Demkowski, TaylorMade Expert Engineer for Irons and Wedges. “Our new Milled Grind wedges ensure precision where it matters most.”
And where it matters most with a wedge is when it comes to the sole.
“The sole functionally is the most important part of a wedge,” Demkowski added. “It’s going to dictate the launch, it’s going to dictate how the ball comes off the face, the feel of the shot … that’s the business end of the wedge that we had to make sure was perfect.”
When it comes to the soles of the Milled Grind wedges, there are three unique sole grinds — Standard Bounce, High Bounce, and Low Bounce — that TaylorMade has developed to meet the needs of any player.
Standard Bounce (SB) wedges have been designed for golfers with neutral angles of attack and for use with a wide variety of turf and sand conditions. They also feature a relieved heel section that makes it easy to play shots from around the green with an open clubface.
Low Bounce (LB) wedges, meanwhile, will especially suit players with shallow angles of attack and will work well from firmer turf and sand conditions. They feature a relieved rear section that will give players enhanced versatility to play different types of shots around the green, as well as control trajectory.
Finally, High Bounce (HB) wedges will work well for players with steeper angles of attack and from softer turf and sand conditions. They also feature a wider, more cambered sole to help provide more forgiveness in terms of turf interaction.
From a technological standpoint, Milled Grind wedges feature new ZTP-17 grooves and a new groove configuration. Steeper sidewalls increase spin and lower launch conditions to give players optimal control on full and short-game shots, while the grooves have also been spaced closer together, which allows for an additional groove that helps maximize spin.
Additionally, a deeper bore and shaft insertion in the Milled Grind line allows weight to be removed from the hosel, which enables a more central CG position. The center of gravity placement along with the soft 8620 carbon steel used in the design also create improved feel and acoustics at impact.
TaylorMade’s new Milled Grind wedges are offered in lofts ranging from 50 to 60 degrees and are available in a stylish Satin Nickel Chrome finish, with a new Antique Bronze finish expected to be released later in the year.
The stock shaft is the True Temper Dynamic Gold wedge shaft, while the stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.