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TaylorMade introduce next generation Milled Grind 2 wedges
TaylorMade have revealed the second generation of their Milled Grind wedge that features a 'Raw Face' design for greater spin.
Here's what you need to know.
TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 Wedges
• RRP: £149
• Available: September 6
• Lofts: Standard bounce 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60° | Low bounce 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°
• Stock shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 (s).
TaylorMade's new Milled Grind 2 wedges are so spinny, they come with a warning sticker when you buy them! The "Raw Face" design features sharper, deeper and narrower grooves and a sharper radius, with a rougher surface from the laser etching between the grooves, which TaylorMade say will help generate greater greenside spin.
Compared with plated grooves, the design increases friction by reducing the ability for the ball to skid up the clubface before it grips, enabling a more consistent ball flight with each wedge shot.
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Each raw wedge head will get an air-tight adhesive sticker on the face to prevent rusting before use.When you remove the sticker, though, the face will immediately begin oxidising, which in turn, begins a rusting process. TaylorMade's engineers have also altered the geometry of the clubhead to create a "Thick-Thin" head design using a tool previously only used in their metalwood and irons design processes.
"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," said Bill Price, Senior Director of Product Creation, Putters & Wedges
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The face thickness has increased from 5.1mm to 6.5mm without adding weight (thanks to a TPU Insert in the back cavity) which creates a solid, positive feel at impact. The use of CNC milling technology, first introduced in the original Milled Grind wedges but more recently in the new P7TW irons, ensures each leading edge and sole grind is ultra-consistent from club to club and grind to grind.
Two sole grinds are available – low effective bounce (LB) provides the least amount of ground resistance and a standard grind (SB) has medium ground resistance.
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Verdict: TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedge
TaylorMade kill two birds with one stone with the new Milled Grind 2 wedges. Their engineers know top tour players prefer raw finished wedges, as the lack of plating around groove edges means extra spin. But they’re also well aware club golfers rarely want to pay for rusty wedges.
So, by coming up with the idea to only allow the faces of the MG2s to rust, club golfers get the best of both worlds – plenty of spin from wedges that look great in the bag, too. Each head is beautifully simple, but also rammed full of new tech.
Our data doesn’t quite have it down as our highest spinning wedge, but don’t forget our test took place before the face had rusted, and the numbers would increase with age. For golfers who love straight leading edge wedges (especially in the lower lofts) and narrow tour soles, MG2 are a brilliant option.
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