There was a time when Tour players would use TaylorMade woods and irons, but then at the bottom end of the bag you'd see Vokey wedges in the bag. This is become less frequent these days, which might be in part due to the fact that players sign contracts to use a full bag, but also because the quality has improved too.
The Milled Grind wedges are now in their 4th generation, with a focus on the new Spin Tread technology to enhance spin in wet conditions. The MG4 is said to offer golfers a combination of spin control, versatility and a premium feel.
"This is a major step forward in the progression of the Milled Grind family. With MG4 we have evolved our approach to wet spin and developed an all-new Spin Tread technology. We use a laser etching treatment to create face roughness, which translates to better friction and moisture channeling for optimal ball control, especially on partial shots."
Bill Price, Senior Director of Product Creation, Putter and Wedge
The Spin Tread technology is designed to optimise performance in wet conditions, where there is usually a higher launch and reduced spin. This combines a deep laser etching treatment with strategically designed grooves and a raw face to allow water to escape at impact, providing more grip.
The TaylorMade engineers have also focused on aesthetics and player feedback as well as performance and technology in the MG4 wedge.
The new wedge features a refined finish with a slightly darker tint, which helps to minimise glare and provides a more unified appearance which blends better with the raw face as it oxidises (rusts) over time.
There's also a 'redesigned back geometry' which provides a more solid and softer feel, helping to complement the Tour-inspired shaping and providing more versatility at address.
TaylorMade has also introduced a range of different sole grinds to the MG4 lineup, giving golfers more versatility while also simplifying the fitting and selection process.
There are three main categories, with alternative options in each category, providing a total of six bounces to try and meet the requirements of any golfer.
The MG4 range features the following sole grinds:
Low Bounce: Low leading edge for added versatility and shot making in firm conditions.
Low Bounce V: Designed for skilled players with a shallow attack angle, offering exceptional spin and the ability to manipulate face angles effectively.
Standard Bounce: All-round performance that prevents excessive digging and allows the clubhead to glide through the turf smoothly.
Standard Bounce C: Provides increased versatility for players who prefer to manipulate face angles, without compromising bounce performance.
High Bounce: TaylorMade's standard high bounce design is playable for skilled golfers and defies the convention that high bounce wedges are only for high handicappers. Rory McIlroy uses a HB 60° MG4 depending on course conditions.
High Bounce Wide: With an increased sole width, this high bounce option offers improved playability and excels in sand play.
Tiger Woods Grind: Offered in 56° and 60°, each sole was inspired by Tiger's grind. The 56° is a dual sole with heavy heel relief, while the 60° has an extremely high bounce on the leading edge with a shaved heel.
Designed to be supremely versatile, TaylorMade claim these grinds allow Tiger to take on any shot, on any course, anywhere in the world.
The TaylorMade MG4 Wedges are available in both Tour Satin Chrome and Tour Matte Black from 8th September at an RRP of £159 (the Tiger grind has an RRP of £199). They are available between 46° and 60°.
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