TaylorMade are once again employing the use of Raw Face Technology for the third iteration of their Milled Grind wedge which have been used to major success by the likes of Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa in recent years.
The new Milled Grind 3 Wedge features the same un-plated surface materal which is designed to rust over time in order to maintain consistent spin rates whilst also performing better in wet conditions.
All new Raised Micro-Ribs, which are 0.02mm tall and 0.25mm wide, span the entire face and sit in between the traditional grooves. This has been added to create an even more textured surface area, improving the interaction between clubface and ball on those 'finesse' shots where you aren't at full speed.
There's also a new scratch finish on the toe area of the face which is there to reduce glare at address, making it straightforward to line up to each shot even in bright sunshine.
TaylorMade's innovative 'Milled Grind' process on the sole of their wedges is there to produce wedges with accurate and consistent specifications time after time.
Each leading edge and sole grind has been CNC milled to ensure greater precision from club to club, while there are a host of different sole and bounce offerings available in the new model:
The new LB sole geometry is said to promote smoother entry and exit of the club through the turf. The leading edge is closer to the ground and is built to make that first moment of entry more smooth, whilst more of a camber also ensure less resistance as the club goes through the turf. More trail edge relief has also been added, for more versatility when opening the face up.
The standard sole is slightly wider than on the MG2, and the overall shape is geared more towards playablity and forgiveness on a variety of different shots. Adding trail edge relief has provided more versatility again for when opening the face up for the more delicate shots around the green.
This sole shape is designed to help players who have a steep angle of attack or who tend to play in softer conditions. Like the SB, the sole is wider than the MG2 with more camber, again improving the turf interaction.
Inspired by Tiger's own wedges, this grind is available in 56° and 60° only. The 56° is a dual sole with heavy heel relief, while the 60° has very high bounce on the leading edge with a shaved heel.
This is designed to make it easy to open the face for flop shots, whilst also providing relief on the leading edge so that it is still suitable for use on tight lies.
"Wedges have to be versatile and exacting, whether it's a full swing from 100 yards, a touchy 15-yard pitch that needs to stop quickly, or any distance in between. With Milled Grind 3, we've designed a wedge that's capable of delivering optimal spin on every shot from every distance."
Bill Price, Product Creation, Putter & Wedge
TaylorMade say that altering the Thick-Thin design of the MG3 wedge has been vital in improving both the sound and launch produced.
Precise mass placement optimises the CG location to encourage a lower, flatter launch with increased spin levels whilst also improved better sound and feel following feedback from testing.
The addition of progressive hosel lengths which differ depending on the loft also allows for optimal CG location, as well as making it easier than ever to transition from iron sets straight into wedges.
The TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 Wedges will be available from 46° to 60° in two different finishes - Satin Raw Chrome and Satin Raw Black.
They come complete with True Temper Tour Issue S200 shafts and Lamkin Crossline 360 grips. Available from 3rd September, the wedges are priced at an RRP of £149.
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