Historically TaylorMade has done wedges to complement their iron ranges and they are usually aimed at better players as they are required by their sponsored tour players for their fourteen club deals.
The Milled Grind wedges fit into this ethos well, as you can tell by the classic blade style looks and polished Satin Nickel Chrome finish in all options and an Antique Bronze in the Standard Bounce versions.
The big change from the previous TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF wedge is that the sole and bounce that make up the grind have been milled by machine in order to provide more manufacturing consistency than wedges that are hand finished.
You can see this in the score lines on the sole of the three different grinds of the 8620 carbon steel head.
The High Bounce (HB) is a full width grind that offers the maximum level of bounce.
The Standard Bounce (SB) is a medium bounce with a slight heel grind.
Finally the Low Bounce (LB) uses a C shape grind with heel, toe and trailing edge relief to minimise the contact area with the ground.
Now most manufacturers will talk about these three types of bounce suiting different turf conditions, but in reality it is more about suiting the type of swing and attack angle you have with your short game clubs.
Regular readers may remember the bounce and grind review I did and should know that bounce is your friend and you should use as much of it as you can get away with.
Whilst all of these are decent enough grinds, I would suggest trying the HB grind first and then if that doesn't play for you then the SB. Avoid the LB as it is likely to be too low bounce for most amateurs and is really only for highly skilled wedge players.
Even the SB in a 56° loft with 11° bounce exhibited the 'too low bounce' tendencies of inconsistent distance and the club digging into the turf on full shots inside of skipping through.
Compared to other 'mid-bounce' wedges the TaylorMade Milled Grind is seems to play lower than it's bounce number, so the HB would be ideal for more golfers than normal.
The face features new ZTP-17 grooves that have a steeper side wall and sharper edges than the last version.
Around the green the spin was about average with it being easy to generate a little check before letting the ball running out.
On full shots the Milled Grind played well and the sound was solid and what you would expect from a wedge with a premium price.
The overall feel was a little on the light side compared to the rest of the market and did not seem to give as much feedback as other models that cost less.
The sole features a red dot on it, which has echoes of classic Wilson irons about it, and this covers up a Precision Weight Port that allows 10g to be moved so it can alter the CG location, launch angle and spin rate.
This is not something you can do yourself, but is probably what happens during elite fittings or in a tour van, which reveals the true audience for this wedge.
The TaylorMade Milled Grind is a decent club with all the classic wedge connoisseur boxes ticked and having a choice of three grinds for the first time gives TaylorMade a fuller offering of wedge options.
Whether any of those, or in particular the HB, will suit your game if you are an amateur is for you to test and find out.