Callaway MD3 Wedge: Loads of Options to Lower Your Scores

The Callaway MD3 wedge is a combination of raw beauty and technology. It comes with no surprise that Callaway is quickly gaining attention from both PGA and LPGA Tour players. What makes the Callaway MD3 wedge so great is the wide range of options that you have to choose from, not to mention there’s incredible technology to help your game too.

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Tech Talk

You’ll notice there are 4 holes on the back of the wedge. These holes remove weight from the backside of the wedge and move it towards the face. Doing this raises the center of gravity and increases spin.

You’ll begin to see more spin with the progressive groove optimization on theses wedges too. The Callaway MD3 wedge]features 3 different grooves (30V, 20V, and 5V) that are all precision milled directly into the clubface. The different grooves are designed to optimize spin rates as you go up in loft, so more when you need it. Not only does it increase spin on the wedges where it’s most desired, it creates a nice transition from irons to wedges, instead of a noticeable difference.

  • The 30V grooves are found in the pitching wedge and gap wedges. These wedges are built for golf shots that typically require a full swing and steep angle into the golf ball.
  • The 20V grooves are found in the sand wedge, which need a slightly more aggressive groove for full and bunker shots.
  • The 5V grooves are found in the lob wedge where accuracy and control are of the utmost importance. These are the most aggressive groove found in the MD3 wedge inspiring confidence from the rough and any other trouble spots you’ll find yourself in around the green.

Now the options…..3 different grinds (C,S, and W) in 2 degree increments ranging from 48 t0 60 degrees of loft. All of these options give you the room to truly customize your short game to the type of swing you make and the conditions you play in (see below). Use their genius innovation to your advantage!

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C-Grind

Ideal Swing: Sweeper (Shallow Divot)
Ideal Condition: Firm

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S-Grind

Ideal Swing: Moderate to Sweeping (Moderate Divot)
Ideal Condition: Normal, Soft, or Firm

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W-Grind

Ideal Swing: Steep (Large Divot)
Ideal Condition: Soft

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What to Do When You’re in a Fairway Bunker

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This week the PGA Tour is stopping at Glen Abbey Golf Club for the RBC Canadian Open. When I begin to look back at past winners of this tournament, one player and one shot come to mind. Tiger Woods had 218 yards (complete carry over a pond) from a fairway bunker to the pin. He smoked a 6-iron to 18 feet, made the putt, and ultimately won the tournament. This shot is regarded as one of the most spectacular golf shots in PGA Tour history.

Playing from a fairway bunker can be very difficult and intimidating. If you can master this shot, you can play fearless golf and it will lead to lower scores. So, in order to be successful from playing out of a fairway bunker you’ll need to employ a few swing techniques that I’ve outlined below.

Create a Solid Base

You’ll need to dig your feet in the sand more than usual to achieve a solid base.

Club & Ball Position

To build upon a stable base, it’s a good idea to think about selecting the proper golf club. You’ll want to choose one more golf club and choke down on it. Choking down and moving the ball position back in your stance will ensure you contact the golf ball first, since you’re feet are below the golf ball due to digging in and creating a solid base.

Swing Thought

You’ll want to concentrate on keeping more still than usual and swinging more around your body. A good thought is keeping your head still throughout the swing, especially up and down. Or, have the feeling you’re swinging the golf club more around your body as opposed to more upright in a normal swing. These thoughts will again encourage hitting the golf ball first and not the sand.

Bonus Tip & Drill

You’ll need to hit a few shots and take note how far each club flies with the adjustments you’ll be making. For example, you may currently hit your 7-iron 165 yards from the fairway, but it will only fly 150 yards from a fairway bunker when making these adjustments. So, you’d want to play a 6-iron if facing the same shot from a fairway bunker.

A good drill to practice at the driving range is the trench drill. First make a trench in the bunker with your club by dragging it in a straight line with the leading edge of the club. Next, make practice swings in the bunker trying to take a divot in front of the trench. If you make a divot before the trench, you will most likely need to place the ball a little farther back in your stance to ensure proper contact.

Quick Recap

1. Create a Solid Base – Dig your feet in.

2. Club & Ball Position – Take one more club, choke down, and move the ball back.

3. Quite Lower Body – Ensure you’ll contact the ball first.

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Callaway Iron Comparison: XR vs X2 Hot

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When you move from one generation of iron to the next, it’s often difficult to produce something new that will give you a significant advantage over its predecessor and still stay within the legal limits of the rules of golf. When the Callaway X2 Hot iron debuted they were the longest iron Callaway had ever produced, up to 5 yards further than the X Hot irons. Which was fantastic in its own right!

In testing the Callaway X2 Hot irons on launch monitors and real life course conditions, I saw an average increase in carry distance of 4-6 yards per club over the Callaway X Hot irons. The claims were justified. With the introduction of the Callaway XR iron, one couldn’t help be skeptical to see what Callaway had made too outperform the highly touted X2 Hot iron. Let’s take a closer look at each iron and examine what separates the XR iron from the X2 Hot iron.

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X2 Hot

This iron builds on the overall success of the Callaway X Hot iron by improving the clubhead and sole shaping with a cleaner look, and added technology that increases forgiveness and performance. The clubhead design has been enhanced with a deeper, central undercut cavity behind the face. This cavity provides more forgiveness and easier launch, especially on lower strikes on the clubface, where amateurs tend to make contact the most. On solid shots, the golf ball will launch higher and travel farther so that you can reach those more challenging, tucked pin locations.

Secondly, behind the clubface is a stabilizing arch. It’s a material that improves the overall feel of the golf club , the stability of the head on the off-center hit, and allows the face to flex properly behind the undercut cavity. This stabilizing arch gives you the increased ball speeds and distance gains, as advertised. Finally, the sole is cleaner and thinner than the X Hot iron and its flowing shape from toe to heel improves the playability of the golf club. You’ll be able to work the golf ball in all directions from various turf conditions.

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XR

The Callaway XR irons are Callaway’s first ever cavity back iron to incorporate a face cup into the clubhead and they’re built for ultimate ball speed and explosive distance. The main engine behind the XR iron is the Cup 360 face. This face is supported by a very thin piece of steel, which makes it extremely flexible, and makes up the club’s 2-piece construction. A special heat treating process during construction was necessary in order to make the face work expertly in conjunction with the rest of the iron’s thinner body style.

In addition, Callaway has designed a sole that’s thinner than previous X Series irons, but without going too narrow to rob the average golfer of extra forgiveness.  This sole design adds to the flexibility dynamic of the overall club and improves turf interaction. What’s this mean for you? Well, at impact the face produces a trampoline type effect to increase ball speeds on center hits, off-center hits, and all across the face leading to more distance throughout the entire set.

The final dynamic of the Callaway XR iron is the internal standing wave, a technology that has been highlighted in their X Series fairway woods in recent years. This element lowers the overall weight and center of gravity of the golf club. It’s position has been improved so it doesn’t touch the flexible elements of the club head, giving the 360 face cup room to provide the improved ball speed characteristics. The internal standing wave stretches across the entire face from toe to heel and takes the club’s forgiveness to another level, which creates more consistent speed, especially on mishits, and increased distance.

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