Mack Daddy 4 Wedges: Raising the Standard

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When industry icon Roger Cleveland is the head of your company’s wedge R&D department, odds are good that what comes out will be good. The Callaway Mack Daddy 4 wedges are the latest to come from the mind of Mr. Cleveland. Here’s what you need to know about these wedges.

Mack Daddy 4 Wedge Features

Groove-In-Groove Technology

The 4th version of the Mack Daddy wedge comes with new Groove-in-Groove technology, constructed to give shots more spin.

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The main grooves on the Mack Daddy 4 wedges are loft specific. Lower lofted wedges (46-52 degrees) have a shallower groove for more control on full shots. The rest of the lofts (54-64 degrees) have deep, sharp grooves to give shots around the green more stopping power, even from the rough. There are 16 main grooves on the face, including an extra “Nip it” groove on the bottom near the leading edge. This extra groove helps with control on short shots.

In between the 16 main grooves are 4 micro-grooves to increase the surface roughness and give even more spin. The combination of these grooves produces 84 points of contact to grab golf ball.

New Shape

Taking guidance from Tour players, Mr. Cleveland changed the shape of the Mack Daddy 4 wedges. Compared to the Mack Daddy 3 wedges, MD4 wedges have a more compact shape, straighter leading edge, tighter leading-edge radius and slightly more offset.

Grind Options

There are 4 grind options available on the Mack Daddy 4 wedges:

C Grind: This versatile grind has more heel relief, making it easier to hit open-faced shots. With 8 degrees of bounce, it is ideal for a medium/shallow swinger and/or firm conditions.

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S Grind: There is slightly more bounce (10 degrees), moderate heel relief, and a low leading edge on the S Grind. Golfers that like to hit a variety of shots, especially open-faced shots, will gravitate to this grind.

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W Grind: The sole of the W Grind (12 degrees of bounce) is wider at the center and toe and narrow at the heel. This prevents the club from digging for those with a steep swing and/or soft course conditions.

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X Grind: A new grind offering, the X Grind also has 12 degrees of bounce. The crescent-shaped sole is lower at the front and fits the golfer with a moderate-steep swing and/or moderate course conditions.

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Which Mack Daddy 4 Wedge Will You Choose?

Overall, there are 21 loft-bounce and 2 finish options, Tour Chrome and Matte Black, to choose from. The Dynamic Gold Tour-Issue 115 stock shaft produces a controlled ball flight, with other custom options available.

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TaylorMade Project A and Project S Golf Balls: Uncommon Performance For Everyday Golfers

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TaylorMade’s TP5 and TP5x golf balls have been extremely popular among tour players and better amateurs. However, average players don’t get the full benefit of the performance features of TP5 golf ball line. With this in mind, TaylorMade introduces an updated Project (a) and brand new Project (s) golf balls. Each golf ball has unique features that deliver tour-level performance in a package that suits everyday golfers better.

Project A and Project S Golf Balls:

Project (a)

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Originally introduced in 2014, the Project (a) golf ball gives golfers Tour-level performance in a 3 piece ball, at an attractive price point. Its biggest attribute is the cast Urethane cover, the same material used on 4 and 5-piece golf balls for more spin. The lower compression and softer feel also gave the ball better feel for golfers with slower swing speeds.

New for 2018, a Dual Distance core and new 322LDP dimple pattern combine to increase driver and long iron distance while maintaining superb greenside control and feel.

The dimple pattern is the same as what’s on the TP5 and TP5x, creating less drag for more speed and distance. A larger, softer inner core produces less spin with the driver and long irons while providing excellent feel. The outer core is stiffer and increases rebound and velocity. It also aids in creating spin around the greens by improving pinching of the soft urethane cover between the clubface.

Project (s)

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The Project (s) is a 2-piece ball that offers an even softer feel without sacrificing distance. That means golfers no longer have to choose between soft feel and distance. The Project (s) comes in with a compression of 60, 10 less than the Project (a), providing that super soft feel.

The outer core is a softer-resilient polymer that improves feel and control around the green. The ionomer cover of the Project (s) has a 342LDP dimple pattern, reducing drag in conjunction with the lower spin construction.

This quote from Eric Loper, TaylorMade’s Director of R&D Golf Balls sums up the Project (s) nicely:

“The new multilayer design incorporates a softer yet resilient dual distance core that maximizes distance and enables us to utilize a softer ionomer cover for soft feel and great control. We are eliminating the need for a golfer to choose between distance and feel in this category. The new Project (s) provides both softer feel AND distance.”

Eric Loper, Director R&D Golf Balls

Quick Review of the Project A and Project S Golf Balls

Project (a)

  • 3-piece golf ball with Urethane cover
  • Low Spin on driver and long iron shots
  • More spin and soft feel on shots around the green
  • Same 322LDP dimple pattern as the TP5 andTP5x golf balls

Project (s)

  • 2-piece ball with an ionomer cover
  • Lower compression (60) than the Project (a)
  • 342LDP dimple pattern reduces drag for distance
  • Gives you soft feel AND distance

The Project (a) and Project (s) golf balls have a price tag that’s very attractive to the golfer on a budget looking for top performance and feel.  The Project (a) is available in gloss white or yellow and the Project (s) comes in gloss white, matte yellow, and matte orange (below).

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Hollow PING G700 Irons Not Empty On Performance


PING G700 irons bring a hollow design, fast face, distance iron to the company’s lineup for the first time. PING isn’t the only company to release a hollow iron. However, there are some interesting differences between the PING and other offerings in this category. This review highlights the technology and what sets PING G700 irons apart.

PING G700 Irons

Technology

PING G700 Irons hollow body

The G700 irons feature a mid-sized, hollow head consisting of a 17-4 stainless steel body. The reason for having a hollow-headed iron is to increase ball speed. The face flexes more at impact and that spring-like motion increases the COR (energy transfer to the golf ball). That extra energy means more ball speed.

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Also helping boost ball speed is a thin C300 Maraging Steel face, just like what is used in the G400 fairway wood. C300 maraging steel is a very strong alloy that flexes twice as much as other metals.

Differences From Other Hollow Irons

A major difference from other hollow irons is the G700 irons don’t have any material pumped into the hollow head cavity. This is done by others to lessen the bouncing of sound waves inside the cavity in an effort to improve the sound to a more traditional “click”.  Especially in the long irons, the G700 gives a little hollow ring at impact that’s louder than normal but not necessarily in a bad way.

Lofts

Lofts for the G700 irons are slightly stronger, with a 6-iron loft at 26 degrees. The faster face sends the ball higher and height control is needed. If you really want to crank up the distance, the irons can be ordered in the “Power Spec” option. Lofts are strengthened 1.5-2 degrees stronger to maximize distance.

Looks

PING G700 Iron Address

One of the nicest things about these irons is the clean design that results in a larger head that doesn’t look like a “shovel on a stick”.  They actually have a rather compact, simple look at address with a slightly thicker top line.

Final Words on PING G700 Irons

The PING G700 irons are well worth considering if you are in the market for an iron that maximizes distance and forgiveness. As always, be sure to get properly fit to get the best setup for your game.

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