Precision and Perfection Define TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedges
Short game equipment must be reliable in order to shoot low scores. Golfers need to know that their clubs will perform the way they should, every time. This is the concept behind Taylormade’s new Milled Grind wedges. Their design gives the user confidence that the wedges will always perform as expected. The new milling process, tour-inspired sole grinds, new grooves, and improved center of gravity combine to produce these reliable clubs.
Milling Process and Grind
The new Taylormade Milled Grind wedges offer a precisely crafted grind consistent on every wedge. A CNC machine grinds each wedge to the exact specs of the original design. Doing this produces optimal turf interaction and the most consistent performance to date.
One of the engineer experts for the Milled Grind wedges explains it further:
“Wedges that are hand-ground lend themselves to inconsistencies from wedge to wedge, especially when mass produced. Our new Milled Grind wedges ensure precision where it matters most. Utilizing extensive feedback from Tour players, we crafted three uniquely milled grinds for all types of swings and turf conditions.”
— Paul Demkowski, Expert Engineer, Irons & Wedges
Milled grind wedges also feature a Precision Weight Port, with a half-inch deeper bore and shaft insertion than previously used. This removes weight from the hosel, improving the center of gravity by placing it closer to the center of the club face. Placing it there makes the club feel more solid and forgiving. A soft, red polymer fills the new bored out area in the heel of the sole.
New ZTP Grooves
The final addition is a new and improved groove configuration. The walls of the ZTP grooves are milled 38.5% steeper than previous models. Launch angle lowers and spin increases as a result. The grooves are also closer together, adding room for an extra groove on the face. An 8620 carbon steel face makes the Milled Grind wedges the best balanced and feeling wedges TaylorMade has ever produced.
Milled Grind Wedges: Loft and Grind Options
The Milled Grind wedges come in 3 different grinds, low, standard and high bounce. The Low bounce (LB) grind offers the least amount of ground resistance. It is perfect for those that pick the ball off the turf and typically play firm courses with tight fairways. The Standard (SB) Grind has medium ground resistance, providing versatility under a variety of course conditions for both pickers and diggers. The High Bounce (HB) grind features a wider sole, offering the most ground resistance for those who tend to dig or play in soft conditions.
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