What you need to know: The new TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 (MG3) wedge is designed to meet the two very different needs of tour players and ordinary golfers with one design. The new “modern and minimalist” styling stems from the input of the TaylorMade Tour staff, and the raised ribs in the flat area between the grooves are designed to increase spin for paying customers who need to add spin to the short pole.
Price: 180 USD. 15 lofts with three bounce options (standard, high, and low). Custom-made Tiger Woods TW abrasive soles provide 56 degrees and 60 degrees inclination ($200).
Deep dive: The challenge of injecting more technology into the wedge design is that elite players are still so focused on shape, look and feel that almost anything aimed at improving performance must be hidden. Of course, what complicates matters is that ordinary golfers—those who actually pay for their clubs—need to see this technology. In the case of a wedge, this means rotation.
Therefore, TaylorMade’s design team modified their Milled Grind wedges (now their third iteration, Milled Grind 3, MG3), focusing on the simple appearance and the radical spin that ordinary golfers are looking for. Combining technology.
This technology is part of the previous iteration of Milled Grind wedge. The first is to use computer milling instead of hand-grinding to make the geometry of the sole, the bounce angle and curvature, and the contour of the leading edge in order to form a more consistent shape between the wedges. The second version promotes a more consistent rotation through the original face, allowing more precise groove cutting to break the limit of groove edge sharpness. For the third part, the focus is more subtle, because this is the requirement of the company’s tour staff.
“MG3 is not just about spin performance, even if the original finish is a key part of the packaging,” said Bill Price, TaylorMade’s senior director of product development for putters and wedges. “But shape is very important to us, and that’s why we asked all tour players what they are looking for from a shape perspective. You can have a great spin technology story, but its shape will attract their attention.”
But as Price explained, in the new Milled Grind 3 wedges, shape is a technology. First, although the wedge shape embodies what Price calls a “modern and minimalist look”, hidden in this shape is a gradually thicker top. As the angle of inclination increases, this pushes the center of gravity slightly higher, creating a flatter trajectory with more rotation.
“Better players do have specific needs for this ideal launch,” Price said, noting that hosel length is also progressive. The lower loft and shorter hosel now includes a 46-degree modern split club loft option, making it easier to transition from short irons.
The subtle changes in each rebound angle of each sole are also subtle. The main line will provide standard bounce (46, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees) as well as low bounce (56, 58, 60 degrees) and high bounce (52, 54, 56, 58 degrees) options and 60 degrees) . Again, Price said, shape is a technique.
“We talked a lot about feelings with our players,” he said. “Well, how the club gets into the turf is a particularly important part of feeling.”
Compared with MG2, the standard bounce of MG3 has a slightly wider sole (approximately 1 mm) and an increased rear edge relief. The low bounce is now closer to the ground, increasing the camber angle of the sole. Compared with MG2, the high bounce is also slightly wider, and also has an increased camber angle.
Of course, there is no problem with elite players using a wedge to generate spins, but ordinary golfers are looking for all the spins they can get, especially if you can show them how they will get it. This is where the face design improvement of MG3 comes in.
Although it maintains the advantage of edge sharpness through the manufacturing process, so that the surface and grooves are not plated, MG3 now uses tiny raised ribs between the grooves to add additional surface roughness. Price said the ribs are only 0.02 mm high and 0.25 mm wide, and are designed to increase the shortest distance of rotation.
“It creates better friction for those shorter shots-40, 30, 10 yards-especially since we don’t have that fast speed, we need more friction to generate this spin,” he Say.
The Milled Grind 3 wedges are available in two finishes, Satin Chrome and Satin Black ($180 each). In addition to the log series, there is also a customized version with specific bottom grinding and bounce functions in the Tiger Woods wedge (TW Grind), which will provide 56 degrees and 60 degrees of loft. The 56-degree adopts a double sole shape with an extra heel, while the 60-degree uses a very high bounce angle on the front edge, and the heel part is very shaved.
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Post time: Aug-18-2021