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Callaway Gets In Groove With New Wedge Grind

By John Steinbreder – Global Golf Post

md3-milled-goldnickel-family-shot-2016-41866009126153For the past several months, Callaway Golf has been rolling out new iterations of its popular MD3 milled wedge. In March, for example – and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day – came a club with a green shamrock lasered onto the head. Then, in early June, the equipment maker released three line extensions: 50- and 52-degree W-Grinds and a 64-degree C-Grind. Now, it has rolled out an S-Grind with a gold nickel finish that is available in lofts of 50, 52, 56, 58 and 60 degrees.

Wedge designer Roger Cleveland says the S-Grind is used because of the versatility it provides and the way it performs in a wide range of conditions and for a broad spectrum of swing and shot types.

As he has done with other members of the MD3 family, Cleveland also employed Progressive Groove Optimization with the gold nickel version, relying on three different types of grooves precision-milled into the clubfaces to optimize spin as lofts increase – and to provide a smoother transition from players’ irons to wedges.

The 30V grooves in the pitching and gap wedges are built for shots that require a steep angle into the ball, he explains, while the 20V grooves in the sand wedges are designed for full shots and bunker play. As for the lob wedges, they boast wider, 5V grooves for
better control.

With regard to the head shape, Cleveland says he blended input from Callaway touring professionals with advanced CAD design to create a club with a high toe profile, a medium sole width and a semi-straight leading edge. In addition, he used ports in the back of the head to re-position weight and improve shotmaking, especially out of the deep rough.

Callaway MD3 S-Grind

What’s New?
A new MD3 wedge with a gold nickel finish from Callaway Golf

Who’s It For?
Those in search of ways to improve their short-game play

Republished with permission by Global Golf Post