I’m sure you’ll agree that, when you scope out TaylorMade’s impressive line-up of brand ambassadors on the PGA Tour, this manufacturer has a certain target audience it is required to please.
And it isn’t high handicappers.
As with a lot of other club types, TaylorMade wedges have generally been tailored towards better players – even high-end ones.
That said, other than the Tour Preferred EF wedges, you get the impression that these types of clubs have been geared towards slotting in seamlessly with its respective iron set, rather than being standalone, wave-making entities.
That’s where the new TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges intend to break new ground. They make no apologies for continuing the focus on low-handicap golfers, but with a few variations, the hope was that there would be enough to keep a few more people interested too.
Mission accomplished? Or an impossible dream?
We reviewed the Taylormade Milled Grind Wedge as part of our Best Golf Wedges Review, see here.
If you already own the Taylormade Milled Grind Wedge please leave your review in the customer review box at the end of this article.
Taylormade Milled Grind Wedge
The undisputed excellence of the TaylorMade Milled Grind wedge is a product of the precision involved in the computer-milling process, which enables each club to be tailored to specifications ideally suited to each category of bounce. Between the three different levels of bounce, this means your needs are handsomely catered for. In terms of spin, there was nothing remarkable on offer, and the feel was average. But you still feel in control of your golf ball from anywhere inside 100 yards, and the trajectory is very consistent with pitch shots. The price is definitely on the high side, so there may be better value found elsewhere. But, on quality alone, the Milled Grind wedges are difficult to fault.
Pros and Cons
- Machine-milling of sole and bounce ensures precision in the grind
- Excellent control, and easy to generate spin with both pitching and chipping
- Characteristically smooth, classy appearance is eye catching
- Three bounce options cater for a bigger golfing audience
- These wedges are quite expensive. For mid-to-high handicappers, better value is likely found elsewhere
|Product Details||Taylormade Milled Grind Wedge Review|
|Handicap Range||Low – Mid|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Lofts||50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°|
|Finish||Chrome / Oil Can|
|Swing Weight||D3 – D5|
|Shaft Type and Name||True Temper Dynamic Gold|
|Grip||Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360|
|Manufacturers Website||Taylormade Golf|
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Taylormade Milled Grind Wedge Review
Research and development behind the Milled Grind offering
Taylormade Milled Grind Wedge Detailed Review
The clubhead is 8620 carbon steel, while the face comprises new-look ZTP-17 grooves, which are steeper on the side walls – arguably to help impart greater spin.
But the key USP in the build is that the sole and bounce which comprise the grind has been milled by machine, rather than by hand.
Such a first ensures greater precision and consistency with turf interaction, and this is exemplified by the geometrically-perfect score lines on the sole.
There are three different models within this range in terms of bounce: High Bounce (11°-13°), Standard Bounce (9°-12°) and Low Bounce (9°). As such, all conditions and swing planes are accommodated, albeit that the high-bounce option is the most user-friendly.
The wedges range from 50° to 60°, with 2° intervals in between. Each club has a D5 swing weight, with the exception of the 50° and 52° standard-bounce wedges, which are D3.
Control & Performance
It was quite interesting that the feel was lacking, and there wasn’t a great deal to work with from a feedback perspective in terms of good and bad strikes.
Spin was probably only a bit higher than average too. However, these wedges are still right up there for playability, and whether you’re chipping or pitching, there is plenty in the bank in terms of control.
Although there is a split into three bounce categories, we think the high-bounce wedges will do the most business.
You have to nip the ball very tightly with the low-bounce equivalents, while even the mid-bounce option wasn’t all that forgiving if you have the slightest semblance of steepness to your downswing.
Then again, the fact that there are three bounce/grinds to choose from means that settling on the optimal wedge type shouldn’t be too difficult, and it is that kind of versatility which enables you to extract the performance you expect when coughing up big sums of money.
Design & Appearance
The grind differs across the various options. For example, the high-bounce wedges have a full-width grind, whereas the standard-bounce models have just a hint of grind in the heel.
In turn, the low-bounce wedges have a C-shape grind, with the trailing edge dropping off quite sharply in order to minimise contact with the turf.
All the soles have a red dot on the heel side, which is called a “Precision Weight Port”. This enables up to 10g of weight to be shifted so as to manipulate CG, launch and spin.
If you’re finely tuned in to your game, this will need to be set during fitting, as it isn’t manually adjustable.
The wedges sport the classic blade look, while the Satin Nickel Chrome finish polishes things off nicely. The standard-bounce versions also have a shade of Antique Bronze to them, which is very pleasing aesthetically.
All in all, though, the high-bounce wedges took the cake for us. Aside from producing the goods performance-wise, they also look delightfully stylish in the bag, and that kind of precision in the milling process will tickle the fancy of anyone with an eye for perfection.
Value for Money
They don’t come cheap, but these wedges certainly aren’t a rip off either. What TaylorMade have ensured is that this kind of wedge appeals to golfers of varying abilities; albeit that the primary focus is still on targeting better players.
There are a number of different options for loft, with three different sole grinds (and levels of bounce).
The degree of precision which has gone into the milling and design process, not to mention the impressive technology on show too, makes for an impressive range of wedges which will no doubt be deemed as good value in the eyes of many prospective owners.
The only matter to settle is whether better value for money lies in cheaper alternatives elsewhere. That, as ever, is a subjective decision to make.