Our Taylormade Tour Preferred Wedge Review reveals the most aggressive grooves ever produced by Taylormade and how that has an impact on your short game.
Taylormade Tour Preferred Wedge
Taylormade in all honestly are almost always a good value for money proposition and the Tour Preferred wedges are a winner from our point of view. Only available in Tour Satin, the Tour Preferred wedges are beautiful and when looking down at address the thin top line and traditional head shape help ooze confidence, particularly the better player. Despite the club being on the heavy side, the Micro texture face and heavy textured surface between the grooves do aid in producing phenomenal spin and ball control from just about anywhere. One sole grind, but a variety of lofts ranging anywhere between 50-60 degrees, they are confident in their design matching the requirements that most better players are looking for in a wedge. Taylormade have huge market share and this wedge is another example of why that is the case as the Tour Preferred wedge is a solid offering. A simple, beautiful look along with a versatile and high performance edge. The Micro texture face and heavy textured surface between the grooves aid in producing phenomenal spin and ball control, which most amateurs love!
Pros and Cons
- Precise and consistent distance control
- Beautifully simple look – the satin also reduces glare at address
- Enormous spin created from the micro-textured clubface
- Slightly on the heavy side, but that’s manageable
- Not the best feedback on off-center strikes in comparison to some competitors
|Product Details||Taylormade Tour Preferred Wedge|
|Handicap Range||Low to Medium|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left|
|Right Handed Lofts||50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60|
|Left Handed Lofts||52, 54, 56, 58, 60|
|Material Finish||Tour Satin|
|Club Length||35″ – 35.5″|
|Shaft Type and Name||KBS Tour V Wedge|
|Grip||Golf Pride Tour Velvet|
|Manufacturers Website||Taylormade Golf|
Taylormade Tour Preferred Wedge Detailed Review
Design & Appearance
The Tour Satin finish on the Tour Preferred wedges is beautiful and when looking down at the club at address it oozes confidence.
The better player will love it and the thin top line is very appealing along with the traditional head shape. Classic simple branding on the back of club-head is also what we prefer in comparison to busy designs where it’s almost distracting.
Crafted from soft 304 Stainless Steel, the Tour Preferred wedges have a stunning raw finish to them with the club-face being enhanced by the deep aggressive grooves.
The hitting area is also highlighted slightly in comparison to the rest of the club. This wedge is available in two options – either the Classic Grind or the ATV Grind (All Terrain Versatility).
The latter is often credited to Jason Day after this was modelled on similar wedges he used during the Masters in 2012. TaylorMade have used a new Micro Texture face designed to enhance ball speed and control, which we will mention further down.
Control / Feel
The Micro texture face and heavy textured surface between the grooves aid in producing phenomenal spin and ball control from just about anywhere.
The clubhead is fairly heavy though which we are not mad about, but one thing it does do is help in swing speed and tempo. A knock on effect of this is that the strike is somewhat improved due to the heavy mass meeting the back of the golf ball and almost always subsequently striking the grass after the ball has been struck… mid handicap players will like this.
That being said, the ATV isn’t quite as ‘chunky’ in terms of strike as the Classic Grind. In terms of sound and feel one word to summarize both would be: ‘crisp’.
Distance control is fantastic and this is primarily due to the heavy weight of the club-head as well and how it improves a consistent swing speed and strike.
A hugely versatile club in terms of workability and spin (similar to the Cleveland 588 RTX) and that is what Tour Preferred wedges are all about.
Out the bunkers we had no issue whatsoever in creating enough spin even from the shortest distance so in those situations where you have short-sided yourself with very slick downhill green towards the pin, this wedge is going to help you tremendously.
Another huge pro is that trajectory is so easily adjusted if called upon and if you are one of those better players that love to bring in a low spinning wedge or a high soft pitch then you won’t find much better too easily.
Value for Money
Taylormade in all honestly are almost always a good value for money proposition and the Taylormade Tour Preferred wedges are a winner from Golf Assessor’s point of view… simple, beautiful look along with a versatile and high performance edge.