By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — TaylorMade's R&D staff was on hand this week at Riviera Country Club giving players in the field the chance to test the new Tour Preferred wedge line that was unveiled at the PGA Merchandise Show.
Made from 304 stainless steel, the wedges come in two different grinds — a classic grind that's being called the "Tour Preferred grind," and an ATV grind.
The classic grind — expected to be used by a majority of TaylorMade staffers — has heel and toe relief, and a leading edge that sits on the ground longer, allowing players to hit open face shots without having the bounce come into play.
The ATV grind was designed with feedback from TOUR player Jason Day. The Aussie was the first to use a prototype version of the wedge last year that had a similar look to ATV.
The wedge has a concaved sole that offers increased turf interaction by delaying the bounce, which in turn allows the wedge to glide through the turf and the sand.
Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Troy Matteson and Darren Clarke tested the wedges at Riviera and gave feedback on the wedges. Players commented that they really liked the way the wedges looked at address, how they performed out of the sand and the improved turf interaction.
The Tour Preferred wedge line will be available on April 15 in six lofts (50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees).
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