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Who's your daddy? Callaway's Mack Daddy 4 wedges - One wedge to rule them all.

Since the esteemed Roger Cleveland joined Callaway, the company's wedges have consistently been among the best wedges on the market. In fact, the previous Mack Daddy Forged wedges were among the best feeling wedges that I'd ever played. The feel was exquisite, the sole grinds worked and the clubs were beautiful to behold.

So what do you do for an encore?

Enter the Mack Daddy 4 wedges Cleveland labored over the shape of the wedges. Based on Tour feedback, Callaway has designed the wedges with a more compact shape, straighter leading edges, tighter leading-edge radii, and slightly more offset throughout the line, according to Callaway.

Then Cleveland set out to give us more spin around the green than ever before. Callaway's Mack Daddy 4 wedges use a new 'groove-in-groove' technology that features raised micro-ridges between the main grooves on the faces. Rather than these ridges going below the surface, however, they're actually 'surface positive,' as Callaway explains it; that means they protrude above the surface. Therefore, the grooves and micro-ridges create more points of contact for the golf ball, and they create additional friction to induce more backspin.

Using new, proprietary cutters, it takes 12 minutes per head to cut the grooves, according to Cleveland. Using a progressive design throughout the set, the lower-lofted wedges-52 degrees and below-use '20D' grooves, while higher-lofted wedges-54 degrees and above-use 5D grooves. That means, overall, the higher-lofted wedges are designed to create more spin for greater control around the greens, and the lower-lofted wedges will behave more like your shortest iron. Each of the wedges also have an added groove-Callaway calls it a 'nip it' groove-near the leading edge that's designed to induce more spin when you catch the ball a bit thin.

We've long held that the sole grind of a wedge is the most important part of the club since its interaction with the turf determines the wedge's effectiveness out of whatever situation you might find yourself in. The Mack Daddy F features four distinct sole grinds: C-grind, S-grind, W-grind and a new X-grind that has a narrow sole but with high-bounce. Here is the rundown of each grind.

C-Grind: 'Increased relief, especially at the heel, making it easier to play shots with the face open. Ideal for medium-to-shallow attack angles and/or firm course conditions. 8-degrees of bounce.'

S-Grind: 'Medium-width sole with slight chamfer at the back and moderate heel relief to keep the leading edge low through impact, promoting solid contact on open-faced shots. 10 degrees of bounce.'

W-Grind: 'Sole is wider at the center and toe and narrower at the heel, with moderate heel relief and generous front-to-back camber. That prevents digging without increasing bounce and keeps the leading edge close to the turf at impact. Great for open-faced shots. More versatile than our previous W Grind. 12 degrees of bounce.'

X-Grind: 'The newest grind features a narrow, high-bounce crescent sole, with the low point near the front. Excellent for moderate-to-steep attack angles and medium-to-soft course conditions. 12 degrees of bounce.'

The Mack Daddy 4 wedges, which are made from 8620 carbon steel, come in both Platinum Chrome and Matte Black finishes. Like the previous Mack Daddy 3 wedges, the Mack Daddy 4 wedges have four weight ports, and they have milled-aluminum medallions that progressively raise CG (center of gravity) as loft increases to help dial in ball flight, spin and feel appropriately for each loft.

Available lofts include 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 and 64-degree options, totaling 21 loft-bounce combinations. The wedges will come stock with True Temper's Dynamic Gold Tour Issue 115 shafts and Lamkin UTx grips.

The Callaway Mack Daddy 4 wedges are now available at the Transview store in Podium, the proshop at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club and at proshops throughout the country.
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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Jun 30, 2018
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