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The Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedge is an unusual looking wedge designed to excel at flop shots, but it’s also highly functional in other aspects of the short game.
There are plenty of guys on the PGA Tour who tinker with their equipment, but no one tinkers as famously as Phil Mickelson. Whether it’s two drivers at Augusta or no driver for the US Open, he’s not afraid of being different. That willingness to take chances is evident in the new Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedge. Designed in concert with Roger Cleveland, this wedge is meant to bring the short game artistry out of every golfer.
The Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedge is not likely to be confused with any other wedge at your local golf store. You can see that it has a larger face than any wedge I can think of, primarily due to the exaggerated high toe. That larger face is almost entirely covered in grooves – unlike most wedges, the grooves extend nearly all the way from heel to toe.
In the bag, the wedge is easily identifiable by the four ports in the sole. While they are cool to look at, they also perform an important function which I’ll discuss later.
Sound & Feel
The first thing I noticed when I picked up the Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedge was its weight. It has a stock swing weight of D4, but the head feels even heavier than that would indicate. My hypothesis is that the unique shape and weight distribution of the wedge are responsible for this.
At impact, this wedge feels pretty average. It’s not notably hard or soft, it just produces a dull “thud” with moderate feedback. For me, the feel is neither a reason to buy this wedge nor a reason to avoid it.
One of the two things that make this wedge unusual from a performance standpoint is the slightly higher center of gravity. The wedge’s CoG is higher than other wedges because the ports in the sole remove weight from the bottom of the club and the tall toe places it higher on the face. The result is a wedge that can produce some very high spin rates (the explanation of that is HERE). If spin is a priority for you, the Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedge is certainly worth a look.
The other thing that makes this wedge unique is the namesake PM grind. As you can see above, the sole actually has a small depression or groove in it. I found that this grind has a really profound impact on the way the wedge performs. I was able to get the leading edge low and nip shots off tight lies, but the sole still jumps out of the turf post-impact. For players that need to see the leading edge on the ground, this grind really provides the best of all possible worlds.
The Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedge is a bold offering and a wedge that’s definitely worth a try. While the look at address is the most noticeable difference, I think it’s the sole that really makes this wedge stand out. With the PM grind and a little practice, golfers will be able to add a lot of versatility to their short games.