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The TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 wedge continues to refine an already superior performing and feeling wedge. It excels at shotmaking, especially in the higher lofts.
When many golfers think of the word “wedge,” a couple of brands immediately come to mind. Typically it’s Vokey (Titleist), Cleveland, or Callaway. TaylorMade is usually the brand more associated with woods. However, in my own testing, no wedge created more spin than the Milled Grind 3 (review HERE). Their Hi-Toe 3 promises even more spin and shot-making ability, so I put that to the test.
These wedges are like the Hi-Toe RAW that have come before (review HERE) and continue to maintain a unique look. But in its new iteration, it’s turned decidedly more minimalistic and modern. Gone are the busy graphics, colors, or caricatures of feet on the club. Instead, TaylorMade has opted for simple text and full-faced grooves, at least in the sand and lob wedge variants.
Not only is it an eccentric look in shape with its pronounced toe section, but the color is also different than most of the other wedges on the market. The aged copper color varies slightly from wedge to wedge, and their unique patinas make it seem as though you’ve had these clubs for a season or two already. It felt as though I had found a few lucky pennies that had turned into golf clubs. The color not only looks sleek, but it also offers a performance gain as it eliminates glare.
Sound & Feel
The feel of the wedges was excellent. TaylorMade is advertising this series of wedges as a Swiss army knife, and I can attest these wedges felt sharp and precise through impact. They cut through the turf smoothly and solid when center-struck, with a progressively thinner feel towards the edges of the face. That smooth feel was reinforced with the quintessential soft “click” to the ear off each strike.
These wedges executed exactly how a top-performing wedge should. While sheer spin numbers are not the end-all-be-all, they certainly matter a lot when comparing wedges. To that point, I was pleased. While my testing didn’t see quite the spin numbers I saw when testing the Milled Grind 3, they were higher than average. The ribbing between the grooves definitely felt like it was imparting additional spin. There was plenty of check on around-the-green chips and out of bunkers, and there was a bit of zip-back on full-length shots as well.
Turf interaction is also extremely important on wedges too, and the four-way camber allows for a low leading edge. It’s also good to note that for the 58 and 60-degree wedges there are low, mid, and high bounce options. That variance in bounce allows suitable options for the gamut of turf conditions and styles of hitting wedges whether you’re a picker, you hit down on it, or somewhere in between.
The full-face grooves present are also an extremely beneficial addition. Not only did it allow me to open up the face dramatically for flop shots, but it also gave me more confidence to know that on off-centered hits, I’d still be benefiting from the spin where grooves aren’t normally located.
The combination of the Milled Grind 3 and now the Hi-Toe 3, has established TaylorMade as a prominent player in the wedge space. If you are looking to update wedges and don’t at least try these, you’re doing yourself a disservice. While I still think TaylorMade’s Milled Grind 3 is my wedge of the year, the Hi-Toe 3 unlocks another level of versatility, playability, and forgiveness.