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The TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe Big Foot wedge has a giant sole to prevent digging. Below average versatility, decent spin.
The TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe Big Foot wedge adds to the list of recent wedges designed to prevent golfers from laying the sod over their short shots. With a massive sole and fifteen degrees of bounce, this wedge also makes short work of bunker shots. In this review, I’ll explain whether you should consider adding this to your short game arsenal or stick to the original Milled Grind Hi-Toe wedge (review HERE).
A few years ago, the TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe Big Foot wedge would have been quite exotic looking. In 2019, with some OEMs on their second or third iteration of the high toe wedge, it doesn’t raise many eyebrows.
At address, this wedge does present a large face. The high toe – 5 mm taller, per TaylorMade – and slightly rounded leading edge only enhance the size. As with the original TM Hi-Toe wedge, the grooves stretch across the entirety of the face.
Where the Big Foot wedge is more unusual looking is in the bag. From the foot graphic on the toe to the immense sole, this wedge is likely to turn some heads.
Sound & Feel
The Hi-Toe Big Foot wedge skews slightly toward the soft side of the feel spectrum. It’s far from the softest wedge, but with a premium quality ball, impact feels good on the center of the face. Interestingly, the pleasant feel is paired with a sound I can only describe as a “clack.”
Feedback on strike location is limited. I’m not sure if it’s because of the massive pockets near the sole, but I had a hard time sensing where the ball met the face, particularly in the vertical plane.
The sole of the TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe Big Foot wedge is comically wide. TaylorMade states that it’s 32 mm wide. I’ll simply tell you it’s wider than any wedge I can think of. The purpose of that wide sole and the fifteen degrees of bounce is to prevent digging, and it works. No club can guarantee clean contact, but you’d have to work to lay the sod over the ball with this club.
Of course, benefits like that come at a cost in other areas. Despite the C-Grind on the sole, the leading edge gets sky high when you open the face of the Hi-Toe Big Foot. I was able to hit some shots with an open face, but I had to really concentrate on perfect contact to not hit knee-high screamers.
Necessitated by the gigantic sole, TaylorMade created deep “sole pockets” in the Hi-Toe Big Foot. These pockets allowed weight to be put higher in the head for lower launch and higher spin. In my testing, I found the launch and spin to be about average which tells me the pockets offset the weighting of the sole but didn’t tilt the scales toward a high CG wedge.
For the player that fears the sand or has trouble with hitting the ground before the ball, the TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe Big Foot wedge is a short game tool worth considering. The downside is that the wedge lacks versatility and isn’t as high spinning as the best current wedges.