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The TaylorMade Milled Grind wedge promises greater precision in its sole grinds by removing hand finishing from the process. Three different soles aim to fit a wide variety of players.
When golfers think of an OEM’s club making operation, most imagine huge assembly lines full of machines. They assume that every club comes off the line exactly like the one before it, but this isn’t the case. Most clubs require some amount of finishing by hand, and this leads to inconsistencies. TaylorMade’s Milled Grind wedges aim to remove that by having the sole fully ground by machine.
At address, the TaylorMade MG wedge has a conventional look. The leading edge is rounded very slightly. The overall head shape leans toward a teardrop as opposed to a rounded profile, but it’s not extreme. In short, I don’t think anyone will say it’s their favorite look, but no one will object to it either.
In the bag, what stands out most are the mill marks on the sole. These marks are left intentionally to draw attention to the fact that the soles are milled by machines rather than ground by hand. Some will like it, others won’t, but it’s unarguably a unique appearance.
The Milled Grind wedge is available in chrome (seen here), black, antique bronze, and raw finishes.
Sound & Feel
In their product info, TaylorMade emphasizes the 8620 carbon steel that the Milled Grind wedges are made from. True to its reputation, that metal does produce a very soft feel in these wedges. In fact, with a softer golf ball, the feel borders on being a little dull.
Impact is very quiet, nothing more than a soft “tock” off the club face. My one complaint is that there’s not decisive feedback, at least in the chrome finish that I tested.
The interesting thing about the namesake performance benefit of the Milled Grind wedge is that it’s something you can’t appreciate from owning one. Consistency from Wedge #1 to Wedge #5,873 is an admirable goal, but as long as the wedge in my hand works for me, that consistecy doesn’t affect how I score. Nonetheless, I applaud TaylorMade for furthering the precision of club manufacturing.
TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges are available with three different soles: LB, SB, and HB. Those initials stand for Low Bounce, Standard Bounce, and High Bounce, respectively. In addition to having a different bounce angle, you’ll notice that the lower bounce options have a more dramatic grind in the heel. This will allow golfers to keep the leading edge near the ground when they open the face. If you want more info on selecting the right sole, click HERE.
Once you’ve picked the right sole, the MG wedges perform very well. The turf interaction is good, and they provide spin on par with the other wedges from major OEMs.
Will a Milled Grind wedge make your short game more consistent? Probably not, but you can take comfort in knowing that the club in your hands was precisely ground to the exact specs that TaylorMade created with input from the world’s best players. And there is a certain confidence to be gained from knowing you play the same wedges as Tiger.