The recently released Tour Preferred EF wedge proved immediately popular with TaylorMade’s tour professionals
The latest addition toTaylorMade Golf’s lineup is its Tour Preferred EF wedge. In its press release, TaylorMade states that the Tour Preferred EF wedge “combines industry-first technological advancements with the meticulous craftsmanship of renowned club designer Clay Long in a tour-validated wedge that delivers astoundingly long-lasting high-spin performance, exceeding that of any wedge TaylorMade has ever created”.
The new wedge appears to have found favour with TaylorMade’s staff professionals Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia, these players being the first to add them to their bag just days after viewing the clubs.
Two weeks later, with three of the wedges in his bag, Johnson won the WGC-Cadillac Championship. His performance resulted in other TM tour staffers requesting the opportunity to test the clubs and it is anticipated that many of them will switch to the EF.
Designer Clay Long, who is director of Product Creation, Putters and Wedges for TaylorMade, said, “Electroforming delivers a consistent high-performance groove pattern that delivers incredible spin over the course of thousands of shots. To have our tour players put the Tour Preferred EF wedge into play immediately after seeing them for the first time is a true testament to their performance.”
The Tour Preferred EF wedge sees the introduction of a proprietary electroformed (EF) nickel cobalt face. Nickel cobalt is remarkably wear-resistant and durable; 50 per cent harder than carbon steel. While substantially harder, the Tour Preferred EF wedge retains an incredibly soft feel from the 1025 carbon steel body, resulting in a perfect blend of feel and performance.
Available in two sole options, the first is the Tour Grind, designed for the player who prefers a traditional, tourproven sole design. Available in lofts of 47°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60° and 62° with bounce options from 8 to 15 degrees, the Tour Grind design features a refined shape with progressive camber and generous heel relief. This allows for the versatility of a C-grind on open-faced shots but retains the main sole surface for better performance on full swings and shots from the bunker.
The second option is the versatile ATV Grind. The new ATV Grind boasts a reshaped sole that is slightly narrower than the original ATV wedge. The ATV Grind promotes less bounce on both chip and full shots whilst maintaining higher bounce on open-face shots around the greens and from the sand.
The ATV Grind is available in lofts of 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°. Both Grind options feature a KBS Tour shaft and are constructed with 1025 Carbon steel and include aglare-reducing dark smoke PVD finish.
Both models of the Tour Preferred EF wedge will be available at a RRP of $259.