First review of Callaway’s new MD2 wedgeJune, 2013 News & Tour
We're the first to get our hands on the new Callaway Mack Daddy 2 wedges and offer our feedback…
5 Callaway have just announced the launch of their new Mack Daddy 2 wedges, and I was fortunate enough to be sent some pre-release samples.
Although I haven’t had chance to take them for 18 holes yet, I have hit countless chips, pitches and half-shots.
What struck me first was the size of the heads.
Although clearly aimed at the better player, there is no hint of intimidating looks and you are instantly at ease knowing plenty of forgiveness is on offer.
I felt like I would be able to miss one and still get it to the pin, which is a massive positive and usually the area most better player wedges seem to fall down in.
There is no lack of finesse, though, especially with the different sole grinds on offer. The C version certainly seems to deliver in its promise as, even on our office carpet, which is tighter than any turf you’ll encounter, the leading edge – although prominent as expected – didn’t seem like it would fire into the ball’s equator.
It is forgiving enough to be used by beginners, versatile enough for pros, comes with Tour validation, spins as well as anything, feels great, and retails at less than £100. In terms of aesthetics, I think the slate finish looks much better on the shelf, but the chrome seems more inviting at address. Additionally, the stronger lofts were definitely better-looking than the higher ones, though that is just my preference.
Performance-wise, the MD2s certainly deliver. The grooves rip into the ball and even on said carpet I was experiencing a bit of check.
They produce a wonderfully clicky sound that inspired confidence, especially in the slate finish, which, although I know shouldn’t offer any difference in terms of performance or feel, definitely felt softer to me.
Overall, this wedge seems like one of the market’s best all-rounders. It is forgiving enough to be used by beginners, versatile enough for professionals, comes with Tour validation, spins as well as anything, feels great, and retails at less than £100.
What more could you ask for?
Available lofts: 47, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 & 64˚
Left-hand version? Yes, in 52, 56, 60 & 64˚ only
Different grinds? S (10˚ of bounce), U (also 10˚) & C (14˚) on 58 & 60˚ models only
In shops: July 15th, 2013