TaylorMade say their new Tour Preferred EF wedge utilises industry-first technological advancements to create a high-spin performance which exceeds that of any previous wedge they have made.
The wedge has an incredibly thin face insert (.25 mm thick) which is created by way of a electroforming process which allows for ultra-precise geometry and details in the grooves.
TaylorMade also believe the face of the Tour Preferred EF wedge to be one of the most durable they have ever made by using Nickel cobalt rather than carbon steel.
The Tour Preferred EF wedge is the perfect blend of craftsmanship and innovation” While substantially harder, the Tour Preferred EF wedge retains its soft feel from the carbon steel body.
In February, TaylorMade staff professionals Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia were introduced to the wedge at the Northern Trust Open, electing to immediately put them into play just two days later.
Two weeks later, Johnson claimed victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship with three of them in his bag.
“The Tour Preferred EF wedge is the perfect blend of craftsmanship and innovation,” said Clay Long, TaylorMade’s director of product creation, putters and wedges.
“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 them into play immediately after seeing them for the first time is a true testament to their performance.”
Available in two sole options, the first is the Tour grind, designed for the player who prefers a traditional, tour-proven sole design.
Available in lofts of 47°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60° with bounce options from 9 to 12 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 ATV Grind which boasts a reshaped sole that’s slightly narrower than the original ATV wedge.
The ATV Grind promotes less bounce on both chip and full shots, whilst maintaining higher bounce on critical open-face shots around the greens and from the sand. The ATV grind will be available in lofts of 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°.
Both grind options feature a KBS Tour shaft and are constructed with 1025 Carbon steel and include an aesthetically-pleasing, glare-reducing dark smoke PVD finish.
Available: April 2015