Callaway Unveils 2019 PM Grind Wedges
Callaway have announced an update to the PM Grind wedges through the unveiling of the PM Grind 2019 wedges, designed and created by two legends of the game. New for this year, the PM Grind 2019 wedges have been co-created by Phil Mickelson, arguably the greatest wedge player in history, and Roger Cleveland, perhaps the finest wedge designer of all-time.
The PM Grind wedges, first prototyped by Phil back in 2014, are characterized by a uniquely shaped head with an exceptionally high toe and expansive face area, including grooves spanning the entire face, both from side-to-side and up-and-down; all to help Phil hit his famous “flop” shots.
This year, Phil began working with Roger on improvements to the PM Grind that make it easier to hit three essential shots that he believes every golfer needs:
- The Knockdown -- a low-flying, high-spinning shot ideal for attacking the pin.
- The Hit & Check – a short pitch that bounces twice and stops.
- The “Phlop” – the high-flying, steep-landing, fast-stopping greenside shot Phil made famous.
Phil conferred closely with Roger on the improvements necessary to help any player hit these three shots.
“Working with Phil on the PM grind wedges has been a fantastic experience,” said Cleveland. “His insights are always spot-on, and implementing them to create something innovative like the PM Grind 2019 is incredibly satisfying. This wedge is going to help a lot of players hit shots they couldn’t hit before.”
The changes Phil and Roger implemented are:
Offset Groove-in-Groove Technology
Callaway’s Groove-in-Groove technology was introduced last year in the Mack Daddy 4. It entails four micro-positive ridges machined into flat parts of the face, parallel to the grooves, creating 84 points of contact with the ball. The ridges form a micro-groove between them, which is why it’s called Groove-in-Groove. For PM Grind 2019, Phil suggested machining the micro-grooves into the face at a 20° angle, making them perpendicular to the target-line, or close to it, when you open the face, promoting more spin on lob shots. Callaway testing indicates that offset Groove-in-Groove placement promotes an increase of up to 12% more spin on lob shots.*
Increased Offset and a Higher Toe
“Offset” in a clubhead is the distance between the front edge of the hosel and the leading edge of the clubface. Increasing the amount of offset in the PM Grind 2019 makes it easier to move the ball back in your stance and position your hands ahead of the ball, which is necessary to hit a knockdown. The higher toe, made possible by removing weight from the sole (represented by the four holes in the sole, each filled with a metallic green aluminium cap) pulls the CG location upward to promote a lower trajectory, with the added benefit of creating more space high on the face, which is helpful on lobs from tall grass.
The C-Grind, with significant relief at the heel and toe, is well known for smooth and clean turf interaction, promoting solid contact from all types of lies.
PM Grind 2019 is equipped with premium components: Tour-proven KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 steel wedge shaft designed to deliver and optimum balance of feel, spin and control. Tour-proven Lamkin UTX grip in black with green highlights. Choice of two rich finishes: Platinum Chrome and the stunning, head-turning new Tour Grey. The premium look is further enhanced by the beautiful circular PM Grind medallion on the back.
Loft/bounce combinations include: 54°/14°, 56°/14°, 58°/12°, 60°/12° and 64°/10°. All available in right-handed and left-handed.
The PM Grind 2019 will be available from 15th Feb 2019 with a RRP of £149
* Based on robot testing versus Mack Daddy PM Grind
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