TaylorMade TP xFT wedges
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Starting with the r7 and the R9, TaylorMade became synonymous with adjustable drivers. But with the TP xFT wedges, the company brought adjustability to the short game.
Exchangeable Face Technology, which TaylorMade refers to as xFT, is a mechanism that allows golfers to remove the grooved faceplate in these wedges using a torque wrench. When the grooves become worn and the ball doesn't spin as much as a player wants, the xFT system allows a fresh-groove faceplate to be inserted and locked into place.
This design circumvents the problem facing many professionals and better players who constantly need new sand wedges and lob wedges ground. If a player has a sand wedge or lob wedge that he really likes, replacing the faceplate effectively transforms old faithful into a new club.
When the TP xFT wedges were originally brought to market in 2009, TaylorMade offered two faceplates: a Z groove plate that offered maximum spin and a ZTP groove plate that conformed to the 2010 USGA regulations. Today, the company only makes the rule-conforming faceplates. Cost is $39 each.
Available in even-numbered lofts between 50 degrees and 60 degrees, as well as a 64-degree model, the TP xFT wedges have a classic tear-drop shape, several bounce options and come standard with KBS Hi-Rev shafts for $129.