Callaway prototype wedge in play at RBC Heritage
Callaway wedge guru Roger Cleveland arrived on Hilton Head Island before the start of this week's RBC Heritage with several prototype wedges in tow.
Although the company has not officially announced the name and release date of its next wedge, Golfweek has learned that the dark-finished clubs show a textured pattern between the grooves and feature a "Mack Daddy 2" stamp on the back of the clubs. Callaway has touted the spin-generating ability of Mack Daddy grooves in previous versions of its X Series wedges.
Here's a tweet Cleveland posted:
Bringing some new goodies with me to Hilton Head this week. Return of the Mack? Stay tuned... twitter.com/RogerCleveland…— Roger Cleveland (@RogerCleveland) April 15, 2013
Callaway already has acknowledged that Phil Mickelson has put the prototype wedge in play. Several other Callaway staff players at Hilton Head discussed the wedges with Golfweek.
"It felt good. I played with it on Sunday in Augusta," said Ernie Els. "Just waiting for Roger (Cleveland) to make the 54-degree version of it. It's got a little different bounce and a nice face."
Jim Furyk received a 60-degree model on the Monday before the start of the Masters, but hadn't tested it. Said Furyk: "The Monday of Augusta doesn't seem to be the time to put it in play."
During his off week, Furyk plans to practice with the club, but he is really interested in a 50-degree model – a gap wedge. Furyk said that manufacturers focus on lob wedges and sand wedges, "but not a lot of attention is paid to the 50-52. It's hard to find a good gap wedge."
When asked how he liked the new 60-degree wedge on Thursday after playing his opening round at HarbourTown Golf Links, Trevor Immelman said, "I chipped in with it twice today."
Immelman, the 2008 Masters champion, said that it provides better bounce and "definitely gets it out of the turf better."
The South African is still waiting for a 56-degree and a 51-degree, "but as soon as I get them they are going in my bag. They're better than what I had."
Chris Kirk, another Callaway staff player, also has a 60-degree in his bag this week.
– Jim McCabe contributed.