- Callaway has introduced the JAWS Raw wedge, the substitute for the MD5.
- It includes a uncooked face design for improved spin.
- Accessible in 17 loft and bounce mixtures.
- Retail worth is $179.99.
In case you’ve been ready for Callaway to launch the MD6 wedge, right here you go, kinda. The Callaway JAWS Uncooked is the corporate’s new flagship … mainstream … no matter you wish to name it … household of wedges. The JAWS Raw is the substitute for the MD5 as a result of, apparently, Mack Daddy has run its course.
It’s true that correlation isn’t causation however it’s value mentioning that the Mack Daddy title traces again to Phil Mickelson with whom the corporate has parted methods. The 2 might or will not be associated however, both method, for Callaway, JAWS Uncooked offers them a clear slate, a brand new starting—that kind of factor.
With that out of the way in which, let’s get into the small print
Callaway JAWS Uncooked (Face)
Maybe essentially the most notable change from MD5 is the addition of a uncooked face. In case you’re in any respect conversant in TaylorMade’s MG wedge choices, no rationalization can be crucial. For the uninitiated, the uncooked face method implies that the top of the wedge is totally completed apart from the hitting space. Your takeaway is that the face goes to rust.
Some will misconstrue the design as assist for the argument that rust provides spin. It nonetheless doesn’t. All of this “uncooked” stuff boils all the way down to the truth that finishes are utilized after grooves are milled. Whereas some corporations account for that of their groove specs, end materials usually alters the groove geometry. Meaning a plated wedge might not at all times carry out as designed.
With the JAWS Uncooked wedge, Callaway has chosen to not use a full-face grooves. That mentioned, the ungrooved toe part is plated with a extra muted end which ought to scale back glare considerably. Better of each worlds, maybe.
Callaway JAWS Uncooked – The Most Aggressive Groove in Golf
When Callaway rolled out the MD5, they referred to as it a “spin machine” whereas touting essentially the most aggressive groove in golf. That’s a daring assertion meant to convey the concept that MD5, and now JAWS Uncooked, produce loads of spin.
On the record of issues that received’t be on the check on the finish: the JAWS Uncooked affords the identical 37-degree groove wall angle from the MD5. There’s no motive to get misplaced within the numbers. The purpose is that, for Callaway, it’s a specification that strikes the fitting steadiness of aggression and USGA conformity.
Groove-in-groove designs (aka, texture between the first grooves) needs to be acquainted now as you’d be hard-pressed to discover a producer that didn’t provide some type of groove between its grooves. With the MD5, Callaway’s microfeatures fan parallel to the first groove. With the JAWS Uncooked wedge, the grooves between the grooves have been offset.
The brand new microfeature design coupled with the uncooked face might clarify why Callaway is seeing 30-percent greater spin charges on each full and pitch pictures in moist circumstances in comparison with MD5.
Most wedge producers are beginning to concentrate to (and design for) efficiency in moist circumstances. In the end, that’s an excellent factor for all of us.
Callaway JAWS Uncooked Wedge – Weight-Balanced Design
The thought of a weight-balanced design speaks to plenty of enhancements Callaway has made with the target of enhancing the flight and spin traits of the uncooked face wedge.
First, Callaway has elevated the size of the hosels within the sand and lob wedge lofts. That is pretty widespread follow in wedge design circles. The thought is to lift the middle of gravity which promotes a decrease trajectory with extra spin.
If designers don’t account for added weight within the hosel, you find yourself with a middle of gravity that’s been pulled in direction of the heel. So to tug the CG again to the center of the JAWS Uncooked wedge, Callaway added tungsten to one of many ports in sand wedge lofts and two of the ports in lob wedge lofts. The result’s a heel-to-toe CG location that’s mainly equivalent to MD5.
The tungsten weights additionally serve to place some further mass instantly behind the standard hitting space for open-face pictures. I assume we are able to name that an added bonus.
The ultimate piece of the weight-balanced design story is the load pad within the excessive toe part of the Callaway JAWS Uncooked wedge. What may go unnoticed as nothing greater than a beauty element, a bit of additional mass (extra mass nonetheless within the lob wedge) has been added to the excessive toe part of the wedge. Once more, the aim is to lift the middle of gravity to advertise a flatter, spinnier ball flight.
Like every part else in golf, preferences change over time and so membership shapes evolve with them. The underside line is that at present’s gamers tastes differ from these of the previous (even when that previous was solely three years in the past) and so Callaway has developed the form of the JAWs Uncooked wedge to raised swimsuit the attention of the present crop of golfers.
None of that is excessive. We’re speaking about comparatively refined modifications however the discerning eye will discover a straighter forefront and the refined refinement of the par space (the place the hosel transitions to the face).
Callaway JAWS Uncooked Wedge – New Z Grind
Billed because the “hero grind” throughout the lineup, the brand new Z grind will be considered a much less diggy C grind.
Whereas the flexibility of the C grind made it a preferred alternative, each on Tour and available in the market, for steeper gamers it had an inclination to dig. The Z grind seeks to copy, maybe improve, the playability of the C grind whereas including extra forgiveness.
To be clear, this isn’t forgiveness within the typical MOI sense. We’re speaking about forgiveness that comes from the only real grind. Consider it as having a wider margin for error when delivering the membership via the turf.
The Z grind includes a 33-degree forefront chamfer (additionally not on the check). Akin to a pre-worn forefront, Callaway calls it a skid plate. The midsole has eight levels of bounce whereas the trailing edge has a detrimental bounce. All of it comes collectively in a low-bounce design that retains the forefront comparatively near the bottom in practically each taking part in place whereas the larger, wider sole helps get rid of digging.
Bounce and Grind Choices
Wanting on the entirety of the Callaway JAWS Uncooked grind lineup:
- The Z grind is what Callaway calls “a shot maker’s low-bounce wedge.” It’s out there in lob wedge lofts (58 and 60 levels solely).
- The S grind is a flexible mid-bounce possibility that spans the complete vary of lofts. It ought to work effectively for a big swath of golfers.
- The X grind is the higher-bounce sand and lob wedge possibility. It’s type of the anti-Z grind and will work effectively for golfers who battle with the low-bounce possibility. Just like the Z grind, the X grind is out there in lob wedge lofts solely.
- The W grind is the higher-bounce different to the S srind. It affords the widest sole within the JAWS Uncooked lineup. It affords extra forgiveness for steeper attack-angle golfers or these taking part in in softer circumstances.
In whole, the Callaway JAWS Uncooked lineup affords 4 grinds and a complete of 17 loft and bounce mixtures. It’s not essentially the most sturdy lineup in the marketplace however it’s higher than most. Swapping the C for Z was finished for efficiency causes. Callaway dropped the low-bounce W to keep away from confusion available in the market and the T grind with eight levels of bounce that was supplied with the MD5 Raw is simply gone (at the least for now).
The Callaway JAWS Uncooked wedge is obtainable in two finishes: chrome and unplated Raw Black Plasma. The latter is a QPQ (quench, polish, quench) end that may put on over time. That mentioned, within the grand scheme of issues, it ought to show considerably extra sturdy than PVD.
Via Callaway Customs, you’ll be able to customise your JAWS Uncooked wedges. There are 9 customizable zones the place you’ll be able to select number of paint-fill choices (13 colours to select from) as effectively 15 emojis, 16 medallion colours and eight stamping patterns.
Callaway JAWS Uncooked Wedges – Inventory Choices, Value and Availability
The inventory metal shaft for the Callaway JAWS Uncooked wedge is the True Mood Dynamic Gold Spinner (115 grams). The graphite possibility is the Mission X Catalyst (80 grams). The ladies’s inventory possibility is the UST Recoil F1.
The inventory grip is a Lamkin UTx Charcoal (males) and Lamkin Ladies’s Consolation.
Retail worth for the Callaway JAWS Uncooked wedge is $179.99 in metal and $189.99 in graphite. Pre-sale begins on July 8 with full retail availability starting July 22.
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