The new JAWS MD5 wedges are a breakthrough in wedge design and performance. Callaway Golf Chief Wedge Designer Roger Cleveland and his extensive R&D team have created a new JAWS Groove to take spin and control to the next level. The result is a wedge with total performance: premium shapes, striking finishes, outstanding feel, unique versatility and exceptional spin.
JAWS MD5 distances itself from the competition by combining our innovative JAWS groove design and perfecting the meticulous manufacturing process used to render it. The JAWS groove dramatically differs from the previous design in MD4 to promote significantly more spin and control. The walls, edges and angles are milled into the face with extreme precision to achieve the sharpest edges and tightest tolerances ever achieved by Callaway.
New JAWS Groove Design
The JAWS MD5 features our proprietary new JAWS groove designed to a 37º wall angle, an extreme difference vs. the 5º used in MD4.
This elevates the groove-edge sharpness to a new level, for maximum grip and spin from all types of lies. JAWS grooves are particularly effective from 80 yards and in, producing a player preferred “one hop and stop” trajectory.
JAWS MD5 also incorporates our proven Groove-In-Groove Technology. These milled Micro-Positive grooves are placed in the flat parts of the face for added surface roughness and grip. Three raised micro-ridges are featured between each groove, adding grip to the ball’s cover to increase spin on a variety of shots. This combination of JAWS grooves plus micro-grooves provides 84 different contact points to promote more spin.
Not Just High Spin, Consistent Spin
It’s hard to save shots if you can’t predict how the ball will behave. Each JAWS groove is rendered to the tightest tolerances we’ve ever achieved, promoting consistent spin-rates from shot to shot. JAWS adds a higher level of consistency that inspires confidence for all scoring zone shots.
Unparalleled Feel Unique to Callaway Wedges
Roger Cleveland is a master at delivering uniquely satisfying feel by combining the right designs with the right materials. JAWS MD5 is constructed from 8620 mild carbon steel and the Center of Gravity of the wedges is precisely placed to create a soft, yet substantial feel.
Premium Shape, Construction and Finish
Creating a great wedge shape requires the eye of an artist and the skill of an engineer; a rare combination that our Chief Wedge Designer Roger Cleveland has honed in the 23 years he’s designed wedges for Callaway. He’s worked his magic again with JAWS MD5, which is appealing from all angles, especially behind the ball, whether it’s square or open.
JAWS MD5 wedges lofted from 46º to 52º are slightly smaller compared to wedges lofted 54º and above, to create a natural shape-progression from the short-irons (8- and 9-) to the highest lofted wedges.
These wedges boast precise and appealing detailing that give them a premium look. They retain the row of four ports and medallions on the back of the head that make our wedges immediately identifiable. Two premium finish options are available: Platinum Chrome and Tour Grey, both are beautiful and durable.
New Low-bounce W-Grind and Updated C-Grind
The new Low-bounce W Grind is a direct result of Tour player feedback. Tour pros asked for a new grind that delivers increased playability around the green while still allowing them to employ the sole’s entire bounce on full shots. Roger answered by increasing the sole-taper and heel relief. The new W Grind is available in two lofts: 58º and 60º.
We’ve also updated our C-grind to increase versatility around the green by reducing the bounce angle, widening the middle section of the sole and increasing the heel relief. Available in 54º, 56º, 58º and 60º lofts.
Additional grind options include S (in every loft) and X (58º and 60º) and a higher bounce W Grind (50º, 52º, 54º, 56º, 58º and 60º).
PING engineers took a grip-to-grind approach, redesigning every component of the new Glide 3.0 wedges to create a higher-spinning, more forgiving, softer-feeling, lighter overall design. They blend a players-style look at address with game-improvement performance. Multiple sole grinds, including an Eye2 sand-wedge-inspired option, allow fitters to properly match wedges to your angle of attack and most common turf conditions.
PING Glide 3.0 Technology
Feel, Forgiveness – A larger, softer elastomer Custom Tuning Port insert covers more of the back of the face, activating at impact to produce a soft yet solid feel. The new cavity design and larger CTP expand the perimeter weighting to increase the MOI and position the center of gravity higher to yield lower-launching, higher-spinning trajectories for more control.
Precision-Milled Grooves – Patented wheel-cut grooves have a sharper edge radius to increase interaction with the ball at impact, creating more friction for improved spin and trajectory control. The higher-lofted versions (54°, 56°, 58° & 60°) feature an extra ½ groove at the bottom of the face to impart more spin, especially around the greens.
Players-Style Look – The Glide 3.0 wedge blends a players-style look with game-improvement technology. At address, it presents the clean appearance of a tour-style wedge. Offset was added based on tour player feedback to provide a more captured look.
Classic, Proven Performer – The Eye2’s iconic design has been helping golfers get out of the sand and tough spots and saving them strokes for decades. Its pioneering high toe and exacting geometries are engineered to ensure consistency and improve your short-game performance.
Eye2 Sole Grind – This grind matches founder Karsten Solheim’s original groundbreaking Eye2 SW sole and face profile, offering a narrow hosel transition and progressive lead edge for the ultimate in bunker performance and touch shots around the green.
Standard Sole (SS) Grind – This mid-bounce sole with heel relief will fit most golfers. Engineered for players with a moderate angle of attack. Provides exceptional performance in a variety of turf and sand conditions.
Wide Sole (WS) Grind – The most forgiving sole through the ground as it is round and cambered with significant bounce. Recommended if you have a steep angle of attack and you typically play in soft turf and sand conditions.
Thin Sole (TS) Grind – The thin-sole grind facilitates precise shot-making and versatility from tight lies. Features extreme heel relief with a PING WRX-inspired bounce grind, making it ideal for firm conditions and a shallow angle of attack.
Full Shots – The grooves in the lower-lofted wedges (46°, 50° & 52°) are milled with a 20° sidewall and a .005″ edge radius for optimal full-shot performance.
Around the Green – The higher-lofted versions (54°, 56°, 58° & 60°) are milled to a .004″ edge radius with a 28° sidewall to impart more spin, especially around the greens.
Lighter, More Control – The Glide 3.0 wedge’s grip and shaft are lighter, contributing to an overall weight reduction for the entire club. The Dyla-wedge Lite grip is ¾-inch longer than a traditional grip with reduced taper, allowing you to choke down for more versatility and trajectory control. The PING Z-Z115 wedge shaft is made by Nippon and custom engineered with a lower balance point closer to the tip to provide lower launch with more control and enhanced feel.
Rory McIlroy has beaten world number one Brooks Koepka to win the PGA Tour Player of the Year award. This is the 3rd time in his career that the Northern Ireland golfer has won the award.
The 30-year-old claimed the honour ahead of Koepka, who won the PGA Championship and finished second in two of the season’s three other majors. McIlroy also won the Tour Championship for a second time last month, to secure the FedEx Cup title. Rory also had two other title wins with victories in The Players Championship and the Canadian Open.
“Rory’s season was a model of consistency punctuated by milestone victories and ultimately the FedExCup in Atlanta,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan.
Shortly after McIlroy was announced as the the player of the year voted by his fellow tour pro’s, the tour Tweeted a video of the 4 time major champion being informed of his latest award by 18-time major champ Jack Nicklaus. Rory later said he was, “at a loss for words,” in a teleconference with reporters.
McIlroy opened the 2019 calendar year with top-six finishes in his first five competitions before winning The Players to claim his 15th career PGA Tour victory.
That saw Rory join Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson as only the 3rd player to win The Players, a major, the FedExCup and a World Golf Championships event.
McIlroy’s win in Atlanta came after he suffered disappointment in The Open when he failed to make the cut at Royal Portrush by one shot following a disastrous opening round, starting with a quadruple bogey 8 on the first hole.
In a very dominant performance at Royal Liverpool in England, the United States team won the Walker Cup 15.5 – 10.5 on Sunday. USA won 8 of the 10 singles games on Sunday. This the highest score differential that the USA teams have won by since 1987. The best result of the day was produced by Cole Hammer, who won 6&5 over Irishman Connor Purcell.
John Augenstein, won 4&3 against Thomas Plumb taking the USA to victory. Augenstein said “I was not aware that my match was the clinching point. But it does not matter who clinches – we are a team and we won the Walker Cup together and for the United States.” Great Britain and Ireland captain Craig Watson stated that “Of course, we are disappointed. But the USA team can be proud of the achievement, I am proud of all of them too.”
Paul Casey wins the Porsche European Open event, earning his first European Tour title for 5 years. Starting the day one shot behind Robert MacIntyre and Bernd Ritthammer, Casey achieved a four-way tie at the top with three holes to go. He managed to birdie the two of last three holes to clinch the event by 1 from Bob MacIntyre. Casey said “I’m emotional in every victory, but this time it was very different. In fact, this trophy is so prestigious, I am over the moon. I am very happy to be the Porsche European Open winner.”
This is the first victory for Casey since 2014 KLM Open. He dedicated this trophy to Gordon Brand Jr, a former champion of the same event. Gordon Brand is a personal hero of Casey; whose funeral is on September 9 having sadly passed away nearly a month ago now. Casey stated that “Among the legends who won this trophy, I would like to highlight one. Gordon Brand Jr, rest in peace.” Two players also broke the course record this week, Bernd Wiesberger and Romain Wattel, with 8-under 64s. Wiesberger finished solo-fifth at 12 under, and his playing partner, Wattel, was only one shot back in 6th.
Tom Lewis will join 24 other players on the PGA Tour next season, as he has won 2019-2020 membership after winning the Korn Ferry Tour Championship on Monday. He gained this victory by five strokes over Fabian Gomez. Tom Lewis is already a two-time winner on the European Tour, but this is his first PGA Tour win. He stated that “Playing on the PGA Tour was always a dream of mine and hopefully, I will continue to achieve good things. I am looking forward to the year I have got ahead, and I am curious to see what the future will bring.”
DJ Trahan, Richy Werenski, Chris Baker, and Doug Ghim have secured their PGA Tour Cards during the Korn Ferry Tour Championship too. This is the first card for Chris Baker, who has already played professional golf for more than a decade. Doug Ghim claimed his first card also, Doug was the low amateur at the 2018 Masters Tournament. In addition, rising star and former US Amateur Champion Viktor Hovland secured his card and will be a rookie during the 2019-2020 season.