Roger Cleveland breaks down the new Callaway Mack Daddy 4 wedges featuring Groove-in-Groove technology
By Jon Levy
It’s always a treat to preview the latest golf equipment, especially when you get a firsthand breakdown from the people responsible for the designs themselves.
Such was the case during a recent GOLFTEC visit to Callaway Golf Headquarters, when I had the chance to visit with legendary wedgemaker, Roger Cleveland, to discuss Callaway Mack Daddy 4 wedges.
Groove-in-Groove technology is the story with these clubs and, as Cleveland explains in the video below, Callaway’s most advanced grooves yet helps these wedges spin close to, if not equal to or better than, those on the market before the days of the groove roll-back in 2010.
Influenced “heavily by Tour pro input,” says Callaway, Mack Daddy 4’s Groove-in-Groove technology consists of three raised micro-ridges with micro-grooves between the ridges that help grab the ball’s cover and provide 84 different contact points for increased spin on a variety of shots.
Spin performance isn’t the only enhancement with the Mack Daddy 4 wedges compared to their predecessors, MD 3, as new Tour-Inspired Shaping – namely a straighter leading edge – and a new X grind aimed toward those with steep attack angles and medium to soft course conditions, highlight what Callaway calls “the new standard for wedge performance.”
Available in 21 loft-bounce combinations with lofts of 46, 48, 50, 52, 52, 56, 58, 60 and 64 degrees, Callaway Mack Daddy 4 wedges are built with soft 8620 carbon steel and come with a Dynamic Gold Tour-Issue 115 shaft in Platinum Chrome and Matte Black finishes.
Mack Daddy 4 wedges retail starting at $149.99 and hit shelves on Jan. 26.
VIDEO: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges Review
FEATURES & BENEFITS: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 wedges
Four sole grinds
C Grind: Increased relief, especially at the heel, making it easier to play shots with the face open. Ideal for medium to shallow attack angles and/or firm course conditions. 8° bounce.
S Grind: Medium-width sole with slight chamfer at the back and moderate heel relief to
keep the leading edge low through impact, promoting solid contact on open-faced shots.
W Grind: Sole is wider at the center and toe and narrower at the heel, with moderate heel
relief and generous front-to-back camber. That prevents digging without increasing bounce, and keeps the leading edge close to the turf at impact. Great for open-faced shots. More versatile than the previous W Grind offering. 12° bounce.
X Grind: Callaway’s newest grind features a narrow, high-bounce crescent sole, with the low point near the front. Excellent for moderate to steep attack angles and medium to soft
course conditions. 12° bounce.
More spin from Groove-In-Groove technology
Micro-positive surface texture with micro-grooves creates 84 cover-gripping points for max spin.
Four sole grinds to suit a variety of playing styles, attack angles and course conditions
Multiple options to easily execute numerous types of shots from the fairway, rough and sand.
Satisfying feel from soft carbon steel, precise CG locations and crisp turf interaction
All three elements work together to deliver to remarkable feel at impact.
Broad range of lofts and bounce combinations
21 different loft-bounce options – the most ever in a Callaway wedge line.
Choice of Platinum Chrome or Black Matte finish
Premium appearance and high durability from elegant Platinum Chrome or sleek Black Matte finishes.