Equipment

ClubTest 2014: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Wedges

Photo: Michael Chini

TaylorMade Tour Preferred Wedges

TaylorMade Tour Preferred Wedges
Category: Wedges
Price: $130
WE TESTED:
Classic grind in 56°/12°, 58°/10° with KBS Tour-V steel shaft; ATV grind in 56°/12°, 58°/10° with KBS Tour-V steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The stainless steel head has a micro texture on the face to increase greenside spin.

PROS
PLAYABILITY:
These clubs can execute just about any shot you can think of; very good performers (both the classic sole grind and ATV grind) on full shots from the fairway as well as from most bunker lies; playing from greenside rough is a cinch; some guys believe it’s the most versatile TaylorMade wedge to date.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Easy, consistent yardages with a fair amount of help on slight misses; laser-like on half shots from fairway lies.
FEEL: Among the better models for crispness on chips and pitches; the moderate head weight appeals to many testers; the club stays solid and stable even when you miss it a bit.
LOOK: The Tour Preferred is one of the panelists’ favorites; the classy, satin finish has a refined look; the heel-and-toe grinds make these sticks appear to be easy to hit; one of TaylorMade’s best-looking wedges.

CONS
Some testers say the Tour Preferred model feels a little harder than others; a few guys comment that spin rates on shorter shots could be higher; a handful of testers say it’s not as easy as it should be to get sufficient height on flop shots around the green.

BOTTOM LINE: The Tour Preferred is one of the better performers in the test. TaylorMade’s best wedge to date offers top-of-the-line looks and precision.

RELATED LINKS
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own TaylorMade Tour Preferred Wedges
CLUBTEST INDEX: List of past ClubTest Wedge reviews

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