The new TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF wedge ($159.99) was designed by industry veteran Clay Long to be the most durable high-spin model the company has ever produced.
Already used by TaylorMade staffer Dustin Johnson to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the Tour Preferred EF is likely to be put in play by a number of contestants, including Johnson and Sergio Garcia, at this week’s Masters Championship.
The key to the long lasting spin of the new model is an extremely thin, proprietary electroformed (EF) nickel cobalt face. The unique material, which is 50% harder than typical Carbon steel, is combined with a carbon steel clubhead to provide the typically soft feel normally associated with top-tier wedges. According to Long, the super-durable clubface is about as thin as a credit card and allows for grooves with tolerances that are unprecedented in regard to consistency and accuracy.
“This wedge is quite an accomplishment. It’s incredibly difficult to be innovative and make legitimate technical improvements to a traditional club design that hasn’t really changed much over the years. With the development of the new EF nickel cobalt face, Tour players might use one wedge for an entire season, which was unheard of with carbon steel models.” – Clay Long, TaylorMade director of product creation, putters and wedges
The new Tour Preferred EF wedge is available in two sole options — Tour Grind and ATV Grind. The Tour Grind is a traditional C-grind with heel and toe relief that allows for more versatility while the newly refined and narrower ATV Grind maintains more bounce on open-face greenside shots for a bit more forgiveness. Both models come standard with a KBS Tour shaft and dark smoke PVD finish.
Tour Grind wedges are available in lofts of 47°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60° and 62° with bounce options from 8 to 15 degrees while ATV grind wedges come in lofts of 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°.
Tour Preferred EF wedges will be available at retail on 4/10/15.