Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges
We tested Callaway's newest wedge offering to see how the performance played out on the course
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With so many loft, bounce and grind options available, a custom fitting is a must to ensure you get the best wedges for your game. But once you go through that process, you’ll be giving yourself the best chance to save important shots around the green.
Very high levels of spin, excellent distance control with a soft, solid feel
No significant performance weaknesses but they're a touch pricey
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Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges Review - Our verdict on the new Callaway Mack Daddy 4 wedges having tested them thorough in an on-course environment
Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges Review
Aimed At The MD4 wedges are aimed at golfers looking to be custom fitted for their wedges to get the optimum loft, bounce and grind for their games.
Key technology Groove-in-Groove technology comprises three raised micro-ridges along the length of the hitting area. Between these ridges are micro-grooves that help grab the ball’s cover to increase spin. An extra ‘Nip-It’ groove near the leading edge enhances spin on short and/or slightly thin shots. A system of four weight ports allows the head’s CG to be positioned progressively upward as loft increases for a soft, solid feel on every shot.
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How we tested We took a variety of loft and grind options out on the course during a full round.
Looks Slightly rounded in shape and with a subtle curve to the leading edge, but generally very pleasing on the eye. The darker finish will reduce glare.
Control Levels of spin on a variety of greenside shots were exceptional. Even from questionable lies and bunkers, the ball noticeably checked up on the second bounce. It was obvious from the low ball flight on short pitches that the grooves were grabbing the ball very efficiently.
Performance You’ll struggle to find a wedge that spins more than the Mack Daddy 4. This trait will help nervy chippers be more committed to their shots, it should make getting up-and-down from tough situations an easier task and also creates a lower flight on full shots that is easier to control.
The grind options are another asset – the wide-soled, high-bounce W-Grind is surprisingly playable and provides more margin for error, especially from bunkers, while the C-Grind provides the versatility skilled players look for. The X-Grind is a useful addition, allowing you to slide the club under the ball with an open face without it digging into the turf.
They feel soft and stable and the flight across the lofts was pretty consistent. The darker finish offered up a marginally more compact look and perhaps, over considerable time, some extra durability.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: Ping i230 4-UW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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