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The tools: Callaway Jaws Full Toe (60-10 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner Tour Issue 115 shaft), 1 dozen Titleist Pro V1x 2021 golf balls
The test: Try a short side flop from a tight lie.
The results: I’ll admit something I’ve kept to myself for the past 5 or so years: I can’t hit a flop shot to save my life. I don’t know where things went wrong, but at some point I stopped taking risks on short strokes around the green.
At this point, you’re probably wondering why this is such a big deal. Some of you are probably shouting at your screen that I should take over the high percentage game (on the ground) anyway.
Hell, I’ve talked to Bob Vokey and Roger Cleveland, two titans in the equipment industry, and they both agree that the average golfer – let’s say “average” is a medium handicap – shouldn’t wear a praise wedge. You will learn a lot better how to perfect 56 degree shots. A lob wedge will cost you a punch if you don’t know how to properly guide it on the court.
The informed advice made me ditch my 60 degree years and opt for a 58 degree shot – and the higher percentage – on the course. My short game is probably my greatest strength and I’m happy to report that with 58 degrees in my pocket my game didn’t suffer. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the flop in my back pocket.
I’ve tried many wedges (and grinds) over the years and have never been able to find one that would allow me to get the shot done – until now. From the moment I picked up Callaway’s Jaws Full Toe Wedge, something felt different. The heel and toe relief of the C-Grind is extremely aggressive, which allows you to open up the clubface and bring the leading edge under the ball through the lawn.
Of the wedges I’ve tested over the past year, the Jaws Full Toe ranks top in turf interaction. Even with low shots, like a flop, it slid through the ground without accidentally digging. The ability to fully open the clubface and not have a raised leading edge staring at me made it easier to attack the ball on a flop and not have to worry about catching it hard or sending it across the ball screeching green .
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Callaway Jaws Full Toe
For its new Jaws Full Toe Wedges, which are intended to replace the PM Grind Wedges in its product range, Callaway has taken some of the effective ideas from the PM Grind Wedges and refined them for wider use.
In the 12 flop hits I wedge on, I managed to get 9 of 12 from a short side position within 3 feet of the hole. At one point I even started feeling myself and dragged a mega-flop – you saw Phil in his sleep – that was within 5 feet of the hole. I honestly can’t tell you the last time I tried, let alone executed, this shot.
The full toe design also acts as a built-in bumper during the shot, catching balls that slide up the clubface on impact. There’s a reason Phil Mickelson plays a Callaway PM grind with a similar high-toe profile – even elite wedge players can benefit from the design.
The jaws grooves, along with the offset groove-in-groove, kept spin rates constant throughout the test session, and while I haven’t tested the wedge with any other brands – the point of this test was to see how it did the Flop cuts off shots – the spin numbers I saw on Foresight’s GCQuad averaged about 175-215 rpm higher than what I’m used to when running tests at 20, 40 and 60 yards.
I’ll never say a flop shot is easy, but the grind and general toe profile of the Jaws Full Toe make it easier to consider the idea of walking up rather than on the floor when you need the punch. For the risk takers out there, that should be music to your ears.
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Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and Managing Editor for Equipment at GOLF.com. Before joining the team at the end of 2018, he worked in equipment for the PGA Tour for 6 years.