TaylorMade Golf has announced the release of the Tour Preferred EF wedge with a proprietary electroformed (EF) nickel cobalt face. The thin face insert (.25 mm thick) is created by the ionization of nickel and cobalt in an electrolytic solution. The charged ions are then deposited directly onto a master plate containing the design of the grooved and micro textured surface.
Using electroforming, TaylorMade engineers are said to be able to yield consistent, ultra-precise groove geometry. Nickel cobalt is wear-resistant and durable and claimed to be 50 percent harder than carbon steel. While substantially harder, the Tour Preferred EF wedge retains a soft feel from the 1025 carbon steel body.
Available in two sole options, the first is the Tour grind, designed for the player who prefers a traditional, tour-proven sole design with lofts of 47°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60° with bounce options from 9 to 12 degrees. The second option is the ATV Grind for less bounce on both chip and full shots, while maintaining higher bounce on open-face shots around the greens and from the sand. The ATV grind will be available in lofts of 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°. Both models of the Tour Preferred EF wedge are available at retail now at an RRP of £119. More at: www.taylormadegolf.com