Last month, I hit the course with the new Callaway Jaws MD5 Wedges.  Regular readers will know that Callaway Mack Daddy (MD) wedges are already my favourite wedges on the market, with two of them already holding pride of place in my bag as “gamers”. So I was extremely excited to test the latest models of these high-performance wedges.

According to the company, the new MD5, built by Callaway Chief Designer and master wedge maker Roger Cleveland, features a new JAWS groove, which is designed to boost spin and control. Taking grooves a further step into the future, these wedges also feature Callaway’s Groove-In-Groove Technology; milled grooves placed in the flat parts of the face for added surface roughness and grip. In addition, three raised micro-ridges are featured between each groove, adding grip to the ball’s cover to increase spin on a variety of shots.

Essentially, there are grooves all over the face of these wedges; and as we all know, grooves equal spin and control. These sharper groove grip the ball more firmly upon contact, elevating the spin to a crazy-good level – from all sorts of lies.

I sampled the Jaws MD5 56-degree and 60-degree lofts (S Grind) as well as the 60-degree (C-Grind) in a variety of lies throughout the course. And to say that these are versatile is an understatement. From the fairway to the thick rough, these wedges provided levels of spin and control that I haven’t seen from any other wedges. Ever. My chips and pitches made the ball do some amazing things around the green – sitting quickly or spinning back on even some of the toughest-to-hold greens at my home course. Throughout the round, these wedges proved, time and time again, why Callaway and Roger Cleveland are so revered in the industry. These wedges are, in a word, awesome. (And they look spectacular, too.)

Crafted from 8620 mild carbon steel, the feel is incredible. And they feature five grinds to give you a variety of options: S-Grind (10 degrees of bounce, medium-width sole), W-Grind (12 degrees, wider centre and toe), an updated C-Grind (8 degrees, increased relief on the heel and toe), X-Grind (12 degrees, narrow, high-bounce), and a new low-bounce version of the W-Grind (8 degrees, tapered from heel to toe, created from Tour player feedback for increased versatility around the green). They also come in two finishes: Platinum Chrome and Tour Grey. Stock shaft options include True Temper 115 in steel and Project X Catalyst 80 in graphite, as well as Lamkin UTX Grips. They can be personalized through Callaway Customs with 10 colour zones and new medallion paint-fill colour options and stamping choices. There is also a dedicated JAWS MD5 Women’s line available.

Callaway surprises me every year – just when you think they can’t improve their clubs any further, they bust out with a club that takes your game to another level.  So if you’re looking to boost your short game performance, then look no further than the new JAWS MD5 from Callaway.

RRP: $249.99 each

For more details please visit: www.callawaygolf.com.au

About Richard Fellner

Winner of multiple Australian Golf Media Awards, including Best Photojournalism and Best Column, Inside Golf Group Editor Richard Fellner is the quintessential Golf Tragic, having played the game for over 50 years (but has never gotten any better!) He has played and reviewed courses all over the world, and has interviewed many of the great players of the game (including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Greg Norman). Richard is a member of both the Australian Golf Writers Association and the Golf Society of Australia, and he is a regular guest on many Australian "sports talk" radio shows and networks, including ABC Grandstand, SEN 1116, Melbourne Talk Radio 1377, 2GB and others. Follow Richard Fellner on Quora

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