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TaylorMade xFT wedge has the (adjustable) face of the future
January, 2010

Following the rise of drivers with adjustable weights, heads and shafts, and putters with similarly variable features at the turn of a wrench, we now have a wedge which takes full advantage of the more relaxed rules on adjustability. The TaylorMade xFT (as in exchangeable Face-Technology) is a masterpiece of modern engineering which allows you to unscrew and replace the entire face, offering golfers a whole new world of ‘groove management’.

For example, many average players are not aware how the spin performance of any groove configuration declines steadily with use, thereby compromising greenside control over time. Tour pros can simply replace their wedges (usually every few months and for every major) but even this is not ideal as replacement clubs have to be re-ground to often exacting personal specifications.

TaylorMade xFT wedge

The classic, teardrop-faced xFT gets around this by allowing golfers to unscrew a pair of rear bolts and switch faces at £39 a throw – far cheaper than the complete new club retailing in this case at £119. The face itself sits snugly in the central head cavity cushioned by a layer of urethane designed to ensure that feel is not compromised.

This is a brilliant concept, with the inspired twist that the replacement face inserts can be purchased in a choice of two groove configurations: TaylorMade’s existing high-spinning Z grooves – as well as the 2010-conforming ZTP grooves which the company’s staff players are already testing.

The xFT therefore offers you the chance to get one over the R&A who probably thought that the other furtive alternative – stockpiling the last shipments of mega-sized U-grooves towards the end of 2010 – would prove prohibitively expensive in practice.

TaylorMade xFT wedge TaylorMade xFT wedge

This means that average golfers who purchase the xFT with a stack of Z groove replacement face plates have a cost-effective means of playing freshly milled, high-spinning grooves right up to 2024, the date when average golfers will (probably) be put on the same regulatory footing as the tour pros and elite amateurs.

“This is a break-through product for TaylorMade and for wedges in general,” said Brian Bazzell, TaylorMade’s Manager of Iron and Wedge Creation, when introducing the product at the BMW Championship in September. “There hasn’t been a lot of changes to wedge technology for 70 years – similar shapes, bounces and grinds. There have been improvements in grooves – but that’s going away.”

The xFT will be available in a range of seven lofts from 50 to 64 degrees, fitted with the KBS High Revolution shaft – itself designed to promote extra spin.

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