TaylorMade wedges oftentimes get overlooked, while Vokeys and Clevelands get most of the lime light. The same is true for the TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedges. The original Milled Grind wedges were extremely popular when originally released, and I bet the same will be said about the updated wedges. Personally, though, it’s just hard to justify the increased price when the original Milled Grind wedges will do just fine at a fraction of the price.
Regardless, here’s our honest review of the new wedges.
So I was able to try out a brand new TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedge, so I wasn’t able to see any of the rusting that you’d notice after a while. From the pictures I’ve seen online, personally I wouldn’t love the fact that just the face rusts and nothing else. I’ve never been a big fan of rusty wedges, as I always feel like a small amount of rust could negatively impact a shot if not even across the club face. To each their own, though.
The original Milled Grind wedges came in three colors: black, chrome, and bronze. The new Milled Grind 2 wedges only come in black and chrome. I demo’ed the chrome finish, but I also got to see the black finish. Personally, I’d go with the black model if I were to buy one of the two. I don’t typically like black finished clubs, but wedges are an exception there.
When looking at the club face, you can definitely tell the milling process is much different than other wedges. Much deeper etchings, which should (and does) result in more greenside spin, which can be a pro or a con depending on what you are used to.
When shopping for a wedge, my top priorities are spin and distance control. Other important considerations are price, forgiveness, and durability.
When it comes to spin, I was really blown away by how much my pitch and chip shots were checking up with the TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedges. I’ve always been a guy that spins the ball hard on greenside shots when necessary. That’s just what I’m used to – it’s what I have always practiced, as opposed to more bump and run type shots. I was able to very easily attack the ball more aggresively and stop the ball on a dime when needed, which is a huge plus. Keep in mind it took me years and years to be comfortable with this type of shot, so it wasn’t just from the wedge itself.
Distance control is honestly just hard to measure between clubs. Some days you are on, some days you are off. However, you can typically get a good feel about whether a wedge has consistent distance control or not. After hitting 5-10 wedge shots to one flag, though, it was clear that I’d be confident adding this wedge to my bag. If they were priced more reasonably, I might have even done so on the spot, as I’m due for some new wedges soon. I was very consistent distance wise when I struck the shots like I wanted.
No matter what I am buying, I always want the best value items that I can get. At the moment, that means I wouldn’t buy the TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedges. The original TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges will perform nearly the same, and you can still buy them new pretty easily for nearly half the price of the updated version. The new 2.0 wedges are priced at $170 each, while the original wedges sold for around $100 new at the time of this writing. You can even go cheaper and buy a used original Milled Grind for close to $20.