Wedge design has become so sophisticated that it seems there is a special bounce angle and grind for every type of short game shot. The problem may be finding a corner that suits everyone.
TaylorMade says it has the solution in its refined Hi-Toe 3. The company believes they have created a wedge that can easily handle any close range shot from the fairway, tight lies, high rough, bunkers and super flop shot.
The predominant characteristic of the Hi-Toe, which has been part of the TaylorMade line since 2018, is exactly what its name describes: the clubface is extraordinarily high in the toe box.
The Hi-Toe design elevates the center of gravity, helping the lower, high-spinning shots everyone desires. Additionally, club designers claim the toe helps the face stay open longer for shots around the green.
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And the original high-loft Hi-Toe wedges had grooves all over the face because many short shots, especially from rough, end up hitting the toe where the grooves are needed.
The Hi-Toe 3 features a four-way cambered sole, which carries over from the original. The design allows for forgiveness with bounce while maintaining a lower leading edge, making it capable of handling tight lies. And the trailing edge relief allows the player to easily hit open-face shots around the green.
The company’s ZTP Raw grooves are enhanced in the Hi-Toe 3 with raised micro ribs between the grooves, designed for greater spin on shots around the green.
The original Hi-Toe and its iterations only featured full-face grooves for higher loft clubs. The Hi-Toe 3 includes this feature for lofts of 54 degrees and above.
Hi-Toe 3 is available to order now at TaylorMade.com and in retail outlets for $179. Cleats are available in standard rebound (50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°), low rebound (58° and 60°) and high rebound (58° and 60°). The stock shaft is the KBS Hi-Rev 2.0.
For those who want it, TaylorMade offers a wide range of custom features with MyHi-Toe 3. Customers can choose loft and rebound, as well as brushed copper, chrome, black and raw finishes. A number of shaft and handle options are available, along with custom text, icons, and paint fills. MyHi-Toe 3 can also be ordered online and retails for $229.