Expert Review: TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 Chrome WedgePublished on 04/19/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the wedge, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This Review is my honest opinion of the wedge, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2021.
The TaylorMade MG2 Chrome Wedge is perfect for any level golfer. In addition, this wedge is great for players who want a top-performing wedge at a discounted price.
About the club I own
- Model: 2020 TaylorMade MG2 Wedge
- Loft: 56°
- Bounce: Low
- Grind: Standard
- Finish: Chrome
- Average Score: 70
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 5 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Golf Ball Used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Angle of Attack: Steep
- When I bought the wedge: March 2021
- Days tested: 100+
- Where I’ve used it: TrackMan simulator and various golf courses
- Weather Conditions: Rain, Wind, Warm, and Cool
- Green Conditions: Bermuda and Bent ranging from 8-14 on the stimpmeter
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a new set of wedges that had a raw finish and would provide me with added spin around the green. I also wanted a wedge that had a simple classic design and low bounce.
Why I chose this club
I chose the MG2 wedge because I had never used TaylorMade wedges before and wanted to test them. This wedge was also cheaper than the Titleist Vokey SM8s at the time, so I decided to save a little money and try the TaylorMade MG2.
What I love about it
- Launch: This wedge launches really high and full shots. However, it launches much lower on shorter shots because I like to hit flighted wedge shots. I feel more control of distance and accuracy when I fly my wedge shots. As a result, I really like the launch of these wedges because when I want to, I can launch them very high but can flight the ball more to hit more greens and be closer to the pin.
- Forgiveness: The MG2 wedge has nothing special with forgiveness but does its job. I have hit shots all over the face on this wedge, and the ball still travels on the intended line. This helps me a lot because I feel confident I can mishit a shot and still be close to my target. The only problem is I lose a lot of yardage when I miss a shot.
- Feel: The MG2 feels great on all shots. I love how smooth the wedge feels, and the low bounce creates a great compression feeling on all my wedge shots. In addition, this wedge feels great on short pitch and chip shots around the green, giving me an added feeling of control.
- Spin: The MG2 wedge has a lot of spin. I feel I have to make an effort to hit the ball a little further than I want on soft greens because the ball will spin back. This wedge spins back or stops in place for me on most shots 40 yards or longer.
- Bounce: The low bounce is my favorite bounce with wedges. I have a steep swing, meaning I need a mid or high bounce, but I love the feel and workability of a low-bounce wedge. With a steep swing and low bounce, the clubhead digs into the turf more, which I love, but not all players will.
- Around the Green: This club has been great for me around the green. I can go up and down from all over due to the control, feel, and spin I get with this wedge. As a result, I can play more aggressively, knowing that the ball will spin more. This is the first time I have been able to hit that tour, one-hop-stop pitch shot, partially due to improvement in skill but also due to the spin with these wedges.
- Aesthetic Appeal: This is a very traditional-looking wedge. The shape is very simple and modern, with no distractions. I love the contrast between the raw face and the rest of the club and the grid look with the grooves.
- Grip Feel: The standard Lamkin grip with this wedge greatly surprised me. When I first purchased this wedge, I planned on regripping it, but I actually loved the grip. It has a cord material that helps repel moisture and provides added grip and feel, which I love.
- Innovation: The MG2 has TaylorMade’s new design with the raw finish clubface. The face of the club is raw, which means it does not have an added sealant, and the wedge will rust over time. Many players think rust adds spin, but it is just the raw finish. The lack of sealant helps provide more spin, not the rust. The rest of the clubhead will not rust, just the clubface.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Shaft Feel: My shaft is a Dynamic Gold S200, which is way too soft for my swing speed. I think this soft and whippy shaft is the main reason for my dislike of full shots. In addition, I do not fully feel in control of my golf shots with this shaft because it has very high torque, meaning the clubhead won’t twist.
- Full Shots: I personally do not like the full shots with this wedge. This is partially due to the wrong shaft, but I launch the ball way too high and, as a result, lose distance and control. Although my three-quarter swing goes just as far as the full shots because of how high the ball launches, I end up sacrificing distance.
Best Shot with this Wedge
The best shot I hit with my TaylorMade MG2 Wedge was on a shorter par 4 at my home course. After hitting a good drive into the fairway, I had 80 yards left into the green. I chose to hit this wedge and hit it perfectly right at the pin. The ball took one bounce short of the hole and skipped right into the cup for a hole-out eagle.
Value for the money vs. other options
The MG2 is currently one model behind the newest set of wedges from TaylorMade. Therefore, they cost about $30 cheaper while offering very similar performance. However, other models released in the same year are the Callaway MD5 Jaws for around $129.99 and the Cleveland RTX Zip Core for approximately $119.99. I personally think the RTX Zip Core is the best value for money, while the MG2 is the best for quality and performance.
The TaylorMade MG2 is a high-quality wedge perfect for players of all skill levels. This wedge is a high spin, raw face wedge at a discounted price.