Expert Review: Callaway MD5 Jaws Wedge Raw Steel ShaftPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the wedge, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Caley Campbell
About the Review: This review is my honest opinion of the wedge, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.
After going through a bit of a distance first phase, I changed my focus to finding a wedge that was going to put a premium on precision. The Callaway MD5 Jaws is precisely that, a wedge for the lower handicap golfer that expects to hit a variety of shots around the greens.
About the club I own
- Model: Callaway Jaws Raw 2020
- Loft: 60°
- Bounce: 10°
- Grind: S
- Finish: Raw
- Average Score: 72
- Handicap: 0
- Experience: 25 years
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-Handed
- Golf Ball Used: TaylorMade TP5X
- Angle Of Attack: Normal
- When I bought the wedge: December 2021
- Days tested: ~5
- Where I’ve used it: Bloomingdale Golfers Club
- Weather Conditions: Dry
- Green Conditions: Green Type: Champion Dwarf Bermudagrass Greens & Green Speed: 9.0 on Stimpmeter
How it performs
What I was looking for
I had owned my previous wedges for a few years and was due for an upgrade. As I began searching for potential replacements, I knew I wanted a classic look, high performance, and exceptional feel.
Why I chose this club
I took time with my search, testing a variety of wedges and grinds. At the end of the day, I went with the Jaws because it met the criteria mentioned above. With that said, I strongly considered the Vokey SM8 wedge, and while it performed at the same level, I preferred the feel of the Jaws.
What I love about it
- Feel: One of the main reasons I chose the Jaws wedge was its exceptional feel. While the feedback is fairly standard on full swings, this wedge is as soft as butter around the greens.
- Spin: Whether it's full swings, pitches, chips, or bunker shots, I have found this wedge to spin consistently in various scenarios.
- Bounce: The S grind is designed to be versatile, and I’ve found it to excel in all situations within 100 yards.
- Around the Green: Are you trying to hit it high? Low? Splash it out of the bunker? It doesn’t matter because you can hit any shot you want with the Jaws wedge.
- Full Shots: When I first picked up this wedge, I tested it around the green. The greenside performance was everything I expected it to be, but for some reason, I didn’t expect the soft feel to translate to the full swing successfully. While the feel became more firm on full shots, the results were equally as predictable and precise as the short shots.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Performance aside, a good part of why I opted for the Jaws wedge was its look. A premium wedge should look like a work of art, and the Jaws is no exception.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: I didn’t purchase this wedge for its forgiveness properties. It’s designed to be hit squarely to see its true benefits. If you’re looking for a game improvement wedge, I’d look elsewhere.
Best Shot with this Wedge
I haven’t talked much about the pitch shot in this review. I recently found myself 40-50 yards from the flag. With a ¾ swing, I hit a shot with a mid to low trajectory that took two hops and stopped next to the flag. At the time, I knew the Jaws performed well from both close and long-range, but I was pleasantly surprised when I confirmed it performed/reacted as expected from mid-range.
Value for the money vs. other options
I view the direct competition of the Jaws to be the Vokey wedge. While I feel they performed similarly, the Jaws simply had the better feel around the greens. When I combined the performance with the lesser price point, the decision was a no-brainer for me.
The Callaway MD5 Jaws was exactly what I was looking for in a wedge. When it comes time to replace my 60° wedge eventually, I will start my search with Callaway based on this experience.