The new Raw edition is part of the Callaway Jaws range of wedges. Designed by Roger Cleveland and said to feature the most aggressive grooves in golf, I wanted to test it out to see how it stacked up against the best wedges on the market.
To do so, I headed to Royal Troon, the perfect place to thoroughly assess all aspects of performance. But before we delve deeper, the first thing to mention is that from every angle, this corner looks amazing. Whether you prefer the chrome or black plasma finish, you won’t be disappointed.
Above the ball, the classic shape, straight leading edge and minimal offset combine to inspire confidence, while at the back, subtle styling touches and weight system make it a wedge that holds. also good in the bag. I’ve noticed some rust on the chrome model before, which I think gives it that extra edge.
On the course, and I was really impressed with the spin offered by the milled micro-grooves and raw face. Removing the tackle allows for more direct contact and I have seen him in action on every shot length. Specifically, the spin on even short tokens blew me away. Whether floating the ball a little higher or chasing something low to the ground, the level of control was as good, if not better, than anything I’ve tested this year.
This was helped by the introduction of the new “Z Grind” which was designed to skid rather than dig into the turf. It allowed me to easily pinch the ball on the firm ground of the links, as well as escape bunkers that didn’t have as much sand.
Additionally, I also tested the standard ‘S’ sole design in the 52° and 56° – both with 10° of rebound – and it was versatile enough to deliver solid performance from tight lies and on the outside, which comfortably makes it one of the best corners to chip away at.
Getting further away from the green, straightening the face when throwing and hitting full shots was a dream. I’ve always been a really good corner player, but even when swinging hard I seemed to tag almost everything I hit in testing. Long may this continue.
There were, however, a couple of things I didn’t like too much. First, the feel and sound on impact is quite firm. I found the same when testing the PXG Sugar Daddy II wedge, which also features weights on the back of the head, so maybe there’s something in there. It didn’t impact the control I had, but it deterred me from putting it on the line as things stand.
Also, I found the swing weight to be quite light. Many will probably prefer this feature, but as someone who regularly has to deal with strong winds, I like to feel the weight evenly distributed from top to bottom.
In terms of specifications, it comes in lofts from 48° to 60° and in four grind options: S (standard), W (wide), Z and X. In total, there are 17 combinations of loft and bounce-by-finish, which means there’s something for every technique.