Jaws Full Toe proved to be the perfect litmus test for Callaway’s next great wedge creation: raw jaws. Built around a razor-sharp groove and raw face, Full Toe successfully introduced several technologies that can now be found in a more traditional profile that should appeal to a wide range of playing abilities.
“We wanted to bring a lot more technology and build on our Jaws slot and the raw face that we had done in Full Toe for the masses in a much broader launch offering,” said Patrick Dawson, Callaway senior wedge R&D manager. “It took a little time, but it’s worth it when you get it right, get it out there and validate that people want to play it.”
Rather than quickly launch a new wedge onto the market, Callaway took his time with Jaws Raw. According to Dawson, the wedge takes three years to make, a significant amount of time for any scoring tool. As would be expected with a wedge that underwent extensive feedback from the Tour during the creation process, the improvements are numerous.
Some are apparent while others seem to be hidden from the naked eye.
For more visible technology, Callaway added an unplated face, also known as a face blank, to the wedge, but opted to keep the rest of the head plated in a chrome finish.
“A raw wedge head is pretty common on Tour,” Callaway’s PGA Tour manager Jacob Davidson said. “That said, some men like a cleaner, rust-free look, but still want the performance and smooth feel of a raw face. This is a wedge of the best of both worlds.”
In addition to keeping the face raw, Callaway also asked Tour staff if they wanted the toe section to remain raw or silver. In the end, they chose to keep it raw for a specific reason.
“That’s to reduce the glare where you are at address and open it up to hit a good wedge,” Dawson said. “You do not want [the toe] reflecting in your eyes.”
An aggressive 37-degree wall angle on the Jaws groove, which is right up against the USGA legal limit, works in unison with angled micro-positive grooves between the main groove, called “compensated groove-in-groove technology,” to improve the turn. on partial shots around the green, even when the face is open for a flop shot.
“Combined with grooves on the face, when you get into sand shots or shots around the green, you tend to spread the club out; the location of its impact begins to migrate toward the tip,” Dawson said. “The offset slot-in-slot is actually meant to be at an angle, so when you open it up, it’s now still perpendicular to the direction of your shot.”
Callaway has added weight ports to the back of the head to mark the center of gravity (CG) in the past, but this is the first time they’ve put tungsten in the lob and sand wedge ports. The tungsten is still designed to center the CG for better control and feel. The hosel length has also been varied to control trajectory while improving forgiveness. (Dawson also confirmed that the hosel was softened as it passed the leading edge to give it a more direct look at address.)
As you would expect with a wedge line that took three years to create, loft and bounce options are plentiful. A low rebound Z grind has been added to the matrix and features an aggressive leading edge chamfer that acts as a skid plate to reduce dig on chip and launch hits for consistent turf interaction. The cutting-edge chamfer is also a part of every sand and lob wedge in the line, regardless of polish.
The high-rebound S, wide-soled W and X grinds return with Jaws Raw to give the lineup 17 combinations of loft and bounce per finish.
Callaway’s Jaws Raw retails for $179.99 (raw face chrome and unplated black plasma finishes) and comes standard with True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner 115g (steel) or Project X Catalyst 80g (graphite).
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