Callaway Jaws Raw combines successful wedge technologies

Callaway Jaws Raw wedges have been on tour since May.

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Turns out the Jaws Full Toe is the perfect test to create Callaway’s next big wedge: raw jaws. Built around a sharp groove and raw face, Full Toe has managed to deliver many of the techniques that can now be found in a more traditional profile that should appeal to a wide range of gameplay capabilities.

“We wanted to bring more of the technology and build on the Jaws groove and raw face that we did in Full Toe to the masses in a much broader launch offering,” said Patrick Dawson, senior director of research and development at Callaway. “It took a while, but it’s worth it when you do it right, highlight it and make sure people want to play it.”

Rather than bring a new wedge to market quickly, Callaway took his time with Jaws Raw. According to Dawson, the wedge has been in the pipeline for three years—a significant amount of time for any scoring instrument. As you would expect with a wedge that underwent extensive tour feedback during the build process, the improvements are numerous.

Some are visible, while others appear to be hidden in plain sight.

In terms of more straightforward technology, Callaway added an unpainted face—also known as a rough face—to the wedge but opted to keep the rest of the head chrome plated.

The paint on the face has been removed to allow it to rust over time.

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“Raw wedge head is very common on the Tour,” said Jacob Davidson, Callaway’s PGA Tour Director. “However, some guys like the cleanest look without the rust but still want the performance and smooth feel of a rough face. This is the best wedge of both worlds.”

In addition to keeping the face raw, Callaway also asked the tour staff if they wanted the toe section to remain raw or painted. In the end, they chose to keep it raw for one specific reason.

“This is to reduce the glare where you are in the title and open it up to hit a good wedge,” Dawson said. “you don `t want [the toe] reflected in your eyes.”

An aggressive 37-degree wall angle on the jaw groove—which is totally against the USGA legal limit—works in unison with the subtle positive angular grooves between the main groove, called “offset groove-in-groove technology,” to enhance rotation in partial shots around the green. , even when the face is open for flop photography.

A look at the raw black plasma uncoated finish.

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“In combination with the grooves on the face, when you get into sandy shots or shots around the green, you tend to open the putter; your impact site starts to migrate toward the toe,” Dawson said. So that when you open it, it is now still perpendicular to the direction of your shot.”

Callaway has added weight ports to the back of the head to connect to the center of gravity (CG) in the past, but this is the first time they’ve packed tungsten into sand and wedge ports. Tungsten is still designed to center the CG for better control and feel. The shelf length has also been changed to control the trajectory while improving tolerance at the same time. (Dawson also confirmed that Obsession has been moved to the leading edge to give it a more straight-line look at the title.)

As you’d expect with a wedge line that took three years to build, loft and recoil options are plentiful. Low-rebound Z milling has been added to the matrix and features a strong leading edge edge that acts as a skid plate to reduce digging on chip shots and pitches for consistent turf interaction. Front chamfers are also part of every sanding and chamfering wedge in the lineup, regardless of milling.

S, wide sole W and high rebound X mill with Jaws Raw to give the lineup 17 loft and bounce groups at each end.

Callaway’s Jaws Raw retails for $179.99 (raw face chrome and uncoated raw black plasma finishes) and comes standard with either True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner 115g (steel) or Project X Catalyst 80g (graphite).

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