TaylorMade has introduced the new Hi-Toe 3, the company’s latest evolution of its Hi-Toe wedge.
With a focus on versatility and added performance on shots closest to the green, engineers sought to design a club capable of of a variety of short game shots from low-launching, high-spinning checkers to full-on open-faced flops.
The history of Hi-Toe began on tour, as product and engineering teams worked directly with TaylorMade athletes to develop the original design in 2018. The main request was versatility.
“Our athletes all offered great input individually, but collectively, everyone wanted something versatile. They wanted a single wedge that could perform around the greens from deep rough, thick fescue, bunkers with different sands, in wet conditions and from tight lies. That’s a lot to fit into a single design, but with Hi-Toe 3 we’ve done it,” said Bill Price, senior director of wedges and putters for TaylorMade.
The Hi-Toe 3 is designed to produce a higher centre of gravity that’s engineered for a lower launch and more spin for better control and spin properties on full swings.
Advanced versatility in the Hi-Toe 3 begins with the four-way cambered sole, which remains a staple of the original design. The unique geometry allows for a wide sole and the forgiveness associated with high bounce, while maintaining a low leading edge, making it playable from tight lies and visually appealing to better players.
Trailing edge relief adds to the versatility by allowing golfers to easily and comfortably open the face to manipulate loft, trajectory, and spin on short shots. The large ZTP RAW Grooves feature radii further engineered for better spin in various conditions.
New elements that enhance Hi-Toe 3’s versatility include expanding full length scoring lines to all lofts above 54 degrees and the addition of raised micro-ribs.
Full length scoring lines on wedges of 54 degrees and higher help generate spin around the green when the face is rotated open on shorter shots. This is the first time TaylorMade has offered full length scoring lines that stretch across the entire length of the face in a 54-degree wedge.
Milled ribs positioned between the full grooves add texture to the face and are designed for increased spin and performance on partial shots around the green. This technology was first introduced in TaylorMade’s Milled Grind 3 wedge and has now been added to the Hi-Toe family.
An aged copper finish adds a premium aesthetic and will blend seamlessly with the RAW face as it rusts over time.
Hi-Toe 3 is available with an MSRP of $239.99 Cdn. Hi-Toe 3 comes stock with the KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 shaft (115 g) and Lamkin Crossline 360 Round 52 g grips (Gray/Blue/Black End Cap).
Hi-Toe 3 is available in standard bounce (50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees), low bounce (58 and 60 degrees), and high bounce (58 and 60 degrees).
Added elements of personalization are available through MyHi-Toe 3 and allows golfers to make the wedge entirely their own. They may choose from four different finishes, including the classic brushed copper, chrome, black and raw, before selecting text, logos, and paint fills to create a purely unique design.
Customizable options includes finish, grip, shaft, length, personalized text loft and bounce, custom paints fills, logos, icons, carbon steel, hosel rings and text.
MyHi-Toe 3 is available with an MSRP of $299.99 Cdn.
Custom shaft options include Project X T 6.0 (s), KBS S Taper Black (s), KBS C-Taper T (s), KBS C-Taper Lite (s), KBS Tour T (s), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue (s), True Temper DG105 (s), True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 Black (s), KBS Hi Rev 2.0 115g (w), and True Temper Dynamic Gold S200.
Custom grip options include Golf Pride New Decade White/Black, Golf Pride MCC Plus 4, Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G Mid Black, Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G Black, Golf Pride Tour Velvet Burgundy, Golf Pride Tour Velvet Grey/Red Cap, Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 Grey/Black and Lamkin Crossline Genesis.