As a long term 48* PW guy I asked Greg specifically about the 46* offering. He said that he preferred 46* because the majority of the Tour guys are playing 46* or 47* PWs and his preference is to ALWAYS bend weak since it will reduce offset and increase bounce which is preferable to increasing offset and decreasing bounce. Offset isn't much but even a little will be an instant negative, especially for Tour players. As for increasing bounce, it's trivial to grind it off if needed but difficult to impossible to add bounce.
On another note, my son is finally out of the hospital (it was a LONG few weeks with 2 medical transports, including one by plane). We got home late last week and I was finally able to hit a few shots with these wedges. In true WRX form, but totally contrary to how I normally promote clubs to my bag, I put these right in and played 18. I was a little rusty and after playing in wet conditions, so are my MG3s (see what I did there?). The amount of rust is actually minimal but I can see it starting to form. I've been playing black oxide irons for over a decade so no surprise there.
I actually had the opportunity to hit a lot of different wedge shots today. I was hitting my driver really well (G400 is OUT, Sim2 is IN) which set up a number of wedge shots into a number of greens. I was fortunate enough to spend the majority of my day hitting my irons poorly which also set up a number of various shots around the green (I typically hit quite a few greens, not the case today). All comparisons below will be directly with the wedges that I've played the majority of this summer, Ben Hogan Equalizer II TX Grind.
Full shots; I went in to the day simply guessing at how far I'd hit these wedges. I didn't hit a single range ball prior to my round today and I switched my wedges from 48/53/58 to 46/50/54/58 so much of my day I was making Bryson-like estimates on how far I'd hit these based on my previous yardages, a little math (3y/degree of loft), and a modest adjustment for fall temperatures. For the most part, I was close enough for a Sunday round in late fall. Just like my time at the fitting, what really came to light with full shots was how easily these wedges went through the turf. I dropped an extra ball here and there to get a few more full shots in and even took a few full swings with my 58 which isn't something that I typically do. Spin was about ideal on full shots with my ball never being more than a couple of feet from the ball mark.
Partial shots; This is where a reconfiguration of my lofts is going to pay the most dividends. 46/50/54/58 is a new configuration for me. The last time I played I played a 4-wedge setup it was 48/52/56/60 with varied bounces across the line. In this case I'm playing standard bounce in all but the 58' which is a low bounce. As I mentioned above, I hit a few extra balls here and there so I swapped back and forth between the 58' and 54' for a few different shots and can already see how having this combo will make things a bit easier. I know that we're splitting hairs concerning loft but I've never been comfortable attempting certain shots with less than 54'. For that reason, there was never much of a benefit to the 48/52/56/60 combination for me. Anyway, these partial shots is where I noticed an obvious difference in spin between the MG3s and several of the wedges that I've played before (Hogan Eq II, Eq, TK, Mizuno, Miura, Yururi, etc). TaylorMade is definitely on to something w/the face treatment on the MG3. The raw face is a major benefit in this regard as well since they can be so much more exact on the face during production since they don't have to concern themselves with how a finish will affect groove geometry and potential USGA/R&A compliance.
Green-side; Today I only used my 54' & 58' around the greens and due to my aforementioned mediocre iron play I was even able to hit a few shots into elevated greens while short sided. The sole grind on the low bounce 58' was exactly what I've been looking for. I never felt that I needed to "work" the wedge at all. I just tossed a specific area of the sole into the turf depending on the shot I wanted to play and it would glide right on through and pop the ball right out. With previous, higher bounce, options I'd have to be very deliberate about this and if I missed my spot on either the sole or the turf, some of the more delicate shots could result in disaster. It also made some of the touchier, short sided, shots a little more difficult since I'd need more speed to get the sole through the turf as intended. This is no longer a problem with the MG3s due to both the bounce and the relief that is part of this specific grind.
Sand; The bunkers were wet and firm today and the one that I was fortunate enough to play out of was unusually shallow where my ball happened to settle due to a great deal of rain over the past few weeks. Once I saw my lie I was actually really looking forward to seeing how my new low bounce 58' would handle the situation. This is typically one of those shots that I alluded to earlier where I'd have to hit my spots perfectly with just the right amount of speed or I'd be in some real trouble. I trusted that the sole would work through the sand just fine and actually hit a really good shot. It's a small sample size and I did put a good swing on it but I was very happy with both the results and how the wedge handled such an unfortunate lie. I don't see a lot of really light / fluffy bunkers but I do wonder how the same wedge would handle that situation. I'm sure that it'll require a little adjustment my current process but I'm sure it won't be anything insurmountable.
In summary I can't wait to spend more time with these wedges. Greg nailed the sole design on these and I'm really looking forward to seeing what I can do with these once I have an opportunity to work with them more. I can see these sticking around my bag for some time to come. I even quashed my concerns about bending these the other night when I checked the specs out on my Mitchell. I made a few minor tweaks and although not as easy to manipulate as my Miuras (what clubs are?) they were nowhere near as difficult to move as a lot of cast clubs can be.
I'm hoping to get a few more rounds in before MN weather puts the brakes on things so I'll be sure to report more as things progress.