Micro-Groove HM

Micro-Groove HM Wedges

A Great Wedge Design Made Better… With an All New custom Sole Design

Features:

  • Please scroll down to read comments about the Micro-Groove HM.

  • The popular HM Series wedges have been re-designed with a unique custom sole grind to increase playability for more types of wedge shots

  • New Zero Bounce heel grind removes the bounce from the heel end of the sole for more consistency when the face is opened to hit finesse and cut shots

  • Front sole Knock Down grind allows golfers to more easily play low, driving, hands forward shots without digging the leading edge into the ground as much

  • Center to rear sole grind offers conventional bounce for normal shots from all lie conditions

  • Beautiful pearl NiCr plated finish over the 8620 carbon steel body offers a soft feel with a long lasting appearance.   Available in RH in 52* AW, 56* SW and 60* LW.   LH in 56* SW with conventional sole design.



Tom talks about the NEW Micro-Groove HM

A 360º view of the Micro-Groove HM Wedges.


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Micro-Groove HM, 4.4 out of 5 based on 133 ratings

37 Comments

  1. Hi Tom, why are there no 52 or 60 degree wedges in for lefties ?
    What do you recommend to someone who is looking for a complete set of your wedges.

    -Z

    • We do have a 52* and 56* wedge in the PCF Micro Tour wedge design. Not a 60* though. I am sorry that at this time, we are out of stock for the left hand 52* model, but more will be here fairly soon from our production factory. But we have not been able to tool up to make the left hand 60* because there just is not enough demand. Never in my 31 yrs of designing clubheads have I ever seen a left hand model sell more than 8% of the units it will in the right hand version. So we have to watch what the RH model does in each design to see of the 8% number can allow us to invest in the tooling dies and the production inventory to be able to offer it in LH. Unfortunately the numbers do not add up as much as we would like to be able to help the left hand players.

      TOM

  2. I see you don’t offer a 64* wedge. Can you bed the 60* to 62* at least? Do you see any problems with the bounce? Probably not much demand for 64*. Thank you

    • BRETT
      That’s right and I probably won’t ever design a 64 wedge because I feel they are far too difficult for 98% of all golfers to even try to hit consistently. You can easily bend the 60* wedge in either our HM or PCF series to be 62 or 64. BUt remember when you bend loft, you change sole angle in a 1:1 relationship to the loft bend change. Which in the case of increasing loft means you increase bounce.
      TOM

  3. I understand that one major difference between the wedge models, is the types of additional score lines (milled vs. laser etched, and the shape) but in what other ways are they different? Is one better for better players?

    • KEVIN

      PCF wedges have a more conventional sole shape that is created with a primary bounce sole angle from toe to about 2/3’s of the way across the sole, then we have our zero bounce grind in the heel side of the sole. Scorelines are our proprietary micro groove which are more narrow and closer together, definitely conforming, so as to get more lines on the surface of the ball than happens with conventional grooves. The milled face completes the PCF design for more friction between ball and face to increase spin – and it does do that.

      The HM is different in that it has a very different, multiple grind sole. It also has the zero bounce heel grind like the PCF, but it has a front “knock down” grind to increase bounce on the very front 1/3 of the sole – this is done to keep the leading edge from digging if you want to play a very hands ahead knock down shot to drive the ball lower to the target. Lines on the face are the same micro groove scorelines at 0.6mm width and 2.1mm separation. In between the Micro grooves are the laser etched milling lines to increase some friction between face and ball. But of the two, the conventional milling of the PCF is going to spin the ball more than the laser etched milling on the HM.

      PCF is designed with more of a round profile for the face shape, while the HM is designed with more of the traditional “tear drop profile” shape. And that just about covers it !!

      Thanks!
      TOM

  4. Just got my new sand wedge. For one who has had difficulty in negotiating bunkers I found my first experience with the wedge gave me more confidence.

    Very pleased with the club. Now matches the 575 irons in the bag.

    Thanks to master club fitte Craig Smith.

    • Thank you Peter and very pleased to hear that the new SW is working well for you with the 575 forged irons !!! And many thanks to Craig for sorting out your fitting needs so well that you like the results !!

      TOM

  5. thanks for reply. you are right on the money. I did get a 56 wedge from McGolf in Waverly, OH and love it. Great out of sand and grass. The design lets me hit low and high shots. I can open up the 56* and make it play like a 60* . Most wedges are good for grass or sand. This one does both very well. So versatile that it is the only wedge with more than 50 degrees that I use. This has helped my bag setup so i can carry extra hybrid. Bless you and your creative mind. I always look at your designs before i buy a club.

    • Thank you John, that’s a very kind comment and I appreciate that very much !
      TOM

  6. Tom,
    My home course has alot of side hill, down hill, and uphill shots from 100 yards in. Would you think that the new HM wedges would be more effective than the standard soled wedges( I play the TM ATM wedges now)? I hit alot of fat shots on the uphill and sidehill shots.

    • JOHN:
      I’ll be totally honest and tell you that from my experience in the game and in design and fitting, the tendency to hit fat shots in the hilly conditions you talk about is more a swing skill/technique matter than one to be cured or alleviated substantially by a new wedge sole design. The classic mistake that results in a fat shot from an uphill lie is for you to be leaning too much into the hill – ideal for such shots is to have your posture set up over the ball so the line between your shoulders is close to being parallel to the slope of the uphill ground. If you are leaning too much into the hill, the club angle of attack can’t travel more parallel to the uphill slope, so it can just dig right into the slope. Sidehill shots are typically a matter of keeping your posture still during the swing – also being sure to adjust your swing plane so it is a little flatter feeling for side hill shots with the ball above you and a little more upright for sidehill shots with the ball below your feet.

      The other thing fitting related I would suggest for experimentation is to ask yourself if the head feels a bit too light during the swing – if so, then you can get some lead tape to put on the back of the head to increase the headweight feel – this could help with your swing tempo which is key to avoiding thin or fat shots.

      Hope this helps, and hey – how many designers are going to tell you not to run out and buy one of their designs, but to offer assistance in some other way !!! HA ! Take care, and the very best to you in this game!
      TOM

  7. Thanks Tom for your response. With CNC machining, you can change the weight distribution any way you like, so I am very interested in seeing what you come up with.
    I have noticed a few companies moving toward the V sole technology like Srixon and Ben Hogan. I think that your sole design has helped me quite a bit this year however, based on your previous comment above, you do not think that it makes much of a difference on the longer clubs. You did mention the rounding of the leading edge as being similar. Is that something that could be added to the clubs in the manufacturing process or afterwards? I realize that the leading edge wears down over time and I seem to recall stories from old pros that ground the leading edges in the past.

    • Scott:

      In the production of any iron head, one thing you do not want to do is to ask the workers in the factory to be responsible for creating a specific sole shape through grinding. You want all such shape features to be in the tooling dies so when the heads are forged, they come out with the sole shapes you want, and the workers only have to smooth over the shapes that are there as they polish to prepare the heads for chrome plating. If you rely on the workers to change a sole shape, you have a nightmare of inconsistency on your hands for what all the soles end up looking like. so the raw forgings of the 560 dies are what they are for the sole design. WE can change the CNC machining of the back shape/back cavity but we can’t rely on a CNC machining program to re do the soles. To get a sole design like the HM wedges on the 560 heads would require a change in the forging dies to re make them so they had that sole shape. The old stories about old pros grinding their soles is a one off thing, not something you do in production of thousands of heads.

      TOM

  8. Tom, these Wedges are fantastic. I wanted to wait to provide my thoughts after almost a full season of use. As mentioned by other comments above, the turf interaction is fantastic. My distance and accuracy control has been equal to or better than a second set of brand X wedges, I picked up while waiting for these to arrive, that is supposed to help with that. I have also had a lot of success with my trajectory control.

    I would like to put a vote in for a full set of irons using similar design with the weight distribution and grind technology. Although you have forgotten more about club design that I will ever know, I believe that the front grind / bounce does help with cutting through the soggy turf that I typically play in. I will be in the market to replace my 7 or 8 year old 560 MCs soon. Let me know if I should wait.

    • SCOTT

      Many thanks for the update and comments about the HM wedges. it’s really great to know that you have given these a real test and that you like them a lot ! Can’t say that I am going to do a forged iron with that same type of sole design. Doing that would require all new forging dies for every head and that would be a cool $50K up front to go into a new set. Part of the reason we keep forged iron models around for several years is so we can amortize the die costs over more time – being a small company, $50K for tooling for one model is something I have to be careful about !! I will admit I am running prototypes of a new version of the 560 – but it would have the same profile, same sole design but totally different back design since the 560 is a blank back forging that we then CNC to create the entire back design. With this concept we can keep the same forging dies to make successive models. but no commitment yet on whether I am going to do that or not.

      Thanks again,
      TOM

  9. Tom,

    How do these wedges work in the sandy soil of Florida?

    • JEROME

      Typically the combination of Bermuda type grass with sandy soil would indicate that irons and wedges with a little more bounce and or more radius from face to back would be a little bit more forgiving in terms of travel through the turf and ground. The grind on the new HM’s has more bounce in the very front center of the sole with that semi circular shape grind, so that aspect should make the HM’s perform properly in your course conditions.

      TOM

  10. Hello Tom,

    Do you plan to have a 58 deg loft?

    Thanks

    • NAVIN

      Probably not because it is so easy to either bend the 60 down or the 56 up to achieve that loft. We have done a 58 in other previous wedge models and there just has never been that much demand to merit doing a separately tooled 58 wedge.

      TOM

  11. Hi again Tom.

    I have recently recived my to new wedges from Made by Rosenberg, Denmark. Thomas assembled them with your wedge shafts and moi matched them with my 575 cb’s.
    Wau, what a great feel they have, like a knife through hot butter, smooth and easy.
    With the zero bounce heel, flopshots become very easy now.
    As you can guess, I am very pleased with them. From the first shot i find them very easy to use.
    Thanks for that new sole design.

    • PER

      Thanks so very much for taking the time to let us know how well you like the new wedges. That’s really great to hear that right from the first shot you noticed the difference from the sole grind for your shotmaking !! And I am pleased to hear that Thomas did the work for you. Last fall when I was in Stockholm and at the PGA National to teach clubfitting seminars, Thomas was at both seminars and sat in the front row because he is so committed to being the very best clubfitter and clubmaker that he can possibly be to help the golfers who choose to work with him for their fitting needs.

      Thanks much !!
      TOM

  12. Tom.. I just picked up a lob wedge with the new sole grind. I have practiced with it and have used it for a few rounds. I have to say the new sloe grind is absolutely perfect for me. I hit a lot of hands forward knock down shots and the new grind really works. I am currently playing the PCF Micro Tours and they are great but I do like the New HM very well. If you want to build a Super Wedge.. Just make the HM with the face grind of the PCF’s. Wow. I would be the first in line to buy a set.

    Kudo’s

  13. I just had a set of 52, 56 and 60 new Mirco-Groove HM wedges (with the heel and toe sole relief) built for me on Steelfiber i125 wedge shafts. They are absolutely stunning to hit and beautiful to behold. The ballstrike, turf interaction and overall feel of the head on the end of the shaft are pure and virtually effortless on full swings and pitches. Chipping and out of the sand was unbelievably intuitive with the 60. Absolute winners!

    • RALPH:

      What a nice way for me to end the “work” day to be able to read and hear your comments about the new HM wedges! Why I might even have two cold beverages when I get home and head out for 9, thanks to how good I feel that you like the wedges so much!! Thanks so much for taking your time to dig us up to offer your comments. We really do appreciate it very much!

      The very best to you in this great game !!
      TOM

  14. Tom, Thank you very much for your reply.

  15. Tom,I plan on using the S2S White R-Flex with the 56 and 60 Deg at approx 35-1/2″ length,50gm grip. I believe that I will need approx 310 to 315gm head weight to achieve ~D4 swingweight. Is it possible to order hand pick 56 and 60 deg HM heads this heavy? Can’t wait to have those beautiful wedges in my bag. Thank you.

    • JAY
      From my calculations, you would need the final headweight to be close to 307-308g to achieve a D4 at 35.5″ with a 50g grip and the White R graphite iron shaft. If the starting headweight is 298-300g for the SW, then the addition of the 9g weight plug in the weight bore at the bottom of the hosel would get you there. For the LW with its std spec weight of 295g that we are shooting for on the HM Series LW production, you would use the full 9g hosel bore weight and probably a small tip weight in the shaft to boot. We can only hand pick weights for not more than +2g over the spec. But do realize when it comes to a wedge with as high a loft as 56-60*, the movement of the CG from the weight in the hosel bore and any additional tip weight is not going to harm the feel or performance of the club because with that much loft, there is so little compression of the ball at impact anyway that golfers can’t feel if their impact is 1/8″ to 1/4″ off the CG.

  16. Do the new Micro Groove HM wedges have the same roughness between the grooves as the PCF Micro Tour? I can see from the pictures that they go parallel to the grooves instead of circular like the PCF’s but is it with the same roughness that is VERY noticeable when you rub your fingertips across the club face, the roughness that can make range balls check up on my chipping green!

    • JOE:
      No, the HM Series wedges employ a laser cut horizontal milling in between the normal scorelines which is totally different than the circular cut flywheel milling used on the faces of the PCF. In all honesty, the circular miling of the PCF which is more “traditional” like other milled face wedges will provide a higher level of face roughness in between the scorelines and from that, will on average generate more spin than will the HM’s.

      TOM

  17. Thanks for the answer Tom.
    From my point of view with an early release a a little heavy contact it appeared to be a sensible approach.
    Other companies out there have already started to market this as an improvement to the head design of their clubs.
    When I asked the question I was actually expecting you to explain that the design on full irons would indeed be marketing over substance.
    As usual you did not fail to impress with your honesty and speed in reply.
    Thanks again Tom

  18. Hi Tom,
    The grind on these wedges looks to be spot on.
    Have you any thoughts regarding using a similar grind, excluding the zero element, to any of the regular iron heads?

    Peter

    • PETER:

      Not to the extent that we did it on the new HM wedges. The zero bounce heel grind is something that would not likely be pertinent to the numbered irons in a set because one does not tend to open the face a lot to hit shots with these heads in a set. As to the front grind on the HM’s, in all honesty you can achieve very much the same thing to raise up the leading edge on a hands ahead knock down shot by putting a sufficient amount of normal radius on the forward area of the sole, rounding up around the leading edge. So really, when you consider the typical majority use of the numbered irons as full swings or 3/4 swings with a square face vs the much more varied use of the AW, SW, LW, just having a good amount of face to back radius on the sole does everything you need to do on the numbered irons.

      But as always comes up in this business, one could do a “reduced” variation of that HM grind on a full set and then MARKETING could take over to convince golfers it’s better !!!!

      TOM

  19. Hi Tom.
    Does this wedge have zero-bounce grind heel like the PCF Micro Tour wedge?
    Are the material carbon 1020 or 8620? The 2014 catalog says 8620 and this page 1020.
    I think this wedge wil match my 575cb’s very wel.

    • Per:

      At present, the HM Series wedges do not have the same zero bounce heel grind as the PCF wedges. But starting around in December of this year, the HM wedges will be produced with a new sole design that will incorporate the zero bounce heel as a part of the new sole design. My apology for the confusion in the carbon steel material from which the HM wedges are produced. It’s tough to proofread all the various technical points in our catalog perfectly and try as we might, we still have an error here or there. The HM wedges are investment cast from 8620 carbon steel. The reason is because casting carbon steel alloys is difficult to begin with due to the possibility of tiny little porosity defects appearing on the outside of the head after the steel cools and hardens. It has only been within the past 24 months that our production factory has been able to master the ability to cast a 10 series carbon steel such as a 1020 alloy – which we now use to cast the body of the high COR 771CSI iron design.

      When it comes to the carbon steel alloys, there really is so little difference in the final hardness of the alloy that in a high loft head such as a wedge, there really is no difference in impact feel between a head made from 8620 carbon steel and one either cast or forged from a 10 series carbon steel alloy.

      Hope this helps and we hope that the 575’s are working well for you too !!
      TOM

  20. I LOVE these wedges and would like to add a comment. They are so consistent, WOW! I would catch my old Snake Eyes at least once per round and spin them back leaving a much longer putt as I shoot for the pin. Did not know when it was going to happen and it was very frustrating. These wedges bite and their action is just very, very consistent. You can shot at pins knowing the ball will sit right down. Chips hop, check and then roll out very nicely. Their grind lets them lay flat when opened up so you don’t blade them across the green near as easily. Best of all, your buddies notice the action then look at them sitting in the bag and comment on their beauty.

    • Thanks very much for sharing your experience with the HM wedges Gary! IT’s always really nice to hear that our designs are performing well and earning their place in the bag !!!

      Tom

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