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McIlroy switches to prototype MRC driver shaft

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Rory McIlroy is using a new driver shaft this week at the U.S. Open, a prototype by Mitsubishi Rayon that is similar to the company’s Kuro Kage Silver shaft.

McIlroy was previously playing another prototype Mitsubishi shaft, a Diamana Prototype 70X, which had a similar balanced profile to the company’s 4th-generation Blue Board shaft, which is called the B-Series.

While the new shaft McIlroy is using looks nearly identical to Mitsubishi’s Kuro Kage Silver shaft that golfers can buy off-the-rack, it is made with different materials, according to a tour representative from Mitsubishi.

The Kuro Kage Silver shafts are made of graphite material that Mitsubishi calls “High-Density Prepreg,” which has more carbon fiber and less resin than the company’s previous shafts to give it more strength and feel.

McIlroy’s prototype shaft has the same profile as the Kuro Kage Silver, a stiff tip and mid section with a softer butt section, but the graphite is reinforced with Mitsubishi’s Elastic Titanium Fiber, which is an alloy comprised of Titanium and Nickel.

The alloy, also called “TiNi,” is used to create the company’s Bassara W-Series shaft that has been used on the PGA Tour by Matt Kuchar. According to Mitsubishi’s website, the TiNi fiber allows a shaft to “deform and then recover immediately to its original shape.”

Check out the photos below of McIlroy with the new shaft in Wednesday’s practice round. He plays the shaft in a Nike Covert Tour driver that is set to 10.5 degrees with a neutral face angle.

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On a side note, Nick Watney has changed from a prototype Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver driver shaft that he has been using all season to the Mitsubishi White Board 83X shaft he used in 2012.

According to the source, Watney was also playing a Kuro Kage that uses the company’s TiNi alloy. That source tells us that we will be hearing more about McIlroy’s newest shaft in the coming weeks.

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  1. owler

    Oct 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Im sure I spotted Rory playing this week in the Korea Open with a TaylorMade R11.

  2. Linn Sinquefield

    Jun 19, 2013 at 4:18 am

    I think both McIlroy and Watney are struggling with their new nike equipment. They performed much better last season than they did this season.

  3. Curt

    Jun 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Amazing how much love the WB still gets. I need to pull one out of the closet to give it another go, because I remember the butt section being way too soft!!

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Forum Thread of the Day: : “Can a club be a perfect performer but too ugly to play?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Patrik1982 and discusses the question of whether a club can be an excellent performer but too ugly to keep in the bag. Our members share their thoughts on the matter, with the majority siding with performance over aesthetics.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Tim Sherwood: “Taylormade R9 irons. I have bought, sold, regretted selling, bought again, sold and so on 3 times now. I love the cavity badging, feel and performance of those irons, but every time I bring them back, I remember just how comically oversized they are, and I can’t play them. Shame really, they are a great product if they fit your eye.”
  • boggyman: “If it works, who cares what it looks like? My current gamers are from the early ’90s. They’re not new or the latest iron but just flat out work!!”Emerich: “I feel this way about some of those ridiculous new putters – for me, I just don’t want to look down and see that.”
  • BIG STU: “I say it is subjective— And I will be the first to tell you if I do not like the looks at address I more than likely can not and will not hit it. That changed for me about a year or so ago. I had always thought ALL hybrids were ugly. Now I could tolerate the early TM Rescues to some extent, but they were hook machines. I ended up on a bulk trade deal acquiring an older Adams A-12 OS 23* with a Pro Launch Red shaft in it. That thing is fugly, but I figured out with a hosel adjustment and some lead tape in the toe to make it anti hook for me. Like I said that thing is ugly, but I love it, and you would have to pry it from my cold dead fingers. A good friend of mine who is getting up in age but is still an accomplished player and lifetime PGA member told me ” It does not matter what a club looks like if you can hit it and it works for you” I had sorta adopted that line of thought previously being brand agnostic, but after that hybrid experiment I have also adopted his policy too.”
  • slimreaper30: “Tools, man. Tools.”

Entire Thread: “Can a club be a perfect performer but too ugly to play?”

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Cobra Golf 2020 F-Max Airspeed: Less mass = More power

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Cobra Golf has always been about creating innovation for golfers of all skill levels, and with the all-new Cobra F-Max Airspeed for 2020, Cobra is helping golfers go higher and further with weight-saving technology and forgiveness.

With a singular focus on helping golfers gain or regain lost speed, Cobra’s new F-Max Airspeed drivers and fairways for both men and women, offer a new level of lightweight performance for golfers with moderate swing speeds.

The Flagship of the F-Max Airspeed line are the drivers that have been re-engineered by the Cobra design team with new weight-saving technologies from head to grip. Not only that, but Cobra understands golfers in this category want clubs that will make the game more enjoyable and won’t break the bank either—the F-Max line delivers on both!

A carbon fiber crown on the driver replaces titanium from the previous generation to save 10 grams of discretionary weight to be re-distributed low and back in the clubhead to maintain a high MOI all the while still having a clubhead that is two grams lighter without sacrificing any stability. This is pretty cool when you consider that as weight drops so does the potential for higher MOI.

The F-Max Airspeed driver crown has improved in the looks department too thanks to the new PWR Ridge structure to assist golfers with alignment towards the target and improved aerodynamics. Beyond the internal weight pad towards the back and heel of the driver head, the Cobra F-Max Airspeed is made more draw biased thanks to the offset hosel design. For players who prefer a traditional setup at address, the F-Max Airspeed drivers are also available in a non-offset straight hosel model.

On top of the head (or should I say attached), a five-gram lighter Airspeed shaft, and six-gram lighter Lamkin midsize grip creates another 11 grams in weight-savings, bringing the total overall weight to an extremely light 285 grams—13 grams lighter than its predecessor. 13 grams might not seem like much, but when it comes to engineering golf equipment, every single percentage point matters and 13 grams is a 4.3 percent improvement.

“Not a single aspect of club design was overlooked when we were trying to maximize the weight savings in this line,” said Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D for Cobra Golf.  “We even use an unpainted shaft with clear coat and a decal design to save two extra grams of weight over a typical painted shaft. That is a perfect illustration of the level of detail that went into making these clubs as lightweight as possible.”

The new F-Max Airspeed fairways employ similar weight-saving innovations as the driver, such as a new lightweight carbon crown and a five-gram-lighter Airspeed shaft design. Additionally, a low profile, shallow face design lowers the center of gravity for higher launch while weighting towards the extreme back and heel help create a draw bias trajectory.

Cobra Golf 2020 F-Max Airspeed: Specs and Availability

The men’s F-Max Airspeed driver is available in both right and left-hand versions in stiff, regular, and lite flex, with the choice of offset or straight neck hosel. Available lofts include 9.5, 10.5, and 11.5 degrees in right-hand and 10.5 degrees in left-hand. $329 retail.

Men’s F-MAX Airspeed Fairways are Available in both right and left-hand versions with AIRSPEED shafts (NOTE: 50-gram in stiff, regular and 45-gram in lite flex,).  Available lofts include 16°, 20° and 23° in right and left-hand. MSRP: $219.

Women’s F-MAX Airspeed Driver Available in offset only in both right and left-hand versions with a 40-gram COBRA AIRSPEED shaft in ladies flex. Available lofts are 11.5° (RH only) as well as 15° of loft (LH/RH).

Women’s F-MAX Airspeed Fairways ($219) – Available in both right-hand and left-hand
versions with a 45-gram Airspeed shaft in ladies flex. Comes in a striking black/lilac
colorway and available lofts include 19°, 23° and 27° in right and left-hand.

But Wait, There is MORE!

The new Cobra’s F-Max Airspeed line also includes iron with the additional option of a hybrid combo set for both men and women.

The hybrids offer the same technology as the woods, and the irons are built around offering a lighter-weight, easy-to-hit progressive offset option to players seeking maximum forgiveness in an affordable package.

The men’s irons are 5-GW (seven pieces) in steel for $599, and the combo set with 4-, 5-hybrid, 6-iron to pitching wedge for $699.

The women’s irons come stock 5- and 6-hybrid, 7-iron to sand wedge with 40-gram ladies flex graphite for $699.

If you are looking to go the full set route, the F-Max Airspeed men’s complete set includes the choice of lite flex set, featuring an 11.5-degree driver, or a regular flex set featuring a 10.5-degree driver. The complete set comes with a driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, 4-hybrid, 5-hybrid, 6-iron, pitching, sand wedge, a Cobra blade putter. The set comes with a premium cart bag, featuring a 14-way top, nine zippered compartments, a velour-lined valuables pocket, an insulated beverage cooler, and a shoulder strap featuring COOLFlow EVA foam for maximum comfort. The complete set is available in right hand only for $1,299.

The F-Max Airspeed women’s complete set also comes standard with a premium, full-feature cart bag (same features as the men’s version), 15-degree ladies flex driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, 7-wood, 5-hybrid, 6-iron through pitching wedge, sand wedge, and a Cobra mallet putter.

Available in right-hand only in either a black/lilac or white/copper colorway. NOTE: The white/copper colorway is only available in the complete set and not as separate pieces.

The F-Max Airspeed drivers, fairways, and complete sets are available beginning January 10, 2020.

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Whats in the Bag

Jason Dufner WITB 2019 (Cobra)

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Driver: Cobra King F9 Speedback (10.5 @9.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 65-TX (tipped 1”, 45.5”)

3-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Proto (15 Degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 75-TX (tip 1”, 43”)

7-wood: Titleist 915F (21 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 MSI 80 TX

4-iron: Cobra King Forged Utility
Shaft: LAGP Proto Rev A

Irons: Cobra King Forged CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Wedges: Cobra Raw Custom (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper DG Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Newport Circa 2001

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