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TaylorMade SLDR driver spotted




TaylorMade has a new driver on the USGA list of conforming driver heads called the SLDR.

According to Dave Cordero, global communications manager for TaylorMade, the SLDR is a prototype that the company will be showing to its tour players at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic and European Tour’s Scottish Open this week.

We can tell from our pictures that there is a sliding weight bar in the front of the sole that allows the trajectory bias to be adjusted from fade to draw in at least 16 different ways (there are 16 tick marks between “draw” and “fade”). This technology appears to replace the screw-in weights on TaylorMade’s R11S and R1 drivers, which allowed golfers to tune trajectory and swing weight.


Unlike the R1, which had graphics painted on its matte white crown, the SLDR has a glossy grey crown, with a lighter grey section on the rear portion of the crown.


The driver is officially called the “SLDR Version 1” on the USGA list, and is 460 cubic centimeters with an adjustable hosel. The sliding weight appears to be adjustable by the same wrench that adjusts TaylorMade’s adjustable hosels.

TaylorMade made headlines in late May when it released a black-colored version of its R1 driver, which was the same as the company’s R1 White driver with the exception of a glossy black-painted crown. If the SLDR were to be released this year, it would be be the fourth retail driver released by TaylorMade in 2013.

Mid-summer driver releases from major equipment companies are rare, but last week Callaway made news when it released its new OptiForce driver, which was put in play by six Callaway staff members at The Greenbrier Classic.

Click here to see what members are saying in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment forum,” and check out more photos of the SLDR in the gallery below.


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  1. Scratcher

    Oct 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

    This Driver is no gimmick! best performance out of any driver anyone has ever laid a hand on! I had to put an Aldila rip beta 60 x-stiff because of my swing speed but with this head I dropped 1500rpm off my spin and gained 20-30yrds on every hit, My misshits now go as far as a pure strike with my old RZR fit Extreme. GET YOURSELF ONE!!

  2. R

    Jul 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    To all you guys ragging on this driver, I JUST HIT THIS, and boy do I have a lot to say. I would very much appreciate being contacted by GolfWRX as I have in-hand pictures and launch monitor numbers. Thanks

  3. j

    Jul 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Super Tri R9 forever……….These new drivers are jokes, shame on you, Taylormade…..Duping the consumer, not helping…..


    Jul 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm


  5. JoseJuan

    Jul 18, 2013 at 4:02 am

    So they use the slide weight that Mizuno used years ago… and THey painted the heads back to a darker not effing white color. One thing for sure, theyll sell more of these than the Mizzy 600 and 630 combined.

    BTW HAS ANYONE HIT THE MP-650???????? ITS LIKE HITTING A 983K! I said it

  6. Big G

    Jul 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Your gonna be seeing these on the shelves mid august

  7. R

    Jul 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    The crown design is pretty much the same as the new cobra amp cell drivers

  8. Roger

    Jul 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Retro Time again.
    Had the Mizuno MP 600…sold it bought the older MP 001.
    Kept it as the spare…..pulled it out 18 months later,
    beat 910 d3, TM Supertri……
    Now i’m a Razr Fit guy…..thats a nice solid product.
    The new ProtoType TM R13 must be just around the Dogleg!!!!!!!!!
    Black, 425cc,mid spin, ummmman R7 425 V2…….with MWT WOW

  9. Doug

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    TM did the same in the nineties. Went too far until no one took them seriously then turned around and said they were starting from scratch with the better player in mind. Maybe its just a normal marketing cycle.

  10. Tom

    Jul 11, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Was it McHenry that did it befor Mizuno?
    And yes it does seem that TM comes out
    with a new driver every few months.
    Imagine being a PGA pro trying to sell
    them in your shop. By the time you pay
    your invoice and before you get it sold
    it’s at Golfsmith for half price, ’cause
    a new one is now out!

  11. Rick

    Jul 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm


    • Jack

      Jul 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      I’m thinking miniature rocket boosters in addition to the gunpowder. Pow! Then Boost!

  12. Blaise

    Jul 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I don’t understand all the negativity. It’s a good concept for the rave that is adjustable drivers. If you don’t like it don’t buy it. It probably won’t be released until next January. Please change the head to black instead of grey.

  13. jgpl001

    Jul 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm


  14. Rene Goulet

    Jul 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I must agree way too many TM drivers being released in such a short period of time. Before you even start the slush fund to possibly upgrade they bring out another one. I think I’m going back to Titleist where I get 2 years to work with a product before there is a ‘new’ and improved version.

  15. BcavWecllh

    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I can’t wait for Mark King to tout this “new” technology like he did with the slot in the rocketbladez irons (see Wilson reflex irons).

    • ParPlayrCCC

      Jul 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Does it dim the lights in the living room, or raise and lower the volume on my 13″ B&W TV with a rotary dial??

  16. HHGC

    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Had a mizuno MP600. Joe Kwok was using one when I played with him. I gave mine to a friend as I bought one to reshaft and never did. HEad had a great feel, similar to the Bstone J33 driver that I still have. I slice and hook the R11 just fine. I think TM should do a retro or old school model and make it with a Persimmon slide on the sole. 🙂

  17. Chris

    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Hmm…not sure about this one. I actually like the look of it much better than the R1…except for that whole slot thing. If it wasn’t for that I think it would be a pretty nice looking driver, sort of gives me a similar feel that the Anser does…very industrial. I wonder how heavy that slider weight is….I’m tend to think it takes a pretty big weight swing to have an appreciable impact on ball flight. Curious how much weight gets moved around and what it really does. This is the first TM driver in a long time that I’m actually quite curious to try (I’ve been pretty anti-TMAG in the past, but am warming up to them).

    I still don’t get the people who get all upset about their release schedule. If you want a product that is going to be “new” for two years then definitely buy something else, but I don’t buy a product for that reason. I buy one that works for me and that I like the look/feel/performance of. Right now that is my Titleist 913 D3. If they came out with a 914 tomorrow it honestly wouldn’t bother me a bit as I love my 913 and it was the right choice for me at the time. Who cares if they come out with something new after the fact.

  18. richie

    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    here we go again another TM driver they hurt the consumer Pay $300.00 plus & yr. or 2 later go to trade it in or upgrade & the club is worthless because TM has come out with 3 or 5 since then. I will not buy TM driver Never… Plus hit the Ping much Better

  19. Jeff

    Jul 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    So, Mizuno and the MacGregor MacTec had a baby?

  20. lloyd duffield

    Jul 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm


  21. Flush (yes the toilet, not your 3 iron)

    Jul 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Was this a contest I missed? Lets see who can lead TMAG down the road to sports authority? They are really losing it….I’m sorry but titleist, ping are doing things right, while not pissing off there customers with a new gimmick every 6 months. This is hideous, and I could not see a tour player playing this driver. All just my opinion, but I hope the adjustability fad goes away real soon. I’m down with adapters to change shafts easily for fitting purposes (still don’t like bulky hosel, but ill take glued drivers again over this Optimus prime looking gimmick. I thought they were going right direction offering black r1, but this is hideous. I’d be embarrassed to unplug the charger for the headcover warmer, and pull out this pile of high speed engineering to get some mid season sales. FAIL

    • Jeff

      Jul 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      “This is hideous, and I could not see a tour player playing this driver.”

      then look at the pictures–there are two hitting this driver homee.

    • NG

      Jul 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Seriously, step out of the 90’s already!

  22. Chris

    Jul 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I played both versions of this driver produced by Mizuno and found both to be in the top five of their contemporaries. I moved on in my perpetual quest for distance. The one thing I did experience in the Mizuno versions was a tendency to balloon. TMs face forward placement of the weights presents one with the hope of a better ball flight. If TM opts to utilize heavier weight than that used by Mizuno, perhaps even Tom Wishon might concede the efficacy of this particular weight shifting approach.

  23. Mike

    Jul 9, 2013 at 8:51 am

    What you guys dont or do realize is that Taylor Made does not make a driver just because the guys or girls on here like it or dont like it, there are about 26 million more golfers out there besides us…It will sell just like every other driver they make, and plenty of you will complain about it to some extent or another…”White is awful” “i refuse to buy a white driver” that was 95% of comments on here 3 years ago and Taylor Made sold more woods than any other OEM could ever dream of selling and has done since…

    • dg7936

      Jul 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      The point is not whether these will sell. Evidently there are a sufficient number of gullible morons out there to keep TM in business. The issue is whether this driver represents a viable game improvement option for serious golfers or whether it’s a gimmicky mousetrap designed to look high-tech but with no real significant benefit, which seems to be the general consensus here.
      (IMHO Tm has gagged up their product line totally. But enough desperadoes think this new stuff helps. I thought Callaway was a heartless shill for overpriced junk but TM is just as bad).

  24. Sid

    Jul 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I love how Taylormade has made it easy for me to SMS text my mates witht eh driver I just bought. They are right into this shortening of names like Rocketballz into RBZ and now obviously Slider into SLDR… Or does SLDR stand for something???? Sell Lots to Dumb Retailbuyers

  25. John

    Jul 9, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Has GOLFWRX made anyone else hate taylormade and wish they would get out of golf?

  26. Steven Safran

    Jul 9, 2013 at 6:21 am

    The TP version comes with a remote control.

  27. ben

    Jul 9, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Can i buy a vowel? Seriously it cant cost that much for 2 extra letters.

  28. James Hamner

    Jul 9, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I think its funny that all these people are baggin on this driver when we all know when it comes out in a few months that 75% of them will have one in their bag hahaha cant wait.

  29. tyler brooke

    Jul 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    TM comes out with a driver everytime i take a dump. which is daily. enough already.

  30. Chris

    Jul 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Hey,Trailer-made! Does that slider go from zero to ugly?

  31. Crum

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Wow, what a gimmick piece of junk!!! The beginning of the end for taylormade.

    • Launcher

      Jul 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      The shark was jumped with the crown of the R1, this merely confirms it.

  32. Desmond

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I like the R1 — it’s cool and forward.

    This one looks like a Wal-Mart Special – old and tired.

  33. Jeff

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    The TP version has the fruit slicer option

  34. fairway fitter

    Jul 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    After all the bs I’ve put myself through, I’ve gone back to my r9 Super Tri and hit 11/14 fairways this past weekend. I hit the ball the same approx yardage I’ve hit it the past 12 years. I’ve played my buddies R1, Rocketballz Tour and Titleist 913 and must say the Super Tri is the right one for me

  35. Blanco

    Jul 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    The player$ and $ure to love it$ di$tance and sophi$ticated look$$$$$$

  36. Juan

    Jul 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    wow, That’s the ugliest driver I have ever seen in my life,they should have called it the frankenstein

  37. joe

    Jul 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    wondering why this isn’t white… have they completely got rid of the white drivers? Two in a row — becoming a trend? this is a lot like Mizuno’s but i guess its not a big deal as long as its longer and straighter than past models. Just another gimmick. Looks as though their design team really liked the crown design of the Puma/Cobra Amp Cell.

  38. Johnjohn

    Jul 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I have the mizuno 630, tech worked. As for Donald hitting tm driver, look how much tm pays him to do it. As I recall he is not the most accurate driver out there, so using him as an example for TM might not be a good one

  39. Steve

    Jul 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Oh….My….GAWWWWDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!! I gotta have one! If it only had an E9 Face, or a rotary adjustment! Never Mind. Gimme 2!

  40. Launcher

    Jul 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    WOW. I’m going long on Callaway stock after seeing this picture.

  41. c

    Jul 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Is it just me or does tm put out 3+ drivers every year. The average consumer must be so confused when they go to buy a driver. Last I checked the COR limit has been established so what could they have improved in the last ten drivers. I know you can change the colors and move weights around but honestly once I find a club I like I don’t mess with it.

    reminds of the auto industry when GM used to have roughly 100 different makes/models

  42. Joe Mama

    Jul 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I like it.

    It is a lot cleaner and much less busy-looking than the Swiss Army knife/chronograph R1.


    Jul 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    let me guess, it’s 17 yards longer?

  44. Tim

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Love the SLDR’s look and functionality!

  45. Shark

    Jul 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Some say mizuno already did it. Their right.
    Guess what? Mizuno wasn’t first either. It’s be done before.
    So now my point. Who cares!

    Whenever anyone sees a design of anything I hear some chime in with comments of others with similar design cues etc.
    So? so what? Nobody said this is revolutionary.
    Whether it works is all that matters. It may or may not. For most hackers it’s the swing… The indian… Not the arrow.
    But why all the “I’ve seen it before”.

    Tm is a marketing king. Hate em? Love em? They will market the heck out of it if it comes.

    Mizuno drivers? I don’t know a soul who uses them. Tm? Almost everyone I know has one.

    Luke Donald. Face of mizuno. But he don’t use their drivers…. So them having had it before. Means nothing.

    • Tim

      Jul 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      I think the complaint is, this is it? That’s all you got TM? Who cares that they are the King of marketing, I don’t care! Either you like this design or you don’t. If I don’t like it because its a copy of another design, why do you care? Why does that bother you?

  46. James

    Jul 8, 2013 at 11:40 am

    It looks like it might be a blue crown. Taylormade’s Facebook sent out colored photos.

  47. george

    Jul 8, 2013 at 11:31 am

    if its deep faced im all over it – just not in a white head –

  48. Doi

    Jul 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

    That “groove” is a velocity slot. Hahaha!

  49. Mat

    Jul 8, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I think the genius of this club is it will make no one better. Just imagine all the weekend duffers comparing what direction they think they need…

  50. tider992010

    Jul 8, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I Agree, looks like the Mizuno Driver with RBZ body. Nothing new under the sun!

  51. Matt

    Jul 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I think Mizuno had a better design a few years ago with the adjustable weight away from the clubface.

  52. Jon

    Jul 8, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’m waiting for the sound effects and blinking lights before I purchase one for my kid.

    • John

      Jul 9, 2013 at 7:28 am

      Seriously what I feel like when I hit my r11s

  53. Casey

    Jul 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I can’t wait for the SLDR LMNOP SuperLong New York Strip Model with skid plates to come out!!!

  54. graham

    Jul 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

    didnt mizuno come out with a driver similar to this a few years ago with the same concept?

    • Bill

      Jul 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Yes, Mizuno did and it failed miserably! I had a couple of Mizuno’s Trac Drivers and the concept was ok, just didn’t pan out for a competitive driver. Not surprized though that the company leading in market share for drivers is not satisfied with what they already have.

  55. michael

    Jul 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

    eghhh…not feeling it, maybe going overkill, this model cant be better than the R1, maybe a step up from the RBZ, i could see this driver being a dicks sporting goods only driver kind of like the burner there selling at there stores only.

    • Scratcher

      Oct 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

      try it! i have nothing but good to say about it! it out performs the R1 by a long shot!! Spin rate and trajectory are unmatched in the industry.

  56. JB

    Jul 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Glad I got the R1 this year so I don’t have to upgrade to that one next year!!!

  57. Kris

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:59 am


  58. Eugene

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

    r they kidding ..they have to be!

  59. Kris

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I like the idea. And love the idea of non-white TM drivers. My only concern is for the average hacker, that grove might collect dirt.

    • Gerald

      Jul 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      who hits the ground with a driver, if you do I have no comment…..

      • Chris

        Jul 10, 2013 at 11:26 am


      • driver-driver

        Jul 13, 2013 at 8:48 am

        i do when i stripe a 270 yard approach on a par 5 in two driver driver ya diggggg

        • Bob Baker

          Jul 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

          Agreed… Also how about this. You faded your drive into the trees on the right side. You have a swing but very low hanging branches and your only direction is 30 or 40 yards left. You’re 130 yds or more away. Usual play is 4I (if you have one)played back in your stance, but a much easier shot is a half swing with a driver especially if you cut off your follow through. Easiest shot in the world. I’m talking about a decent lie something that won’t do any damage. Ya gotta keep an open mind!!

        • Scratcher

          Oct 9, 2013 at 11:26 am

          if you need driver from 270 you shouldn’t admit it publicly! 3wd fade hop and stop is the play into a par 5, have fun stopping a driver of the deck on a postage stamp with water and bunkers around it.

  60. Todd

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Seriously? Kings of Gimmick Golf

    • happy

      Jul 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Mizuno had this gimmick several years ago.

      • yomomma

        Jul 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        the color scheme makes me think it is a Mizuno driver

      • Pete

        Jul 11, 2013 at 8:36 am

        My thoughts exactly. I smell a lawsuit.

  61. John

    Jul 8, 2013 at 9:40 am



    • Joe

      Jul 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

      My thoughts exactly. People need to go to range instead of their problems instead of their wrench!

    • David

      Jul 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      They call it the SLDR because that what you do with you’re credit card after you trade in you’re R1. Ha Ha

    • gary

      Jul 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      With all this new technology, I find no improvement on my drives. My old R-9 still does the job better.

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went



Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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Titleist AVX golf balls passed the test, are now available across the United States



Titleist’s AVX golf balls first came to retail as an experiment in three markets — Arizona, California and Florida — from October 2017 to January 2018. AVX (which stands for “Alternative to the V and X”) are three-piece golf balls made with urethane covers, and they’re made with a softer feel for more distance than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

After proving their worth to consumers, Titleist’s AVX golf balls are now available across the U.S. as of April 23, and they will sell for 47.99 per dozen (the same as Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls) in both white and optic yellow.

According to Michael Mahoney, the Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing for Titleist, the AVX is a member of the Pro V1 family. Here’s a basic understanding of the lineup:

  • AVX: Softest, lowest trajectory, lowest spinning, less greenside spin and longest
  • Pro V1x: Firmer than the Pro V1, highest spinning and highest trajectory
  • Pro V1: Sits between the V1x and the AVX in terms of feel, spin and trajectory, and will appeal to most golfers

Different from the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, the AVX golf balls have a new GRN41 thermoset cast urethane cover to help the golf balls achieve the softer feel. Also, they have high speed, low compression cores, a new high-flex casing layer, and a new dimple design/pattern.

For in-depth tech info on the new AVX golf balls, how they performed in the test markets, and who should play the AVX golf balls, listen to our podcast below with Michael Mahoney, or click here to listen on iTunes.

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Andrew Landry’s Winning WITB: 2018 Valero Texas Open



Driver: Ping G30 (9 degrees at 8.8 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue ATX65 TX
Length: 45.25 inches, tipped at 1 inch
Swing Weight: D3

3 Wood: Ping G (14.5 degrees at 15.15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75
Length: 43 inches, tipped 1 inch
Swing Weight: D2

5 Wood: Ping G (17.5 degrees at 17.75 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 85
Length: 42 inches
Swing Weight: D2

Irons: Ping iBlade (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105X
Swing Weight: D2

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F and 60-10S)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping PLD ZB-S
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 33 inches, 3 degrees, 3 degrees flat

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Full Cord

WITB Notes: Landry tweaked his iron lofts before the Valero; 1 degree weak in his 4 and 5 iron, and 0.5 degrees weak in his 6-PW.


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