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Medicus Golf releases Kick X line of equipment, moves HQ

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Medicus Golf, the company known best for its popular training aids, has announced a new line of “Kick X” golf equipment that includes drivers, fairway woods, irons, putters and balls. The decision to enter the golf equipment marketplace coincides with the company’s decision to move all of its operations from Brunswick, Ohio, to the epicenter of the golf equipment industry, Vista, Calif.

“We have expanded our staff, infrastructure and facilities in California to accommodate our new product development plans and we felt it was important for all of our operations to be in Vista, the hub of the golf industry,” said former PGA Tour player Bob Koch, the company’s founder. “Having one location to serve the needs of our existing customers, as well as new ones, will be a win-win for everyone. The process of fulfilling orders will be streamlined. This is a major step in the evolution of Medicus Golf and I could not be more excited.”

Koch founded Medicus in 1986, and the company has since become a household name among golfers with its dual-hinge swing training clubs and instruction programs. The next step in helping golfers, Koch decided, was to build clubs that took the training onto the course.

“But we needed a new brand, so that players wouldn’t confuse the products with Medicus training devices,” Koch said. “So we formed Kick X Golf by Medicus, and brought Mark Adams on board to make it happen.”

Adams is the former vice president of research and development at Tommy Armour Golf. He and Koch said they designed the equipment line with larger, hotter sweetspots to “make it easier for people to play golf: to play it better, faster, and ultimately get maximum enjoyment out of the game.”

The Kick X Golf line features the Blast Driveway ($347.95), a versatile 12.5-degree club that is designed to be used as both a driver and fairway wood. It uses what Medicus calls Compression Cavity Technology to allow compression of the entire clubface at impact to increase distance.

The Tracker SRT (Sliding Response Technology) system found in the hybrid ($239.95) has the ability to eliminate hooks and slices by moving weights across the back of the head. The MA-9 irons promote a large sweet spot and improved feel, while being offered in both cast ($479.95) and forged models.

The Zball putters come in four designs ($167.95 to $229.95) and feature alignment technology that matches the company’s new TourZ balls. The TourZ balls also have a Metal Fuzion Core surrounded by a triple-layer cover to promote distance and feel.

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Will Peppler is a former member of the University of Manitoba golf team. Currently he is a graduate student studying kinesiology and neuroscience. In his spare time Will enjoys running, cycling, and of course golf.

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  1. Freddy

    May 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    The logo looks an awful lot like the Callaway X in their X2-hot series. Wonder if that will be some sort of patent infringement…

  2. Bill

    May 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Personally, I won’t ever buy a Medicus product again after they were dishonest with their add on products. I bought one thing from them and the next thing I knew, I was on the hook for hundreds of dollars of add on products. Not to mention, these clubs look like generic K Mart clubs. Can anyone say Voit?

  3. Curtis

    May 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Could you please tell them they can finally update there ancient commercials on Golf Channel! Thank you.

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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list

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As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

Mizuno JPX 919 Forged

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal

Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

Srixon “Z785” irons

 

Srixon “Z585” irons

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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