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Garcia, D. Johnson using TaylorMade prototype wedge

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Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia are using yet-to-be released TaylorMade R-Series wedges at the Northern Trust Open, a TaylorMade representative confirmed to GolfWRX.

So what are they?

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In early January, photos of the unreleased wedges leaked in our forum. They were shown in two different grinds, Tour Grind and ATV Grind, and have a new groove technology called “EF Spin Groove.”

According to sources, the EF Spin Groove is the most durable groove TaylorMade has ever produced. Johnson is using two R-Series wedges (56 and 60 degrees), and Garcia is using a 58-degree model.

More information on the wedges will be available in the coming weeks.

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  1. Connor

    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Vokeys

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    The rest

  2. Worm

    Feb 20, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    If I’m right. It’s called (Electroforming face)
    Nickel colbalt alloy face. Personally I’m not feeling it. Looks like them Z spin models they let out.

  3. FLIP

    Feb 20, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Just too busy man…..and I’m a TM wedge guy (I play tp rac wedges). This is a design/marketing flaw…there is no need for “R-Series” or “atv grind”….it’s a wedge….it should be simple….slap that tp logo where the taylormade logo is….maybe put the taylormade logo near the heel on the bottom edge or just on the hosel. Put the “R-series” & “atv grind” graphics on the plastic that protects the new metal. Idk…that’s just my opinion.

  4. MH

    Feb 20, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    First of all, I hate the TMaG bashing; this is an equipment website, so if it weren’t for TMaG and Callaway, we’d be awfully bored. That said, I won’t buy a TMaG club for the foreseeable future mostly because of their resale value. I realize a golf club isn’t a real investment but I’ve been burned enough dropping $100+ for one of their wedges only to turn around have them worth the same as a Vokey from 2008. Not an issue for those of you out there that aren’t ho’in, but this is GolfWRX…there’s ho’s in all of us.

    • Steve

      Feb 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      I have never bought or didn’t buy a golf club based on resale value. Just so foreign to me.

    • other paul

      Feb 20, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Please buy the club so that I can keep on buying them used later on for $100 ???? I could build a whole bag of last years clubs from the demo or used sale for under $800 if I felt the need. I would rather put that money into lessons right now….

      • Regis

        Feb 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm

        How much resale value can there be on a wedge? Nothing in golf loses value quicker than a wedge, especially if its been used in the sand. Secondly, how can so many people have opinions one way or the other based only on a photo of the back of the club? Personally in terms of wedges I’m a Mizuno guy but I wouldn’t dismiss any manufacturer based upon this information especially after watching Sergio and Dustin around those greens yesterday.

  5. RH

    Feb 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    If you cropped out the “R series, ATV design”) they would look much better.

  6. Teaj

    Feb 20, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    busy design on the back, I know this means nothing about performance but its much like eating, food that is appealing to your eyes will taste better.

    Much like the Jetspeed these seem like they will not appeal to the better players, strictly based off of how they look.

    • Rich

      Feb 20, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      Except that 2 tour guys have already got them in play………

      • Brian

        Feb 21, 2015 at 5:59 pm

        And how much are they paid for that?

        • Rich

          Feb 22, 2015 at 3:04 pm

          I don’t know but DJ hasn’t upgraded to the last two models of wedge that TMAG have released so there must be something good about this wedge.

        • Rich

          Feb 23, 2015 at 2:32 am

          On a side note did you see the spin DJ got from the cabbage on the 10th at Riviera today in the playoff? What a great shot! I’m sure it was with that new wedge.

          • Double Mocha Man

            Feb 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

            And did you see the short wedge he hit into the 17th, but it landed in a sand trap? He made bogey on an easy par 5. It cost him the tournament. Bottom line; it’s still the archer, not the arrow.

    • MHendon

      Feb 22, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      They look fine to me and no busier than my Vokey SM4’s

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New PXG putters”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases an array of new PXG putters. The flat-sticks have got our members talking, with the new look and weighting options proving to be popular amongst WRXers.

For lots more photos, check out the full thread here.

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.

  • nova6868: “These new putters look so much better than their first line.”
  • keto: “My eyes a popping out. I could roll most of those confident I would put a decent stroke on them. I haven’t checked $$, I imagine they are $$$$$, but I sure like the weighting options.”
  • chip75: “Look so much cleaner without the weights visible.”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New Mitsubishi AV shafts”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases new Mitsubishi AV shafts which have caught many of our member’s interest. While speaking in the thread, Mitsubishi Chemical shared some details to WRXers on what they can expect to see soon:

“We are working on bringing 2nd Gen Tensei product to market – this is the first week of PGA Tour testing.

Be sure to stay tuned for more information towards the beginning of 2020!”

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.

  • AdamStoutjesdyk: “I’m already a huge fan of the Pro White, I can’t wait to see how these look and perform in person!”
  • ForTourUseonly: “Please make an Orange!”

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Honma launches new XP-1 Series driver, fairway woods, and hybrids for 2020

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new 2020 Honma Driver

For 2020, Honma Golf is launching the all-new XP-1 line of clubs comprised of an entire family holistically designed to help players maximize forgiveness and get the most out of their games with one set. The new Honma XP-1 drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids, all the way to irons, is a new direction for the premium Japanese company that brings together ultimate craftsmanship with performance.

The highlight of the XP-1 line from Honma is the fact that they were designed from top to bottom to work as a comprehensive set of tool to achieve maximum performance. The technology in the metal woods flows from the driver to the hybrids with a seamless transition that creates consistency for feel and looks for the player.

Honma XP-1 driver

new 2020 Honma Driver

New 2020 Honma Golf Driver

Honma is known for its dedication to quality and craftsmanship, and every part of the XP-1 line was developed with the golfer in mind to both look appealing and perform to the highest standards. The XP-1 driver packs a lot of technology into a very classic looking club, and we’re here to take you under the hood—or in this case, the carbon fiber crown—to show you how it can help you hit better shots.

2020 Honma XP1 Driver toe

Honma XP-1 Driver Toe

It starts with a tour-inspired look from address, designed to inspire confidence for any level of golfer. Underneath ther gloss black crown, there is a lot of technology to generate faster ball speeds around the entire face and help get you dialed into the right setting. Speaking to the crown, it’s made from ET-40 fiber, making it one the lightest in golf. This weight savings helps engineers relocate an additional 15g of mass around the head towards the heel for increased MOI and greater ability to help players close the club face more easily.

Flip the driver upside down, and we have a lot more going on with the sole than initially meets the eye. Honma is introducing a new double slot in the sole for increased ball speed across a much larger area of the face. What starts off smaller in the middle increases in width and depth as it reaches towards the heel and the toe of the club. These slots, along with improved MOI, keep ball speeds up and misses closer to the intended target. The last part of the equation: How these wider parts of the face, flex around the more narrow middle to also increase gear effect—think of it like one more way to help the bigger misses stay in play.

New 2020 Honma Driver XP1

2020 Honma XP-1 Driver sole and shaft adjustment connection

The last piece key piece of technology in the XP-1 driver head is exclusive to Honma—the adjustable hosel that changes face angle, lie, and loft, but never changes the orientation of the shaft. This gives the player or fitter the ability to truly dial in hosel settings without having to worry about the constantly changing of the grip orientation. This, according to Honma, also keeps the shaft spine in the ideal location for consistent performance.

Honma 2020 xp1 driver shaft

Honmq Vizard 43g shaft

Honma is the only manufacturer that produces its own shafts from start to finish in house, and the XP-1 is getting its own custom-designed and built shafts to complement the technology built into the heads. The Vizard stock shafts are engineered to produce a smooth feel that promotes faster clubhead speeds, yet also remain extremely stable. For the XP-1 driver, the matching Vizard shafts will come in weights of 43g, 53g, and 63g, and flexes from senior to stiff.

Honma XP-1 fairway woods

The XP-1 woods bring the same level of craftsmanship and technology as the drivers to a club designed for use both off the tee and off the fairway.

New for 2020 Honma XP-1 Fairway wood

New for 2020 Honma XP-1 Fairway wood

The Honma XP-1 3-wood uses the same weight-saving ET-40 crown to position a large amount of the club’s total mass low and on the sole for greatest possible launch and spin consistency. The 3-wood is the second-lightest club in most players bags by total weight and head mass, and unless you are carrying a second driver, it’s also the second-largest by volume. By using the carbon crown designers get everything they can from the other technologies including the double slot sole and thin fast face without having to sacrifice the overall design of not just the head but the entire club.

New Honma XP-1 3 wood crown fairway

Honma XP-1 3 wood crown

The XP-1 fairways also include a 5  7-woods, but with the smaller volume of the heads and the reduced crown size, using a carbon crown would actually increase the mass higher in the head, so they instead utilize an extremely thin high strength steel crown.

New Honma 53g Vizard Fairway Shaft XP1

Honma 53g Vizard Fairway Shaft

All of the fairway woods come with the same made-in-Sakata, Japan 43g, 53g, and 63g Vizard shaft options as the driver to help every player get the most of each club in the set. If might seem like a minor detail, but being able to design an entire club in house from head to grip is a big advantage for Honma versus other OEMs. This holistic approach to designing an entire club/set is a big benefit to the consumer looking to get the most out of each club in their bag and not feel like something may be working against them.

Honma XP-1 hybrid

With the Honma XP-1 hybrid, forgiveness and flow from the fairway woods is the number one consideration for these club. The flow includes a wood-like shape that keeps the club shallow and the center of gravity as low as possible for higher launch and approach shots that fly higher and land softer. Considering the target player for the XP-1 line, the wood-like shape is also very confidence-inspiring.

New 2020 Honma XP1 hybrid

Honma XP-1 Hybrid

Honma continues the design philosophy of keeping the XP-1 both forgiving and fast by utilizing the double slot sole all the way into these hybrids that go from a 19-degree 3-iron replacement to a 25-degree 5-iron replacement.

Honma XP-1 specs & availability

The Honma XP-1 driver, fairway wood, and hybrids will be available starting in October.

New 2020 Honma XP1 Driver fairway hybrid specs

Honma XP-1 line club specs

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