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TaylorMade prototype irons spotted at The Memorial

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What we know: Select TaylorMade Staff Members were testing one-off, milled prototype irons from the company at the range of The Memorial. The irons had three slots: a “Speed Pocket” in the sole and two “Face Slots” that were positioned just outside the grooves on the club face.

What we don’t know: The club’s name, release date and potential construction (forged or cast). The irons appear to have a size and shape that’s similar to the company’s current RSi TP irons.

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TaylorMade’s prototype irons (left) and John Huh’s custom RocketBladez Tour irons.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the iron in our forum. 

 

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  1. dcorun

    Jun 12, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I play the TM RBZ Stage 2 Bonded driver and have for 2 years. I compare it to all the new ones that have come out since I bought it and it hasn’t been worth trading in yet. The Fly-Z and D200 came awful close though. I play the Cleveland 588 MT irons (1 1/2 yrs), a Cobra T-Rail+ Baffler hybrid (1 1/2 yrs) and a Ping Karsten TR PAL putter (1yr). My point is… who cares if TM and Callaway come out with new clubs every 3 months, just play what you like and feels right to you. Try them out against the new clubs and see if it’s time for a change but, like I said, who cares how many or how soon some companies come out with new clubs. No one is twisting arms to run out and buy them but, I do feel for the guy who just bought that new long distance driver to find out 3 months later that a new one just came out that’s even faster and longer. 🙂

  2. Christosterone

    Jun 7, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Like with all clubs, I see Ping influences….the s series in particular.

  3. tim

    Jun 5, 2015 at 11:28 am

    The “they release too many clubs” comments are so beyond stale at this point. And I’ not a TM guy either. I didn’t like the feel of the RSI’s or any iron with a slot, at least not yet.

  4. Graeme

    Jun 4, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Love the way people on here see a prototype and start hating on TM bringing out too many clubs too often. If it’s a prototype, good luck seeing it in any shops this year.
    Also, no one is making you buy it or even making you read this article. It’s not like people buy the newest range of clubs every time they are released. Plus it’s better for the buyer because the ‘older’ technology will drop in price with each new release.

  5. Sean Paul

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Love how people rip on Taylormade for coming out with new clubs “every four weeks” when Callaway does the same exact thing in addition to coming out with a new paint job for their putters every 4 months and marketing it as a whole new putter. Y’all just mad that Taylormade wins more tournaments than anyone else.

    • Jeff C

      Jun 3, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      What tournaments are you watching. TM isn’t even close to the #1 OEM winning the
      most tourny’s. Different winner every week.

      I really doubt you’re so poor you can’t pay attention………

    • mike

      Jun 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Last time I checked tm doesn’t win that many. Go back and check this years winners. Not many tm.

  6. Dan

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Mizuno MP-59 influence?

  7. Tom p

    Jun 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    All these haters that keep commenting on the frequency of release need to get over it and get a life. We would have 12 different models of they released every 4 weeks. They have released a new iron and a new wood every year since 2015.

    Go complain about phones and tvs and cars that get released every year. The Taylormade bashing is getting old. Some of us like to see what is coming out or a prototype.

    By the way if you are counting Callaway has released more than TaylorMade the last three years…might want to give them some hateraid too.

  8. Steve

    Jun 3, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Hard to make any judgements with the pics here. But sounds like the same old with the speed slots and a new 7 yards longer campaign.

  9. G

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Did TM actually say they were launching this iron? didn’t think so…hint for future, learn to read…

    • Lee

      Jun 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Hint for commenter, the title of this article says nothing about Taylormade “launching” anything.

      • Steven

        Jun 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm

        I agree. Reading is fundamental. Such a bias against TaylorMade these days. Jealous much?

        • mike

          Jun 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

          Jealously no, tired of the market being flooded with crap and over marketing more distance…… yes. Last time I checked the usga hasn’t changed the rules.

  10. moses

    Jun 3, 2015 at 2:12 am

    All good by me. Can’t wait for the RSi TP’s to come down to about $300

    • Lowell Madanes

      Jun 5, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Im on the same mind set…. Or should I say RSI TP/MC’s since they are very similar
      Go TMAG!!!

      • gabriel

        Jun 6, 2015 at 7:03 pm

        the mc are 599.99 right know AT GOLF TOWN

  11. Jengus

    Jun 3, 2015 at 2:05 am

    lel @ everyone

  12. golfprotj

    Jun 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    They change there line more often than some people change the underwear! J/k, lol/sorry T-Made fans, Complete joke, Any makes you wonder!!!

  13. Lee H.

    Jun 2, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Who cares if they put out a club every 6 months? If people are buying it, Taylormade will keep building it. If we, as consumers, don’t like the latest and greatest that seems to be coming out quite often from them, then we don’t buy it. If it ever gets to the point where Taylormade feels their marketing strategy is not working, then they will ease back. But until then, they will come out with as much new stuff as they feel is needed. We can choose to buy it or stick with what we got. The good thing about living in a democratic society is that no one is forcing us to do or buy anything that we don’t want to.

  14. Barack

    Jun 2, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I was getting worried, they haven’t put out a new club in a couple of weeks

  15. BigBoy

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    How long is this BS going to go on for by the manufacturers, they chop and change and go no-where….at least the Japanese forged boys produce something you can hit till they wear out and not give you a new model every 4 weeks.

  16. Winmac80

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Am I the only ones that feels weird of a mark on John Huh’s heel that could indicate a shank? maybe more than once? But RSi has been quite a solid iron and we should expect better irons from TM (and better price for RSi)

  17. chad ryan

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Yea looks like a slightly chunkier mp 15. Not bad though. Their “slots” kinda ruin their irons for me though.

  18. Sherwin

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    More new TaylorMade irons! What is up with their product cycles?

  19. RValdez

    Jun 2, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    If that is a tungsten weight behind the sweetspot it kind of reminds me of the Mizuno MP-59 with the TM/Adams slots.

    • Rip Torn

      Jun 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Or it’s a TITANIUM slab to move the weight distribution to the heel and toe like the MP-59 or MP-15.

      Yet another TM rip of Mizuno.

      It’s a bit thick looking but I like it.

    • MHendon

      Jun 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      That would be titanium not tungsten

    • StG

      Jun 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      You mean Titanium. Not tungsten. Titanium is light, so that helps to distribute the steel’s mass towards the heel and toe and also adds anti-vibration feel to the middle.

      • Richard Valdez

        Jun 2, 2015 at 11:29 pm

        My fault on that one. I forgot it was titanium.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What golf-related Father’s Day gift did you get?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from nuttinbutapeanut, who asked fellow members what golf-related gift they received for Father’s Day. Our members share what they received, as well as gave on Father’s Day.

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.

  • OSpreyCI: “PXG 0811x Driver. Thank you fam bam.”
  • Aviador Naval: “Two hours of time with my son hitting balls and practicing short game on a day with beautiful weather. As an empty nester, that is 1000x more valuable than anything material.”
  • Kingcat990: “Took the father in law golfing, and we posted some horrendous scores. Had a great time piling garbage on the scorecard.”
  • Gautama: “New golf shirt and shorts, and got a surprise treat in a tee time for the whole clan on a little executive 9 hole, par 33 course. First time we’ve done it…my wife, my two sons aged 22 and 18, and my two daughters aged 9 and 6. The whole course was crawling with groups like ours… Not the fastest round any of us have ever played, but very fun.”
  • granata10: “New ping hoofer golf bag. It was needed and wanted.”

Entire Thread: “What golf-related Father’s Day gift did you get?”

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Gary Woodland’s winning WITB: 2019 U.S. Open

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Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees set at 7)
Shaft: Accra RPG 472 M5+ (44.75 inches, tipped 2 inches)

3-wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5 degrees set at 13.6)
Shaft: Accra Tour ZX 4100 M5 (42.5 inches, tipped 2.5 inches)

Irons: Wilson Staff Model Blades (3-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 130 X shafts

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52-08F, 58-10S), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (64 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 125 X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT 2.0

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord Midsize

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

 

 

 

 

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Titleist T200, T300 iron seeding begins at Travelers Championship

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The last few weeks for Titleist have been very busy.

First, we had the new TS series of hybrids and aptly named U-Series utilities/long iron replacements, then shortly after the T100s and new 620 MB and CB irons debuted. Now, to potentially round out the iron lineup we are seeing the T200 and T300s.

We can only speculate at the moment, but based on the rebranding across the line up, from the TS Hybrids to returning to using “600” to identify iron models, I feel confident that this “T” series name will be the replacement for the AP line (RIP Titleist AP Series, you had a great run).

This simple name change makes a lot of sense for a number of reasons when you consider how other OEMs generally identify models: in sequence going from the most players club to the most forgiving. The AP had this with the AP1 and AP2, but with the introduction of the AP3, it was from all accounts (what I have heard through friends across retail channels in the industry) a confusing club for consumers to understand where it fits in the lineup, since the AP1 is still the most player friendly. We have to remember that not all golfers are as continuously up to date like the readers here at GolfWRX!

These types of rebranding decisions are never made in haste by OEMs since it can have lasting effects on naming down the line, but with this refresh, I think it will help consumers understand what model is right for them and make it easier for fitters to help explain too.

The above image is a perfect representation that shows a widening sole from the T100 – 300 along with an ever-increasing depth to the cavity.

We don’t have any tech specs for the new models yet but there are a few little nuggets we can speculate on from the provided images

  • Multi-material: This was a staple in the AP line since its introduction and with the ability to increase MOI without physically increasing the size of the club. It would appear the new T series will offer varying versions of this to create the best fit
  • Easy to blend: Similar appearances and close in looks (as a whole), these sets should be prime candidates for building combo sets
  • Cast?: First images of the 620s and T100 all had “Forged” on the hosels, but that is noticeably absent from the hosels of the T200 and T300s. With multi-material construction and different polymers and elastomers, a “great” feeling clubs doesn’t have to be forged (we’ve debunked that myth a LONG time ago). Plus, if face inserts are used to help create higher MOI and ball speed who cares how they do it? I know I don’t!

Heres the big one: Mi-Max Impact technology?!?! Yeah I don’t know what it means either, but considering every tiny detail of every club goes through so many design renderings before seeing the light of day, for Titleist to put this in writing on the back of the T200 (in what looking like the bottom of a bullet) means it’s going to be a big part of the story. We also see this Mi on the back of the T300 too, on what I can only assume is part of the vibration dampening system.

Titleist pushed the envelope, with the CNCPT series, in materials, construction, and cost, and like all things technology, the longer it’s available the less expensive it becomes to mass manufacture. Will part of what makes the series so good be making its way into the new T200 and T300 irons and more readily available? Not sure just yet. But when we do know we will be sure to let you know too.

Titleist T200 7-iron

Titleist T300 7-iron

Check out more in-hand photos below.

 

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