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TaylorMade Tour Prototype Golf Ball — Project 5

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TaylorMade has started its prototype process for a new tour ball, calling it ‘Project 5’ for now.

This is the tour prototype golf ball that TaylorMade Golf Tour Staff Professional Justin Rose put into play at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Prior to the start of the tourney at TPC Boston, Dean Snell, TaylorMade VP of Research and Development was on-site to test the new prototype ball. Rose put the new ball in play for 9 holes and was longer that the current model he was using.

Rose said, “This is what I’m looking for. Balls are staying on line so much better and carrying out longer.”

He liked it so much, he asked if he could play that week in Boston.  He played 18 holes in the Pro-Am with the ‘Project 5’ and came back to Dean and said “I don’t how you did it, but outstanding work.”

Dean says “This is the first time in 24 years on tour for me that a player wanted to play a new ball that same day as proto testing.  I called the plant, had 4 dozen overnighted and brought them back to him Thursday for the start of the tourney.”

We’ll have to see what the ball is called when it comes to production. Of course the TaylorMade prototype ball can’y just be put into play without USGA approval first, so this has likely been in development for a while. Some screen grabs from the USGA’s approved list are attached.

What do you think, current Penta and Non-Penta users?  Click here to discuss in the GolfWRX forums.

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Rob is a golf junkie that has been involved with GolfWRX since its inception in 2005. From designing headcovers, to creating logos to authoring articles to social media management to sales and marketing, Rob has done it all. Born and bred in NJ. Favorite golfers: Phil, Freddie. Favorite club: Driver.

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  1. mike

    Dec 22, 2012 at 12:11 am

    OK, I got up enough nerve to use the ball Darren Clarke’s caddie gave me. I didn’t pull it out my bag until the 16th hole because I was spraying my drives all day on a course that has a lot of trouble off the tee. I tee’d it up on a short par 4 with no water trouble. I usually hit my drives with around 230 yds of fly with little to no roll out. The tee shot flew out about 240 with no roll because of the terrain. Very soft coming off the club face. Hit a PW to 6 feet from the pin. Stuck like a dart to the green. Made my straight uphill putt for bird. Both the wedge and the putt very soft off the club face. Put the ball away for 17, because I usually block my drives into the jungle on that hole, which I did again. Took it out again on 18. long par 5. Ripped my drive about 270 with good roll out. Didin’t cautch my 3-wood clean and ending up in a bunker 110 from the green. Hit the green with a 9-iron on and sunk an 80-foot putt for bird. Used the ball on 2 holes and got my only 2 birdies that day. I wish I had a dozen of these balls so I could play a full round with them. Makes me wonder if what you hear is true that golf equipment manufacturers make one set of products for pros and another for us ameteurs.

  2. mike

    Dec 10, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Darren Clarke’s caddie gave me a Project 5 ball yesterday at the Thailand Golf Championship where I marshalled the 3-ball he was in. Darren was obviously playing this ball that day. He was just as long off the tee as Hunter Mahan and Chapchai Nirat at over 300 yds. These 2 guys are 10+ years his junior. I’m going to play a round with it soon and I’ll post my opinion of the ball. The dimpling pattern is almost identical to the Titleist ProV1x but the ridges around the dimples are a little crisper.

  3. Johnny

    Oct 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Looks like Callaway Hex Golf Ball Pattern.

  4. Andrew

    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I have this golf ball. Justin gave me one. Its pretty sick

  5. Elliott

    Oct 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Looking forward to winning golf tournaments with it.

  6. Danny

    Sep 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

    cant wait to game this ball!!!

  7. Brody

    Sep 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

    This is to be the “Rocket Fuel”, right?

  8. mmontisano

    Sep 6, 2012 at 1:12 am

    finally a seamless ball from TM!

  9. Mike

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    or maybe the Royal Plus 6 from eons ago!

  10. Homer

    Sep 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Looks like Callaway’s Hex Black Tour

  11. Bryan

    Sep 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Blah blah blah… 3 months repeat story.

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Grayson Murry WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge (1/16/18).

Driver: Ping G400 MAX (9.0 Degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD TP-7TX

5 Wood: Ping G400 (17.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue CK 80TX

Irons: Srixon Z U75 (3 and 4 iron), Srixon Z945 (5-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Cleveland Rotex 2.0 (52, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Putter: Odyssey Works Versa Tank #1
Grip: SuperStroke 2.0 XL

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Murry’s clubs.

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Bushnell’s new Hybrid rangefinder features both laser and GPS technology

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With PGA Merchandise Show week upon us, the releases are coming fast and furious. This extends to the rangefinder space, where Bushnell debuts its new Hybrid model. The Hybrid combines both laser and GPS technologies (hence the name).

The Hybrid displays lasered distances to the flagstick, then relies on GPS for front-and back-of-the-green yardages.

“Hybrid provides golfers more information than ever before. The two technologies ‘talk’ so that the golfer sees the front and back distances of the green in relation to the pin that is targeted with unmatched accuracy by the laser,” said John DeCastro, Bushnell Golf Product Lane Director. “

The Hybrid also features Dual Power Technology to support the multi-function rangefinder. A CR2 battery powers the laser, and a USB rechargeable lithium ion battery powers the GPS.

Additional features

• PinSeeker w/ JOLT Technology
• Accurate to 1 yard
• 5X Magnification
• Ranges 400 yards to a Flag
• Fast Focus System
• Stable-Grip Technology
• Tournament Legal

GPS features

• Exterior Front/Center/Back Readouts
• Up to 4 hazard distances per hole
• Bluetooth for auto course updates
• Auto course recognition
• Auto hole advance

The Hybrid will be available at Bushnell Golf retailers nationwide beginning in April. Retail price is $399.99.

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5 things you need to know about Titleist’s new Vokey SM7 wedges

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We first spotted Titleist’s new Vokey SM7 wedges on Tour all the way back in October, and many of the big name Titleist staffers have already made the switch (Titleist reports that over 100 Tour pros are currently using the SM7 wedges). For many pros actually, they switched so long ago that it’s now a distant memory.

That being said, since October, the public has been in the dark about technology, the new designs, the new “D-grind,” release dates and pricing. The wait is over, as Titleist has finally announced the launch of its new SM7 wedges.

Read below for the 5 major things you need to know about Titleist’s new SM7 wedges, and see what GolfWRX members are saying about them in our forums.

The CG shift continues

A 46-degree F grind: SM6 (left) vs. SM7

With its Bob-Vokey-designed SM6 wedges, Titleist introduced a progressive center of gravity (CG) design throughout the set, which was visible by the curvature on the back cavity of the wedges. That meant in the lower-lofted wedges, CG was lower in the club head to increase ball speed and produce a more iron-like ball flight, while the CG in the higher-lofted wedges was placed higher in the club head in order to increase spin and lower ball flight, providing greater control around the greens. These CG locations were also meant to be placed in the area that golfers struck at impact — a bit lower on the club head in the lower lofts, and higher on the higher lofts — for a better feel.

Titleist says it didn’t go far enough with the CG shift, however. So with the new SM7 wedges, CG is even higher in the high-lofted wedges, and even lower in the low-lofted wedges. That will mean more spin with the sand and lob wedges compared to the SM6 wedges, and more ball speed with the pitching and gap wedges.

More spin… in some

With the new SM7 wedges, Titleist is reporting up to a 100 rpm increase in spin due to tighter tolerances with its Spin Milled machining process… but only with the plated wedges (Tour Chrome and Brushed Steel), as opposed to the Jet Black raw wedge. The new black finish has gotten even blacker with black paint fills and graphics, but the grooves in the black wedges do not utilize the spin-increasing, groove-cutting process.

Like Vokey wedges of the past, a proprietary heat treatment is applied to each of the wedges to increase durability and spin throughout the lifetime of the wedge.

The new D-grind

Along with the familiar F, S, M, K and L grinds, Titleist has a new D-grind in its SM7 line. Titleist says the “D” relates to the nomenclature of the “TVD” grinds of the past. More specifically, Titleist says this grind is a mix between the grinds of its previous TVD-M wedge and the SM4 58-12 wedge.

The D-grind has a high measured bounce, but also has a crescent-shaped grind to offer the player greater versatility (open-faced shots, different shots around the green, etc.). Think of the D-grind as a hybrid between the high-bounce K grind and the versatile M Grind — you get the benefits of higher bounce, with the versatility of a crescent-shaped sole.

Titleist says the D-grind was modeled after the most popular custom grind that Aaron Dill (Titleist’s PGA Tour rep and wedge maker) would grind for his Tour players each week. Now, it’s a stock option for the consumer in the 58 and 60 degree options.

Fitting expansion

What’s the point of having a bunch of grinds and bounce options if you don’t get fit, or at least try them out first before you buy?

Titleist has long stressed the importance of fitting for the serious golfer, and it says the short game is an area that can see rapid improvement in a short time. As such, the company is expanding fitting availabilities for consumers as part of the SM7 wedge launch.

In 2018, Titleist’s Vokey Scoring Kit — which includes 13 different wedges with different grinds and a shag bag full of Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls — will be available at over 1400 facilities. The company will also be running over 5,000 events, with access to a trained Titleist fitter, so golfers can get dialed in with the correct wedges. Lookout for events and “Titleist Thursdays” near you to get fit for Vokey SM7 wedges.

Pros are switching in droves

Titleist staffers Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson, Brian Harman and Andrew “Beef” Johnston have already switched into the SM7 wedges. If you want to know what specific wedges they each switched into, with thoughts from Aarol Dill about why each of them switched, click here.

Also Patton Kizzire recently won the 2018 Sony Open using three SM7 wedges. Click here for his specs.

Release Date and Pricing

Titleist’s new SM7 wedges, available in three different finishes and in 23 different loft-grind-bounce options, will hit stores on March 9, selling for $149 each. They can also be customized for specs and personalization on the Vokey website.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the wedges in our forums

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