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Donald bags new Mizuno T7 wedges at Open Championship

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Sure, he finished T43, but there was still plenty of excitement around Luke Donald’s play at the 145th Open Championship. The former No. 1-ranked golfer in the world was using Mizuno’s new T7 wedges at Royal Troon.

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Photo from Mizuno’s Facebook Page.

Mizuno hasn’t released other details about the wedges, but it’s clear from the engraving on their hosels that they’re forged from the company’s 1025E Boron material, which Mizuno says is 30 percent stronger than the 1025E carbon steel used in its current S5 wedges.

In recent launches, Mizuno has been incorporating its boron material into its cavity-back iron designs, and boron-forged T7 wedges would mark the first time the company used boron in one of its wedge models.

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Photo from Mizuno’s Facebook Page.

In the past, Mizuno’s T-line of wedges such as the MP-T5 (released in 2014) have used the company’s “teardrop” head shape, whereas S models such as the S5 (released in 2015) have used the company’s “silhouette,” or rounded shape. Expect the tradition to continue with the T7.

In other Mizuno-related news, the company had its new JPX-900 driver added to the USGA Conforming Club List last week.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. kev

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    dang. that blue one has got to be the bestest looking wedge ever

  2. Christian

    Jul 21, 2016 at 9:44 am

    “but there was still plenty of excitement around Luke Donald’s play at the 145th Open Championship.”

    No, there wasn’t. I didn’t hear about anybody getting excited about Donald using new wedges.

  3. Philip

    Jul 18, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Then where does one go for soft wedges that can be easily bent at home – I suspect these may be as hard as anyones else’s wedges. Great for the grooves though.

    • Jack

      Jul 19, 2016 at 4:33 am

      Good point on the grooves. Hopefully it’s not just marketing speak. But then are the savings on wedges offset by balls that need replacing every hole?

      • Uno

        Jul 19, 2016 at 12:29 pm

        Just get the Bridgestone with that self-repairing cover

    • sumsum

      Jul 20, 2016 at 9:06 am

      all mizuno clubs especially forged are crazy soft and easy to bend… why would this be different?

      • Brian

        Jul 20, 2016 at 11:06 am

        Yeah. My JPX850 Forged irons didn’t seem to be any problem for my fitter to bend. Should be the same story here. And as someone with the blue ion S5…these are my upgrades when I wear mine out. Pretty clubs.

        • BD57

          Jul 24, 2016 at 6:17 pm

          Question about the 850’s . . . . “how easy”?

          Where I live, I get stuck with mats for practicing on too many occasions. Past history, mats knock forged irons out of whack in a hurry – – – do the 850’s bend as easy as regular forged or are they more likely to hold loft / lie?

  4. JustTrying2BAwesome

    Jul 18, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    That’s the McSexy right there.

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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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