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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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Fujikura launches new Pro 2.0 and Pro 2.0 Tour Spec shafts

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Fujikura has announced the launch of the second generation of its Pro series shafts: the Pro 2.0.

The first iteration of the Pro shafts were designed with a soft handle section to aid in loading. The Pro 2.0 presents an even more effective loading zone, according to the company, which also says torsional stiffness is 14 percent greater in the 2.0.

“Like all of our shafts, the Pro 2.0 has been designed utilizing enso, a 3D motion-capture technology that no one else in the shaft industry has,” said Alex Dee, Vice President at Fujikura Composites America.

“This technology and advanced data analytics has allowed us to crack the code on how club performance and ball flight are affected by shaft characteristics and swing type. When we compared to the original Pro, we saw the 2.0 was significantly easier to swing, had tighter shot dispersion, and lower spin to deliver the club head with more power, control and distance. We were thrilled with the result.”

The Pro 2.0 is painted “Destroyer Grey” with a metallic blue design in line with the original Pro shaft. The Tour Spec model is painted “Tour Spec White.”

The shafts will be available in weight ranges from 57 to 87 grams (5, 6, 7, 8) and in flexes starting at R2 up to X. $225 MSRP; $250 for the Tour Spec model. Hybrid option available for $140.

Available at over 600 qualified Fujikura charter dealers beginning February 1. Full specs at Fujikura.com.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Pro 2.0 in the forums.

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Fred Couples signs with Bettinardi, will continue to use FCB putter

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Fred Couples has been using his namesake Bettinardi putter, the FCB (Fred Couples Blade), for the past four years. Now, he’s officially joining Bettinardi’s Tour staff.

Couples, who has won 15 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times on the PGA Tour Champions, will putt exclusively with the company’s flatsticks.

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“I’m really looking forward to representing Bettinardi and its beautiful range of hand-made putters, as they always give me great confidence when I’m standing over putts,” said Fred. “Having won 5 times already with a Bettinardi putter, there’s nothing I’d rather be putting with.

Couples averaged 1.70 putts per hole when playing in 12 events with the Bettinardi wand last year.

“Having Fred Couples join our Tour staff is a massive endorsement for Bettinardi Golf,” said founder Robert Bettinardi. “We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to our growing Tour staff. I’m sure he will prove to be a great ambassador for our brand, as he attracts huge crowds and media attention wherever he plays.”

Here’s a look at Boom Boom’s FCB putter.

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Odyssey’s new EXO 2-Ball, Works Red and Black, and Toulon putters

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There’s one thing Odyssey has never struggled with: giving golfers options. Today, the company launched a trunk-full of new putters, including eight Works Red and Black putters, Toulon Atlanta and Portland models, and an Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter that gives the classic 2-ball design a very new, and premium look.

Most of the new putters, actually, are mallets. More specifically, they are mallets that Odyssey says feel like blade putters; that’s because they’re made with toe hang (like a blade putter) rather than face-balanced designs of typical mallets. Toe hang frees up the face of a putter to open and close, a stroke-style that many golfers employ — amateurs and pros alike.

According to Austie Rollinson, chief designer of Odyssey, there’s been a trend of blade users on Tour switching into mallets because of this toe hang, and that will continue to happen. Odyssey says that of the PGA Tour wins last year, 29 winners used mallets — 14 of those were mallets with toe hang — while there were 20 blade winners. Also, of the top-50 in Strokes Gained: Putting, 31 players used mallets, 13 of which were toe-hang mallets, and 19 players used blades.

Therefore, many of the new putters from Odyssey are toe-hang mallets. Check out all of the new putters below, with info on design, pricing and release dates.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new putters here

Odyssey Works Red and Black putters

 

The new Works Red and Black putters — adding on to the line of putters released in 2017 — continue to use microhinge face inserts that are designed to “grab” the ball to impart more topspin on the golf ball to get it rolling faster. The new offerings launched today include a No. 1 Wide S, No. 1 Tank, No. 7 Tank, 2-Ball Fang, Marxman, Marxman S, Jailbird Mini and Jailbird Mini S.

They will sell for $199 with a standard Winn AVS midsize pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke grip starting on February 23.

See more photos and join the discussion about the Works Red and Black putters here.

Odyssey EXO 2-Ball

The new EXO 2-Ball, made with Rose Gold PVD, is a premium version of the iconic 2-ball shape. It’s CNC-milled with a microhinge insert, has an aluminum crown with a steel sole plate and Tungsten in the rear portion of the head. The EXO 2-ball also has black circles instead of the familiar white color for which 2-balls are known.

According to Odyssey, it’s a “statement product,” and it will only sell 5,000 of these putters globally. They will sell for $499.99 starting on February 2.

Odyssey says: “Our new Odyssey EXO 2-Ball is a premium limited edition putter unlike any we’ve ever offered. It combines one of the game’s most innovative and iconic putter designs with top-notch materials and meticulous production to create something truly special.”

Toulon Atlanta and Portland

Odyssey’s premium putter brand continues dipping its toes in the mallet style with its new mid-mallet Atlanta and Portland models. They have gunmetal finishes and are 100-percent milled from soft, 303 stainless steel. They also have Toulon’s familiar diamond-milled faces for improved roll.

The Atlanta and Portland models will sell for $399.99 apiece and hit retail on February 2.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Toulon Atlanta putter here

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