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The Anser driver with adjustable loft offers you the ability to fine-tune your trajectory through a combination of loft adjustment and shaft selection. We call this Trajectory Tuning™ Technology. Using a PING wrench to loosen the clubhead and adjust the loft, you can easily add or subtract 1/2º of loft to the standard 8.5º, 9.5º, 10.5º and 12º settings. Choose from four distinct high-performance shafts: our TCF 800D, Alidla’s Phenom 50, Fujikura’s Blur Red 005 and Mitsubishi Rayon’s Diamana ‘Ahina 70.

Trajectory Tuning Technology in the adjustable Anser driver enables you to optimize launch conditions through a combination of loft adjustment and shaft selection.

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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. Patti

    Sep 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Great review, very good explanation.

  2. Adam

    Sep 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    .5* is not enough to justify the $100 increase.

  3. chris

    Sep 15, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Well done review!

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Tiger Woods testing TaylorMade M3 driver, still gaming TGR irons

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As there’s a 1,000,000 percent chance you’re already aware, Tiger Woods returns to official PGA Tour action at the Farmers Insurance Open this week.

Also not shocking: Woods will be using 14 golf clubs this week in his pursuit of the lowest score. So, what’s in the 14-time major champion’s Monster Energy bag? Well, a lot of what was in there for the Hero World Challenge in December.

Woods still looks to be gaming the 2017 M1 3-wood. Likewise, he still has the TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI, and the same TGR blades made by Nike. It looks as though he has the same Nike VR Pro wedges, as well, and of course, his old Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner has made a switch in the driver department, however, or so his early-week testing suggests. Woods was spotted with an 8.5-degree TaylorMade M3 with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX shaft. I guess Tiger is fan of the Twist Face?

Below is a sampling of our shots of Tiger’s weaponry, and check out all our photos of Tiger Woods on the range here.

Check out all our photos of Tiger Woods on the range.

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Odyssey’s new EXO Indianapolis, Seven and Rossie putters (2018 PGA Show Demo Day)

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Along with the multitude of putters that Odyssey recently launched, the company had three new putters on its putting green at the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day in Orlando.

They’re called the EXO putters — at $299 they’re more affordable than the $500 Odyssey EXO 2-Ball — and the whole idea is to create a line of putters that has the ultimate in forgiveness. But that forgiveness is created by not only shifting weight toward the perimeter, but also by making center of gravity (CG) shallower in the club head, according to chief-designer at Odyssey, Austie Rollinson.

Here’s everything you need to know about the EXO putters, as described by Austie himself.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day here.

The high-MOI, but shallow-CG design

Austie says: “The whole idea behind the EXO putters is to create high-MOI designs. The center section being aluminum takes all that weight out to redistribute weight into the perimeter. So the No. Seven (EXO) compared to the regular No. 7 is about 50 percent more inertia. That really gives you a lot of forgiveness on off-center hits. We got a new insert in it, as well: a White Hot Microhinge insert. It’s a firmer version of the standard microhinge. We got some feedback from the players that the standard microhinge has great performance, great roll, but it’s a little quiet, a little soft. So we wanted to get more sound. That’s why you see the bigger hinges on it, as well as a little firmer material… you get more sound out of it. But the key to it is that it’s designed to get more inertia for more forgiveness.

The other thing we’ve done, which we’ve learned through the years, is a lot of times you make something big, like in drivers, the CG gets deep because you make it bigger, and that actually hurts you for forgiveness. Even though the inertias big, if the CG gets too deep, actually the side angle goes up. So, on these designs we wanted to get the inertia big, but also the CG pretty shallow. A lot of these, the CG is about an inch to an inch-and-an-eighth deep. Versus some we’ve had are an inch-and-a-half to two inches.

Even though you have high inertia, you start losing forgiveness. That’s another thing we tried to engineer into these by using multiple materials is to control the center of gravity position and then enhance the MOI.”

A Toulon-like Indianapolis, a No. “Seven” and a bigger Rossie

Austie says: “The thing we changed from the Toulon (Indianapolis) is that we flipped the materials. On that one we had an aluminum face with a steel sole to try and get the CG low on that one. We flipped it (for the EXO) so it’s a steel front and an aluminum sole, and then some steel weights in the back. So the inertia is a little bit higher. The (Toulon) Indianapolis is already high, so (MOI) is about 5 percent higher, but the center of gravity is almost a half-inch shallower, so that really enhances forgiveness.”

“We’ve also brought the No. Seven design, which is one of our iconic shapes. And then the Rossie type shape. It’s a little bigger than the Rossie shape, but it’s reminiscent of that design.

So three really cool progressive shapes in (the EXO) line.”

Release dates and pricing

The EXO line of putters will be available in May, and they will sell for $299… a bit lower than the EXO 2-Ball that Odyssey recently released.

Austie says: “That one is (the EXO 2-Ball), we spared no expense to machine every part. It’s a very complicated shape. But, the result of that is a really cool, rich look. This one we wanted to make a bit more affordable. We know $500 is out of reach for a lot of golfers, but $299 is not that big a price. We’ve done a combination of casting and skim-milling on the bodies, then the tresses are all forged and machined. So that helps us make them a reasonably priced product. They’re not coming out until May.”

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day here.

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TaylorMade’s new P-790 UDI, Spider Interactive, copper TP putters and more (2018 PGA Show Demo Day)

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At the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day in Orlando, TaylorMade displayed a number of new products including a P-790 UDI 17-degree 2 iron, an extended Spider Tour putter lineup — including new Spider models, Spider “Interactive” putters and Spider ARC putters — and the new Hi-Toe wedges officially launch.

Check out photos and info regarding each of the products below.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day here.

P-790 UDI 2-iron

The new P-790 UDI 2-iron has the same construction as TaylorMade’s P-790 irons, which have SpeedFoam between the face and body, but the UDI has a lower profile like the company’s previous Tour Preferred UDI iron. TaylorMade says it plans to launch these to the public sometime in the future.

Spider Tour putters

TaylorMade’s ultra-popular Spider Tour Red putters are being released with five new sightlines and hosels options, including (with descriptions from TaylorMade):

  • No. 1 L-Neck: full sightline, 21-degree toe hang, full shaft offset (RH/LH)
  • No. 3 Small Slant: no sightline, 32-degree toe hang, half shaft offset (RH only)
  • No. 3 Small Slant: full sightline, 32-degree toe hang, half shaft offset (RH/LH)
  • No. 7 Double Bend: full sightline, face-balanced, half shaft offset (RH/LH)
  • No. 7 Center: full sightline, face-balanced, center-shaft (RH only)

The new Spider Black models include (with descriptions from TaylorMade):

  • No. 3 Small Slant: no sightline, 32-degree toe hang, half shaft offset (RH/LH)
  • No. 7 Double Bend: full sightline, face-balanced, half shaft offset (RH only)

Taylormade is also releasing a new Spider Tour Diamond Silver colorway in two models, as described by TaylorMade:

  • No. 1 L-Neck: full sightline, 21-degree toe hang, full shaft offset (RH/LH)
  • No. 7 Double Bend: full sightline, face-balanced, half shaft offset (RH/LH)

The new Spider Tour putters, which have 304 stainless steel frames, 6061 aluminum bodies and PureRoll face inserts, will be available in 33, 34 and 35 inch options, come stock with SuperStroke GTR 1.0 grips and black steel finish shafts. They hit retail on January 26 and will sell for $299.

Spider ARC

The Spider ARC, which was first spotted in Justin Rose’s bag at Augusta in 2017, is a full mallet that TaylorMade says is its highest MOI (moment of inertia, a measure of forgiveness) Spider putter, and it’s made for stability, alignment and a forward roll. It has a stainless steel “ring,” an aluminum body, and a Pure Roll insert.

Spider ARC Red and Spider ARC Silver putters will hit retail on February 4 for $299. They come in 33, 34 and 35-inch lengths, and come stock with SuperStroke GTR 1.0 grips and black finish steel shafts.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day here.

Spider Interactive

In conjunction with Blast Motion, TaylorMade’s new Spider interactive putters use chips in the butt-end of the SuperStroke grips that have accelerometers, magnetometers and gyroscopes in them to determine where the putter is in space at a given time. Coupled with the Spider Interactive app, the system offers feedback on stroke tempo, stroke speed, putter rotation, loft change and lie change. According to TaylorMade, a 0.6 back swing and 0.3 forward swing (a 2:1 ratio) is best.

The Spider Interactive putters can be USGA conforming (yellow chip) or non-conforming (white chip), and they will sell for $399 starting March 23.

Copper-colored TP Collection putters

TaylorMade is staying tight-lipped about these copper-colored TP Collection putters with red face inserts, but at the PGA Show Demo Day range, the company had them out in Soto, Mullen 2 and Ardmore 3 models.

Hi-Toe wedges

Taylormade’s Hi-Toe wedges, that have already been used by Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm to win tournaments, are coming to the public. They’re milled grind wedges with raised toe sections to raise CG (center of gravity) to produce a lower ball flight with more spin.

Made from 8620 carbon steel with aged-copper finishes and ZTP-17 grooves, the Hi-Toe wedges will be available in 58, 60 and 64 degree lofts (64 is right-hand only). They will come stock with KBS Hi-REV 2.0 115 gram shafts, Golf pride Tour Velvet burgundy 360 GEC grips, and will sell for $169 starting on March 2.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day here.

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