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TaylorMade launches TP putter line, enters the “classic” category



The putter category can be broken down into two general categories: “technical mallets” and “classic putters,” according to Bill Price, Director of Product at TaylorMade.

Technical mallets would include high-MOI (moment of inertia) performance-first putters — such as TaylorMade’s popular Itsby Bitsy, or its newest Spider Red Limited putters that Jason Day has popularized — that work to stabilize the putter head throughout the stroke, and have greater forgiveness on off-center strikes.


On the other hand, however, TaylorMade did not previously satisfy the needs of golfers searching for classic-looking, precision-made putters, according to Price. With its TP, or “Tour Preferred” line, TaylorMade will enter that category for the first time.

“Rolex and Breitling (watches) are classic designs that don’t change over time,” Price said. “This (classic) category is precision-based.”

The TP line features putters made of 303 stainless steel that are machine-milled to achieve the precision and classic look that Price says is crucial to the category.

“The toe hangs, sightlines, bumpers, they will all be perfect,” Price said. “In this category, you can’t have 90 percent (of the putter design and manufacturing) be perfect, it has to be 100 percent… there’s another guy out there making classic, precision putters, so we know we have to be perfect.”


Although the classic look and attention to detail are of top priority to Price and TaylorMade, the putters also have performance and feel benefits thanks to TaylorMade’s new PureRoll insert, which is inspired by the insert in Day’s Spider Limited Red. It’s made from 6061 aluminum — like PureRoll inserts of previous TaylorMade putters — but the filler between the grooves uses a softer polymer for a softer feel. The direction of the grooves, which each face 45 degrees downward, help impart higher launch and forward spin on the golf ball to get it rolling faster along the ground.

If your ball currently jumps and skids along the surface off the putter face, that may be because you’re not launching the ball high enough, or with too much backspin, or both. The PureRoll insert in the TP putters is designed to offset those issues.


Movable weights on the heel and toe of the soles control head weight, balance and feel.

TaylorMade will release four TP models — Juno, Soto, Mullen and Berwick — on December 1, and then two more models — Ardmore and Chaska — in April 2017. Each of the names are inspired from “areas, regions, and landmarks of some of the world’s greatest golf destinations and historic courses,” according to the company. More on those later.

The putters will be available in 33- (special order), 34- and 35-inch lengths, and will all sell for $199 with Lamkin’s Sink Rubber grip, or $219 with SuperStroke’s 1.0 GT Pistol grip.

Find out more about each putter offering below, and see what GolfWRX members are saying about the TP putters in our forums.


The Juno, which references Juno Beach — home of Seminole Golf Club in Florida — was put into play by Sergio Garcia at the 2016 Ryder Cup. It has squared-off and elongated contours with a single sightline on the top line, a plumber’s neck, and has 10-gram stock movable weights in the heel and toe that can be interchanged for customization.


The Soto, which is short for Sotogrande — home of the “Real Club de Sotogrande” — has shorter, rounder edges than the Juno. It has a plumber’s neck with a “scalloped” hosel for a lighter head weight, and also comes with 10-gram stock weights that are interchangeable.


The Mullen, which is a reference to Mullen, Nebraska, that’s home to Sand Hills Golf Club, has a compact mallet design with an “S” hosel, 38 degrees of toe hang, and two sightlines on the back cavity. It comes stock with 5-gram movable weights in the heel and toe of the sole.



The Berwick, which gives a shoutout to Scotland’s famed North Berwick Golf Club, has a more compact and rounded mallet shape than the Mullen, and has a “step-down” cavity. The single-bend hosel has 0.75 degrees of offset, creating face balance. It also comes stock with 5-gram interchangeable weights.

Ardmore and Chaska

Reminder: The Ardmore and Chaska models will not be available until April 2017.

The Ardmore, a name inspired by Merion Golf Club which is located in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, is a 355-gram mallet cast from 303 stainless steel. It has dual sighlines, a double-bend shaft with 0.75 degrees of offset, and is face-balanced with 3.5 degrees of loft.

The Chaska, which references the city in Minnesota where Hazeltine National Golf Club is located, is modeled after TaylorMade’s Corza Ghost. Unlike the rest of the TP line, the Chaska is made from aluminum zinc alloy, but like the Ardmore, the Chaska is face-balanced, with 0.75 degrees of offset.

Click for more photos, and see what GolfWRX members are saying about TaylorMade’s TP putters here.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.



  1. VanSEGA

    Jan 3, 2018 at 11:44 am

    You have the Mullen and Berwick mixed up I believe. Could be wrong but Mullen is the toe hang model with 2 lines. The aluminum tru roll insert is one of the best out there IMHO. DJ, Rahm, Rory and Hideki wouldn’t use it otherwise.

  2. Dylan

    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    TaylorMade is hoping that their TP logo still means something. It stopped meaning something the second you stopped using the badge the way it was designed to be used. These putters have appeal in the sense that they have a non-glare finish and the best insert TaylorMade ever made in it. The shapes are industry standard anser-style and mallets used by all the other manufacturers. At best these butters limp by as “usable” putters but I doubt their Tour players even touch them. Sorry TaylorMade you haven’t made a decent putter since Kia Ma.

    • richard patten

      Oct 21, 2016 at 12:17 am

      Taylor: Samo-o, same-o: A Taylor putter needs a distinctive, patented, priority look or feature and a solid feel-not like your thin, clanky Ghost blade.

  3. Dave r

    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Are you sure Scotty didn’t design these looks like something he would make only for Costco or Wally World .

  4. B. Parsons

    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Those TM weights look an awful lot like a Cameron CT weight.

    Insert = FAIL

  5. Will Skeat

    Oct 19, 2016 at 11:02 am

    re: “”If your ball currently jumps and skids along the surface off the putter face, that may be because you’re not launching the ball high enough, or with too much backspin, or both.

    It is physically impossible to put backspin on a ball while putting.

  6. ian

    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:35 am


  7. Taylor59

    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:31 am

    No roho??? boooo

  8. Mikko U

    Oct 19, 2016 at 3:34 am

    They look like Walmart Camerons to me. No thank you.

  9. cgasucks

    Oct 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    TM is still trying to find its place in the putter market…they did ok with their Rossa line and I thought their Kia Mia association was putting them in the right direction (whatever happened to that relationship?) and now this?

  10. TD

    Oct 18, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Classic TM is the old TP badge. Like on the Rac TP MB heads. Not that…

  11. NoDoubt Stout

    Oct 18, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    The Ardmore and Chaska look so good…

  12. Jnak97

    Oct 18, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    the top lines on the mallets look a little too thick for my taste, but the proof is in the putting. Let’ see how they perform come December!

  13. JGOLF

    Oct 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I respect what TaylorMade is trying to accomplish, but these putters, in my opinion, are ugly and cheap looking.

  14. Tp

    Oct 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Let the Putter Wars begin! Scotty Cameron take down here we come! Yeah!

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Whats in the Bag

Anirban Lahiri WITB 2020



  • WITB accurate as of January 2020

Driver (two models): Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees, D4 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 M.S.I. 60 TX


3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees, DS OptiFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 70 TX


5-wood: Ping G410 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX


Hybrid: PXG 0317 X (22 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi MMT UT 105 TX


Irons: Srixon Z 785 (4), Srixon Z 945 (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7  (50-12M)
*We were unable to photograph Lahiri’s other wedges

Putter: Toulon Design Austin Stroke Lab

Putter: OnOff Prototype


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A Deep Dive: The equipment timeline of David Duval, 1993-2001



Like Tiger, David Toms, and Fred Couples there are certain players that I have been obsessed with for years. If you go to my Instagram, you can see it in plain sight. When it comes to DD it was more than the what, it was the why, the how that sparked my curiosity. Let’s face it, in 2000 with the Mossimo gear, Oakley shades, jacked-up physique, and on Titleist staff, was there ever a cooler looking player?

No. There wasn’t or isn’t.

That’s where my interest in Larry Bobka came about. I saw David and Larry walking the fairways of Sahalee at the ’98 PGA Championship.

At the time, I was already knee-deep in David Duval fandom but that experience took me over the top. Bobka had a handful of clubs in his hands and would pass DD a 970 3-wood, Duval would give it a rip and the two would discuss while walking down the fairway. Of all my time watching live golf, I have never been so awestruck.

This is an homage to David’s equipment during his prime/healthy years on the PGA Tour. From his early days with Mizuno, into the Titleist days, and finally Nike.

1993-1995 Mizuno

*This was an interesting time for Duval from an equipment standpoint. The pattern of mixing sets to put together his bag began and it was the time he transitioned from persimmon (Wood Bros driver) into metal woods. It was also the beginning of his long relationship with Scotty Cameron, a relationship that still stands today.

What was in the bag

Driver: TaylorMade Tour Burner 8.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100 (*he also played with the Bubble XHKP Prototype)


King Cobra @14 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

TaylorMade Tour Issue Spoon @13  w/ Dynamic Gold X100


1993: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1994: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1995: (2,3) Mizuno TC-29, (4-PW) Mizuno TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Mizuno Pro (53, 58) with Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport (35 inches, 71 lie, 4 degrees of loft)

Ball: Titleist Tour Balata 100

Glove: Mizuno Pro

1996-2000 Titleist

The beginning of the Titleist years started off quietly. There wasn’t any new product launched and David wasn’t quite the star he would become 12-18 months later. However, it gave Titleist the opportunity to get to know DD and his overall preferences, which aren’t dramatic but certainly unique. He didn’t win in 1996 but did qualify for the Presidents Cup Team and finished that event off at 4-0. So the buzz was going in the right direction and his peers certainly took notice.

It was 1997 that things took off on all fronts and it was the year that Titleist made David Duval the face of the DCI brand and with that decision spawned the greatest cast players cavity ever: the 962B—and also equipped David Duval to go on a 3-year run that was surpassed by only Tiger Woods.

Hence the deep dive article I wrote up earlier this month

What was in the bag



TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype


TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

King Cobra Deep Face 9 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100, True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ Fujikura Prototype X


Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

1999: Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) @ 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

2000: Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X



King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100


King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100


Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

Callaway Steelhead 3+ @13 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Titleist 970 (Dark Grey Head) @13 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (only tested this one)


Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

Cobra Gravity Back 14.5T w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X



(2-PW) Titleist DD Blank Prototype w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

(2-PW) Titleist DCI Black “B” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

*This prototype set was a blank set of the DCI Black “B” but with sole modifications. 

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000: (2,3) Titleist DCI Black (4-PW) Titleist DCI 962B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

*David liked the original prototype version of DG Sensicore X100 that had weight removed from the center of shaft to create better feel and a slightly higher trajectory

24 Feb 2000: David Duval watches the ball after hitting it during the World Match-Play Championships at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport


1996: (52 @53, 58) Mizuno Pro, (56 @57) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1997: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG, (58) Titleist Bobka Grind, (57 @58) Cobra Trusty Rusty w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1998: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTGw/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1999: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

2000: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400


1996: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport 1 35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft, Scotty Cameron Long Slant Neck Laguna Custom (double welded neck)

1997: Odyssey Dual Force Rossie 2, Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

1998, 1999, 2000: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

2001: Nike Golf and The Open Championship

The relationship with Titleist Golf ended quickly and when David showed up to Kapalua with a non-Titleist stand bag the rumor mill went nuts. The story (although super speculative) was that David opted out in the middle of a $4.5 million per year deal with Acushnet, a lawsuit followed, but Davids’s stance was that he had a marquee player clause that allowed him to walk if he wasn’t “marquee” aka highest-paid.

Apparently he had a point, Acushnet had recently inked big deals with Davis Love and Phil Mickelson leading someone on the outside to do the math. However, I’m not an attorney, wasn’t there, and have no clue what the legality of any of it was. Point is, he walked and landed at Nike with a new head-to-toe contract. 



Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975E Prototype 8.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Nike Titanium w/ True Temper EI-70 II Tour X (pictured below)

Nike Titanium Prototype 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (featured image)


Callaway Steelhead Plus 4+ @15 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Nike Prototype @14 degrees w/ True Temper EI-70 Tour X

Sonartec/Excedo (SS-03 head) Driving Cavity @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X


(2-PW) Titleist 990B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

(2-PW) Nike Prototype “DD” Grind MB w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

(2) Titleist DCI Black w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)



(53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

(53,58) Nike DD Grind w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip


Over the years the one constant was David’s iron and wedge specs. As a shut-faced player he has always favored traditional lofts in his irons. However, a cool thing to note is his lie angles remained constant 59.5 (2-4), 60 (5-9). The running theory here was being a shallow (low hands) and shut faced player, keeping the lie angles at a constant (flatter) lie angle allowed him to feel like his angle of attack could remain the same for each iron. It’s just a feeling but that’s what he did. If the “why of it” is true, it looks like he was doing Bryson things before Bryson did.

David Duval Iron/Wedge Specs


  • 2-17/59.5/40.25/D5
  • 3-20.5/59.5/39 1/6/D4
  • 4-24/59.5/38 9/16/D4
  • 5-27/60/38 1/16/D4
  • 6-30.5/60/ 37 9/16/D4
  • 7-35/60/37 1/16/D4
  • 8-39/60/36 9/16/D4
  • 9-43/60/36 5/16/D4
  • P-47/61/36/ 1/16/D5
  • GW-53/62/35 5/8/D4
  • LW-58/62/35 9/16/D6

Whew…since this prolific run, David transitioned into some interesting projects with smaller companies like Scratch, B.I.G Golf (AKA Bio-engineered in Germany), back to the mainstream with Nike, and most currently Cobra Golf.

I hope you all enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me, Duval is not only fascinating from a career standpoint but digging into the equipment of DD has been quite the experience.

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“Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?” – GolfWRXers have their say



In our forums, our members have been discussing irons and how to hit your numbers consistently. WRXer ‘Hubb1e’, who is a 15 handicap, is having issues and says:

“I recently upgraded from 20 year old Taylor Made 360 irons to a set of custom-built Callaway Apex 19 Forged irons. Old irons were traditional cavity back. New irons are categorized as players distance irons. Both have the same fit.

My new 3 iron will go 230 yards or 130 yards and not even make it far enough to reach the fairway. My new 7 iron will typically go 160 yards but will often will fly 175 yards or drop out of the air at 120 yards. I can’t control the distances of my new irons, and I spent a fortune custom fitting them to my swing. Why is this happening? This was never an issue with my old irons. A bad hit would go 10-20% shorter, but I never had balls fly over the green or completely fall out of the air. What is going on with my new equipment?”

Our members offer up their solutions in our forum.

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.

  • ThreeBoxers: “Strike quality is your answer. Tech or no tech, irons will not have 50-yard distance discrepancies. Not super familiar with the Apex irons, but they’re pretty forgiving no? You might lose 10 yards on toe or heel strikes but 40, 50? You’re probably hitting it heavy. If they have a beveled edge, it may mask the feeling of hitting it fat a bit, but not the result. My Mizunos have a pretty aggressive front edge grind which helps a ton on heavy shots. It’s the difference between landing 15 yards short and 50 yards short. +1 on using foot spray to check impact.”
  • extrastiff: “It also would not hurt to check your swing speed. Even strike being terrible that’s a large discrepancy. Maybe your last build had a weight that helped you get consistent swing speed.”
  • WristySwing: “I would say inconsistent strike is the biggest issue. Now that can mean a couple of things. It could mean you, as in the person swinging, are not hitting the ball properly because of inconsistent delivery. The other option is the fit is bad, and it is causing you to be extremely inconsistent because you cannot feel the head. It might be a little bit of column A and column B. However, I would lean more towards column A in this scenario because even a horrifically misfit set someone could get used to it eventually and not have 100 yards of discrepancy in carry shot to shot. I’ve seen people who are playing 50g ladies flex irons with fat wide soles who are very shallow and swing a 6i 92mph still not have 100 yards of carry flux with their sets. If your miss is toe-side 9/10x that is because you are coming too far from the inside. When you get too stuck on the inside you typically stall and throw your arms at it. When you break your wrists (flip)/throw your arms at it you get a very inconsistent low point average that often manifests in extremely fat or thin strikes….typically fat since your squat and rotate is out of sync with your release. As others have said, get some impact tape/foot powder spray and see where you are actually making contact. Then if you can get on a video lesson and see what the issue is. As of right now, we can all only assume what is going on. If your low point control is good, you don’t get stuck, and you are hitting it in the middle of the head — then fit comes into question.”
  • larryd3: “I”d be on the phone to my fitter and setting up a time to go back in and see what’s going on with the irons. You shouldn’t be getting those types of results with a properly fit set of irons. When I got my fitting earlier this year at TrueSpec, the fitter, after watching me hit a bunch with my current irons, focused on increasing the spin on my irons, not on distance but on consistency. So far, they seem to be working well when I put a decent swing on them.”
  • fastnhappy: “One possibility that wouldn’t necessarily show up indoors is sole design and turf interaction. You may have a real problem with the newer clubs because of a sole design that doesn’t work for your swing. That’s hard to tell when hitting inside off a mat. If so, you’d see major distance inconsistency because of strike. The feedback I’ve seen on the players distance irons is exactly what you’re describing… difficult to control distance.”

Entire Thread: “Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?”

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