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Enjoy our exclusive photos of the Triton, the driver design that was selected as the winner of the Golf Channel’s television show Driver vs. Driver presented by Wilson. The Triton was designed by Eric Sillies of Cincinnati, and will be sold at more than 1000 retailers for $449.99 beginning November 25.

5c2d384c63c3cb612e946afa1c71ac73The Triton uses what Wilson calls “1:1” Visible Swing Active technology, an alignment aid positioned on the top of the club head to help golfers aim and strike shots on the sweet spot more consistently. The driver also comes with two interchangeable sole plates, one made of titanium that weighs 22 grams and another made of carbon fiber that weighs 9 grams. Changing the sole plate allows golfers to make the club head heavier or lighter, depending on their needs.

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Three adjustable weights secure the sole plates to the driver head, and they also come in three different weights (2, 6 and 12 grams) to allow golfers to further customize head weight and trajectory bias. Five weights in all are included with the Triton (two 2-gram weights, two 6-gram weights and a 12-gram weight).

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The Triton also features an adjustable hosel, which gives golfers the flexibility to adjust the club to one of six settings that change the loft (+/- 1 degree) and allow golfers to choose either a standard or upright (draw) lie angle. Stock lofts are 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees.

Wilson_Driver_Vs_Driver_Winner_TritonThe Triton comes stock with two different shafts: Aldila’s Rogue Silver 125 MSI (S and X flexes) and Rogue Black 95 MSI (Senior and R flexes). Several other shafts are available at no upcharge. Pre-order the Triton from Wilson Staff. 

In the season finale of Driver vs. Driver, Sillies’ design was chosen over that of Gavin Wallin (Eagle Mountain, Utah), a veteran golf equipment designer whose driver was named “Pivot.” Sillies earned a cash prize of $500,000 for winning the 16-month competition, which was broadcast on Golf Channel over the last seven weeks. Watch the episodes.

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Sillies, 26, is a product designer by trade. He’s a graduate of the University of Cincinnati in the College of DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art and Planning), and had previous experience designing golf clubs as an intern for Dicks Sporting Goods, where he helped design the company’s 2012 Nickent golf club line.

Related: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Triton in our forum. 

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  3. Cwolf

    Dec 1, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Thing is brutal to look at. No thanks

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  5. RogerDodger

    Nov 26, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Dudes, it’s actually a legit driver. I tested it. Carbon plate with the heavier weight at the back like it comes stock like that. And it hits surprisingly great. But the Titanium plate is so loud! You switch it but man, that metal plate is loud. The Carbon one sound better and is more fun to hit like that. With the 125 MSi Rogue Silver X, it’s a really good set up. The price might throw people off because it’s a Wilson, but hey, this is how Wilson wants to chip away at the leaders. It’s legit better than the 917, which everybody knows just doesn’t fly. The Triton flies as good as M2, if not better, because the M2 is too light in the consumer version. So if you like to have a slightly more head feel, try this thing. You’d be surprised.

  6. Tisdale

    Nov 25, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    I’m scared to post because of what M Stuzzle might say about it

  7. Tim

    Nov 25, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Wilson should have re-signed John Daly as he was the best Driver sales man they ever had… seems they dropped him sometime after the British Open win..Would have been a great show if Daly would have smashed up a bunch of the prototypes and they designed one he could find the fairway well over 300 yards. With all the Daly fans still, Wilson would have sold enough drivers to pay him…

  8. RAT

    Nov 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Tried the Triton- noise was loud and somewhat pingy, loved the shaft selection, Hate the Skunk stripe it’s distracting at set up. I don’t understand the indention on top even without the stripe. The plate idea is for what ? something to lose or break ! I WANT THE PIVOT !! ITS BEST by just watching your show all thought the Pivot was best and it should be the winner. I don’t understand their thinking!

    • Ger

      Nov 24, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Clearly, you weren’t paying attention. At slower swing speeds, the Triton does better. You have to be a good player for the Triton, which is what Wilson didn’t want, to segment a driver only for the better player market, they wanted one to cover all the consumers.
      The Triton works great. It does its job. I hit it too, with both plates in the stock set up. The Titanium plate is louder than the Carbon plate.

      • Ger

        Nov 25, 2016 at 2:18 am

        Sorry, I mean to say that the Pivot is for a better player.

    • KK

      Nov 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Pivot mechanism looks like garbage. But honestly, neither driver can go toe to toe, based on performance, with TM or Cally’s new drivers.

  9. Dat

    Nov 23, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    The real winner here is Wilson’s marketing dept. Driver will be so so. If the Rogue really is 125 MSI, that’s where all the money is going on the MSRP.

  10. DB

    Nov 23, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    This is what I can’t stand about GolfWRX, full of a bunch of whiners and naysayers with no real input other than opinions and speculation based on… h***, I’m not even sure what it’s based on other than just plain old annoying negativity.
    Go play your Calloway or Taylormade driver and help kill off the rest of the American companies so the Japanese companies can come in and tell you what you’re going to play. Srixon and Mizuno are killing American companies with superior products and limited distribution, kinda like Honda and Toyota did to our auto and truck industry. People like you do this with your immediate and unmerited discounting of a product based on the very perception you helped create. Wilson has been around a long time and is the reason golf is so mainstream in the US in the first place, and then they made some really bad business decisions and are trying to make a come back with real golf products… but “real golfers” whatever that is, just won’t allow it. It’s no wonder drivers are approaching the price of an entire set just 10 years ago. You can’t blame the companies for their pricing or accelerated release cycles, they’re just trying to stay afloat and turn a profit in spite of a clientele hell-bent on putting them out of business.
    Pretty soon we’ll be down to the “big 3” and then one of them will get bought out by a foreign company and we’ll only have ourselves to blame. Oh wait, that’s already happened, since every “American” golf company is now owned by some conglomerate outside of the USA. Good job golf community, WRXers specifically included, for ruining the American golf industry. Pretty soon we’ll see Gilbert as the official ball of the NFL if this crowd has anything to do with it.

    • Robin

      Nov 24, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Guess you missed the episode where your “American” golf company went off to China to see how everything is actually made.

      Want to compete? It’s not American protectionism, it’s making something better than the other guy at a better price. Wilson didn’t even pick the driver with the best testing numbers or player feedback. Maybe that’s one of those really bad business decisions you were speaking of.

    • alan

      Nov 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      The cost drivers (no pun intended) of a golf club are not the raw materials or R&D.
      It’s the damn marketing & Advertising expenditures along with the OUTRAGEOUS fees that are paid to the pros who put their sticks in the bag and wear a logo hat !!!!!! Go look at the line item expenses for Taylor Made as an example. Something like 25% for ENDORSEMENTS !!!!!!
      They have created a monster just so they can say “more pros play TM than all other drivers combined” WHY DO YOU THINK ADIDIS IS TRYING TO GET RID OF THEM !!!!!!! Money loser.
      As for the Aldila Rogue Silver that you pay $280 for the raw shaft, the big boys get it for less than $90 when they order in lots of 5000+

      PS There are a number of small Asian/Japanese golf companies that make products far, far superior to US brands. Try to find a golf store that specializes in Asian clubs and hit a few drivers with the proper shafts. If you can afford one, you will never look back !!!!

  11. Teaj

    Nov 23, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    with the sole plate removed it seems the structure of the driver goes to the back weight to me that looks like a pivot point. If someone were to bring back the square head and put two weights in the corners rather than the center and provide 4 structure points two that come from the center of the club face towards the weights in the corners and two from the perimeter of the face back to the weights I feel that it would have a higher MOI. I would be curious to try the driver though.

  12. KK

    Nov 23, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    If it sounds terrible, at least it’s also the world’s easiest driver to cotton ball. But I don’t see enough tech to outgun the new drivers from TM or the supposed game changer from Callaway.

  13. Sam

    Nov 23, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    New tech doesnt always equate to better performance.Give me no moving weights and a fixed hosel and I ll bang it straight past all this gimmick .

  14. Grizz01

    Nov 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    The whole thing has been a gimmicky marketing ploy. I doubt there is much ‘innovation’ to this driver.

  15. Shortside

    Nov 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Say what you will about that racing stripe but my guess is that will help the average golfer immensely. An afternoon on any course speaks to that. Terrific visual aide not trying to hide what it’s there for. It took me a little while to get used to the shape of my FT-IZ. Now traditional looks odd to me. Love the sole plate idea. I’ll definitely hit this one and tinker with it a bit.

  16. Tim

    Nov 23, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I hit it yesterday and it performed poorly. I hit 20-25 balls and was only able to hit 1 over 265. I then took one swing with the Callaway Fusion and it went 287 with 266 carry. Not to mention the sound of it…

  17. mhendon

    Nov 23, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Lets face it there are 4 big dogs in the golf equipment business and if a club doesn’t bare their name the chances of its success are slim. With that said the best chance of gaining traction in the driver category is with a driver the pros want to play. In my opinion this ain’t it, why simply the looks. Most top level golfers prefer a pair shape with a solid feel. Not that tin can softball bat thing someone else who’s hit it on here described. Even then it’s a major up hill battle to get market share. Nike is a fine example. The VrPro limited was a great driver I gamed it for four years but Nike just couldn’t gain in traction and now they are no more.

  18. N. D. Boondocks

    Nov 23, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I really like Wilson irons, balls, and yes, putters. The woods… not so much. From the bottom and sides, this driver looks ok. From the top. Yah, that ain’t pretty. That alone will turn a lot of people off from even trying what might be a good driver.

    What surprised me though, at this proce point, with all the weight-y gizmo stuff going on in it, that they didn’t bother to put on an adjusting grip weight.

    That, or go all ‘project X’, and put on a grip with an integrated swing analyzer.

  19. moses

    Nov 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I’ll get this club for $99-$149 a year from now. IMO the head won’t be much different from other OEM’s performance but that shaft. Ohhhh I’ve been wanting to try the MSI 125 Rogues.

    • Uwuss

      Nov 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      It’ll be way too stiff for you so you don’t need to try it lol

  20. Steve S

    Nov 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Too bad we couldn’t have hit the driver from the Michigan State guys. Actual advancements in technology based on physics and engineering, not marketing.

  21. Chris

    Nov 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Just from a looks perspective:
    1) Why is the alignment aid on the top recessed?
    2) Why is the sole plate visible from address?

    • Chris

      Nov 23, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      On another note, I assume Wilson owns any intellectual property that was presented by those involved in the show. If so, they could incorporate other ideas such as the pivot in the future.

    • new stuff!!

      Nov 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      My guesses
      1. Better aerodynamics? to reduce drag – smooth is not always good, e.x. Ping turbulators and Callaway Speedstep
      2. Better aerodynamics? e.x. Ping vortec

  22. Dave G

    Nov 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Grooveless face….hmmm. Remember Cubic Balance did this about 20 years ago.

    • Justin

      Nov 23, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      All drivers are, in essence, grooveless. The ones that do have them are for show, because they’re not deep enough to do anything useful.

      That’s OK, though, because you don’t need grooves on a driver. Every shot on a tee box is a perfect lie, so long as you use a tee.

      The groove’s only job is to channel away dirt, grass, etc., from the club face, to promote cleaner contact. Spin comes from friction, swing speed, and loft- not the grooves. Any grass in-between the face and ball negates that friction.

      That’s where “flyer lies” come from; too much grass and stuff that the grooves can’t channel away, so the spin is reduced and the ball flies farther than you intended. It’s also why it’s illegal to apply vasoline, sunscreen, or some other foreign substance on your club’s faces in a competition setting.

  23. Jon

    Nov 23, 2016 at 11:44 am

    What is the stock playing length?

  24. Jason Geraci

    Nov 23, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I hit it yesterday, it sounds like a tin can.

    • Jason Geraci

      Nov 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      I hit it yesterday with both sole plates. It sounds like the old Cobra/Nike Square. From the top, it looks like the Wilson Spine driver.

      I can’t figure out why Wilson would ignore sound and appearance.

      I can usually find any reason to like new equipment, this driver was very disappointing

      • Jon

        Nov 23, 2016 at 1:28 pm

        Appearance and sound aside, how was the performance?

    • DrRob1963

      Nov 24, 2016 at 3:14 am

      Sounds like a tin can??? Perhaps its made from “tintanium”!

  25. 2puttBirdie

    Nov 23, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I don’t think the price is out of line, and I don’t believe that the driver itself is without technology. Don’t forget, Ping did almost this same thing a couple of years ago with the I25, and people LOVED that driver.

    There’s a good chance that people will like this one too. I’ll hit it, and if it seems to help me make better contact, then yeah, I’ll play it. I think the pros will do the same. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the pros for Wilson stick this in their bags. Patty, Barnes, Streelman, all could game it.

  26. Mike

    Nov 23, 2016 at 11:31 am

    This thing will fly off the shelves once they get Ty Tryon on board the ad campaign…

  27. Terry

    Nov 23, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Can’t wait to put this in the bag. The weighting options alone make this club more versatile.

  28. Desmond

    Nov 23, 2016 at 9:40 am

    The crown could be a mind-eye thing to increase your probability of center contact. Would not blow off its function until one hits it.

  29. Golfbuddy

    Nov 23, 2016 at 9:24 am

    It would be interesting to hit both finalist clubs. It seems the Pivot got more favourable comments from the test hitters than the Triton. At any rate, both clubs resulted in huge drives (most 300 yds or greater, launch monitor) from the celebrity hitters. Maybe. Maybe not.

    • Sam

      Nov 23, 2016 at 11:28 am

      That’s what I thought also, but I guess I was wrong. During the celebrity testing, they liked the way it looked and sounded better and most of them hit it further.

      They commented on the “classic” look of the Pivot and also the sound (from what I heard while watching the show) was so much better then the high pitch “ting” from the Triton. The Triton sounds almost like the old Nike SQ drivers.

      This is not a price point that a lot of people will be willing to pay for this driver.

    • Editing

      Nov 23, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      That’s editing in the entertainment industry, duh. They edited it that way to fool you into thinking that the other ones might be a bit better. But what about all the other shots that they left on the cutting room floor? Some of the comments from the celebrities were edited too, to make it seem like more of them actually preferred the Pivot.
      I don’t think they showed all the other ones that actually hit the Triton better, and those others who actually loved the alignment aid. And I can guarantee you that there were more bad players who got better results from the forgiveness of the Triton than the Pivot, which they just didn’t want to show on the TV show. Which is what Wilson wanted, a driver they can sell to more normal people than just good players who can hit it more squarely.

  30. Hooker T. Washington

    Nov 23, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I may have to buy one of these just to pull that 125 MSI…that has to be a typo, right?

  31. Chris C.

    Nov 23, 2016 at 8:56 am

    The Pivot looked interesting and it’s tech suggested a stealth PXG. The Trident screams Walmart. On looks alone, the Trident is a step backwards from Wilson,a efforts of the last several years to be considered as anything but starter sets for your 6 year old. I sincerely hope that this driver does not negate what Wilson has achieved with their irons. As an aside, since both finalists had sole plates, the Triton would be vastly improved if it came with a crown plate to cover that ridiculous racing stripe.

  32. Boner Diesel

    Nov 23, 2016 at 8:24 am

    This driver is the cats pajamas! I heard the ball explodes off of the face.

  33. Mike Honcho

    Nov 23, 2016 at 7:53 am

    One year from today, I want to see a report:
    1) Number of players on any pro tour in the world using this driver.
    2) Number of retail sales. Actual purchase by user, not how many units they made Dick’s, Golf Galaxy and Walmart take.

  34. Tom Duckworth

    Nov 23, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Well we’ll just have to wait for testing and reviews to see how it stacks up to other drivers.
    I don’t really care for the bold line up aid it could have been a darker gray and still worked.
    I don’t like a distraction when trying to focus on the ball.
    I’m pulling for Wilson I like their irons.

  35. Big Diesel

    Nov 23, 2016 at 5:37 am

    The best part of this series is Melanie Collins. Hey Now!!

    • Dr Troy

      Nov 23, 2016 at 11:04 am

      +10

      • John Krug

        Nov 23, 2016 at 6:12 pm

        You are out of luck. Her boyfriend is James Neal, an NHL player who is 6’2″ and 221 lbs. and has a salary of $5 million.. However, plenty of photos of her on the internet.

  36. Daniel

    Nov 23, 2016 at 5:16 am

    That show was a giant Wilson Staff commercial. It made me miss Big Break. Even the name was stupid.

  37. The Mad Bomber

    Nov 23, 2016 at 4:07 am

    With a Tour issue Rogue they will! That’s gotta be a typo??

  38. Joe Golfer

    Nov 23, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Not that keen on the crown. A faint shadow appearance might have worked better than what appears to be a rectangular indentation. It seems too big and unsightly.
    I recall Ping had some racing stripe appearance on an I-series driver a couple years ago, but it didn’t go over well. And this one makes that particular Ping look absolutely classy.
    Also read a tweet by ProjectXGolf about having their Hazardous Black and Harzardous Red shafts be available shaft alternatives at no upcharge. I recall that when they first advertised them, they said the “black” was for the better player, the “red” was more for the player who needs help getting the ball into the air, and the “yellow” would fit the biggest majority of players. Yet the “yellow” wasn’t listed as being an available alternative at no upgrade charge in their tweet. Seems like a mistake, considering the “yellow” would suit the majority of golfers the best. I’m not knocking the “black” or the “red”. Just saying they should include the “yellow” as well.

  39. robin

    Nov 23, 2016 at 12:43 am

    I would have yah sure girls

  40. DB

    Nov 23, 2016 at 12:41 am

    You guys are already making decisions without ever even seeing the thing in person, let alone actually hitting it. Typical WRX fashion I guess. You were gonna buy the Pivot without even hitting it, but since it didn’t win, now you’re declaring that you’re not going to even try to the Triton? Then you mention Cobra with its Skittles bag of colors in the same breath. Say all that out loud to yourself and see how silly you sound. I hope its the best driver to ever come around and you NEVER get to experience it because of your snobbish, preconceived notion about the appearance.

    • KK

      Nov 23, 2016 at 1:01 am

      Sorry to break it to you but the vast majority of humans make preconceived notions about the person they will marry based on appearance, much less a golf driver. It’s human nature.

      • Mr Muira.

        Nov 23, 2016 at 6:11 am

        Wrong….my marriage was based on her cooking abilities and her bank account.

  41. brad

    Nov 23, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Was ready to buy a Pivot. A real gamer looking club. Wilson went the same usual direction they always go and that hasn’t been working for them. Pretty disappointed.

    As for the triton. It has all technologies from 5 or 6 years ago. 3 weight ports. Adjustable hosel still looks bulky to me. And the sole plate change only affects “feel” and weight? And the crown looks straight outta the late 90s early 2000s.

  42. KK

    Nov 23, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Can’t say I’ve seen the show but the Pivot sole looks like hot garbage when “pivoted.” The Triton sole is unique and relatively clean. The alignment aid is polarizing but seems very effective, almost like a putter alignment aid.

  43. James

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I should have shown my early announcement when we got them in this morning. Hit it with both sole plates. Not sure that carbon will hold up, and sounds like an old Sumo. Spin numbers were good. Would recommend the steel sole plate instead.

  44. curt

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Got to say I wanted the Pivot but will try the Triton. I sure we will see the Pivot in the future.

  45. RAT

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    No way this is the best with that skunk stripe its show with little go. I was ready to buy the Pivot ,I guess I will go with the Next new Cobra.. Thanks Wilson.

    • Casey

      Nov 23, 2016 at 7:45 am

      Give it a chance. I remember when Cobra got railed for the Bio Cell+ two tone driver and now everyone thinks it’s the bee’s knees now that it’s on the M1/M2

  46. Nolan Person

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    The Rogue 125 Silver? Is that for real?

    • emb

      Nov 23, 2016 at 12:25 am

      thats exactly what I thought, thought it must be a typo until I saw the pic of the 125. Not sure how they got ahold of enough of those for a mass production driver. Can’t be the real 125 tour version that was $899 originally, something seems fishy here

      • Nolan Person

        Nov 23, 2016 at 10:26 am

        I looked on the Wilson website and it shows the 125 on there as well, but there is an upcharge for the 110 silver. Can’t be the Limited edition, made in the USA, Tour version.

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Wunder: I’ve hit THESE new drivers this year…and this is what I think

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During this lockdown, I have done quite a few “Friday Q & A’s” on my IG, and one of the questions I get asked constantly is “have you hit this?” That, and “whaddya think?”

So, in the spirit of organizing my brain, it seemed like the right time to share what new drivers I have actually hit this year…and this is what I think.

Now, it needs to be said that there is a lot of new gear out there, but, to be honest, I’ve only actually hit a select few enough to actually build an opinion. “Enough” in this case is at least 20 balls. Some of these sticks I tested during our pre-launch preview with the OEMs, at the PGA show, a friend has one, or I actually have it in the bag.

Here we go.

TaylorMade SIM

Setup tested: SIM 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: The best way to describe how SIM looks behind the ball is “comfortable.” TaylorMade has always made drivers that just look correct. The lines are clean, the shape inspires playability, and I dig the paint job. They hit a home run with this one for sure.

FEEL: Best sound out there in my opinion. Heavy, dense, and if you get one dead-nuts center, it lets you know. The feel at contact is just as TaylorMade drivers have always done, center strikes feel like Thor’s hammer and mishits don’t kill your good vibes.

VS THE M5: I get asked this a lot. I loved the M5. Still do. To be honest the two drivers data wise were legit apples to apples. The only difference is my stock shot with M5 was a low spin straight ball and with SIM its a slight draw with a touch more spin and slightly lower launch. I prefer that.

OVERALL: In my opinion, the TaylorMade SIM is the cool kid in high school for 2020. Last year it was F9 followed closely by M5. TM knocked it outta the park on this one.

TaylorMade SIM Max

Setup tested: Sim Max 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: It has a bit more of a longer face at address, which makes the head appear shallow which inspires a bit more confidence to turn it over. That’s the main thing I noticed with MAX. Other than that its a tried and true TM shape.

FEEL: Like its sibling, it has a nice solid hit audibly at the impact. So, overall its apples to apples with SIM. However, due to the front weight missing on the MAX, the actual strike doesn’t feel AS meaty as SIM. Not a negative necessarily just something I noticed.

VS M6: Both of these sticks I launched a bit too high versus the weighted versions. That’s why they never got any serious consideration to actually put in play.

OVERALL: As a high launch, more forgiving option, it’s an ace.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Setup tested: Sub Zero 9 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV 65TX

LOOKS: To my eyes, the newer versions of the Callaway drivers have looked a bit more compact than its competition. To me, this always looked “low spin” for whatever reason. The Mavrik has the same shape which is good.

FEEL: They really fixed the sound. The Epic Flash sounded like a pop can to me, and the Mavrik Sub Zero sounds like a sledgehammer. The good thing here is the sound now matches up with what the hit feels like. I think the Mavrik is the best feeling driver Callaway has made since Epic.

VS EPIC FLASH SZ: To me, a complete improvement on all fronts. Sound, feel, and performance for me were all substantially better. Now I must say that the Epic Flash Sub Zero was a great driver, I always got great numbers out of it, but the sound took me out of it. I’m sure there isn’t that much difference audibly between the two, but in this game, even something minor can represent so much. Sound to me is huge.

OVERALL: In all honestly, I haven’t given a Callaway driver a real hard look to actually put in the bag since Epic. The sound got louder wit Rogue and Epic Flash. The Mavrik SZ  however is a fantastic driver and will def get some more testing out of me.

Cobra SpeedZone

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: The F9 was a winner on all fronts. The only critique I had was optically it looked like the driver was a little too fade biased. The SZ with its milled in top line gives it softer look at address and for me, softer lines mean more workability, just what my eyes tell me.

FEEL: As with F9 and the earlier mentioned SIM, the Speed Zone sounds EXACTLY how a driver should sound. It has a very heavy hit audibly and that’s across the face. I love the sound of this driver.

VS F9: Apples to apples, it’s the same. Beyond the optics, it feels, sounds, and performs like the F9. Not a bad thing though, the F9 was the driver of 2019 in my opinion.

OVERALL: Nothing wrong with repeating an already awesome driver. SpeedZone will stand up to anything out there. If I’m being fair, I think F9 elevated things in 2019, and this year the competition caught up to it. Changes nothing about how good this driver is.

Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: Like the other drivers in this higher MOI category, it looks a little longer heel to toe.

FEEL: No different than the SpeedZone, sounds great, the impact is solid across the face, and even thin shots feel solid.

OVERALL: The Xtreme is the sleeper hit of 2020 and I’ve heard the fitters love this thing. It’s by far the easiest to hit and overall good time of any driver on this list. Is it longer? No. But is it Xtremely (no pun) playable and competitive? Hard yes. It’s a blast.

PXG Proto

Setup tested: PXG Proto 9 w/ Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 TX

LOOKS: Slick. Like all PXG gear, the look is there. The matte crown and elegant lines make it very pleasing optically. I also appreciate that although it’s designed to look high tech. The lines inspire playability, and who doesn’t love a driver that looks like a stealth bomber?

FEEL: I only hit about 20 balls with the PXG Proto in the short time I had with it, but, wow, did this thing surprise me. The sound oddly enough is a bit higher-pitched than the others on the list but for whatever reason, it’s not a distraction. It actually adds to the experience of the hit. I typically detest that, but this sound matched up with the solid hit I was getting. I’m not sure if this is the final version since its a limited tour proto but what is happening is definitely interesting.

VS GEN2: It’s just better. Feels better, sounds great, more playable across the face. The Gen2 did one thing better than everyone else, it destroyed spin. The problem I had was control. The PXG Proto is still low spin but with the new 4 weight system (no intel on the tech yet) seems to add quality launch to the low spin profile and puts the player in a situation where very few to any sacrifices are made.

OVERALL: I was a fan of Gen2. No doubt. But it never flat out beat M5, F9, or SIM. The Proto has elevated PXG’s driver game. I don’t think its a matter of whether or not the driver stands up with the irons, I believe PXG is on the right track to having a driver that eliminates any “yeah, but…” to the conversation. That’s a huge leap since Gen1. These guys are trending hard.

I hope this was helpful.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts. The look of the ultra-stiff shafts, which originated from Bryson wanting a “graphite shaft that was stiffer than the Dynamic Gold X7″, has impressed our members who have been praising the final version and sharing their thoughts on the concept.

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.

  • QuigleyDU: “Awesome.”
  • My2dogs: “Really coming out with some great new stuff.”
  • HateTheHighDraw: “MMT 125TX are absolute fire, but these must be much stiffer.”
  • Robkingasu: “Sweet!”

Entire Thread: “Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts”

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Should I move to heavier iron shafts? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of moving to heavier shafts in irons. WRXer ‘Z1ggy16’ has been making swing changes lately, and the transition has been most challenging for his iron play. ‘Ziggy16’ says:

“Been making some swing changes lately, most notably working to really shallow my club into the downswing. I’m finding that I’m doing this well with my heavy wedge shafts and driver, but I’m struggling a bit in my irons. My strike pattern with my wedges is pretty good, but the irons are a bit all over. Driver is 80g raw, wedges are 132g raw, irons 120g raw. I don’t think I want to go any stiffer, but is there a chance I’ve “outgrown” this weight and need to move to something a bit heavier to help keep these feels going through my set? No idea what swing speed is at this point, but my 7i is normally a smooth/comfortable 175-180 for me.

I really like the feel of my Accra Tour Z Xtreme 475 and my S400’s in the GW-LW. I’m kind of leaning maybe soft stepping modus 120TX or X100’s.. Heck maybe even S200 straight in? Normally I’d just get a fitting, but with Rona still going around, I’m not than keen on it. 2020 is the year of the self fit for me. FWIW, I used modus 120TX 2xSS in my GW & SW last year and that was pretty good feeling. Perhaps a touch too soft… they seemed to really whip/bend hard when hitting from the rough on full swings.”

Our members discuss whether they feel a switch to heavier shafts in the irons will have the desired impact.

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.

  • Pepperturbo: “You’re not alone. Regardless of age, some of us swing better with heavier shafts. I went from 70g driver and 85g 3wd graphite shafts to 58g Ventus shaft in driver and 70g Ventus shaft in 4wd. In irons went from 130g X to 120g 6.0 PX steel shafts which lasted about fifteen years. Then last year made another downward weight change to Steelfiber (steel & graphite) 110g Stiff shafts, lightest I have ever played. Keep in mind as you transition, changing shaft weight is not the only answer. Increasing swing weight can make up for shaft weight. Though I really like them in 6-3i, not thrilled in SW-7i, so just ordered heavier Steelfiber i125g shafts for my PW-7i blades.”
  • Jeff58: “As someone who has gone through and continues to work on what sounds like a similar situation, your ideal iron shafts will likely change. Where they change to isn’t possible to predict with any degree of accuracy. Don’t change your current irons without knowing. It’s frustrating, expensive, and you won’t have any clubs while they’re being changed out. Instead, get a single club from dealsandsteals or similar and experiment with that. Also, the only relevant experience is outdoors under your actual turf conditions. Indoor and mat use can be grossly different.”
  • Red4282: “Just depends on your tempo and load and preferences tbh. My numbers are about identical to yours; I play 77g in the driver and 125 in the irons. I don’t think I could go lighter than 125.”
  • gvogel: “I have a set of hickory clubs. Of course, hickory shafts are darn heavy, maybe 150 grams or so. I probably hit straighter shots with the irons, and particularly hit better shots with the niblick (wedge). Driver and fairway woods, not so much. That might be a stupid insertion into an intelligent thread, but heavier goes straighter, lighter goes longer. You can go heavier, and it helps in transition, but don’t go too stiff.”

Entire Thread: “Should I switch to heavier iron shafts?”

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