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FIRST LOOK! TaylorMade’s Super Tour Iron

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OK, we have been anticipating some pictures of the new TaylorMade irons for months GolfWRX (see this thread if you want a long read) and finally here is some info.

GolfWRX’s first photos on the ground of Sean O’Hair testing new TaylorMade Tour irons. O’Hair said “It’s unlike any iron I have ever hit. Blown away by performance.”

He compared the performance to flighted rifle shafts: He can flight the short irons, but hit the long irons high — both keys to a strong iron game.

TaylorMade Executive Vice President Sean Toulon said what TaylorMade is about to do will completely change how TOUR players look at an iron.

Of course, the proof is in the pudding. During practice rounds, O’Hair had these gems…

On the 3rd hole, O’Hair had 191 uphill into a breeze. He struck a 6 iron straight up in the air — no ballooning — to 2ft. The bad news is O’Hair’s RBZ Rescue is no longer needed. On the 9th, he smoked a 3-iron 238 yards that landed soft. He smiled and said “the rescue is out.”

Enjoy the pics. We’ll add info as we can get it. Oh, and yes, that is simply camo badging to disguise the final look. Hoping to get some peeks at the finished product soon.

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  1. Riche

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Someone has been using a sharpie pen . Doh!!

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  3. Tom

    Sep 7, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Last few comments… Check the article date… These are the rocketbladez tour! Doh!

  4. hawkeye3743

    Jun 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    That’s a shocker, TM has a new Iron, and of course it’ better than the last 2 they came out with this year. More to come.

  5. Joe

    Feb 14, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Look like RocketBladz Tours to me…with a ugly paint job. But I’m sure they’re the greatest ever…:-)

    • jj

      May 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Touche!

    • hawkeye3743

      Jun 18, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      They are camouflaged so you can’t see them. It looks like his bag is empty. shhhhhhh.

  6. reggiej

    Oct 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Just more of the same rehashed. Of course they’re going to say “wait till you see these etc.” they all do. In my opinion nothing can touch a Mizuno.

  7. Lee

    Oct 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Sure, Sean hits them great but guys these are set-up on the money for him and let’s be serious he’d hit an old 60’s blade with a snake for a shaft better than us hacks!
    Can we please get serious – TM are a marketing machine (and damn good at it). You’re irons are about knowing how far you consistently hit them & how accurate you are which equals lower scores. A correctly fitted set of clubs from 10 years ago will perform no differently from a set bought next week apart from the 8 iron will now be same loft as the wedge!

    • Lee

      Oct 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Not to bore you, but Lynx said the same about the Parallax irons years ago – ‘it will change how the tour player looks at irons’
      Surprise Surprise the superior ball striker (Tiger, Rory, Sergio…) did then and does now use muscle back blades. Because in the right hands nothing out performs them.

  8. Reece

    Oct 17, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Ok, no magic in any iron … these are either longer shafted or stronger lofted or both.

  9. Joanne

    Oct 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    what Keith answered I didn’t know that some one able to make $5503 in four weeks on the computer. did you look at this web page (Click on menu Home more information) http://goo.gl/YHCCg

  10. Adam

    Oct 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Rocketbladez irons…mark my words

  11. jeff

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    These irons look awesome! They remind me of the old Ben Hogan Apex irons that looked great as well. Love the shiny chrome!

  12. tlmck

    Oct 5, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Looks somewhat reminiscent of my Mizuno MP-52’s

  13. kj gripp

    Oct 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Perhaps,similar to Mizuno’s ‘pocket cavity’ in their MP line… with tour quality flighted shafts. TM might just be catching up to other OEM’s.

  14. Bill Presse

    Oct 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    the back ‘might’ be orange when released…

  15. Bill Presse

    Oct 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Looks like the old Wilson Reflex irons, just sayin….

    • amcsk

      Oct 7, 2012 at 2:04 am

      Was thinking the exact same thing!

    • deepdivot

      Nov 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

      One big difference is that Wilson carried the concept all the way to the SW, which was likely a bad decision. Control, not distance, is the important factor in short irons. TM corrected that oversite.

  16. Will o'the Glen

    Oct 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Always take a staff player’s whiz-bang assessment of their sponsor’s new clubs with a grain of salt. These guys know which side their bread is buttered on…

  17. BVS

    Oct 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Taylor Made is always pushing forward with new ideas . If you have a retail golf store you are going to sell more sets of irons 2013 if you order the new line from Taylor Made then ever before . This will be the biggest selling year for irons ever . Bigger then when Ping eye 2 came out.And for all of you Taylor Made haters out there your just jealous. Come drink the Kool Aid we have lots of flavors .

    • um_ok

      Mar 3, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      I don’t think people are hating cause it’s TMAG, they’re likely just tired of seeing the same rehashed crap that will “change the game” every year.

      As for “lots of flavors”. With these guys? Please. Unless it comes in Mizuno packaging or says AP2 on it, keep walking because all the +4’s on this board wouldn’t give them the time of day…

      • Uphill both ways

        Jun 26, 2014 at 10:11 pm

        You smoke too much if you think this site has a bunch of +4’s. This site is filled with people who have all the answers, all the excuses and none of the resumes to support the claims. Confused as hell once said [sic] “If have to say how good is you is, is you ain’t very good, is you?” His words, not mine.

  18. Brian Cass

    Oct 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Forged or Cast (Question for Rob Miller…Mr. Fresh Grooves)?

  19. jgpl

    Oct 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Nothing special and nothing to get excited about

    Typical TM hype

    The heads are big and they look a little clumsy/chunky

    Sean O’Hair always play some kind of a “B” version cavity back, so no suprises here

    So where is the blade/mb we were promised???

    The new MP64’s blow these away…….

  20. Skip

    Oct 3, 2012 at 7:37 am

    NOT a TM fan – but these irons really look intriguing! I have velocity slot tech in my Adams woods and hybrids and LOVE ’em,ao I wonder how these will propel the ball? They’ll have to be out of this world to replace my Mizunos, though….

  21. ds

    Oct 3, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Speed slot in an iron!!! these guys are just killing it right now and if these things make it to market everbody will benefit…just like my RBZ fairways LOOOOOOOOOONG, i am a different player!

  22. Lanny

    Oct 3, 2012 at 1:34 am

    The irons actually look quiet refreshing. That isn’t a finalized design on the back of the irons. It’s intent is to make it difficult for consumers to discern what the actual irons will look like in the “spy shots”, such as this, that inevitably service prior to Taylormade’s actual press release. As far as aesthetics go, I’m willing to bet that performance will trump your pre-conceived notions of what a beautiful iron looks like.

  23. tdelam

    Oct 3, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Seriously ugly. I am a HUGE TaylorMade fan but these are now what I had hoped for! I hope they play decent for those who actually buy these, I’ll stick with my MC’s.

    • tdelam

      Oct 3, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Scratch that, It appears this is only temporary until final design released, I’ll wait until then, I am still not a fan of the cavity on this 🙁

  24. bill

    Oct 3, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Nice hi-jack Marv

  25. iamgumbyjm

    Oct 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    What’s up with the “zebra” pattern in the cavity? They look more like a ladie’s set than a men’s. Would go great with a matching zebra bag or ensemble!! lol

    • EM

      Oct 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      The “zebra” pattern is used in many different types of prototypes to cover the design until its final unveiling.
      You even see that type of pattern on cars.

  26. gticlay

    Oct 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    YES YES YES YES YES!!! I’ve been milking another season out of my Rp TP’s, hoping they would come out with something I would want to play. Nothing wrong witht the R9 TP’s as they helped me shoot my first par and hold a pretty steady single digit index this year but after 3 full seasons, I’m ready for something new!

    More pics when available please!

  27. Adrian

    Oct 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Goddamnit! I seriously just bought a new set of irons 3 hours ago. Now, I see this and immediately regret it. I was waiting for a descendant of the R11 irons from Taylormade all this year, and I finally had to jump on a good deal from another company (not that I’m complaining too much…loving the feel so far from my CG16 Tours from Cleveland). These looks ridiculous. Is that a tungsten insert on the sole, or is it a cavity to mimic the RBZ fairways? Either way, they look great, and I’m psyched about the thin sole profile. Definitely anxious to try out!

    • Jason

      Oct 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      I think the CG16 tours are one of the best kept secrets, just got mine a week ago.

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Mizuno’s new ST-180 driver

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Mizuno has recently released a new ST-180 driver that we spotted on Tour at the 2017 RSM Classic. The company’s “wave sole” technology makes an appearance for the first time in a Mizuno driver; the design is used to push weight low and forward to reduce spin rates, and the construction contracts and expands during impact to increase energy into the golf ball. The result is a lower-spinning driver, especially for those who hit down on the golf ball, and increased ball speeds across the face.

The ST-180 drivers have a new Forged SP700 Titanium face insert that allows the faces to be made thinner — saving weight from the face while increasing ball speeds — and they feature what the company calls a “Internal Waffle Crown” that saves weight to help shift CG (center of gravity) low and forward in the head.

There’s a slew of custom shafts available for no upcharge. The stock grip is Golf Pride’s M31 360, and the drivers are selling for $399.99, available in stores now.

Below is a collection of early feedback from GolfWRX members, and make sure to join the full discussion. See more photos of the ST-180 driver here.

Note: The posts below have been minimally edited for grammar and brevity.

GolfWRX Members comment on the new Mizuno ST-180 driver

TeeGolf: I’ve seen the ST180 driver [in person] and it looks like it sits perfectly square to me. And this is coming from someone who has been playing a Titleist driver set 1-degree open for the past 3 years. It doesn’t look closed at all. 

trhode: I’ve been playing the M2 all year. In comparison at address, the ST is very closed. I had 3 customers look at it yesterday too and they all had the same reaction: closed. That being said, I did play 18 on the simulator and hit some monster drives. The head, with the Raijin shaft, seems to be just a little lower spin than my TaylorMade M2. The blue finish doesn’t bother me either. 

akjell: Hit this yesterday at the Mizuno demo day yesterday at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, CA. Far from a hook machine but definitely a bomber. The Mizuno’s reps put me in a Mitsubishi Tensei White 70X and I could hit this this driver on a string possibly a bit better than my M1. Of the Mizuno drivers of late, this has to be the best one.

odshot68: Ordering it today. Was fit and played a round with it. Optimal launch and spin. Tensei Blue 70x at 9.5 degrees. This is definitely not left bias; first Mizzy driver ever.

nmorton: Hit this today and it’s going in the bag. Just a classic head shape that suits my eye. Been messing around with a number of drivers over the past year and haven’t singled one out. Last long term driver I had was the 850. The ST checks all of the boxes for me…looks great down by the ball, sounds solid and performs as good as any other. What really sold me was how well slight mis-hits performed. I had the 12.5 dialed down so it definitely sat open a bit. Didn’t hit the fairway but it looks sharp as well. 

evoviiiyou: Had a chance to test the driver with a couple shafts last night. The head is definitely deeper than the JPX900 and the footprint seems bigger from he set up position, very confidence inspiring like the JPX900 but a little improved. Finish and graphics are very similar to the 900 which is very nice if you like the satin Mizuno blue and I do love it just like the satin black I recently had done to my JPX driver and 3 metal. 

regiwstruk: My current gamer is a Titleist 917D3, and this is definitely replacing that. I used a JPX 900 from November 2016 through June 2017 — biggest differences are the sound and that the distance is up there with at least one of the leaders in the market. Anxious to see how it does on the course! 

Paul065: It is high launch, low spin yes but I wouldn’t say it was targeted at the average golfer. It’s basically their version of Callaway Epic Sub Zero. Rory used the Sub Zero. 

Tommyj: I went down to Carls yesterday specifically to look at the ST180. I’ve read some comments that the face looks closed. When I picked it up it was in the 10.5D position and did look slightly closed but then looked perfectly square at 9.5D and also square at 10.5D which seemed sort of odd. The shape is not for me, I had a Cobra F6 and while the ST180 footprint isn’t that big its still substantial. I like blue on drivers and the ST180 has a real quality look to it with the matte finish, having said that I’m not sure I’d want to be looking at that shade of blue all the time. The sound was an absolute killer for me, it was completely unexpected because I always associate Mizuno with being traditional and understated… ST180 launch was lower than G400 in the neutral setting, about the same when I lofted the Ping down.  ST180 was noticeably lower than D2. Longest driver of the three was G400, followed by ST180 then D2. For me the ST180 had the widest dispersion with G400 being the most accurate (by a wide margin).

Discussion: Read more comments about the ST-180 driver here

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Spotted: Justin Rose is testing a new TaylorMade “Hi-Toe” wedge

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On Twitter today, Justin Rose posted a photo of a never-before-seen TaylorMade “Hi-Toe” 60-degree wedge. As the name suggests, it appears the toe portion is raised; we’ve seen this high-toe design from other manufacturers, and the benefits of those designs included increasing face area on open-faced shots, and shifting CG (center of gravity) to where it’s more beneficial for wedge play (likely higher for more spin and a lower flight).

The wedge is also stamped with “MG” to suggest it’s a “milled grind” wedge, much like TaylorMade’s popular wedge line that’s in stores now. There also appears to be slots behind the face, likely to also shift CG to where it’s deemed more beneficial.

Talks of a TaylorMade wedge with a high-toe design were actually started by Dustin Johnson a few weeks ago in a press conference. His full comments on that wedge are above, and you can join the discussion about the wedge in our forums.

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GolfWRX Exclusive: Patton Kizzire speaks on first PGA Tour win, WITB, new 718 irons

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Patton Kizzire nabbed his maiden PGA Tour win at last week’s OHL Classic, outlasting a late charge from Rickie Fowler. He raised his first Trophy with a bag full of Titleist equipment and a Titleist ProV1x.

Following the event, our Andrew Tursky had a revealing chat with Patton about the win and the clubs he used to do it.

GolfWRX: When you’re leading down the stretch, are you leaderboard watching? Does a big name like Rickie Fowler chasing you have any effect on your mentality/gameplan?

Patton Kizzire: For most of the tournament, I try not to look at the leaderboard. I took a long look on 15…and I just wanted to make sure nobody was ahead of Rickie and closer to me, and I just went from there.

GolfWRX: Do you get defensive or less aggressive down the stretch? Are you aiming away from pins, or are you ‘head down, keep it going’?

PK: It’s all situational. On difficult holes, maybe [I] play a bit more conservatively. I certainly wasn’t willing to take any chances with a three-stroke lead. I was playing the percentages. I maybe didn’t hit the best shots of the tournament there toward the end. The beginning of the back nine — 12, 13, 14 — were not my best tee shots. But I certainly wasn’t trying to play defensive. I was trying to play aggressively to conservative targets.

GolfWRX: Were there a lot of nerves coming home down the stretch?

PK: It was a little nerve wracking, but it wasn’t my first time in contention. I was able to draw on some of my near-misses, especially the Safeway Open last year. I was in a very similar spot on the weekend on Sunday, and I didn’t get it done, but I was able to look back at that and learn a little bit.

GolfWRX: It looks like you don’t do a whole lot of switching. You’ve still got a 913 Hybrid in the bag and a putter that’s been in the bag for years, too. What does your testing process look like when Titleist comes out with new equipment?

PK: Titleist has been really consistent for me since I was 15…I’ve played Titleist equipment almost exclusively since I was 15 or so. Every year it seems they come out with something new, and I have so much trust in it. It’s a pretty seamless transition. I don’t switch much. I try to put the new irons in play, the new driver, the new woods.

But something like a hybrid, you kind of have a club you fall in love with over the years, and I’ve been a little bit hesitant to switch that. The new balls, the new woods, the new irons are pretty easy for me to get into. And the Vokey team…have done such a great job with wedges”

And I have to mention the putter. The Scotty Cameron GoLo putter has been in my bag for about five years. And I owe a lot of my success to putting.

GolfWRX: Do you ever look to switch out your putter, or do you just kind of love that one and it works for you?

PK: I’ve toyed around with other putters here and there, but I always go right back to the GoLo. For whatever reason, maybe because I’ve used it so long, it just seems like what a putter should be. I feel really comfortable with it. I always gravitate back to the GoLo.

GolfWRX: What makes the wedges a good fit for you?

PK: The way they go through the turf. I like to have a strong leading edge to go through the turf. And the lob wedge needs to perform well around the greens and in the bunker. I’ve really been hitting my bunker shots well with my new 60 degree. I have different versions of the same wedges. Aaron [Dill] does great work in the truck. He kind of tweaks it here and there for me, and they perform like expect them to.

GolfWRX: How often do you switch out wedges?

PK: I get a new 60 degree the most…every four or five tournaments. New 56 and 52 every six to eight tournaments. I try to keep that 60 degree sharp. If we get to a course with firm greens and my wedge doesn’t have the bite that I want it to have, I’ll definitely give the Titleist guys a call.

GolfWRX: What kind of grind do you have on that 60?

PK: We call it the “Dufner grind.” I saw Jason Dufner had one like that about a year ago, and I told Aaron, “I want one like that.” I don’t know what the grind is, but it’s really good for me. [Note: The grind is a modified K grind.]

GolfWRX: One last question… How do the 718 irons look and feel different than the 716 irons?

PK: They don’t look a whole lot different. They’ve been holding their flight better in the wind. I’m able to get the long irons up in the air a little bit. That’s something I look for, being able to control the trajectory. I kind of imagine the shots that I want to hit, and the 718s are coming out on the flight that I want them to.

The good folks in New Bedford, Massachusetts, were kind enough to furnish us with some details about Kizzire’s setup.

Titleist tells us Kizzire switched to from the 915D4 driver to the 917D3 the first week it was available at the Quicken Loans National last year. He switched to the 718 irons to start the 2017-18 season at the Safeway. After missing the cut at in Napa, he has finished T10 (Sanderson Farms), 4th (Shriners Hospitals Open for Children) and then won the OHL Classic.

Titleist Tour Rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck had this to say about working with Kizzire.

“Patton likes traditional look throughout his bag but needs vertical help with his angle of attack.  A 10.5 degree 917D3 helps him with launch but still controls his swing.  The shaft is based on a platform he had success with us early in his career and he really loves the feel.”

“The 917 F2 was a perfect fit for Patton early on.  He loved the ball speed and having a 16.5 allows him get great launch out of a club he has had trouble with in the past.  Titleist Tour Rep Jim Curran worked extensively on finding him a shaft that felt good, was the proper weight, and yet still launched the way Patton wanted. Tour Blue 95 fit the bill – and Patton has been in it for a year.”

“Patton loves the look of traditional irons and the 718 MB fit the bill for his look and his desire to control flight.  Now, as he moves up through his bag, he has multiple options in 718 which really helps his game. He moves to 718 CB at his 5 and 6 irons, and then carries the 718 T-MB at 4-iron which helps gapping and ball flight at the top of his set.”

Vokey Design Wedge rep Aaron Dill regarding Patton’s wedges:

“Patton has a old school approach to wedge selection.  When he finds a wedge he likes he will rarely make a switch. He doesn’t blame the wedge for poor or mishit shots. His technique is smooth and accurate with mid to high ball flight. His 52 and 56-degree wedges have been in the bag for a while now, and his 60 has changed a little keeping the width but changing the bounce angle for conditions. He likes an old school look which is why we add offset to his 60.”

Kelley Moser on Kizzire’s Cameron GoLo:

“Patton has been using a Scotty Cameron GoLo model since his mini tour days. The one he is currently using was a backup that was made for him when he first earned his PGA TOUR card. He had a stock shaft and silver head version that he used for a long time, but he wanted to shake it up a little so we made him one with a black shaft and a dark finish. He loved it and after his victory said he’s pretty sure this one is in the bag permanently.”

Many thanks to Patton for the talk and the folks at Titleist for sharing some insights on the newly minted PGA Tour winner’s WITB.

You can see Kizzire’s full WITB here

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