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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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Rob is a golf junkie that has been involved with GolfWRX since its inception in 2005. From designing headcovers, to creating logos to authoring articles to social media management to sales and marketing, Rob has done it all. Born and bred in NJ. Favorite golfers: Phil, Freddie. Favorite club: Driver.

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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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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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