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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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Fred Couples signs with Bettinardi, will continue to use FCB putter

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Fred Couples has been using his namesake Bettinardi putter, the FCB (Fred Couples Blade), for the past four years. Now, he’s officially joining Bettinardi’s Tour staff.

Couples, who has won 15 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times on the PGA Tour Champions, will putt exclusively with the company’s flatsticks.

(Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

“I’m really looking forward to representing Bettinardi and its beautiful range of hand-made putters, as they always give me great confidence when I’m standing over putts,” said Fred. “Having won 5 times already with a Bettinardi putter, there’s nothing I’d rather be putting with.

Couples averaged 1.70 putts per hole when playing in 12 events with the Bettinardi wand last year.

“Having Fred Couples join our Tour staff is a massive endorsement for Bettinardi Golf,” said founder Robert Bettinardi. “We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to our growing Tour staff. I’m sure he will prove to be a great ambassador for our brand, as he attracts huge crowds and media attention wherever he plays.”

Here’s a look at Boom Boom’s FCB putter.

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Odyssey’s new EXO 2-Ball, Works Red and Black, and Toulon putters

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There’s one thing Odyssey has never struggled with: giving golfers options. Today, the company launched a trunk-full of new putters, including eight Works Red and Black putters, Toulon Atlanta and Portland models, and an Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter that gives the classic 2-ball design a very new, and premium look.

Most of the new putters, actually, are mallets. More specifically, they are mallets that Odyssey says feel like blade putters; that’s because they’re made with toe hang (like a blade putter) rather than face-balanced designs of typical mallets. Toe hang frees up the face of a putter to open and close, a stroke-style that many golfers employ — amateurs and pros alike.

According to Austie Rollinson, chief designer of Odyssey, there’s been a trend of blade users on Tour switching into mallets because of this toe hang, and that will continue to happen. Odyssey says that of the PGA Tour wins last year, 29 winners used mallets — 14 of those were mallets with toe hang — while there were 20 blade winners. Also, of the top-50 in Strokes Gained: Putting, 31 players used mallets, 13 of which were toe-hang mallets, and 19 players used blades.

Therefore, many of the new putters from Odyssey are toe-hang mallets. Check out all of the new putters below, with info on design, pricing and release dates.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new putters here

Odyssey Works Red and Black putters

 

The new Works Red and Black putters — adding on to the line of putters released in 2017 — continue to use microhinge face inserts that are designed to “grab” the ball to impart more topspin on the golf ball to get it rolling faster. The new offerings launched today include a No. 1 Wide S, No. 1 Tank, No. 7 Tank, 2-Ball Fang, Marxman, Marxman S, Jailbird Mini and Jailbird Mini S.

They will sell for $199 with a standard Winn AVS midsize pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke grip starting on February 23.

See more photos and join the discussion about the Works Red and Black putters here.

Odyssey EXO 2-Ball

The new EXO 2-Ball, made with Rose Gold PVD, is a premium version of the iconic 2-ball shape. It’s CNC-milled with a microhinge insert, has an aluminum crown with a steel sole plate and Tungsten in the rear portion of the head. The EXO 2-ball also has black circles instead of the familiar white color for which 2-balls are known.

According to Odyssey, it’s a “statement product,” and it will only sell 5,000 of these putters globally. They will sell for $499.99 starting on February 2.

Odyssey says: “Our new Odyssey EXO 2-Ball is a premium limited edition putter unlike any we’ve ever offered. It combines one of the game’s most innovative and iconic putter designs with top-notch materials and meticulous production to create something truly special.”

Toulon Atlanta and Portland

Odyssey’s premium putter brand continues dipping its toes in the mallet style with its new mid-mallet Atlanta and Portland models. They have gunmetal finishes and are 100-percent milled from soft, 303 stainless steel. They also have Toulon’s familiar diamond-milled faces for improved roll.

The Atlanta and Portland models will sell for $399.99 apiece and hit retail on February 2.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Toulon Atlanta putter here

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Callaway launches Rogue, Rogue Pro and Rogue X irons and hybrids

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With its new line of Rogue irons — consisting of Rogue, Rogue Pro and Rogue X models — Callaway continues its search to answer a conundrum that’s plagued game-improvement irons for years; how do you make an iron that produces great ball speed without sacrificing sound and feel. The dilemma is that in order to increase ball speeds, engineers must make the faces of the irons thinner. The problem is, the thinner they make the faces, the more vibration is caused at impact, creating a longer-lasting, higher-pitched sound. Very few golfers want that off-putting, clicky sound, but they do want the ball speed and distance.

So, that’s why companies are experimenting with different materials and injections between the faces of game-improvement irons and their bodies. That buffer creates a dampening effect to reduce vibration, while still allowing faces to be constructed thinner to raise COR (coefficient of restitution, a measure of energy transfer) and ball speed. Companies such as PXG irons use TPE injections, and TaylorMade uses SpeedFoam in its new P-790 irons; Callaway says those constructions either constrict speed, or they don’t have a profound enough effect on vibrations.

For its Rogue irons that are made from 17-4 stainless steel, Callaway is using what it calls urethane microspheres, which are essentially little balls of urethane that it combines together, in the cavities of its irons. The difference between these spheres and other foams and materials on the market, according to Callaway, is that the material is porous. Callaway says the microspheres work to dampen sound without negatively effecting ball speed.

A look at the inside of a Rogue iron, via Callaway’s photography

The inner material in the cavity works in tandem with familiar technologies from previous iron releases such as Apex, Epic and Steelhead XR. Callaway says it has improved upon its VFT (variable face thickness) and Face Cup technologies, focusing on thinning out portions of the face where golfers tend to miss shots — low on the face, on the heel and on the toe. Each of the Rogue irons also uses Internal Standing Wave by way of Tungsten-infused weights that help control the center of gravity (CG) in the club heads; that means centering the overall weight between the scoring lines, and controlling where the CG is placed vertically throughout a given set (re: higher on the short irons for more control and spin, and lower on the long irons for more height).

For the consumer, all of this means getting performance-driven irons at a lower price compared to the Epic and Epic Pro irons. Each of the irons will be available for pre-sale on January 19, and come to retail on February 9. Read on for more info on each of the specific irons, and the Rogue and Rogue X hybrids that introduce Callaway’s Jailbreak technology into hybrids for the first time.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Rogue irons and hybrids in our forums.

Rogue irons ($899.99 steel, $999.99 graphite)

Callaway’s Rogue irons are the standard model in this line of irons, equipped with all of the technologies described above. According to Callaway, these are essentially Steelhead XR replacements, but have more compact shapes. In the Steelhead XR irons, Callaway used a wider profile in order to center CG between the scoring lines, but due to the inclusion of the Tungsten-infused weights in the Rogue irons, it was able to shape the irons more similar to XR and X-Hot irons of the past — more preferable shapes for GI irons, according to Callaway.

Stock shafts include True Temper’s XP105 steel shaft, and Aldila’s Synergy graphite shaft.

Rogue Pro irons ($999.99)

The Rogue Pro irons, as you may expect, have a more compact shape, thinner toplines and thinner soles than their standard-model-counterparts. Therefore, the Pro design will yield more control that better players will prefer, but they are still packed with all of the performance-enhancing technologies of the Rogue irons. They also have a chrome plating that better players may be drawn to.

Rogue X irons ($899.99 steel, $999.99 graphite)

Callaway described the Rogue X irons to me as “bomber irons.” They have lofts that are 3-to-4 degrees stronger than the standard Rogue irons, and they have longer lengths and lighter overall weights, but according to Callaway, they will still launch in the same window iron-for-iron (re: a 7-iron will launch like a 7-iron). Despite cranking down the lofts, they have bigger profiles, wider soles and more offset; those designs work to drag CG rearward, which helps to increase launch.

Combine that design with the Rogue’s VFT, Face Cups, Internal Standing Wave and urethane microspheres, and the result is an iron that’s “all about distance,” according to Callaway.

Rogue and Rogue X hybrids ($249.99 apiece)

As noted previously, the Rogue and Rogue X hybrids include Callaway’s Jailbreak technology. Like Callaway’s Rogue fairway woods, they use stainless steel bars behind the face instead of the titanium bars that are used in the Rogue drivers. Also, like all of the other Callaway clubs that use Jailbreak, the idea of the design is that two parallel bars inside the club head connect the sole with crown help to add strength to the body at impact, allowing the faces to be constructed thinner, thus, create more ball speed across the face. The Rogue and Rogue X hybrids also have Callaway’s familiar Face Cup technology.

The standard Rogue goes up to a 6-hybrid, while the oversized, Rogue X “super hybrid” goes up to an 8-hybrid. Similar to the Rogue X irons, the Rogue X hybrids have an oversized construction, a lighter overall weight, and longer lengths. The goal with these Rogue X hybrids is to create higher launching, more forgiving and longer hybrid options for golfers who need help getting the ball in the air.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Rogue irons and hybrids in our forums.

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