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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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K.J. Choi WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Valero Texas Open (4/18/2018).

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6x

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Ozik Matrix MFS M5 60X

3 Wood: Ping G400 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7x

5 Wood: Ping G400 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8x

Hybrid: Ping G400 (22 degrees)
Shaft: Atlus Tour H8

Irons: Ping G400 (4-PW)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120X

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50-12SS, 54-12SS, 58-10)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping Sigma G Wolverine T
Grip: Ping Pistol

Putter: Ping PLF ZB3
Grip: Super Stroke KJ

Putter: Ping Sigma Vault Anser 2
Grip: Ping Pistol

WITB Notes: We spotted Choi testing a number of clubs at the Valero Texas Open. We will update this post when we have his 14-club setup confirmed. 

Related:

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Choi’s clubs. 

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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Titleist AVX golf balls passed the test, are now available across the United States

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Titleist’s AVX golf balls first came to retail as an experiment in three markets — Arizona, California and Florida — from October 2017 to January 2018. AVX (which stands for “Alternative to the V and X”) are three-piece golf balls made with urethane covers, and they’re made with a softer feel for more distance than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

After proving their worth to consumers, Titleist’s AVX golf balls are now available across the U.S. as of April 23, and they will sell for 47.99 per dozen (the same as Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls) in both white and optic yellow.

According to Michael Mahoney, the Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing for Titleist, the AVX is a member of the Pro V1 family. Here’s a basic understanding of the lineup:

  • AVX: Softest, lowest trajectory, lowest spinning, less greenside spin and longest
  • Pro V1x: Firmer than the Pro V1, highest spinning and highest trajectory
  • Pro V1: Sits between the V1x and the AVX in terms of feel, spin and trajectory, and will appeal to most golfers

Different from the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, the AVX golf balls have a new GRN41 thermoset cast urethane cover to help the golf balls achieve the softer feel. Also, they have high speed, low compression cores, a new high-flex casing layer, and a new dimple design/pattern.

For in-depth tech info on the new AVX golf balls, how they performed in the test markets, and who should play the AVX golf balls, listen to our podcast below with Michael Mahoney, or click here to listen on iTunes.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the AVX golf balls

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