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FIRST LOOK! TaylorMade’s Super Tour Iron



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.



  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


    • 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)

  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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Rory McIlroy’s putter builder speaks on his winning TaylorMade Soto proto



It’s no secret that Rory McIlroy’s biggest weakness has historically been with his putter. But ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won by two shots, McIlroy made a putter switch and ended up with just 100 putts for the week — the lowest in his PGA Tour career. He also finished first in the field in Strokes Gained: Putting, and put on a putting display for the ages on Sunday to shoot 64 (he birdied 5 of the final 6 holes).

Related: Rory’s Winning WITB from the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational 

What’s so special about this putter? To figure that out, I spoke with TaylorMade’s International Tour Director Chris Trott, who worked directly with McIlroy on building his new putter.

Trott explains that McIlroy showed up to Bay Hill “with a different kind of confidence” that week. His caddie, Harry Diamond, showed up to the TaylorMade Tour Truck on Monday night (McIlroy wasn’t on site Monday) with a previous putter of McIlroy’s — a Scotty Cameron that he won multiple majors with, according to Trott — and he wanted to have a new putter built that matched up with the specs of it. “He came with a plan and he wanted to be on spec,” says Trott. So the TaylorMade team sent Harry off to the hotel Monday night with a TaylorMade TP Soto with no face insert, one with an insert, some other variations, and they sent him back to the hotel with a few Spiders, as well, according to Trott.

But since Trott says that McIlroy liked the feel of his previous gamer, Trott thought it was best to send a request back to TaylorMade’s offices in Carlsbad for a TP Black Copper Soto with a midslant neck and a Suryln insert in preparation for McIlroy’s arrival the next day. “Nine out of 10 times we already have a head with the insert in it [inside the tour truck], but this putter is so new,” says Trott. “It’s not even out yet.”

Trott says McIlroy showed up to the Tour Truck the next morning, but he “wasn’t enamored” with the options, although he did fancy the solid face Soto. Here’s the photo notes that Trott took of the solid-faced Soto that McIlroy liked.

Good thing Trott sent that request back to the office, though! The first words out of McIlroy’s mouth when he saw the new TP Black Copper Soto slant neck proto with the Suryln insert, according to Trott, were “Hmm, that’s nice.” But he wanted to tweak the specs. He wanted the putter an eighth of an inch shorter and 3-to-4 swingweight points lighter. Eventually, Trott also added 0.25 degrees of loft to the face compared to McIlroy’s gamer, and made it 1-degree more upright.

The new putter Trott concocted also had a Golf Pride Tradition grip on it, and McIlroy had him change it to a TaylorMade Red Cap Pistol grip.

So, McIlroy took to the putting green with the solid face Soto and the Black Copper slant neck proto with the Surlyn insert. After a few drills, McIlroy decided he liked the feel and look of the Trott concoction, and while he really liked the Black Copper finish, he did have concerns about how it would hold up in the weather.

In the end, McIlroy decided on the TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto proto. Here are the photo notes that Trott took from inside the trailer while holding McIlroy’s (eventual) winning putter.

The numbers in the photo above mean the specs of McIlroy’s putter are as follows:

  • Weight: 508.3 grams
  • Swing weight: D1
  • Lie angle: 71.25 degrees
  • Loft: 2.75 degrees
  • Length: 34.25 inches

Here are photos that we shot of the putter on Tuesday of the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play:

It’s safe to say McIlroy made the right decision for Bay Hill, and according to Trott, he’ll likely be sticking with the putter going forward. And if not, surely Trott and his team will be there with 7-10 more putter options for McIlroy to try out and hand-pick from. Must be nice to be Rory!

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Rory’s putter in our forums.

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Spotted: Phil Mickelson’s Callaway Mack Daddy PM-Grind “2.0” prototype wedge



More than three years ago, Callaway released a Mack Daddy PM Grind — PM stands for Phil Mickelson — that had a raised toe section for a higher center of gravity. Mickelson liked the PM Grind wedges because the designs allowed him to get more spin on open-faced shots, and also because they created a low trajectory with more spin on square-faced shots, said Roger Cleveland in 2015.

Since 2015, Mickelson has been playing various lofts of Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedges, and with various amounts of lead tape.

On Tuesday at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event, however, we spotted a new Mack Daddy PM Grind “2.o” wedge in his bag that has a different look. Is this the introduction of a new wedge release from Callaway?!


We spoke to a Callaway representative who, in so many words, said this is just Phil being Phil and tinkering with equipment, not a product launch.

“This is a Phil-specific prototype version of the Mack Daddy PM-Grind Wedge,” said a Callaway representative. “We built it specifically for him. He likes to tweak his clubs, of course, and this is just an example of that. Always a tinkerer!”
We’ll be sure to update you on more information about the PM Grind 2.0 prototype wedge when we have it.
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Adidas launches special edition black Boost colorway



Adidas staffers will be collectively back in black at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play this Thursday.

The company announced special edition black colorways for its Tour360, Tour360 Knit, and Crossknit 2.0 models, which players will wear, along with head-to-toe black, at the match play competition.

Adidas Tour360

“Boost changed the game for players when we brought it into our golf category,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “Now with the introduction of this special edition colored Boost, golfers can add another style option to their lineup while still enjoying the benefits that only Boost can deliver.”

Adidas partnered with BASF to develop the proprietary Boost technology, which offers cushioning via highly elastic thermoplastic urethane (TPU) pellets that are then fused together with heat and molded into the midsole shape for each specific model. Adidas cites energy return, unmatched cushioning and comfort along with long-lasting durability as the key benefits of the technology.

Adidas Tour360 Knit

The special edition black Boost colorway is available now and will only be featured in the Tour360 family: Tour360 ($210), Tour360 Knit ($190), Crossknit 2.0 ($160). Supplies are limited.

Adidas Crossknit 2.0

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