Connect with us

Equipment

James Patrick Has Re-Emerged, And He’s Ready to Fit You For Wedges

Published

on

Four years ago, James Patrick “JP” Harrington was a club builder with a dream of creating the world’s best wedges. From his mother’s garage in Minnesota, the 30-year-old was making strong case that he could. Selling one wedge at a time, he captured the attention of the golf equipment world with some of the most beautiful wedges golfers had ever seen. And to many of his customers, his “JP” wedges performed even better than they looked.

JP_Wedges

“JP” wedges that Harrington hand ground in his mother’s garage.

Harrington’s life changed on a Wednesday in April 2013 when his phone rang. The call was from Titleist’s Vice President of Human Resources, who wanted to meet him. The Titleist VP flew to Minnesota to meet Harrington the following Monday, where Harrington ground him a wedge. The next week, he had another visitor. It was Wally Uihlein, the President and CEO of Acushnet, Titleist’s parent company. “[Uihlein] asked me, ‘If you had the full resources of Titleist, what could you create,’” Harrington says. “And by July, I had signed a partnership with Titleist.”

Shortly after the deal was signed, Harrington announced on his website that he had joined Titleist. He said Titleist was “providing [him] the resources needed to continue to explore the unending pursuit of creating the world’s finest wedges.” He thanked fans for “helping to build the foundation,” and called Titleist “the next step in the journey of [his] life’s work.” There were no other details.

Speculation swirled that Harrington was being groomed to be Titleist’s successor to Bob Vokey, the signature craftsman of the company’s Vokey line of wedges. There was another rumor was that Harrington would take over design of Titleist’s Japanese wedge line. The truth has turned out to be more interesting.

JP Wedges

Harrington’s new line of JP wedges.

Harrington, now 34, has continued to work “as a one-man show,” he says, albeit in a new location. Titleist stationed him in a private facility in Carlsbad, California. It’s a workspace not all too different than his mother’s garage in Minnesota with a few key exceptions; it’s located just miles away from the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, one of the best golf equipment testing facilities in the world. It’s also just a few miles from Titleist’s R&D facilities, giving Harrington access to the full force of Titleist’s golf equipment manufacturing resources.

When Harrington started with Titleist four years ago, his primary focus was vetting his beliefs about wedge design, a process that took him around the world and back. Speaking with Harrington prior to the wedge launch, he emphasized the importance of his trip to Japan, where he worked one-on-one with professional players on their wedge games. Harrington had worked with tour players before, but never on such a large scale. In his travels, he also met with suppliers around the globe to better understand all the parts and materials that go into a golf club: the clubs heads, the shafts, the grips, and even the glues that hold them all together.

QPA Wedges

With Titleist, Harrington continues to focus to his core philosophies of quality, performance and esthetics.

Harrington came to prominence through his grinding skills, his ability to hand-shape the soles of wedges to meet the needs of his customers. Early on in his research, however, he realized that he would need to change the way he had been making wedges to improve his designs. He found that he could offer golfers even better performance by producing wedges not with his hands, but with CNC milling machines. “As good as I can grind, the CNC tolerances of a milled sole far exceed what a human can do in a repeatable fashion,” Harrington says.

Harrington’s grinding skills still proved vital in the process, though. In developing his new line of JP wedges for Titleist, Harrington spent a considerable about of time working with Scott Knudson, the head machinist in Titleist’s R&D department. Knudson is an expert in CAD, or computer-aided design, the software that tells a CNC milling machine what to do. The goal of Harrington’s work with Knudson was to translate the unique sole design he developed at Titleist into CAD, which proved to be challenging.

JP_Multi_Directional_Sole

Harrington’s sole design, which he calls a “Multi-Directional Camber Sole Design,” uses an extreme amount of curvature from both front to back and side to side, which was easy for Harrington to shape with his hands. It proved difficult to duplicate in CAD, however, even for an expert like Knudson. The solution was for Harrington to immerse himself in CAD and digitize his grinding skills. He says he spent day after day shaping wedges on a computer screen much like he would on a grinder… and it wasn’t just one wedge sole he needed to perfect.

Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 7.28.05 AM

Harrington’s research on what different golfers need from their wedges led to his decision to offer an incredibly wide range of options: 16 different lofts from 45-60 degrees. Each loft is also available in multiple sole grinds: two or three, depending on the loft. And to make his wedges even more precise, each sole grind is distinct to each loft. That left Harrington to design 36 different sole grinds in CAD. That sounds like a lot, and it is, and it’s just one part of his new wedge design.

All of Harrington’s new wedges are made four pieces: a 1025 carbon steel body, a forged titanium back plate, an internal “calibration” weight, and a tungsten toe weight. And since each piece is specific to each loft and each sole design, the minimum number of parts needed to create the new JP wedge line is 144. That number grows considerably when you consider that Harrington will be using different weight versions of his calibration weights to be able to build wedges to the exact swing weight golfers need regardless of their club length, shaft, and grip requirements.

Exploded

The four pieces of the JP wedges “fit together like a puzzle piece,” Harrington says, and because each piece is precisely engineered for each loft and sole grind, he can position the center of gravity (CG) of his wedges in the optimal location for spin and trajectory control — whether it’s a 47-degree wedge with medium bounce, a 53-degree wedge with high bounce, or a 59-degree wedge with low bounce. “Each wedge has a seamless design on the exterior,” Harrington says, “but on the inside they’re all unique.”

JP Fitting Experience

Harrington fitting a golfer at Titleist’s Oceanside Test Facility.

Just as unique as the design of the wedges is Harrington’s approach to fitting them. In his research, Harrington developed a fitting tool he calls a “high-speed rail photo system,” which is essentially a high-speed camera on a mini train track. It sits beside a golfer as he or she swings and records how a golf club interacts with the golf ball and turf at impact, capturing 10,000 frames per second. The rails were added so that the camera can be slid forward after every swing to provide an area of fresh turf and consistent alignment with the ball.

Harrington fabricated the camera himself, and it will play an important role in the launch of his new wedges. They will not be sold at retailers; rather, Titleist is recommending that golfers book a one-on-one appointment with Harrington called the “JP Fitting Experience” at Titleist’s Performance Institute in Oceanside, California, where they’ll spend three hours being fit for wedges. The cost is $2,000, which includes three custom wedges built by Harrington (golfers can also purchase a fully customized JP wedges directly from Titleist for $500 each).

Harrington says he’ll be able to better evaluate a golfer’s swing mechanics using the camera, which allows him to precisely measure the movement of the club through the impact area. Harrington will also be evaluating the shots each of his clients need to hit to play their best golf, and to help him do so Titleist built Harrington a custom tee and short-game facility equipped with strips of rough and bunkers at the Titleist Performance Institute. Using it, he will observe golfers playing a comprehensive range of shots using his motion-capture system and Trackman.

JP-Custom

As a final step, Harrington will build each JP wedge by hand, and is also responsible for each wedge’s custom engraving. Using CAD, he will design the back of the wedge with up to 20 characters and a choice of 24 different paint colors to make each wedge one of a kind.

Harrington calls the titanium back plate of his wedges “a blank canvas” for golfers to make their wedges their own, and of course, he can help guide them through their wedge customization process. He, better than most, can relate to starting at a blank canvas and creating something truly unique.

Learn more about JP Wedges at jpwedges.com.

Your Reaction?
  • 298
  • LEGIT36
  • WOW59
  • LOL9
  • IDHT6
  • FLOP3
  • OB6
  • SHANK62

Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

Continue Reading
65 Comments

65 Comments

  1. bad9

    May 9, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    They could cost $5 each. They are ugly. I would never pay for something that looked as terrible as that.

  2. Double Mocha Man 4 President

    May 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I’d rather have a set of PXG irons to put in my black titleist bag. Cool article tho

  3. Steve

    May 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I forgot a 3 year old Mizuno wedge on a course and it wasn’t turned in. My guess is it’s about 1 million to 1 that a $500 wedge wouldn’t get turned in either.

    • cgasucks

      May 7, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Turned? What are you trying to say? Wedges aren’t zombies you know.

  4. MRC

    May 6, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Great article Zak.
    Absolutely love reading about the nuts and bolts of club design and manufacturing.
    Incredible opportunity for JP and Titleist.
    Titleist built Harrington a custom tee and short-game facility equipped with strips of rough and bunkers at the Titleist Performance Institute. Are you kidding? Titleist is first class.
    True, cost of new custom wedges may not be for everyone. At the same time, if new wedges and the TItleist experience is in the cards, why not?
    Scotty Cameron and Titleist worked out. I’m sure the above will too.
    Good luck Mr.Harrington and enjoy the ride.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      May 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks for the comment, MRC. I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

  5. mp-4

    May 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Great article.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      May 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks for the comment, MP-4. I’m glad you enjoyed the story.

  6. 8thehardway

    May 5, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    JP’s wedges were the most impressive I’ve ever seen. How fortunate his obsession and talent have the backing of such a respected company. Like Edward Hopper’s paintings and John Jensen’s knives, just knowing that such wedges exist, that such talent and ability exist increases my happiness. His wedges are an affirmation of excellence, a stark contrast to the ordinary, practical items with which we content ourselves.

  7. Fat Perez

    May 5, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    5 bills? 5 bills for a wedge plus 9% tax? 5 fiddy for a club? But what if your swing and bunker game

    is atrocious? I’m lost, somebody help me understand where we’re going with this blue chip white

    collar game? Anybody? I wanna pay $500 for a “smart golf ball.” Imagine when that product is

    developed. The ball you can pre program to create dart like accuracy towards the desired target.

    5 bills for a degrading wedge? Oy Vay!!!

    • JThunder

      May 8, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Golf has historically been a game of leisure for the wealthy. Between manufacturers and eBay, there are plenty of ways to buy clubs for less.

      Now, if you want to talk about how awful capitalism is in general, that’s another conversation.

  8. Dave R

    May 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Finally a real good looking wedge, and many thanks for showing the long and short of making them. Again these are good looking and can’t wait till they hit Canada.

  9. JR

    May 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I predict the people who bash PXG for being too flashy and too expensive, will fawn over these wedges.

    • birdie

      May 9, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      i predict the cost of these wedges will actually be backed up by the technology and quality over pxg simply separating themselves based on costs.

  10. TIM

    May 5, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    that’s 3000 cad , for a wedge that might last 2 yrs, if these for lifetime maybe

  11. rebfan73

    May 5, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Actually, a “cool” article for once……

  12. Ric

    May 5, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    “TRUMP” wedges . Only people of super wealth can afford these and that’s exactly who it’s targeted for ! Money won’t make it easier to get out of the sand or rough. It’s a status symbol period. NEXT THEY WILL HAVE EMBEDDED DIAMONDS AND BE SOLID GOLD.(LIMITED SUPPLY) !

    • JThunder

      May 8, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Interesting thought; how can it be a “status symbol” when less than 1% of the golfing public has ever heard of James Patrick? You’d have to leave a price tag on it – there’s no way anyone would know the price or exclusivity otherwise.

  13. Sean

    May 5, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Very well written and interesting. I did not realize all that went into wedges.

  14. Matt

    May 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    If money was no object I’d be on a plane tomorrow.

  15. TWShoot67

    May 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I say Congrats for and to JP! I wish him well with Titleist ( the man has put the hours in) and maybe one day I could get that personal experience.

  16. H

    May 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    On 2nd thought, forget it. I don’t want anything to do with Titleist

  17. golfraven

    May 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    It’s called HYPE. Make it seem exclusive and keep the stock limited and people will jump on the band wagen and fight over it even if they would never have dreamed to spend so much cash on something they didn’t aspire in the first place.

  18. golfraven

    May 5, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Unfortunately the trend catched on and OEMs will make you believe that it is perfectly fine to spend 1K on wedges (2K incl. fitting). All this is leading to increased club prices – soon 200 per wedge and 700 bucks per driver (+upcharge for those better shafts you should get fitted for) will be standard. You better start cutting your child’s college funds.

  19. Dat

    May 5, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I don’t get it. What makes these so special that he couldn’t bring them to retail?

    • Chris

      May 6, 2017 at 9:23 am

      I’m guessing all the personalised features? Weight, grind shaft etc is custom fit to the player.

    • birdie

      May 9, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      they want these to be exclusive and they want to ensure players are properly fit into the grind that the manufacturer recommends. and they are retail. you can buy online, you just won’t find them in a big box store. several brands do this.

  20. George

    May 5, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    yes 2000 for a 3 wedges is insane, but think about it this way. You get 3 hours with one of the best wedge fitters/builders out there. I dont know how much Butch Harmon charges for lessons but I am assuming it is not cheap. Now im not saying this is for everyone and it sure as hell is not for me. Wedges will wear out and you will have to replace those before replacing anything in your bag. But you are paying more for an experience that may not be in option later in this guys career.

    • Ian

      May 6, 2017 at 3:57 am

      Except Harmon is a coach with a fine track record and will no doubt fix your swing. These are just pretty. So pretty + ungly (that’s the swing) = pretty ugly

  21. joe

    May 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    this is just another person who thinks that his wedge company is going to be successful just because he is teamed with titliest you know it don’t mean anything! look what happen to Hopkins golf scratch golf scratch golf even had Don Williams of Mcgregor fame i will bet in about 5-10 yrs from now no one will heard of these people!

    • JC

      May 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Did you actually read the story? He didn’t reach out to Titleist. Titleist got him and asked him to do this. They chose to have him go out and create wedges like this rather than have him continue what he was doing.

    • Rusty Grant

      May 5, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Don White? If this is who you’re referring to he said that JP was one of the most talented people he had ever met in his life.

    • Chris

      May 6, 2017 at 9:25 am

      In 5 to 10 years nobody will know about Titleist…? Aaalrighty then..

  22. DJ

    May 5, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Question Zak,

    Does he keep your exact specs on file for future use or do you have to go through a fitting each time you need wedges? What is the price if you are able to just reorder what you had if you are able to? Since wedges are the quickest club to wear obviously

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      May 5, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      DJ,

      It will be documented. Each golfer will get a “fitting report” after their work with JP. I did not discuss a re-order policy with Titleist or JP, but I will check in with them.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      May 5, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      DJ,

      I checked with Titleist, and any golfer can purchase a fully customized JP wedge for $500 each by calling the number listed in the story. A fitting is not mandatory.

      I apologize for my misunderstanding, and I have updated the language in the story.

      • cgasucks

        May 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

        Still $500 a wedge is friggin expensive…especially for people who like to change wedges every few years.

  23. Dj

    May 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Hard pass. Expensive, they don’t even look good, and performance won’t be any better than anything out now.

  24. Mike

    May 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Beautiful wedges and I love that the fitting process will enable each player to figure out what grinds, bounce, and lift is best for them. The only problem is that if you are an avid player then you need to replace your most used wedges every year or so. It’s just too expensive to replace every year.

  25. cgasucks

    May 5, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    It still doesn’t tell me why Patrick laid low for the past 4 years. That’s what people really want to know.

    • Rusty Grant

      May 5, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      These wedges were just over 3 years of R&D. He wasn’t gone…. Just “grinding away”

  26. Skaffa77

    May 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    I like to reflect on what made someone or something successful and relate it to what they are doing today. His original wedges that brought him so much notoriety and success were ground by hand to meet the exact needs (shape, grind, feel) of his customers. He was an artisan of wedges…an artist of grinding…not perfection…but beautiful and supremely functional to those who used them.

    His new wedges will be CNC milled because they are “better” than he could do by hand…tighter tolerances. While his new wedges will have the benefit of his years of experience and personalization, I feel like these wedges will have lost the artisan customization (hand ground) that brought him his success. It wasn’t the perfection in tighter tolerances that made his wedges a coveted treasure…it was the custom grinds he add to make them look, feel and function better than what his golfers were able to find.

  27. H

    May 5, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    F, I’ll take 3. But man, those grooves won’t last 6 months. That’s the sad part.

  28. Sam

    May 5, 2017 at 11:56 am

    HOLY SMOKES, $2000 for a fitting session and three wedges? and another $500 for a fourth wedge? WOW, and people say PXG clubs are expensive?!?!? 😉

    I’m sure these are great, they look awesome, but you can just buy all four Vokey wedges at the store for almost that much.

  29. BJ

    May 5, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Good write up and really cool stuff.

    Lots of responses about shocked by or complaining about the price.

    I think this is simply Titleist recognizing that PXG hadn’t completely lost it’s marbles by jumping into a super premium price point. They are simply trying to compete in that same spot with this and their C16 line.

    I’m not going to hate on either. I can’t afford a Ferrari or Maserati, but I don’t begrudge those guys for making them. I drive a Ford product now. I certainly can’t afford a Ford GT, but why should I be irritated at Ford because they choose to try to compete with Ferrari, while still churning out the F150 I know and love?

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      May 5, 2017 at 11:48 am

      BJ,

      Thanks for reading the article and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  30. Joe

    May 5, 2017 at 11:24 am

    can’t please everyone. Wow…. what a bunch of whiney mules in here. Don’t buy them…. or here’s a thought…. It’s not anyone else’s fault that you cannot afford them.

    • setter02

      May 5, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      I blame you Joe, even tho I can afford them. But you crying in this about people crying makes you more pathetic…

  31. Adam Crawford

    May 5, 2017 at 11:13 am

    While I understand why the comments are focused on the price of the session/wedges, I think it’s really interesting that Titleist is willing to invest in a guy who’s building wedges in a garage and not only give him a job, but give him a line of wedges all his own. And further, not only give him a line of wedges, but give him the most expensive line of product Titleist offers (that I know of). This article to me is more about one guy building a product that a company believes in and less about how expensive his wedges are.

  32. Pat

    May 5, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Great write up Zak! The original JP wedges were pretty cool and hard to come by. They were pretty pricy as well. I was hoping that his move to Titleist would have brought the prices down a bit, but it looks like they went the opposite direction. $2,000 would be well spent on lessons, custom fitting, or paying for greens fee’s. Also putting Vokey up against Harrington with that price point, Harrington never stood a chance.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      May 5, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Pat,

      Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

  33. Tyler

    May 5, 2017 at 10:39 am

    The idea is cool but is obviously geared toward the wealthy people of Southern California. $2000 bucks for wedges. I’ll play the same way using wedges I found in the used bin at Roger Dunn.

  34. Tom Duckworth

    May 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I thought these were interesting and look cool….until I got down to the last part. Yea I’m going to spend $2000.00 and fly out to Cal. for wedges. Greed is all I have to say.

    • Joe

      May 5, 2017 at 11:22 am

      then don’t….sour grapes is all I have to say

  35. Jayzen

    May 5, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Well at least he has titleist to fall back on when this $2000 wedge idea fails. Get serious. I was interested until I read that 4 wedges will cost more than my entire bag, and outfit, and shoes, and pushcart….

  36. mitch

    May 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

    my ping glide wedges work just fine. I don’t need glitter and dots on my wedge to make me feel good.

    • Tyler

      May 5, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Wait a minute. Those ping wedges have dots on them! The color code. You hypocrite! lol

  37. carl spackler

    May 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

    so these wedges are hollow? if they are so great who is playing them on tour?

  38. Jack

    May 5, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Not that I believe it, but Titliest has claimed in recent advertisements that due to groove degradation, the run-out on a wedge shot will greatly increase after only a limited number of rounds. Somehow, I doubt that Mr. Patrick will include this information in his fitting sessions in his bid to sell $500 dollar wedges.

    • Jonny

      May 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      I would be curious if there is a reorder policy. If I get fit, can I reorder next year when I need new wedges? I think Titleist said something like after 75 rounds your spin will be greatly reduced. I don’t know how much my wedge swing changes each year and I’d rather not fly to Cali every year to get fit again.

      • setter02

        May 5, 2017 at 11:13 pm

        Its just a number to try and get you to spend more on wedges. Its like putting an innings limit on a pitcher when he could throw 30 pitches through 7 innings (not gonna happen), how many times have you hit that wedge in those 75 rounds. Personally my 50* rarely gets used, maybe once every couple of rounds, so is it going to be ‘worn out’ after 35-40 swings?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

pga tour

Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

Published

on

Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

Related:

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

Your Reaction?
  • 7
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW0
  • LOL1
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK0

Continue Reading

Equipment

The hottest blade irons in golf right now

Published

on

As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TMag’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TMag’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

Your Reaction?
  • 53
  • LEGIT4
  • WOW6
  • LOL1
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP2
  • OB1
  • SHANK4

Continue Reading

Whats in the Bag

Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

Published

on

Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

5095fce33e880406a172796becbc64f8 6900daf1b0d2a2751ffa5557ac3865f7 2340677acd0b3c6d0f53ae8fa46c2024 80f602716821fd9518f148951913c9c0 4df372aac347ad61f031f519a1fd1edb 48039d9dfced6272ba047b51e6265d03 6fecf1d551cb1559587f1f17392ba7c8 0519679f5fdaaae2ffbaf2d97c0def72 5445ea5d9987cddfda04efba5d2f1efd

Related

Your Reaction?
  • 82
  • LEGIT7
  • WOW3
  • LOL2
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB1
  • SHANK7

Continue Reading

19th Hole

Facebook

Trending