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The details on Jason Day’s 1-iron at the U.S. Open

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We’ve confirmed that Jason Day is playing the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open with the TaylorMade M2 1-iron. Read below for more information on the club.

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Modern fairway woods and hybrids make the game much easier for most golfers… just not Jason Day. The No. 3-ranked golfer in the world is considering using a custom 1-iron this week at Erin Hills to replace his 3 wood, which has called an “uncomfortable club” in the past.

Photo from TaylorMade Golf

Photo from TaylorMade Golf

Traditionalists probably wouldn’t call the fairway wood-replacement club a 1-iron, although there’s nothing quite like it currently in play on the PGA Tour. It’s a TaylorMade M2, the company’s longest and most forgiving iron model, that was produced for PGA Tour players in a 2-iron loft. It was then strengthened to a loft of 13.5 degrees for Day. The club is 40.5-inches long (about 2 inches shorter than the average length of a 3 wood on the PGA Tour) and has a Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5-Flex, 105-gram graphite shaft. The swing weight is D3.

Day is currently playing a TaylorMade M1 (2017) fairway wood at 15 degrees with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Dual Core TiNi 80TX shaft. Throughout 2017, he’s used a TaylorMade PSi 2 iron with a True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 steel shaft that he regularly flies in excess of 250 yards. On courses with firm, fast fairways, it can roll out to more than 300 yards.

See his full 2017 WITB.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Day’s 1-iron in the forum.

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  1. Still Newbie, but will come up with witty nomer soon

    Jul 3, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Hogan Apex II 1 iron, MacGregor Jack Nicklaus Signature 1 iron, Muirfield 20th Anniversary 1 iron, Titleist 962 1 iron, Titleist 990B 1 iron, Titleist DCI-B 1 iron, Original Ping Karsten 1 iron, Ping Eye 2 1 iron, Callaway S2H2 1 iron. You learn to strike it well and with todays balls, you learn to increase your swing speed to actually get it airborne. Summer time approach’s on par 5’s if no water in front.

  2. Darryl

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Earlier that month in a Taylormade R&D meeting:

    Marketing exec: “Right boys, we’ve fleeced them for 5-PW sets requiring 4 hybrids, lets come up with a way to make long irons cool again, custom build a low lofted hybrid for…………..let me see………let’s say Jason Day, then disguise it as an iron and if it gets loads of coverage put it into production in 8 different lofts with none of the extreme, expensive tech in the prototype included and sell them at a 15% mark up on a standard per iron cost. The poor bas***ds will be knocking the store doors down to get hold of them just to punt them on ebay for a 1/3 of the price 6 weeks later.”

    Club designer: “But wait, we have a corporate responsibility here, should we also give them a load of hyper expensive shaft options as well?”

    That’s not to say I wont be looking at one myself……

  3. Jacked_Loft

    Jun 18, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Modern golf course design with forced carries and hard greens have made the 1 iron obsolete. Still got a couple of them but bag a 5 wood since 20 years.

  4. mojoman

    Jun 16, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    “If you’re caught on the golf course in a storm and you’re afraid of lighting, hold up a 1-ron. Not even god can hit a 1-iron.” – Lee Trevino

  5. Mad-Mex

    Jun 15, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    And every 18+ HDCP and wanna be pro is going to want one,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  6. Bob the Chemisy

    Jun 15, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Used one iron till in my late forties. Takes practice but not hard to hit, even off fairway. Switched to hybrids because they require to practice.

  7. Chuck

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    If it was a sword in Games of Thrones, it would be called Worm Burner.

  8. rebfan73

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Nice!!!

  9. Penile Disfunction

    Jun 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    It’s going to be used to scoop ice cream for his kids and slather the stuff perfectly flat on some cookies

  10. Orvill

    Jun 14, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    If you can’t hit a 1-iron you can’t hit a driver. Conquer the 1-iron before you pick up a driver otherwise you will be flatulating in the wind.

    • David Labbe

      Jun 14, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      I think you read too much.

    • Orvill

      Jun 14, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Driver and 1-iron have many swing similarities, but if you’re afraid of a 1-iron keep on whiffing since you are a big driver man.

  11. Ben Jones

    Jun 14, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Miss my Eye2 1 iron. Rocket ball. But it could go left.

  12. Thomas A

    Jun 14, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I have a 1-iron that I use to fish out balls that I hit into the right side pond with my 2-iron.

  13. bg

    Jun 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    13.5 degrees for a 1-iron? Typical Taylor Made and their Jacked up lofts. 🙂

  14. JD

    Jun 14, 2017 at 11:18 am

    This is probably used just to hack out of the rough. If I had 250 to go on a par 5 in thick rough, I’d love to have a 1 iron to fight it out of there vs. a hybrid or a wood that wouldn’t even touch the ball.

    • O

      Jun 14, 2017 at 11:45 am

      No, it is not to hack it out of the rough. You don’t play golf much, huh.

    • LD

      Jun 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Better than hitting a driver out of the rough.

      • PD

        Jun 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm

        I find the putter is the best club to use out of the deep rough.

  15. Neil Odenbaugh

    Jun 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

    thats funny, I used to have a one iron, it worked like a putter for me, used to hit it dead right off the hosel, about two feet off the ground.
    Could also hit it ‘thin’ and it would run right into the tall rough in front of the tee box, and go like 50 yards….

    • Albuquerquedan

      Jun 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      I currently bag a 2 iron, bent strong to 14 degrees. It works like a medieval torture device for me. I hit it about 85 yards, dead left into the woods, and actually really low for the loft. Can also hit it ‘thin’, and get it to run about 150 yards into the creek on the right.

    • Grizz01

      Jun 16, 2017 at 8:26 am

      1 iron and 2 iron need a high club head speed in order to get it up in the air. I’m still playing m 1994 Lynx Parrallax, I have the 17 degree 2 iron with it. Still can get it up in there air but I’m losing height year after year. I had a Golfsmith 1 iron from the same period and could get it 260yds off a tee. The graphite shaft snapped and put the head somewhere in my shop. Still can’t find it. Doubt I could hit it now.

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Nickc who asks fellow WRXers what they would choose if their next set of irons were the last clubs they could use. Some of our members mention a range of different irons which they would love to splash out on, while others choose between a set of clubs already in their possession.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • cfasucks: “If I had only 1 set to play with for the rest of my life it would probably be my 845s. They are great feeling and forgiving when I’m not at the top of my game, and they’re built like tanks.”
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Here are a few posts from the thread but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say on the covers at the link below.

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Top 10 most iconic driver and fairway wood shafts of all time

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If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

This is my top 10 list (in no particular order) of the most iconic driver shafts of all time.

Fujikura 757 Speeder

Fujikura golf shaft

Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

Aldila NV Green golf shaft

One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

Diamana Blue Board - Tiger shaft

Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

True temper graphite EI70

It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

Tour AD Di7 Tiger orange shaft

It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

UST golf shaft gold graphite

The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

Blue graphite shaft stenson

Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

1000 golf shaft Matrix

$1,100 bucks! That was the original asking price for the Martix Ozik TP7HD. Matrix thought of this design as a concept car of shafts and threw everything they had at it including exotic materials like Zylon, and the fact that it was wrapped on a 16-sided hexadecagon mandrel. Some golfers said it had a fluid-like feel (we golfers can sure be weirdly descriptive) but it still had a LOT of stability thanks to the materials. Although never as popular as many on the list, if you did spot one of these in the wild you knew its owner was VERY serious about golf gear.

True Temper Bi-Matrix

bimatrix Bubba golf shaft

Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

ryan palmer accra 5 wood shaft

This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.

 

Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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