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

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U.S. Open - Round One

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.

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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.

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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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A Deep Dive: The equipment timeline of David Duval, 1993-2001

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Like Tiger, David Toms, and Fred Couples there are certain players that I have been obsessed with for years. If you go to my Instagram, you can see it in plain sight. When it comes to DD it was more than the what, it was the why, the how that sparked my curiosity. Let’s face it, in 2000 with the Mossimo gear, Oakley shades, jacked-up physique, and on Titleist staff, was there ever a cooler looking player?

No. There wasn’t or isn’t.

That’s where my interest in Larry Bobka came about. I saw David and Larry walking the fairways of Sahalee at the ’98 PGA Championship.

At the time, I was already knee-deep in David Duval fandom but that experience took me over the top. Bobka had a handful of clubs in his hands and would pass DD a 970 3-wood, Duval would give it a rip and the two would discuss while walking down the fairway. Of all my time watching live golf, I have never been so awestruck.

This is an homage to David’s equipment during his prime/healthy years on the PGA Tour. From his early days with Mizuno, into the Titleist days, and finally Nike.

1993-1995 Mizuno

*This was an interesting time for Duval from an equipment standpoint. The pattern of mixing sets to put together his bag began and it was the time he transitioned from persimmon (Wood Bros driver) into metal woods. It was also the beginning of his long relationship with Scotty Cameron, a relationship that still stands today.

What was in the bag

Driver: TaylorMade Tour Burner 8.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100 (*he also played with the Bubble XHKP Prototype)

3-wood

King Cobra @14 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

TaylorMade Tour Issue Spoon @13  w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Irons

1993: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1994: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1995: (2,3) Mizuno TC-29, (4-PW) Mizuno TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Mizuno Pro (53, 58) with Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport (35 inches, 71 lie, 4 degrees of loft)

Ball: Titleist Tour Balata 100

Glove: Mizuno Pro

1996-2000 Titleist

The beginning of the Titleist years started off quietly. There wasn’t any new product launched and David wasn’t quite the star he would become 12-18 months later. However, it gave Titleist the opportunity to get to know DD and his overall preferences, which aren’t dramatic but certainly unique. He didn’t win in 1996 but did qualify for the Presidents Cup Team and finished that event off at 4-0. So the buzz was going in the right direction and his peers certainly took notice.

It was 1997 that things took off on all fronts and it was the year that Titleist made David Duval the face of the DCI brand and with that decision spawned the greatest cast players cavity ever: the 962B—and also equipped David Duval to go on a 3-year run that was surpassed by only Tiger Woods.

Hence the deep dive article I wrote up earlier this month

What was in the bag

Driver

1996

TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

1997

TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

King Cobra Deep Face 9 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100, True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ Fujikura Prototype X

1998

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

1999: Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) @ 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

2000: Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

3-wood

1996

King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

1997 

King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

1998

Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X


Callaway Steelhead 3+ @13 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Titleist 970 (Dark Grey Head) @13 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (only tested this one)

1999

Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

Cobra Gravity Back 14.5T w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Irons

1996

(2-PW) Titleist DD Blank Prototype w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

(2-PW) Titleist DCI Black “B” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

*This prototype set was a blank set of the DCI Black “B” but with sole modifications. 

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000: (2,3) Titleist DCI Black (4-PW) Titleist DCI 962B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

*David liked the original prototype version of DG Sensicore X100 that had weight removed from the center of shaft to create better feel and a slightly higher trajectory

24 Feb 2000: David Duval watches the ball after hitting it during the World Match-Play Championships at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport

Wedges

1996: (52 @53, 58) Mizuno Pro, (56 @57) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1997: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG, (58) Titleist Bobka Grind, (57 @58) Cobra Trusty Rusty w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1998: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTGw/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1999: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

2000: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER

1996: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport 1 35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft, Scotty Cameron Long Slant Neck Laguna Custom (double welded neck)

1997: Odyssey Dual Force Rossie 2, Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

1998, 1999, 2000: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

2001: Nike Golf and The Open Championship

The relationship with Titleist Golf ended quickly and when David showed up to Kapalua with a non-Titleist stand bag the rumor mill went nuts. The story (although super speculative) was that David opted out in the middle of a $4.5 million per year deal with Acushnet, a lawsuit followed, but Davids’s stance was that he had a marquee player clause that allowed him to walk if he wasn’t “marquee” aka highest-paid.

Apparently he had a point, Acushnet had recently inked big deals with Davis Love and Phil Mickelson leading someone on the outside to do the math. However, I’m not an attorney, wasn’t there, and have no clue what the legality of any of it was. Point is, he walked and landed at Nike with a new head-to-toe contract. 

 

DRIVER:

Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975Z Prototype 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Nike Titanium w/ True Temper EI-70 II Tour X (pictured below)

Nike Titanium Prototype 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (featured image)

3 WOOD:

Callaway Steelhead Plus 4+ @15 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Nike Prototype @14 degrees w/ True Temper EI-70 Tour X

Sonartec/Excedo (SS-03 head) Driving Cavity @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

IRONS:

(2-PW) Titleist 990B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

(2-PW) Nike Prototype “DD” Grind MB w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

(2) Titleist DCI Black w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

 

WEDGES: 

(53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

(53,58) Nike DD Grind w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

SPEC TALK

Over the years the one constant was David’s iron and wedge specs. As a shut-faced player he has always favored traditional lofts in his irons. However, a cool thing to note is his lie angles remained constant 59.5 (2-4), 60 (5-9). The running theory here was being a shallow (low hands) and shut faced player, keeping the lie angles at a constant (flatter) lie angle allowed him to feel like his angle of attack could remain the same for each iron. It’s just a feeling but that’s what he did. If the “why of it” is true, it looks like he was doing Bryson things before Bryson did.

David Duval Iron/Wedge Specs

Loft/Lie/Length/SW

  • 2-17/59.5/40.25/D5
  • 3-20.5/59.5/39 1/6/D4
  • 4-24/59.5/38 9/16/D4
  • 5-27/60/38 1/16/D4
  • 6-30.5/60/ 37 9/16/D4
  • 7-35/60/37 1/16/D4
  • 8-39/60/36 9/16/D4
  • 9-43/60/36 5/16/D4
  • P-47/61/36/ 1/16/D5
  • GW-53/62/35 5/8/D4
  • LW-58/62/35 9/16/D6

Whew…since this prolific run, David transitioned into some interesting projects with smaller companies like Scratch, B.I.G Golf (AKA Bio-engineered in Germany), back to the mainstream with Nike, and most currently Cobra Golf.

I hope you all enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me, Duval is not only fascinating from a career standpoint but digging into the equipment of DD has been quite the experience.

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“Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?” – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing irons and how to hit your numbers consistently. WRXer ‘Hubb1e’, who is a 15 handicap, is having issues and says:

“I recently upgraded from 20 year old Taylor Made 360 irons to a set of custom-built Callaway Apex 19 Forged irons. Old irons were traditional cavity back. New irons are categorized as players distance irons. Both have the same fit.

My new 3 iron will go 230 yards or 130 yards and not even make it far enough to reach the fairway. My new 7 iron will typically go 160 yards but will often will fly 175 yards or drop out of the air at 120 yards. I can’t control the distances of my new irons, and I spent a fortune custom fitting them to my swing. Why is this happening? This was never an issue with my old irons. A bad hit would go 10-20% shorter, but I never had balls fly over the green or completely fall out of the air. What is going on with my new equipment?”

Our members offer up their solutions in our forum.

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.

  • ThreeBoxers: “Strike quality is your answer. Tech or no tech, irons will not have 50-yard distance discrepancies. Not super familiar with the Apex irons, but they’re pretty forgiving no? You might lose 10 yards on toe or heel strikes but 40, 50? You’re probably hitting it heavy. If they have a beveled edge, it may mask the feeling of hitting it fat a bit, but not the result. My Mizunos have a pretty aggressive front edge grind which helps a ton on heavy shots. It’s the difference between landing 15 yards short and 50 yards short. +1 on using foot spray to check impact.”
  • extrastiff: “It also would not hurt to check your swing speed. Even strike being terrible that’s a large discrepancy. Maybe your last build had a weight that helped you get consistent swing speed.”
  • WristySwing: “I would say inconsistent strike is the biggest issue. Now that can mean a couple of things. It could mean you, as in the person swinging, are not hitting the ball properly because of inconsistent delivery. The other option is the fit is bad, and it is causing you to be extremely inconsistent because you cannot feel the head. It might be a little bit of column A and column B. However, I would lean more towards column A in this scenario because even a horrifically misfit set someone could get used to it eventually and not have 100 yards of discrepancy in carry shot to shot. I’ve seen people who are playing 50g ladies flex irons with fat wide soles who are very shallow and swing a 6i 92mph still not have 100 yards of carry flux with their sets. If your miss is toe-side 9/10x that is because you are coming too far from the inside. When you get too stuck on the inside you typically stall and throw your arms at it. When you break your wrists (flip)/throw your arms at it you get a very inconsistent low point average that often manifests in extremely fat or thin strikes….typically fat since your squat and rotate is out of sync with your release. As others have said, get some impact tape/foot powder spray and see where you are actually making contact. Then if you can get on a video lesson and see what the issue is. As of right now, we can all only assume what is going on. If your low point control is good, you don’t get stuck, and you are hitting it in the middle of the head — then fit comes into question.”
  • larryd3: “I”d be on the phone to my fitter and setting up a time to go back in and see what’s going on with the irons. You shouldn’t be getting those types of results with a properly fit set of irons. When I got my fitting earlier this year at TrueSpec, the fitter, after watching me hit a bunch with my current irons, focused on increasing the spin on my irons, not on distance but on consistency. So far, they seem to be working well when I put a decent swing on them.”
  • fastnhappy: “One possibility that wouldn’t necessarily show up indoors is sole design and turf interaction. You may have a real problem with the newer clubs because of a sole design that doesn’t work for your swing. That’s hard to tell when hitting inside off a mat. If so, you’d see major distance inconsistency because of strike. The feedback I’ve seen on the players distance irons is exactly what you’re describing… difficult to control distance.”

Entire Thread: “Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about their favorite watch for golf

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their favorite watches for golf. WRXer ‘Sourpuss’ asks fellow members: “Dealer’s choice, cost is of no concern. What would you wear if you could afford it? Top 5 of your choice?” and WRXers have been weighing in with their choices in our forum.

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.

  • sheppy335: “Garmin S40. Love the feel and look.”
  • golfkrzy10: “Apple iWatch with the hole 19 app. Yardage, score, fway, and putts. Perfect for my minimalist walking views on the golf course.”
  • jcboiler: “Second the Apple Watch. Need to look into the apps though.”
  • Deadsquiggles: “If it didn’t bother me to play with a heavy watch, I’d wear my Deep Blue NATO Diver Automatic. But instead, I wear my cheap GShock.”
  • Golfjack: “I thought I was going to come in with a witty comment about my expensive watch, but looks like I’m late! Anyway, I wear my Galaxy Active 2 normally now. Used the Golf Caddie app for a few times. It worked well enough, but I don’t see it helping too much. Still prefer using apps on the phone if I need GPS info. Otherwise, I just use my rangefinder.”

Entire Thread: “Favorite watch for golf?”

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