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

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Update 6/15/17 5:00 p.m.

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.

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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25 Comments

  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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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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