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Justin Rose tweets out TaylorMade “Rose Proto” irons

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On July 4th, while America was celebrating its Independence Day, Justin Rose dropped a firework of a Tweet; a photo of his new, shiny TaylorMade “Rose Proto” irons. They appear to have a similar construction to Rory McIlroy’s “Rors Proto” irons he put in the bag in 2017, although Rose’s have a different finish — chrome versus Rory’s satin.

With two seemingly similar sets of forged blade irons from TaylorMade, that certainly makes us wonder if the company is considering a public release of the irons. Here’s what a TaylorMade representative had to say about the “Rose Proto” irons.

“These are proto forged irons that we milled for Justin here in Carlsbad following Rory putting a set of his Rors Proto irons into play at The Players. We’ll continue to source feedback from the athletes before we make a decision on a potential market introduction.”

For comparison: Rose Proto (left) vs. Rory Proto

RoseRorsProto

Of course, GolfWRX members were quick to comment on the Rose Proto irons. Below is a collection of the notable takes on the matter.

  • thedurtydurden: Dare I say these look better than Rory’s satin heads.
  • noodle3872: I’m liking the chrome better. I guess I fall into the “blades should be chromed” camp.
  • JJBonyai: Looks like P730 on the hosel?
  • bladehunter: These look great! TM doing a nice job for sure.. only thing i could say as well is thats a wonky Font for the numbers.. BUT it wouldn’t stop me from hitting them!
  • Z1ggy16: I wonder if the retail version will be offered in the satin or chrome finish, and just say PROTO on them, or whatever TM officially names it.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Rose Proto irons

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  1. Mark Walgren

    Jul 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    gross

  2. Speedy

    Jul 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Nothings too original with the blades these days. The heads are made a little bigger, that’s all.

  3. Mike

    Jul 8, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I could be mistaken but don’t these look a little like the Cobra blades from the 80’s They were thicker on the topline but same idea

  4. Matt

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Irons schmions, stuff all difference between anything made after 2000 or thereabouts. So long as they’re fit correctly, not worn out and make you feel good.

  5. Jacked_Loft

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Only logical that TM needs to follow up on the discontinued 2014 MBs.

    I’d love to make a combo set with my P770s.

  6. Tom Duckworth

    Jul 6, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    They are some very pretty blades.
    We are going to see every manufacturer coming out with some “high end” special irons
    that will cost twice as much as their other products. I hope they are a giant flop as it would just make them bolder feeling they could creep up prices on their other products. Don’t think for one second they won’t if they feel like they can get away with it. I don’t have a problem with a company trying to make an honest buck but these luxury high end products tend to trickle down and raise prices across the line. If they can sell a $2000,00 set of irons why not just bump that $1000.00 set up to $1200.00

  7. rex235

    Jul 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Its 2017-
    Another RH Only Prototype from TaylorMade.

    • setter02

      Jul 7, 2017 at 8:10 am

      The blade market is already tiny, add in that the lefty population is like 10% of the total golfers out there (like 50% in Quebec). The market for these is so tiny its not even close to worth it, not sure why the constant complaining.

      • rex235

        Jul 7, 2017 at 11:07 pm

        Because it is 2017.

        Anyway, don’t these TaylorMade Proto Blades look a lot like Mizuno MS-9s? RH Only.

  8. i bogey alot

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

    so JR had to feel special too and tweet out “prototype” that are just like Rory clubs haha

  9. golfraven

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:09 am

    TM is very generous with their Protos at this moment. Seems like the new management is taking things in their own hands. Treat your cattle well and then you can milk them.

  10. Za

    Jul 6, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Yeah, a nice turd color will you do great

  11. Gorden

    Jul 5, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Before going off the wall on these irons remember these were hand milled for one person.. unless you are on the payroll for Taylormade best you will ever see is an overpriced copy of these irons…

  12. Traj

    Jul 5, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    We’ll make one for you in turd

  13. Prime21

    Jul 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    It’s the replacement for the MB & will launch this summer.

  14. Ben Jones

    Jul 5, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    So what.

  15. golfbum

    Jul 5, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    TAYLORMADE…here is a sales and marketing tip for you.

    Create a web page that I can order personalized irons: GOLFBUM PROTO irons sound pretty good.

    • golfraven

      Jul 6, 2017 at 10:12 am

      That would be an easy one and they could close the gap between the “Japanese” premium brands and likes of PXG.

  16. jgpl001

    Jul 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Wow, these are gorgeous

    Yes, please TM – when, when, when?????

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ClevelandKyle who brings up the subject of wedge set-ups. In the thread, our members discuss what wedges they like to carry as well as answering ClevelandKyle’s question: “If you had to carry two wedges for the rest of your life, what would they be (degree, make, model) and why?”

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.

  • SEP1006: “PW / GW – 0311P PXG GEN 2, same as irons. 54/12 and 58/06 – Ping Glide Stealth 2.0: best wedges I’ve ever played by far, very versatile.”
  • cardoustie: “Like the OP, I keep going back to old school Vokey sm2’s .. 50/54/60. TVD m grinds. No wedge spins it as well or feels as good. I am ordering a Glide 3.0 eye 2 58 though.”
  • manoagolfer: “Vokey 48, 54, 58 and 62. Just added the 62 for the short stuff around the greens and steep faced bunkers.”
  • BCULAW: “RTX4 Raw 46 mid, 50 mid, 56 full, 60 low. After playing Vokeys almost exclusively for the last ten years or so, these Clevelands have been a real eye-opener. Spin is greatly increased, and the grind on the 60 is stellar. Highly recommended.”

Entire Thread: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Afor1991 who is on the hunt for a 1 or 2-iron after having no luck with hybrids. With a swing speed in the low 100s, Afor1991 is confident he has the speed and consistency to make a 1 or 2-iron work for him, and our members have been giving him their best suggestions 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.

  • boggyman: “1st generation TM UDI 16* hard to beat with right shaft for a 1-iron, IF you could find one. Used mine in a set of OL Cobras for a while. Need to re-shaft it now though.”
  • Pepperturbo: “I have been effectively using T-MB 17* 2 iron since it was introduced. Now and again put my old Mizuno Pro 16* 1 iron in the bag to remind me those clubs require a good swing. Good luck with your choice.”
  • joelsim: “It depends on how much you value consistency over distance. And of course what your handicap is. I don’t have an official handicap but am regularly scoring in the 70s at my home club, at most 85 if I have a really bad day. And I tried a UDI #2 a couple of weeks ago and sold it a day later. Will stick to my G400 #4 Iron at power spec 19*. Gives me 195y carry consistently with run out according to ground hardness. So far it beats G and G400 Crossovers, Cobra King Utility and TM UDI #2 hands down.”
  • wam78: “Currently playing Mizuno mp h5 2 iron and I absolutely love it! Feels good, easy to hit high and low and can be found for a good price.”

Entire Thread: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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