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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.

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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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