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Titleist’s 818 H1, H2 Aim To Be Golf’s Most Complete Hybrids

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A thread was started earlier this month in the GolfWRX Equipment Forum titled, “Anti-hook hybrids.” The original poster, JaNelson38, asked GolfWRXers for their recommendations for a hybrid with “little if any draw bias.”

“For the life of me, I can’t stop hooking the hybrids I play,” he wrote. “It’s starting to affect me mentally, as the 3-hybrid is an important club for me when I’m playing my home course.”

More than 60 comments later, JaNelson38 had countless leads from GolfWRX Members. Suggestions ranged from trying a handful of 5-year-old hybrid models to switching to driving irons. He was even offered swing advice.

Titleist’s new 818 H1 and 818 H2 hybrids were created with golfers like JaNelson38 in mind, and they’ll likely simplify future discussions. They’re the first Titleist hybrids to feature the company’s SureFit CG Technology, an adjustable-weight system that allows golfers to shift a hybrid’s center of gravity to encourage, or discourage, a specific ball flight.

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The 818 hybrids are also loft and lie adjustable through Titleist’s SureFit hosel.

SureFit CG, which is also available on Titleist’s 917 drivers and fairways, uses a weighted stick to adjust CG. The stick is inserted through an opening on the side of the hybrids that runs from toe to heel and is secured with a screw. Every 818 H1 and 818 H2 hybrid is sold with two weighted sticks: one that’s evenly weighted to encourage a straight ball flight, and another that’s heavier on one end to create either a draw- or fade-biased trajectory.

Using SureFit CG, golfers can encourage a draw by positioning the heavy end of the weighted stick on the heel side of the hybrid; they can encourage a fade by positioning the heavy side of the weight on the toe side of the hybrid. The CG difference between the two settings is approximately 1.5 millimeters, which will create about 4 yards of trajectory bias, says Stephanie Luttrell, Director of Titleist Metalwood Development. The stock weight of the stick is 14 grams, but heavier and lighter weights are available to accommodate custom club lengths, shafts, and swing weights.

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  • 25-degree 818 hybrid replaces AP1 4-iron for R-Flex golfers
  • 23-degree 818 hybrid replaces AP1 4-iron for S-Flex golfers
  • 23-degree 818 hybrid replaces AP3 4-iron for S/X-Flex golfers
  • 21-degree 818 hybrid replaces AP3 3-iron for S/X-Flex golfers
  • 23-degree 818 hybrid replaces AP2 3-iron for S/X-flex golfers

Learn more about Titleist’s 718 irons.

When the 818 hybrids were made available to PGA Tour players in July at the Quicken Loans National, Brendon de Jonge saw the benefits of the added adjustability first hand, Luttrell says. De Jonge had developed a tendency to hit his hybrid to the left, and at the time he had abandoned the 816 H2 hybrid he was previously using. Using the fade-biased SureFit CG setting in an 818H2 hybrid allowed de Jonge was able to fix the issue. He put a 19-degree 818 H2 in his bag that week.

The 818 H2 targets the needs of better players, with a compact, squared-off appearance. It’s the most popular Titleist hybrid on the PGA Tour by a wide margin. The vast majority of amateur golfers, on the other hand, will likely prefer the company’s 818 H1 hybrid. Although it’s smaller and more streamlined than the 816H1 hybrid it replaces, it has a larger, more fairway-wood like shape than the 818 H2 to offer a higher ball flight and more forgiveness.

According to Luttrell, golfers won’t notice much of a distance increase if they’re comparing the 818 hybrids to 816 models: maybe 1-2 yards. Where they should see a difference is in the consistency of the new hybrids, which is attributable to the movement of weight lower and deeper in the club heads. That boosts moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of forgiveness, by 10 percent over past models. It also boosts launch and spin of the clubs, leading to more “playable distance.”

“We weren’t looking to make these hybrids go significantly farther,” she says. “We wanted to deliver more consistent launch and spin.”

The 818 H1 hybrids are available in five lofts (19, 21, 23, 25 and 27 degrees). The 818 H2 hybrids are available in four lofts (17, 19, 21 and 23 degrees). They’re available for testing starting September 1 and will be in stores September 29.

Stock Shaft Options

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  • Mitsubishi Tensei Pro Red 50 Hybrid (L)
  • Mitsubishi Tensei Pro Red 60 Hybrid (A, R, S)
  • Mitsubishi Tensei Pro Blue 70 Hybrid (R, S)
  • Mitsubishi Tensei Pro White 90 Hybrid (S, X)
  • Fujikura Atmos HB Tour Spec Blue 8 Hybrid (S, X)
  • Project X Even Flow Blue 85 Hybrid (S)

Discussion: See What GolfWRX Members Are Saying About The 818 Hybrids In Our Forum. 

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  1. Teaj

    Aug 31, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Tough crowd, though for those that commented in the thread it seemed like the author was putting them down.

    • OR

      Sep 1, 2017 at 1:41 am

      The author is a shill … soooo obvious

      • Chipnrun

        Sep 1, 2017 at 3:30 pm

        No he’s not. Don’t say things you know nothing about.

  2. Mad-Mex

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Think I’ll stick with my adjustable K-Sig Hybrid, the CG moves 1.75mm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Too soon?!?!

  3. Roger McIntosh

    Aug 31, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    “A thread was started earlier this month in the GolfWRX Equipment Forum titled, “Anti-hook hybrids.” The original poster, JaNelson38, asked GolfWRXers for their recommendations for a hybrid with “little if any draw bias.”

    “For the life of me, I can’t stop hooking the hybrids I play,” he wrote. “It’s starting to affect me mentally, as the 3-hybrid is an important club for me when I’m playing my home course.”
    ————————-
    Yes, the solution to JaNelson’s problem must be in the design of the hybrid clubhead.
    Titleist to the rescue with their adjustable clubhead that will solve all of JaNelson’s swing problems and all without messing around with his swing mechanics.
    Now that’s what I call advanced 21st century golf club technology. Just dial it in, what could be easier?!

  4. golfraven

    Aug 31, 2017 at 11:20 am

    They said the same about the 816 model, which currently is my least favorite club.

    • Roger McIntosh

      Aug 31, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Yup, adjust the clubhead, not the golfer.

    • Boss

      Sep 1, 2017 at 3:29 am

      It’s my favorite. You just don’t know how to hit it

      • golfraven

        Sep 1, 2017 at 11:22 am

        Yeah, when I hit it, it goes like a dream. Maybe I just didn’t give it enough air time so when I pull it out of the bag it does not fule me with confidence. I just need to give it more love and attention I guess.

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2020 Scotty Cameron Special Select putters

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Scotty Cameron has been refining and defining putters for more than 25 years at Titleist, and to celebrate 2020, he’s releasing the new Scotty Cameron Special Select putter line to showcase timeless, tour-proven designs, crafted with impeccable attention detail.

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Putters are unique clubs because the great styles and classic shapes never go out of style, kind of like cars. Yes, we have seen a growth in larger geometry and technology packed designs, but the classics are classics for a reason, and they will continue to live on.

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The inspiration for the new Special Select putters came directly from combining Scotty Cameron’s most classic shapes with tweaks driven by tour player requests. When it comes to Cameron-designed putters, it’s never going to be about reinventing the wheel, it’s about taking a proven philosophy and refining the end product to perfection. That also means using the best materials, controlling the process start to finish, and milling from a solid block of 303 stainless steel in the USA.

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Each model in the Special Select putter line has been completely reworked, including Cameron’s classic Newport, Newport 2 and Newport 2.5 style blades. A newly refined Del Mar joins the new Fastback 1.5, Squareback 2, Flowback 5 and Flowback 5.5 mid-mallet models.

“With Special Select, I wanted to get back to the pure-milled shapes and faces that I’ve been crafting for tour players for over two decades now. We’ve brought those designs into the modern era with new setups, necks, faces, grips and weights. Every aspect of every putter has been redone. When it all came together, it was pretty special.” – Scotty Cameron

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The Performance Behind Special Select

Everything Scotty Cameron and Titleist is driven by the endless pursuit of creating the most high-performance products for the best players in the world and then bringing that technology and performance to dedicated golfers. The changes made to the new Special Select line to differentiate it from previous Cameron putters of the past are all tour inspired and include

  • Soft Tri-sole Design: Special Select blade models are milled with a tour-inspired soft tri-sole design. This self-soling feature promotes the putter sitting square to the target line at address. The key to this design feature is a slightly negative bounce sole that puts the putter in the correct position time after time.
  • New Balanced Weighting: Heel and toe positioned weights in the sole of Scotty Cameron putters are not new, in fact they have been around for more than a decade now in other select models, but like the rest of the Special Select series it’s about refinement not reinvention. These customizable weights assure that each putter is properly balanced based on putter length, and the golfer’s stroke. There are stock configurations but putters can be made lighter or heavier by request through custom order.
  • More photos of the Scotty Cameron Special Select putters in the forums.
  • See what WRXers are saying about the 2020 Cameron lineup. 

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The blade models all come fit with new tungsten sole weights that are heavier than previous steel ones. This allows for sleeker shapes with larger sweet spots. The mid-mallet putters use a stainless steel sole weights for optimal balance and weight distribution.

  • Refined Hosel Configurations: This is the true nitty gritty, to be sure every attribute of each model is perfect before being put in the hands of the golfer. The Newport and Newport 2 putters, for example, feature a slightly shorter plumbers neck for medium toe flow, with a newly-defined socket radius (where the hosel neck meets the top line) repositioned with onset to provide better visibility of the leading edge at address, allowing for easier alignment.

Scotty Cameron Special Select Models

As mentioned, there are eight models to choose from in the new Special Select line; three blade models and five mid-mallet options with a look and toe flow for any stroke.

  • Newport, Newport 2, Newport 2.5, Del Mar, Fastback 1.5, Squareback 2, Flowback 5, and Flowback 5.5.

Final Touches

Each Scotty Cameron Special Select putter comes stock with a new grey Pistolini Plus grip with distinctive white lettering. The new Pistolini Plus maintains the shape of the original Pistolini but with a slight build-up lower hand.

The Special Select line’s un-plated stainless steel heads are bead blasted for an easy-to-maintain glare-resistant look that won’t show wear like putters with traditional plating or applied finish. The signature red cavity dots have also been given a styling upgrade with each dot milled with a recessed channel, which is then polished and hand-painted with cherry red translucent paint.

Pricing and Availability

Special Select putters will be priced at $399 and will be available Jan. 24 in North America and March 27 worldwide through Titleist authorized golf shops.

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Tour Edge launch new ultra-high MOI Wingman putter series

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Tour Edge has introduced its new Wingman Putters featuring extreme-MOI, mini-mallet designs, lock-on alignment, and interchangeable weights.

The three new additions in the Wingman family contain weighted wings designed to promote the face square to the swing path for a true roll, while the Lock-On alignment technology aims to allow the lie angle to be set perfectly square at address, further aiding overall alignment.

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The interchangeable weights on the Wingman putters come in 3, 8 and 15 grams, with the 3-gram weight being the standard option. The putters come with a separate interchangeable weight kit including two 8-gram weights and two 15-gram weights giving golfers the option of adding or subtracting more overall weight to the heel and toe of the clubhead to obtain their preferred feel.

The standard head weight of the Wingman putters is 355 grams, while nine different possible weight combinations and six different head weights can be achieved through the brand’s weighting system. A maximum head weight of 379 grams is possible on the new Tour Edge putters, with more weight on the heel aimed to aid players who often leave the toe open on their stroke, and more weight on the toe aimed at those with a tendency to pull their putts.

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According to the company, the putters feature one of the highest Moment of Inertia (MOI) ratings of any putter available on the market, which helps to protect against twisting.

Speaking on the new Wingman putter series, Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer David Glod stated

“This is our first ultra-premium Exotics putter in some time and it features some really cool tech. We took two years in R&D with extensive testing to come up with the perfect design that will allow Tour Edge to offer extreme tour-quality performance on the green, while offering more features and benefits than that of extreme MOI putters that cost twice as much.”

The putters contain a face insert made from a Surlyn that has been fine-tuned in order to find the optimal durometer hardness rating that determines the sound and feel of the face, while the face features MicroGroove technology.

Microgroove technology is designed to promote a soft and pure feel upon contact, with the horizontal grooves engineered to improve forward roll earlier in the putt while reducing skid off the face to create a better roll.

A Carbon Fiber sole plate on the bottom of the Wingman putters allows weight to be redistributed to the sides and back of the clubhead in a bid to help increase the MOI and it also acts as an internal structure designed to further improve sound and feel.

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2020 Tour Edge Wingman putters

The Wingman-01 features a Mid-Toe-Hang (30°) that is aimed at those with a putting stroke with a slight arc.

Per Tour Edge, the Wingman-01 provides the ability to use the same stroke as a blade, and it also offers the off-center-hit forgiveness of an oversized mallet due to its extreme MOI properties.

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2020 Tour Edge Wingman putters

The Face-Balanced Wingman-02 model is designed for a pendulum straight back, straight through putting stroke with the face of the putter rotating less during the putting stroke.

Per Tour Edge, the true square back to square through stroke creates a consistent blocking motion in the stroke, making it harder to putt off-line, even on mishits away from the center of the face.

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2020 Tour Edge Wingman putters

The Wingman-03 Center-Shafted putter comes with a single white alignment line and aims to provide an alignment oriented Face-Balanced putter that promotes a more stable stroke that is easier to keep from drifting right or left when hitting straight through the ball.

Per Tour Edge, due to equal amounts of weight in the heel and toe, this type of club suits a player who keeps his eyes directly above the ball and takes the club straight back and swings straight through the ball.

The stock shaft of the Wingman series is the KBS CT Tour putter shaft, the first shaft KBS has manufactured for a putter and features a black PVD paint job. The stepless steel-putter contains a stiffer structure throughout the shaft and specifically in the tip – designed to provide added stability. The firmer profile aims to allow the putter to feel easier to control and deliver better head awareness.

The putters come equipped with a jumbo Wingman branded Sink Fit Straight grip, and the flat-sticks arrive with three hosel options – the Wingman-01/Toe-Hang hosel, Wingman-02/ Face-Balanced and Wingman-03/Center-Shafted model. All models are available in 33”, 34” and 35” in RH only.

The Exotics Wingman putters are available to purchase from April 1, 2020, and cost $199.99 each.

 

 

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Tour Edge introduce new Exotics Ti-Utility Iron

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Tour Edge has introduced its new Exotics Ti-Utility Iron, a titanium-faced hollow-body iron-wood with a classic shape designed to combine the workability of a traditional forged iron and the distance of a metal wood.

The 2020 EXS Ti-Utility hollow-body iron features a Beta Titanium L-Cup Face that’s Combo Brazed onto a 431-stainless steel body seeking to provide players with maximum perimeter weighting fueled distance and forgiveness.

2020 Tour Edge EXS Ti Utility

The Combo Brazing in the new utility iron from Tour Edge is a zero-welding technology that fuses Titanium to steel, reducing weight in the face in a bid to offer players a faster and more powerful transfer of energy from club to ball.

According to Tour Edge, the face of the 2020 Exotics Ti-Utility Iron is both softer and hotter than its predecessors in design to provide faster ball speeds, while the club also features a lighter face.

2020 Tour Edge EXS Ti Utility

The lighter face in the Tour Edge Exotics Ti-Utility iron allowed designers to create a deeper CG (Center of Gravity), forming a narrower sole in a bid for ideal presentation at address. The deep CG is also designed to provide players with an easy to hit and launch utility iron due to the hollow-body design producing optimal perimeter weight distribution.

Speaking on the new release, Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer David Glod stated

“Tour Edge Exotics utility irons have seen a meteoric rise, becoming one of the most played utility irons on the professional tours. I have a great feeling that the EXS Ti-Utility will be in play by many of the best players in the world.”

A rounded hybrid-style sole combined with a beveled leading edge was created for the club to glide effortlessly through all lies, while the club also features a notch hosel that allows bending up or flat lies +/- 3 degrees for optimal custom fitting.

The new addition from Tour Edge for 2020 comes with #2/17-degree,#3/19-degree,#4/22-degree and #5/25-degree options and is available in either Chrome Silver or Black Pearl finishes.

The Exotics Ti-Utility Iron is available to purchase worldwide from April 1, 2020, and has a retail price of $199.99.

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