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Sugarloaf Social Club + Don White = The most beautiful wedges ever?

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Sugarloaf Social Club is rolling out one of the most interesting limited-release club offerings you’ll ever see. If you’re unfamiliar with the good folks at SSC, a little background.

What was once, as the name suggests, a small group of likeminded friends has grown into a small-batch goods producing company. They’re the brilliant minds behind the Pimento Loafwich hat featured in our Masters gear guide.

Sugarloaf Social Club Pimento Loafwich

We’ll let Ian Gilley, creative maestro behind SSC’s efforts, tell it, as he does in the aptly titled “Hello, friends” section of the site.

“Sugarloaf Social Club is a small group of friends dedicated to economic, architectural, environmental, and socially sustainable golf initiatives. We were worried that—after a few years of living, playing, and talking—golf and the camaraderie would fail to continue after college. So, after having a day at the nearby Coore and Crenshaw course during our last week of classes at Sugarloaf Mountain, NLE, we formed our official group sealed with a scotch game and a few handshakes as a way to keep the fire alive.”

“Our most visible presence may be on Instagram, but what a lot of folks don’t see are the hours, days, weeks, and months devoted to talking and consulting with creative brands, superintendents, golf course architects, and fellow tastemakers, offering our thoughts on how to make golf a more exciting, interesting, and endurable landscape.”

Which brings us to Sugarloaf’s most recent, and ambitious, offering to date. Following successful collaborations with the likes of Imperial Headwear, Seamus Golf, Holderness & Bourne, and Bluegrass Fairway, Sugarloaf is joining forces with Don White (yes, that Don White) for a custom wedge offering that’s second to none.

Don White SSC

Discussing White’s immeasurable contribution to clubmaking, Gilley says

“His experience making clubs is really unmatched with decades at MacGregor during the height of that brand’s coolness. He made custom sets for the best players in the game – Nicklaus, Palmer, Norman, Crenshaw, Cook, Stricker, Weiskopf, Alcott, Azinger, Lehman, Lopez, Mize, Strange, along with countless of other professionals. This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

SMALL+DW+Wedges+for+SSC+(2+of+53)“More importantly, being able to bring Don White’s craft (which is nowadays a lost art), to entirely new generation of players, is an honor and a privilege. He’s one of the all-time greats of this game and preserving/adding to Don White’s legacy is what this project is about.”

DW+Wedges+for+SSC+(5+of+53)Once a wedge is purchased ($300), Sugarloaf will be in contact with an extensive custom fitting questionnaire. Patrick Boyd, former VP of Scratch Golf and President of Boyd Blade & Ferrule Co., will personally guide the process. Only 20 of these beauties will be produced per month.

DW+Wedges+for+SSC+(11+of+53)

Check out Sugarloaf’s website for all the details on these 1018 carbon steel masterpieces (and plenty more drool-inducing photos).

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  1. Powder skier

    Sep 11, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Beauties…wish I had the money lying around for a set of 3

  2. Mike

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Too cool for school ……how much?

  3. Wally Kim

    Sep 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

    The hats on sale reminds me of caddy shack and Ted Knight.

  4. AW

    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Beauty resides in the eye of the gearhead beholder who passionately declares “I luv it”!

  5. Miuralovechild

    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Save your money and buy Kronus wedges! Forged in the USA and he can engrave anything on them.

    • neil

      Sep 11, 2017 at 8:13 am

      are they still going>not on iron factory website?

  6. rymail00

    Sep 9, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Can’t lie this is pretty cool! Love my DW wedges!!

  7. Bert

    Sep 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I like the club-head but the stamping looks cheap and tacky.

  8. Al

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Custom clubs are virginal and to be cherished and loved for many years of play…. until they are worn out and then discarded for a new gear.

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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list

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As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

Mizuno JPX 919 Forged

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal

Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

Srixon “Z785” irons

 

Srixon “Z585” irons

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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