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Spotted: Titleist 712U “Tour Only” Driving Iron

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Titleist’s 712U driving iron is designed to deliver more consistency and control than similarly lofted fairway woods and hybrids, yet it’s easier to hit than a typical long irons.

It has a hollow, multi-material construction with a 1025 forged body and a thin 455 steel face. Its hollow construction and weight port on the toe (you can see it in the pictures below) give it a much higher moi than a traditional long iron

Titleist designed the club for high speed players, specifically those on Tour  — Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and others have used the previous version of the club, the Titleist 503i.

Like the 503i, 712U is a Tour-only product, but the feedback Titleist receives during this validation period will influence the final design and specifications, as well as determine the product’s place in the Titleist club line-up according to company representatives.

Editor’s Note: The 712U has since been released to the public by Titleist. 

The Callaway X Utility was given a similar validation period this summer, which resulted in the club being released at retail, so Titleist fans should start drumming up the support for this club now if they want to see it in stores in the future.

The product was sent directly to interested tour players because of the PGA Tour’s off week, but Titleist will be on the range at Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Classic at Disney next week for a proper launch of the 712U.

Click here to see more pics and read the discussion in the forums

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Peter baker

    May 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Wow. This 712U is arwsome. Try it today and I was mmmm shocked. Low and huge distance and straight , this deffo going to improve my game. To all titliest lovers who ever you are. Sure you be missing out if you don’t order or get a 712U.

  2. reggiej

    Oct 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    again, a rehash of clubs that players have seemed to forget. Companies have done so much they’ve ran out of new idea’s or things they can do when faced with the problem of coming up with something new? “hell lets sell them the old stuff they’ve forgotten about”.

  3. jay

    Oct 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    usual boring stuff from Titleist zzzzzzzz

  4. sean_miller

    Oct 26, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Finally -men’s clubs for men!

  5. thegolfingboy

    Oct 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    AMAZING !!

  6. Joey

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Please take my money for the titleist 712u’s RIGHT NOW.

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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SPOTTED: Srixon Z-785 driver, Z-U85 utility irons

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We recently spotted new Srixon Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons, which are likely future replacements for Srixon’s Z-765 driver and Z-U65 utility irons. Srixon is staying hush on the tech details at the moment but did allow us to take photos of the new equipment.

Released in 2016, the Z-765 driver was a smaller-profile, lower-launching counterpart offering to the Z-565 driver, so it could be possible that there is also a Z-585 driver, counter to the Z-785 driver that we spotted. Also, it appears the Z-U85 utility irons come in at least 5 different lofts: 2-6 irons.

See more photos below, and check out discussion on the Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons.

Srixon Z-785

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Srixon Z-U85

 

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