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SPOTTED: A “TaylorMade M3” driver pops up on Instagram

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In November, two photos of a “TaylorMade M4″ driver were posted Instagram, and one of the photos indicated something called “Hammerhead” technology in the sole. Today, a TaylorMade “M3” driver was posted on Instagram from user “bryangolf,” who associates with PGA National Resort & Spa in his profile.

Based on the photo, it appears TaylorMade is using a different-looking weight track compared to its previous CG-adjustable M1 driver. The M1 drivers of 2016 and 2017 both used dual-weighted T-tracks to help displace weight toward the heel and the toe, and from back to front. It appears that this TaylorMade “M3” driver has a y-shaped track, also housing two weights. It also appears that TaylorMade is using carbon fiber in this “M3” driver, and it also displays the same “Hammerhead” technology in the sole as seen in the photo of the “M4.”

As the photos indicate, with the “M3” being weight-adjustable, and the “M4” having no CG adjustability, it could mean that the M3 is a replacement for the adjustable M1, and the M4 is a replacement for the non-adjustable M2.

What do you think about the photo of this new TaylorMade “M3” driver?

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  1. Tom54

    Dec 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    To the guy that says he bought a M1 M2 and an M4. How did you buy an M4 when it’s not even out? Until they show us the top of the driver I’ll hold my evaluation on my opinion till then.

  2. Mike Thomsen

    Dec 22, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Wait until all the info on the new M3 and M4 gets out there. Their approach with these drivers is a completely different than all others. Than you guys will really have something to debate about.

  3. jordan

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:49 am

    TBH this is such a BMW law suit in the making unless the BMWs golf championship and taylormade linked up with helps to RORS and others whatdoyouguys think

  4. jordan

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:47 am

    this looks just like the mizuno driver that was released in 2017 just the carbon fiber look on the TM was BLUE on the MIZUNO

  5. henry

    Dec 20, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Those weight tracks in the back going to the sides will do absolutely nothing.

  6. Rich

    Dec 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    This is a combine of Cobra,Mizuno, “CoZuno” !
    Run out of Ideas Huh TM?!!!!!!

  7. Robert Gibson

    Dec 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Does this one have white with the black top line like the previous models? Love the white and black way more than the grey and black.

  8. Wrxer

    Dec 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I bought a M1, then a M2, then a M4 ….. and now a M3?!!
    Hey TM, get your numbers in order !!!

  9. Bob

    Dec 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Trying to get your Taylor Made sales rep fired? Posting a picture of a club not released yet is the surest way to do that. But hey you Golfwrx used you Instagram account.

    • oopsdoh

      Dec 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      ^^^^^^**This**^^^^^^^

    • Brauden Weiss

      Jan 1, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      He actually got in a little bit of trouble but not from TM. He doesn’t actually work for PGA National but he works for the LOFT Golf trailer on the PGA National property. He had to take down the post for liability issues with PGA National.

  10. yvon masse

    Dec 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I do not like NMW me neither.

  11. dat

    Dec 20, 2017 at 11:53 am

    BMW suit when?

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Fujikura launches new Pro 2.0 and Pro 2.0 Tour Spec shafts

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Fujikura has announced the launch of the second generation of its Pro series shafts: the Pro 2.0.

The first iteration of the Pro shafts were designed with a soft handle section to aid in loading. The Pro 2.0 presents an even more effective loading zone, according to the company, which also says torsional stiffness is 14 percent greater in the 2.0.

“Like all of our shafts, the Pro 2.0 has been designed utilizing enso, a 3D motion-capture technology that no one else in the shaft industry has,” said Alex Dee, Vice President at Fujikura Composites America.

“This technology and advanced data analytics has allowed us to crack the code on how club performance and ball flight are affected by shaft characteristics and swing type. When we compared to the original Pro, we saw the 2.0 was significantly easier to swing, had tighter shot dispersion, and lower spin to deliver the club head with more power, control and distance. We were thrilled with the result.”

The Pro 2.0 is painted “Destroyer Grey” with a metallic blue design in line with the original Pro shaft. The Tour Spec model is painted “Tour Spec White.”

The shafts will be available in weight ranges from 57 to 87 grams (5, 6, 7, 8) and in flexes starting at R2 up to X. $225 MSRP; $250 for the Tour Spec model. Hybrid option available for $140.

Available at over 600 qualified Fujikura charter dealers beginning February 1. Full specs at Fujikura.com.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Pro 2.0 in the forums.

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Fred Couples signs with Bettinardi, will continue to use FCB putter

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Fred Couples has been using his namesake Bettinardi putter, the FCB (Fred Couples Blade), for the past four years. Now, he’s officially joining Bettinardi’s Tour staff.

Couples, who has won 15 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times on the PGA Tour Champions, will putt exclusively with the company’s flatsticks.

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“I’m really looking forward to representing Bettinardi and its beautiful range of hand-made putters, as they always give me great confidence when I’m standing over putts,” said Fred. “Having won 5 times already with a Bettinardi putter, there’s nothing I’d rather be putting with.

Couples averaged 1.70 putts per hole when playing in 12 events with the Bettinardi wand last year.

“Having Fred Couples join our Tour staff is a massive endorsement for Bettinardi Golf,” said founder Robert Bettinardi. “We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to our growing Tour staff. I’m sure he will prove to be a great ambassador for our brand, as he attracts huge crowds and media attention wherever he plays.”

Here’s a look at Boom Boom’s FCB putter.

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Odyssey’s new EXO 2-Ball, Works Red and Black, and Toulon putters

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There’s one thing Odyssey has never struggled with: giving golfers options. Today, the company launched a trunk-full of new putters, including eight Works Red and Black putters, Toulon Atlanta and Portland models, and an Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter that gives the classic 2-ball design a very new, and premium look.

Most of the new putters, actually, are mallets. More specifically, they are mallets that Odyssey says feel like blade putters; that’s because they’re made with toe hang (like a blade putter) rather than face-balanced designs of typical mallets. Toe hang frees up the face of a putter to open and close, a stroke-style that many golfers employ — amateurs and pros alike.

According to Austie Rollinson, chief designer of Odyssey, there’s been a trend of blade users on Tour switching into mallets because of this toe hang, and that will continue to happen. Odyssey says that of the PGA Tour wins last year, 29 winners used mallets — 14 of those were mallets with toe hang — while there were 20 blade winners. Also, of the top-50 in Strokes Gained: Putting, 31 players used mallets, 13 of which were toe-hang mallets, and 19 players used blades.

Therefore, many of the new putters from Odyssey are toe-hang mallets. Check out all of the new putters below, with info on design, pricing and release dates.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new putters here

Odyssey Works Red and Black putters

 

The new Works Red and Black putters — adding on to the line of putters released in 2017 — continue to use microhinge face inserts that are designed to “grab” the ball to impart more topspin on the golf ball to get it rolling faster. The new offerings launched today include a No. 1 Wide S, No. 1 Tank, No. 7 Tank, 2-Ball Fang, Marxman, Marxman S, Jailbird Mini and Jailbird Mini S.

They will sell for $199 with a standard Winn AVS midsize pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke grip starting on February 23.

See more photos and join the discussion about the Works Red and Black putters here.

Odyssey EXO 2-Ball

The new EXO 2-Ball, made with Rose Gold PVD, is a premium version of the iconic 2-ball shape. It’s CNC-milled with a microhinge insert, has an aluminum crown with a steel sole plate and Tungsten in the rear portion of the head. The EXO 2-ball also has black circles instead of the familiar white color for which 2-balls are known.

According to Odyssey, it’s a “statement product,” and it will only sell 5,000 of these putters globally. They will sell for $499.99 starting on February 2.

Odyssey says: “Our new Odyssey EXO 2-Ball is a premium limited edition putter unlike any we’ve ever offered. It combines one of the game’s most innovative and iconic putter designs with top-notch materials and meticulous production to create something truly special.”

Toulon Atlanta and Portland

Odyssey’s premium putter brand continues dipping its toes in the mallet style with its new mid-mallet Atlanta and Portland models. They have gunmetal finishes and are 100-percent milled from soft, 303 stainless steel. They also have Toulon’s familiar diamond-milled faces for improved roll.

The Atlanta and Portland models will sell for $399.99 apiece and hit retail on February 2.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Toulon Atlanta putter here

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