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Gear Trials 2018: TaylorMade M4

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  • Head size: 460cc
  • Adjustable? Yes. Hosel
  • Lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 12
  • Price: $429

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The M4 features the same Twistface technology as M3, as well as the sweet spot-boosting Hammerhead Slot. With a heavier backweight than the successor M2, the M4 also retains Geocoustic technology for solid feel and explosive sound. M4 drivers have a lower and more rearward CG compared to the successor M2 2017 drivers, which means higher initial launch. A lighter, thinner face allows TaylorMade to move mass to the rear of the club to the tune of nearly 20 grams versus the M2.

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Brooks Koepka with Mizuno JPX 919 irons, TaylorMade M5 driver in the bag at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

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Brooks Koepka is in action this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship equipped with a new driver and set of irons.

Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall broke the news, via Twitter, that Kopeka has TaylorMade’s new M5 Driver in his bag this week, as well as Mizuno’s JPX 919 Tour Irons.

The three-time major champ used TaylorMade’s M3 460 Driver and Mizuno’s JPX 900 Tour irons throughout 2018, and it appears as if Koepka is happy to make the transition to both manufacturers latest additions of those series of clubs right from the get-go in 2019.

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Koepka is currently T13 after two rounds of play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and sits five shots off the lead.

 

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Titleist 718 AP2 Black and AP3 Black released in limited quantities

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Titleist has unveiled new 718 AP2 Black and 718 AP3 Black irons in limited black finish that will be available to purchase from March 1.

Previously only available in a traditional chrome finish, the new Titleist 718 AP2 Black and Titleist 718 AP3 Black irons are finished with a sleek, high polish black PVD coating. The irons feature True Temper AMT Onyx shafts stock. The shafts’ powder coat matte black finish aims to minimize glare (in addition to looking cool). An all-black Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip is standard as well.

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Speaking on the move to release the irons in black, Josh Talge, Vice President, Golf Club Marketing said

“One request we heard from both tour players and amateurs, particularly those who have gravitated toward our Jet Black Vokey SM7 wedges, was if they could have these same irons in a darker finish. Our team spent a lot of time making sure the aesthetics were done just right. It’s a look that you just have to see.”

A quick refresher on the two models, below.

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Titleist 718 AP3 Black

The 718 AP3 iron is a players distance iron which features a hollow-blade design with high-speed face technology. According to Titleist, the company merged the technology found in their AP1 and AP2 irons to create the AP3, which the company are calling their longest and fastest players iron ever.

Commenting on the AP3, Talge stated

“AP3 truly represents the best of both worlds. We’re giving you the distance and forgiveness of a game improvement iron packed into the look and feel of a player’s iron.”

The set is made up of 4-iron through 48-degree wedge. The AP3 Black irons, which are available for right-handers only, are available to purchase from March 1 and will cost $187.50 per club or $1,499/set of 8.

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Titleist 718 AP2 Black

The 718 AP2 iron features a co-forged cavity back design which aims to provide consistent distance and forgiveness, while also delivering excellent feel to all golfers.

Speaking concerning the AP2 iron, Talge had this to say

“AP2 is the most popular tour iron globally because it combines the look and feel tour players demand with the precise distance control they need to consistently hit their target, shot after shot. For everyone else, it’s the tour iron within reach, because it is so forgiving.”

The set is made up of 4-iron through 50-degree wedge. Also available for right-handers only, the irons are available to purchase from March 1 and will cost $187.50 per club or $1,499/set of 8 as well.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in the forums. 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “2019 Fourteen Golf TC920 Irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Fourteen Golf’s 2019 TC920 irons. Our guys were on-hand this week to snap some photos of the new additions from Fourteen Golf, and the look of the clubs made by the Japanese manufacturer has many of our members besotted.

For a lot more photos and discussion, make sure to check out the entire thread here.

Here are what some of our members are saying about Fourteen Golf’s TC920 irons.

  • IHFN: “Look like a combo of the TC-888 and the FH900, but with the offset of the FH1000. Me likey.”
  • MitchellGolfing: “Really like the look of these. Fourteen puts out some serious irons.”
  • Equipto: “Haven’t ever really considered Fourteen as an option, but after seeing these I might have to rethink that, great looking sticks.”
  • andrieddie: “At first, I was going to say the FH 900 looks so much better, but after a few takes….this looks like money too. Hope more and more of these are showing up in the bags of big tour players.”

Entire Thread: “2019 Fourteen Golf TC920 Irons”

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