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Spotted: TaylorMade “Spider Mini” Tour putters

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The rumored TaylorMade Spider Mini has crawled its way onto the PGA Tour. GolfWRX members speculated about the existence of a smaller, Spider with, well, extremely stubby legs.

Looking like the offspring of the Spider and the Spider Arc, here are a few shots of the Spider Mini in red from the TaylorMade tour truck at the Wells Fargo Championship.

While we don’t have an exact idea of head size, the most notable difference between the Spider and the Mini is obviously the amputation of the legs and the addition of a sole weight. It looks like TM is also adding weight to the remaining nubs in the spirit of the Spider’s MOI-boosting shape and weight distribution. The company’s Pure Roll insert looks to be carried over from the Spider as well.

What do you think about the “Spider Mini” photos?

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums

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  1. lance

    May 4, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    I don’t want a small red putter…. I want a big black putter…. and a stiff shaft too

  2. ViagrGolfer

    May 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I’m gonna put a Stability shaft into my Scotty head to stiffen it up so I can putt with vigor and potency.

  3. Trees138

    May 1, 2018 at 11:11 am

    If I ever snag a used Spider I am absolutely painting it like a turtle with its head chopped off.

    • Doktor Freud

      May 2, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Ze psychoanalytical symbol for ze putter is der Phallische.. der Peniche.. ein small red one nien ein big black one..

  4. ogo

    May 1, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Pinnacle of putter design…. and allow anybody to pot putts with this darling…. and only $299 (user instructions not included)…. :-p

  5. Tider992010

    May 1, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Odd looking putter but if it works people will try it.

    • ogo

      May 1, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Oh, it “works”…. it’s republican red…. 😛

  6. Bingobango

    May 1, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I’ll stick to the regular spider.

    • ogo

      May 1, 2018 at 11:13 am

      You are a ‘traditionalist’ when it comes to putters…. 🙁

  7. Blue

    May 1, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Well that is just about the ugliest thing I have even seen made for golf.

    • ogo

      May 1, 2018 at 11:15 am

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…. betcha PXGs look good to you … 😛

  8. acew/7iron

    May 1, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Its not good ok?…Its just not good.

  9. Kyle M

    May 1, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Ahh, I remember when this was called the Itsy Bitsy Spider. I’ll stick with that.

  10. Funky Critter

    May 1, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Thing is FUNKY

  11. Jim

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Not as nice as the original one seen on your last year. Should have gone with that version.

  12. Deano J

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Ugly ugly ugly

  13. 2putttom

    Apr 30, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    looks like the Millinnum Falcon from behind

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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

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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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