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Jimmy Walker spotted testing a Titleist prototype driver?

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As spotted by GolfWRX Forum Member “anthony007,” Jimmy Walker was shown on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive hitting an unidentified driver at the Warrior Open.

In anthony007’s forum post, along with the photo, he asks the question “Is this a new Driver from Titleist?”

Well, it’s hard to tell from the grainy photo exactly what the driver says on the sole. But then Jimmy Walker himself posted on Twitter saying: “Great catch! Its always fun to test new prototypes and the [Titleist on Tour] guys have given me some cool toys to play with that are incredible – but unfortunately I can’t talk about them yet!”

While the response is a bit cryptic, it does seem that Walker confirms he was indeed testing a Titleist prototype driver.

What do you think?

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the photo.

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  1. Dino

    May 23, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Going by previous product release cycles, Titleist would be due to release a new 919D driver later this year – assuming that they keep to a similar product release schedule.

    • ogo

      May 24, 2018 at 1:04 am

      Will they ever discover the ultimate driver… or will we be waterboarded continuously with another new and improved version of the previous new and improved version …?!!

      • Thomas A

        May 24, 2018 at 9:45 am

        Small annual incremental improvements lead to great improvements over time.

        • ogo

          May 24, 2018 at 11:58 am

          Planned obsolescence strategy? Great technological discoveries do not emerge on an annual basis. It’s a marketing strategy because the gullible childish golfers want to buy and own the latest ‘toys’ to cover up their swing incompetence.

        • John

          May 25, 2018 at 4:35 pm

          Clearly, you don’t understand the concept of consumerism. The point of all these new releases is to keep us buying. TaylorMade have been peddling the myth that each successive set of irons is significantly outperforming its predecessors when, in fact, what they have been doing is tinkering with the aesthetics, strengthening the lofts and lengthening the shafts. For instance, the 4 iron of the M4 irons is 19 degrees which is (or used to be) standard 2 iron loft. They know golfers want to kid themselves they are hitting 7 irons when, in reality, they are hitting a 5. This sleight of hand is widespread across the industry and golfers being the suckers they are (and I include myself) lap it up. The shaft and the ball are the two key factors in increased distance. The driver heads themselves are, for the most part, window dressing.

  2. ProjectX

    May 23, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I’m green with envy not being the first to spot a secret prototype … 😛
    Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 9* Diamana D+ LTD 70 TX
    Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 15* Diamana D+ LTD 90 TX
    Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli Hi 2 iron KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 105 X
    Mizuno JPX 900 Tour 3-P KBS Tour C-Taper X
    Titleist Vokey SM7 Raw 54F & 60D KBS Tour C-Taper X
    Odyssey Metal X #7
    Pro V1x

    • ogo

      May 24, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      WOW!!! You own a fantastic WITB arsenal of weapons that must plant fear an foreboding in the hearts and minds of your golfing buddies and opponents. Or do you just want to show off your golf toys and gossip about them?

      • Aaron

        May 24, 2018 at 5:47 pm

        Ogo, you talk a like a scratch marker but can you even play this game? Don’t need a lame reply just an honest answer…

        • ogo

          May 24, 2018 at 11:09 pm

          ProjectX is a neurotic gearheadbater who must flaunt his WITB weapons… and tell everybody why he made his intrinsic personal choices…. and hopes everybody will be envious of his clubheads, shafts, putter and ball because he’s a playah …:-o

    • carl

      May 25, 2018 at 9:56 am

      ProjectX, why are you playing c-tapers? I would expect you to play Project X shafts??

    • John

      May 25, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      You’ve got a lot of X’s in that bag. I hope your game isn’t X rated.

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SPOTTED: New Callaway Forged irons… Apex or Legacy?

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Photos of a new Callaway Forged iron popped up in our GolfWRX Forums, and our members are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be replacements for Apex Pro irons, or whether they’re an update on the Legacy series. They could also be X-Forged irons, but since Callaway recently came out with new X-Forged irons, that would be unlikely.

Here’s what GolfWRX Members are saying:

  • elwhippy: A new Legacy iron? Looks a bit Japanese shaped. 
  • mattTHEkatt: Like an X-Forged/Legacy Black mashup. They look powerful. 
  • DTown3011: …gotta be the next Apex!
  • J13: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • mgholda: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • TheMoneyShot: I thought Cally was going to phase out the Apex name after they released the MBs?
  • john443: A larger cavity in these then the X- Forged… competitor to the 750 and AP3 maybe? …or Legacy Black finally brought to retail…hallelujah. CF16 replacement???!
  • Equipto: These look very sharp, and like thumpers. I don’t care if they are a Legacy Black or Apex replacement, call them whatever… i’ll try them 
  • mrmikeac: Next gen Callaway Apex Legacy? Hmmmm…..
  • Brizam: The Legacy Black might be the best players cavity back ever made.  If they were to become available they’d move straight to the top of the list of clubs to buy for me. 
  • Jourdan M: This is the Apex Pro 

Here are photos of the new Callaway irons we spotted

Previous Apex Pro irons

Previous Legacy irons

Which one do you think the new iron looks like? 

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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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