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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.

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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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Brandt Snedeker’s Winning WITB: 2018 Wyndham Championship

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Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR prototype (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6X

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M3 (15 and 19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro Tour Spec

Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (4-9 iron)
Shafts: Aerotech SteelFiber i95 S-Flex

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
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Grips: Lamkin Crossline

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