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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?

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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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The drivers used by the top-10 most accurate players on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s most accurate golfers use to find the short grass? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving accuracy on Tour are using by driver manufacturer.

  • Callaway: 5
  • PXG: 1
  • TaylorMade: 4

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018, the available specifics of their drivers, shafts and how often their tee shots found the fairway.

10. Jim Furyk

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.2X
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.77

9. Steve Wheatcroft

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.79

8. Emiliano Grillo

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.89

7. Brian Gay

Driver: TaylorMade M2
Shaft: Aldila Rogue MAX 65TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 70.92

6. Kyle Stanley

Driver: TaylorMade M1
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.20

5. Brian Stuard

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Max Carry
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.21

4. Ryan Moore

Driver: PXG ZZ
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.94

3. Chez Reavie

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 72.09

2. Ryan Armour

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Proto 6F5
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Driving accuracy percentage: 73.58

1. Henrik Stenson*

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 62
Driving accuracy percentage: 74.79

*Stenson, as we know, tees off with his beloved 13-degree Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood with a Graffaloy Blue shaft the vast majority of the time.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New Ping G410 Driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from hervygolf21, and it surrounds the new G410 driver from Ping that is allegedly set for release at the beginning of 2019. Our members have found out plenty of information on the latest driver from Ping since the thread began, apparently, and here’s a quick look at some of the features you might expect from the new model (if you take forum members’ word for it).

According to the thread, the PING G410 will be black with red accents, will have a higher MOI than the current G400 model, will still contain the Ping Turbulators and will be offered in 12 degrees without draw weighting. It’s also believed that the G400 Max will remain current until July/August 2019, but at a lower price point.

Here are a few posts in the thread reflecting on the news, but make sure to check out the entire thread and join the discussion at the link below.

  • lc1342: “Love both the G400 LST and G400 Max, but if they are bringing out something better… I’ll take it!”
  • cz13x4: “This sounds like a very interesting update. Not keen on red but very interested to see what comes out.”
  • roho: “Late January?  Sounds like maybe a PGA Show unveil in Orlando.”

Entire Thread: “New PING G410 Driver”

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Ben Hogan adds Ft. Worth “White” to iron lineup

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After the launch of Diamond Black Metal finish Ft. Worth “Black” irons earlier this year, Ben Hogan’s nickel-chrome Ft. Worth irons are back…sort of. The Texas-baed company today announced the launch of Ben Hogan Ft. Worth White irons.

Now with respect to the “White” designation, If you’re skeptical/confused, well, let’s just have a look at a comment on BH’s Instagram post announcing the iron launch and the company’s response…

jonmodica: “Very unclear the changes from previous model… also… white? It’s chrome…..”

Benhogangolf: ”@jonmodica More progressive specific to each club head, a more aggressive V-Sole pattern and the ‘white’ is opposite of the popular and newly designed Ft. Worth Black.”

There you have it, folks. “White” as in contrast to the Ft. Worth Black irons, and the Ft. Worth White is not merely a re-issue of original chrome Ft. Worth, according to the company.

With respect to the changes to the V-Sole system, the company said this in its marketing materials for the Ft. Worth Black.

“Feedback from strong players and robot testing indicated that the leading edge could be increased on certain irons, and trailing edge softened … especially with less-than-full shots in the shorter irons.”

“So, in our ongoing quest to design and manufacture the best clubs in golf, we’ve modified the V-Sole Technology used on the Ben Hogan Ft. Worth BLACK slightly. The sole maintains the same basic design principles as the original V-Sole but has been optimized for each iron in the set. In effect, we’ve strengthened the leading edge from the sole to the face on some of the Ft. Worth BLACK irons, while reducing the trailing edge bounce on others.”

Obviously, the company scrapped the PreciseLoft system introduced with the original Ft. Worth irons. That system offered four loft profiles, all with consistent four-degree gaps. After finding the vast majority of players preferred the “mid-high” launch profile, the company did away with the others…and returned to tradition iron number (rather than loft) stamping on the toe.

The aforementioned lofts in the 4-PW set range from 22 degrees to 46 degrees.

“The Ft. Worth White Irons are illustrative of how Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company interacts with and listens to its customers,” said Scott White, President and CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “On the heels of our sales success with the Ft. Worth Black Irons, we found many ‘traditionalists’ who wanted to play this iron design with the standard nickel-chrome finish, so we accommodated them with this launch.”

Ft. Worth White irons are available for purchase on the Ben Hogan website exclusively for $700.00 per seven-piece set (4-PW).

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