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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 … ūüėõ
    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‚Äôt 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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Toulon Santa Monica: The inside scoop

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As many have already seen this week in the forums, we spotted a brand new model from Toulon: the Santa Monica.

There were a lot of finer details going on with this putter that got peoples ears up including

  • The one-piece design – no variable weight sole plate
  • A classic head shape with Toulon refinements
  • The finish & overall aesthetics

Thanks to a ton of positive feedback, we had to find out more.  So, we went right to the top and called up Sean Toulon to find out about this new model and what else might be coming in the near future.

Here’s what we know:

The Santa Monica, that was captured is part of a larger project that will be going all out when it comes to customization and “showing the world what we can do when it comes to design and manufacturing,” according to Toulon. This line of putters will not be available on the grand scale and instead will focus on individual pieces and prioritize the customer experience.

This new line from Toulon will also include new putters not yet seen, although we have one name so far: La Grange (shout out to Texas!), and it will also include different materials not currently found in the Toulon/Odyssey line. The focus will be 100 percent on boutique, different and just for you, said Toulon. The new line will center around exercising total creativity, and also have the potential for one-off and limited-number pieces.

We don’t have a timeline for when these will become available to the public, but when we do, we will be sure to let you know.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Dave D and it surrounds Viktor Hovland’s future as a Ping staffer. There has been plenty of chatter on our forums after Dave D shared this post from @golfnation_’s Instagram account.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • cvhookem3: “Seems like he was hinting at that with his equipment changes at the US Open. Good for him. He should be a lot of fun to watch.”
  • bladehunter: “Figured. He had near a full ping bag anyway.¬†Love this kid. I really predict great things. Loads of raw tools.”
  • ImagineThat: “I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Viktor Hovland in the future…enough where his name will no longer appear strange.¬†He seems to really be an upbeat guy with a nice personality, and he has a nice friendly smile to go with it.”

Golf Digest’s E. Michael Johnson reported Hovland is now a Ping man, writing he “signed a multi-year deal with Ping to play a minimum of 11 clubs, including driver and putter, along with a Ping staff bag and logo on the hat.”

Entire Thread: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping?”

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TaylorMade signs Matthew Wolff to a multi-year deal; Wolff WITB

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TaylorMade Golf has officially announced the signing of Matthew Wolff on a multi-year agreement that will see the 20-year-old play the company’s¬†metal woods, irons, wedges, putter and ultimately, TaylorMade’s flagship golf ball, the TP5x.

Wolff had previously unveiled that he would be making his professional debut at this week’s Travelers Championship, and just as top prospect Collin Morikawa did earlier at this month’s Canadian Open, Wolff will do so as a TaylorMade staffer.

The NCAA All-American and 2019 NCAA Division I individual champion made his debut on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year where he finished T50 after opening his week with a round of five-under par.

Matthew Wolff WITB

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (8 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design TP 7TX

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 TX

Utility Iron: TaylorMade P760 (2)
Shaft: Nippon Modus 130x

Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (52, 56, 62 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

 

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