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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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  1. Robert Nadjiwan

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Pod Casts when the sound is clear and balanced is great. But it need not be so long either. Mizuno has always made great irons, Drivers are Ok, Fairway woods and Utility clubs are good. Don’t know much about if they make putters today.

  2. rex235

    Jun 19, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Nice interview with some great golf club history, but-

    No more LH blade iron models from Mizuno?

  3. ~j~

    Jun 19, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Proud owner of the 900-forged tours, Love them. Never thought much on their transition through the turf but they’re small, compact, and launch the ball similar to a mortar round regardless of AoA.

  4. Nick

    Jun 19, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Please fix your audio. Love the content when I can hear it.

  5. Tim

    Jun 19, 2018 at 7:25 am

    The content is great, but the audio on this podcast is such garbage. The volume disparity between the interviewer and guest is far too great and someone’s phone keeps going off, very distracting.

  6. Martien Schwencke

    Jun 19, 2018 at 4:19 am

    Should be nice if Mizuno will make JPX900 single length irons >I will try them

  7. Andy G

    Jun 18, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    This one of the few zpod cast I have ever listened to from beginning to end. I love to hear someone with so much passion on there specific expertise. This was great pod cast and an amazing listen, very rarely do you get hear someone speak with such candor and passion, and not be afraid to answer even the tough questions the way he did. Amazing pod cast thank you!

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Tiger Woods spotted testing new “TaylorMade GAPR LO” driving iron at Carnoustie

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Ahead of the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie, Tiger Woods was spotted by social media testing a “TaylorMade GAPR LO” driving iron.

The GAPR LO has been on our radar here at GolfWRX with photos recently popping up on our forums; our Two Guys Talking Golf podcast investigated the photos extensively. Follow the links above to learn more about the iron.

Below are the photos from social media that suggest Tiger is testing the TaylorMade GAPR iron.

Based on the photo above, it appears Tiger is going with a Mitsubishi Tensei Orange shaft, at least in his early-week testing. We’ll follow this closely as the week continues.

Do you think Tiger will use the new iron during competition at the Open Championship?

Join the discussion about the GAPR LO iron in our forums.

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Tony Romo’s Winning WITB: 2018 American Century Championship

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Note: We are still confirming specs on the clubs and shafts that Tony Romo used to win, but here is what we have so far. 

Driver: TaylorMade M3
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Blue

Fairway Wood: Callaway Rogue (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White

Hybrid: Titleist 818H2 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White

Irons: Mizuno MP-18 MMC (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (50, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Putter: Nike Method 001 (Tiger’s old putter)

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Tony Romo here

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Michael Kim’s Winning WITB: 2018 John Deere Classic

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Driver: Titleist TS2 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 60X

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 70X

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 85X

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 (5-9 iron), True Temper XP 115 (4, PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 gap (52, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300

Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS 350

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Click here to see in-hand photos of Kim’s clubs and shafts

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