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SPOTTED: Titleist TS2 and TS3 fairway woods

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Two weeks ago at the 2018 U.S. Open, Titleist started its “tour validation” process with the new TS2 and TS3 drivers — here’s a list of players who made the switch that week. Today, at the 2018 Quicken Loans National, Titleist is starting the same process with new TS2 and TS3 fairway woods.

According to Titleist, the validation process will take weeks or months, but that it will keep us updated on its social channels.

“This process will continue over the coming weeks and months across the worldwide professional tours. We will provide additional updates throughout the process at titleist.com and on Titleist’s social channels using the hashtag #TSproject.” You can check out updates here, as well.

Check out more photos of the new Titleist fairway woods and join the discussion in our forums. 

Titleist TS2 fairway woods

Titleist TS3 fairway woods

 

Check out more photos of the new Titleist fairway woods and join the discussion in our forums. 

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  1. dmarabella13

    Jun 26, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I’m not a fan of the TS3 design, and it’s a shame because i do enjoy the SureFit CG

  2. gif

    Jun 26, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Those shiny black heads makes me feel like a big stud pounding that pretty lil’ white ball.

  3. Chris Pierson

    Jun 26, 2018 at 9:15 am

    looks like a Tour Edge Exotics offering IMO

  4. bogeypro

    Jun 25, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    I was really hoping they would drop that recoil channel. It just feels horrible to me.

  5. Brian_B

    Jun 25, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    They look great. It’s nice Titleist hasn’t changed the adapter like so many other companies have done at some point (well at least since the 910 anyway).
    Brian

  6. BigBoy

    Jun 25, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    40 yards longer?

  7. ogo

    Jun 25, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Tour players will quickly switch brands after they see bigger beef $$$$$$ … 😛

  8. Matt

    Jun 25, 2018 at 11:50 am

    You just can’t beat a Titleist fairway wood’s look at address.

    • gif

      Jun 25, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      I’ll wait for TS4 and TS5… after they work out the kinks from these old models and issue new and improved tour-tested models.

  9. ogo

    Jun 25, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Those sole fangs will grab and devour the innocent helpless ball and fling it far far down the fairway…. believe it, gearheadbaters…. 😮

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Full details on Ping’s new i500 and i210 irons, and Glide Forged wedges

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In recent weeks, we’ve spotted a number of different Ping irons and wedges. We saw Tony Finau testing an i500 driving iron, we saw Bubba Watson using Glide Forged wedges, and we also spotted photos of a new i210 iron. The problem was, Ping wasn’t giving up any information on the new clubs, so we didn’t know when or if they’d would be released to the public, or what was different about the new products.

Now, we have all of the info on the Ping i500 and i210 irons, and the Ping Glide Forged wedges. We were lucky enough to have Marty Jertson, Director of Product Development at Ping and a recent 2018 PGA Championship qualifier, on our Two Guys Talking Golf (TG2) podcast to explain the designs and technology for the three different product releases. Snippets from the full podcast are embedded below. Additionally, we provide all of the necessary spec and pricing information.

All of the products are now available for custom fitting or pre-order at authorized Ping shops around the United States.

Ping i500 irons

The Ping i500 is actually quite similar to the G700 iron, which also has a hollow-body construction, but yet the i500 has a sleeker-shaped profile. The i500 irons are built with C300 maraging steel faces and 17-4 stainless steel bodies; Ping says this design increases ball speed, lowers spin and creates higher-flying shots.

Available in 3-PW and UW, the Ping i500 irons will sell for $175 per club with a steel shaft and $190 per club with a graphite shaft. Stock steel shafts will be the True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300), stock graphite shafts will be the UST Mamiya Recoil ES SMAC (760A, 780R, 780S), and a number of aftermarket shafts are also available at no upcharge. The stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet (Blue -1/16 inches, Red -1/32 inches, Aqua -1/64 inches, White Std., Gold +1/32 inches, Orange +1/16 inches).

In-hand photos of the new Ping i500 irons

Ping i210 irons

Replacing the i200 irons, the new i210 irons are made from 431 stainless steel, and they have a larger and softer elastomer insert. The bigger insert is said to not only increase perimeter weighting for greater forgiveness, but also to help fine-tune swing weight and create an overall softer feel. The shaping of the irons have also been refined, according to Ping.

Available in 3-PW and UW, the Ping i210 irons will sell for $137.50 per iron with a steel shaft, and $152.50 per iron with a graphite shaft. The stock steel offering is a True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), the graphite offering is an Alta CB (Soft R, Regular, Stiff), and there are a number of aftermarket options with no upcharge.

In-hand photos of the new Ping i210 irons

Ping Glide Forged wedges

Forged from 8620 carbon steel, the new Ping Glide Forged wedges have a “sleek, high-spinning blade-style design with a soft, pleasing feel,” according to a Ping press release. They’re the product of Louis Oosthuizen, Stan Utley and Todd Anderson working with Ping Engineers to develop a wedge with greater feel and versatility, says Ping. Like the Glide 2.0 wedges, the new Glide Forged wedges have wheel-cut grooves, which have a sharp edge radius to increase friction for more spin and trajectory control.

The new Glide Forged wedges are also customizable with different graphics, stamping and paint fills, which are highlighted below.

  • Graphic Options: Mr. PING logo, American flag, Arizona desert scene, Boomerang
  • Stamping Options: 1) Up to three characters (A-Z, 0-9) in one of three locations (toe, center or heel); 2) Two characters applied in scattered fashion; 3) Mr. PING logo scattered.
  • Paint-fill options: Black, Gold, Brown, Orange, Purple, Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, White, Silver, Maroon

Check out ping.com/glideforgedcustom to design your wedges.

Ping’s new Glide Forged wedges are available in 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degree lofts, and they will sell for $217.50 per wedge with a steel shaft and $232.50 per wedge with a graphite shaft. The stock steel shaft will be a True Temper Dynamic Gold S300, the graphite shaft will be an Alta CB (Soft R, Regular, Stiff), and there are more aftermarket shafts available at no upcharge.

Listen to the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes!

In-hand photos of the new Ping Glide Forged wedges

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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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