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In-hand photos and more info on Titleist’s new 2018 “CNCPT 02” irons

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Back in September, a photo of Titleist’s new CNCPT irons surfaced in our GolfWRX forums. With little information on the new irons, however, much was left up for speculation.

Now, we have a better look and a bit more information on the new Titleist CNCPT irons, thanks to Instagram user brianoleksa. According to his post, the irons are called “Titleist CNCPT 02” irons, and Oleksa gained “5-6 mph” of ball speed during his fitting with the irons compared to his previous Titleist T-MB (2-5 irons) and Titleist MB (6-PW).

A look down at address — Oleksa’s irons are equipped with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 130X shafts, with a black ferrule by request:

And here’s a better look at the letter that Titleist sent to Oleksa along with the irons:

As always, our GolfWRX members are going in depth about the irons, trying to uncover any information possible about the irons.

Here’s a taste of what they’re saying, but make sure to check out the full thread to see all of the discussion.

  • wesstlee18: CNC-PT is a play on words, a bit more clever than a vowel-less name. CNC meaning milled…
  • MattyO1984: Seems like people are forgetting that these are a concept iron. How many concept cars would you look at it and instantly think, yeah that looks good I must have them? This is an extended test that Titleist can do with the various concepts. They are not going to release them to the mass market (they sold what 1,500 set of the C16). They’ll use them them to see what works, what doesn’t work, what people are ready for, what people aren’t ready for and then I’d be sure that you will start to see the successful elements beginning to be incorporated into future AP lines. 
  • John Golia: Two head styles.  AP2 and Ap3 like.  Cast heads. Lofts similar to AP3. More ball speed. Longer distance. 8 piece set $4000.00. More info to come as I get it. (Subject to change)  
  • Farrow: That’s not a badge. The back is all one piece of metal. The area that says “CNCPT” is just a blasted finish instead of high polish. I’m guessing they welded a face plate or something to a forged/CNC’d body. 
  • BDoubleG: Was talking with a Titleist rep yesterday. I was lamenting that Titleist hadn’t made real driving iron since the 712U. He told me that I should give these a try, as they are being released in early spring – with a price tag of $800 (Canadian) per head. 

We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Titleist CNCPT irons.

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    Oct 30, 2018 at 12:00 am

    From the main forum…. just a bunch of irrelevant twitter-sized blurts expressing their feeelings about what they see. Talk about adolescent mindlets.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their recommendations on soft and forgiving players cavity irons. A whole host of different irons get a mention in the thread, with Mizuno’s cavity irons proving to be one of the most popular choices amongst our members.

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.

  • jimb: “I haven’t hit anything better feeling than the 2013 Callaway X-Forged.”
  • deep18: “As others have said, JPX919 Tour. Players look but according to Mizuno’s data, slightly more forgiving than the AP3 and almost as forgiving as the MMC.”
  • elwhippy: “Mizuno will be the softest. Srixon a close second. I imagine the TM will be most forgiving. AP2s are very blade like in their performance. P760 goes very high and straight with DG 105 and 120 shafts.”
  • 300_Straight: “Wilson V6 Tour is also a great feeling iron from what I’ve heard. Never personally tested it, though. Any Srixon 7 or 9 series irons are very soft, as are most Mizunos, Callaway X Forged, etc.”

Entire Thread: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”

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Callaway launches new Big Bertha Irons and Hybrids

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Callaway has today announced the introduction of its new Big Bertha Irons and hybrids, which feature a thinner club face and optimized center of gravity, designed to provide easier launch and greater distance.

Big Bertha Irons

Following on from the 2016 Big Bertha OS Irons line, which showcased Callaway’s EXO-Cage technology, these new Big Bertha irons will feature the company’s brand new Suspended Energy Core. The Suspended Energy Core features a Metal Injection Molded (MIM’d) Tungsten Floating Weight suspended within a urethane microsphere material to create a deeper center of gravity. According to Callaway, this yields easy launch, longer, and more consistent golf shots.

The Big Bertha Irons will also feature Callaway’s 360 Face Cup, which employs a flexible rim around the face that flexes and releases at impact — this aims to increase ball speed. Owing to the new Suspended Energy Core, this will be Callaway’s thinnest face cup yet, which the company says results in increased ball speeds.

Callaway’s new Big Bertha Irons will be available with Recoil ESX, Recoil ZT9, and KBS Max 90 shafts. The irons hit the shelves on Jan. 18 and will cost $1,200 in steel and $1,300 in graphite.

Big Bertha Hybrids

The new Big Bertha Hybrids will feature Jailbreak Technology, which Callaway first introduced in 2017 with the Epic line. The technology, which was created with the aim of promoting faster ball speed and greater distance, incorporates two internal bars that stiffen the body, placing more impact load on the face. It proved to be a very popular addition from Callaway, and in their new Big Bertha Hybrids, the company have combined this technology with a new shorter and lighter OptiFit Hosel System designed to optimize the center of gravity for an easier launch and a higher, long-carrying flight.

The new hybrids from Callaway also feature an ultra-thin, Carpenter 455 steel face and Hyper Speed Face Cup, with the combination designed to create optimum ballspeed across the face.

The Big Bertha Hybrids will be available in both premium Recoil ESX and ZT9 Shafts, and they will be in stores on Jan. 18 for $269.99 each.

A special thanks to our Brian Knudson for braving the chill and doing his best to find a few blades of green grass for the outdoor, in-hand photos readers prefer.

 

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Matt Kuchar’s winning WITB: 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic

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Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6S

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 X

Hybrids: Bridgestone Tour B XD-H (18 degrees), Ping Anser (20)
Shafts: Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.8 X flex

Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 S300 (soft stepped)

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52 degrees, bent to 51); Cleveland RTX-4 (58 bent to 57, 64 bent to 63 degrees)
Shafts: Aerotech Steelfiber i110X, KBS Tour 120 S, KBS Tour 120 S

Putter: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1 Arm Lock (400 grams, 3 degrees loft, 71 degrees lie, 40.5″)
Grip: Bettinardi Arm Lock XL

Golf ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

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