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Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls to make Tour debut this week

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Earlier this month on the video version of the Two Guys Talking Golf podcast, Tursky and Knudson reviewed Titleist’s “2019 Proto” golf balls, which you can watch here. Now at this week’s The Shriners Hospitals for Children, the new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls will make their Tour debut.

On Monday, players were given a chance to practice with the final version before many put the ball in tournament play this Thursday. Titleist’s Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls have been the most popular golf balls on Tour for some time, and at last year’s John Deere Classic 126 of the 156 players in the field (81 percent) played a Pro V1 or Pro V1x ball.

The Las Vegas stop has become customary with the introduction of the new prototype additions from Titleist, ever since they introduced the original Pro V1 prototype at TPC Summerlin in 2000.

Many of our members here at GolfWRX have been discussing the new addition from Titleist, and according to some who claim to have been able to test them out, the results have been impressive. You can see what our members have been saying and join in on the discussion here.

The news that Titlelist’s Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls will make their tournament debut this week at TPC Summerlin comes off the back of speculation regarding their new 2018 “CNCPT 02” irons, which we covered here yesterday.

Despite the ProV1 and ProV1x balls making their tournament debut this week, they are not expected to be available to the public until late January.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. Tom

    Oct 30, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    They just signed Uncle Rico to their playing staff!

  2. Gunter Eisenberg

    Oct 29, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Another version of the Pro V1 in play…Much ado about nothing…

  3. Ardbegger

    Oct 29, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    I’ve become a huge fan of Snell and Vice golf balls. When comparing similar models to the Pro-V1 and Pro-V1X, I just cannot justify the Pro-V series. If you like them, great, but if you want alternatives, they’re available.

  4. Jason

    Oct 29, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    If they plan to keep the $50 price point, these better be a huge improvement on the current gen. Pretty tough to consider paying that much premium for a brand name when there are better/cheaper options out there.

  5. George W. Bush

    Oct 29, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Gianni, you look like a dinner masher in that pic.

  6. Tom

    Oct 29, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    “I hit one of these prototype balls, and it went over that there mountain!” – Uncle Rico

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Graphite Design Tour AD IZ Hybrid shaft set for March launch

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ProsChoiceGolfShafts.com has revealed that Graphite Design is set to release the latest in the Tour AD premium line of hybrid golf shafts, the Graphite Design Tour AD IZ – “Into the Zone” Hybrid, which will be available from March 4.

The Tour AD IZ Hybrid, which has been designed and manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan factory headquarters, contains premium, aerospace-quality carbon-fiber materials that aims to offer golfers with a great feeling and performing shaft.

IN THE FORUMS: Our members have been discussing the new addition from Graphite Design, having been impressed with previous hybrid shaft releases from the company.

The new Tour AD IZ hybrid shaft is available in the following: 65g R2 and R1 flex, 75g R and S flex, 85g R, S and X flex and 95g S and X.

With medium stiffness starting at the handle, a firm center section and a firm tip profile, the Tour AD IZ 65g and 75g hybrid shafts aims to offer a mid/high launch angle with mid ball spin rates.

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The Tour AD IZ 85g and 95g hybrid shafts, on the other hand, contain a firm stiffness beginning at the handle, firm center section and a stiff tip profile designed for mid launch angle and lower spin rates.

The Graphite Design Tour AD IZ – “Into the Zone” Hybrid costs $290 and will be available from March 4.

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Justin Rose WITB (Honma)

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Our Johnny Wunder was on site for a Honma launch event in California, and he filed these photos of new Honma staffer Justin Rose’s weaponry in addition to grabbing the World No. 1’s WITB details.

Driver: Honma TW 747 460 9.5
Shaft: Honma Vizard FD-7X 45.25 @D3

3-wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 80TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 80TX

Irons: TW747V (4,5), TW747 Rose Proto (5-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: Honma Custom Grind RAW (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Wedge Works (60, K-Grind)
Shafts: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 135XS

Putter: Axis Proto

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

More discussion of all things J-Rose and Honma in this forum thread. 

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New ultra-lightweight Wilson D7 driver features 192-gram clubhead, RE-AKT Technology

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Wilson Golf has unveiled its latest driver, the Wilson D7, which with its superlight design, aims to provide golfers with a driver that produces greater clubhead speed with added forgiveness.

The Wilson D7 driver contains a clubhead which weighs just 192 grams and features RE-AKT Technology plus a combination of superlight design and reactive face technology, the combination of which aims to deliver faster clubhead speeds and ball speeds for added distance.

The new Wilson D7 driver features a (K)omposite lightweight crown design, which has helped the company to lower the CG position of the driver. The composite crown is made with a layer of Kevlar sandwiched between layers of carbon fiber, which aims to offer improved sound off the clubface while dampening any unwanted vibration.

This 2019 Wilson driver contains a fixed hosel and weighs in at just 280-grams total weight. The idea behind the lightness of the driver is to offer slower-swing speed golfers the chance to increase their club speed significantly.

Speaking on the new release from Wilson, Jon Pergande, Global Innovation Manager at Wilson Golf stated

“The process of creating the D7 driver started with designing the head shape and then stripping out all available weight, almost 25 grams. This weight was strategically returned to the head with the goal of improving the sound of the driver and optimizing ball flight with Dynamic Launch Control.”

In the Wilson D7 driver, golfers will have the opportunity of choosing between three different lofts (9, 10.5, 13 degrees).

The 9-degree driver is targeted for players with a faster swing speed, with internal weights moved forward in the aim of reducing spin and offering a lower launch. The 10.5-degree option is designed for golfers with a moderate-to-fast swing with weighting towards the middle to provide for more spin and a higher launch, while the 13-degree option is aimed at those with a slow-to-moderate swing speed with weighting further back for a high launching and spinning driver.

The Wilson D7 driver contains the new UST-Mamiya Helium Series shaft, which is available in A-flex (45 grams), R-flex (46 grams) and S-flex (57 grams). The new release also contains Wilson’s Staff MicroLite Lamkin grip, which weighs just 28 grams.

The driver will hit retail stores on January 21 and will cost $299.99.

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