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Spotted: “Titleist CNCPT-01” irons, via Instagram

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In recent weeks and months, we’ve seen photos and information surface regarding new “Titleist CNCPT-02” irons. That begged the question, “What about CNCPT-01 irons?” Well, it appears we may now have that answer.

A photo, allegedly of the “Titleist CNCPT-01” iron in question, was posted on Instagram today by user Chris92009, with Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, California as the tagged location.

Here’s his post:

And below are the two CNCPT irons side-by-side (CNCPT-01 on the left, CNCPT-02 on the right):

Judging by the photos, it appears the CNCPT-01 irons will be the more forgiving option of the two CNCPT irons. As such, you’d expect the 01 irons to have slightly thicker soles and toplines, offering more forgiveness across the face, a higher launch, and higher ball speeds than the 02 irons. But, of course, that remains to be seen.

As some GolfWRX Members have speculated, it’s also likely these irons will come with a hefty price tag; one member, John Golia, said his inside information tells him $4,000 for an 8-piece set. That is simply speculation and rumor, however, until we have confirmation about the irons and their availability from Titleist itself.

Join the discussion about Titleist’s new CNCPT-01 and CNCPT-02 irons here.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. geohogan

    Dec 11, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    High prices are due to the tariffs. When the tariffs come off in 2025
    and we are at the bottom of the next great depression prices will be much lower.

    So much to look forward to!

  2. stephenf

    Dec 2, 2018 at 4:11 am

    Better be brought to me on each shot by a topless, extremely fit young woman, with an “I’m just bad enough” look.

  3. joey

    Nov 25, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    $500 per club… now that’s more like in my price range for the best of the best golf clubs.

  4. Tika

    Nov 12, 2018 at 1:01 am

    So one is redefined c16 iron and another a TMB rebadged…..but cost 2k more……like to see these companies explain why these gonna be so expensive rather than just polish em up and give general “political vague statements”……tungsten, titanium, multi alloys and hollow designs are already being used so what makes these so special……injected with foam or rubber isn’t gonna cut it, lol

  5. Ken Tucky

    Nov 11, 2018 at 4:45 am

    Why the Nike designers gotta be lost and now found?!! Hahaha!! =D That was a good one!!

  6. Scheiss

    Nov 10, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    In the meantime, Spieth removes the TS2 and puts back the 915 in the bag, and misses the cut

  7. Andrew Levy

    Nov 10, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    I have hit them both. They were fitting at my club. The 01 is a tmb but a little bit slimmer and short bladed. It was nothing special it just felt clunky. It also didn’t feel that soft. The blade one is the best forged titleist club ever. It felt amazing jumped off the face everything. They even had the four iron with some hybrid shafts in it and it was amazing. But the price tag is so high I will not be giving up my current sticks. Hopefully we see some progression into the 720s. The c16 irons do have characteristics we now see in the 718 tmbs. I am going away next week to try out the proto prov1 and prov1x.

  8. doug

    Nov 9, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    And fine and dandy and all that, but what’s the point?

    These clubs have no connection to the average golfer; none.
    And here in Australia, because of the relative weakness of our dollar, they have w@anker/show-pony value, but not much else.

    Time for top-end brands like Titleist to take a good, hard look at what Wilson and Cleveland are doing with their ‘Infinite’ and ‘Huntington Beach’ brand of putters. Excellent and affordable kit, at a price that the player on a regular budget can actually afford to buy.

    I- and most players I know – are no more likely to spend the kind of money these new irons command, than we are to walk to the Moon. But if Titleist can afford to spend zillions on R&D, just to sell a few thousand sets World-wide…well, good luck to them.

    Even at my Australian Top 100 club, most guys I know get the irons they need, spend dollars adjusting the lie/loft/length etc etc…then play those perfect babies until the grooves go.

  9. Mike

    Nov 9, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Iron tech is just not evolving fast enough to justify this cost… unless it comes with my own personal RoboCop, which by the looks of the 01 model here, may be a possibility.

    • ronnie

      Nov 9, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      I love the shinyer CNCPT 01 model cause its more pretty.

  10. Tom Donnelly

    Nov 9, 2018 at 9:43 am

    At least we know where the Nike club designers ended up.

    • ogo

      Nov 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      A second year engineering student could design golf clubs …. which are no technological design challenge. The only challenge is to sculpt the back of irons and the bottom of drivers to suck in the gearhead suckers… it’s called “marketing” and marketing also involves manufacturing decisions…

      • Dan

        Dec 11, 2018 at 1:33 am

        Your either trolling or very ignorant. You have no idea what goes into designing a golf club. Is the industry littered with marketing, yes. Why? Because most people are uneducated as to the game so that the marketing jargon is the only way they’ll understand it. Every design change that improves something negatively affects something else. It’s that fact that challenges designers to come up with new ideas to fight physics. Your comment reeks of ignorance

  11. ogo

    Nov 9, 2018 at 12:12 am

    BREAKING NEWS******* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kuFf8cCQlg
    Hailstorm in New South Wales, Australia, hailstones the size of GOLF BALLS!!!
    Those Aussies really take their golf seriously !!!!!! 😮

  12. Tom

    Nov 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    If you place an order immediately, you get the sail boat model? “I want that!”

  13. Tom

    Nov 8, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Uncle Rico tested these prototypes and “hit the ball clear over that there mountain!”

  14. Blake

    Nov 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    The thing is if im in this price range for irons im just going to get a boutique companies offering before titleist. And i currently play titleist

  15. Robert Pfeil

    Nov 8, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Just wait another year and they have a retail set with this technology. That’s how it was with the previous Titleist concept irons/woods.

  16. Ryan Michael

    Nov 8, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    The rising price of clubs in general will drive new people from picking up the game let alone releases like this! The game needs go down in overall cost. I know you can go cheap with used equipment and put a decent set together for peanuts but there are also people out there who are on the fences about giving golf a try and they read an article about a $4,000 set of clubs and it turns them of to the game all together.

  17. Tom

    Nov 8, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    They should price them at $1,000,000 per iron and just sell a few hundred sets.

  18. G-head

    Nov 8, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    PXG… CNCPT… PXG… CNCPT… PXG… CNCPT… ???? {{{sigh}}}

  19. HBO

    Nov 8, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    They better hit themselves at that price. Regardless how much you pay for clubs they can’t make you much better than you already are.

  20. Richard Rorty

    Nov 8, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Flashy equipment for discriminating golfers who are in need of a certain, postmodern, ‘je ne sais quoi’. . .

  21. dat

    Nov 8, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Should have gone for at least $400,000 per club.

  22. TONEY P

    Nov 8, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Only a salesman could love those ugly sticks. Now the rich have something else to waste money on.

  23. Brian

    Nov 8, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Good god are those ugly. A face only a mother could love.

    • dick head

      Nov 10, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      you have no idea – a recent online survey showed 85% thought they looked awesome

  24. Ardbegger

    Nov 8, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Can’t replace my Mizuno SC’s

  25. James Awad

    Nov 8, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Looks like something some man-bun wearin’ dipstick would think “looks awesome”. Looks like Nike & Cobra had an ugly kid

    4K for Titleist?? The cats who can’t properly headweight a custom ordered set – or get the lofts right?

    not even if Tiger used ’em to win another major

  26. Yup

    Nov 8, 2018 at 2:36 am

    CUNcpT

  27. po' boy

    Nov 8, 2018 at 1:06 am

    OMG!!!! I wish I was the first to see these awesome irons! At $4000 they are boutique clubs for the uber-rich gearheads who don’t have the time to practice… only play at their plush country clubs… oh well…

  28. Tom

    Nov 7, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    More lipstick on the pigs…..

  29. Roy

    Nov 7, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Seems pretty obvious you can build a better product if you are given a higher budget to work with – what makes golf clubs any different??

    • po' boy

      Nov 8, 2018 at 1:08 am

      They are status clubs for the uber-rich gearheads who likely can’t play a snot anyway… a statement that I am rich and you aren’t…

    • Carter

      Nov 9, 2018 at 11:51 am

      USGA regulations of what clubs can do. That makes clubs different.

  30. Gerald

    Nov 7, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    So are they saying my tungsten in my AP2s are useless?
    Its a hard pass for me.

  31. Ajc273

    Nov 7, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I don’t understand the point of this product, especially if they are going to come with a $4,000 price tag. With their MB, CB, T-MB, and AP1, 2, & 3 they seem to have all handicaps and ability levels covered with great clubs. Why would anyone want to pay $4,000 for a set on CNCPT-01 irons when they can get a set of AP1’s for 1/4 the price, unless they just want to tell their friends they paid 4 grand for a set of clubs??

    • JP

      Nov 7, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      It’s the pxg effect. My Dad caught a fish THIS big…

  32. golfraven

    Nov 7, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Nice but note really hyped about those. Very pleased with my Ap3, T-MB set

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Phil phires a 60 | Lowry leads in Abu Dhabi | Bernhard the bricklayer’s son

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)

January 18, 2019

Good Friday morning, golf fans.
1.  Desert Classic
A “rusty” Mickelson leads with nothing less than a 12-under 60…
Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner…”If this is his idea of rusty, it could be another special year for Phil Mickelson…Before heading out to begin his 28th year on the PGA Tour, Lefty alerted his 250,000-plus Twitter followers that he was “excited” and “fresh” and “ready to get started,” but also, um, “rusty,” which is a golfer’s subtle way of suggesting that expectations should be lowered. Mickelson even told his playing partner, Aaron Wise, the reigning Rookie of the Year, as much before the round: “I’m rusty, so don’t expect much.”
  • “But Mickelson has been doing the improbable for nearly three decades now, and so maybe it shouldn’t have been such a complete surprise that in his first round of 2019, at 48 years of age, with no expectations, he carded his lowest score in relation to par in his long and decorated Tour career – a 12-under 60, to take the lead Thursday at the Desert Classic.”
  • “It was kind of a lucky day in the sense that I did not feel sharp heading in,” Mickelson said afterward. “Sometimes it’s just one of those days when it clicks.”
2. Meanwhile, on the LPGA Tour…
AP Report…”Nearly three months after Lewis became a mother, and six months after she last played on tour, she opened with seven birdies on Thursday for a 5-under 66 that left her one shot behind Brooke Henderson and Eun-Hee Ji at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.”
  • ”Pleasantly surprised,” Lewis said. ”Had pretty low expectations going into the day. Just really made a lot of putts. I had some weird shots, which I knew was going to happen having not played in a while. I don’t know where it came from, but I’m going to take it.”
  • “Henderson overcame a slow start with a bogey on the second hole and a par save on No. 3 at the Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons. She birdied five of her last eight holes for a 65 to tie Ji, who had a bogey-free round.”
  • “The tournament – the first season-opener in Florida for the LPGA since 2015 – is only for LPGA winners each of the last two years.”
3. European Tour
A report from The National...”Shane Lowry has a three-shot advantage to take into Saturday’s final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.”
  • “A birdie at the 18th gave him a round of 67 to leave him on -17, three ahead of South African Richard Sterne.”
  • “An eagle on the final hole from Ian Poulter lifted the Englishman to -12 and gives him hope he can prevail on Saturday.”
  • “Pablo Larrazabal will start the final round on -11 ahead of a quartet of Maximilian Kiefer, Thomas Pieters, Soren Kjeldsen and Scott Jamieson.”
4. The bricklayer’s son
Bernhard Langer’s “My Shot” runs in Golf Digest this month.
A few morsels…
  • “My father built our house. When I was a boy, he would call on me to help him lay bricks. I would shovel the material for the mortar into a small mixing machine, then join him in laying the bricks, setting them carefully, one by one, using string to make sure everything was straight. I consider it a miracle to have come this far.”
  • “WE CADDIES were given four hand-me-down clubs to share. There was a 2-wood, 3-iron and 7-iron, all with bamboo shafts, and a putter with a shaft bent like an archer’s bow. By the time I was 12, I saved enough money to buy a new set of Kroydon irons. They weren’t top of the line, but they were shiny, new and all mine. I added a Blue Goose model putter that had a small indentation in the head. It was a magical putter, and I quickly became the best putter at the course, Golfclub Augsburg, and possibly all of Germany. One day the putter went missing. I frantically went through the members’ bags, and sure enough, found my Blue Goose with the indentation. But I was in a terrible situation. I couldn’t confront the member-he surely would deny everything, and I would be fired. So I kept it to myself. I never did get the Blue Goose back. I’ve spent the past 50 years looking for a putter that suits me as well.”
5. Latin American Am
AP Report…“Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico had an ideal start Thursday in hopes of turning his fortunes in the Latin American Amateur Championship, opening with a 6-under 66 to build a three-shot lead after the opening round.”
  • “Ortiz has been runner-up in the Latin American Amateur the last two years. He finished five shots behind Joaquin Niemann of Chile last year, and he lost in a three-man playoff to Toto Gana the previous year.”
  • “The winner earns a spot in the Masters in April, and is exempt into the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open and British Open.”
6. Pins in at Augusta National? Maybe…
Golf Channel’s Nick Menta…”Will players really be allowed to putt with the pins in during at the Masters?”
  • “Asked that question Thursday at the Latin America Amateur Championship, Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley didn’t say no.”
  • “Under the new Rules of Golf, which went into effect on Jan. 1, players are now allowed to leave the flagstick in while on the greens, as Bryson DeChambeau so eagerly demonstrated.”
  • “Addressing the possibility of Augusta National going against the Rules of Golf during Masters week, Ridley first thanked the USGA’s Mike Davis and R&A’s Martin Slumbers for their work, then preached a message of “consistency” at the game’s highest levels.”
  • “We will, as we always do, collaborate with the governing bodies. We will talk about those local rules and conditions that will be implemented,” Ridley said.”
  • “We think it’s important that there be some consistency in top championship golf, and so you should expect that the Masters Tournament, from a rules perspective, will look very much, if not the same, as what you’re seeing in the major championships and the professional tours.”
7. The weirdest lies in golf history
Great stuff here from Coleman Bentley rounding up some of the most absurd lies (and resultant shots) in golf history (although it’s hard to believe there’s any way his list could be comprehensive, but hey, headlines, and you have to admire the effort)
  • “Golf is a game of minutely controlled chaos. Atoms crashing into atoms. Weight swooping into inertia. A ballet of bounces, spins, kicks, and ricochets that goes wrong just as often as it goes right. The beauty of a such an unpredictable game-one of inches, not yards-however, is that when it goes right it’s spectacular and when it goes wrong, well, it’s equally spectacular. Beg to differ? Well, keep on begging, because as the weirdest, wildest lies in golf’s weird, wild history prove, chaos is a beautiful thing indeed.”
  • “Shane Lowry – 2018 Abu Dhabi Championship…Before Shane Lowry could tie the course record at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Championship, he first had to conquer Trash Heap Corner. P.S. If no one’s taking that couch, we might know a guy who’s interested.”
  • “Phil Mickelson – 2014 Barclays Championship…The Leave: Just to the left of Big Jeff’s Hotdog Haus. One day Phil Mickelson will save par from the surface of the moon. We’re sure of it. Until then, his walkabout at the 2014 Barclays Championship will have to suffice.”
8. Kang & McNealy
A couple of Las Vegas-based golf pros are a couple!
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell...”Danielle Kang watched Maverick McNealy with special interest when he was mic’d up on Golf Channel’s telecast of the Web.com Tour event in the Bahamas earlier this week.”
  • “They are dating.”
  • “Kang wasn’t sure whether to reveal McNealy is her boyfriend, but she couldn’t help herself.”
  • “He’s a dork,” she cracked when asked to review his running dialogue on Golf Channel. “But he’s my dork.”
  • “She was applying the Kang needle. Both she and McNealy live in Las Vegas. She said they met at a golf course there, The Summit Club.”
  • “He’s a sweetheart,” Kang said. “I have so much respect for him and vice versa.”
  • Aww!
9. Back in black!
Titleist 718 AP2 Black and AP3 Black released in limited quantities. Previously only available in a traditional chrome finish, the new Titleist 718 AP2 Black and Titleist 718 AP3 Black irons are finished with a sleek, high polish black PVD coating. The irons feature True Temper AMT Onyx shafts stock.
  • Titleist has unveiled new 718 AP2 Black and 718 AP3 Black irons in limited black finish that will be available to purchase from March 1.
  • Previously only available in a traditional chrome finish, the new Titleist 718 AP2 Black and Titleist 718 AP3 Black irons are finished with a sleek, high polish black PVD coating. The irons feature True Temper AMT Onyx shafts stock. The shafts’ powder coat matte black finish aims to minimize glare (in addition to looking cool). An all-black Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip is standard as well.
  • Speaking on the move to release the irons in black, Josh Talge, Vice President, Golf Club Marketing said
  • “One request we heard from both tour players and amateurs, particularly those who have gravitated toward our Jet Black Vokey SM7 wedges, was if they could have these same irons in a darker finish. Our team spent a lot of time making sure the aesthetics were done just right. It’s a look that you just have to see.”
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Brooks Koepka with Mizuno JPX 919 irons, TaylorMade M5 driver in the bag at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

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Brooks Koepka is in action this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship equipped with a new driver and set of irons.

Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall broke the news, via Twitter, that Kopeka has TaylorMade’s new M5 Driver in his bag this week, as well as Mizuno’s JPX 919 Tour Irons.

The three-time major champ used TaylorMade’s M3 460 Driver and Mizuno’s JPX 900 Tour irons throughout 2018, and it appears as if Koepka is happy to make the transition to both manufacturers latest additions of those series of clubs right from the get-go in 2019.

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Koepka is currently T13 after two rounds of play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and sits five shots off the lead.

 

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European Tour members have heated exchange over cheating incident…from 2013

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Social media appears to have become the new playground for golfers to air their issues with each other, and this week it was the turn of two European Tour members.

The two men involved were Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and England’s Simon Dyson, and the subject of the feud revolves around a new change in the rulebook of golf. As of 2019, players are allowed to repair spike marks on the greens, an act which Dyson was found guilty of doing when it was prohibited back in 2013, and subsequently found himself slapped with a fine and a suspension.

Fernandez Castano kicked off the fun and games following his opening round at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The Spaniard said how the new rule “will take some time to get used to” before adding the punchline  “Unless you are Simon Dyson and you have been doing it for years.”

The bad blood between Fernandez-Castano and Dyson appears to be fully down to Dyson’s misdemeanour in 2013, as one year later on Twitter when the Spaniard was asked for his opinion on Dyson; he bluntly replied: “Used to like him, not anymore”.

Asked why he hadn’t tagged Dyson in his tweet yesterday, the Spaniard claimed that the Englishman had blocked him, before Dyson took to the stage, with a different rationale. In a since-deleted tweet, Dyson stated that Fernandez-Castano didn’t have the cojones (or something similar) and stated that the Spaniard is a “sad little man”.

After getting that off his chest, Dyson approached the incident differently, saying that he, unlike Fernandez-Caetano supposedly, had moved on from the affair which occurred six years ago.

Nothing quite like a good old confrontation on social media with a peer to begin your professional year, eh?

 

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