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Wilson Staff Cortex wins “Driver vs. Driver 2” (in-hand photos)

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Designed by show contestant Evan Hoffman of San Diego, California, the Wilson Staff Cortex is the winning driver design of the second season of Driver vs. Driver.

The titanium-bodied Cortex features carbon panels and a sliding adjustable weight system.

Additional Cortex features

Fast Cage Technology — The company describes this as, a “weight-tuned titanium internal structure with an impressive 44% of its surface area covered in Carbon Fiber Panels. This Ti –Carbon construction allows for extremely precise distribution of weight and frees up additional weight for maximum adjustability.”

Wilson’s longest ever Slide Track — An eight gram sliding adjustable weight is positioned in the center of the head. Additionally interchangeable two and eight-gram weights can be adjusted on the sole and heel of the club.

Fast Fit Technology hosel system — Players have six adjustable options to dial in the loft of the driver in half-degree increments.

A Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec shaft — red, blue, or black — is standard.

“Season Two of the show yielded two amazing finalists; the Cortex and the Rozwell,”
said Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf. “Ulimately, the Cortex came out on top with
its clean, classic shape, overall consistent performance results from a wide range of
player testers, and steady sound across the entire face of the club. We are excited to get
this driver into the hands of players at all levels of the game.”

Hoffman presented his original concept to Wilson LABS, and the engineers chose if from hundreds of submissions. After a nearly two-year process of refining, Hoffman is the winner of a $250,000 grand prize and the inclusion of his creation in the Wilson Staff Line.

The Wilson Staff Cortex will retail for $499.99 and will be available in 9-, 10.5-, and 12-degree models.

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  1. Tito Valencia

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Wilson has to find there key marketing component. Years ago it was the Fat Shaft. Callaway has the Jailbreak, Taylormade has the twist face, Ping Dragonfly tech, PXG has all the moveable weights, etc…etc… Wilson keeps making these non marketable clubs and think they can compete for our dollar. There is nothing new here..

  2. Tito Valencia

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    I just hit this driver, it’s a dud. The quality and technology here is no different than anything else on the market. Wilson has missed the mark. So they create a show to design a driver that’s new, something to create buzz. They have a season long show about an r&d competition, and basically made a driver copying other manufactures, but with nothing to market. I would expect to see something like twist face, or jailbreak, some sort of marketing technology from Wilson here. Unfortunately there is none.

  3. Burnett Leonard

    Nov 18, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Pretty version of the Tailor Made M1. Much better looking than the Wilson Titan. Me won’t pay that price. I will get one from a hack for a fraction of the price.

  4. Steven Rodriguez

    Nov 16, 2018 at 12:20 am

    So many haters out there. Wilson has very skilled engineers including some ex guys from Adams and Callaway. Hit this driver today and it was better than my Rogue. I bought it right away, plus i can still get a decent trade in for my Cally. Kudos to the Wilson Team!

  5. engineer bob

    Nov 16, 2018 at 12:06 am

    fellas fellas…. there is no innovative engineering in these titanium drivers… it’s just an exercise in shapes and cosmetics. The only ‘engineering’ is manufacturing engineering done in Chi na… where titanium manufacturing is superior and cheaper.

  6. engineer bob

    Nov 16, 2018 at 12:04 am

    fellas fellas…. there is no innovative engineering in these titanium drivers… it’s just an exercise in shapes and cosmetics. The only ‘engineering’ is manufacturing engineering done in China… where titanium manufacturing is superior and cheaper. Somebody should tell POTUS his Ti-driver is made in China! 😀

  7. martin

    Nov 15, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    The driver looks similar to the Cobra F6+ on the bottom and carbon fiber crown from TM and Callaway. This is something we have already seen in other clubs unless it increases yards and ball flight I have very low confidence it will be a great seller and at that price point doubt it will. Probably by late March $399.99 or $349.99

  8. Scheiss

    Nov 15, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    They were too scared to go with the cool looking non-traditional one in the Bette designed and intriguing Rozwell so they went with the boring Taylormade one. Duh

  9. El'trick Woods

    Nov 15, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    5 bills?!! =D What’a riot!! That hunk ‘o tin prolly cost $12.42 tops to produce, and $1.02 of that went into the grip! It was fun watching
    the last DVD winner collect dust in it’s overproduced marketing station near the putting area!!! They didn’t even feature the monstrosity
    in the club section!

  10. JP

    Nov 15, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Why? Just why? At $500, someone Should be looking for a new job.

    • David

      Nov 15, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Hit it yesterday. Looks very clean, sound is solid..muted. Low spin great shaft options. I’d put it against the rogue..ts3.

  11. retired04

    Nov 15, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Has Wilson made adapters and weights readily available this time around? Haven’t in the past, so those of us who have favorite shafts or prefer different lengths/swingweights have little or no interest-especially at $499.

    • Caroline

      Nov 15, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Correct adapter for Triton not the easiest to find…

  12. Scheiss

    Nov 15, 2018 at 2:37 am

    They spent millions developing this show and the club, and all they could come with is a rip off the sliding weight mechanism and a cumbersome swapper weight on either side. Duh. They didn’t have to do the show to come up with that, surely?
    They should have gone with the Rozwell, because it was an intriguing design and different from all the rest.
    Now we are stuck with a TM rip off that will all be forgotten in a couple months.
    What a waste of time and money. Sorry Wilson, you failed again.

  13. Fail

    Nov 15, 2018 at 2:36 am

    They spent millions developing this show and the club, and all they could come with is a rip off the sliding weight mechanism and a cumbersome swapper weight on either side. Duh. They didn’t have to do the show to come up with that, surely?
    They should have gone with the Rozwell, because it was an intriguing design and different from all the rest.
    Now we are stuck with a TM rip off that will all be forgotten in a couple months.
    What a waste of time and money. Sorry Wilson, you failed again.

  14. Mr.1488 He did nothing wrong!

    Nov 14, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one out! I personally love the look of it. Price is a little steep though.

  15. rex235

    Nov 14, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Congratulations to Evan Hoffman on his winning design.

    RH Only?

  16. Moses

    Nov 14, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Can’t get Kotex out of my head. Cortex is a horrible name. Never touching that club. Many other options out there.

    • Johnny Penso

      Nov 15, 2018 at 12:51 am

      I hear if it has a cool name it goes 2 yards further.

  17. Ray

    Nov 14, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Wilson is ruining themselves with this Driver vs Driver stuff. I want to think the best of the best engineers with all the best technology and tools built my driver, not Joe Blow off the street. May be a good driver but not too many people will be interested I imagine.
    Maybe they are making money on the TV show

    • Bill

      Nov 15, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      The Wilson engineers do a lot of work on these. The show spans a long period of time.

      • engineer bob

        Nov 16, 2018 at 12:08 am

        fellas fellas…. there is no innovative engineering in these titanium drivers… it’s just an exercise in shapes and cosmetics. The only ‘engineering’ is manufacturing engineering done in Ch ina… where titanium manufacturing is superior and cheaper. 😀

  18. RCC

    Nov 14, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    For real tho.. How many people want to plunk down premium money for a driver they know came from an amateur tinkerer? Also, if you work in Wilson’s engineering group, aren’t you looking for a new job at this point? They’re bringing people in off the street to do your job for you.

    • sam

      Nov 14, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      yes, because Wilson’s engineering group had nothing to do with the performance of this club…(insert eye roll and sarcastic voice)

    • Brad

      Nov 14, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Karsten Solheim was an “amateur tinkerer” in the realm of golf. He only managed to create the most iconic and used putter design in the world, as well as one of the most popular iron designs ever. Both of these innovations changed golf club design forever. Both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were college dropouts with no “formal” qualifications in computer science or engineering, but both led companies that created some of the most revolutionary products in their industry.

      Shall I go on?

    • CrashTestDummy

      Nov 14, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      This one looks like it has the standard settings for customizing flight patterns. I know what you mean. I am pretty sure that all golf companies use industrial designers to create the look of the drivers, but they work closely with engineers though. . On the next season (if they have one) should pair each designer with an engineer that is working or worked in the golf industry.

  19. Sam

    Nov 14, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    So what makes this driver overpriced compared to those other low spin drivers out there now? If you take the labels off this driver what do you find? You get a driver that has a carbon crown(some carbon in the sole), movable weights for shot shape bias, a track and weight system to control spin/launch along with an adjustable hosel plus a plethora of no up-charge premium shafts. Now if you apply these kind of technologies to any other brand what do you expect to pay….probably that $449-499 range if not more depending on the shaft added. I think it is probably a fair price to ask for when you have all that proven tech. Now as a whole i think driver prices have maybe gotten out of hand but that’t the market we live in today, heck premium shafts go for $500-600 and some cases over $1000. If it performs as well as others do i don’t see a problem with them asking for $499.

  20. Chris

    Nov 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    I play Wilson Staff ci 11’s and they are great clubs and sexy as hell with an all black finish with that said I am a Wilson staff fan. I also love the Duo balls but my god how can they put the same Wilson logo on a $499 club that they do on a 125 starter set that you can buy at Walmart. I thought this was the whole reason they use the Wilson staff brand to differentiate themselves as serious players clubs.

  21. Bruce

    Nov 14, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Would be interesting to know the swing weight and if they will be offering any heavier weights for those of use who might want to trim it down a half inch. Saw stock length was 45 inches. But nothing else as for specs on their website besides the different shafts.

  22. Bruce Jenner

    Nov 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I must admit, its a good looking driver. The polished head has a high end luxury look to it. It sounds like it will perform well, based on the reviews from the show. The bottom does remind me of the Taylormade M1, so nothing too exciting there. The holo caust was a hoax. Other than that I can’t wait to try it out and put it in the bag!

  23. Tom

    Nov 14, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    WOW, a club designed by hobbyists off the street…..what a joke the equipment industry has become….save ur money!!!

    • Play Ping

      Nov 14, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Ask any of us with the first one, the Triton, had I paid more then $79 for it I would have been very upset. No way a Wilson “Made for TV” driver is worth $499….check and see how many tour pros have had success with the first one….bet you will not find to many Triton drivers on any tour..They may pay one of their pros to play one the new ones in a tournament or two…chances of it staying in the bag after promotion money are very slim…..

      • Rob

        Nov 15, 2018 at 7:31 am

        The driver was changed massively by the Wilson engineers. Watch the bloody show before ripping the driver. You don’t like it because of the brand, because you are brand snobs.

      • Bill Cavanaugh

        Nov 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm

        Most tour players play the driver they got paid the most for. It’s how Taylor Made keeps their number 1 position. They pay the most money

        • Rico Strong

          Dec 3, 2018 at 5:03 pm

          Taylormade no longer just pays guys to just use their driver. They are in the biz of only doing full bag contracts now..

  24. retired04

    Nov 14, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    OK-Old guy’s shafts are different-just checked the fujikuragolf.com site and there are no reg or sr. Atmos white/red shafts listed, however the Wilson.com site lists both for “Red” minus the “tour spec” designation. Have to wonder what is really under the white/red paint job on the reg and sr. shafts. Oh well, all the test results I have seen so far tell me I should be playing the Cleveland Launcher HB anyway. Saw the $499 Cortex price and bought a mint Launcher to mess with for $149 (and the miyazaki sr. shaft is 1/2 white to boot-‘course I don’t know what’s under that paint job either.) Isn’t golf (equipment) fun?

  25. Jeff Andreas

    Nov 14, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    In a few months it will be $99 because it will not sell.

    • Keith R

      Nov 16, 2018 at 12:17 am

      in 3 months it will be sold out, and at the $499 price range. hit it today. it is awesome. Well done Wilson team!

    • TRUE

      Nov 18, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Heard a rumor that there were only 10,000 heads produced, and that 9,200 are spoken for already. I was impressed when I hit it yesterday. I am going back for another session when they get the correct shaft that I should be using. I only buy a driver about every 5 years or so, and play about 100 rounds a year.

  26. big jones

    Nov 14, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Still swinging my Nike VR Pro and driving 300+. Why pay $499 for something that will be worth 1/3 in a year.

    • the dude

      Nov 14, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      good deal “Big Jones”…..so you’ve heard that they DID max the COR about 14 years ago…..congrats!

      • big jones

        Nov 14, 2018 at 3:14 pm

        gotta like the shaft though. That’s the engine.

  27. SG

    Nov 14, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Honestly, kudos to Wilson for flexing a little muscle with the driver vs driver show. The rapid prototyping and offering that kid a job. I mean sure people want to play TM because of the mass appeal, but I would like to see what this club can do. I hope they incentivize their tour pros to play these because to some degree drivers are so comparable today.

  28. Clint

    Nov 14, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    This is a good looking club and will probably perform just as well as other top name brands. Wilson has put out some solid irons and wedges as well. The driver market is just oversaturated so everyone saying they can get it for $129.99 next season, that applies to about every driver. Are you paying for performance or the name? It’s a tough market, just ask Nike.

  29. Deegee

    Nov 14, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    For all you ‘its an M1 driver’, yes it may look the same with regards to the weight track but the titanium cage is very different and the main reason it’s so consistent across the whole face.

    Before you make negative comments, give it a fair chance and try it- it may surprise you.

  30. susan

    Nov 14, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    That is one polished potent big black head… power and pulchritude in one package.. OoOoOoh

  31. Ron

    Nov 14, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    A deep-faced Wilson Cortex driver with all that sole weight and shaft adjustments you will be able to dial out a banana slice, a duck hook, a sky ball and a worm burner… a cheap price to pay for driver perfection!!

  32. Brandon Black

    Nov 14, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    If you’re going to compare it to TaylorMade, don’t forget to add the $250 shaft upcharge for the Atmos TS. That is an amazing shaft for a standard offering. It’s a great deal when looking at a $750 TM driver.

    • Ron

      Nov 14, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      If you can’t afford to pay; you can’t play….

      • pdq

        Nov 14, 2018 at 1:59 pm

        If you can afford to pay but can’t swing it then you still can’t play.

  33. Doug Roberts

    Nov 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    It looks fabulous. Great specs every which way. What is needed for a home run is some noteworthy utilizers. I have gotten off the new driver every year train. Once you have done that and shop resale market…Last years product is very reasonable. I will test this Cortex out.

  34. Johnny Long

    Nov 14, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    The company describes this as, a “weight-tuned titanium internal structure with an impressive 44% of its surface area covered in Carbon Fiber Panels. This Ti –Carbon construction allows for extremely precise distribution of weight and frees up additional weight for maximum adjustability.” I hate blacks and Jews.“Season Two of the show yielded two amazing finalists; the Cortex and the Rozwell,”said Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf. “Ulimately, the Cortex came out on top withits clean, classic shape, overall consistent performance results from a wide range of player testers, and steady sound across the entire face of the club. Muslims suck too. We are excited to get this driver into the hands of players at all levels of the game.”

  35. Patrick

    Nov 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Great looking driver. but not the right pricing. I would expect this price from Callaway,Taylormade and Titleist.if you want to sell a lot of these $299.00 to $349.00. The ping G400 Max is $399.00 . Come in less than the big guns,more people will have to give it a try, due to this driver being a value for the price. IE… Cleveland Golf Soft Putter line or The 2019 Tour Edge Exotics Driver Line. You almost just have to give it a try with the same technology being offered at a price you can’t resist. That should be the marketing strategy.Once people compare after hitting the established versus Wilson Cortex, they will not see that much difference to warrant purchasing the big brand name.

  36. Mike Casari

    Nov 14, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    For $499 you’d think they could come up with something a little better for a headcover. I have socks that look better than what they’re offering.

  37. vince guest

    Nov 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Truth is, the competition is too fierce for Wilson at this price point but the driver looks really good.

  38. Fred Garvin

    Nov 14, 2018 at 11:54 am

    I’m sure the top photo of laying the driver on the railroad tracks isn’t the mental image Wilson wants readers to be having….

    That said, lot’s of Wilson haters here. Most likely trying to defend their purchase of an equivalent driver at 50% higher price. I can get them cheap on ebay too ya know.

  39. Mike Honcho

    Nov 14, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I like how they have the episode in Lake Tahoe were celebrities and pro athletes are roping the club out 330. Maybe Wilson should sell a model called the “Altitude Adjustment”.

  40. cullen davis

    Nov 14, 2018 at 11:24 am

    $499 for a wilson driver, they when you go to trade it in its worth $29

  41. Jay Taylor

    Nov 14, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I like it! The glossy black on it looks very sharp in my books. $499 is really pricey considering its a Wilson. Hopefully the performance is out of this World. P.S. I don’t like black people that much.

  42. J Mytro

    Nov 14, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I think it would sell well at $299 but $499 is a tough sell…I know a retailer that has 5 stores and they are bringing in 12 units for all stores…Maybe they can sell 6 of them.

  43. John Agena

    Nov 14, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Looks like the Mizuno 850 Driver to me

  44. Its True

    Nov 14, 2018 at 9:50 am

    It’ll be $149.00 by Spring, just like the last shows winner.

  45. Rob

    Nov 14, 2018 at 9:44 am

    It’s not Coretex, it’s Cortex. Come on guys, it says the name on the driver in the pictures!

    • J bone

      Nov 14, 2018 at 9:50 am

      I think they misspelled it on the driver

    • Ben Alberstadt

      Nov 14, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Smh. No excuse. Headline’s been fixed.

      • ray

        Nov 14, 2018 at 7:08 pm

        It’s still spelled CoreTex in the title of the thread in the Tour and Pre-Release sub forum.

      • Ray

        Nov 15, 2018 at 12:16 am

        Any reason the Cortex thread started by WRX in the Tour/Pre-Release thread in the title still says CoreTex?

  46. Greg V

    Nov 14, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Way too deep face for me – I like shallow faced drivers.

    • db

      Nov 14, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      might be nice driver. i like….yet 500 is a lot for anything with zero resale…

      good thing about the tm titleist and cally drivers if you spend 500 you can resale within a couple months for 350….then down the line for 250……

      my wilson triton i think i sold for 89$ within the 1st year….

      c300 forged best irons ive ever owned. just too long for me…yep too long…but ive never ever seen an iron so forgiving on toe hits.. absolutely amazing.

  47. Dugan

    Nov 14, 2018 at 9:03 am

    This is a great looking driver. It’ll get some hate cause of the brand. If you don’t have big name players being paid to use it, it won’t make it far. Just the way society works.

  48. Brian McGranahan

    Nov 14, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Wow. They invented a Taylormade Driver. Pure genius.

    • dat

      Nov 14, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Came here to post this. How is this any different than the M1 with one track? $500? HA!

      • Rob

        Nov 14, 2018 at 9:48 am

        If you watch the programme you’d see what makes it different. It may look similar to others, but there is lots that makes it different. Guessing you guys are the type that only buys a driver because it’s a certain brand or popular model or a certain pro uses it. None of that should matter when picking the best club for yourself.

    • Paul

      Nov 14, 2018 at 10:45 am

      You mean I can get a driver as good as a Taylormade for cheap? Sign me up!

  49. Benny

    Nov 14, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I am interested in this driver. Wilson’s irons, especially the v4’s, are some of the best irons I have ever used. Their PMP wedges look legit and I would love a set of their raw v6’s. I may go full blown Wilson that is how confident I am with their gear. Only problem is if I decide to move away once committed I will lose my shirt on resale.

    • BRENT

      Nov 14, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      You are correct! Wilson has to start somewhere…again. I love the brand myself but younger people don’t get it. They may have caused the problem by selling recycled soda cans at Wal-Mart during the 90’s-2000’s but… That doesn’t take away from the Staff line in my opinion.

  50. J bone

    Nov 14, 2018 at 7:59 am

    The President of Wilson Golf clearly has no idea what he’s doing. $499 for Wilson’s version of the M1. I can’t imagine more than 100 get sold.

    • Brandon

      Nov 14, 2018 at 8:24 am

      Truth too funny
      I can’t wait to pick one up on eBay for 99 shipped

    • Dugan

      Nov 14, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Real deal atmost ts in it makes it a good deal. Don’t you think?

      • J bone

        Nov 14, 2018 at 9:48 am

        For that price and a Wilson head they should offer every shaft option on the planet.

        • Edley

          Nov 14, 2018 at 11:43 am

          From Mygolfspy.com “That $499 does include some nice no upcharge options. Along with the full array of Atmos Tour Spec shafts, you can also select the EvenFlow Black or Blue or the HZRDUS Black or Red from Project X, or the UST Mamiya Recoil. In addition, a full array of Lamkin, Winn, and Golf Pride grips (including the Align) are available, also at no upcharge”

        • Marc Tebo

          Nov 14, 2018 at 12:17 pm

          Isn’t that Tour Atmos like $300 by itself? If so, Wilson sure needs to market things differently to justify the price tag.

        • Jeff

          Nov 14, 2018 at 2:26 pm

          Great looking club, overpriced. I agree with Jbone, would need every shaft option to substantiate price…

    • Bald Eagle

      Nov 14, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      Would you like to bet $1000 on that or are you just running your mouth

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Pitch: The TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3 is a stronger-lofted version of the standard TaylorMade M5 3-wood. The Rocket is 14 degrees. The standard M5 is 15.

Our take on the TaylorMade M5 Rocket 3

“WOW, you really hit that 3-wood like a rocket!”

” Not like a rocket… an actual Rocket!”

The beloved 3-wood. A favorite club of both average golfers and pros alike, a club that many will hold onto well after what some might consider their “best before” date. But with new options and improved technology, these old faithfuls are getting the boot quicker for a lot of reasons including the ability to better dial in a fit and help minimizing misses.

Since making a club faster off the middle is becoming more and more difficult thanks to the limits set forth but the USGA, OEMs are changing the way we think about clubs and putting a greater focus on decreasing dispersion and optimizing misses. TaylorMade is doing this with TwistFace, which was originally introduced in drivers a generation ago, and has now been included in the M5 and M6 fairway woods.

I got to spend some time with the knowledgeable crew at TaylorMade Canada in their new indoor facility just north of Toronto (lets call it Kingdom North) In that time, we went through a driver fitting, and then to the new M5 fairway woods to try and replace one of my oldest faithfuls: a 14-degree SLDR Tour Spoon. To say I have a unique ability to elevate a fairway wood is something that even my fitter was a little surprised by. My numbers with my cranked down to 12 degree (measured) fairway off the deck were good but could be improved. I can hit it both ways (as much as a 6-handicap can actually claim that) but my trusted go-to shot is a slight fade with some heel bias contact because of my swing. I am willing to sacrifice some distance but usually hit it where I want.

What I saw at the end of the fitting was a club that produced longer shots along with a tighter dispersion without having to make or to try and make any changes to my swing. The final fit was a 14-degree “Rocket” M5 fairway set to 12 degrees. It beat out my SLDR by a total of nine yards, which is an increase of just over a total of three percent, including an additional six yards of carry.

To say I was honestly surprised would be an understatement. The SLDR TS is a club that the first time I hit it I went WHOA! Low spin, workable, looks exactly how I want that club to look (small and compact). You can see from the numbers below when it works it works.

Why does TwistFace work?

Let’s explain and get a little deep in the technology weeds for a second. Bulge and roll is not a new concept. In fact, it would be a lie to claim that all OEMs haven’t done something similar to this is the past or played with these two variables to help golfers hit better shots. Fact: Every OEM optimizes the bulge and roll on their clubs to increase speed and maximize performance. Tom Wishon actually had a line of woods at one point that went the other way had VERY limited roll from the top tine to the sole. With this design, more loft on the bottom of the head helped players who miss low or need help elevating the ball off the deck increase launch and spin. It worked. Cobra also has what it calls E9 technology to tweak bulge and roll to help maximize the speed and forgiveness of their woods. It also works.

What makes TaylorMade’s TwistFace different is that it is the most aggressive iteration of this bulge and roll tweaking yet, and by introducing it into the fairway woods and hybrids, it’s proving to be a winner — even for this now-proven wrong skeptic.

At the end of the day, the M5 Ti “Rocket” was a measurable improvement over my previous 3-wood. Now it would be disingenuous to say “if you aren’t using TwistFace in your fairway woods you’re not maximized,” but if you are someone that struggles with fairway wood dispersion and looking to find some extra distance for taking on par-5s, taking a look at the new M5 and M6 fairway woods as part of your next fitting should be very high on your list.

 

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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WRX Spotlight: Stitch headcovers

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Pitch: From Stitch: “Your game should match your style. At Stitch, we aim to merchandise our line of products so you can easily put together items that not only match your bag and what is it in it, but also match your style and personality. We want to make it easy for you to have a unique and color-coordinated golf bag. We have designed unique products that have defined color schemes so that choosing which items to put in your bag becomes easier. We aim to provide you with various looks, mixing and matching our head covers to give you confidence that the purchase you make for your bag will take you to the course in style. Let us help you dress your game.”

Our Take On Stitch Headcovers

Stitch is a relatively new company – founded in 2012. The company initially only created premium headcovers but has grown into so much more, with all sorts of golfing accessories now on offer on their site StitchGolf.com. Their bags, in particular, are now some of the most popular amongst golfers, with the quality and uniqueness provided leading multiple Tour players to sport them in tournament play.

That sign of quality in the bags bodes well for what the company was founded on – their headcovers. Stitch provides both leather and knit headcovers in a variety of designs that do as good a job as any in covering the needs of all golfers.

Stitch describes the companies Monte Carlo headcover as being their “classic, timeless design”, and for those looking for that vintage style to add to their set up then they can’t go wrong with this headcover. A mainstay in the likes of multiple tour winner Paul Casey’s bag, the Monte Carlo headcover, as with all of the companies leather covers, is hand-crafted from 100% leather and is both water and stain resistant. The cover comes in four color codes: Black, White, Navy and Red, and at $68 is the most affordable of all their leather headcovers.

Other options in the leather department range from their intricately designed Camo cover which comes in a multiple color design, as well as Stitch’s tribute to “The King”, through their Arnold Palmer headcover.

The AP cover comes in a minimalist black with white stripes for a classic feel, but it also comes in a white color code decorated with red, white and yellow stripes which, for myself at least, looks even more alluring. Part of an exclusive collection, the only issue with the AP cover is that only those located in the U.S. are currently eligible to get their hands on one. But for those in the states, the company is now offering a set of three AP leather covers for $128 instead of $298 should you use the code APLEATHERS on their site.

From their Tour Racer, USA, Shamrock and Bonesman editions, Stitch provides a great choice when it comes to their leather covers, and as previously mentioned, all are hand-crafted from 100% leather, water and stain resistant and will assure an excellent fit on your clubs.

Stitch also provides knit headcovers which contain not only excellent designs but also the same quality which has gone into their leather covers. All of the companies knit covers are made from Techno Wool, which is 100% acrylic and designed in order for your clubs to stay entirely dry. Another feature of the knit covers from Stitch is their smart fit design which ensures all of the covers retain their shape over a long period, as well as providing for a cover that will reliably stay on your club.

The knit covers from Stitch cost $68 ($72 for the limited AP cover), and there are currently seven different designs available to choose from over at StitchGolf.com. The leather covers are, unsurprisingly, a little pricier, but still very affordable, ranging from $68-$98. The covers deliver in both style and performance, and for a relatively new company, it speaks volumes that the likes of Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau and many more tour pros are now sporting the company’s creations.

 

 

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