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2019 Callaway Odyssey Toulon Design putters unveiled

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Callaway’s Odyssey Toulon Design Putters will hit the shops in March, with a Deep Diamond Mill encompassing the face of the flatstick.

Deep cross-hatch grooves cover the face of the new 2019 Odyssey Toulon Design Putters, with the cross-hatch grooves designed to control the sound and feel through the channelling of vibration. Each diamond pattern also contains a small groove, aimed at improving the quality of each roll.

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The new addition from Odyssey comes with the company’s Stroke Lab Design, a shaft developed with the intent of enhancing the consistency in putting through the series of movement in stroke. The Stroke Lab shaft aims to offer greater tempo and consistency.

Golfers will be able to choose between a pistol or oversized grip.

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Available Odyssey Toulon Stroke Lab:

  • Memphis
  • Las Vegas
  • Atlanta
  • Palm Beach
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • Austin
  • Azalea

The Odyssey Toulon Design Putters come in a new Charcoal Smoke Finish and will hit the retail market on March 1, with a price tag of $449.

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  1. Mark

    Jan 6, 2019 at 3:26 am

    “The Stroke Lab shaft aims to offer greater tempo and consistency.” How on earth can a shaft, which cannot set itself in motion offer “greater tempo”? Maybe this is the shaft which really does go off in the user’s hands.

    One day, maybe one day GolfWRX will demonstrate real respect for its members by not just publishing press relaeases verbatim and, instead, questioning some of these claims.

  2. DB

    Jan 4, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    These look great. But replacing the Toulon logo with an Odyssey logo wasn’t a good idea.

    • JThunder

      Jan 4, 2019 at 7:05 pm

      The appetite of corporate America knows no bounds. Eventually everything unique and independent will be swallowed and homogenized.

      If you don’t like seeing the Odyssey logo on a “Toulon” putter, just wait until all the OEMs are absorbed – your Callaway clubs will all have Amazon logos and your TaylorMades will be “Wal-Mart”.

      We’ll have plenty of time to discuss logos, though, since all these buyouts mean fewer jobs everywhere.

    • Tex

      Jan 4, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      I’m not sure. I think, historically, Odyssey carries much more weight as a quality putter manufacturer than Toulon.

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Danny Lee’s Mizuno MP-32 irons: The real inside scoop!

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Hipsters are known for loving “old” stuff — you know the classics, the vintage, the retro. From vinyl, to thrift store sweaters, what’s old is new again. In the case of Danny Lee, he’s leading the charge as the PGA Tour’s iron hipster.

It should also be noted that “old” is a relative term, especially with golf equipment. Now when it comes to “classics,” Mizuno has produced some of the most recognizable irons of all time, including the Cut Muscle MP-32 released in 2004.

We recently spotted Danny Lee at the Genesis Open and it started a LOT of discussion about classic designs, as well as whether these are new old stock (NOS) or new forgings, using the original tooling.

I reached out to Mizuno’s Senior Club Engineer Chris Voshall to get to the bottom of this interesting iron development. (Plus the idea that Mizuno has sets of 10-plus year-old irons kicking around ready for custom builds — I have a huge smile thinking about what that storage room might look like — is a pretty fun thought).

Heres the inside scoop on Danny’s irons from Chris Voshall

“The MP-32s being played by Danny Lee are a new old stock set that came from Luke Donald’s personal stash inside the tour van. The ones Danny is playing are the very last set of custom grind 32s that were made for Luke.”

(HERES WHERE THE STORY GETS VERY INTERESTING)

“Here’s the part that makes the Danny’s set unique – During final development of the 32s, Luke was feeling that the soles for him were not getting through the turf the same as his previous MP-33s, but he loved the profile and extra forgiveness offered by the cut muscle design.

“By working with the Craftsman on the Mizuno team they created a unique sole profile for Luke that modernized that of the MP-33 for his new MP-32s. They rounded off and beveled the trailing edge of the 32s and had multiple sets made that he used during their entire run in the line.

“The tell tale of the Luke soled irons vs. the retail and standard version is how close the trailing edge of the sole is to the “Mizuno” on the back. What’s even more interesting about the development of that sole and grind is that every MP iron moving forward in the line starting with the MP-62 in 2008 utilized the exact sole profile of the one developed with Luke for the 32s and then 62s he used to become Number 1 player in the world.”

Below are comparison pics of Danny’s irons vs retail MP-32s and MP-62s

Danny Lee’s LD Grind 32s

Standard MP-32 7-iron – notice the amount of space above the “Mizuno” text

Right – MP-62 vs Standard MP-32

Danny Lees LD Grind 9-iron

Retail MP-32 9-iron

MP-62 9-iron vs retail MP-32

WOW! How cool is that insider information? True 14-year-old prototypes back in play on Tour! Now we know 100 percent the real story behind this very cool set and how it lead to historical Mizuno design changes that we still see in the MP line today!

 

NOTE: All Mizuno forged irons pre-2010 meet the 2010 USGA Conforming Groove rule; they were conforming before and are still conforming now. This is also part of the reason you don’t see many other classic irons on tour, except for maybe some from Ping which did do a few older models with new grooves –most notably D.A Points’ i5s irons. 

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WRX Spotlight Review: Miura MGP-NM1 Putter

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Product: Miura MGP-NM1 putter

Pitch: Limited to 300 pieces, the Miura MGP-NM1 is Miura’s first 303 stainless steel putter. Its appearance is in keeping with the bolder designs of the Miura Giken family.

Our take on the Miura MGP-NM1 putter

Miura Giken has become the brand where Miura can push some limits and try out designs and technology not really fit for the standard Miura line. And if doing something new and different is what Miura Giken is about, then the MGP-NM1 fits like a glove. When most people think of Miura, they think forged carbon steel and traditional, old school shapes. The MGP-NM1 is a long ways from that, being milled from 303 stainless steel, having adjustable weights and milled stepped pockets in the sole.

If you love mill marks, then the MBG-NM1 will fulfill all our needs because the head is covered with them. I really liked the top line where the mill marks go front to back but then get much finer around the alignment line. If you look close the milling is still there, but just much finer. It works great along with the alignment lines on the “fangs.” The MGP-NM1 is a great size: large enough to give you confidence that a mishit will stay online, but not too big to be distracting. Like most putters with this (Odyssey No. 7)  shape, it frames the ball really well and looks great to my eye. The way the shaft goes into the head is for sure unique, it is straight from address but does drop down into the head.

I will get my one con on this putter out of the way early: the way the shaft goes into the head from address. I love the shape of the head, but the way the shaft enters the head makes it harder for me to line up. At address you can see the the top line of the putter on both sides of the shaft and for some that might be helpful, but it took me a long time to get comfortable with my alignment. Also, the head cover isn’t up to standard for a putter in this price range.

But the good of this putter really outweighs that bad. The putter  feels and sounds great, much like the Miura KM-009 reviewed previously. Feel is very solid with, to me, the perfect amount of click on impact. There might be just a slight bit of vibration on contact, but very minimal and will probably vary with the ball you play. Contact on the toe and heel really stay on target well; you can tell this mallet has a fairly high MOI. Like any responsive putter should do, this really provides good feedback on mishits. Toe and heel shots are not punished as much as you would think, the ball still rolls out well with minimal distance loss. That solid, soft Miura feel really does come through with this putter.

Overall, I think the Miura Giken MGP-NM1 is a really great way for a mallet user to put a Miura putter into the bag.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Most forgiving players iron made within the past 5 years?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball who is on the hunt for the most forgiving players iron on the market from the last five years. Our members offer their suggestions to moorebaseball, with Ping’s S55 irons proving to be a popular recommendation.

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.

  • dpb5031: “Ping S55s if you prefer a more compact head, or the i200s if you want a slightly larger profile. Both are excellent, very forgiving “player’s” irons that have been used extensively on multiple Tours.”
  • WonIron: “I just bought my Second (backup) set of Adams forged XTD’s with stock KBS C-taper shafts for $160 on eBay. That was a good deal, but you can find them at $200 or better easy. Beautifully setup players look at address, forgiving and longer than the true blades I’ve been playing all my life.”
  • BigPapy: “Agreeing with others here on S55’s. Great clubs that most mid-cappers could play well.”
  • shakester: “Nike Vapor Pros or Pro Combos are a great set of irons that offer plenty of forgiveness.”

Entire Thread: “Most forgiving players iron made within the past five years?”

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