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Pushing it past the limit: TaylorMade M5, M6 drivers with Speed Injected Twist Face technology

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In a market where distance seems to dominate the conversation, TaylorMade has always been at or very near the top year in and year out. It’s no secret that some of the most popular offerings from the past 10-15 years have come straight out of the Top Secret “Kingdom.”

With the 2019 TaylorMade M5 and M6 drivers, it looks like this will be another year that the company sits right near the top of that mountain, with its most aggressive push in regards to tech advancement since the SLDR in 2013.

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Speed Injected Twist Face technology

Marketed as “taking speed to the limit,” TaylorMade’s next generation of the M family of drivers, the M5 and M6, feature a Speed Injected Twist Face, building on the Twist Face technology the company debuted with the M3 and M4 drivers last year. The M5 and M6 club faces are designed to initially exceed the USGA’s COR limit.

In simple terms, speed injected face technology is where they take all of the heads they produce, push them all past the USGA limit in regards to COR and work backwards to ensure they fall within the parameters — the algorithm-driven process of resin injection into the clubs via the two ports on the face brings the figure just inside the acceptable range.

“It was an engineering challenge to be sure and 4 years in the making but we knew if we could nail the injection technology, we would really have something special.”-TM Metalwoods Director, Tomo Bystedt

The Carlsbad-based company boosts ball speed in the M5 and M6 drivers through the interplay between a reengineered, more-flexible Hammerhead 2.0 slot, an ultra-thin titanium face with redesigned Inverted Cone Technology (ICT), internal support foam with variable amounts of injected resin, and, last but not least, a proprietary algorithm to tune each head.

TaylorMade M5

The popular T-Track TaylorMade debuted with M1 driver (which evolved into the Y-Track) further advances with this year’s offering. M5 and M5 Tour drivers feature an Inverted T-Track that allows for 1,770 unique CG configurations via the two 10-gram weights, as well as a range of MOI options. Golfers are afforded up to one degree of launch angle and 600 rpm of spin change adjustability, in addition to 25 yards of left-to-right adjustability. As with previous M Series drivers, the 2-degree loft sleeve allows for the adjustment of the loft, lie angle and face angle of the driver.

With a 10 percent smaller carbon composite crown footprint, TaylorMade’s fourth generation of carbon composite technology furthers the aim of efficient mass distribution and an optimized center of gravity. The new M Series club face is also 20 percent thinner with a 66 percent larger sweet spot than last year’s M3.

In addition to the 460cc M5, TaylorMade is launching an M5 Tour model, which features a 435cc head.

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Director of Original Content Johnny Wunder was on site at “The Kingdom” in early December and had this to say on the key first impressions of the new M5/M6.

M5 look
“I actually preferred the look of the M3 overall BUT this driver is built for speed and the red paint and carbon fiber inspire that.”

M5 feel
“In my experience as a TM loyalist the feel has always been the determining factor, this is no different.” “It feels meaty out of the sweet spot and heel strikes still feel solid.”

M5 sound
“The sound reminded me of the SLDR oddly enough which has been my gamer for 5-6 years. Not as thumpy (a sound I like) as M1/M3.”

M5 overall
“Haven’t put it thru our typical ringer of testing, so I don’t want to comment on distance and spin, but at first sight, it’s another really solid, good looking, fast TaylorMade driver…these guys do that as well as anybody year in and year out.”

Related: 2019 TaylorMade M5 & M6 pictures

TaylorMade M5 specs, availability, and price

M5

  • Available for preorder on January 18, retail on February 1
  • MSRP: $549.99
  • 9, 10.5, and 12 degree lofts

M5 Tour

  • Available on March 1
  • MSRP: $549.99
  • 9, 10.5 degree lofts

Stock shafts: Mitsubishi CK Tensei Orange 60 and Project X HZRDUS Smoke 70

Stock grip: Golf Pride MCC Decade

TaylorMade M6 & M6 D-Type Drivers

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Likewise “injected to the maximum legal level of speed,” according to the company, TaylorMade’s M6 and M6 D-Type drives also feature the Speed Injected Twist Face.

“Injected Twist Face delivers a hot, yet accurate performance package in the new M6 driver. When you add optimized CG and MOI through the use of a full carbon crown and sole, the result is a complete driver that delivers on all fronts.” – Brian Bazzel, Vice President Product Creation

Equipped with the same six-layer composite carbon crown as the M5, the M6 also features a complete carbon fiber sole that is 54 percent lighter than in the M4 (its predecessor). This allows engineers to move even more discretionary weight low and back in the club for maximum forgiveness and a lower CG.

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TaylorMade M6 D-Type

The M6 D-Type the company’s draw-biased offering. A high-contrast topline masking makes the face angle appear more open than it actually is, leading to the golfer producing a more closed face at impact. The D-Type’s CG is closer to the heel, as well, giving the club 20 additional yards of draw bias than the M6.

Johnny Wunder on the M6

M6 look
“At address it does feel a bit more forgiving then the M5, it sits a lower profile or at least appears that way.”

M6 feel
“Not as meaty as the M5 for obvious reasons BUT its very stable and if quite solid no matter where on the face you catch it. It seems like the M6 will lend it self a bit more to the higher handicap, its very forgiving.”

M6 sound
“Surprising that I prefer the sound of this to the M5, it had that thumpy sound which I prefer.” Both sound great but if I was blind testing, the M6 acoustics is what I would chase.”

M6 overall
“Its definitely a winner for the player looking for something stable, forgiving and fun to hit. I’ll be surprised if the TM staff that were M2/M4 loyalists will stay in the M6, seems like this model won’t be as workable for the better player, but we will see. We have seen this for years with TM. They launch a “Tour” driver and a more forgiving driver at a lower cost, and the tour players migrate to the more forgiving of the two. Counterintuitive, yes, but reality. Will the more forgiving M6 (over the M5) find its way into tour bags and follow in the footprints of the 2016 M2 (over its M1 counterpart?)”

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M6 specs, availability, and price

  • Available for preorder on January 18 and at retail on February 1
  • MSRP: $499.99
  • 9, 10.5, and 12 degree  (RH only) lofts

Stock shafts

  • M6: Fujikura Atmos Orange 5, Fujikura Atmos Black 6 in S-, R- and A-flexes
  • M6 D-Type: Project X EvenFlow Max Carry 45 in 6.0 (S), 5.5 (R) and 5.0 (A)

For women: the M6 and M6 D-Type drivers will be offered in 10.5 and 12 degree lofts (RH only) and comes equipped with TaylorMade’s Tuned Performance 45g L-flex shaft.

The stock men’s grip is the Lamkin Dual Feel. Stock women’s grip is the Lamkin Comfort Plus Dual Feel.

Related: 2019 TaylorMade M5 & M6 pictures

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56 Comments

  1. Jerry G

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Ever since Rocketbalzs 2 and SLDR, I don’t believe anything TM says …

  2. Darryl

    Feb 4, 2019 at 7:30 am

    The Emperor’s New Driver.

  3. Fast

    Jan 26, 2019 at 9:23 am

    So….if you took the injected foam out of the face, it would be faster/illegal?!?

    • BP

      Jan 29, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      As soon as I heard about it my first thought was how to get it out… with a SS of only 60mph due to physical impairment I look for every advantage I can get

  4. Speedy

    Jan 23, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I could whack the non-draw biased M5, nice look. But not at its price tag.

  5. TAYLORswiftMADE

    Jan 6, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Um hmm, bob parson would Beg to differ, PERIOD.

  6. orv

    Jan 6, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    You convinced me. TM make superior clubs and they are tour tested. I would love to own the latest TM clubs but they are too expensive. If TM people are posting on this forum please lower your prices so that I and many of my golfing buddies can afford and buy your wonderful products.

  7. Bill Parker

    Jan 5, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    I got a M5 driver and it developed a rattle in the head. The store said they would send it back to TM to inject a bit more resin to stop the rattle. I hope it doesn’t depress the driver performance even more with the extra resin.

    • NWO4Life

      Jan 5, 2019 at 9:18 pm

      The M5 isn’t available to even pre-order until January 18th?

    • Simms

      Jan 6, 2019 at 1:31 am

      So if they inject more resin to stop the rattle they will be decreasing the COR…I would bet over time, just as happened in the past with some clubs, the injected product will break off and you will have a rattle, and if it breaks off enough you now will have a non-legal club as cor will go back up…RIGHT? What is the playing life of this $550 driver…only time will tell playing out on the course in different weather…

  8. ogo

    Jan 5, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    “It was an engineering challenge to be sure and 4 years in the making but we knew if we could nail the injection technology, we would really have something special.”-TM Metalwoods Director, Tomo Bystedt
    That’s not only ludicrous, it’s a bald-faced lie. This is a 30 day max engineering solution. Marketing mendacity…. sooo obvious.

    • Satan

      Jan 5, 2019 at 11:05 pm

      I have a nice bench on which for you to bend over when I spank you

    • Simms

      Jan 6, 2019 at 1:33 am

      Do you really think the golf engineers are really good, look at Wilson 2 years ago their engineers gave us the Triton driver…

      • ogo

        Jan 6, 2019 at 1:39 am

        I doubt OEM golf companies hire graduate engineers for piddling golf club cosmetics. Besides real engineers cost too much and you can get an engineering technologist for half price and halfazz solutions… which looks like TM club designs.

  9. Daniel Green

    Jan 5, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Has there ever been a bad product review in any major publication about any club? Looking at reviews has to be the most pointless thing ever.

    • ogo

      Jan 5, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      Gearheads live off Pinocchio stories and they are fed blatant lies which they eat up and believe. The M7 & M8 models are now in the product pipeline if the current c r a p doesn’t sell by June…. believe it…. and keep your money in your wallet.

  10. smz

    Jan 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    I want my driver injected so my dynamic loft is up there and ready to blast that ball into the hole. Foam is better than toking an empty can of air and playing stoned.

  11. Rich Douglas

    Jan 5, 2019 at 11:03 am

    I used to chase clubs…a lot. I got off that jag a couple of years ago with a radical approach: club fitting.

    Buying off-the-rack stuff for years, I was grasping in the dark. With irons I’d go from super-game-improvement to forged blades and everything in-between…then back through it again. It was stupid. Woods? Every time TM came out with something I’d get it, regardless of whether or not it was good for me. But….

    I finally got fitted for the driver. I was spinning the ball too much, ballooning my drives and getting insufficient roll-out. So I got fitted. Thinking I was going to purchase the latest Callaway (to replace the latest TM, natch), I instead went with the driver-and-shaft combo that got my RPMs down (by a thou). In my case, that was the Titleist 917D. I would never have come to that decision on my own, but I’m glad I did. I’d have to see a real, significant difference in performance before swapping it out. Money is no object, but performance is.

    Irons were the same issue…until I got fitted for single-length Wishon Sterlings. Now, I could be tempted with an upgrade there, but no one is coming out with anything better. Cobra and Edel have good products, but there’s no real reason to switch. And since I’m never going back to variable-length irons (after two years, I’m pretty sure of that), I guess I’ll be gaming the Sterlings for a very long time. Now, if Ping should come out with a set….

    • ogo

      Jan 5, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      You are an exception after gaining wisdom to get fitted. Gearheads live to buy and flaunt the latest model clubs so they can be the first to bag the latest greatest new clubs. Most gearheads who list their WITB ar senal of silly club-shaft combinations are simply a man-child who likely doesn’t have a game…. soooo obvious

    • Ripper

      Jan 5, 2019 at 11:08 pm

      Man you’re a great salesman Rich, but totally unconvincing

  12. Tom

    Jan 5, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Not going to the PGA Show, giving up the Driver Count, and this bee S marketing story for a new launch? This company isn’t worth what the current buyers paid for it, guess that’s why they haven’t flipped it. How the mighty have fallen.

  13. Tom

    Jan 4, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Company was reportedly bought at fire sale price of $430 mil from adidas, probably worth a lot less than that now….this product line is just plain embarrassing….

    • ogo

      Jan 5, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Let’s ridicule this ridiculous rube goldberg driver off the market. It’s an insult to the game of golf. Enough is enough.

  14. Matt

    Jan 4, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    All the TM bashing sustains me….

    Let the ‘true players’ keep buying the retread Titleist drivers every other year…

    The best players in the world are bombing TM drivers….

    Keep up the hate tho. It’s not tired or pointless just yet……..(eye roll)

    • Travis

      Jan 5, 2019 at 11:47 am

      The best players in the world are hitting TM drivers because they get paid to use TM drivers. Once other companies pay more (like Honma for JR) then those players will go elsewhere.

      • smz

        Jan 5, 2019 at 8:47 pm

        Recreational gullible golfers will buy these “tour tested” drivers because if it’s good enough for the pros it must be good enough for them. Those who buy one of these drivers will sing the praises of their recent purchase even though it does nothing for their game. Golfers are pathetic c l o w n s, laughing on the outside and crying on the inside. Yuk yuk… boo hoo …. 😮

    • james

      Jan 6, 2019 at 8:23 am

      watch the driver count this year. TM have pulled the budget for players. For the last 10 years they have paid everyone, even the lowest tour players in Europe were getting 18k per year for the driver. The driver count will flip this year. TM bought driver count and Titleist buy the ball count. You don’t need to dig very deep to understand that.

  15. HDTVMAN

    Jan 4, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Kind-a looks like the SLDR! The sliding weights do work, but when I originally saw the pics I thought the screws on the face would adjust the “twist-face”!!! Bottom line…bought a driver in the past 4 years? Compare your’s to the new one on the same monitor, same balls, at the same time. You’ll probably find the carry and dispersion similar. If so, save your money, until the next generation comes out, or save $100+ and buy the 2018 model. Remember, USGA numbers are maxed very closely by ALL manufacturers every year, so don’t expect 10-15-20 yards further with a 2019 model (maybe 1-3yds). Plus the prices are out of sight! Two top drivers for 2018, the Ping G400LST (and SFT) is now $299 and the Callaway Rogue is $399…why spend $549+ for a driver that definitely won’t out-perform either of these? Plus, check out different shafts–your driver’s engine. High-medium-low trajectory & higher & lower spin…are you hitting the shaft best for your game? Probably not!

  16. Tmagfag

    Jan 3, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Mizuno with the classiest looking driver of 2019, lol

  17. Charles

    Jan 3, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    This club doesn’t look USGA legal

  18. Patrick

    Jan 3, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    That’s what we need. 30% thinner! The engineers at Taylormade don’t care if we fill the landfill with cracked heads…..they must “innovate” or become unemployed!

  19. JP

    Jan 3, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    You gotta have screws for brains to buy into this latest marketing ploy

  20. Steve

    Jan 3, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    This brings new meaning to “hitting it on the screws”…

    • DJpga

      Jan 4, 2019 at 7:57 am

      No it doesn’t. Wooden driver heads had screws around the sweet spot.

  21. HKO

    Jan 3, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    screw holes on the face? what a great engineering decision. more cracked drivers will directly sell more heads sorta math? LOL.

  22. Blake

    Jan 3, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    I just dont like the look. The squared toe and screws in the face are just too much

  23. Tom

    Jan 3, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    USGA equipment rules limit manufacturers from producing products with any meaningful performance improvements, this is more marketing bee S from a company that sold for a very low price to an investment company that is now trying to peddle it to another owner…. Save your money!! Sellers Be Sellin!

  24. William Davis

    Jan 3, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Madness.

  25. orv

    Jan 3, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Resin foam… twist face… inverted cone technology… carbon fiber crown… this has got to be the ultimate in driver technology.

    • john

      Jan 25, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      Don’t forget that ‘proprietary algorithm’, Orv. That’s the clincher for me!

  26. orv

    Jan 3, 2019 at 11:01 am

    This is beyond belief!! Injecting Speed Foam resin into driver and fairway heads will blow away the competition. Why didn’t others think of this first?!!

  27. dat

    Jan 3, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Just charge $1K, they’ll still sell. PXG may sue for all those screws, but whatevs. Not like people are leaving the game or anything.

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A Deep Dive: The equipment timeline of David Duval, 1993-2001

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Like Tiger, David Toms, and Fred Couples there are certain players that I have been obsessed with for years. If you go to my Instagram, you can see it in plain sight. When it comes to DD it was more than the what, it was the why, the how that sparked my curiosity. Let’s face it, in 2000 with the Mossimo gear, Oakley shades, jacked-up physique, and on Titleist staff, was there ever a cooler looking player?

No. There wasn’t or isn’t.

That’s where my interest in Larry Bobka came about. I saw David and Larry walking the fairways of Sahalee at the ’98 PGA Championship.

At the time, I was already knee-deep in David Duval fandom but that experience took me over the top. Bobka had a handful of clubs in his hands and would pass DD a 970 3-wood, Duval would give it a rip and the two would discuss while walking down the fairway. Of all my time watching live golf, I have never been so awestruck.

This is an homage to David’s equipment during his prime/healthy years on the PGA Tour. From his early days with Mizuno, into the Titleist days, and finally Nike.

1993-1995 Mizuno

*This was an interesting time for Duval from an equipment standpoint. The pattern of mixing sets to put together his bag began and it was the time he transitioned from persimmon (Wood Bros driver) into metal woods. It was also the beginning of his long relationship with Scotty Cameron, a relationship that still stands today.

What was in the bag

Driver: TaylorMade Tour Burner 8.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100 (*he also played with the Bubble XHKP Prototype)

3-wood

King Cobra @14 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

TaylorMade Tour Issue Spoon @13  w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Irons

1993: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1994: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1995: (2,3) Mizuno TC-29, (4-PW) Mizuno TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Mizuno Pro (53, 58) with Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport (35 inches, 71 lie, 4 degrees of loft)

Ball: Titleist Tour Balata 100

Glove: Mizuno Pro

1996-2000 Titleist

The beginning of the Titleist years started off quietly. There wasn’t any new product launched and David wasn’t quite the star he would become 12-18 months later. However, it gave Titleist the opportunity to get to know DD and his overall preferences, which aren’t dramatic but certainly unique. He didn’t win in 1996 but did qualify for the Presidents Cup Team and finished that event off at 4-0. So the buzz was going in the right direction and his peers certainly took notice.

It was 1997 that things took off on all fronts and it was the year that Titleist made David Duval the face of the DCI brand and with that decision spawned the greatest cast players cavity ever: the 962B—and also equipped David Duval to go on a 3-year run that was surpassed by only Tiger Woods.

Hence the deep dive article I wrote up earlier this month

What was in the bag

Driver

1996

TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

1997

TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

King Cobra Deep Face 9 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100, True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ Fujikura Prototype X

1998

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

1999: Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) @ 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

2000: Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

3-wood

1996

King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

1997 

King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

1998

Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X


Callaway Steelhead 3+ @13 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Titleist 970 (Dark Grey Head) @13 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (only tested this one)

1999

Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

Cobra Gravity Back 14.5T w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Irons

1996

(2-PW) Titleist DD Blank Prototype w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

(2-PW) Titleist DCI Black “B” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

*This prototype set was a blank set of the DCI Black “B” but with sole modifications. 

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000: (2,3) Titleist DCI Black (4-PW) Titleist DCI 962B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

*David liked the original prototype version of DG Sensicore X100 that had weight removed from the center of shaft to create better feel and a slightly higher trajectory

24 Feb 2000: David Duval watches the ball after hitting it during the World Match-Play Championships at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport

Wedges

1996: (52 @53, 58) Mizuno Pro, (56 @57) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1997: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG, (58) Titleist Bobka Grind, (57 @58) Cobra Trusty Rusty w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1998: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTGw/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1999: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

2000: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER

1996: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport 1 35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft, Scotty Cameron Long Slant Neck Laguna Custom (double welded neck)

1997: Odyssey Dual Force Rossie 2, Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

1998, 1999, 2000: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

2001: Nike Golf and The Open Championship

The relationship with Titleist Golf ended quickly and when David showed up to Kapalua with a non-Titleist stand bag the rumor mill went nuts. The story (although super speculative) was that David opted out in the middle of a $4.5 million per year deal with Acushnet, a lawsuit followed, but Davids’s stance was that he had a marquee player clause that allowed him to walk if he wasn’t “marquee” aka highest-paid.

Apparently he had a point, Acushnet had recently inked big deals with Davis Love and Phil Mickelson leading someone on the outside to do the math. However, I’m not an attorney, wasn’t there, and have no clue what the legality of any of it was. Point is, he walked and landed at Nike with a new head-to-toe contract. 

 

DRIVER:

Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975E Prototype 8.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Nike Titanium w/ True Temper EI-70 II Tour X (pictured below)

Nike Titanium Prototype 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (featured image)

3 WOOD:

Callaway Steelhead Plus 4+ @15 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Nike Prototype @14 degrees w/ True Temper EI-70 Tour X

Sonartec/Excedo (SS-03 head) Driving Cavity @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

IRONS:

(2-PW) Titleist 990B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

(2-PW) Nike Prototype “DD” Grind MB w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

(2) Titleist DCI Black w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

 

WEDGES: 

(53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

(53,58) Nike DD Grind w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

SPEC TALK

Over the years the one constant was David’s iron and wedge specs. As a shut-faced player he has always favored traditional lofts in his irons. However, a cool thing to note is his lie angles remained constant 59.5 (2-4), 60 (5-9). The running theory here was being a shallow (low hands) and shut faced player, keeping the lie angles at a constant (flatter) lie angle allowed him to feel like his angle of attack could remain the same for each iron. It’s just a feeling but that’s what he did. If the “why of it” is true, it looks like he was doing Bryson things before Bryson did.

David Duval Iron/Wedge Specs

Loft/Lie/Length/SW

  • 2-17/59.5/40.25/D5
  • 3-20.5/59.5/39 1/6/D4
  • 4-24/59.5/38 9/16/D4
  • 5-27/60/38 1/16/D4
  • 6-30.5/60/ 37 9/16/D4
  • 7-35/60/37 1/16/D4
  • 8-39/60/36 9/16/D4
  • 9-43/60/36 5/16/D4
  • P-47/61/36/ 1/16/D5
  • GW-53/62/35 5/8/D4
  • LW-58/62/35 9/16/D6

Whew…since this prolific run, David transitioned into some interesting projects with smaller companies like Scratch, B.I.G Golf (AKA Bio-engineered in Germany), back to the mainstream with Nike, and most currently Cobra Golf.

I hope you all enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me, Duval is not only fascinating from a career standpoint but digging into the equipment of DD has been quite the experience.

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“Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?” – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing irons and how to hit your numbers consistently. WRXer ‘Hubb1e’, who is a 15 handicap, is having issues and says:

“I recently upgraded from 20 year old Taylor Made 360 irons to a set of custom-built Callaway Apex 19 Forged irons. Old irons were traditional cavity back. New irons are categorized as players distance irons. Both have the same fit.

My new 3 iron will go 230 yards or 130 yards and not even make it far enough to reach the fairway. My new 7 iron will typically go 160 yards but will often will fly 175 yards or drop out of the air at 120 yards. I can’t control the distances of my new irons, and I spent a fortune custom fitting them to my swing. Why is this happening? This was never an issue with my old irons. A bad hit would go 10-20% shorter, but I never had balls fly over the green or completely fall out of the air. What is going on with my new equipment?”

Our members offer up their solutions in our forum.

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.

  • ThreeBoxers: “Strike quality is your answer. Tech or no tech, irons will not have 50-yard distance discrepancies. Not super familiar with the Apex irons, but they’re pretty forgiving no? You might lose 10 yards on toe or heel strikes but 40, 50? You’re probably hitting it heavy. If they have a beveled edge, it may mask the feeling of hitting it fat a bit, but not the result. My Mizunos have a pretty aggressive front edge grind which helps a ton on heavy shots. It’s the difference between landing 15 yards short and 50 yards short. +1 on using foot spray to check impact.”
  • extrastiff: “It also would not hurt to check your swing speed. Even strike being terrible that’s a large discrepancy. Maybe your last build had a weight that helped you get consistent swing speed.”
  • WristySwing: “I would say inconsistent strike is the biggest issue. Now that can mean a couple of things. It could mean you, as in the person swinging, are not hitting the ball properly because of inconsistent delivery. The other option is the fit is bad, and it is causing you to be extremely inconsistent because you cannot feel the head. It might be a little bit of column A and column B. However, I would lean more towards column A in this scenario because even a horrifically misfit set someone could get used to it eventually and not have 100 yards of discrepancy in carry shot to shot. I’ve seen people who are playing 50g ladies flex irons with fat wide soles who are very shallow and swing a 6i 92mph still not have 100 yards of carry flux with their sets. If your miss is toe-side 9/10x that is because you are coming too far from the inside. When you get too stuck on the inside you typically stall and throw your arms at it. When you break your wrists (flip)/throw your arms at it you get a very inconsistent low point average that often manifests in extremely fat or thin strikes….typically fat since your squat and rotate is out of sync with your release. As others have said, get some impact tape/foot powder spray and see where you are actually making contact. Then if you can get on a video lesson and see what the issue is. As of right now, we can all only assume what is going on. If your low point control is good, you don’t get stuck, and you are hitting it in the middle of the head — then fit comes into question.”
  • larryd3: “I”d be on the phone to my fitter and setting up a time to go back in and see what’s going on with the irons. You shouldn’t be getting those types of results with a properly fit set of irons. When I got my fitting earlier this year at TrueSpec, the fitter, after watching me hit a bunch with my current irons, focused on increasing the spin on my irons, not on distance but on consistency. So far, they seem to be working well when I put a decent swing on them.”
  • fastnhappy: “One possibility that wouldn’t necessarily show up indoors is sole design and turf interaction. You may have a real problem with the newer clubs because of a sole design that doesn’t work for your swing. That’s hard to tell when hitting inside off a mat. If so, you’d see major distance inconsistency because of strike. The feedback I’ve seen on the players distance irons is exactly what you’re describing… difficult to control distance.”

Entire Thread: “Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about their favorite watch for golf

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their favorite watches for golf. WRXer ‘Sourpuss’ asks fellow members: “Dealer’s choice, cost is of no concern. What would you wear if you could afford it? Top 5 of your choice?” and WRXers have been weighing in with their choices in our forum.

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.

  • sheppy335: “Garmin S40. Love the feel and look.”
  • golfkrzy10: “Apple iWatch with the hole 19 app. Yardage, score, fway, and putts. Perfect for my minimalist walking views on the golf course.”
  • jcboiler: “Second the Apple Watch. Need to look into the apps though.”
  • Deadsquiggles: “If it didn’t bother me to play with a heavy watch, I’d wear my Deep Blue NATO Diver Automatic. But instead, I wear my cheap GShock.”
  • Golfjack: “I thought I was going to come in with a witty comment about my expensive watch, but looks like I’m late! Anyway, I wear my Galaxy Active 2 normally now. Used the Golf Caddie app for a few times. It worked well enough, but I don’t see it helping too much. Still prefer using apps on the phone if I need GPS info. Otherwise, I just use my rangefinder.”

Entire Thread: “Favorite watch for golf?”

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