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Lynx Prowler VT Driver with Switch-Face Technology: The first driver to feature interchangeable club faces

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Lynx Golf has launched its new Prowler VT Driver featuring Switch-Face Technology, the first driver on the market to feature interchangeable club faces.

The Prowler VT Driver, through Switch-Face Technology, uses interchangeable faces, allowing golfers the ability to adjust the true loft of their club.

Unlike other adjustable drivers, which change loft by rotating the clubhead around the hosel, the new driver from Lynx possesses an entirely removable face that is secured to the clubhead via attachment screws. According to the company, this feature allows golfers to change the true loft of the hitting surface while keeping the clubhead square to the ball.

At launch, the company offers faces in five different lofts (8,9,10,11 and 12) with varying open and closed settings (2-degrees closed, 1-degree closed, square, 1-degree open and 2-degrees open), giving golfers 25 different face and loft angles, with more to come.

Speaking on the impact that the new technology will have, CEO and co-owner of Lynx Golf, Steve Elford stated

“Lynx has always been a brand that pushed the boundaries of equipment design in order to help players of all skill levels improve. Switch-Face Technology represents the latest in a long line of innovations that have changed the world of golf clubs for the better”

The Prowler VT features an increased MOI, made possible by re-distributing weight once occupied by an adjustable hosel to the perimeter of the driver head via the face’s attachment screws.

The Effective Energy Transfer within each club face aims to provide golfers with increased ball speed and greater forgiveness, through the system equally dispersing the ball’s impact force throughout the hitting surface.

The Prowler VT with Switch-Face Technology will be sold with a free face of the customer’s choice, with individual face’s available separately. The new driver from Lynx comes in Orange/Black or White/Black colorways, and each one comes with a UST Mamiya Recoil shaft and a Golf Pride MCC Plus4 Grip. However, additional shaft and grip options are available at a charge.

 

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

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  1. Shanks Happen

    Jan 23, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Ever since they refused to renew their sponsorship of Club Pro Guy, I have boycotted Lynx.

  2. bbb

    Jan 23, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Performance and value of the idea aside…, calling this, 5 screw bracket plate, a “Technology” just downgrades the whole golf equipment industry.

  3. Geoff Lyon

    Jan 23, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    I think it’s interesting how people will torch this idea with never hitting the club. Yet, if it was put out by their favorite manufacturer, it would be revolutionary and great (again without them ever hitting a ball with the club). I’ve not had a chance to hit any of their new offerings that were released in Europe. The bag of Lynx clubs that Laura Davies won the Sr. Women’s open definitely looked interesting. Lynx did make some very good clubs way back when, maybe this is going to help with a resurgence.

    • vic

      Jan 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      I agree. Lynx has more exposure in Europe and is very popular there as I understand. No reason not to give this a go we do most everything else with the Big Boys already. I could see changing the face up or down without impacting the lie of the club. Simple logic and easy to do without dropping $600+ on the “newest technology.”

  4. George

    Jan 23, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I‘d like to see the ballflight on my typical low heel miss.

  5. Dexter

    Jan 23, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Has Lynx ever made anything good? I remember a friend was selling a set of Lynx irons that he couldn’t hit. I tried them, I couldn’t hit them either. Another friend tried, he couldn’t hit them either … the were truly the worst golf club I’d ever tried.

    • frank cichon

      Jan 23, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      Maybe LOT I played them back in the 70’s….they were good clubs….Ask Couples

    • Buck

      Jan 23, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Lynx was awesome back in th 90s, ask Fred couples and Ernie Ells

  6. ~j~

    Jan 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    While I find the driver visually clunky with all those screws in the face, I like the concept of an adjust driver face. I’m not familar with other brands who did this, but didn’t TM do this with a wedge a few years back (replaceable face?).

    Not it’d be recommended, but what if the entire bulge roll / loft could all be set by the user. A clubface that is fully pivotable yet solid enough to still hit max COR.

    I’m still waiting for ‘adjustable irons’ to come out at some point also.. Only so much more they can do to ‘entice’ or market t6hese things now-a-days…

  7. Dencaddie

    Jan 23, 2019 at 11:44 am

    So much for “hitting it on the screws”.

  8. Brandon

    Jan 23, 2019 at 10:05 am

    They aren’t the first with this technology. DnA golf has had this for years!

    • nads

      Jan 23, 2019 at 10:42 am

      So funny! Way to put the idiot Gianni in his place!

      • Brandon

        Jan 23, 2019 at 10:56 am

        I don’t think Gianni is an idiot, and I certainly didn’t mean to imply such. I was just offering a correction. DnA is not a huge company and he may not have known about it. Or Lynx fed him some faulty info. Either way, not a big deal, just something for consideration.

    • David

      Jan 23, 2019 at 11:08 am

      The DNA face was only removable, not interchangable with other lofts. Very big difference. The article is correct.

  9. KD

    Jan 23, 2019 at 9:54 am

    YES! I CAN FINALLY HIT IT ON THE SCREWS!!!!

  10. bj

    Jan 23, 2019 at 9:34 am

    I find this very interesting for some reason?!!

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WRX Spotlight: Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter

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Product: Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter

Pitch: The company united three technologies in one putter — EXO, Stroke Lab, and 2-Ball — to maximize forgiveness and ease of alignment.

Our take on the Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter

Odyssey brought out the EXO line of putters just about a year ago. The EXO line is the pursuit of ultimate forgiveness. Like the previous EXO putters, the long awaited 2-Ball uses 17-4 Stainless steel on the perimeter and a lightweight 6061 Aluminum center structure. Not only does this design move weight to the outside of the putter, it also moves the CG lower in the club head.

I will start by saying that I have never been a big 2-Ball fan. For whatever reason, the 2-Ball alignment aid has never fit my eye, I tend to be a bigger fan of straight sight lines. To me, the EXO 2-Ball seems to be the best looking 2-Ball Odyssey has produced in its long history. I think it might be the outside structure around the 2 Ball alignment that helps it fit my eye. If you are a 2-Ball fan, then the EXO should be an easy transition into your bag. The darker perimeter structure goes well with the red aluminum and white circles. The EXO 2-Ball also comes with Odyssey’s new Stroke Lab multi-material shaft.

On the green, the EXO 2-Ball really does have the feeling of being extremely stable through the stroke. I have tried a couple different Stroke Lab models, and that tech does help slow my tempo, making me a little more confident on those short breaking putts. The EXO 2 Ball has Odyssey’s White Hot Microhinge insert that was created to offer a very soft feel while promoting better forward roll and less skidding.

The White Hot Microhinge insert is a little soft for my liking. But again, insert sound and feel is very personal, and if you like a little softer feel and sound the White Hot Microhinge will please your senses. I didn’t notice a huge difference in initial roll or skidding, the ball went exactly where I aimed. The EXO 2-Ball is pretty much point and shoot, if you read the line right the ball goes in the hole!

It is a face-balanced putter, and during the stroke this putter almost eliminates twisting of the head. The EXO 2-Ball really shines on mishit accuracy as well. Shots struck on both the heel and toe tracked towards the target, only missing the cup by small amounts. Distance on those mishits did drop more than I anticipated, barely making it to the cup. The feel on those toe and heel hits also has a firmer feel and I think that is a good thing, adding to responsiveness.

Overall the EXO 2-Ball is a very stable and forgiving putter. And on the whole, players looking for something to help with their putting accuracy should really give the EXO line a try.

Odyssey’s EXO 2-Ball will hit retail on March 29, and it’s available for pre-sale on March 15.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tyrrell Hatton’s custom Ping PLD putters”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Tyrrell Hatton’s 2019 custom Ping PLD putters. Our crew were on-hand to snap the two putters in the Englishman’s bag last month, and the general feedback on the custom Ping PLD flat-sticks from our members has been positive.

For plenty more photos, check out the full thread here.

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.

  • konklifer: “The second one is awesome. Why oh why aren’t there more minimal offset shafts like that?”
  • nova6868: “These PLD putters are so nice. Also, this appears to be a new face groove option.”
  • Titletown: “That would be awesome if they brought these all black PLD’s to retail.”

Entire Thread: “Tyrrell Hatton’s custom Ping PLD putters – 2019”

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Tiger Woods’ personally used 1997 Masters prototype Scotty Cameron putter sells for big bucks

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How much would you be willing to pay for a Scotty Cameron putter personally used by Tiger Woods? Well, for someone out there the answer was just short of $23k.

As Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall first reported this week, the putter in question is the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3, and although it didn’t play a role in 13 of Woods’ 14 major victories, it is a putter associated with his very first Masters triumph back in 1997.

The putter sold via Green Jacket Auctions, and according to their description, the flat-stick was not just used by Woods, but it was the prototype version of the Newport TeI3 which he used on his way to dominating Augusta National for his first major victory.

Per the report, this particular putter has a teryllium insert which features 32 vibration-dampening dots that sought to soften the feel of the putter and offset the five screws that were used in the back cavity during the milling process.

As the description on Green Jacket Auctions states, Callaway’s director of fitting and instruction, Randy Peterson was the recipient of the putter before the 1997 golf season, and the flat-stick has “Tiger” stamped in dancing letters on the toe, while “Proto” and “XXX” are stamped on the back bumpers. The last five digits of the Certificate of Authenticity from Cameron (84437) also spells out “Tiger” on the phone keypad.

While $22,784.40 may seem like an inordinate amount to pay for a putter, there is reason to believe that the new owner of the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3 may have got themselves an excellent deal. Two previous Tiger Woods Newport 2 GSS backups (the same model he used on his way to winning 13 of his 14 majors) have been sold via Green Jacket Auctions in the past three years, for totals of $53,146 and $44,401, and comparing this Scotty Cameron putter to those previous models, the auction company states

“With all due respect to those fine putters, perhaps no privately owned Tiger Woods putter holds a candle to the collecting appeal of this specimen.”

 

 

 

 

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