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Daiwa GIII driver: non-conforming, costs $2,400, features a gold-plated face (2019 PGA Show)

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How much are you willing to pay for a non-conforming driver? How about $1,100 plus? Would you be willing to pay an extra $1,300 on top of that for a driver with a gold-plated face based on a Japanese drinking glass etching?

Apparently, some people are, or at least that’s the bet Japanese clubmaker Daiwa is making with its new GIII driver (the GIII line also includes woods and irons).

The Titanium Face on the GIII Driver contains a COR of 0.88 (non-conforming), with triple trenches positioned on the toe and heel which aims to create greater explosive distance by expanding the sweet spot. The driver features Daiwa’s Triple Repulsion Technology, designed to increase ball speed and performance through the combination of its extremely high COR, larger sweet spot and Daiwa’s in-house SVF LITE FM-418D shaft.

The high-end priced drivers are gold plated and feature laser face milling based on Japanese drinking glass etching. Gold accents and intricate Kiriko patterns feature on the sole, while the shape of the folds and waves on the head complete the premium drivers look.

More photos of the Daiwa line in this thread from PGA Show Demo Day. 

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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. TONEY P

    Jan 25, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    For the price , does it swing itself ?

  2. Craig

    Jan 23, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    The driver use in Star Trek.

  3. vic

    Jan 23, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Senior discount?

  4. Timmer99

    Jan 23, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Does it come with a free headcover?

  5. Funkaholic

    Jan 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    I don’t know why but I truly believe I need this driver in my life.

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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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Brendan Steele shows off prototype Wilson Staff driving iron on Instagram

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Wilson Staff has been making waves recently with a lot of high profile activity including the signing of Gary Woodland and the new Staff blade iron prototypes he has in the bag. It appears that the R&D team at Wilson has just gotten started for 2019, considering another new prototype driving iron has popped up thanks to Brendan Steele posting some very nice pictures on his Twitter and Instagram.

We don’t have a ton of information except for the caption from Brendan’s own post

“Check out this sweet new toy! @wilsongolf was awesome enough to let me create a new prototype driving iron and it couldn’t have turned out better!” 

It has some similarities to the previous V4 Driving Iron from Wilson by the looks of both the screw and the knurling around the hosel

 

but the cosmetics and certainly more inline with the new Staff Blades pictured below along with also appearing to have a shorter heel to toe length and a higher overall toe profile:

Whether or not this new driving iron will show up at retail like the Staff blades, it is definitely something to keep an eye out for.

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