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Magna is back and bringing oversized with it!

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Are you a hardcore golfer looking for multi-piece ball offering tour-level distance and spin around the greens? Well this ball isn’t for YOU, and thats ok.

BUT…

If you’re a casual, fair-weather, lower-swing-speed, higher-handicap, out-for-some-fun kind of golfer, who is looking to hit more fairways, and greens, or if you want something that feels nice and soft, along with being a great value from a premium ball company…

Callaway might have just created your new favorite ball: the Callaway Supersoft Magna!

Many people might remember the Magna name thank to TopFlite, but other than sharing a name (Callaway purchased TopFlite and Spalding  brands years ago) this Magna is a whole new beast.

Built from the ground up, utilizing technology and materials from the SuperSoft line, the New Magna is soft-feeling, low-compression, low-spin, two-piece ball thats easier to get airborne, thanks to its large size (1.72″ vs a standard 1.68″) and higher center of gravity.

Similar to the way more people get enjoyment playing softball than “hardball” baseball, since that larger ball instills a bit more confidence to make contact, has a higher moment of inertia, and is inherently easier to hit.

BUT a larger ball means it’s worse in the wind right?

Callaway looked to solve that problem by re-engineering the Magna’s HEX Aerodynamics cover design, to help eliminate the extra drag created by the larger surface. They by no means claim that it has the wind piercing capabilities of a ChromeSoft, but the “Magna Player” should actually seeing improved distance thanks to the lower spin and straighter flight.

Available in both white and yellow (sorry, no Truvis yet) the Magna comes in at a very reasonable $22.99 a dozen, and could be a big (shall we say, “oversized”) hit (couldn’t resist) with the target golfer.

 

 

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Magna Watcher

    Feb 17, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Anyone play these yet? Are they easier to hit?

  2. Safe Hans

    Feb 12, 2019 at 7:56 am

    How can a sphere have a higher centre of gravity??

  3. Steve Cantwell

    Feb 11, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Being a traditionalist, I don’t much care for the idea of a larger golf ball. However, being a realist, this seems like a pretty good idea. It’s not as if another player is taking money out of my pocket.

  4. Joey5Picks

    Feb 11, 2019 at 12:18 am

    “…easier to get airborne, thanks to its large size (1.72? vs a standard 1.68?) and higher center of gravity.”

    So the center of gravity is .02″ higher (half the difference in the diameter, about 1/2mm)? I don’t see how that will make it easier to get airborne.

  5. George Bush 3

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I really do not like black people.

  6. Shank Haney

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    My hosels will be definitely be seeing more action.

  7. Brad

    Feb 10, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    This ball won’t go as far as a traditional ball for a decent player, nor would it give any advantages to them whatsoever. On the other hand, it would be easier for Junior or beginning player to hit and get in the air, making it a little less likely they would quit the game out of frustration.

    How about the whiners keep playing their balata ball, 1950’s irons and persimmon woods and let the rest enjoy the game. Oh, wait I’ll bet none of the whiners have ANY problem using a 460cc titanium driver, super-juiced irons, and a super-low spin ball to make the game easier for them to play…so never mind.

  8. Bruce

    Feb 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I bought some yesterday and I’m excited about trying them whenever the weather clears up. They’re noticeably bigger even my girlfriend that doesn’t play could tell they were much larger than a typical golf ball. When I addressed the ball with a wedge it just gave you confidence. I’m only worried that you might loose some distance cause they also feel much lighter than a standard ball. I can see how hitting a fairway wood off the deck would give you huge benefits it’s almost as the ball is teed up.

    • john

      Feb 11, 2019 at 11:44 am

      I’m opposed to these. I get a lot of free beers betting that I can get four golf balls in my mouth at one time. I’ll only be able to manage three with these even with my teeth out.

      • Charlie

        Feb 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm

        Tears are pouring down my face from laughing at this too hard.

  9. Wes B

    Feb 10, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I think this is awesome. I’ll use these to help my little brother gain some confidence hitting the ball!! I’m not switching from my TP5X anytime soon but they might be fun to mess around with. Really good for the game here.

  10. Seth Riser

    Feb 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Wow. Congrats Callaway. You just dumbed down golf.

    • Craig

      Feb 12, 2019 at 5:27 am

      That’s what they have been doing since the original Big Bertha.

  11. Simms

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Anything golf companies can do to help speed/enjoyment of the game is super important…here in California we have golf courses closing all the time because of lack of play and cost of maintenance. And the courses still open are being held on by the play of senior golfers during the week…so anything to improve their enjoyment is a must,

    • Jim Garner

      Feb 11, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      I thought CA was closing them down to make homeless shelters for illegals.

  12. Magna

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    It’s easier to find!

  13. Chip

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Where the USGA/RA at on this?

    • USGA/RA

      Feb 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      1.68″ is the minimum size of a golf ball. There is no maximum.

  14. Joseph D

    Feb 10, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Oh so, 460 cc drivers and oversized putting grips are ok?

  15. Sandhills Golf

    Feb 10, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    What’s the big deal? If it makes a few sr’s, jr’s and lady golfers enjoy the game more or keep up better? Why not? Lot’s of baseball players use aluminum bats. I suspect with it’s intro the haters came out at that time as well.

  16. Bob

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Why dont we just use rubber balls so we can all hit it 400 yards and just putt .think of the money we could save on irons . Lets get real about the game .

    • JP

      Feb 10, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      In what way does this ball hurt the game? It’s tailored to a small minority that can’t hit it very far either way, so where do you see the problem?

    • Funkaholic

      Feb 11, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      If they aren’t competing with you, why do you get your panties in a wad over how another person chooses to enjoy the game?

  17. X

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:35 am

    So sad.
    Everybody wants to play away from the rules. And we’re selling them the drugs to fuel it.
    And they wonder why there is rampant bad behavior all over the game

    • scratchgolfer48069

      Feb 10, 2019 at 5:40 am

      Unless something changed this year, the rules govern a minimum size and maximum weight, so I don’t think the stretches or breaks any rules.

    • Rich Douglas

      Feb 10, 2019 at 11:10 am

      The ball breaks no rules. The rules say how SMALL the ball can be, not how large. They also dictate how heavy the ball can be, but not how light.

      This ball conforms.

    • USGA/RA

      Feb 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      So sad.
      Everybody wants to whinge about the rules, but yet doesn’t know them.

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WRX Spotlight Review: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

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Product: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

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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Forum Thread of the Day: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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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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Product: Stitch headcovers

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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