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TaylorMade Original One: A new twist on the mini driver

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It’s been a while since TaylorMade launched its last mini driver, and with the new “Original One” nicknamed Pittsburgh Persimmon (a nod to both the VERY first metal wood and a city known for its steel) you could say this club is 40 years in the making.

There are not a lot of golf companies that get to 25 years, let alone 40, and in 2019 TaylorMade is celebrating its Ruby anniversary in a BIG way. We have already seen the P7TW irons and a HUGE green jacket win to go along with them, and now with the Original One, we are getting a lot of tech into a product designed to help a lot more golfers than a set of blade irons.

As speculated a few weeks ago by yours truly in another piece: Spotted: TM Original One Mini Driver, I’ll pat myself on the back and say that many of the design and technology features I took from that single black and white photo have been confirmed, minus the titanium crown part – its actually carbon fiber. (Hey, I can’t be right all the time)

TaylorMade Original One Technology

I’ll let TaylorMade explain the technology story

“With the Original One Mini Driver, engineers have utilized key product technologies found in many of the company’s most notable metalwood offerings intended to deliver a faster, more forgiving and adjustable product. It all starts with a revolutionary tri-material construction, comprised of a titanium body, 50g steel sole plate and TaylorMade’s instantly-recognizable carbon composite crown. The combination of these three materials creates an ultra-low CG for distance and playability.”

The heavy steel soleplate was my biggest speculation beyond TwistFace, and now we know they are utilizing this extremely heavy sole. To put that into perspective, 50g of mass is roughly 24 percent of a 208g clubhead — an assumed mass based on the stock length and swing weight spec. That’s a pretty easy way to drop CG and push mass to the outside to increase MOI — something many people that will primarily use this off the tee will want and need.

Additional features of the “Original One” Mini include

  • Loft Sleeve with ±2° loft adjustability – get ready for easy shaft testing 🙂
  • Twist Face Technology to provide the ultimate path to straight distance – brought in from other metal woods
  • Inverted Cone Technology – their tried & tested face design to promote ball speed on off-center hits

Specs, pricing, and availability

Available for preorder starting today, April 16 and at retail beginning May 1, the Original One Mini Driver ($399.99 USD) will be offered in 11.5-degree or 13.5-degree lofts and come equipped with Mitsubishi’s Diamana F Limited shafts in 55g (R), 65g (S) or 75g (X) flexes at 43.75” at a D3 swing weight. The stock grip is Golf Pride MCC Decade grips in black & blood orange. The Original One Mini Driver will also be available through TaylorMade’s custom program, allowing for numerous additional custom shaft and grip options.

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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. Benny

    May 5, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Well said Larry and Ian. Great article and posts. I have my SLdR mini in my trunk. I use it when I am in a tight course. About as ling as a 3w but I can find the curtesy cut if need be. I can cut and draw it and wish I had a driver set up the same way. Anyways these are just 2w guys and simply marketed differently so people buy them. But 2w were always bigger and slightly higher loft. Not as long but finding fairway is much better than woods.

  2. Funkaholic

    May 3, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I hit the demo at the pgass on the stiff stock diamana. This may replace my 3w.

  3. JP

    Apr 30, 2019 at 11:35 am

    $399 for this latest gimmick? No thanks…
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    You’re better off just learning to hit a driver and fairway wood properly.

    • Dan

      May 2, 2019 at 8:49 am

      They’ll be $199 by July

    • Funkaholic

      May 3, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Just because you are poor doesn’t mean this won’t be a fun club to own.

  4. David Mac Iver

    Apr 17, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Larry asked my question- how many CC’s. After playing golf for 62 years, I still can’t get used to 460 CC heads and go to my 13 deg. Rocket Ballz, or my old Callaway Deuce, when I have driver woes.

    • David Mac Iver

      Apr 18, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Carl-Magnus is correct 275 CC’s, limited production, available May 1st. My local off course golf shop owner told me to watch that date since he is only expecting a few to be available in store.

  5. TeeBone

    Apr 17, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    This will be a big hit initially for the many people who can’t hit a driver for beans who think that a shorter club and a smaller head is the answer. It isn’t. The problem is your crappy swing.

    • James Calkins

      May 25, 2019 at 9:47 pm

      I can’t disagree. However, with limited practice time, I’d rather work on my standard iron – fairway wood swing (descending blow) and use that same swing for my driver, rather than practice what for me feel like a lot of changes in order to accommodate the upward path needed for current drivers.

      I tried the Original One today at Golf Galaxy. The significantly shorter shaft, and the ability to use a 3-wood swing rather than a driver swing, worked for me. I’m going to go back for a detailed fitting and then buy one. We’re moving soon to a house on a fairly narrow, tree-lined course. I’d much rather hit my driver 255 and be in the fairway almost every time, compared to maybe 280 but with ‘way more dispersion.

      The other issue is club count. Going with the Original One, I’ll be 5i, 4H, 5W, driver; compared to 5i, 4H, 5W, 3W, driver. So I’ll open up a club to use at the low end of the bag – a good thing to have.

      Maybe I’m just one of a minority, but I’m really glad TaylorMade put this club together.

  6. Larry

    Apr 17, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    How many cc is the club head

  7. Dennis Sanderson

    Apr 17, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I use the SLDR 12 degree Mini on tighter courses and in cooler weather. I believe it is quite lively and plenty accurate. Do you strongly expect the new one will be longer and more accurate and/or forgiving? With the loft adjustable on the new one would we be able to use a shaft longer than on the SLDR but still shorter than length of regular drivers? I would certainly like to try out that combination.

  8. Travis

    Apr 17, 2019 at 7:42 am

    I already play my 460cc driver at 44”, but I’m worried I would lose distance

  9. Borat

    Apr 17, 2019 at 7:19 am

    The club looks boring! Like my wife.

    • JP

      Apr 21, 2019 at 2:50 am

      Trade it in. Especially when you find a 50% trade in bonus!

  10. Steve

    Apr 16, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Will this be any better than my 15 degree RBZ2 3 Wood? Looks way cooler, that’s for sure.

  11. Marc

    Apr 16, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I’m sure a lot of people are gonna hate on this because it is another mini driver. The reality is that many people can’t hit their big driver worth a damn, but their ego keeps it in the bag. My G400 3W is freakishly long and I hit it a lot in tournament rounds because of how long and accurate it is. If you constantly stripe it down the middle with a 3w, it wears down your competitors. I play so many events with people that shouldn’t hit drivers on a majority of the holes, but they do, and they make bogey or worse. Fact is, a lot of people would do best to replace their driver with something like this, because it will likely go further and straighter because they will have so much more confidence while hitting it. Standing on the tee with near 100% confidence is truly a weapon that many people don’t have.

    • Milo

      Apr 16, 2019 at 11:28 am

      I love by Callaway mini bertha driver, I’ll be interested to see how this stacks up to it.

      • Grayson

        Apr 16, 2019 at 6:49 pm

        I also have the Bertha Mini and absolutely love it. It’ll be hard to top it. My only wish is for maybe a 40cc smaller clubhead.

        • Milo

          Apr 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm

          I agree, if I had a problem getting the ball in the air it would be tough to hit off the turf but I actually have the opposite problem, haha.

    • Ian

      Apr 17, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Most sensible comment I’ve read for ages in regards to Drivers. I agree most are just not that consistent with the long stick. But one good shot in every 5 drives is enough for some to still keep it in the bag

    • Larry69

      Apr 17, 2019 at 11:00 pm

      Great post. Confidence as a weapon. Awesome. Golf is beautiful because it’s played in the brain just as much if not more than physical ability.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (7.17.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Pitcha Ninja with a great shot from Tuesday at Royal Portrush.

Nerds covers from EP Headcovers.

Scott Sackett showing how Tiger is preparing for shots around the green this week.

American Flatsticks paying homage to Rory McIlroy.

Olson Putter Co. showing their final stage of completion on this Timascus putter.

Mike “Fluff” Cowan, anyone?

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Tour Van Intel @ The Open: P790 UDI seeding, possible new putter for Tiger, Bryson with PXG wedges, Spieth in T100 irons

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Whispers from the tour vans at The Open Championship, via our Johnny Wunder’s crack reporting. JW has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the world of reps, techs, new builds, and new product. Here are his notes on equipment switches of note from Royal Portrush.

1. Tony Finau had a Ping Blueprint 2-iron built up. The strategy here is self-explanatory: knee-high fastballs.

2. Tiger Woods was seen testing a heavier headed Scotty Cameron proto that is a replica of his famous wand that he’s used to win 14/15 majors. In addition, he also added lead tape to the back of his famous Scotty. The strategy here is to create a heavier head feel which is helpful on slower greens.

3. Do we see Bryson Dechambeau with PXG wedges in his bag?! The rumor is after messing around with a friend’s wedges during a practice round, he liked, he wanted, and he now has. Where this will go from here is anybody’s guess.

4. TaylorMade has distributed several Proto P790 UDI 2-irons this week. Tiger, Rory, Fleetwood, DJ, Rahm, all testing amongst others.

5. Jason Day is testing a new TaylorMade Spider X Chalk which would be the first switch he’s made from his Red Spider Tour in a long time. DJ is as per usual testing new putters he was seen with a Spider Copper Mini. What he will land on for the Open is anyone’s guess.

6. Jordan Spieth is now into a set of Titleist T100 irons: 5-9, Project X 6.5 shafts.

Per Titleist…

“While Spieth waited to put the T100’s in the bag until the season’s final major, he is not unfamiliar with the iron. In fact, according to lead Titleist Tour Representative, J.J. VanWezenbeeck, Jordan was clearly the most influential player in the development process.”

“It was over two years ago that Jordan and [Titleist Director of Iron Development] Marni Ines had already started discussing what Jordan was looking for in a next generation iron,” said VanWezenbeeck. “The keys for Jordan were sole, offset, and overall look. As we created early prototypes and discussed specifics with Jordan and other players, we found an opportunity to take everything we learned with the AP2 line and build an entirely new iron. There was an obvious challenge to surpass the most played tour iron in the world.”

“The final T100 prototype was revealed to Jordan and other select players during a Titleist photo shoot at Scioto CC during the week of the Memorial.”

“Jordan immediately commented that the offset and top line was everything he wanted,” said VanWezenbeeck. “As we moved to the tee, Jordan kept commenting to Marni about how the club set up and the look was just what he was looking for. Knowing we succeeded in those categories, now the question became, ‘are you getting the performance of the AP2 line and more, despite being in a sleeker chassis?’ His performance and responses at the hitting session confirmed we succeeded at what we set out to do.”

7. Webb Simpson is also into a set of Titleist 620 MB irons: 5-9, True Temper Dynamic Gold TI X100 shafts.

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Under Armour reveals what Jordan Spieth will wear at the 2019 Open Championship

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Under Armour has revealed the apparel Jordan Spieth will wear this week as he looks to win the Claret Jug for a second time, which includes an Open Championship limited-edition of the Spieth 3 shoe.

The limited-edition Spieth 3 features a navy colorway featuring pops of gold and maroon, which is a nod to the Royal Portrush Golf Club logo. The shoes also contain a collar lining mimicking the iconic carpet pattern seen throughout the clubhouse.

Spieth will wear a mix of UA’s Playoff Polo and Tour Tips Polo throughout the event, as well as the brand’s Storm Full Zip and Storm Daytona Half Zip as he navigates Royal Portrush.

The 25-year-old will also wear a mix of the company’s Showdown and Vanish pant, as well as donning UA’s Braided 2.0 belt for all four days. Spieth will complete his look by wearing a mix of the brand’s Official Tour Cap 3.0, JS Washed Cap, and JS Tour Cap throughout the four days.

Here’s a rundown of what the three-time major champion will be wearing this week.

Thursday

  • UA Official Tour Cap 3.0 ($35 USD)
  • UA Vanish Polo ($70 USD)
  • UA Showdown Tapered Pant ($80 USD)
  • UA Braided 2.0 Belt ($40 USD)
  • UA Spieth 3 Golf Shoes ($200 USD)

Friday

 

  • UA Elevated Jordan Spieth Tour Cap ($35 USD)
  • UA Tour Tips Seamless Polo ($85 USD)
  • UA Vanish Tapered Pant ($100 USD)
  • UA Braided 2.0 Belt ($40 USD)
  • UA Spieth 3 Golf Shoes ($200 USD)

Saturday

 

  • UA Jordan Spieth Washed Cap ($28 USD)
  • UA Playoff Polo 2.0 ($65 USD)
  • UA Showdown Tapered Pant ($80 USD)
  • UA Braided 2.0 Belt ($40 USD)
  • UA Spieth 3 Golf Shoes ($200 USD)

Sunday

  • UA Elevated Jordan Spieth Tour Cap ($35 USD)
  • UA Tour Tips Seamless Polo ($85 USD)
  • UA Vanish Tapered Pant ($100 USD)
  • UA Braided 2.0 Belt ($40 USD)
  • UA Spieth 3 Golf Shoes ($200 USD)

 

 

 

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