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Titleist 620 MB, CB, and T100 irons to debut at U.S. Open

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It is always said that the U.S. Open is the ultimate test of skill and patience for a player’s entire game — driving, ball striking, recoveries, and putting.

In the case of ball striking, there really is no better proving ground than the U.S. Open, and this week Titleist is seeding the new 620 MB and 620 CB Irons along with a new addition to the line – T100 irons. The seeding process is Titleist’s way of getting new clubs into the hands of players under playing conditions and we say just a few weeks ago this same process for the new TS Hybrids and driving irons.

So far, the details are vague on what the new irons have in store from our friends in Fairhaven, Massachusetts but we can make some very obvious conclusions. The new 620 MBs and CBs will be the replacement for the current line of blade and cavity backs (I realize there couldn’t be a more softball take but it has to be said).

What is interesting about these new irons is the return to the 600 branding for Titleist, which was last used in the lineup for the 695 MB and CB irons, which go all the way back to 2006. The 600 name has always been associated with some of the best Titleist blades ever made including the 670, 680, and 690s.

Looking at the first release pictures of the new 620s, it’s yet to be seen if there are any multi-material aspects to the designs, but either way, I’m sure we will find out more details soon.

Speaking to multi-material what has also been included in this announcement are the T100s. They have an obvious AP look to them but in what also appears to be a smaller package.

The Titleist AP line has been a massive success since its introduction, but if there was one tiny bit of criticism (and I’m really searching here) it would be that it was harder to seamlessly blend the CB line into the AP line for those looking to build combo sets. Again this is early speculation, but if the new T100 has a smaller profile of the new CB but with the added ball speed and MOI of an AP iron, you could be seeing a lot of the T100s in the bags of players from pros to club golfer looking for that added advantage in the longer irons and even into the short clubs

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. dat

    Jun 10, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Let’s be honest, only the MBs look good, and at that – they’re probably going to be among the most unforgiving on the market.

  2. Jack

    Jun 10, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Kuch suck a-hole

  3. F

    Jun 10, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Fugly as ever

  4. Karl

    Jun 10, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    The MBs look amazing, I don’t care for the new CB look however – last model looked much cleaner IMO.

  5. DukeOfChinoHills

    Jun 10, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    The 620MB look gorgeous. The CBs are starting to look too busy. And the the T100 definitely look over designed. I’m not in the market, but I’m starting to get concerned where the iron lineup is going.

  6. The dude

    Jun 10, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Who forges these?

    • A

      Jun 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      They’re forged of 8620 in Taiwan but they won’t tell you that

  7. 2putttom

    Jun 10, 2019 at 11:52 am

    wow ! I’m in

  8. Jordan

    Jun 10, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Was really looking forward to iteration #2 of the AP3s… wondering if that is still on the docket.

    • MacAllan

      Jun 10, 2019 at 10:59 am

      I’ve said it before but my post was deleted.
      AP’s are gone and replaced with T100 (AP2), T200 (AP3) and T300 (AP1).

      • Jordan

        Jun 10, 2019 at 12:15 pm

        Ah i guess i didnt know they were doing T200 or T300s as well. Good to know. I’m essentially just looking for a rocket 4 iron that i can hit 230 and the T200s and 300s hopefully will get me there. Thanks.

  9. Travis

    Jun 10, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Yes! Love the return of the curved muscleback! So many Titleist staffers have gone back to using the Titleist 680’s, not surprised to see Titleist go back to that design!

    I hope the T100 aren’t an AP2 replacement. The AP2’s have becoming iconic in their naming convention and it would be a bad move to go away from that.

  10. Dan

    Jun 10, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I’m still pissed I bought the MP-18 over the 716MB

  11. Johnny Newbern

    Jun 10, 2019 at 9:19 am

    The MB is the best looking club on the market. Love the return to the 600 classification.

    Ryan, any word on if the U500 will eventually be full set to replace the TMBs?

    • Ryan Barath

      Jun 10, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Great question but so far no news – by the looks of it I would say not likely at the moment

      • brian

        Jun 10, 2019 at 10:51 am

        Not sure if you mean Muscle Backs in general, or the 718 MB in specific when you say “MB is the best looking club on the market.” If the former, I agree. If the latter, I disagree. I’d put both the Callaway and Mizuno MBs over Titleist’s in the looks department.

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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters

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In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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Greatest Adams hybrids of all time

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It’s almost impossible that, over the past decade, you or someone you played golf with didn’t own an Adams hybrid. The fact that they can still be found in the bags of players on the PGA Tour demonstrates the kind of cult-like dedication some players have to those clubs.

They were in everyone’s bags—from low handicaps to golfers just trying to break 100. Simply, Adams was hybrids in the early-to-mid 2000s. In an age when many would still call them “cheater” or “old man” clubs, Adams pushed the envelope of design and ushered in a new era of small, workable-yet-forgiving, anti-left clubs.

Adams was also one of the first companies to do exclusive combo sets off the rack for better players with the initial Idea Pros and then later with the Idea Pro Golds. It’s a common practice now, but at the time it was revolutionary.

Here is a list of some of Adams’ all-time great hybrid designs.

Original Idea Pro – 2008

This is the one that started it all. After going through a number of tour issue prototypes leading up to the retail release, the Idea Pro had a lot of buzz, and it delivered. It wasn’t that other companies weren’t producing hybrids at the time, but the sheer popularity of the Adams outweighed what others had in the market thanks to it working its way to become the number one hybrid on the PGA Tour. It also came stock with an 80g Aldila VS Proto Hybrid shaft that was directly aimed at better players, and considering the aftermarket price of the shaft on its own, it made the Idea Pro a no brainer for those looking to replace harder-to-hit longer irons.

XTD – 2014

This was the final hybrid ever made by Adams and was packed with technology: all-titanium construction, crown, and sole slots for greater face deflection and ball speed—along with an adjustable hosel. TaylorMade had taken over ownership at this point and engineers at Adams took advantage by using the proprietary TaylorMade adjustable sleeve—this allowed for more shaft options for many golfers that had used TaylorMade hybrids in the past.

The entire XTD line from Adams was premium by design and from the driver to the hybrid, offered real-deal shafts and tight quality control. This is still a hard club to beat.

Idea XTD Super Hybrid Ti – 2012

You could argue the 2012 Super Hybrid XTD was the original bomber hybrid. Thanks to the multi-material titanium construction, it produced a higher-than-expected launch, along with exceptionally low spin. For faster players, this was a perfect control club off the tee and easily replaced a 5-wood (in the 19 degree). Don’t believe it? Check out this historic review from the GolfWRX Archives: GolfWRX.com – Adams Super Hybrid Review (2012)

Super 9031 – 2013

The Super 9031 was released the year after the original Idea Pro Blacks and featured an updated white paint job along with a technology upgrade that included both sole and crown slots for faster ball speeds compared to the original (hence the “Super” designation). It has a high toe, flatter lie angle, and open appearance from address—something better players love! Although I should attempt to be unbiased, I will admit that not only did I love these hybrids, but I still hold a place in one of my travel bags.

It’s not just me that has a sweet spot for the Super 9031, you can still find these in the bag of PGA Tour player Brian Gay.

Boxer A3 Idea – 2007

You might be wondering that after all of the others on the list, how the A3 earned its spot. Well, it’s quite simple. Just before the launch of the Idea Pro, the A3 and A3OS (oversized) were massive sellers at the retail level. The sets offered classicly shaped irons alongside easy-to-hit hybrid clubs into the longer clubs. Although never marketed towards better players, it did have a bit of a cult following to the point that even Vijay Singh was using one during the 2008 season in replacement of a 5-wood. They came stock with Grafalloy ProLaunch Red hybrid shafts and in both right and left-handed to outfit almost any player.

GolfWRXers, did you have any of these clubs? Check out the Cult Classic Clubs Discussion in the GolfWRX.com forums.

 

 

 

 

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