New technology, new name: The Titleist T-Series irons.
The concept behind the T-Series started with one goal: To produce the best performing, most technology packed, playable irons, ever produced by Titleist…simply put: mission accomplished! With the launch of the new T100, T200, and T300s, Titleist is ushering in a new era of forgiveness, speed, and control with Max Impact.
What does that mean? Before diving into Max Impact, let’s start with the control part. With the launch of the new T-Series, Titleist is reminding golfers that fitting is the key to maximizing your set. From wedges to woods, each club should serve a distinct purpose and earn its spot in your bag—never carry a club because you “think” you need it, carry the clubs you know you will use.
Titleist calls this is the 3D Fitting Process
Focusing on these factors ensures each iron in your bag is creating the proper parameters to improve scoring. Statistics prove that the closer you hit it to your target (descent and dispersion) the likelihood of getting the next shot closer (or in the hole) goes way up—it’s the strokes gained principle pioneered by Mark Broadie. Each iron in the T-Series has been designed to blend with the other models including the 620 series blades and CBs to make sure regardless of your final set make up it transitions on both looks and performance. With the new T-Series, the larger the number model 100, 200, 300, the faster the ball speeds and the higher the launch. Add the all-new Max Impact Technology, and you have three distinct iron sets designed to help any player find the performance they are looking for.
Titleist T100 irons
Built from the ground up with direct input from Titleist’s PGA Tour staff, the mission statement from the design team for the new T100 was to simply create the best performing tour iron ever—NOT “the best AP2.” With a shape that is distinctly Titleist but completely redefined as far as offset, top line, sole width, camber, and blade length, the T100 gives players looking for a tour performance iron more playability than ever before.
Co-forged with large amounts of tungsten (66g on average in the 3-7 irons) in the heel and toe, the T100 looks a lot more like a single-piece forged players cavity back than multi-piece forgiveness monster, but looks can be deceiving. It has the thinnest face they have ever built into a true forged players club, which allows designers to push more mass around the head and create greater ball speed, which is a never a bad thing especially when you consider that it still has a fully supported face.
Just like with club technology, turf conditions are always evolving with new grass types and mower techniques. This means where the club contacts the ground has to evolve too, which is exactly what has happened to the whole T-Series including the T100. Sole width and profiles have been reduced to offer more camber and radius, which through the testing process has lead players to say the same thing over and over: “they feel faster through the turf.” That’s from Marni Ines, Director, Titleist Irons Development. It’s not that they actually go through that much faster but they react through the ground much more efficiently, which means as course conditions vary, whether through the season or thanks to traveling, you are going to great results shot after shot.
(Club fitter thought break for a moment)
I can’t reiterate this enough: In the world of designing golf clubs, the rules set forth by the governing bodies along with mass totals for club heads will always create a unique challenge for engineers. Every single gram saved is valuable in creating higher MOI, better COG placement, and optimizing ball speed. Tweaks that might appear to be small can actually make a big difference for some players, for example; a simple change in sole shape. What we are seeing is the practice of marginal gains, which can be summed up by this practical application: rather than attempt to improve one thing by 10 percent, improve 10 things by 1 percent to equal better results. Now take it further and imagine if you improve 10 measurable factors by 1.5 percent, these are tangible numbers for increased performance.
So why do I bring this up? It’s because this is how engineers work to help you play better golf. All these small changes compounded together make for big improvements to your golf game. It’s about using every technology available in both production and design to create improvement. If you can change three parameters to get angle of decent two percent higher from 43 degrees to 45 degrees that’s greater stopping power to help you get closer to flags, equaling the potential to score better. Something we all want to do.
Speaking to technology jumps, this bring us to…
Max Impact is a combination of technologies that pairs the thinnest faces Titleist has ever produced with structural support and polymer core behind the geometric center of the face to increase speed, launch, and improve feel.
So about the supporting polymer: It’s not some run of the mill, “Hey that sound like a good idea,” piece of just anything. If there is one thing Titleist knows beyond how to make the number one irons on tour, it’s polymers. With help from the golf ball R&D Team, the Titleist Iron engineers went through a multitude of options before settling on the what was the final variation based on density, rebound properties and finally acoustic enhancement. As they explained,
“Think of the unsupported face like a trampoline, pulled tight with a huge potential for rebound. Now take that trampoline and put an exercise ball underneath it right in the middle. You’re going to bounce higher and increase the rebound not only in the middle but also when you don’t catch the middle of the trampoline – That’s the application of the Max Impact.”
So what do we do about all of this speed? The one thing players often talk about is the inconsistency in distance they see from irons with unsupported faces (“hotspots”) that occur on shots hit around the face. During my discussion with the engineering team, I asked if these “hotspots” still really exist on modern irons and to my surprise I was told in one way or the other “YES…BUT.” These shots that go further don’t actually come from the face being hotter in one area, they come from gear effect from shots usually hit high on the face above the center of percussion…
Center of percussion? Let’s explain that before going any further (Thanks Harvard Natural Sciences Lecture) “The center of percussion (COP) is the place on a bat, racket, or golf club where it may be struck without causing reaction at the point of support. When a ball is hit at this spot, the contact feels good and the ball seems to spring away with its greatest speed and therefore this is often referred to as the sweet spot.”
Just like with a driver, shots hit above that area will launch higher with less spin—that creates parameters for shots to go further. But if you can prevent that from happening or shrink that area, the likelihood of those shots occurring goes WAY down and you get a much more consistent ball flight. That’s part of the genius of Max Impact, not only does it help create greater speed but creates more consistent speed and launch conditions all over the face. Everything you want in an iron built for speed in a players package.
Titleist T200 irons
The first thing you’ll notice that makes the T200 unique from any Titleist iron before it is Max Impact Technology. I realize this sounds very different from any Titleist iron before it and…well…that’s because it is.
Thanks to new materials and manufacturing techniques, along with lessons learned through the introduction of the Concept Series and Speed Project, the T200 has an unsupported (by metal) Forged L-Face that not only feels great but flexes for more ball speed. Thanks to the weight savings of the thinner Forged L-face, more tungsten (average of 90g from the 4-7-irons) can be placed low and on the perimeter of the club to increase forgiveness and overall total stability where players need it.
That’s part of the reason stronger lofts are required—these things really do LAUNCH. Max Impact isn’t found in every T200 though, it has been placed in the 4- 7 irons because Titleist player testing and data crunching proved time after time that as players get away from their scoring clubs distance gapping and dispersion becomes an issue. This is where the 3D fitting process makes sure every club in the set has a purpose and hits a proper flight and distance.
Titleist T300 irons
If you just look at the spec for the T300, I already know what you’re going to say “WOW, these lofts are jacked, no wonder they go so far.” That’s not the full story, and at this point in golf technology, I’m completely over hearing that as an excuse for players to NOT trying a club. This comes from the perspective of a fitter rather than a player—not the other way around.
The T300 is the hottest and most forgiving Titleist iron ever made. Just like its smaller brother, the T200, it uses the same Max Impact Technology to both add rebound and improve overall feel. The unsupported face is stretched across a larger area thanks to the bigger face size, wider sole, and undercut perimeter to push the COG low and away from the face—if the T200 launches, then the T300 REALLY Launches! This deep COG and thin fast face is what makes this club launch so high, it’s also the reason stronger lofts are necessary. If it wasn’t for strong lofts, then with the speed and spin they would create at “standard” lofts, ball flight would end up uncontrollable. Basically the exact opposite of what you want in an iron.
Part of how they were able to make the T300 the most forgiving Titleist iron ever is by actually eliminating a part of the club that was beneficial in previous models (like the AP1)—hollow-body construction. Even with a hollow-body design, there is unnecessary weight placed high along the back of the club.
Generally for many designs this is fine because the wall thickness is minimal, and thanks to smarter people than me, this allows for more flexing of the body of the club to enhance ball speeds. But if given the option between the two, a fully undercut iron would have a higher MOI and help create that same trampoline when engineered properly and free up more discretionary mass. For the T300, Max Impact is found in the 4-7 irons to again help with launch and speed and create proper set gapping.
Stock Shafts & Availability
Titleist has one of the largest available shaft matrices available through custom order, but the stock shafts for each model are as follows.
T100 – True Temper AMT Tour White AMT White
T200- True Temper AMT Black AMT Black
T300- True Temper AMT Red AMT Red
This is a new one for Titleist. Just like with the original True Temper AMT, they will be the first to offer the Mitsubishi MCA Tensei AM2 (stands for ascending mass) shafts that will come in versions White, Blue, & Red.
T100 – Mitsubishi MCA Tensei White AM2 | Low launch, low spin | 94-108g (2g per club)
T200- Mitsubishi MCA Tensei Blue AM2 | Mid launch, mid spin | 74-88g (2g per club)
T300- Mitsubishi MCA Tensei Red AM2 | High launch, mid-high spin | 54-68g (2g per club)
T-SERIES AVAILABILITY: New Titleist T-Series irons will be available in golf shops worldwide beginning Aug. 30, with fittings beginning Aug. 8. With Pricing of the T100 and 200 set at $175 per club with steel ($1,399/set of 8) and $187.50 per club ($1,499 /set of 8) graphite
T300 will be $125 per club ($999/set of 8) Steel & $137.50 per club ($1,099/set of 8) graphite
- More photos of Titleist T100 irons in the forums.
- More photos of Titleist T200 irons in the forums.
- More photos of Titleist T300 irons in the forums.
- More photos (including cutaways) in the forums.
TaylorMade SIM and SIM Max driver review
New for 2020, TaylorMade has launched the new SIM driver family. First the lower spinning SIM then a more forgiving higher spinning SIM Max and a SIM Max D head to help draw the ball for those that need it.
We have seen the tour players using all three of the SIM drivers.
- Keegan Bradley WITB using the SIM Max D
- Tiger Woods WITB using the SIM
- Dustin Johnson WITB using the SIM Max
The SIM, SIM Max, and SIM Max D drivers from TaylorMade feature an asymmetric sole shape as well as a redesigned Inertia Generator. The asymmetric sole shape of the drivers is designed to reduce drag while providing faster clubhead speed, with the redesigned Inertia Generator redistributing weight at the very low-and-back portion of the club in a bid to provide improved forgiveness.
The SIM Max D clubhead contains a heel-bias internal weight with a topline masking to make the clubhead look more open at address to help golfers who struggle with a right-miss.
Other features of the SIM, SIM Max, and SIM Max D drivers includes a speed injected twist face, inverted cone technology, a thru-slot speed pocket, multi-material construction and an adjustable loft sleeve.
Exclusive to the SIM driver is sliding weight technology which allows face angle and flight bias preferences of up to +/-2° loft change and up to +/-20 yards of draw-fade bias.
Here are the individual reviews from GolfWRXers’ trip to The Kingdom.
Tester: Rob “osubuckeyes691“
I’ll start by saying this. SIM is very good. It’s not a magical 30 yards like everyone is talking about here. That comes from being properly fit. But it is good, and with a proper fitting I’d be shocked if you couldn’t find at least slightly better numbers with SIM over any gamer you have.
My current set up is a Callaway Epic Flash SZ Double Diamond with a Fuji Ventus Black 6x. LOW LOW LOW combo…and I still hit it high haha. I live in the low to mid 170s ball speed with spin sometimes getting up to 2700 2800. Drives I hit well, spin around 2100. My miss is a big push slice.
But it is good, and with a proper fitting I’d be shocked if you couldn’t find at least slightly better numbers with SIM over any gamer you have. -Rob
I ended up being fit in to a SIM 9* with the new KBS Tour Driven 70 Category 5. This shaft is super interesting. It’s really hard for me to describe but it has feel, and a lot of it. Spin dropped to about 2400 on my miss right and really, that’s what I was hoping would happen. I wanted something that when I missed, wouldn’t lose me 30 yards. We put the weight in the heel and it really did help straighten out the miss. Huge advantage for me. I knew as someone who swings 120ish I wasn’t going to pick up 20 yards. I wanted to reduce my miss and that’s exactly what SIM was able to do for me. Here is a link to his post in the forums.
Tester: Will “fillwelix“
For my driver fitting, I was with Perry, who was a blast to get to work with. I started by hitting my gamer on Trackman, talking with Perry about what my misses usually are, and what I wanted to get out of the fitting.
I usually don’t have a problem with distance so I told him the biggest thing I was looking for was a tighter dispersion. I don’t have the trackman numbers yet but with my gamer, I was averaging about 110 club head speed, 160-something ball speed, 270-275 carry, 285-290 total. Launching a bit too high but spin was okay.
The thing was seriously nuclear. My club head speed bumped up only about 1 or 2 MPH, but the launch and spin were incredible, as well as ball speed. I topped out at 170 ball speed, which I had never gotten before. -Will
We tried the 10.5 SIM in a Ventus Black 6x, and he gave me a couple tips in my setup, because my AOA was something like 4 or 5 degrees up. The thing was seriously nuclear. My club head speed bumped up only about 1 or 2 MPH, but the launch and spin were incredible, as well as ball speed. I topped out at 170 ball speed, which I had never gotten before. Carrying 295-300, total of 315-320. One shot carried the fence of the driving range at The Kingdom.
Spent some time going through different shafts to see if there was an improvement, played with weights, etc. but the best numbers were with the 10.5 SIM with Ventus Black 6x and the weight all the way in the toe, because my miss is usually left. Here is a link to his post in the forums.
Tester: Nick “n_rones“
I started off with my fittings working with Joe. After some warmup we started with the drivers. Coming in I was playing a Srixon Z785 with a Hzrdus black 6.5 70 gram shaft at 45 inches.
I’m a really tough fit because I have an unusual swing and hit down on the ball heavily with every club. My AOA with the driver was between 5 and 7 down which is pretty nuts I always knew I hit down on it but not that much. I’m still waiting on the trackman date to be emailed to me but with my own driver I was somewhere in the neighborhood of 109 swing speed with a launch angle of 4 degrees and 4000 spin (Ridiculous I know right).
I was able to take it on the course with me that afternoon and hit 12-14 fairways a new record for me and ever ball was easily 15-20 yards longer than I was used to. -Nick
His main goal for me was to get launch up and spin down. The first club he handed me was the Sim 10.5 turned up to 11.25 with a Graphite design IZ 7x. Instantly my launch angle increased and spin dropped. We then went through a few other shafts like graphite design ad di 7x. We came back to the IZ and with a quick change in tee height we ended up where we wanted. We knew with my angle of attack we were never going to get me to super low spin and high launch we just wanted to get it to a manageable number.
By the end of the fit I was hitting the sim with the iz under 3k spin with a couple down at 2500 and 9 degree launch increasing my carry from the 244 range up to the 260-265 range on good swings and we neutralized my cut massively. I was fortunate enough to finish my fit while other guys were still busy so we went right into the build shop and he built me my driver on the spot and gave me a super cool kingdom exclusive headcover. I was able to take it on the course with me that afternoon and hit 12-14 fairways a new record for me and ever ball was easily 15-20 yards longer than I was used to. Most of that is me never being through a proper fitting before but a big factor was I was able to get into the sim head with high loft but it was a great spin killing head for me. Here is a link to his post in the forums.
I am one that gained a good bit of ball speed from getting fit for the SIM driver. My gamer is a Titleist 915D3 9.5* with a Rogue Silver 70X. I wasn’t fit for the driver as I just bought the parts off of the BST. I always felt that I lost yardage due to high spin. The Trackman didn’t lie as I was getting 166mph ball speed and 3000 rpm of spin on well-struck shots. Where this posed a problem was when I was off-center, the ball would be a high right spinner that would lose a lot of distance.
Where I saw great gains was in dispersion. TwistFace just flat out works. Toe shots came back to closer to center, and heal shots faded right back towards center. I also didn’t lose as much yardage. I did pick up about five mph in ball speed. There are a plethora of reasons for this gain and the resulting 20 yard gain in ball flight.
Some could attribute the gain to almost 30 feet of height in ball flight. It could also be because there was 300 less RPM, or over a degree increase in launch angle. Either way, it has proven to me that getting fit by a knowledgeable fitter is crucial. This is the first time that I have been fit for a driver. All the expectations of mine going into this fitting have been met.
The SIM is forgiving. The SIM is aerodynamically superior to what I have been playing. The SIM just flat out performs for me because it doesn’t balloon, it is forgiving on mishits with good direction and ball speed, and it reduced my spin rate. –
The sounds of the SIM line is amazing. The solid “thwack” sound it makes at contact is extremely welcoming. Gone are the days of high pitched aluminum baseball bat sounds. Now, some sounds just sound perfect to me. Johnny Wunder posted a video on Instagram of me hitting a driver, and you can hear the sound. Here is a link to his post in the forums.
Building the perfect half set
Beyond physically putting clubs together, one of my favorite games to play is trying to build the ideal half set, and taking it out for some testing on the course. The goal is to see how few clubs I can play with before it becomes a detriment to my game and my scoring—while still having fun trying to hit all kinds of creative shots along the way
Many golfers have, at some point, played the “three-club challenge” (three including a putter), but that often becomes an exercise in caution and course management instead of what many would consider a usual round of golf. Although from the conversations I’ve had with golfers about trying out an extremely reduced set, the consensus generally ends up at, “I shot one of my best scores in a long time.”
I’m not sure how that sentiment potentially relates to handicap or not, but one way or the other, it’s a great way to lighten the load and have some fun thinking differently about your shots.
My ideal half set consists of 7-8 clubs including a putter, but in some cases, I will take it all the way down to 5-6. I love having the option to play with a full set and most times do, but I have gone weeks playing only with my half set and don’t see a noticeable variation in my scoring.
It actually makes me question why I carry a full set and in the grand scheme of golf. I think it would be one of the most entertaining experiments to have a PGA Tour event where players are limited to seven clubs. It would have the potential to make gearheads and the general fan engage in an interesting conversation.
Whatever way you choose to build your set, this is a quick start guide to play your best half set golf.
Thinking Your way Through Building a Half Set
- The Putter: This is the one club that probably isn’t going anywhere (unless you are a virtuoso putting with a bellied wedge). You are going to be using this club on every hole, and depending on your comfort level hitting certain shots, you might end up using it further off the green than normal—cheers to the imagination! Build out from here, because shots inside 100 yards are still going to take up the majority of strokes on your card, and your putter is going to save you shots.
- The “Wedge”: Remember that it wasn’t until the last generation of golfers that players started using a lob wedge. Tom Watson famously never put one in the bag and only carried up to a 56-degree. The ideal loft to start your set with is 52-54 degrees, because you can still hit shots out of the sand if needed, and it’s a great club to still hit full shots with—something that many golfers struggle to do with a lob wedge.
- Your “Go-To” Shot: I think most golfers agree that trying to get more out of a club distance-wise often ends with less than great results. This is why as you go through your set and start to pick clubs, it’s important to think about your favorite go-to shots. You want to do everything you can to avoid standing over a ball trying to manipulate a club because you don’t have “that distance” in the bag. This is hugely important when you realize that close to 90 percent of hazards are placed in front of the green or target areas and being able to get over comfortably should be priority number one.
- Know Your Iron Lofts: Most modern sets have 4-5 degrees between each club, but as you get to the longer irons, even towards the middle of the set (7-iron to 5-iron) loft gaps can get smaller quickly, and for some this can equal a diminishing point of return on distance gapping. Don’t just grab every other iron, take a few minutes to think about the carry distance of each club, because that’s going to be important.
- A Driver is Still Important: We all cant be Henrik Stenson with a 12-degree 3-wood we hit 300 yards. Unless you have plans to go truly minimalist, keeping a driver in the bag is a good idea. It is the largest and most forgiving club off the tee and will help put you into places that will make second shots a lot easier.
What GolfWRXers are saying are the top-3 underrated blade head designs circa 2005
GolfWRXers have been discussing the top-3 underrated blade head designs circa 2005 after forum member ‘8620’ created a thread with a desire to “build a set that starts with a ‘retro’ blade head, that incorporates a modern shaft (Nippon Modus Pro 130)”. Our members have weighed in on the subject, with some inspired by ‘8620’ to follow suit in his project.
Here are what our members are saying on the subject, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below,
- Gopher68: “Bridgestone J33 blades.”
- BCULAW: “Mizuno MP67. Awesome blade that never really caught on due to the popularity of its predecessor (MP33) and its sister offering (MP32). Also, the small ‘cut muscle’ gives it a bit of an old school vibe like the old Wilson bullet backs.”
- Golfingfanatic: “OG Nike Forged Blades.”
- cardoustie: “Bridgestone MB’s, love my J15’s.”
- OldTomMorris: “I’ve got a set of mp-37 irons that I am putting TT DG AMT white S300 shafts in right now. Curious to see if I can keep the short irons lower than my current set of irons.”
- Rapidcat: “This interests me as I played Mizuno SPL blades for a decade and still have the heads in very good condition, thinking about a reshaft for them to have some fun.”
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