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WRX Spotlight: EV3D putters

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We hear the buzz words “3D printed” all the time these days. It’s a newer technology that has shown to have lots of applications in other industries, but golf hasn’t been one of those until now. 3D printing a putter is a pretty new adventure, but EV3D Golf is showing that it is going to be much more common very soon.

EV3D Golf is bringing new putter designs to us golfers that CANNOT be made through traditional casting or milling. 3D printing is the process of creating a putter layer-by-layer, allowing any supported shape you can think of. Even hollow designs like EV3D’s signature lattice features!

This gives EV3D engineers the ability to create putters that push the limits of MOI, feel, and of course look. The intricate lattice design does more than just look really cool, it also helps move weight to the outside and rear of the putter, increasing MOI in all models. All EV3D putters are printed from a combination of 420 stainless steel and bronze. This alloy gives the putter its responsive feel, excellent durability, and the ability to offer 3 finishes. They also offer a ton of different hosel designs to fit your eye and putting stroke, all are 3D printed as well. EV3D even adds custom touches like text in the cavity, different site lines, and paint fill to make it your own. Right now they offer 6 different head shapes, but if none of those are what you are looking for, they will work with you to print your dream putter from scratch!

We got our hands on 2 models, the EV3D Golf Ares X and Hades, to take out to the course and putt with. In hand the first thing that grabs your eye’s attention is the intricate lattice work on the putters.

All you want to do is hold the putter closer to your face and see how the heck they did it. At the right angles you can actually see through that lattice structure, but we were told that debris getting stuck in there isn’t an issue. The next thing you will notice is the rough texture of the head. This is created by the process of 3D printing the head, showing off the layers of material used to build the shape of the head. I don’t know if was intended but that rough texture does help with reducing glare, making the putters easy on the eyes even in the brightest conditions.

I personally really like the Antique Bronze finish, but EV3D does offer a Natural and Slate Black finish to suit your personal taste. Out on the putting green the Ev3D putters performed really well, offering a hefty dose of forgiveness and a crisp feel and sound. Traditionally modes like the Hades don’t offer much in the way of forgiveness compared to mallets, but the Hades shocked me with its off-center putts. Putts hit off the heel or toe stayed on line much better and I even made a couple that had no business even being close to the hole.

Distance loss on those mishits is about what you would expect, coming up a little short, but defiantly not a drastic difference. Since the EV3D line doesn’t have any fancy face milling, I was a little worried about the initial roll and if the ball would hop or skid. Initial contact was great, only met with a tiny bit of skid before rolling out. Nothing that I think effected even my longest putts. The feel off the face is something that reminds you of a quieter classic Ping BeCu putter, crisp with an audible click. If you are looking for a silent impact, like an Odyssey Microhinge, then the EV3D line might not be your cup of tea. If you are on a quest for exceptional responsiveness on well struck and mishit putts then you should be very pleased with any of the EV3D putter models. The feel of impact is a little firmer than I think we are all used to these days with so many inserts and deep milling. The crisp feel and slightly more audible EV3D is somewhat refreshing and mishit putts are extremely easy to recognize.

Overall, the EV3D putters are a solid offering from a new company utilizing a new technology in the golf club space. With all the combinations of putter heads, site lines, and hosels, I can’t see you not being able to find a putter that fits your eye. Looks for any putter are going to be subjective, but there is no denying that EV3D is pushing the limits at a time where we see a lot of similar putter designs from all manufacturers. And if you are the type of person who wants to create an original design of your own that has never been done, EV3D is waiting for that call to help you take your idea from thought to printed putter head! Check the entire EV3D putter line at the company website.

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  1. Betty Scott

    Oct 20, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    I’m gonna make a new putter, 3 basic styles, gonna have at least a dozen different elements in the putter. Gonna just come up with some BS on how each element will make you make more putts. I’ll offer custom paintfill and stamping for all orders… Then I’m gonna charge 3 thousand dollars. Some idiot will pay it.

  2. Jose Pinatas

    Oct 20, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Gimmick and ripoff..

  3. Don Denyer

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:33 am

    I am very impressed with the unique concept and detailed work on these putters.

  4. Calvin Wang

    Oct 19, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    How are these designs “pushing the limits of MOI” when the lattice features are removing weights from the toe & heel sides of the putter?

  5. Ray

    Oct 19, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Honestly, Hideous..

  6. MT

    Oct 19, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I don’t think it’s a very attractive design. Also a great place for dirt and other debris to collect in those spaces. Sometimes they just don’t use common sense.

    • JT

      Oct 20, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      Hey, it could be a good place to keep your lunch…

  7. GrammarBoyIGuess

    Oct 19, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Sorry to grammar police but seeing ‘definitely’ spelled as ‘defiantly’ makes me think somebody skipped middle school

    • Grammarpolicepolice

      Oct 20, 2019 at 2:38 am

      You forgot to place a full stop at the end of your comment.

      • Grahmaar-Polyce

        Oct 20, 2019 at 7:29 pm

        There should be a comma after the word police as well.

  8. Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Oct 18, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Looks like somethin’ from the Game Of Thrones.

  9. JP

    Oct 18, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Those are going to suck when you get dirt, debris, grass, and whatever stuck in the “lattice” design. It’ll take a pressure washer to clean that out.

  10. Brett

    Oct 18, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    How will these putter heads hold up to bending of loft and lie, or heat if/when re-shafting?

    • EV3D Golf

      Oct 23, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      Brett, these putter heads go into a furnace after being 3D printed… so they are a solid block of metal that holds-up to normal stresses of club making process.

  11. Tommy G

    Oct 18, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Speaking of cheap….Kuchar is a cheap SOB

  12. putterific

    Oct 18, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    3D printing has a long way to go. It’s not yet a precision tool. And with all the top putters being milled these days with extremely tight tolerances, I’d say there’s no way anyone is going to want these putters. Cool idea but not a good use of 3D printing in my opinion.

    • EV3D Golf

      Oct 23, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      Yes, 3D printing is still a new technology. However, some metal 3D printers can print down to 20 microns. Right now there are airplane engine parts and orthopedic implants that use metal 3D technology.

  13. Chris C.

    Oct 18, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    They remind me of cheap lawn furniture. I want to grab some emery paper and finish the putters.

  14. Vince Guest

    Oct 18, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Tough market to enter into and these initial designs don’t actually look very good.

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Alex Noren WITB 2019

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the 2019 RSM Classic

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (8.5 degrees set at 7.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange CK 60TXalex-noren-witb-golfwrx

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 3+ (13.5 degrees set at 12.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 80X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana HY 90X

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 19 (4- 9-iron)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (46, 50, 56 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 1W

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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GolfWRX Spotted: Mizuno ST200 fairway woods & ST200X hybrid

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Mizuno ST200 Fairway Wood

A couple of weeks ago, we spotted the new Mizuno ST200 drivers on the USGA Conforming List (WRX Spotted: Mizuno ST200 Series Drivers) and now, we have confirmation that there will be matching ST200 and ST200x fairway woods, along with ST200x hybrids.

Although we don’t have any information on a retail release date or the technology that will be incorporated into the new Mizuno ST200 line—based on the pictures that we have so far there will be multiple options like the previous ST190 including an adjustable “tour” style 3 wood, non adjustable models, and the ST200X—which from everything we have heard about the driver, will be targeted towards slower swing speed players.

The known technologies appear to include a new version of the Amplified Wave Sole to condense mass near the front of the head and create greater rebound to increase ball speeds all over the face and shots hit lower on the face, like the previous fairway woods.

We also cannot confirm or deny whether the ST200 woods have a carbon composite crown like the previous ST190s, but if I was to guess, there is probably some kind of light crown technology used to increase discretionary mass—either carbon fiber, or a strong lightweight steel.

Mizuno ST200x Hybrid

Mizuno ST200X Hybrid

Hybrids are always an interesting club in any OEM’s line since they are generally targeted towards one of three golfers

  • The mid-range handicap
  • The better player
  • Super game improvement

The ST000X looks to be aiming towards the mid-range slower speed golfer to fall in line with the speculated demographic of the ST200X series. No visible technology beyond the wave sole, but I bet there is more than meets the eye to this club.

Whatever the case may be for the entire ST200 series from Miznuo, I’m sure we will start to see some of these clubs show up in color pictures soon, and we’ll bring you more info when we have it.

 

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Cobra Golf gets even faster with new 2020 SpeedZone and SpeedZone Xtreme drivers

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Cobra Golf has some serious heat with the new 2020 SpeedZone drivers.

Cobra Golf had a banner year in 2019, and now for 2020, the R&D team is again pushing the boundaries of manufacturing technology to maximize speed and forgiveness with the Cobra King SpeedZone and SpeedZone Xtreme drivers.

It was just over a year ago that Cobra Golf introduced the F9 SpeedBack driver, and it quickly became a contender for Best Driver of 2019—it was twice in the top 5 on the GolfWRX Best drivers of 2019 list. The SpeedBack was a low spin, fast golf club with great acoustics and a sleek profile.

So how did Cobra Golf engineers improve on a driver that had few flaws? In the age of high science golf club manufacturing where the majority of the differences between the OEMs from a performance standpoint has become a granular conversation, Cobra decided to subtly fine-tune what it did in 2019, and in that effort, hopefully, attract the players who weren’t 100 percent sold on F9.

Cobra, like most OEMs, relies on professional tours to help develop new products, and with the help of Rickie, Bryson, Lexi, and now Jason Dufner, Cobra is offering yet again a club that not only pleases the masses but also satisfies those playing at the highest level.

“Tour feedback is very relevant as we use our tour staff to help us design the products. We work w Rick, Bryson and Lexi on multiple occasions during the design and development process to help us create the best product, both for tour players and golfers in the market.” – Tom “T.O” Olsavsky, Head of R&D Cobra Golf

Let’s Get Into The Zones

The hot topic around the F9 SpeedBack was a very low CG, high MOI, and a precision milled face. All three have become the foundation of Cobra metal woods across the board. For 2020, Cobra Golf has done something completely unique to the market with the SpeedZone and Speed Zone Xtreme drivers.

The Zones tackle all the hotbeds of driver performance speed, stability, weight, CG, and overall performance.

1. POWER ZONE: (highlighted by the CNC Infinity Milled Face). Cobra has used CNC milling in its woods for a few years now and with great success. But what’s the step up from that? How do you build more consistency into a face that is already basically flaw proof? Well, you expand the milling even more—95 percent more. With the milling crawling all the way over the topline, the SpeedZone can now offer even more consistency across the face and ensure that each face is exactly the same. Quality control is taken a step further with 100 percent of the heads inspected.

“Infinity face is continuing our leadership in CNC milling by having more control over the structure of the face and the front of the head. So the benefits are more precise control of the face and head geometries.” – Tom “T.O” Olsavsky, Head of R&D Cobra Golf

2. STRENGTH ZONE: The 2020 Cobra Speedzone Drivers are all equipped with a Titanium T-Bar Speed Chassis that allows R&D to remove weight from the crown (25 grams total) and utilize it in the hot spots of the golf club (i.e. the perimeter and discretionary placements). The goal here is an even lower CG and higher MOI. Simple enough.

3. LOW CG ZONE: A really low and dead-center CG is what, in my opinion, made the F9 a winner. In the SpeedZone, Cobra went even further. 69 grams of mass (an increase for 40 grams in F9) have been strategically placed around the head to fine-tune launch conditions for any type of player.

4. AERO ZONE: This is the airflow portion of this machine. In the rear end of the crown, you will find what appears to be an exhaust area. This addition limits air drag, which in turn means increased clubhead speed.

LOOKS

The F9 not only looked fast but from a topline perspective sat as square as any head on the market. The only knock I ever had with it was optically it looked like a club that would be a challenge to turn over, it was almost too square if that’s possible. Although it’s a personal thing, I did hear that critique from better players over the past year. The Speed Zone has addressed that with the incorporation of the Infinity Face.

Having the milling bleed into the topline, it gives the appearance (at least for me) that there is a little curvature in the face which inspires a full release with little doubt that the toe will rollover. The paint schemes are carried over from F9 with a very noticeable black head, yellow detailing, and red racing touches. The SpeedZone is also available in a black/white finish.

It has an overall modern yet classic shape with plenty of bulge and roll in the face and a slightly open appearance at address. Definitely has the look of a “players driver.”

I believe that players who weren’t 100 percent sold off of the buzz of the F9 will find that the SpeedZone will be a hard one to pass over for the 2020 season if looks are what you seek.

FEEL/SOUND

I mentioned this numerous times over the past season: The F9 felt and sounded like a hammer. It had a classic thump in the acoustics and with the weight, placement has that heavy head feel that I love. The 2020 SpeedZone Driver is no different. In my opinion, the drivers are apples to apples in this category. This is always the biggest concern I have when new models are released. Yes, the tech is new, but is the impact experience altered at all? In this case, no. If you liked the F9’s sound and feel at impact, you will get more of the same in the SpeedZone. That’s a big win these days.

SPEEDZONE XTREME

This was perhaps the biggest surprise coming out of this release for CPG. The 2020 Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme is a blast to hit. For players looking for a stable, fast, forgiving and overall good time, this is your stick. Even myself, who always sprints towards the more “player” driven clubhead, I found the Extreme to be hard to pass up. It’s just so much fun.

“The EXTREME is expected to be very successful and will be terrific for many players out there in the market. Golfers are looking for distance and forgiveness/accuracy and want both in their driver. The EXTREME is our most forgiving driver ever and also provides great distance. The benefits of a larger address sized head are that the CG is further back, and this helps many golfers to square the face at impact while creating high launch but low spin trajectories which are benchmarks for distance.” – Tom “T.O” Olsavsky, Head of R&D Cobra Golf

TECH

The 2020 Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme carries with it a slightly larger profile that allows more weight around the perimeter and a 17-gram weight that is placed behind the exhaust in the rear of the clubhead. Additional weighting and in contrast to its sibling, The Xtreme has only one visible weight placed at the back end of the sole creating the highest MOI Cobra has ever had and a high launch/low spin profile for the player.

Keep in mind, the Xtreme will satisfy all level of golfers—don’t be surprised if Bryson and Dufner have this in play in 2020.

LOOKS

Although the Xtreme has a larger playing profile than the SpeedZone, it’s not drastically different. Optically, it’s a bit of a longer profile face-to-back, and the top-to-bottom look is a bit shallower. Other than that, both drivers live in a similar “looks” sandbox and as a testament to all OEMs these days; the “player” drivers and “playable” drivers seem to ask less from players from a sacrifice point of view.

FEEL/SOUND

No surprise here: the 2020 Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme driver feels and sounds amazing. If anything, there is a slightly less heavy head sound/feel, but it’s minuscule and only gear fanatics like myself will even notice.

THE TAKEAWAY

Winner on all fronts, Cobra had a rockstar driver in 2019 and got five percent better in 2020. Five percent better these days is a big deal. Simple as that. If you were on the fence with the F9, the slight tweaks to this year’s offering should kick you off the edge.

SPECS (Provided by Cobra Golf)

Model MyFly8 Loft Settings
10.5o Driver 9.0, 9.5, 9.5 Draw, 10.5, 10.5 Draw, 11.5, 11.5 Draw, 12.0
9o Driver 7.5, 8.0, 8.0 Draw, 9.0, 9.0 Draw, 10, 10.0 Draw, 10.5

Both the 9 and 10.5-degree driver are available in a Tour Length offering, featuring a shorter shaft length (44.50”) and a six gram and 18-gram weight in the front and back to dial in swing weight. Inspired by Rickie Fowler’s 43.50” driver.

King SpeedZone Xtreme driver specifications for both men and women

Model MyFly8 Loft Settings
12.5o  Women’s Driver  11.0, 11.5, 11.5 Draw, 12.5, 12.5 Draw, 13.5, 13.5 Draw, 14.0
12o Driver 10.5, 11.0, 11.0 Draw, 12.0, 12.0 Draw, 13.0, 13.0 Draw, 13.5
10.5o Driver  9.0, 9.5, 9.5 Draw, 10.5, 10.5 Draw, 11.5, 11.5 Draw, 12.0 
9o Driver 7.5, 8.0, 8.0 Draw, 9.0, 9.0 Draw, 10, 10.0 Draw, 10.5

All lofts in the Xtreme model are available in a Tour Length configuration in the 44.50” length with a 14 g weight in the back to dial in swing weight.  Each driver is available in the golfer’s choice of Gloss Black/Yellow or Matte Black/White head colors (Women’s is available in Gloss Black/Rose Gold) and comes equipped with a Lamkin Crossline (58+) Connect – Black grip and 4 premium aftermarket shaft options: a high-launch/mid-spin UST Helium (4 F2– A-Flex or 5 F3– Regular Flex); a mid-launch/mid spin Tensei CK AV Blue 65 (Stiff and Regular); a mid-launch/low spin Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 60 (X-Stiff and Stiff); or the low launch/low spin Aldila Rogue Silver 60 (X-Stiff, Stiff). In addition, 20-plus no-charge premium shaft upgrades are available through custom. 

All SpeedZone products are available at retail and online, January 17, 2020.

 

 

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