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Lynx Golf introducing 2020 Prowler Forged irons, VT Stinger utility to North America

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Lynx Golf is coming back to North America with the introduction of the premium Prowler Forged irons and VT Stinger Utility irons for 2020.

“Our Prowler lines have been embraced by players around the world because they perform incredibly well and have a beautiful aesthetic that speaks to avid golfers,” says Steve Elford, CEO and co-owner of Lynx Golf.

“These additions to the collection fill two spaces our customers have been asking for, a driving iron with outstanding performance and without the standard bulky look of modern hybrids, and a cavity-back forged iron that looks and feels as good as our blades, but offers added forgiveness.”

We first saw the Lynx Prowler Forged irons and VT Stinger at the 2019 PGA Show in Orlando, but that was to introduce them to the world, and at that time they were not actually available to the North American golfer through traditional channels.

The launch of the Prowler line of clubs coincides with the launch of www.lynxgolfusa.com, which now makes the popular UK brand more accessible to the North American market. The Prowler Forged irons and VT Stinger will be joining a variety of other popular designs from Lynx that are now available in the U.S. including the Prowler VT irons, Black Cat, and Tigress lines of clubs.

Lynx Prowler VT Stinger Utility Driving Iron

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For Lynx, the entire Prowler line represents the peak of the company’s engineering and manufacturing processes, and the VT Stinger is no exception.

The VT Stinger utility features a variable thickness (VT) face that helps redistributes mass around the perimeter of the clubhead to increase MOI (moment of inertia). This increase in MOI has improved accuracy and distance on mishits by 36 percent, according to Lynx Golf. The classic muscleback design boasts a sole that is wider than a traditional blade style long iron while still maintaining the classic aesthetics.

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Specs and Availability

The VT Stinger utility comes in lofts of 12.5 degrees and 16 degrees, and is stock with either a KBS Tour steel shaft for $129,  or UST Mamiya Recoil graphite shaft $149. Considering other options currently in the market place from other OEMs, the VT Stringer is a great value.

Lynx Golf Prowler Forged Irons

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2020 Lynx Prowler VT Forged iron: 7-iron

The Prowler Forged irons are forged from soft 1020 carbon steel, then CNC milled for precise center of gravity placement and quality control. They feature a polished chrome finish and progressive offset design to appeal to golfers of all handicap ranges looking for a classically styled iron packed with modern technologies.

On top of being CNC milled, each head is equipped with five fixed tungsten screws, which allowed Lynx engineers to precisely position mass, to create a lower center of gravity and increased clubhead MOI. This lower CG improves launch and spin, which for the golfer translates to higher flying shots that are easier to stop.

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The other key design feature of the Prowler Forged versus the previous forged iron from Lynx is a 20 percent longer blade length to provide greater playability and performance while still offering a better player preferred shape from address.

Specs and Availability

The Prowler Forged iron set comes stock 5-PW and are available with either KBS Tour 90 Steel shafts for $999 or UST Mamiya’s graphite Recoil shaft for $1,169. Both 3-iron and 4-iron are available to purchase separately.

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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 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. Jack Nash

    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Wonder if Freddy will get back on the train.

  2. Dave r

    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    What market are these headed for ? Do they replace the hybrid irons ? Will they be easier to hit ? Next year looking to get fitted into proper shafts for hybrids or should one try these instead ?

  3. peter

    Nov 6, 2019 at 6:51 am

    I have the VT forged irons and they are sensational.

  4. Rich Douglas

    Nov 5, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Hi, we’re the very flattered lawyers from PXG….”

    What I love best is the single-length version of these. I can’t wait to….huh? No? Okay. Never mind.

  5. Brandon

    Nov 5, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    1000 bucks for a set of 5-pw from a defunct brand trying to make a comeback? I don’t think so, Tim.

    • juannybravo

      Nov 6, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Lynx has been a major company in Europe and the UK since they disappeared into the Golfsmith abyss like 15-20 years ago.

    • John

      Nov 6, 2019 at 1:40 pm

      Dont knock it until you try it

  6. Rolling Stone

    Nov 5, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    That cavity looks like a pretty good design of a baseball diamond! I’m guessing the drilled out holes are a nod to PXG!

  7. Caroline

    Nov 5, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Am I wrong but wasn’t there an article a year or two ago about how the Lynx name was brought back using clubs being made in china using designs being offered by those same Chinese factories….how much R&D is Lynx doing verses buying models already developed by second parties? Just as so many boutique golf ball companies use balls made for them with second party R&D.

    • Brandon

      Nov 5, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      I definitely remember reading something along those lines.

    • bob

      Nov 6, 2019 at 6:41 pm

      you would be surprised how many companies use heads developed by second parties.

  8. Gurn

    Nov 5, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    If Ernie kept playing Lynx’s he woulda won 12 majors…
    Sad

  9. Bryce

    Nov 5, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Their Quality control is terrible. I have a set of the Prowler VT in gunmetal, but when put on loft and lie machine was all over the place. And only get them in KBS90 shafts? Those things were ballooning a mile in the air. Trashed the shafts and put recoils in them and million times better. Anyone considering them, play similar to Titleist TMB’s, true hollow body, no foam or filler. Very hot and little too long for my liking.

  10. Pauli

    Nov 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    These are not pretty. And how much ?! That seems a lot for an ugly iron from what is generally perceived as a non premium brand

  11. Scott McLane

    Nov 5, 2019 at 11:20 am

    PXG should be flattered, apparently some Companies do not beleive in their own R&D, just take someone else’s.

  12. JP

    Nov 5, 2019 at 9:20 am

    There’s something screwy about those irons!?!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Courses that are now obsolete on Tour due to power in the game?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Titleist99 who asks WRXers if they feel some golf courses are now obsolete on Tour due to the ever-growing power element in the game. Some of our members list tracks which they think will struggle to host majors again, while others explain why they feel every famous course still has its place on the calendar.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • oikos1: “The courses aren’t obsolete because most fans enjoy seeing a course overpowered. Golf traditionalists may not like it but just look at other sports today. Sure, a no-no, once it gets to the 7th becomes interesting, but most fans want to see homers and runs scored. Same in basketball, no one wants a pro game ending at 60-54 and football clearly is shooting for high scoring passing affairs. The majority of golf fans just don’t want to watch pro’s grind it out every week. They want to cheer for birdies and eagles. They want to see if the impossible is possible, the potential for crazy good. Bring on the 54 in golf! So no, golf courses aren’t becoming obsolete. PGA Tour attendance has been on the rise the last three years. If anything, they are looking at ways to make the events bigger and will seek venues that allow for just that.”
  • LICC: “Some former Majors courses that are now too short for the majors: St. Louis, Canterbury, Northwood, Prestwick, Myopia, Five Farms, Wannamoisett, Chicago Golf Club.”
  • Obee: “The problem with the shorter courses is that the Tour players don’t like having driver taken out of their hands. And that’s really all it is. They get ‘bored.’I get it; it does take away a large part of the game. But I would love to see them play more short courses were drivers taken out of their hands on a good number of holes. But as far as ‘obsolete’ goes. None of the courses are obsolete. They are just different.”
  • NJpatbee: “Course design and not just length add to the difficulty of a course. Pine Valley will never host a pro tournament because of their inability to handle the crowds; I would speculate that even the regular tees would be a challenge for the PGA Tour pros. The Championship Tees would be a bear. Now, I have never played there, but I am available if any member wishes to invite me!”
  • Titleist99: “PGA TOUR might want to add a little rough to protect our classic courses..”

Entire Thread: “Courses that are now obsolete on tour due to power in the game?”

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Jason Dufner WITB 2019

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Jason Dufner WITB is accurate as of the 2019 RSM Classic 

Driver: Cobra King F9 Speedback (10.5 @9.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 65-TX (45.75”)jason-dufner-witb

3-wood: Cobra SpeedZone (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 75-TX (tip 1”, 43”)

7-wood: Titleist 915F (21 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 MSI 80 TX

4-iron: Cobra King Forged Utility
Shaft: LAGP Proto Rev A

  • Note: Dufner also has a set-matching King Forged 4-iron in the bag, leading us to assume the 4-iron is a game-time decision.

Irons: Cobra King Forged CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Wedges: Cobra Raw Custom (52, 56 degrees), Cobra King MIM (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Newport Circa 2001
Grip: Super Stroke Pistol GTR Tour


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Super Stroke S-Tech Cord

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GolfWRX Spotted: Prototype Callaway Apex MB

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Callaway Prototype blade 2020 MB

“Its the most wonderful time fo the year” I’m talking testing and prototype season on the PGA Tour as we head into the winter break. At the RSM Classic, we spotted what looks to be some early Callaway prototype irons in the bag of Aaron Wise.

We’ve seen a few different Callaway Prototype MBs in players’ bags this year including a “special Japanese forged” version made for a few players, including Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari, and more recently, Maverick McNealy.

The new Prototype MB/Blade has all the telltale signs of a traditional Callaway-shaped blade including the thinner hosel-to-top transition—also known as the crotch of the iron—rounded lines, high toe, and short heel-to-toe length. What makes it a unique Callaway iron, of course, is the noticeable screw in the back of the head behind the center of gravity.

This design feature is not new, and for many gear junkies probably brings back memories of the original Adams Pro Black MB irons or the 2011 TaylorMade MBs.

 

By using a weight screw instead of traditional tip weights to get the club to spec, there is zero chance of moving the center of gravity horizontally towards the heel of the club. It helps add mass to improve feel. In most cases, a blade/MB iron from any OEM is built as a showpiece in a classic design. If we are looking at the new Apex MB from Callaway as a potential release in 2020, sticking to a classic style can be a great thing.

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