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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest set you have played lately?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Bogeygolfer55 who asks WRXers for the oldest set of clubs they have played lately. The responses may surprise you, with some members going way back in time and still finding the older clubs effective.

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.

  • No_Catchy_Nickname: “1980 Ram Tour Grinds, Honma and Mizuno woods from, I think, the 80s, Ram BeCu gap wedge (don’t know the year), Ram Tom Watson Grind SW, and a TaylorMade TPA IX putter.”
  • Hatchmanss76: “1985 Titleist Tour Model Blades and Cobra Persimmon 2 and 4 woods. Low running darts off the Tee all day in strong windy conditions.”
  • tannyhoban: “Played a set of Cobra Greg Norman Signatures early this year with the autoclave stiff graphite shafts. One last fling before moving them on. Sweet set of irons.”
  • NixLix26: “Cleveland TA3’s form forged. Still a great iron set.”

Entire Thread: “Oldest set you have played lately?”

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Mav Stole My Girl

    Dec 5, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    1987 Hogan Apex PC Irons…in the cold. Yeah, I’m a glutton for punishment.

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Spotted: Chris Kirk with new driver and S200 shafts in irons at Waste Management Phoenix Open

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Chris Kirk is playing this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale and has recently made some interesting changes to his clubs that you don’t generally see from tour players.

The first big change is the driver. Kirk recently switched to the all-new ST200X from Mizuno with a Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana D+ series 60 TX. A change like this seems pretty normal since the ST200X is one of three new drivers released from Mizuno for 2020 and Kirk is a Mizuno staff player. But the ST200X is the lightest, most draw-biased, game improvement driver model in the ST200 series, and it’s not too often you see a tour player fit into a draw-biased club. He also plays in an upright/lower-lofted hosel setting making the driver effectively play around 9.5 degrees.

When we reached out to Mizuno for comment we were told the reason for Kirk’s decision to use the most draw-biased driver in the line was simple “to help eliminate one side of the course.” It’s a common practice by golfers of all skill levels to choose a shot shape of the tee with the predominant option being a fade but in the case of Kirk who prefers to see the ball draw right to left the choice was simple.

The other switch for Kirk is more unusual than the first and that is a full iron shaft swap from ProjectX LZ (Load Zone) to True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S200.

Tour players are creatures of habit, and when it comes to iron shafts they are one of the last things players tinker with since weight, flex, and balance point can all change the feel of a club.

When asked about the change spotted this week at the WMPO here’s what Kirk had to say.

“For a couple of years now, I used the Project X LZ 6.5 that weighed 125g, and then S200 into my wedges that weigh 127g to keep weight consistent. Then I found I needed something that just spun just a hair more than the Project X LZ but would have the same soft feel.”

“I talked with the Mizuno guys and asked why can’t we just try S200’s throughout the bag? … I put them in and just love the soft feel. They are very similar to an S300 or S400 and it’s hard to tell the difference except for the lighter weight.”

When asked how this change ultimately changed ball flight Kirk replied

“Ideally, in the set from 4-iron through-9 iron I want to see it peaking between 95 and 100 [feet] and these are just perfect, and my spin numbers are right where I want them to be”

With all these setup changes for Mr. Kirk, and a wide-open TPC Scottsdale as the venue for this week’s event, it’s going to be fun to see if they result in a great finish.

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Co-designed by Rickie Fowler, 2020 TaylorMade TP5 and TP5X Pix golf balls feature new ClearPath Alignment System

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TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

TaylorMade Golf has unveiled the all-new TP5 and TP5x Pix golf balls, which are co-developed by Rickie Fowler and feature the brand’s new ClearPath Alignment System.

Inspired by Fowler’s insights, the second generation of the Pix golf ball contains the all-new ClearPath Alignment System, which features a uniquely positioned single TaylorMade logo aligned with the TP5/TP5x stamp, which is designed to form a natural pathway through the center of the ball.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

Twelve multi-color graphics frame the single TaylorMade logo and TP5/TP5x stamp to form the company’s new ClearPath Alignment System, which not only aims to help with a player’s alignment but also seeks to provide feedback on the quality of the roll by allowing golfers to see the ball roll end-over-end.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

Speaking on the creation of the new TaylorMade TP5 and TP5X Pix balls, which he will put into play at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, Fowler said

“The Pix graphics give you a precise focal point to work with. When we started developing the new design, one of my first comments was if we didn’t have the full TaylorMade logo in two places, we would have space to create a path that works for alignment and feedback.”

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

For the first time, Pix is available in both TP5 and TP5x models. Both feature TaylorMade’s five-layer construction designed to achieve enhanced speed while still offering complete tee-to-green performance.

Like it’s predecessor, the TP5 and TP5X contain the brand’s Speed-Layer System which is comprised of four increasingly stiff layers that feature HFM. According to the company, HFM is a tightly wound spring that, when compressed, generates more rebound energy for more ball speed.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

The ball’s Tri-Fast Core consists of an extra-large, low-compression inner core (16 compression in TP5, 25 compression in TP5x) and a progressively stiffer outer core and mantle. The three layers are designed to work in conjunction to provide golfers with a ball that creates lower drag and increased carry.

Completing the new additions from TaylorMade is the Dual-Spin Cover containing an ultra-soft cast urethane cover and a 30 percent more rigid inner cover. The rigid inner cover is designed to force the soft urethane cover into wedge grooves for maximum spin generation, creating the perfect condition for maximum greenside control.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

Speaking on the new balls, Michael Fox, TaylorMade Category Director – Golf Ball & Accessories stated

“We learned a lot in the development of the first generation of pix, but through our partnership with Rickie Fowler we’ve learned even more. His vital feedback led directly to the development of the ClearPath Alignment System. It’s not just about unique cool designs that are easier to see, it’s now validated at the top of the pyramid with a performance benefit like nothing else out there. It’s the ideal combination of style and function.”

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

The TP5 and TP5x Pix will be available at retail on 2/28 at an MSRP of $44.99 per dozen.

 

 

 

 

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Today from the Forums: “Justin Thomas remembers Kobe with his custom stamped Vokey & Cameron cover”

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Today from the Forums showcases Justin Thomas’ custom stamped Vokey wedge as well as a Scotty Cameron putter cover paying tribute to Kobe Bryant. The 60-degree wedge at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open features the stamping “Mamba Mentality”, while the Lakers-themed cover pays homage to both Kobe and his daughter Gianna.

Check out the full thread here.

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.

  • bkirkley09: “That looks awesome!”
  • Matty01984: “Nice work JT and Aaron Dil, they look awesome.”
  • J-Ho12: “Those look AWESOME!!!”
  • jwhite86: “Nothing but respect for this.”

Entire Thread: “Justin Thomas remembers Kobe with his custom stamped Vokey & Cameron cover”

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