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Full details of the TaylorMade SIM changes made by Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Matthew Wolff, and Collin Morikawa at the Sentry TOC

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Earlier this week, GolfWRX Editor-in-Chief Ben Alberstadt reported the news of Dustin Johnson and Matthew Wolff being equipped at this week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions with the all-new TaylorMade SIM drivers which hit the USGA conforming list on Monday.

Ahead of round one at this week’s event, the company divulged further details on the new SIM additions in Johnson and Wolff’s bag as well as fellow TaylorMade golfer’s Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa—including background behind the choices each man had made.

Dustin Johnson

As previously reported, during round one in Hawaii, Johnson played a 10.5-degree TaylorMade SIM Max driver with a 45″ Fujikura Ventus 6X shaft. According to TaylorMade representatives, Johnson has been extremely impressed with the consistency in spin rates, ball flight, as well as the extra head speed of the driver during testing.

The 35-year-old is also using a 15-degree SIM Max 3-wood with a 42″, 95-gram Project X HZRDUS Black shaft this week. Per the brand, Johnson made the decision due to the extra spin allowing him to carry 280-yards with the club, with the SIM Titanium 3-wood having too much ball speed, causing Johnson to carry the club too far.

Rounding out the SIM additions in Johnson’s bag this week is a 22-degree SIM Max Rescue club with a HZRDUS 105 Hybrid shaft.  According to TM, Johnson has been mightily impressed with its consistent 255-260 yard carry as well it being an anti-left rescue club for the 2016-U.S. Open Champion. As a side note, Thursday’s opening round was Johnson’s first-ever competitive round in his life playing a rescue club.

Johnson is also using the brand’s 60 and 54-degree new MG2 chrome wedges and per sources, the American loves the raw faces on the wedges. Johnson is also playing a Spider X Copper putter in Kapalua this week.

Matthew Wolff

Matthew Wolff got his year underway on Thursday at the Sentry TOC, and he did so using a 9-degree TaylorMade SIM driver with a Graphite Design Tour AD TP 7 TX shaft, as well as a 15-degree SIM Titanium 3-wood with a new Graphite Design Tour AD XC 8 TX shaft.

According to TM representatives, Wolff feels that the driver is more consistent and forgiving than what he had previously been using, and stated that he loves the “flight and spin this week with the hard winds.”

With the 3-wood, Wolff claims that the clubs offer him more versatility with shots, calling it the “the best 3-wood I’ve ever hit” as well as it giving the 20-year-old “incredible confidence looking down at the shape” of the club.

Jon Rahm

The Spaniard began his 2020 with a 10.5-degree TaylorMade SIM driver with the same 75-gram, 45″ Aldila shaft he’s played in recent years. Per company sources, increased ball speed and distance with the club saw him choose it over the M5.

Rahm is also using 15-degree SIM Titanium 3-wood at 16.5 degrees, as well as a SIM Titanium 5-wood, both set to launch higher. According to TM, Rahm made the adjustments due to faster and longer results, and that the 25-year-old loves the shape and look of his new SIM Titanium woods.

Rahm is also playing a 50-degree new MG2 SB wedge with fresh grooves to start the year.

Collin Morikawa

The Californian has begun his year with a TaylorMade SIM driver with the head adjusted two notches higher, with a Mitsubishi Tensei White 70 TX shaft. Per TM, Morikawa has seen a 1-2 mph increase in ball speed with this set-up and has found his new driver easier to control, with the spin in an excellent window for his preferred fade shot.

Morikawa is also using a 15-degree TaylorMade SIM Titanium 3-wood with an MRC D+ 80 TX shaft, which according to the company, has given the 22-year-old a higher launch and 10 yards more carry on average than he previously had.

Morikawa is also using a TP Soto putter as well as a TP5 golf ball this week in Hawaii.

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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. Jack

    Jan 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Testing has shown the SIM is shorter than most for non tour swings… this is a low sping how swing speed club.

  2. Shane

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Length on Matt and Collin’s metals? Also Jon’s length?

  3. gunmetal

    Jan 4, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Everything is awesomer about SIM than M5. Really. It is. More everything. It’s got magic sauce.

  4. matt

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:48 am

    Astronomical, stupendous & lovely was overheard on the range. These are the best golfers in the world results would be the same if they used a driver from 5 years ago.

  5. Com’on Man!

    Jan 3, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    This whole article sounds like one giant ad for TM….
    “According to TM reps so and so LOVES this new club”
    “Per TM reps Johnson was hitting the other SIM 3 wood too far!!” And certainly the best of them all “Johnson is really happy with the extra club head speed he gets with the new SIM driver”. REALLY????? SMDH This has to be one of the worst articles on all of the internet. The crazy thing is people getting paid for this…

  6. joshua jackso

    Jan 3, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    From what I saw of DJ’s drives this thing will be perfect for those that need help getting it to go left. Way left.

  7. Bradley

    Jan 3, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    This new driver is so exciting. Is it and the shaft made in China?? So it will retail for around $199, right?

  8. Rich Douglas

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:53 am

    The real thing to note here isn’t the TM club–who cares anymore? It’s that all of these guys play a driver shaft shorter than what is sold off-the-shelf to consumers. If these guys can’t control a 45.5″ driver, why do you think you can?

    • HatlessHarold

      Jan 3, 2020 at 11:22 am

      I mean look at Rahm my man takes a 3/4 swing with a 45″ driver and yesterday was at least when I was watching producing high 170 mph ball speeds

    • Brent Blackburn

      Jan 3, 2020 at 11:30 am

      Agree 100%. It infuriates me how all the new drivers are 46 inches off the rack and I have to do all this lead taping and balancing once I cut my driver down to 43″. I laugh when they talk about forgiveness for off-center hits and accuracy…another way to cut down on off-center hits is to shorten what is becoming an absurdly long club, especially for players under 6 ft tall.

      • Prime21

        Jan 3, 2020 at 6:11 pm

        Or……you could have it custom made to spec instead of being CHEAP.

  9. Adam

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:40 am

    TM staffers always sound like hostages when they’re promoting new clubs

  10. Josh

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I don’t think it’s Dustin Johnson’s first time ever playing a rescue. When he first came out, he played a rescue. The most recent time he played a rescue was in 2009 when he played the Taylormade Rescue TP.

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New for 2020: Cleveland Golf Smart Sole 4 wedges

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Cleveland Smart Sole Wedge S sole3_4 copy

Cleveland Golf has unveiled its new Smart Sole 4 wedges featuring three new models all of which contain an extra-wide sole with extra leading edge bounce in a design to ensure crisp, clean contact and better stability.

The Smart Sole 4 wedges all feature an extra-wide three-tiered sole, with added leading edge bounce, in a bid to provide maximum forgiveness from the fairway, rough or out of the bunker.

Cleveland Smart Sole Wedge S sole

The new additions also contain upgraded Feel Balancing Technology which sees the redistribution of weight from the hosel to allow the center of gravity to be moved closer to the center of the clubface in design for improved feel and greater consistency.

Cleveland Smart Sole Wedge S top

The Smart Sole 4 wedges feature new aggressive milled grooves that look to generate better spin performance from all conditions.

Cleveland Smart Sole Wedge S face

Cleveland’s Smart Sole 4 wedges arrive in three different models – the C model (42°), G model, (50°), and S model (58°). According to the company, the introduction of the G model aims to provide full-shot capability and extensive versatility to go along with the S and C models.

The new additions for 2020 arrive in right and left-handed options as well as Men’s and Women’s offerings.

Cleveland’s Smart Sole 4 wedges hit retail on February 7, 2020, and are priced at $119.99 MAP for Men’s Steel and $129.99 for Men’s Graphite, while the Women’s Smart Sole 4 wedges are priced at $119.99 MAP for graphite.

 

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Puma introduces Ignite PWRADAPT Caged footwear

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2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

Puma Golf has introduced its new Ignite PWRADAPT Caged footwear featuring a new PWRCAGE saddle unit designed to provide locked-in stability.

The Ignite Pwradapt Caged is designed to provide maximum comfort and a perfect fit and contains the brand’s new PWRCAGE Saddle which wraps around the medial and lateral sides of the shoe in a bid to provide unmatched stability.

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

Speaking on the new Caged footwear, Andrew Lawson, Footwear Product Line Manager, Puma Golf stated

“Our new CAGED footwear will keep you locked in and comfortable all day thanks to our new Adaptive Fit System and PWRCAGE saddle unit which provides the perfect fit, and stability like you’ve never felt before. Best of all, they come in a stylish, lifestyle-inspired, extremely comfortable package.”

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

As the laces tighten, the cage around a golfer’s foot on the new shoe seeks to form a perfect, comfortable but stable fit, while the Heel Lock Window is designed to cup the golfer’s heel comfortably locking his foot securely into the shoe.

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

The Ignite PWRADAPT Caged features a layered Adaptive Fit System which seeks to produce 360-degree support through the internal bootie. The external bootie equipped with PWRFRAME technology is designed to ensure that the foot is fully supported in highest impact areas.

Finishing off the technology on the new additions, the shoes feature full-length IGNITE foam cushioning and the PWRADAPT Technology sole is designed to provide responsive comfort and 3-dimensional traction that adapts to the way a golfer moves.

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

Both the lace and Disc version of Caged feature an Epic Tour Last – a refined, anatomical last shaping that aims to deliver both an excellent fit and ample forefoot volume for maximum comfort as well as a stylish toe-down look.

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

The Ignite PWRADAPT Caged collection is available in the golfer’s choice of five colorways (Gray Violet/Silver/White, Black/Silver/White, Quiet Shade/Silver/Black, Peacoat/Quiet Shade/Silver and White/Silver/Peacoat).

Limited-Edition colorways and styles of Caged inspired by upcoming, key tournaments this season are also expected to be released throughout 2020.

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

Available in sizes 7-15, the Ignite PWRADAPT Caged will feature a retail price of $150 and is available through select retailers and at pumagolf.com beginning January 21.

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New for 2020: Bettinardi HLX 3.0 wedges

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2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

Bettinardi has unveiled its new HLX 3.0 Wedges for 2020, which feature a complete re-design of technology and appearance than previous editions from the company.

Unlike the brand’s previous H2 wedge line, the new wedges are crafted from Soft Carbon Steel in a move which aims to provide players with a much softer feel at impact, with a focus on greater versatility, control, and increased forgiveness on a variety of short game shots.

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

On the HLX 3.0 wedges, Bettinardi also took their milling expertise to the grind of the sole in a bid to produce more consistency in production, while offering maximum short game playability and repeatability.

Engineered through the company’s High Helix Cut machining process, the HLX 3.0 wedges feature an all-new face which is designed for ultimate soft feel. Through an optimizing process of removing material to generate groove depth’s and spacing to push USGA limits, Bettinardi’s HLX 3.0 wedges seek to offer golfers with ultimate versatility.

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

The C-grind wedge features a higher toe and heel to promote added relief, and clean contact, while the re-designed face which removed 20% more additional surface metal to allow the ball to move past the center of gravity aims to produce a more aggressive spin with more consistent distance control.

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

The RJ-grind is aimed towards players who seek increased forgiveness on tight lies and added bounce on square face shots and features the brand’s highest measured bounce for players with a steep angle of attack.

Bettinardi’s HLX 3.0 wedges arrive in both a traditional Chrome finish and the brand’s all-new Black Smoke finish – each of which is designed for greater optics and glare-reduction.

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

The wedges come with a custom Bettinardi Crosstour Soft Grey and Black Lamkin grip and players can choose between three Tour grade shaft options: KBS High Rev, True Temper S400, or the Nippon Pro Modus 115.

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

Pre-orders on Bettinardi’s HLX 3.0 wedges begin today while worldwide shipping starts from April 10, 2020.

 

 

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