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2020 Mizuno CLK hybrids

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Its been over two years since Mizuno last launched a CLK hybrid, and for a good reason—if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The new Mizuno CLK for 2020 takes the proven performance and looks of the previous generation and refines it with subtle tweaks to key elements of the design.

2020 Mizuno CLK hybrids: Improvement areas

Unlike drivers and fairway woods, hybrids are not meant to just go as far as humanly possible on each swing. They are designed with precision and repeatability in mind and that is exactly what engineers at Mizuno have achieved with the new 2020 CLK.

Turn the club over, and you will see the familiar Wave Sole technology as in previous hybrids and metal woods, but compared to the previous generation, the wave is more compressed and thinner in the middle to help create more ball speed and launch for shots hit all over the face—especially those hit closer to the leading edge.

This small change increases launch and helps maintain spin on shots in wet or deep rough situations too. It’s from those spots where hybrids become much handier—there is nothing useful about a low flying low spin approach shot into a green that has no chance of staying remotely close to your target.

Looks

From the top down, it’s going to take an exacting eye to spot the subtle appearance changes, beyond the obvious paint color, but they are there. The CLK is a proven winner in the looks category, so from a geometry standpoint, designers didn’t want to take away from the already great performance.

The crown has been incrementally lowered and more sloped towards the sole to help lower and push the CG back further, keep spin where a player wants it, and give the new CLK a little MOI bump. Again, nothing earth-shattering but when a few hundred RPM and one to two degrees of launch are on the line, every detail matters.

Specs, Pricing, and Availability

The 2020 Mizuno CLK in priced at $249.99, and comes stock with the Mitsubishi Tensei Blue Hybrid in stiff flex and the Mitsubishi Tensei Red in regular.

 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He 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. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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PGA Tour to provide financial assistance to players and caddies during Coronavirus pandemic

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The PGA Tour has announced plans to compensate both players and caddies after several Tour events were cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo sent to players on Friday, it was explained that due to IRS regulations, the Tour is not allowed distribute un-earned financial benefits to members, but that the organization has developed some programs to help its players during the ongoing pandemic. Players and caddies will receive financial assistance from the PGA Tour with one of the primary programs to help players based on their current FedEx Cup standing.

Players can receive up to $100,000 in bonus earnings during this period which will subsequently be removed from their season-ending bonus after play has been restarted.

Tour pros will also be entitled to request advance payments (up to $30k) for future Monday pro-am spots and advances on future earnings, while the Tour also plans on allowing players to withdraw funds from their retirement plans based on financial need.

“Playing opportunities equate to financial opportunities, and we are concerned about the toll that canceled tournaments are having on some of our members” – Tyler Dennis, a senior vice president and the Tour’s chief of operations.

Included in the memo were caddies, who are entitled to a partial mid-season distribution of an endorsement program and who can also request financial support from the Caddie Benevolent Fund.

Play is not set to resume on the PGA Tour until May 21 at the earliest.

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GolfWRX AUA (Ask Us Anything): TaylorMade fitters are answering YOUR questions!

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With the downtime, #teamtaylormade are ready to talk golf!

Go to the link below to ask any TM specific questions you may have. TaylorMade fitters from across the US will be diving in the forums to answer questions, talk golf and get you dialed. Take this opportunity to go TM crazy.

Team TaylorMade fitters that will be participating:

  • Chris Clegg, Georgia
  • John Junkin, Pennsylvania
  • Lewis Schnauble, Maryland
  • John Tabor, Michigan
  • Freddy Villarta, California
  • Matt Zerishnek, Pennsylvania
  • James Albright, Arizona

Join the discussion here.

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Report: 2020 U.S. Open to be rescheduled due to Coronavirus pandemic

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This year’s U.S. Open will not go ahead as planned in June and will be rescheduled for a later date, according to a report from the New York Post.

Per the report, the plan is for the tournament to be played “later in the summer”, with the location of the event remaining at Winged Foot Golf Club.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Winged Foot Golf Club would be closing its doors indefinitely. The news came after New York governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order telling non-essential businesses to suspend trading immediately due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

The New York area currently has 37,200 confirmed cases of Coronavirus as of Thursday 26 March.

Both The Masters and the PGA Championship have already been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic with plans in place to play both majors at a later date.

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