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Today from the Forums: “Titleist TS drivers – How do they hold up in 2020?”

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Today from the Forums, we take a look at a discussion on Titleist’s TS driver series. WRXer ‘FormerDimer’ asks if the drivers can compete in 2020 against more recent additions and our members have been sharing their insights with the vast majority holding the drivers in very high regard.

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.

  • rxk9fan: “I have been TaylorMade for years, with the M2, M5, and then M6. I really never loved the last two though I know they are quality drivers. I also owned the Cobra F9 which I hit poorly, and the Mizuno ST190, which I liked a lot but the HO in me ruled after a bad week or two middle of last year. I went to the TS3 with just the stock Even Flow T1100 after the M6, and it has become my favorite driver of all time. Until now, the TM M2 was the all-time winner. I had tried 4 shafts in the M5 and M6, and I just could not keep either consistently in the FW (and not blaming them for my swings). For me the TS3 sounds better, feels better, and the results have been as good as I have ever had with a driver (and while not a big hitter, driver has historically been the one club that could get my swing back on track in a slump). If I am answering your question, the TS3 is not only still relative, I feel for me it is the best available.”
  • DFS PFD: “TS3 is as good as anything out there if you get it fit properly.”
  • DFinch: “The TS line definitely keeps up with the shiny newer stuff. Like rxk9fan, the TS3 with EvenFlow White remains in the bag.”
  • j3rw1ch0holic: “TS3 stays in the bag for quite a while; definitely the best fit for myself and I love the Sure Fit hosel more than any other adjustable hosel out there. I’ll admit to being somewhat skeptical about the “hype” at first, and I’m not sure if I gained a lot in distance from the 917D3 personally, but overall I’ve hit better drives with this thing, and it’s not leaving.”
  • naws-golfer: “The TS series was a close second for me in the last driver fitting. I went with the epic flash SZ, but the ts2 was up there in ball speed and forgiveness. I didn’t try the TS3, looking back, I wish I would have. The TS2 sound and feel was better than the epic flash, but I loved the look of the Callaway. I would have liked to put my shaft from the epic into a TS3 and see how that went, but the fitter didn’t have that one with the Titleist tip. I also tried the M5/6 and the ping g400, but the Callaway and Titleist were the clear tops. ball speed on the TS series is as good as any driver out there currently.”

Entire Thread: “Titleist TS drivers – How do they hold up in 2020?”

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Tiger Woods WITB 2020

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  • Equipment accurate as of the Farmers Insurance Open

Tiger Woods WITB 2020

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max Rocket 3 (14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG 2 “Tiger MT Grind” (56-12, 60-11 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

More photos of Tiger Woods’ WITB in the forums

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2

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When you buy a Scotty Cameron putter, you know what you are in for: quality craftsmanship, stunning attention to detail, and of course—one heck of a flat stick. Cameron has been refining his designs for more than 25 years at Titleist, and the Special Select line has become a showcase for timeless shapes known the world over, including the Newport 2.

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Classic shapes never go out of style, and as far as the Newport 2 in the Special Select line goes, it brings me right back to my Art of Putting Oil Can Newport 2, the one putter I wish I had never sold from my collection.

Photo: Scotty Cameron Archive

It has a noticeably thinner top line than any recent Cameron releases, which may or may not appeal to all golfers, along with sharper lines along the bumpers.

Design as a holistic utility, ebbs and flows throughout history. What was popular for a very specific reason at one point may not appeal to the same people as tastes and preferences change. The Special Select line brings back a lot of classic influences, which as a whole, will appeal to a very large number fo golfers familiar with Camerons of the past.

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The benefit of the modern Special Select versus the classic designs are the customization options available. The Special Select head weight changes based on the length of the putter to keep feel the same, and if you want to go a step further, you can choose to have your putter built to either the “light” or “heavy” spec directly from the Titleist custom shop. With the trend of putter heads getting heavier, I can see this becoming a very popular option.

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Scotty Cameron has always had a keen eye for putters and this line is no different,

“With Special Select, I wanted to get back to the pure-milled shapes and faces that I’ve been crafting for tour players for over two decades now. We’ve brought those designs into the modern era with new setups, necks, faces, grips and weights. Every aspect of every putter has been redone. When it all came together, it was pretty special.” – Scotty Cameron

Special Select Line Update:

All of the changes made to the new Special Select line versus previous releases are tour inspired and include

  • Soft Tri-sole Design: to promotes the putter sitting square to the target line at address when the putter is soled.
  • New Tungsten Balanced Weighting: These new heavier weights not only assure each putter is properly balanced based on putter length, but also offer higher MOI thanks to the greater concentration of mass on the heel and toe.
  • Refined Hosel Configurations: Each model’s hosel has been tweaked for optimized performance. For example, the Newport 2 putter features a slightly shorter plumbers neck for more toe flow, along with a new socket radius (where the hosel neck meets the top line) to offer better visibility of the ball and leading-edge at address.

Scotty Cameron Special Select Details

There are eight models to choose from in the 2020 Special Select line; three blades, and five mid-mallet options with a look and toe flow for any player’s stroke.

  • Newport, Newport 2 ( featured here), Newport 2.5, Del Mar, Fastback 1.5, Squareback 2, Flowback 5, and Flowback 5.5.

Special Select putters retail for $399.

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TaylorMade introduces yellow TP5 and TP5X golf balls

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TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

TaylorMade Golf has introduced their new yellow versions of the TP5 and TP5X golf balls which are available online and at retail today.

Designed for high visibility, the yellow balls feature all the same technology as the original TP5 and TP5X golf balls which includes a 5-layer construction as well as a low compression core designed to increase launch angle and reduce drag.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

As a reminder, the TP5 and TP5X also contain the brand’s HFM (High-Flex-Material). Described by the company as its “fastest material” ever, HFM is a tightly wound spring, which is designed to create more rebound energy when compressed for added ball speed.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

The balls also include TaylorMade’s Speed-Layer System, which is comprised of four increasingly stiff layers, creating a Speed-Layer System that enables a soft core to be wrapped by increasingly rigid materials. This system allows each outer layer to become progressively faster with the aim of controlling spin rates without affecting speed or distance.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

The yellow versions of the TP5 and TP5X golf balls are available to purchase on taylormadegolf.com and through their global retail partners at retail or online.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

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