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New Bridgestone irons spotted at Firestone

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Check out the photos we shot of new irons from Bridgestone, which we spotted at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone.

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According to our sources, the irons are scheduled to be released in the near future in Japan. Members of the Bridgestone staff were on-site at Firestone to collect photos, as well as shoot a product video with Bridgestone Staff Player Matt Kuchar.

It appears from the photos, however, that Kuchar may have been shooting a product video for a different set of irons.

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Neither Kuchar, nor any other tour play in the field at Firestone hit any new Bridgestone irons on the range.

The new irons have a wide sole and deep undercut cavity, which is not a match for the type of irons played by Bridgestone’s key staff players, Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Fred Couples, Matt Every and David Love III. But the irons did have Aerotech Steel Fiber Composite iron shafts, which are used by Kuchar, Snedeker and Couples in their irons.

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Click here to see what members are saying about the irons in the forums.

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  1. Bman

    Aug 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    The other ones look cheap.

  2. Bman

    Aug 26, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Those (the ones Kuchar’s holding) look exactly like 2013 Tourstage 709 MC, 709 CB and 909 Blade. Fantastic looking clubs. I’ve got a set of the 709 MC (the middle one) and they are pretty nice.

  3. chowchow

    Aug 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    OEM’s put crap on the heads to como them up. Like the car guys do. So the spies can’t get true pictures. My Bridgestone rep said no new anything. I knew right them, everything is going to be changing. New balls come out when the PGA Show happens end of Jan 2014. Look for the new irons & woods to come out then also.

  4. kess

    Aug 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Aesthetically, the cavity backs miss the mark for me. The progressive set looks nice but reminds me a lot of the Macgregor Pro MT Combos. Which, honestly, may not be a bad thing.

  5. steven

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

    A set of blades, like the set DL3 games, would be money.

  6. t120

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    revolting..I’ll keep the J40’s anyway, but…I’ll keep the J40’s, thanks.

  7. pablo

    Aug 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I play J40 CB and love them – 5i thru PW, then forged Clevelands for wedges. Forged blades feel so good. The ones in Kuchar’s hands look like cool progressive forged. The ones in the other pics look like they are not forged so what is the point?

    • chowchow

      Aug 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Bridgestone Pro Line irons are forged. Precept does the cast stuff. Why do you say they look cast? How can you tell form the pics?

  8. steff

    Aug 2, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Im really hoping for a new bridgestone blade! I play the J40 CB now and really like them. But i Would really like a set of blades!

    Compared to other manufacturers I think the steel in Bridgestone and Tour stage is of better quality than off the shelf titleist for example.

    Keep up the good work Bridgestone!

  9. D

    Aug 2, 2013 at 12:40 am

    They’re BLANKS. Not badges, no lettering.
    I guess Brudgestone are going to digitally Photoshop the future graphics onto those blanks when they make the final decision on the look. Very interesting.

  10. angga prasetya

    Aug 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    the cavity looks like US version of Tourstage GR irons, the one Kuchar holding looks like the new Tourstage Xblade series.

  11. tyro

    Aug 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Looks like they have varying degrees of muscle back or cavity back on those. Very nice indeed. My fave forged iron so far is the J40 CB. If Bridgestone can improve on those, my i20’s better look out! (You hear that i20’s? You had better behave!)

  12. Honmagolfan

    Aug 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Not the same irons Kuchar is holding. Kuchar is holding a new progressive cavity set.

  13. John

    Aug 1, 2013 at 11:15 am

    yuck, look very taylormade-ish

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Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees @7.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: Ping G430 LST (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

3-wood: Titleist TSR3 (13.5 degrees, B2 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

5-wood: Ping G430 Max (18 degrees @16.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Black 8 X

Irons: Ping i230 (3), Ping Blueprint S (4), Ping Blueprint T (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100

Wedges: Ping s159 (46-12S, 50-12S, 54-12S, 60-08H)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100 (46-54), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (60)

Putter: Ping PLD Anser

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord

See more in-hand photos of Neal Shipley’s clubs here.

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Driver: Krank Formula Fire Pro (6 degrees @5)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees @12)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

Irons: Avoda Prototype (5-PW)
Shafts: LA Golf Bryson Series

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (46-12S @45, 50-12S, 56, 60)
Shafts: LA Golf Bryson Series

Putter: SIK Pro C-Series Armlock/LA Golf Proto
Shaft: LA Golf C2L-180
Grip: JumboMax JumboFlat 17

Grips: JumboMax UltraLight XL

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash

Check out more in-hand photos of Bryson DeChambeau’s clubs here.

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Callaway launches Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver

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First in our sites on the PGA Tour at the RBC Heritage in April, Callaway announced today it is bringing its Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver to retail as the competition for the “not quite a driver, not quite a fairway wood” slot in golfers’ bags continues to heat up.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver: Tech story

At 340 cc’s and designed primarily as an alternate tee club (11.5 and 13.5-degree lofts), the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver features the same Ai Smart Face technology as the Ai Smoke family of drivers — for more on Micro Deflections and Swing Code, check out our driver launch piece. Additionally, with the mini driver Callaway engineers opted for a dual weighting system (four grams and 12 grams), which can be swapped to adjust launch and spin.

Discussing the mini driver, Paul Winterhalter, Product Manager at Callaway, said, “This isn’t necessarily your “bomber” spec; this isn’t looking for extra added distance as compared to your driver. But this is an alternative club to where it’s giving you that consistent distance. It’s that smaller footprint for a player that’s probably a little bit higher caliber, looking to control.”

Added Advanced R&D Manager Nick Yontz, “What we’ve seen from a Tour aspect is that Tour players are rarely hitting their 3-woods into greens as approach shots. The 3-wood has become nearly a tee-only club, so situationally I think we’re going to see tour players lean into this at certain golf courses and certain setups as a club that they can use to hit more fairways.”

Yontz also stated the mini driver is 43.75 inches in length, two inches shorter than a traditional driver. He described it as “easier to swing and easier to hit straighter, because of that shorter shaft being able to square it up and control it a little bit more.” He also mentioned the Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 is well suited to players who struggle to hit their 3-woods, particularly off the tee.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver: Pricing, specs, availability

  • Price: $449.99
  • Lofts: 11.5, 13.5 degrees
  • Shafts: Project X Denali Blue (50, 60), Project X Cypher (40)
  • Pre-sale date: 6/11
  • At retail: 6/27

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