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Nike to release limited-run MM Proto Irons

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Nike’s MM Proto Irons, which have had blade-lovers drooling since being spotted at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week, will be released to the public on August 4th as part of a limited run, Nike Golf announced on Wednesday through Twitter. Only 40 sets, at $1,500 each, will be available.

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Nike’s MM Proto forged blade irons have been tested by Seung Yul Noh and Russell Henley, and according to an Instagram post from Thorbjorn Oleson, he put them straight in the bag for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, along with engineers at The Oven and Nike’s R&D team collaborated over the past few years to develop these prototypes, according to the company. Although they were designed specifically for tour use, Nike is allowing 40 golfers to put them in their bag.

Orders for a set (3-PW), which are available in right-handed only, can be placed on Nike.com starting on August 4th (10 a.m. EDT/7 a.m. PST) and the offer will end on August 6th at 4 p.m. (PST). Each of the sets will be laser-engraved with individual numbering and The Oven logo on the hosel.

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To make each set even more unique, a plethora of custom options, including personalized stampings, will be offered. By placing an order, the reservation also includes a one-on-one concierge service with a Nike club expert to ensure the club is made to the buyers’ preferences. Pictured below is the spec sheet of options.

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Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about in-hand photos of the MM Proto Irons.

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  1. JillianKnox

    Aug 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    They do this for money. It’s nike. They’re probably going g to do it for rory mcilroy putter the method 003. The putter doesn’t sell they may run it at 500 and say there’s limited amounts and really there’s a lot of them. But it while you can.

  2. brian

    Aug 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

  3. Jeff Trigger

    Aug 4, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Normally speaking, I’d be here to tell you how much Nike sucks. I have to admit, these are good looking irons. It also speaks volumes for technology, because they look pretty forgiving for blades, while the sole grind looks to allow for closed and open faces allowing for shotmaking. Would I spend $1,500 for clubs that will probably be available for 600 less in the spring, I don’t know.

  4. brian

    Aug 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Looks like somebody slept in this morning…they’re late opening up the ordering.

  5. Teekman

    Aug 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Honestly if you get the custom options, you really are only paying a $200 premium which in my opinion is worth it, because since they are being made at The Oven you are sure to get the exact specs you wanted.

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  7. Stuart

    Aug 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Can’t wait for nike to take Australia seriously and offer fitting but until they do mizuno it is

  8. Neil

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    All nike iron suck.i would not spend 1500 crap like these

    • Brick

      Jul 31, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      If you’re going to make these kind of comments, please do so with an appropriate grammatical approach to the English language so that the engineers at The Oven can make sense of it all….

      Mae be yuh dezine betta ilon?!

    • bradford

      Aug 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

      I’m guessing you don’t have it to spend anyway, just a guess.

  9. Nathan

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Are you kidding, 40 sets!!
    How many of those are going to make it to australia??
    Good on ya NIKE. Try 40,000 sets.
    Disappointing . Everything else you make will be second rate compared to these irons, and that is definately not for me!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now time to look elsewhere

    • Billy

      Aug 3, 2014 at 5:09 am

      These are made at the oven, Probably less than 20 people make clubs there.

      Stop crying, Australia guy. These will come out in the Fall. Probably get to Australia sometime in 2017.

  10. gogo

    Jul 31, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    1500 is a steal assuming I could sell them to some rich hack for double that on BST. These are too special to put into play.

    • cliff

      Jul 31, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      I don’t understand, what is so special about them?

      • Progolfer

        Aug 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        Haha totally agree cliff!!

      • Christosterone

        Aug 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

        Its all about the process.
        These are made in the tour department(oven) as well as having tour shafts with tour specs…
        The tolerances on anything that is actual tour equipment are exacting.
        And the build quality is exceptional.

  11. Andrew

    Jul 31, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Something tells me that more than 90% of the people who buy these clubs probably aren’t good enough to use them.

    • Pazinboise

      Jul 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      That could be said about a lot of clubs…

  12. Toddash

    Jul 31, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    That really sucks. I have $1,500 ready to drop on these bad boys if they offered a lefty set.

  13. Andy B

    Jul 31, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    These will definitely be the next blade like release from Nike. Their current VR pro blades are now only $599 on Nike.com for 3-PW. This is just a chance to get a limited edition run of clubs actually made and designed in The Oven. They will release the exact same clubs or with minor graphics changes this fall or early winter. The only think I am interested in is seeing if Rory switches to whole set, AND IF Tiger will switch. I have a hard time thinking tiger uses anything different from his current style iron for the rest of his career, but you never know.

    • Chaff

      Aug 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Yeah but it would be really cool to have a hand made set from the same guys who craft Tiger’s and Rory’s clubs.

  14. ng

    Jul 31, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    golf is definitely getting cheaper.

  15. cliff

    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Not a fan of the design. Think they are kind of ugly.

  16. L

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Everybody’s learning from the Japanese market, how it always only has a couple thousand units of the specials and thus the high price. Not bad for $1500 for a limited run. And only 40 of them! Great idea, Nike. I commend you on it.

    • bradford

      Aug 1, 2014 at 9:44 am

      This is just vintage Nike “Limited Edition” frenzy marketing. These exact clubs will be on sale to the public later this year for $999, just without the unique ID numbering. I don’t have a problem with it…people collect stuff–good for them. I’ll wait and try them out a few times and buy them at retail.

  17. Teekman

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Guess it’s time for me to get on the class fields and get selling!

  18. Kyle

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:16 am

    No thanks nike. We want the putter, not some irons you’ll release in 2 months anyways

  19. steve

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I bet this makes their retail lineup, just a way to make some hype and bring the price up

  20. paul

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Pretty cool looking clubs. $1500 for something that hangs on a wall is a bit much…

    • steve

      Jul 31, 2014 at 10:04 am

      If you get them for $1500 they go in ebay for $3000 right away.

      • brian

        Jul 31, 2014 at 11:27 am

        This may fetch $4k by the end of the auction. $500 per club is INSANE, but someone will pay it.

      • MHendon

        Jul 31, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        Yeah wish I had about 6 grand to blow, I’d buy four sets and make a killing on ebay.

  21. Nigel

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Dangerous game you’re playing here Nike…a limited run of beautiful irons. Look so nice that it may be tough to game them!! Sorry if I missed it, but any word on price?

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Should you be using a blade or mallet putter?

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‘Should I use a blade or mallet putter?’ It’s a frequent question, and here we will provide you with our essential guide to help you decide.

Blade vs Mallet: Which style suits you?

As far as golf equipment goes, your putter may be the most critical item in your bag. That’s why it’s crucial to know the key features of both blade and mallet putters and what they are designed to provide so that you can closely identify which style of putter your stroke and game require to help you lower your scores.

Blade Putter

Scotty Cameron Blade Putter

The traditional blade putter features a sweet spot positioned closer to the heel and designed to offer maximum feel to golfers on the greens

A blade putter contains a traditional head shape and is a favorite amongst golf ‘purists’. Blade putters are heavily toe-weighted with a sweet spot positioned closer toward the heel. This sweet spot position is because the shaft connects to the club head of the blade at the heel or sometimes center of the blade. This heavy toe-weighting and heel sweet spot means that blade putters will typically suit players who have an arc in their putting stroke.

Mallet Putter

TaylorMade mallet putter

A mallet style putter gives players stability and balance in their stroke.

The more modern style mallet putter is a flat-stick with a larger head. The heads come in various shapes and sizes, and because of the size, a lot of the weight is often distributed away from the clubface so that players find plenty of stability and balance in their stroke. 

The ‘game improvement’ style of the mallet putter means that the larger sweet spot will help players who struggle to strike the ball directly in the center of the face, and the added weight in the clubhead is designed to prevent the putter twisting during the stroke.

Mallet putters also offer additional aid when it comes to alignment, offering more prominent features than a blade such as longer or added lines and can also benefit golfers who struggle to hit putts hard enough due to its heavier weight.

Do pros prefer blade or mallet style putters?

With the 2020 season in the books, we can take a look at who were the top-10 performers in the Strokes Gained: Putting department for 2020 and see what style of putter they used:

  1. Denny McCarthy: Scotty Cameron Tour-Only FastbackMallet
  2. Matthew Fitzpatrick: Yes C-Groove Tracy IIBlade
  3. Andrew Putnam: Odyssey White Hot RX No. 5Mallet
  4. Kristoffer Ventura: Scotty Cameron NewportBlade
  5. Kevin Na: Odyssey Toulon MadisonBlade
  6. Matt Kuchar: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1Blade (Wide)
  7. Ian Poulter: Odyssey Stroke Lab SevenMallet
  8. Mackenzie Hughes: Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C Mallet
  9. Maverick McNealy: Odyssey ToulonBlade
  10. Bryson DeChambeau: SIK Tour prototypeBlade

Blade style 60% vs Mallet style 40%

Should I use a blade or mallet putter?

Typically, this choice comes down to feel and stroke. Your stroke, just like the stroke of a professional, is unique, and your stroke will determine which style of putter will help you perform best on the greens. Like any other club in your bag, fitting and testing is a key element that shouldn’t be overlooked.

That being said, there are two prominent strokes and identifying which category you fall into can help identify where you fall in the Blade vs Mallet putter debate..

Square-to-square stroke vs Arced stroke

Square-to-square stroke

A square-to square stroke is when the putter face is lined up square to the target, and the stroke is straight back and through. If you possess a natural square-to-square stroke, you may be more suited to a mallet putter. The reason for this is that a mallet putter is face-balanced with the center of gravity positioned toward the back of the club meaning the club is designed to stay square to the putter path all the way through the stroke.

Arced stroke

An arced stroke is when the putter face will open and close relative to the target, and the stroke travels on a slight curve. Should you possess an arced stroke, then a blade putter may be more suited for you because of the natural toe-weighting of the blade-style putter.

Other factors to consider

Feel players will also usually opt for a blade-style putter, due to the desire to feel the way the ball reacts off the putter face which allows them to have more control over their putting and to gain confidence. Mallet putters make ‘feel’ less easy to attain due to the softer inserts on the clubface.

Don’t put aside the issue of aesthetics when considering the issue too. The look of a putter can inspire confidence, and each individual will feel different when placing either a blade or mallet-style putter behind the ball at address, so choosing a style which makes you feel comfortable is an important aspect to consider.

Hopefully, you’ve now got more knowledge as to how you can find the right putter shape for you and your stroke. At the end of the day, the right putter for you, whether it’s a blade or mallet, will be the one which helps and inspires you to make more putts.

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It might be a good idea to cut down your driver

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There are a lot of ways to adjust your clubs at home with some simple tools, and one of the easiest jobs for the DIY golfer is cutting down clubs, especially cutting down a driver, and installing a new grip.

Cutting down a driver will have a number of impacts including making the driver more accurate because at a shorter length it is easier to control and make contact in the middle of the face.

PGA Tour driver length

Bryson DeChambeau testing a longer driver

On the PGA Tour, the average driver length is 45″, even though some golfers like Bryson DeChambeau with a Cobra SpeedZone and Adam Scott with a Titleist TSi4 *Prototype, have recently experimented with drivers close to the 48″ USGA limit to help pick up extra speed. Even Phil Mickelson has transitioned to a 47.5″ driver for extra speed, and has been using it on the Champions Tour and recently at The Match 3.

The longer driver theory works well for stronger and highly skilled players because of their ability to control a longer and heavier club at higher speeds, but for average golfers and most recreational players, this extra length means bigger misses and doesn’t always lead to extra speed—this is why playing a shorter length can help most golfers.

More on PGA Tour driver length: PGATour.com – Are long drivers here to stay?

Buying a new Driver

If you are buying a new driver, you can custom order any length you want through your retailer and the driver will be adjusted before final assembly. If you are buying a “stock” driver, most in the marketplace are now between 45.5″ and 46″ and many golfers struggle to control the club at those lengths. This is why many golfers choose to cut down their stock driver after purchase between 1″ and 1.5″.

What happens when you cut down a driver

When you cut down any club, especially a driver, it will feel lighter without any adjustment because you have moved the mass of the club closer to your hands. Just like a fulcrum scale used to measure mass, the closer the mass—in this case, the driver’s head gets to the fulcrum of the scale, the lighter it will “feel” to the golfer—this is called swing weight.

Thanks to adjustable drivers, it is easy to get extra weights from a manufacturer to help the driver feel the same before it was cut down, and as a general rule, for every 1″ you cut, you have to replace 12g back into the head,

To get an idea of what swing weight is, check out the video below that covers the subject.

TXG Driver length test

To see a shorter driver put to the test, check out the video by the team at TXG, where they compare a standard length 45″ driver to a 43″ driver and how they compare for distance and accuracy.

 

 

 

 

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GolfWRX Classifieds (12/4/20): Scotty Cameron X6, Cobra Big Tour, TaylorMade P7MC set

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member coreyl – Cobra Big Tour 3-wood

If you are looking for a “big” off the tee alternative, the Cobra Big Tour 3 wood is a great option thanks in part to its larger head size and adjustable loft to get you dialed it.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cobra Big Tour

Member JoeFrigo – Scotty Cameron X6 CS putter

The Scotty Cameron Phantom series is all about stability, and this X6 CS-center shafted model has been made even more stable with a BGT Stability shaft. With this putter, you’re going to run out of excuses for missing pretty quickly.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cameron X6 putter

Member TigerInTheWoods – TaylorMade P7MC irons

Here is an almost new set of the hottest irons in golf, the TaylorMade P7MC’s. Going from 4-Pw and ready for your golf bag.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade P7MC

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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