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Golfers are going CRAZY over Costco’s new Kirkland Signature golf balls

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Costco, the home of wholesale, is a wonderful place where you can buy a 12-pack of steaks, a year’s supply of ketchup, two pounds of cheese balls, refurnish your house and re-up your wardrobe… all in one trip. Now, you can also pick up two dozen, four-piece urethane golf balls for $30 at certain local Costco warehouses, or online.

The golf balls are branded with the Kirkland Signature name, which is Costco’s in-house brand that makes all sorts of things: alcohol, food, house supplies and much more. Costco says the Kirkland brand must be equal to or better than the national brands, and must offer a savings to Costco members. The $15-per-dozen Kirkland Signature golf balls are USGA conforming, and are produced by Nassau Golf Co. Ltd of South Korea.

Sounds good, but what are real golfers saying about the Kirkland Signature golf balls?

GolfWRX members, who are some of the most knowledgable golfers in the world, have not hesitated to weigh in on the Kirkland-branded balls, filling up a 31-page forum thread (and counting).

Related: Join the discussion here.

“Same driving distance, and flight pattern (as the b330rx),” Forum member Two_Putt said about the Kirkland Signature Balls. “I can’t check the ball on the green but I did notice that it didn’t run out as far. Overall in my opinion a great value and my new ball of choice.”

As you may know, another popular manufacturer making four-piece urethane golf balls is Titleist with its Pro V1x, which sell for about $48 per dozen. A few forum members took it upon themselves to test the “KSigs” against the Pro V1(x)’s. Some of their reports below.

Coreyhr: “Here’s my hot take on the Kirkland. I normally game a Pro V1x and that’s what I was comparing against on my Skytrak. The feel off the driver in my opinion is better than the ProV, seriously the best feeling ball off the driver I’ve ever hit. The irons however left a lot to be desired for me. They felt clicky off of long and mid irons compared to the ProV. I don’t quite understand why one feels so good but the other not so much. I hit enough shots that strike shouldn’t be the culprit. The Kirkland was 2-3 yards longer for me during a 6 iron comparison due to lower spin than a ProV. Launch and peak height were virtually identical. Launch with a driver however was actually about 2 degrees lower with the Kirkland interestingly enough. I won’t be putting the Kirkland in the bag during tournament play, but absolutely will use it for those afternoon rounds after work. This thing is a serious threat to the big boys in the market.”

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“Lots of comparisons to the pro v1/v1x’s. There more similar to the project a’s in looks(almost identical), feel(tad firmer), and spin after playing them imo. When you put the $15 a dozen perspectives into consideration there isn’t any negatives that can really be justified I guess. Hopefully the price doesn’t jump $10 by spring but even then it would still be a great deal.”

tw_focus: “…Overall it’s a nice ball, BUT I think I will stick to ProV1s. I don’t spend a whole lot of money on golf balls (4x boxes of ProV1s during sale time have lasted me the season), the major cost / investment is my time. I don’t want to play with anything less than the best, and I think the Kirkland balls are slightly worse (though I admit a much better value).”

suprfli6: “Played 18 with one yesterday and it actually felt firmer off the driver than my usual Pro V1, but similar distances and spin with every type of shot I played. It was cooler than I’m used to so maybe that contributed to the feel difference. Too soon to tell for sure but personally it seemed to perform like a typical urethane tour ball so considering the price I’m optimistic.”

gripandrip: “Not like this will be a surprise, but I think I am a convert as well. Played two rounds this weekend, one on a links course in 25mph winds (on the shore of Lake Erie) and the other under normal conditions. No noticeable loss of distance, decent flight through the wind, acceptable spin on and around the greens. I am typically a Pro V1 player. Do these balls feel as good off my club as a Pro V in all instances? No. But close enough that I will probably change, for a while at least. However, I won’t be buying large quantities. If I bought 50 dozen balls, they would probably have to be cleaned out of my basement after I die. That’s a lot of balls.”

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MarkCPA: “…Overall, I’m very impressed given the price of the ball. I saw no material differences in the K-Sig performance-wise vs. any other premium ball I’ve got good experience with including the TM TPX and the ProV1X. It has very good greenside control and is plenty long. I already placed an order for four dozen. I don’t see how anyone who wants a tour caliber ball but hates dropping $45+ on a dozen balls wouldn’t give the K-Sig a try.”

RSinSG: “…As I wrote earlier, I play ProV1x that I get for $20/dz from Golfballsdirect.com and to be honest I like the KSig’s as much if not a little better. I’m not saying they are a better ball than the ProV1 – only that I like them. If you’re on the fence try them. $15 a dz is a crazy good deal. I just ordered 3 more boxes before the free shipping ends.”

And remember, as per Costco’s policy, if you don’t like the product, you can always take it back for a full refund.

“I saw a lady return a jar of peanuts to Costco minus the jar,” forum member FiveSixAce said. “A gallon zip lock bag full of peanuts. They took it back.”

Tough to tell if he’s joking or not.

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  2. Frank Cruz

    Jan 1, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    This ball will hit the industry between the eyes and really hurt most everyone in the ball business. Titleist balls like NXT, Velocity, DT could be dust now, PRO V will definitely suffer as only the few loyalists wanting the label on their ball will pay the price. All the balls from Bridgestone, Srixon and others will face serious trouble (many millions) if the ball were to comeback. I don’t expect to see that Kirkland ball ever again! The collective industry will stop it, they may buy the plant that makes these and close it down, they may call it a test pilot or Beta run that could not be sustained…. blah blah.

  3. Gary

    Nov 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Bought Kirkland 4 piece about 3 weeks ago and have played 4 rounds. I am 65 yr young retiree with a 9 hdcp. Ball is great distance wise with fantastic spin on greens. I have have played Snell and Vice both great balls but higher price than Kirkland. They do scuff a little easier. On a fixed income I look for great buys for the $$ and this ball is. Another great ball if you can find them is a Wilson Staff Zip(24 for $20) this 2 piece spins better than than duos I had been using since they came out. Glen Kirk is a fantastic 8yr old single malt for $19.95, make it a habit to find great value

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  5. Mad-Mex

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:16 am

    I am willing to bet if you held a blind test here and told all the elitist who have posted here to try this ball, unbranded and were told it was the 2017 Pro-V1 platinum prototype, they would be acting like teen girls at a Justin Bieber concert, giggling and screaming about how wonderful it is.

  6. Kevin A

    Nov 4, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Someone these posts remind me of why some of my friends won’t play golf. Because some golfers are elitist buttholes.

    Who cares what ball you play. Why rip another’s choice?

    These are the guys who buy escorts and end up in tax fraud cases.

  7. mitch

    Nov 2, 2016 at 9:05 am

    ughhhh! I get my Costco membership yesterday , and they are sold out online and in my Costco store!

  8. nick

    Nov 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    the reviews on the costco website are phenomenal. people dont blow smoke on reviews for the fun of it… these balls got nearly 5 star reviews by everyone. this isnt a gimmick or advertisement. not sure why people feel the need to trash this article. clearly it has people interested. im definitely gaming these this weekend. thanks Costco and GolfWRX for the heads up!

    all manufacturers make a legit 4/5 piece ball. just like all manufacturers make legit clubs. most pro’s play different setups from their clubs to their ball. most all golf equipment is created equal; different people winning every week on tour with different sponsors… Costco just changed the game here and these balls are only going to get better and evolve.

  9. WLBR

    Nov 1, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Americans, I urge you to buy American-made golf balls, certain models of Bridgestone, Titleist, Callaway, etc. Please buy American. Show these companies you value keeping their manufacturing jobs in the states.

    • Mat

      Nov 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      I’ll buy what fits me best. Manufacturing jobs aren’t some magical thing. They’re just jobs.

      “Made in the USA” failed in the Reagan era. No need to MAGA.

    • Dan

      Nov 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Also Taylormade tour and Project A are American made…..

    • Uncle Sam

      Dec 26, 2016 at 9:51 am

      oh please…..a bit too late for that now….

  10. Trumpthekunt

    Oct 31, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Geez how much did golfwrx/ TMZ get paid to run this article….. Golfers going mad for Costco ball….. Sure they are….. Best run down and get yourself some….. This website has just gone straight down the pan…

    • Mad-Mex

      Oct 31, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      With a name like that and the way your write, your what?!?! 15/ 16? Grow up!!!

  11. Uncle Buck

    Oct 30, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    My apologies, I’m pretentious and concerned about how I’m perceived on the golf course. I wouldn’t be caught alive with any golf products from Costco, Gemco, Target, Thrifty, CVS, Sears, Penny’s, FedCo, YourCo, or my local grocery for that matter. Kirkland will remain on all of my finer camping needs and H2o bottles. I’d rather lose the extra $15 and roll out the ProV’s, thank you very much. Save your alleged dollars and tell me all about how much you’re saving on the other umpteen vices in your life.

    • Furious Styles

      Oct 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      9.5/10

    • Travis

      Oct 31, 2016 at 2:25 am

      Extra $15 for Pro Vs… Try more like $30 a dozen more for the Pro Vs. At $15 a dozen Id probably use them for most of my practice rounds and club events and save a few dozen Pro Vs for when it actually mattered.

    • PCR

      Nov 1, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Geez… When is it going to get into people’s skulls that the Kirkland balls at $15 per DOZEN. PER DOZEN, folks.

      That’s:

      $1.25 per ball or,

      $3.75 per sleeve or,

      $15.00 PER DOZEN or,

      $29.99 per TWO (2) DOZEN (24 balls).

  12. ultimate hacker

    Oct 29, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    these advertisements on this webpage are out of control extremely annoying.

  13. pepperwhiteknight

    Oct 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Great article. I use recycled prov1x Academy sells $10-20 a dozen. Never heard of these balls but I am going to give them a try.

  14. Jurrrayyyyy

    Oct 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    So this isn’t the right place to post a review but I picked up 5-doz Vice drive balls last week for around $50 (or ~ $10/doz) and I really liked them. Tee to green they were about the same as my V1x, good feel, spin, and distance off the driver and irons.. They were a little bit of a let down on the putting green, (very hot off the putter face) but after a few holes I got used to them. They aren’t a urethane ball, I think they are 2-piece Surlyn, but definitely worth considering if you want a budget ball. Much softer feel than the other Surlyn balls I’ve played like the e6. And like all Suryln balls they seem pretty indestructible – I’ve played 2 rounds now with the same ball and it doesn’t have a scuff.

    • Mat

      Nov 1, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Vice quality leaves a lot to be desired. My shipment contained patterns that weren’t symmetric.

  15. Freddie 4x4

    Oct 29, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I was planning to load up a pallet of these today. Am I supposed to feel self-conscious about that?

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  17. Guia

    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    There are any number of very good golf balls that are around $30 a dozen, which I think is reasonable. Price is not really a major concern to me I can easily afford the $50 a dozen for Titleist but have found that they really don’t perform (for me) any better than the balls that are $30 a doz.

    I have gone to the less expensive Taylor Made, Wilson, Bridgestone, or the colored Korean Balls (the name escapes me now).

    More to the point, I have no interest in the Kirkland. The result of diminishing return applies at both ends of the spectrum.

    • Trackcoach13

      Oct 29, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Except these 4-piece urethane balls are $15 a dozen. Pretty scary that so many folks cannot comprehend something so simple.

      • Tom

        Oct 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm

        BAZINGA!

      • Guia

        Oct 29, 2016 at 3:13 pm

        So, they are a 4 piece ball. What is your point?

        • Trackcoach13

          Oct 29, 2016 at 6:05 pm

          It is $15 per dozen and not $30 as you mentioned. There is a huge difference between $15 and $47 per dozen for similar construction and performance. A number of folks here have made comments that at $30 it is not worth the savings. However, it is $30 for two dozen.

          • Guia

            Oct 29, 2016 at 7:01 pm

            That is sound reasoning.

            • GuiaRETARDALERT

              Oct 30, 2016 at 8:59 am

              “That is sound reasoning.” – Looks like somone actually has to spell it out for you eh?

  18. Jamie

    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I would love to step up to the tee and have the guy with the ProV1’s and PXG irons ask what ball i’m playing and say “Costco Black Dot” and then proceed to take his money.

  19. Dylan

    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    37 people don’t mind paying $50 for 12 golf balls that perform about the same as a Pro V1, unless you’re a tour pro…doubt you guys could tell the difference if you played both balls without brands on them.

    • Justin

      Oct 29, 2016 at 10:08 am

      I’d be curious, as well. We can say that for almost any product made, though. The looks are different, to avoid infringement, but when it comes to performance, who can tell a difference?

      Blind tests would be best. It’s incredibly hard to do, especially with club heads, and people will always find flaws in the methodology (shaft wraps altering performance, for example).

      At the end of the day, though, Brand Loyalty is a thing, and it always will be. We gotta make ourselves happy, and if it takes a $50/doz ball or a $30/2 doz ball to do that, it is what it is.

  20. Ronald Montesano

    Oct 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I want to know what links course exists on the shores of Lake Erie!?!?

    • Greg Gaynor

      Oct 28, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      Probably Maumee Bay State Park on Ohio Rt.2 between Toledo and Port Clinton. It’s an Arthur Hills layout that’s about 25 years old.

  21. Greg chambers

    Oct 28, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I will wait for the site that does real testing to publish their results.

  22. Deadeye

    Oct 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I will buy some soon!

  23. alfriday

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I give this “article” a shank.

    The writer does nothing to advance the discussion on the ball. The article is nothing but two paragraphs of introduction, two paragraphs of transition and a number of quotes from a long forum thread on the ball.

    This reads like an essay a high school student would put together an hour before class when the student forgot to do the assignment the night before. Write a couple of paragraphs, copy and paste liberally from Wikipedia and hope for a passing grade.

    • Mat

      Nov 1, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      That’s because either this article is an ad placement, or it’s an “article” with no research and a very lazy writer. It would be awfully nice if the article had anything on it more than “it’s a 4-piece”. It sounds as if it plays like a rock, but there’s no comparison with any other ball made by the SK firm…

  24. B. Parsons

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:43 am

    How can people not read? $30 for TWO dozen is a steal even if they perform half as good as everyone is saying! And there are way too many people speaking highly of this ball to doubt it is a very playable ball.

    • Tom

      Oct 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      for various reasons, some players/commenters are harder to convince than others.

  25. Ron

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:37 am

    $15 a dozen, and you know there is a small profit margin in that…so have you figured out why ProV1’s are $48 a dozen..besides every time you buy a dozen you are paying for at least one more dozen for the the pros on the driving range….this Kirkland will not be on any pro driving range, note it is made in Korea (a Korean company owns Titlist golf balls if you did not already know) This is not the first good Urethane ball at a good price point MG golf has had a good one (C-4) for years.

    • Jonny B

      Oct 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Love the Tour C4’s from MG Golf. Been playing this season and just as good as other tour urethane balls.

  26. moneypowerrespect

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

    good deal for the hacker – I have the opposite problem, I try to find excuses to get rid of balls. A single ball could last many rounds. If it scuffs up I toss them to my friends. Don’t need to save money when you only use a box or 2 a year.

    • LookAtTheHeroAbove

      Oct 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Congrats you’re a real hero. A little bit insecure are we? Jacked up truck? Mustang/Camaro/Challenger in a bright obnoxious color? European luxury vehicle that post all over social media? Cheesy high-priced designer clothes with logos all over so everyone know what you’re wearing? Will tell everyone that you make a ton of money without them even asking? McMansion that is decorated completely awful? I would guess at least one of these applies to you.

      • Jamie

        Oct 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm

        Hilarious! i was thinking the same thing.

      • moneypowerrespect

        Oct 28, 2016 at 5:05 pm

        hahaha, that was good, you are correct sir, my psychiatrist has mentioned that I’m insecure, but that’s ok, the people who leach off of me give me all the affirmation I need.

      • PCR

        Oct 29, 2016 at 9:38 am

        “Yeti” sticker on the rear window of the SUV?

      • Leave A Comment

        Oct 29, 2016 at 9:45 am

        Threads like this one is what makes the United States of America such a great country. Thanks to each and every one of you.

  27. D.J.T.

    Oct 28, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Dimples look like they have a “hint” hexagonal shape to them. Callaway much? Anybody agree?

  28. PCR

    Oct 28, 2016 at 10:21 am

    SHANK. LOL!!!

  29. Cornholio Golf

    Oct 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

    On the site they are listed for $30.00. No thanks. I’LL rather spend a bit more for a better ball.

    At $15.00, sure, $30.00? A shank all the way.

  30. G P

    Oct 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

    No kidding about the “shanks”! $30 for 24 four-piece urethane balls, and 9 CLOWNS are giving it a “shank”? I guess some folks have money to burn!

  31. Sloop

    Oct 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I bet you get a free can of soup when you buy these.

  32. Golfbuddy

    Oct 28, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I need to pick up double dozen or two next time I’m in the States. Not yet available in Canada, unfortunately.

  33. Trackcoach13

    Oct 28, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Why did some people vote this article as a shank? A shank? Really?

    • erlybrd

      Oct 28, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Because for lots of folks here, brands they so admire and donate their money to are the only things that hold them together; so that they can escape the reality of their level of play.
      Bushes are full of ProVs and other top level performance balls.

      • Mad-Mex

        Oct 29, 2016 at 3:33 am

        WOW!! You came off the top rope and the ones you aimed it at are to ignorant to reply!! Great post!!

        Standing ovation with “golf clap”!!!

    • Tom

      Oct 29, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      It’s mind boggling! Virtually MIND boggling. $1.25 for a 4 /pc. ball or $4.00 for a 4/pc. ball. This information is scaring some posters back into a relapse event. The mere fact that something of same quality as a higher priced product can be produced and sold for less than what is currently being offered is MIND BOGGLING!

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Andrew Novak WITB 2024 (February)

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Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green RDX 75 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDRUS Smoke Black TX

5-wood: Callaway Rogue ST (18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 X

Irons: Srixon ZX7 Mk II (4-6), Srixon Z-Forged II (7-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack (50-MID10, 54-FULL12, 60-FULL9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Ai-One Milled Two T CH

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

 

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Mizuno Pro 241, 243, 245 irons review – Club Junkie Review

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Mizuno irons have always been highly regarded and coveted by golfers who place feel high on their wants list. The new Mizuno Pro series irons blend soft and responsive Mizuno feel with some of the latest tech for all-around performance.

With the release of the Mizuno Pro 241, 243, and 245, there is an iron for just about any golfer. I was hitting these irons on a very cold (about 18 degrees) range, so the carry and ball speed numbers are probably not the most optimal, but the signature Mizuno feel was impressive! For the full review please check out the Club Junkie Podcast below and on any podcast platform.

Mizuno Pro 241, 243, 245 irons review

Mizuno Pro 241 irons

If you are a highly skilled player or just love blades, the 241’s compact size and single-piece forged construction should lure you in. I think the shape of the 241 is great with a little more of a boxy and sharper toe. Mizuno has really improved the look of the short irons over the past few iron generations, and the PW flows well with the set, not looking too large. The added bounce is welcome for steeper swings or players who play in softer conditions.

Mizuno also created more of a progressive set with flighted long irons for softer landings and more penetrating short irons for added control. The 241 are compact irons, but less intimidating than I expected when I took them out of the box. Feel is absolutely textbook Mizuno with a soft, yet solid feel even with less-than-ideal range balls.

Launch was higher than I initially expected but then I remembered the more traditional, weaker lofts. Distance wasn’t long by today’s standards but it was very consistent. Solid strikes launched through the same window and traveled the same distance every time; mishits were predictable in their distance loss. I was hitting the 241’s pretty well, and my misses weren’t too extreme but you do notice a little larger variation in distance between well-struck and toe misses.

While the launch is high, this is a blade, and it allows skilled players to flight the ball down, hit it high, or right and left very easily. I also noticed that the 241 is a little more forgiving than you might expect. Now, you aren’t going to get away with hitting it anywhere on the face, but slight misses will still probably get to the front of the green. We are stuck on mats here so no way for me to test turf interaction yet, but the added bounce should give steeper-swing players or those playing in soft conditions some added playability.

Mizuno Pro 243 irons

Right out of the box, these seemed a little chunkier than the previous 223 from all angles but address. I loved the look from address as they are a little more rounded and softer than the 241. These might have the widest sole out of the three models, but there is some trailing edge relief that should allow the iron to get through the turf quickly and without added digging.

I liked that the 243 was the highest-launching iron for me and was a little surprised with that since they are a couple of degrees stronger than the 241. I don’t hit a high ball, and the 243 was giving me the best visual window of the group to hit high shots that land softly on the green. The slightly large blade size gives you a little more confidence that you don’t have to be as surgically precise as with the 241, and if you do miss a little, you won’t be penalized for it. Shots off the toe, my usual miss, still carried good ball speed and stayed online better than I expected.

For more of a players cavity design, the 243 was a very straight iron on most misses. Now, if you got far from the center, you would be able to see some distance drop off and more movement to the shot. Strikes made lower on the face still elevated and you didn’t see a huge difference in the launch window on those. The 243 also gave you a little sense of speed with the 4- and 7-irons, not 245 speed, but I felt like the iron was helping add a little to the shot with the longer irons.

Sound and feel were very good as you would expect with a Mizuno Pro iron. Center and close-to-center contact gives you this soft and solid thud as the ball leaves the face and the 243 retains a good amount of that even slightly outside of center. More extreme misses are met with a decent click, but the longer irons are slightly more dampened than the short irons due to the insert behind the face.

Mizuno Pro 245 irons

This is the iron where I think Mizuno made the biggest improvement from the 225. Sound and feel are very subjective, but I felt like the 245 offered a more muted sound and softer feel than its previous version. While the hollow body design doesn’t offer the solid feel and responsiveness of the 241 and 243, it does give the player plenty of both. The face definitely gives the sensation of the ball jumping off it for added speed, but it doesn’t feel uncontrolled.

From my range session with them, the performance delta between good and poor struck shots was small and tight. Center shots left the face quickly and for me flew a little more penetrating and boring into the sky. These have the strongest lofts of the trio, but you still won’t have any issues getting the ball in the air, even with the long irons. The look of the 245 is also really good, giving you that more players compact look and little offset that promotes confidence and comfort.

I loved how straight and far mishits flew with this iron as the hot face was able to make up for my lack of perfection. My shots that were further off the toe than I care to admit still stayed in play as gentle draws instead of big hooks that smaller irons would produce. Striking the 245 a groove or two low also didn’t penalize you with a screaming ball six feet off the ground that runs forever, the iron was still able to elevate that shot and provide enough lift to hit the green and hold it. This iron is going to fit a wide range of players and combo up nicely with the 243 for some added help in the long irons.

In conclusion, Mizuno really upgraded the Pro iron line without disrupting the DNA of the design. Added playability and forgiveness in the 241 will open that iron up to golfers looking to work the ball around the course. At the same time, the 243 will fit a wider range of golfers who love compact irons but need a little added distance and forgiveness. Players who fit into the 245 will love the performance they expect from a hollow body iron and experience soft feel and sound that you don’t always get with those types of irons.

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Heavy Artillery: A look at some of the drivers in play at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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What are the driver and shaft combinations of the best golfers in the world? For gearheads, it’s an endlessly interesting question — even if we can only ever aspire to play LS heads and 7 TX shafts.

At this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, GolfWRX got in-hand looks at the driver setups of more than 20 players.

Check out some of the most interesting combos below, then head to the GolfWRX forums for the rest, as well as the rest of our galleries from Pebble Beach.

Justin Thomas

Driver: Titleist TSR3 (10 degrees @9, D1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX

Seamus Power

Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees @9.5)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 60 6.5 TX (45.5 inches, tipped 1 inch)

Adam Hadwin

Driver: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana PD 60 TX

Byeong Hun An

Driver: Titleist TSR4 (9 degrees @9.75, B2 SureFit Setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore X F1 6 X

Nicolai Hojgaard

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 70 TX

Nick Dunlap

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (9 degrees, draw setting)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 6.5 60 TX

Jordan Spieth

Driver: Titleist TSR2 (10 degrees @9.25, D1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

Sam Burns

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond S (9 degrees @10)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 TX

Adam Scott

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond Max (9 degrees, D setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 7 X

Buffalo Bills’ QB Josh Allen

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 (9 degrees @7.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

  • See in-hand photos of the rest of Josh Allen’s WITB here.

NBA great Pau Gasol

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (9 degrees, draw setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro 2.0 Tour Spec 6 S

  • See in-hand photos of the rest of Pau Gasol’s WITB here.

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