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Fujikura Speeder Evolution III: What you need to know

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Fujikura’s new Speeder Evolution III shafts round out the company’s Speeder Evolution line. The shafts are designed to produce launch conditions between the company’s existing Evo shaft models, providing a lower ball flight than the Evo I, yet a higher ball flight than the Evo II.

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Like the other Evo shafts, the Evo III uses T1100G, a high-strength, high-modulus material that allows company engineers to increase shaft stiffness without adding weight. And like the Evo II, the Evo III uses the company’s Metal Composite Technology (MCT), which enables engineers to reduce a shaft’s wall thickness without negatively affecting feel.

The Evo III ($400) can be purchased through The Peoples Clubs starting Nov. 1, and through select Fujikura charter dealers starting in December.

Evo III Specs

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  1. Andy Miller

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Speeder Evo III 569 R perfect for my low swing speed and low spin — currently playing a 13.5 degree Driver (12 degree +1.5), club head speed 85mph, 220-230 total. Trick has been to obtain a 16-17 degree launch angle and hope for spin at or more 2300 — so hit up but not too much +2-4 degrees. Most important for my strikes is to ensure I reduce my natural into out swing path to <2 degrees — bad habit leads me back to 10-12 degrees, when i drop the head in behind me.

  2. Nolan Person

    Nov 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Will Peoples fit me for this shaft (Evo 3 661 S) with an M2 head, just received it today. Cannot wait to get out on the course tomorrow!

  3. MP-4

    Nov 1, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Want Speeder Evo III 569 S in driver and Evo III 661 S in 3 wood!

  4. ph00ny

    Nov 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Higher launch and higher spin than the old. I guess i will stick with the old EVO 757 TS

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How defending John Deere Classic champ Dylan Frittelli gained nearly 20 yards

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Editor’s Note: We filed this piece for PGATOUR.com’s Equipment Report.

Let’s begin with some trivia: Looking at the past 10 years, which PGA TOUR golfer has made the biggest distance gain year over year? “That’s an easy one,” you say. “Bryson DeChambeau.” Correct. But who’s right behind Bryson and his 19.8-yard increase in distance from 2019 to 2020?

Who picked up 18 yards off the tee from 2020 to 2021, increasing his average drive from 291 yards to 309?

Here’s a clue: He’s the defending at this week’s John Deere Classic.

While the riddle would have been much more difficult without a headline and image atop this story, it takes nothing away from Frittelli, whose driver clubhead speed is now an impressive 118.7 mph.

“If you hit it 10 yards longer, you increase your prize money by $1 million,” Frittelli said earlier this year, citing statistics. “Things like that are non-negotiable in my mind. It’s fun for me. It’s re-invigorated my game. I’m excited to hit tee shots and see how I can play holes on golf courses differently. Not going full bore, just adding a little speed training in certain situations.”

After doubling down on his fitness — “two solid years of lifting,” according to Frittelli — he wasn’t seeing his increased strength translate to a boost in distance.

“Basically July last year, I looked at my trainer and I said why am I not hitting it any longer? I’ve been doing all these power workouts, strength workouts in the gym, and I’m getting stronger for sure because I can see my PRs moving up in each exercise. I then figured out that he said to me you actually want to hit it further? I didn’t realize that. Yeah, so we switched that up had a little more speed in the workout, so instead of just power and strength, trying to lift heavy and lots of reps, went down to fewer reps and lighter weight.”

In addition, the South African has made some interesting adjustments to his driver setup. And as this is the Equipment Report, we wanted to get more information on the artillery the bomber-come-lately is employing.

We spoke with Callaway’s PGA TOUR manager, Jacob Davidson, to learn more.

GolfWRX: When did the discussion about switching to a longer driver shaft begin, and what was that process like to get him into his current setup?

JD: It started last year. His driver cracked and he put the same model with a new shaft in play at THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK. We did some more work the next week at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, and we moved him into a Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero D head that was a little bit wider. We did a bunch of testing at that point with different shafts, tipping. He played the Mavrik Sub Zero D through the fall. Around the Farmers Insurance Open, he did some new testing with the Epic Speed and did some more testing at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and ended up putting the Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS in play for the PGA Championship with a 46-inch Mitsubishi Tensei AV White AV 65 X tipped 1.5 inches.

The head was a natural fit. His misses had been a little right. With this head, he got lower spin with a more neutral start line. It has a little weight back so it’s more forgiving. 7.6 degrees of actual loft. N-1 hosel setting.

Read the rest of the piece here. 

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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best wedge of 2021

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What is the best wedge in 2021? At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to their GolfWRXers views on the best wedge of 2021.

The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

You can see the full results for the best wedge of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

Best wedge of 2021: The top 5

1. Vokey SM8

What Titleist says: “SM8 features a reimagined progressive center of gravity, which produces the most accurate and forgiving Vokey wedge yet. Using tungsten weights and varied hosel lengths, the Vokey R&D team has moved the CG outside of the wedge head and placed it in front of the face, resulting in increased MOI and exceptional feel.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @B_Of_H: “Much more forgiving on toe hits than any wedge I’ve played.”
  • jetmetch879: “SM8 is hard to beat. Just my opinion. I know there are a ton of great options out there, but for me, Vokey just always performs the best.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the SM8 wedge in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

2. Cleveland RTX ZipCore

What Cleveland says: “So we tore our flagship RTX wedge down to its core and rebuilt it from the inside out. Introducing RTX ZipCore. The ZipCore is a low-density material at the heart of RTX. It’s an inside-to-out solution that’s elegant in form and function, with unprecedented results.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @rchera3: “I have the RTX Zip Core 54.10 and 58.06 and love them! I hit the SM8 also and did not like them as much as the RTX Zip Core.”
  • @smvolkma: “Great turf interaction with the mid grinds. I went with a modus 115, and the feel is wonderful.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the RTX ZipCore wedge in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

3. Callaway MD5 Jaws

What Callaway says: “JAWS MD5 Wedges are crafted by Callaway Chief Designer Roger Cleveland with total performance: premium shapes, striking finishes, outstanding feel, unique versatility and exceptional spin.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @ajestrada2: “Love the Jaws MD5 wedges; I have a 50/10 S and a 54/10 S to go along with my PM grind 60 (my favorite club btw)”
  • @BM13: “Absolutely love the MD5. Checks off every box from look, feel, spin, versatility. Have a couple in Chrome 48s & 52s plus a couple Raw 56x & 60x.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the MD5 Jaws wedge in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

4. Ping Glide 3.0

What Ping says: “PING engineers took a grip-to-grind approach, redesigning every component of the new Glide 3.0 wedges to create a higher-spinning, more forgiving, softer-feeling, lighter overall design. They blend a players-style look at address with game-improvement performance.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @jaygolf37: “Picked up my 3.0 Eye 2’s today. Amazing feel and versatility. Love them.”
  • @braincramp52: “My 50 degree 3.0 is the only club in my bag that I can call a “can’t miss”club.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Glide 3.0 wedge in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

5. TaylorMade Hi-Toe Raw

What TaylorMade says: “Two proven TaylorMade technologies have merged into a single new design. Introducing Hi-Toe RAW, combining the full-face scoring lines and expanded toe area of Hi-Toe with RAW Face Technology. This unique wedge is designed for increased spin, precision and feel whether you’re taking full swings on your approach or playing finesse shots around the green.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Hi-Toe Raw in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

You can see the full results for the best wedge of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

 

 

 

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Justin Thomas switches putters at the Scottish Open

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Justin Thomas is in action across the pond this week at the Scottish Open and has changed Scotty Cameron putters as he bids to halt a poor run of form on the greens.

The 28-year-old has been gaming a Scotty Cameron X5.5 Tour Prototype in 2021, but a week before the year’s final major, Thomas has swapped it out for a Scotty Cameron custom knuckle neck Phantom X5.

The putter features less toe hang than JT’s previous flat-stick and has been very effective so far in Scotland, with Thomas in contention after holing his longest putt of 2021, this 90-foot bomb for eagle on Thursday.

Thomas ranks outside the top 100 in Strokes Gained: Putting in 2021, and he’ll be hoping the new gamer is the spark needed to propel him to his second major next week at Royal St. Georges.

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