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Tour Proto No More: TaylorMade launches P750 and P770 Irons

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You may remember that we first spotted TaylorMade’s Tour Proto irons being tested at the 2016 RSM Classic in November. The company announced that the irons will be available for purchase on March 17 with new names: P750 and P770.

P750

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The P750 irons are currently being used by TaylorMade Staffers Jason Day and Justin Rose, who were key in the development of the irons. TaylorMade calls the irons a “true forged blade with a shallow cavity,” and they look the part. The irons are designed with narrow soles, thin top lines, minimal offset and tight leading edges to give better players precise control over their trajectory and shot shape.

To create the P750 irons, TaylorMade uses a new multi-step forging process that delivers “a high-tonnage strike, three times more forceful than a standard forging press.” The company says the result is a more precise club head that requires “minimal hand polishing” after the forging process.

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The faces, grooves and cavities of the P750 irons are CNC milled, and 5-gram tungsten sole weights are co-forged in the irons to put the center of gravity (CG) in a position that TaylorMade says “delivers optimum workability for the best ball strikers.”

They’ll sell for $1600 for eight irons (3-PW) with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold shafts and Golf Pride’s Tour Velvet 360 grips. A variety of custom shaft options, many available at no added cost, will also be offered.

P770

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The P770 irons use a larger, multi-piece design to offer more distance, height and forgiveness to golfers who need it. The irons maintain a tour-quality look, however, with less offset, thinner top lines and shorter blade lengths than their predecessors to maintain workability and feel, according to TaylorMade.

“We spent countless hours working with our PGA Tour players to develop the most complete players iron we have ever created,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Iron Creation. “Drawing inspiration from some of our most successful irons, P770 challenges the status quo of what a players iron should be.”

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To create the irons, TaylorMade engineers focused on lowering CG while enhancing the forgiveness of the irons. Key to the design is a 70-gram tungsten “wireframe,” which is welded to the face of the 3-7 irons to boost performance (the 8-AW use a one-piece forged construction that delivers improved precision). The tungsten wireframe, which gives the irons their muscular appearance, is lightest at its center and heaviest on its ends to maximize moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of ball speed retention on off-center hits.

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The 3-7 irons also feature a undercut positioned behind the face to boost performance along with shallow face profiles, shorter hosels and tapered face-thicknesses, a design that makes the top of the club faces thinner and the bottom of the club faces thicker to push weight lower in the club head while enhancing sound and feel.

The P770 irons will sell for $1200 for eight irons and are offered in 3-PW, AW with KBS FLT steel shafts (S and X flexes).

Related: In-hand photos of the P750 and P770 irons. 

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  1. LouF

    Aug 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I can buy the P770’s for $1,050. Or APs, $1,050. Apex CF16s, $1,050. Mizunos from $1,000 up. Cobra King Forged, $1,000. Srixon Z765, $1,000. I wouldn’t pick up P750’s could care less what they charge, not aimed at my game.

    But Taylormade is ruining the game and making it unplayable? I don’t even play TM but really? This has been going on for some time, nothing new.

  2. Walter

    May 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I was just at the driving range and someone had left one of these P770 irons behind, it was the 8i with a Steelfiber i95 shaft. So I decided to hit it a few times before I turned it in to the proshop. All I can say is NICE, very nice, felt better than my Mizuno’s. Don’t know what the SW was but it was light, probably guess at a D0. Just comparing to mine which have the Nippon NS 950gh shafts. I wish he had left the whole set I would have loved to hit a few of the other irons too. Might have to watch for a set of these on ebay in the coming years.

  3. good wood

    Feb 5, 2017 at 3:15 am

    I still like my R9 driver and fairway metals better than all the newer stuff. The rocketballz were horrible! My Taylormade sponsored club pro couldn’t even hit them. Several of the guys at PGA superstore in Texas told me to stick with the R9 fairway metals. And the R11s was a total dud also, at least that was what I was told by a vendor that has full access to the tour. And Yes, he showed his badge and lanyard.

  4. JR

    Jan 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I buy as much equipment as the next guy and play to a fairly decent standard (never been higher than six in 45 years playing). In that time the one piece of equipment I’ve bought that I know took shots off my game is my laser rangefinder. So, as much as I like the look of the new TMs, I know they won’t make me swing the club any better. And, at the end of the day, if the swing is defective then no club is going to correct that.

  5. mike

    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    This looks like the cb and mc 2014 with a face lift everyone
    I have the 2014 and will not change for the same thing forged 8-aw like the cb2014 and mc………
    Dang….taylormade are realyy losing it…..bring some mb for lefties at least…….

  6. DJ

    Jan 19, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    stick with what you got and with what works. Bridgestone J40 DPC 5-PW. with 2 extra 6 irons off ebay for practice (punishment). and i got another brand new set (5-PW) in storage for $600 of Amazon 14 months ago.

  7. Jamie

    Jan 19, 2017 at 11:37 am

    why are people getting so butt hurt about the price of these irons? who cares? don’t buy them. do you get hurt when ford sells a truck for 60k? No, you buy their 30k truck. and this isn’t why the game is being “ruined” as so many of you put it. its losing participation because its difficult, expensive, and takes 5 hrs.

    • Buck

      Jan 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      First you say that “this (club prices) isn’t why the game is being ruined”, and in the next sentence you claim that participation is dropping because it is too expensive. smh

    • The dude

      Jan 20, 2017 at 6:36 am

      Ding…

  8. NevinW

    Jan 19, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Anything is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. There are plenty of other choices for great clubs that are a lot less money. If they sell them, they will keep making them at that price, if they don’t, they will stop. Either way it has no effect on me or my golf game.

  9. tlmck

    Jan 19, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Buy Malibu TE’s. You’ll be just as satisfied and richer.

    • tlmck

      Jan 19, 2017 at 6:01 am

      Meant Maltby TE. Damned spelling correction.

  10. Sh

    Jan 19, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Calm down, people. $1600 is MSRP. Which means it’ll be $1199 retail. Sheesh.

  11. Charles

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    What an ego play. “If PXG can do it so can we”. I’d love for someone to explain the $400 price diff between models.

  12. TonyK

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    1600 Shanks

  13. WolfWRX

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    $1600 is insulting. No wonder people are quitting the game in droves. This follows on the heels of major price rises by both Mizuno and Titleist in the last six months. It seems golf is in an unsustainable cycle of ever increasing costs and a smaller and smaller market. Perhaps this is the norm now? Gotta keep the shareholders happy after all.

    • The dude

      Jan 20, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Shank

    • JR

      Jan 25, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Wolf, it isn’t mandatory to pay these prices. I played a second-hand set of Cleveland TA5 irons for 10 years and I’d rate them as highly as anything produced by the big names. The problem we have now is that golf has become a game for ‘posers’ who have to be seen using the latest kit by the ‘designer’ brands – Ping, Mizuno, TaylorMade, Callaway, Cobra and now, it seems, PXG. Guys at my club are wearing Galvin Green waterproofs all year round because they were stupid enough to pay $800 for them and, apparently, want everyone to know it. If you play golf with me I’ll be more impressed if you shoot 69 with a set of irons you spent $300 on than if you shoot 83 with a set of irons you spent $1600 on. If you swing the club like a demented lumberjack trying to hack off his own foot then it doesn’t matter what you spend on equipment – you ain’t gonna get better!

  14. Matto

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Go buy some steel billets, hire some forge time, make the multiple dies needed for stamping, buy shafts & grips, import them and tell me how you go price-wise.

  15. The dude

    Jan 18, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Plenty of people will buy them…..plenty of people buy Rolex watches …..$90k cars…etc…and with Trump in office …we will only be paying a flat 15% fed tax rate. It’s all relative you cheap f*cks!!!

  16. Tom Duckworth

    Jan 18, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Yea $1600.00 is ridiculous and yes we can thank PXG for that.
    They don’t care if they sell less sets they will make as much off of one set as they use to selling two.

  17. Titlehead

    Jan 18, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Lefties???

  18. Dude

    Jan 18, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Why aren’t there slots on the face and sole? I thought that was revolutionary TM tech that would help all players?

    • WolfWRX

      Jan 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Ha – so true. It was obvious those face slots would be gone within a year or two despite the absurd technological claims made at the time.

      • dog

        Jan 19, 2017 at 3:59 am

        slots reduce spin giving higher handicaps more distance hence why they are in their game improvement irons, the players these are targeted towards usually dont need extra distance and definitely dont want want reduced spin with their irons, also why most forged/blade clubs lofts arent as strong as game improvements, slots are irrelevant for low handicaps

        • LD

          Jan 19, 2017 at 5:56 am

          “slots are irrelevant”
          The only part of your post based on truth.

          • dog

            Jan 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm

            Taylormade P750 7 iron loft – 34*
            Taylormade P750 6 iron loft – 30*

            Taylormade RSi 1 7 iron loft – 30.5*

            another part of my post “based on truth”
            do your research before you comment

            • Bud

              Jan 20, 2017 at 4:25 pm

              Jason Day played Psi Tour irons last year which had slots.
              7 iron loft – 34*

              Now he’s switching to clubs without slots. Apparently he doesn’t think they are relevant either.

              • JR

                Jan 25, 2017 at 2:38 pm

                Really? You think Jason Day is playing the irons he wants to play? When you’re being paid $50 million plus a year to promote a manufacturer’s gear you play with what they tell you to play with.

              • rodger Davidson

                Aug 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

                No he didn’t.
                He played with the same irons as he did in 2015, the RSI TP irons. He only had a PSI iron as his 2 iron that he used off the tee.

        • Shankalot

          Jan 23, 2017 at 3:05 pm

          You actually know what you are taking about. Great explanation. I consider you the 1% on this site.

          • mike

            Jan 29, 2017 at 8:04 am

            Yes its true but i can tell you the way these guys play and go to the range and hit thousand of bucket plus there hole season….let me tell you that there club are good to go to the garbage….no groobes anymore….i play 30 game a year and im pretty sure 2 more years and ill be good to change me too my irons….

  19. Mark

    Jan 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    $1600? Are they taking the p£$s? They look cheap and nasty not premium product.

  20. DC1

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I guess TM has subscribed to the ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’ pricing theory. I’m very happy with my cally apex irons from a couple years ago, and will watch these to see how they perform in the hands of regular golfers. On pricing, I have to agree with everyone else that the list prices won’t hold at all…and yes, six months later they will be available for less than half of msrp. That’s just where the market is, unless TM only wants to sell these sticks as very limited editions with fancy colored grips.

  21. Jonny B

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    $1600 = SHANK

  22. Philip

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Are you sure that you were talking to a US representative and not a Canadian who gave you Canadian prices? At this point Miura (before they raise prices for the buy out) are looking affordable.

  23. Ayeayeejeff

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Just can’t get behind a domestic set over 1500 stock. really am impressed with the look of both of them though, so from a design aspect well played Tmade, from a marketing standpoint, I hope you didnt mass produce these puppies.

  24. Brian

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I am waiting for the typical “6 months and I will buy them for half the price” comment.

  25. ColmMcC

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I think I’ll stick to my PS2’s and spend 600 on lessons …. so game improvement and a $1000 saving ….
    Good looking Irons … but I thought mine were for the 4 months it took them to bring out the PSi’s and made mine “old” …. … I still cant manage the churn rate on these clubs .. I had my old coin foirged RAC’s for 13 years – loved them … and guess I will keep my PS2’s for a little longer as they are just bedding in ( or is that I’m just bedding in 🙂 )

  26. Mr.Nodoubt

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Sick. Great job Taylormade! A down company charging 1600 for a set of players irons. Genius…

  27. Rich

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    $1600.00 are you serious!!! If you think spending $1600.00 on a set of irons is going to help your game you are NUTZ!!!!

  28. Deadeye

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I’m not even going to bother to reply.

  29. Buck

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Well, someone has to pay for all those Tour players they added this year.

  30. Kosko

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    What has happened to the price of irons for cripes sake…. Always been a Mizuno guy and they are up to 1200…. the days of a <$400 driver and irons under a grand appear to be gone sadly.

    • Buck

      Jan 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Spot on, and the reason why I will be building myself a set of Maltby irons.

      • Teaj

        Jan 18, 2017 at 2:19 pm

        I normally change my irons every year but have kept mine for 2 whole years…. I know right, kind of a big deal. But I am with you once my irons have no more grooves left I will opt to build my own set.

        Heads 4-PW = $242.90
        Shafts (if you don’t want to use your old ones (7 Shafts) = $180.95
        Ferrules = $6.95
        Grips (12) = $40.80
        Epoxy = $16.65
        Grip Tape = $12.60
        Grip Solvent = $9.20
        Tip weight kit = 6.95

        Total with Shafts $517 + $20-40 for shipping and then tax in Canada
        without Shafts $336.05 + shipping and Tax

        Maybe this will be the new way people purchase Clubs

        • James

          Jan 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm

          I’m going to be adding custom-fitting to the list of services I offer over the summer as a coach based near Marbella. I’m absolutely going down the route of component company because the product is just as good, arguably better, but the cost to consumers is so much less as you spell out. It just makes more sense

          • Neil Cameron

            Jan 19, 2017 at 6:29 am

            wishon from Diamond Golf Uk is your best bet

  31. Boobsy McKiss

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Great looking irons.

    I really wonder goes on in the meetings of these companies when it comes to pricing their stuff. Is the CEO some brash hard head that tells the CFO to take his numbers and shove it? I can’t imagine highly paid CFOs and CMOs coming up with these ridiculous prices.

  32. Smitty

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:38 am

    $1200 and $1600 for these irons?! GTFOH Taylormade!! I don’t care how good they look or how many hours you put into working with Tour pros. That is absolutely insane.

    • Anthony

      Jan 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      That’s nothing!!! In Australia they will be $1999!!!

      • john

        Jan 19, 2017 at 12:04 am

        actually they’re $230 per club in Aus in AUD (which is $1610 AUD or $1210 USD), golf stuff is often cheaper here but don’t tell anyone coz then they wont be able to scream about the australia tax

  33. Clay

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:26 am

    That i200 is looking better and better.

  34. birdy

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:25 am

    i like the look but the price is ridiculous. they better be offering any shaft as free upgrade.

  35. Rolo

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

    “TaylorMade calls the irons a true forged blade with a shallow cavity”

    That’s like saying this is a true real banana with a taste of orange.

  36. CB

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:20 am

    “true forged blade with a shallow cavity,” – doesn’t that make them cavity backs not blades?

  37. Jeff

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Irons without slots on the bottom and sides, has Taylormade lost it’s mind? Any iron that doesn’t have a slot is garbage and is 20 yards shorter. I bet the PWs don’t even go 200 yards.

  38. Tom

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Tax Return Boy’s.

    • Glfhsslr

      Jan 18, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Who gets a Tax return lol

    • Tom

      Jan 18, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      or those who pay taxes

      • WashedUpHasBeen

        Jan 18, 2017 at 2:09 pm

        FFS It’s called a tax refund. A tax return is what you file in order to get your tax refund.

        • Tom

          Jan 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm

          Aww thnx.. I’m looking forward to getting money back in the form of a refund from the state and feds.

  39. golfraven

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

    The cleanest looking clubs from TM for quite some time. I guess they looked at Mizuno and Ping for quite a while and decided to fusion both looks together. Will be interesting to demo those but will likely mot end up in the bag cause I am not typically a TM guy.

  40. ultimate hacker

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:49 am

    ill just grab some nice blades at that point, nothing hits pure like a blade. but not everyone can use them..

  41. LDav

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:35 am

    1600 for irons is crazy however the 1200 option is basically a revised PSI Tour with a much cleaner look and most likely a better feeling off the face. the 1600 option I would say, replaces the past generation MB’s

  42. Dj

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Hard pass at that price

  43. Xav

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I’d rather bag the i200’s anyways… $800 for the set! Plus they look better cast or not…

    • Egor

      Jan 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      i200s are said to be amazing from a friend who is a club fitter. Can’t wait to hit them. I left the TMaG irons train several years ago. I still carry an R15 and Stage 2 3w I picked up for 1/5 the new price.

  44. Brian Moore

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:56 am

    30 degree Pitching Wedge this year?

  45. LD

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:55 am

    $200 an iron with DG shafts? No thanks. I thought the Ping i200’s were overpriced a bit, but this is ridiculous.

  46. Mr Muira

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Blah Blah Blah.

  47. Beef

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Yes I had to read that twice… $1,600 is a lot of money. Saying that, this has the makings of a very tasty mixed-set provided the lofts aren’t jacked beyond recognition.

  48. SRG

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:40 am

    $1600!? That’s absolutely outrageous

  49. Dat

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:20 am

    $1600? What?! Is this supposed to be a 1/2 price PXG competitor? Taylormade has lost their minds.

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The most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now (Fall 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes

 

From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player

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It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

(Stats via PGATour.com)

Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

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How to pick the right putter

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In the game of golf, putting is the great equalizer. It doesn’t take speed or strength and simply requires you to select a line and hit a ball at the right speed—easier said than done. But regardless of your skill level, it is the one club in your set you really never have to upgrade once you find the right one, which is why knowing how to pick the right putter is so important.

This is the GolfWRX guide to selecting the right putter for you.

How to pick the right putter: The right look

This one seems simple, but you have to like the look of your putter and feel comfortable lining it up. For some golfers, that means finding a more traditional heel and toe weighted blade with a basic metal finish, for others that could also mean a larger mallet style that inspires confidence thanks to its larger footprint and contrasting colors.

Between the two aforementioned styles, there are still varying hosel/neck (where the shaft meet the head) configurations that can change how a putter wants to naturally rest when being held which can, in turn, change the natural toe hang of the putter and how it will fit.

How to pick the right putter: Understanding putter toe hang types

  • Face Balanced – Depending on the hosel configuration, this style can be found on both mallet and blade-style putters, and when being balanced by the shaft, the face will sit perpendicular to 12 o’clock. These are intended to fit golfers with a straight back-straight through stroke/minimal face rotation.

  • 1/2 Toe Hang – This is the most neutral type of toe hang and sits between the face balanced and full toe down. It is found on most heel-toe blade putters with full-shaft offset (Scotty Cameron Newport 2 shown) and is for slightly arcing strokes with medium face rotation.

  • Toe Down/Full Toe Hang  – This type is only going to be found on the most heel-shafted blade-style putters, and when being balanced by the shaft, the toe will face “6 0’clock”—directly down to the ground. These are intended to fit golfers with the most extremely arcing stroke and high level of face rotation.

NOTE: There are multiple variations of 1/2 toe hang that sit both closer to full toe down and face-balanced all designed to fit various stroked depending on the amount of arc and face rotation.

Whatever reason you have for picking the putter you ultimately use, make sure you like the looks of it because you’re going to be seeing a lot of each other.

How to pick the right putter: Understanding your stroke style

Your putting stroke will inevitably play a big role in the putter you select because certain styles are going to work better for certain golfers depending on their putting stroke style, which is referenced above. To make it easy to understand—putting strokes can be put into three categories, and for visual reference, check out the handy guide below with pictures supplied by our friends at Ping.

Slight Arc

Fitter and golfer reviewing PING Color Code Chart

This is where most golfers fit in since it is the most natural stroke to make. A slight arc is also what I like to call a neutral stroke, meaning that when it comes to picking a putter it gives the golfers the most options for finding one that is going to fit best.

Straight back and straight through

Fitter applying impact tape to bottom of iron

A straight back and straight through stroke can help a lot of golfers eliminate variables, and when paired with the right putter can really help those that struggle to get putts started on line. Golfers in this category usually perform best with a face-balanced putter.

Strong Arc

Fitter watching golfer hit shots

A strongly arced stroke is the exact opposite of straight back-straight through and requires the most amount of practice and technique to maintain consistency. Players with a strong arc generally also use a lot more wrist in their stroke and because of the inconsistency, this stroke creates, there are fewer putters on the market that fit this type.

Putting it all together

Once you have selected your putter, the last step is getting it dialed into your final spec for length, lie, and loft. For length, the goal is to be able to stand in a comfortable putting position with your eyes over the ball or, just inside of your eye line.

For lie and loft, it is best to see a fitter, since it requires specialized tools to properly adjust, but if you are trying to get an idea for the direction your putter will need to be bent use the reference guide below.

To see how a professional putting fitting is conducted, check out the video below from TXG

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