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The details on Jason Day’s 1-iron at the U.S. Open

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Update 6/15/17 5:00 p.m.

U.S. Open - Round One

We’ve confirmed that Jason Day is playing the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open with the TaylorMade M2 1-iron. Read below for more information on the club.

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Modern fairway woods and hybrids make the game much easier for most golfers… just not Jason Day. The No. 3-ranked golfer in the world is considering using a custom 1-iron this week at Erin Hills to replace his 3 wood, which has called an “uncomfortable club” in the past.

Photo from TaylorMade Golf

Photo from TaylorMade Golf

Traditionalists probably wouldn’t call the fairway wood-replacement club a 1-iron, although there’s nothing quite like it currently in play on the PGA Tour. It’s a TaylorMade M2, the company’s longest and most forgiving iron model, that was produced for PGA Tour players in a 2-iron loft. It was then strengthened to a loft of 13.5 degrees for Day. The club is 40.5-inches long (about 2 inches shorter than the average length of a 3 wood on the PGA Tour) and has a Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5-Flex, 105-gram graphite shaft. The swing weight is D3.

Day is currently playing a TaylorMade M1 (2017) fairway wood at 15 degrees with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Dual Core TiNi 80TX shaft. Throughout 2017, he’s used a TaylorMade PSi 2 iron with a True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 steel shaft that he regularly flies in excess of 250 yards. On courses with firm, fast fairways, it can roll out to more than 300 yards.

See his full 2017 WITB.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Day’s 1-iron in the forum.

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  1. Still Newbie, but will come up with witty nomer soon

    Jul 3, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Hogan Apex II 1 iron, MacGregor Jack Nicklaus Signature 1 iron, Muirfield 20th Anniversary 1 iron, Titleist 962 1 iron, Titleist 990B 1 iron, Titleist DCI-B 1 iron, Original Ping Karsten 1 iron, Ping Eye 2 1 iron, Callaway S2H2 1 iron. You learn to strike it well and with todays balls, you learn to increase your swing speed to actually get it airborne. Summer time approach’s on par 5’s if no water in front.

  2. Darryl

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Earlier that month in a Taylormade R&D meeting:

    Marketing exec: “Right boys, we’ve fleeced them for 5-PW sets requiring 4 hybrids, lets come up with a way to make long irons cool again, custom build a low lofted hybrid for…………..let me see………let’s say Jason Day, then disguise it as an iron and if it gets loads of coverage put it into production in 8 different lofts with none of the extreme, expensive tech in the prototype included and sell them at a 15% mark up on a standard per iron cost. The poor bas***ds will be knocking the store doors down to get hold of them just to punt them on ebay for a 1/3 of the price 6 weeks later.”

    Club designer: “But wait, we have a corporate responsibility here, should we also give them a load of hyper expensive shaft options as well?”

    That’s not to say I wont be looking at one myself……

  3. Jacked_Loft

    Jun 18, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Modern golf course design with forced carries and hard greens have made the 1 iron obsolete. Still got a couple of them but bag a 5 wood since 20 years.

  4. mojoman

    Jun 16, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    “If you’re caught on the golf course in a storm and you’re afraid of lighting, hold up a 1-ron. Not even god can hit a 1-iron.” – Lee Trevino

  5. Mad-Mex

    Jun 15, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    And every 18+ HDCP and wanna be pro is going to want one,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  6. Bob the Chemisy

    Jun 15, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Used one iron till in my late forties. Takes practice but not hard to hit, even off fairway. Switched to hybrids because they require to practice.

  7. Chuck

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    If it was a sword in Games of Thrones, it would be called Worm Burner.

  8. rebfan73

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Nice!!!

  9. Penile Disfunction

    Jun 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    It’s going to be used to scoop ice cream for his kids and slather the stuff perfectly flat on some cookies

  10. Orvill

    Jun 14, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    If you can’t hit a 1-iron you can’t hit a driver. Conquer the 1-iron before you pick up a driver otherwise you will be flatulating in the wind.

    • David Labbe

      Jun 14, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      I think you read too much.

    • Orvill

      Jun 14, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Driver and 1-iron have many swing similarities, but if you’re afraid of a 1-iron keep on whiffing since you are a big driver man.

  11. Ben Jones

    Jun 14, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Miss my Eye2 1 iron. Rocket ball. But it could go left.

  12. Thomas A

    Jun 14, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I have a 1-iron that I use to fish out balls that I hit into the right side pond with my 2-iron.

  13. bg

    Jun 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    13.5 degrees for a 1-iron? Typical Taylor Made and their Jacked up lofts. 🙂

  14. JD

    Jun 14, 2017 at 11:18 am

    This is probably used just to hack out of the rough. If I had 250 to go on a par 5 in thick rough, I’d love to have a 1 iron to fight it out of there vs. a hybrid or a wood that wouldn’t even touch the ball.

    • O

      Jun 14, 2017 at 11:45 am

      No, it is not to hack it out of the rough. You don’t play golf much, huh.

    • LD

      Jun 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Better than hitting a driver out of the rough.

      • PD

        Jun 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm

        I find the putter is the best club to use out of the deep rough.

  15. Neil Odenbaugh

    Jun 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

    thats funny, I used to have a one iron, it worked like a putter for me, used to hit it dead right off the hosel, about two feet off the ground.
    Could also hit it ‘thin’ and it would run right into the tall rough in front of the tee box, and go like 50 yards….

    • Albuquerquedan

      Jun 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      I currently bag a 2 iron, bent strong to 14 degrees. It works like a medieval torture device for me. I hit it about 85 yards, dead left into the woods, and actually really low for the loft. Can also hit it ‘thin’, and get it to run about 150 yards into the creek on the right.

    • Grizz01

      Jun 16, 2017 at 8:26 am

      1 iron and 2 iron need a high club head speed in order to get it up in the air. I’m still playing m 1994 Lynx Parrallax, I have the 17 degree 2 iron with it. Still can get it up in there air but I’m losing height year after year. I had a Golfsmith 1 iron from the same period and could get it 260yds off a tee. The graphite shaft snapped and put the head somewhere in my shop. Still can’t find it. Doubt I could hit it now.

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What are SQAIRZ golf shoes and can they really help you hit the ball farther?

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SQAIRZ golf shoes are the sport’s latest footwear designed to provide golfers with the one thing every player wants: the ability to hit the ball farther.

The brand’s shoes have been independently scientifically tested by numerous organizations, including Golf Laboratories Inc. and Terry Hashimoto, Co-founder of BodiTrak, (who are one of the top golf pressure mapping manufacturers), with the results showing that SQAIRZ help golfers excel in a number of key areas.

SQAIRZ golf shoes: The data

There are two connections in golf; your hands to the club and your feet to the ground. Your feet and the interaction of the shoe on the ground provides the energy to produce swing speed. Arguably, the feet to the ground is most important connection when considering balance, stability, and swing speed.

Terry Hashimoto tested the performance of over 200 golfers of all experience and levels for months wearing their current brand and then wearing SQAIRZ golf shoes. While using some of the top swing analysis software and devices such as BodiTrak, SwingGuru, and Ernest Sports, the data showed that SQAIRZ shoes have the most surface area connection with the ground of any golf shoe on the market, and this increased surface area resulted in a greater energy exchange with the ground, better balance, and weigh distribution/transfer, the key to generating more swing speed and distance.

What results did that increased surface area in connection with the ground yield? Vast gains for all wearers of SQAIRZ shoes in vital areas pertaining to distance in the game, including swing speed, carry, ball speed, and smash factor.

The average gains for those 200 golfers wearing SQAIRZ shoes compared to other brand’s footwear was an average of an 8-yard extra carry distance, 13mph increased ball speed, 11 degree increase in hip rotation, and a greater smash factor of 7%.

SQAIRZ golf shoes: The technology

At the heart of the design behind the technologically advanced shoes is the patented squared toe.

The interior design of the square toe allows the golfer’s toes to sit comfortably in the shoe, with a wider base and a heel stabilizer designed to provide enhanced balance and stability. The square toe also allows golfers a unique freedom for their toes to sit naturally with a full range of motion and noticeable feel for the ground.

SQAIRZ testing found that added flexibility in competitive sneaker-like golf shoes promoted inversion, the foot (weight) moving to the outside of the trail foot. This is when the golfer gets stuck on the right side (for right-handed golfers) and not being able to shift the weight back to the lead side.

With the SQAIRZ golf shoe, golfers are provided with a structured upper material often used in sports such as football and soccer to provide structure for sudden weight shifts. Along with this upper material, the outsole and midsole have been optimized for the right amount of flexibility to promote efficient energy exchange and stability. In addition, SQAIRZ has engineered a heel stabilizer that keeps the heel down throughout the swing and prevents ankle roll-over injuries on all types of lies.

There are 6 removable cleats on each shoe of which 4 red cleats target the area where the greatest amount of pressure is exerted on the bottom of the feet through the swing. 

The spikes are strategically place under these pressure points for optimum connection in the areas that require it most.

SQAIRZ shoes also feature the widest base and greatest amount of ground coverage of any golf shoe, which is proven to provide better balance and stability as well as offering an efficient braking power. 

Braking occurs towards the end of the backswing and immediately before the ball is struck. Golfers shift the weight from the trail to lead side and this optimized braking at the right time allows for increased swing speed.

SQAIRZ developed Sta-Put laces that don’t loosen or come untied during the round, with the laces containing silicone nubs printed on the top of the lace that are designed to make the “Sta-Put” once laced.

The laces feature a durable polyester material and raised silicone squares printed down the lace in a bid to comfortably form the shoe to your foot and lock it in place.

The soles of SQAIRZ shoes also contain Circular Traction Lugs designed for proper rotational movement of your feet, and the shoes are 100% waterproof thanks to a synthetic leather material that keeps your feet dry in all conditions.

In addition to the durable material, a gusseted tongue design aids at keeping water, sand and other debris out even in the worst of conditions.

Performance Conclusion:

As outlined in the independent tests, there are several notable performance highlights:

  • SQAIRZ allowed pressure to get to the trail heel portion of the foot faster during the
    backswing, generating more acceleration to the lead side quicker and creating a much
    greater “brake effect”, generating more vertical power on the lead side prior to impact
    with impressive distance gains.
  • SQAIRZ’s greater balance and stability translated to less sway and better accuracy and
    energy transfer.
  • SQAIRZ resulted in a significant increase in hip and shoulder rotation.
  • SQAIRZ eliminated inefficiencies witnessed in sneaker like golf shoes.

So, can a golf shoe really help you play better golf? The data says yes.

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Switching from blades to game improvement irons – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing moving from blades to game improvement irons.

WRXer ‘PlayIt’ is interested in hearing from those who have made the switch and what their experiences have been, with WRXers sharing their thoughts on the transition in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • lefthack: “I am waiting on my GI irons (Takomo 101’s). I have a blade set and am currently playing split cavities. I prefer the blades but am enjoying my SC’s. I want to see what difference, if any, it makes. I will likely upgrade my blades when the Haywood MB’s come out in lefty. No idea what my handicap is, but I shoot close to par most days (I don’t really keep score).”
  • bladehunter: “Eh. It’s a rabbit hole. Don’t expect lower scores. Will always come down to what you think feels best. It’s only going to lower your scores if you are the player who can’t get a 5 iron airborne and is afraid of a 7 iron over water. If neither of those worries you, it’s not going to lower your scores. Edit. On the flip side. It shouldn’t raise scores either. I’m not against trying it. Heck, I’m playing a set of GI irons now ( t100 ). Somebody will chime in and tell you they’re not GI. But they’re wrong. So try it and get it out of your system. I just feel like you should know that expecting to buy strokes isn’t realistic. There’s not that much difference.”
  • DeCuchi: “I’ve tried multiple times; I’m more consistent with blades. I do hit GI’s further my distances are less consistent, and the long and left miss shows up more often, though. I still have hope of one day finding a GI set that works well for me.”

Entire Thread: “Switching from blades to game improvement irons

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/18/21): Piretti Proto putter

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of 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 we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Piretti Proto putter

From the seller (@Bradh972): “Piretti prototype 62 of 100 with stability tour shaft new Piretti grip plays 35” with 1” extension comes with cover $600.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Piretti Proto putter

This is the most impressive current listing 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

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