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Spotted: Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK hybrid shafts

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In 2015, Mitsubishi Chemical introduced its line of Tensei CK (which means “transformation” in Japanese) metal wood shafts that took the company’s classic bend profiles and transformed them into multi-material designs to improve performance and feel. The Tensei line remains hugely popular on Tour, and different variations of the shafts are in the bags of marquee names such as Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.

More specifically, the Tensei CK Pro White shaft — which many Tour players opt for because it yields lower torque and also lower launch and spin than the CK Pro Blue — has a boron-reinforced tip section to provide greater control and stability.

The hybrid version of the Tensei CK shaft we spotted at the 2017 U.S. Open will not use a Boron tip, but rather an MR70 material, which the company calls its “strongest carbon fiber.” According to Mitsubishi Rayon, the shaft is designed to be a lower launching and lower spinning option in hybrids.

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  1. Matt

    Jun 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Think you meant lower torque. Torque has almost nothing to do with launch/spin as well. Lower torque correlates to stiffer flex which often times can lower launch and spin, though there can be many exceptions.

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 6 X

Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 6 X

3-wood: Wilson Dynapwr (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana PD 80 S

Irons: Wilson Staff
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro prototype

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (52-10S), Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60-T)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 125 Wedge

Putter: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Seven
Grip: SuperStroke Zenergy Tour 2.0

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

More photos of Kevin Kisner’s what’s in the bag in the forums.

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VRST Golf unveils new clothing line for 2023

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This week, a new golf clothing line was announced by VRST Golf.

The brand launched in 2021 and is a men’s apparel line that brings style and versatility to both the athlete and everyday man, where pieces can be worn for training to casually getting around town.

With the Golf season right around the corner, their first-ever golf collection brings modern style that can be worn on-course and off. You can find all of the available items here: VRST

VRST Golf offers versatile and trendy golf tops, bottoms, and layering pieces. The line provides styling options for the versatile golfer with gear that goes beyond the course. The collection is now available online and at select DICK’S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy locations and will be expanding to over 180 store locations by end of February.

Check out VRST’s launch video here:

 

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Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K lineup now includes mallets

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What you need to know: In January 2022, in the name of creating a blades with the MOI of mallets and forward CG, Odyssey threw everything at the wall with the Tri-Hot 5K family of blade putters: stainless steel, tungsten, 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. A year later, the company is bringing the same technology package to mallets with the Rossie and Seven models. The Tri-Hot 5K lineup now stands at seven putters (four with multiple necks).

2023 Odyssey Tri-Hot putters: Features and technology

Engineers applied the “Tri-Hot formula” utilized in blade putters in 2022 to move CG forward and raise MOI for a more forgiving mallet design — and a 5,000 IZZ inertia level (hence “5K”). Golfers will see improved speed and spin control, as well as consistency on off-center hits, according to the company, resulting in golf balls that finish closer to the hole when sub-optimally struck.

Stainless steel front: Odyssey touts the side-spin reducing capabilities of the 303 stainless steel hosel and face area for off-center putts. Tighter dispersion and putts that a more likely to go in results. Acting in a complementary fashion, the rear of the mallets are milled for tighter shape and weight tolerances that allows the CG to remain forward.

Tungsten front weights: Up to 120 grams of tungsten is positioned behind the face in the heel and toe sections of the putter heads. The resulting forward CG improves roll and increases inertia.

Interchangeable front weights: Available in 5, 10, 15 and 20 grams to dial in head weight and performance.

White Hot insert: 2023 Tri-Hot 5K putters add the iconic two-part urethane White Hot insert, which was originally developed using the same material as Callaway’s Rule 35 golf ball. White Hot, with its “firm but soft” properties has been a long-time favorite of Callaway staffers and recreational golfers. According to Callaway, “They’ve been asking for us to bring these technologies back and we’ve listened.” Can’t argue with that.

Stroke Lab shaft: The newest generation of Callaway’s multi-material Stroke Lab shaft features a shortened steel section and reduced weight (seven grams). Additionally it is stiffer. All of this leads to more stability and consistency.

Additional model details

Full lineup details — and who they’re for — including 2022 releases, via Callaway. 

One: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation

Two: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation. Less rounded than the One.

Three: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a flow neck hosel yielding more toe hang making it suitable for strokes with more aggressive swing arc and face rotation

Double Wide (CH, CB): CH: A wide blade with a crank neck hosel yielding moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes with moderate swing arc and face rotation. CS: Face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation

Triple Wide (DB, CS): DB: A face-balanced double bend wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation. CS: A face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation.

Rossie: (DB, S): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S: A mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation.

Seven (DB, S, CH): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S:  mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation. CH: a mallet with a crank hosel, suitable for strokes with moderate arc and face rotation.

Pricing and availability

At retail: March 2, 2022

Price: $399.99

Standard grip: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Pistol

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