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TaylorMade P7TW irons: Designed for Tiger, built for you

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If the start of Masters week wasn’t already a big enough event to get the golf world buzzing like a swarm of bees in April, we now have more news from TaylorMade Golf and Tiger Woods. The long-rumored P7TW irons are being released in both limited edition fashion and available through custom order.

The Limited edition versions will come in a custom box designed to deliver “a premium unboxing experience… as a way that pays tribute to the heartfelt collaboration of Tiger Woods and TaylorMade Golf.” (TaylorMade’s words, not mine).

Let’s have some real talk for a second — there are very few people that will probably buy these to be wall hangers, and although I would suggest the best way to appreciate a set of irons is to send them through the dirt, the box is a very cool touch. Limited edition sets have never proven to have any extra residual value beyond the initial release buzz (think MM Protos, Mizuno MP 100), but one way or the other we must admit that “holy smokes these look freaking awesome.”

From a technology standpoint, make no mistake: these are a forged blade, but the team at TaylorMade (in collaboration with Mike Taylor, and Tiger) have done a lot to ensure every single aspect or each iron is designed to Woods’ exacting specs and the end consumer is going to experience the same club heads that the Big Cat himself uses.

The technologies include a “hidden” tungsten weight to help concentrate mass behind the sweet spot for “a unique blend of feel, flight and control.” It has been long speculated that Tiger’s personal irons had this feature, and thanks to the full disclosure of the tech specs for the P7TWs from TaylorMade, we the consumers now know what was really behind the chrome this whole time.

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What is also part of what makes these distinctly TaylorMade is the Milled Grind sole, a process they have featured in the wedge line for some time now – available for the first time in an iron. Developed to ensure every head has the same grind every single time it instills confidence that for Tiger that when it comes to replacing worn clubs he’s getting the same thing club after club.

SO what does this all really mean. Well first off, we finally get to see what TaylorMade and Tiger have been up to since signing their initial agreement a few years ago. It has always been known that Tiger is extremely exacting when it comes to his gear especially his irons — which is also funny since he recently admitted to not fully understanding how adjustable drivers worked (if that’s not going full “dad mode,” don’t know what is). For one of the BEST iron players the game has ever seen, to work with a company to create a special set of tools to exacting specs — and then have those available to the general consumer is not something we see everyday.

Although I don’t lack for iron sets or blades for that matter (8 sets and growing), this is another one of those sets for some reason I just want. I know, I know — I could hit sandy range balls for a decade and never get through all of my iron inventory but it’s NOT about that — it’s about being able to see and feel the same clubs Tiger uses in your bag and know that without a doubt you have something special.

Pricing and availability

Available for preorder starting today and available commercially beginning May 1, the P7TW ($1,999.99 USD) will be offered in 3-PW (RH only) and come equipped with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts and Golf Pride’s Tour Velvet Cord grips.

The P7TW will also be available through TaylorMade’s custom program, allowing for numerous additional custom shaft and grip options.

 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. The questioner

    Apr 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Did anyone notice that there wasn’t one clear picture of the face of the club? Isn’t that the part that makes contact w/ the ball? Huh? Really makes me wonder about the what they’re really marketing and to whom.

  2. Lee

    Apr 10, 2019 at 6:42 am

    They keep saying they’re limited editions but I can’t find anywhere that says how many sets are being made and offered for sale. If they flood the market they won’t be worth much in the future.

  3. Pushdrawslice

    Apr 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    WHY ARE THE LOFTS NOT TO TIGER’S SPEC????

    • joe

      Apr 8, 2019 at 7:40 pm

      There are options to spec them like Tiger’s.

  4. Dan

    Apr 8, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Are they better than “Tour Issue” ? 🙂

  5. joro

    Apr 8, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Hurry, hurry, run as fast as you can to your local club store. I am sure you will be much better by buying these beauties. After all, you accomplish 2 things. One is you have the same Irons Tiger has, at least for now, and you will be out 1200 Bucks. Be the first kid on your block to have them, yowsa. Hurry before they are all gone.

    • Nixon

      Apr 9, 2019 at 12:13 am

      1200? Try $1,999! For clubs that aren’t even custom fit for the buyer. Hahaha

  6. Common Sense

    Apr 8, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    It has a hole in it’s head!! That’s ironic! Kind’a what Eldrick must’a felt like when it all came crashing to the deck!

  7. bobbyG

    Apr 8, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I’ll just keep my old Nike VR Pro Blades and wedges for now and pretend.

  8. Michael Portus

    Apr 8, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    “Consumers never had the opportunity to play irons like mine until… now” Tiger
    Sorry to everyone like myself who purchased the VR Pro blades guess they weren’t legit like the Tmags. ????

    • Nike is junk

      Apr 8, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      No, those were Chinese made copy junk like all Nike equipment, cheaply made, extra priced for you in the US paying high prices for junk that you like to do so much

      • Michae Portus

        Apr 9, 2019 at 12:05 pm

        I didn’t say that the Nikes didn’t perform well. They actually performed beautifully and had great feel. Mine just got worn down and Nike was on to the Vapors at that point so I couldn’t get another set of the VR Pro blades.

  9. ZQ

    Apr 8, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    $1200 irons with an $800 upcharge because of box/tw attachment. I’ll wait.

    • K

      Apr 8, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      Only! They could charge $5000 and people would still buy, so I don’t know why they didn’t price it at 5K

  10. Kenny Lee

    Apr 8, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    A fool and his money…

  11. P.S. Carpenter

    Apr 8, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I’ll bet the 8,9 and PW are to die for. I would love to look down an 8 iron! How is the tungsten weight hidden? In the chroming process I would imagine. I cant see a thing except a beautiful muscle back. And yes, X100’s are Tigers flavor and they are in the limited edition version.

  12. rex 235

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Ryan-

    It’s 2019, and TaylorMade admits it.

    “P7TW ($1,999.99 USD) will be offered in 3-PW (RH only)” and

    “The P7TW will also be available through TaylorMade’s custom program, allowing for numerous additional custom shaft and grip options.”

    Only TM would put RH ONLY, custom, and numerous in the same ad.

  13. Travis

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    I’m confused — these are built to Tiger’s exacting specs, but they come with S400 shafts. Does Tiger actually S400 shafts and not X100 shafts?

    • Jzilla

      Apr 8, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      TM website says stock shaft is “DG Tour Issue X100 (Tiger’s)”

  14. Scott Francis

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Muira san…

  15. joe

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I would hope these are assembled in a different part of TaylorMades irons assembly plant. Because the Quality Control coming out for their general irons like P760 and 790 are abhorrent, twisted grips, ferrule loose. I saw 2 different sets of the same retail spec, of 760 irons and they were a quarter inch or more different in length.

  16. joe

    Apr 8, 2019 at 10:40 am

    They need to reveal where they were forged. I called, they won’t disclose.

    • dat

      Apr 8, 2019 at 11:16 am

      I agree on the forging location. For $2K, they better be butter and from a mega quality forging factory in Japan like Endo.

    • JP

      Apr 8, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      I called to confirm and was told they were forged in the fired of Mount Doom, thus justifying the cost.

      • Edward Fitzgerald

        Apr 8, 2019 at 2:23 pm

        And like the one ring, these blades answer to Tiger alone and can have no other master…lol.

    • Murica

      Apr 8, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      They were forged at the back of the shrimp shop down in the backwater street shop in Chinatown in L.A. so they’re made in the USA

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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.”

Price: $59.99

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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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