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New Titleist TS hybrids, U-Series utilities landing on Tour (updated with in-hand photos)

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We just got word from Titleist: at this week’s Memorial Tournament, the company will begin the “seeding” process of the new TS Series hybrids and the U-Series utility driving irons.

Hybrids

For Titleist, the beginning of the tour seeding process is one of the final steps in getting new products ready to go to market, and based off what we have for images and based on typical products cycles from the company, these could be closer to retail release than we think.

It appears for Titleist that the 800 series branding for the hybrids is going the way of the dodo and being replaced with the TS moniker like the already-available woods to remain consistent in the line. If the numbers and supplied pictures are any indication, the TS2 will be higher launching and slightly larger vs. the TS3 hybrid, which looks quite a bit more compact front to back and also seems to have Titleist’s SureFit CG to fine-tune ball flight. Both feature the TourFit hosel for further adjustability.

Since the current images of the new hybrids already have the head covers and are taken with shafts (HZRDUS Smoke hybrid), I am quite comfortable making the assumption that the stock shafts for retail will be the Smoke followed by the full array of custom options Titleist is known for. We all know that OEMs and their staff players have the ability to do a LOT of in-house testing away from the prying eyes (and lenses of GolfWRX), so for these to be at this point with covers and the whole bit, I am also confident that after seeing these in players bags this week at Muirfeild a full release by mid-summer is only a formality.

Utilities

Already being teased on Titleist.com, the new U-Series utility irons will be the replacement for the current 718s which as always are some of the most popular on tour.

Notice any similarities to anything else?

Bueller, Bueller…..

I’m seeing a LOT of similar design characteristics from the Concept series CP-01 in these new utilities.

This is exciting since the Concept series was introduced by Titleist to test and prove “proof of concept”…see how they did that…with new technologies and materials. If you weren’t aware of what that means for the Concept line this is from Titleist:

“Visually articulated with equal imagination, to produce the world’s most satisfying ball-striking experience. With an ultra-thin face – measured and remeasured to ensure perfect uniformity – made possible through the use of a rare, super strong alloy never before used in club manufacturing.”

Whatever super strong alloy is being used in the Concepts seem to be making its way into these new utilities on tour this week. What does this mean for the consumer from a design standpoint? Most likely more discretionary weight saved from the face to move around the head, that equals higher MOI. Also with new materials, it would allow engineers to stretch the area of “maximum performance” from a ball speed perspective to a larger area of the face.

Will I be right about new materials being used in the Utility? I guess we will find out soon enough, but either way we’ll bring you more pictures when we have them.

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Ryan Barath 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. Ray

    May 27, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    can’t wait to see new iron series. Hope the new AP2 looks better this time around

  2. Jordan

    May 27, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Very nice looking. Hopefully minimal hosel offset on the u500s

    • Travisty

      Jul 5, 2019 at 9:21 am

      The U500’s are probably a carbon copy of the T-MB’s with updated looks and maybe some internal CG movement to increase MOI (the old T-MB’s were less forgiving than even the AP2).

  3. Master P

    May 27, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Pretty cool though if they follow the concept series the utility irons will probably ONLY set you back $500/piece and your first born son. Its like Craftsman vs Snap-on tools. Both have lifetime warranty and both do the same job but unless you make your living with them you wont notice any difference enough to justify paying the price.

    • JThunder

      May 27, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      How does a person “justify the price” on a hobby?

      If you’re playing for a living, you probably don’t pay for clubs at all.

      If you’re playing recreationally, then there is no justification, nor is one necessary.

      • Clay

        May 27, 2019 at 8:24 pm

        It’s always great when someone goes out of their way to be pointlessly argumentative.

        • JP

          May 27, 2019 at 9:52 pm

          Some people may consider being argumentative a hobby. But when it’s online keyboard warriors battling, how do they justify the time involved? Hahahaha

          • Boner

            May 29, 2019 at 1:08 pm

            Hey guys I took a big s hi t this morning!

  4. Tyler Kushmaul

    May 27, 2019 at 11:57 am

    The U510 look at lot like TM P790 UDI to me

    • Dennis

      May 28, 2019 at 7:45 am

      Yep. My thoughts exactly. Same shaft and all.

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Whats in the Bag

Kristoffer Broberg’s winning WITB: 2021 Dutch Open

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  • Kristoffer Broberg what’s in the bag accurate as of the Dutch Open

Driver: Callaway Epic Speed (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 60 TX

3-wood: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana TB 70 TX

5-wood: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 2019 (4-6), Callaway Apex MB (7-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks Design Proto (52-M), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56-08M, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Timeless T2 SSS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft

Thanks to SMS_on_Tour for the photos.

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Joseph Bramlett WITB 2021 (September)

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  • Joseph Bramlett’s what’s in the bag accurate as of the Fortinet Championship. >14 clubs pictured.

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees, D1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist TSi3 (16.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K

5-wood: Titleist TSi2 (21 degrees, B2 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 85 TX

Hybrid: Nike VR Pro (18 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI

Irons: Titleist T100 (4), Titleist 620 CB (5-8), Titleist 620 MB (9)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F, 50-08F, 60-04L), SM8 WedgeWorks (54-M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (46-54), True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 (60)

Putter: Bettinardi Prototype

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

More photos of Joseph Bramlett’s WITB in the forums. 

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Motocaddy M7 Remote and M5 GPS DHC electric cart review

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I have been thinking about electric golf push carts, or trollies, ever since I started playing in my league seven years ago.

Motocaddy has been making high-quality electric, and non-electric, carts since 2004 and has a couple of great options for the golfer who loves to walk. Motocaddy was nice enough to get their M7 Remote and M5 GPS DHC in my hands to try out on the course for a few weeks.

I have had a lot of people stop me to ask about the carts, and the one thing I keep telling them is that these carts are just flat out fun to use on the course.

Motocaddy M7 Remote

The M7 Remote was very easy to get set up right out of the box. All you have to do is charge the battery, install the wheels, and you are pretty much ready to go. The M7 folds up pretty small, just a little larger than the 3-wheel pushcart that I had been using for years. Getting it to the course should be no problem with just about any trunk space. Now, the one downside to an electric cart is the weight when moving it around, and both carts come in at around 35 pounds each. Even with that extra weight, I didn’t have much trouble lifting them in and out of the back of a pickup.

The M7 unfolds quickly with the flick of two levers and extends the front wheels automatically. Once unfolded, you drop in the battery, plug it in, and secure your bag. If you own a Motocaddy bag, they have developed a really nice system called EasiLock that involves two metal studs that fit into the bottom of the cart. This system also includes a molded base that prevents the bag from rotating at all, even on the roughest terrain. You can still use the M7 with almost any other golf bag as it includes elastic straps that wrap around the top and bottom of the bag.

As soon as you plug in the battery the LCD screen comes to life and you are ready to go. You can use the M7 without the remote by using the dial on the handle to control the starting, stopping, and speed. But the M7 has a remote that is activated by a simple press of the power button to get going. The remote is very simple with just five buttons to control where the M7 goes.

Getting a feel for the M7 takes no time at all and by the time you drive it from your car to the 1st tee you will be in complete, and confident, control of the cart. You simply press the “+” button to start moving forward and the cart takes off gently without any rattling of your clubs, and you can press that same button again to increase the speed. The cart will go from a slow crawl, for bumpy or tight areas, too, as fast as I could run with just a few presses of the button. The big red “stop” button in the center stops the cart immediately, and when stopped it is locked in place, even on steep hills. You don’t have to worry about remembering to set the brakes or anything because it is done automatically.

Steering is just as easy: simply press the right or left button to turn the cart. Small, quick presses will just slightly adjust the cart as it moves down the fairway while a long hold of the button can make it turn on a dime to the right or left.

Almost everyone asked me how stable the cart was and if it would tip over. I can proudly say that it has stayed upright even on some unseen bumps at maximum speed. Side hills, ruts, and even curbs are handled with ease with the help of the small rear wheel.

I really enjoy strolling down the fairway with nothing but the M7’s remote in my hand — it just makes golfing more fun!

Motocaddy M5 GPS DHC

After using the M7 and its fancy remote, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t like not having it. But to be honest the M5 was just as fun to use, but for a different reason.

As the name suggests, the M5 has a built-in GPS with 40,000 courses preloaded into it. The screen is a good size, pretty responsive to the touch, and easy to read in direct sunlight. Having the GPS directly on the cart is great, you drive up to your ball and immediately have yardage to the front, back, and center of the green as well as bunkers and hazards. You can easily toggle between screens on the GPS and it offers a couple of different views to help navigate the hole. The M5 can also keep score and let you know shot distances right on the screen. Motocaddy even includes nice little touches like a screen protecter kit to ensure durability.

Driving the M5 is just as easy as the M7 with using the dial on the handle. And speaking of the handle, the grips have a great tacky rubber that grips well even in hot and humid conditions. To start the M5 you just press the dial down and the cart will gently start down the fairway. You can turn the dial to increase or decrease the speed — I found between 5-6 to be the most comfortable for me. But the speed can go up to a very fast pace if you are looking to set a record for fastest round of the day.

As you walk down the fairway, or rough, stopping the cart is as simple as pressing he dial again. When stopped the M5 engages a parking brake automatically so you don’t have to worry about it running down a hill without your approval. The M5 has tons of power to go up just about any hill and the Down Hill Control (DHC) keeps the speed consistent even when going down a steep decent.

Since the M5 has so much power, and it is a little heavy, I thought steering would be a little bit of a challenge. It wasn’t, at all. Guiding the M5 took very little effort and slight adjustments going down the fairway were very easy. Really tight turns took a slight bit more effort as the torque can want to go forward a little more than turn. Again, once you get the M5 from the car to the first tee, you will be a master at driving it.

Overall, Motocaddy has created two great carts that provide additional enjoyment to walking your favorite 9 or 18. Having the ability to walk without carrying or pushing your bag, clubs, and whatever else goes with you. I like them so much that it is going to be hard to get the M7’s remote out of my hands when I go play!

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