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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best irons for a sweeper of the ball?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from CROUSE99 who is looking for iron suggestions. CROUSE99, a 10-11 handicapper, takes little to no divot and is looking for irons that will over some forgiveness. Our members give their advice on what clubs are best for a sweeper of the ball.

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.

  • gdb99: “I’m more of a sweeper. My Pro always told me a thin miss is better than a fat one, so it’s just how I play the game. I just bought the T200 irons from Titleist. Coming from 712 AP1’s. They feel better, fly higher, and seem very forgiving. Only played 1 round so far. Good luck!”
  • Snowman9000: “Something with a very low center of gravity. Sometimes the big super game improvement clubs, which you would expect would be low COG, are the opposite. Callaway RAZR X irons from a few years ago are very low COG. It’s hard to do better than those for this purpose. Otherwise, you would do well to look up the Maltby MPF data on clubs you are interested in. Look for adjusted vertical COG lower than, oh, 0.740. The lower the better, for all practical purposes for you.”
  • JDMRN81: “Maltby DBM’s. Low bounce and VCOG…..perfect for sweepers. They’re GI irons with a smaller top line/sole. I’ve owned multiple sets of PXG, Pings, Mizuno, TM, and these are still in my bag.”
  • shanx: “Sweeper/picker here too, usually play thin-soled blades (MP5 and MP15, currently). Also have a set of 07 Cally XForged that had very thin, flat soles.”

Entire Thread: “Best irons for a sweeper of the ball?”

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    Sep 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm

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Rory McIlroy WITB 2021 (January)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees @8.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (45.5 inches, 59.25 lie, D4)

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX (43.25 inches, 58 lie, D4)

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (19 degrees @ 18.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7MB (4-PW)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 7.0 (6.5 in PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09SB, 56-12SB, 60-08LB)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper (34.25 inches, 2.5 loft, 70 lie)

Ball: 2021 TaylorMade TP5x (#22)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (58R 1+1, logo down)

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Ryan Moore WITB: January 2021

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Thanks to Ryan Moore himself for this Ryan Moore what’s in the bag!

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @9)
Shaft: Aldila 2KXV Blue 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees, A1 Setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD “Engineered for Tour Spec” 75X

Hybrids: Srixon ZX (19, 22 degrees)
Shafts: Oban Revenge Hybrid 85X

Irons: Mizuno MP-18 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Lite X100

Wedges: Cleveland RTX Zip Core Tour Rack (54/10MID, 58/06LOW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

Putter: Odyssey “O Works” V-Line Fang

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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2021 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x: Continuing the pursuit of the perfect ball

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The Titleist Pro V1 is far and away the best-selling ball in golf, and for 2021, the engineers have delivered on their promise to never stop trying to make the best better with the introduction of the all-new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

How do you make the most trusted golf balls better?

When the designers and engineers at Titleist are looking for feedback, they go right to the top—that means the best players in the world. Engineers seek to find out not just what they like about their current golf ball, but what if anything can be improved upon.

After lengthy discussion and research with the best golfers in the world, improvement came down to three factors.

  • Greater spin and softer feel
  • More control with a higher apex
  • Distance, but not at the sacrifice of the other two factors

By combining these wants from golfers, together with new and proven technologies, Titleist is giving golfers what they believe to the very best golf balls the company has ever produced, and players agree. 

“When a golfer chooses Pro V1 or Pro V1x, they are choosing absolute performance. Our R&D and Operations teams have spent years engineering new technology into each and every component of 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x. When it comes to the performance and quality of these products, we will continue to go to every length possible to help golfers play their best and shoot their lowest scores.” – Jeremy Stone, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing.

2021 Titleist Pro V1 technology inside and out

Just like with golf clubs, engineers don’t focus on just one performance factor when designing a golf ball. It’s about bringing each component together to have it perform at the highest level, and for a golf ball, that usually means designing from the inside out. However, with the 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls, it actually worked the other way around.

New Spherically-tiled Tetrahedral Dimple Designs – Let me start by saying I don’t come up with these names, this is all about engineering. The Pro V1 features a new 388 dimple layout, while the Pro V1x has 348. Both patterns have been optimized for each golf ball model’s specific characteristics to maximize distance and flight consistency.

To make it easy to remember, the Pro V1 is intended to provide a penetrating trajectory while Pro V1x will fly higher.

It’s important to note that this is the first totally new dimple redesign of the Titleist Pro V1 golf balls since 2011, and since that time the Titleist R&D team has gone through the painstaking process of designing, manufacturing, and tested more than 1,900 aerodynamic patterns—including no less than 60 different iterations of the new 2021 Pro V1’s 388 dimple layout and more than 30 versions of Pro V1x’s 348 dimple design as per Titleist.

“It takes years of work – we’ve been working on these new packages for almost a decade – but it is that commitment to research that ensures each golf ball is optimized to fly at its longest and most efficient trajectory.” – Mike Madson, Titleist R&D’s Director of Aerodynamics & Research Engineering

Reformulated 2.0 ZG Process Cores – As mentioned off the top, at the core of every golf ball is, well, a core (see what I did there?) and each core has to designed to deliver maximum ball speed and consistency shot after shot. The ZG process ensures that through production, each solid core Pro V1 and dual-core Pro V1x is going to deliver distance and soft feel.

Fast High-Flex Casing Layer – The casing layer between the core and the cover adds speed and lowers spin on long game shots. This casing layer is comprised of a highly-resilient, high-speed (another way of saying firm) ionomer which was originally developed for the Pro V1x Left Dash—and like with any piece of golf technology has trickled its way into other products in the line where it can be used to increase performance variables.

Softer Cast Urethane Cover – To complete the package and deliver on the number one thing players requested with the new golf balls, the new formula for the cast urethane cover is the softest formulation Titleist has ever used the Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls to increases spin around the green and offer players more control. 

Price and availability

The new 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls will be available in golf shops starting January 27.

Both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x will be priced at $49.99 and be available in white with play numbers 1-4 and  5-8 along with the same numbers (00-99) through custom. High optic yellow will also be an option but only with the play numbers 1-4.

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