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2020 TaylorMade SIM driver, SIM Max driver: “Shape in Motion”

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2020 TaylorMade SIM driver and 2020 TaylorMade SIM Max driver: maximizing the “moment of truth” AKA the three feet before impact.

That’s the key piece that I grabbed onto when I was being introduced to the new 2020 Taylor Made SIM driver.

This is where we have landed today in the pursuit of “having your cake and eating it too” performance. Golf technology is becoming a chase for maximizing performance down to literally three feet. On tour, your average player will increase speed in the “moment of truth” from 90 mph to 120 mph. Quite the jump, and frankly—I’m surprised it’s taken this long to bring that part of the club’s path into the bigger conversation.

With the launch of the new 2020 TaylorMade SIM drivers, the Carlsbad golf equipment machine has done just that. With the help of keeping some familiar tech and introducing some new very noticeable design ideas, the new 2020 TaylorMade SIM driver is fast, forgiving, playable, and it all comes in a tight, sophisticated package.

Let’s start with the name—Shape in Motion (aka SIM)—offered in three models SIM, SIM Max, and SIM Max-D.

TaylorMade and its team, lead by engineer Tomo Bystedt, had one question in mind: How do we make a driver that increases ball speed and allows for maximum forgiveness? Currently, you kind of have to pick one or the other. If a driver is an MOI machine, it most likely sacrifices distance due to its higher spin profile. If it’s a distance monster, the opposite applies. Simple enough.

The team at TaylorMade knew they needed to look in a different direction to find a real combo that did both, hence the complex geometry proof that is SIM. In normal-person speak, it’s chasing this unicorn by adjusting the shape of the club rather than what’s under the hood.

2020 TaylorMade SIM driver

What’s newNew 2020 TaylorMade SIM and SIM Max Drivers

  1. Aerodynamic design: TaylorMade, in its research using a military-grade aerodynamic facility, discovered that it’s not only creating airflow across the body of the driver but more importantly the angle at which that airflow moves. Using wizard math to land on the shape, the new 2020 TaylorMade SIM driver has a shape that literally kicks in right before impact.
  2. Raised crown: The main thing you will notice in the new 2020 TaylorMade SIM drivers is an elevated clubhead. It needs to be said that typically a raised crown equals a higher CG, this is where the real science of this driver gets interesting. With the placement of the Inertia Generator that brings a substantial amount of weight down and low, the driver now accomplished a unicorn scenario, low CG and high MOI.
  3. Carbon: Carbon crowns have become the norm in driver composition these days, some OEMs are new to it, and some like TaylorMade have been in the game for a long time. The new 2020 TaylorMade SIM drivers have what TaylorMade believes to be the strongest, lightest carbon makeup in golf. What this allows is clever weight placement in other areas. That’s what’s fascinating about driver technology these days, they all get a weight tolerance and size limit, where and how they choose to place weight is where you see the personality of each company.
  4. Goodbye T-Rail, welcome back single rail: You will notice that the very effective T-Rail from the M-series is gone and the familiar one rail made famous by the SLDR is back in play. According to TaylorMade, the trade-off is nil. The placement of the inertia generator gives players enough mass in the back to mitigate any loss in workability.

What’s the same

  1. Twist Face technology: It’s a real thing, and yes TaylorMade is not the only company that utilizes a version of this, however, the feedback I’ve gotten from players that used the M3 and M5 drivers responded very positively to what the face will do on heel and toe strikes…so point is, it’s a thing and a good thing.
  2. Speed Injected Face: Can’t have all the science without a consistent face. If you don’t have it, you are a dinosaur. Speed injection is quite simple to grasp at this point, they push the face all the way to the legal threshold and depending on the face use a “speed injection” resin to more or less ensure that every face (not just tour heads) are as hot as the devil himself.
  3. The TaylorMade sound: Last year, there were two drivers on the market that had acoustics that rivaled any modern driver, the Cobra F9 and the TaylorMade M5. They both sound like Thor’s Hammer, solid, heavy and it was across the face. This is no easy task by the way. The new 2020 TaylorMade SIM drivers continued with this trend. I was able to put it through the ringer in Carlsbad and the first thing I’m always looking for with any driver is the sound, this thing swings and sounds like a sledgehammer. The thud that we all love at impact is very much there and on the shots that went a little heel side, the difference was negligible. Very well done here.

How it looks

The new 2020 TaylorMade SIM drivers look exactly how you would want it to look, it looks like you are gonna murder it.

TaylorMade drivers have always had a great shape, it’s one of the things that has kept them at the top year in and year out. The golf clubs just always look good. The shaping is what we have seen for years from TaylorMade. Personally, it’s a shape that I will always jump back to because it’s familiar and I know how to hit these drivers. It’s funny how it works like that.

The topline paint was thinned just a bit (based on tour feedback), and it bleeds further down onto the face to add a better frame at the address. The average golfer may not spot this, but the guys on tour don’t miss a thing, I’ve seen players set a driver down and if that top line doesn’t sit right, that driver gets handed back quickly.

The sound and feel

Pleasing acoustics have been something TaylorMade has always done well, especially in the M5. The new 2020 TaylorMade SIM driver is no different, and to be honest, all they really needed to do was just match the sound of last year and they win. Well, that’s what they did, the sound is identical to last year, which equals that heavy hit, hammer feel at impact. Point is, the new math built into this thing didn’t change the essence of the TaylorMade driver experience one bit. Not an easy task.

The other models

2020 TaylorMade SIM Max driver

This high-launching, high-MOI machine will be popular for those players seeking a bit more forgiveness or for the better players, a touch more spin. It’s not uncommon for players like DJ, Rahm, Fleetwood, and Casey to look in this direction because, at their speed, a bit more spin doesn’t cost them much, they already hit it far enough. The face on the SIM Max is eight percent larger then SIM, which is a key factor in its forgiving profile.

Photos of the SIM Max (click to enlarge)

TaylorMade SIM Max-D

The Max-D will give a nice forgiving option (18 percent bigger face then S.I.M) to those looking to avoid the right side of the golf course or that need a little help drawing the ball…not a new idea, but players always appreciate the option.

Overall

There were rumblings about the appearance of the New 2020 TaylorMade SIM driver when it was teased out in spy pics. Advice to everyone, don’t let the pics fool you. In hand, this driver looks, sounds and feels amazing. The real question is, what will you gain vs what you have now? The answer for me was, well, not a ton, maybe 2-3 extra yards and a bit more forgiveness. If you are a player that switches every year, the days of gaining 10-15 yards are gone, it’s just reality. So what you need to be looking at in terms of gains is in the minutia. Maybe one more fairway per round, being able to work it around a corner a bit easier, etc. And that’s totally OK. In my case, it’s enough to get me to swap up.

HOWEVER, for those that aren’t in the Gear Junkie Dark Web and are wanting to look into making a driver switch after a few years, the new 2020 TaylorMade SIM drivers are a legitimate upgrade from models of the past. It’s the closest thing I have found to max distance and max forgiveness in a driver. It’s a win for TaylorMade. They always do this part of the bag well, and this year is as to be expected. Well done, guys.

Specifications, Availability & Pricing (Info Courtesy of TaylorMade Golf):

SIM, SIM Max, and SIM Max-D will be available for pre-order on January 10 and at retail on February 7, 2020.

SIM has an MSRP of $549.99 USD and will be offered in 8, 9, and 10.5-degree lofts. Stock shaft offerings include Mitsubishi Diamana S Limited 60 and Project X’s HZRDUS Smoke Green 70, with numerous custom shaft options available at no additional cost. They come stock with a new Golf Pride Z-Grip (47g ).

SIM Max and Max-D have an MSRP of $499.99 USD and will be offered in 9, 10.5, and 12-degree lofts. SIM Max stock shaft offerings include Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 and Ventus Red 5, with numerous additional shaft options available at no additional cost. SIM Max-D’s stock shaft offering is the UST Mamiya Helium, with numerous additional shaft options available at no additional cost. Both models also come stock with the new Golf Pride Z-Grip (47 g). The women’s offering for both SIM Max and SIM Max-D include the Aldila NV Ladies 45 shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip (38 g).

Sliding Weight Technology (SIM only): Familiar TaylorMade technology that offers a player up to +/- 20 yards of draw or fade bias.

Loft Sleeve (all three models): 2-degree Loft Sleeve allows for the adjustment of the loft, lie angle, and face angle of the driver.

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

45 Comments

45 Comments

  1. Wes Pender

    Feb 1, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Will the M5/M6 driver shafts be Interchangeable with the SIM drivers? Or are we buying new shafts again?

  2. Steve C

    Jan 10, 2020 at 12:34 am

    This is another fine example of the major golf manufactures claiming to have reinvented the wheel. As long as golf consumers continue the chase, nothing will change. “There’s a sucker born every minute” has never been truer than in the golf business. In fact, where are my keys? I need to go demo some clubs!

  3. Steve C

    Jan 9, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Reinventing the wheel is what the big guys are best at. They are also pretty good at convincing “Joe Golfer” that the new wheel is soooo much better than last years AMAZING, GAME CHANGING, CANT LIVE WITHOUT, wheel! I’m thinking I will have to take a pass. I’m thinking we should ALL takeaway pass.

  4. Pelling

    Jan 8, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Will this driver bounce higher off the brick cart path when dropped by the caddy than the M5?

  5. Tom54

    Jan 8, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    The real problem with new drivers out so frequently is the crime of what is offered if you want to trade in your last years model. It’s a shame that a $550 driver well taken care of and minimal use is only worth at tops $150-170 if that on a trade in. I’d be surprised if it only costs $100 or less to produce these clubs yet the markup is tremendous.

    • Craig

      Jan 8, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      Production cost is probably not much, but R&D, marketing and all the over business expenses need to be covered. Need to sell a lot of drivers to cover their tour staff!

    • S

      Jan 12, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Every object for sale in life is marked up. That’s how retail works. Go cry somewhere else, like 50 years in Communist Russia why don’t you if you don’t understand capitalism. Isn’t that what makes America great, according to your president who is literally the king of business?
      If anything, you should complain about how little tax the most wealthy actually pay.

      • Tom Sanski

        Jan 16, 2020 at 11:51 am

        Actually the wealthiest people in America pay 90 % of all taxes collected, but keep believing opinions from the left(socialist,communist) I will stick with the facts

  6. The DuDe

    Jan 7, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Mr Wunder

    I have a challenge/request for you, since you seem to have access to golf club companies few us do, try this:
    1) Acquire as many OEM’s current model , 5 year old and 10 year old driver with same specs, loft shaft.
    2) Take them to a robotic facility and test all models with same golf ball
    3) Give us the data
    You will become an instant success with the gearheads here, reason I am asking is that my wife wanted to give me a new Callaway Epic driver for Christmas, after comparing it to my current 5 year old gamer (XR), I would have be paying $529 (PGA Superstore Palm Desert price and location of this test) for 3 more yards distance and minimal dispersion gains

    • Great

      Jan 8, 2020 at 9:12 am

      Great idea! Please do this Golfwrx. I bet the results would be eye opening and very similar.

      • The DuDe

        Jan 9, 2020 at 10:52 pm

        No answer from Mr. Wunder? Did not think so, this would show us that ( like my unscientific experiment) there has been no REAL advance in drivers, the REAL advances has been on the golf ball.
        In my humble opinion, if a PRP reports a 5 yard gain, a recreational player will see none.

        • John Wunder

          Jan 9, 2020 at 11:48 pm

          I’m here Amigos. It’s a great idea and if we ever have the time and logistics to do it, I think it would be a blast.

          • The DuDe

            Jan 10, 2020 at 2:35 pm

            Come John!! Let’s be honest, this will never be done, if you were to do it, GolfWrx would kill the story since the manufacturer’s would stop their advertising here , I understand. .
            My own unscientific experiment opened my eyes, 5 year old XR driver vs the latest EPIC, the results were minimal, gentleman which was working the tracker tried to sell me on 200 less rpms and the 3 yard average gain. Not for $529.00 !!

    • CG

      Feb 16, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Now, when your shot dispersion and distance gets better once that gamer’s face breaks, might want to reconsider how old your clubs are in the bag.

  7. Tony Hopkins

    Jan 7, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Great write-up. I’m most excited to see the low spin numbers of the SIM compared to the M5.

    • The DuDe

      Jan 10, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Come John!! Let’s be honest, this will never be done, if you were to do it, GolfWrx would kill the story since the manufacturer’s would stop their advertising here , I understand. .

      My own unscientific experiment opened my eyes, 5 year old XR driver vs the latest EPIC, the results were minimal, gentleman which was working the tracker tried to sell me on 200 less rpms and the 3 yard average gain. Not for $529.00 !!

  8. retired04

    Jan 7, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Is that a weight screw I see on the back end of the (Cobra like) speedback thing? Can you add weight to the back end as well as the rail thing in the front?

    Important for those of us who use 45″ (or shorter) drivers. At 45″, I need to add at least 6gr +/- to the head weight to get to a standard swing weight/feel and just adding it to the front doesn’t work-can’t get it airborn.

    On second thought, I am interested in the answer, buuut, I ain’t spending $549 on DRIVER.

  9. Carl

    Jan 7, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Why are golf clubs different then a brand new car…my new one had a MSRP of $41,456 but three different dealers offered it to me for $37,900?? so why does a $549 MSRP golf club have to be sold for $549, sounds like fair trade to me and against the law….of course if you do under cut and sell for Less the $549 the golf club company will not let you sell another one….

    • Bogeypro

      Jan 8, 2020 at 5:53 pm

      Because dealers are like resellers, not oem manufacturers like taylormade. Taylormade and other makers control the pricing.

  10. H

    Jan 6, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Yeah go suck another willy, Wunder boy.
    The same gushing love is given to every TM driver every year. Nothing different.
    Seriously I still see guys hit the R11 just as good and far as the M5, and there are dudes who just murder the SLDR, so why do we need another one? Well it’s new. That’s all it is. But it won’t be more forgiving with more distance, they can’t do it. The Rules limit is there to stop that from happening. They can’t get more distance out of the face or the head. Why do you think they have the driver at 45.75 inches? If the face and head gave you extra speed why isn’t it at 45 inches? Duh

    • Willy Wunder

      Jan 6, 2020 at 11:53 pm

      Thanks for the kind words;) Im just grateful you spelled my last name correctly. Means a lot.

    • Foo

      Jan 9, 2020 at 12:21 pm

      This is not only unnecessarily offensive (it’s just golf equipment, relax), but is so outrageously incoherent with not a hint of actual evidence to support the idea that there is no room left for improvement in drivers. Yes, rules limit things like head size and COR, but there are many other factors in engineering golf clubs, or anything else for that matter, that certainly provide room for incremental enhancements from model to model, which over the years add up to measurable improvement. “I see guys hit the R11 as far as the M5” is not proof that drivers have not gotten better.

  11. Mad-Mex

    Jan 6, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Dear Mr. Wunder

    Since you probably have access to manufactures most of us only dream of, I propose a challenge which will make you an instant legend among gear-heads.
    Have TM, PING, Titleist, Cobra and Callaway, provide you a current model, a 5 year old model and 10 year old model with same specs, shaft flex and loft.
    Take them to a facility with a Robotic golfer and hit away using same golfball brand, then provide us with the results.
    My current driver is a Callaway XR, my wife wanted to buy me a Callaway EPIC Flash for Christmas, after a comparison using same loft, shaft and ball, the results were minimal 3 yards distance, 4 yards dispersal at BEST, for $529 (PGA Superstore) those are some expensive yards!.
    Hope you take this challenge on

  12. Paul

    Jan 6, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Too bad it’s a “made-for” Ventus shaft. It won’t be anything like the real deal. Garbage…

  13. HDTVMAN

    Jan 6, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    “Shape In Motion”…LOL! Here we go again! $549? Come on…$699 will really make it the “piece de resistance” of all drivers! So, my $500 M1-M3-M5 were apparently no good compared to this incredible driver. I did have an SLDR, and THAT WAS JUNK! Let’s face it, it’s all smoke & mirrors…marketing gimmicks…to make you buy a new TaylorMade driver every six months. Oh, did I see a “MAX”? Wonder it that is like my Ping G400MAX? Might be, but I’m sure it’s not nearly as good! I’ll pass this year, of course, it you want to PAY ME to play it, I’d reconsider.

  14. Tiger Noods

    Jan 6, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Same
    Identical
    Model

    Obvi..

  15. Martin

    Jan 6, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    All drivers have gotten way to expensive you usually have to wait a 1 or 2 for the price and OEM now that but until the consumer does not spend money on the new equipment OEM will continue to come out at those price or until some comes out with a driver, fairway or even irons at a lower price and preforms the same or better.

  16. JP

    Jan 6, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Im sorry, but this article was written like it came straight from the TMAG marketing department. Feels like you are trying to persuade readers the whole time. We want independent thoughts, if i wanted someone to drool over how every new TMAG driver was the second coming of Christ, I’d just go on their website or listen to a nice scripted DJ interview.

    • John Wunder

      Jan 6, 2020 at 6:43 pm

      Read the other write ups I do. If I like a product, I express it. It’s my “independent “ thought. TM makes good stuff and I like it. I also don’t write anything to sell anyone clubs, I would hope for you try everything and decide for yourself.

  17. George Ounapuu

    Jan 6, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    I feel the statement shown below which I copied from the article says it all. I am not playing for PGA prize money weekly so I can live with my G400 for the time being.

    The real question is, what will you gain vs what you have now? The answer for me was, well, not a ton, maybe 2-3 extra yards and a bit more forgiveness. If you are a player that switches every year, the days of gaining 10-15 yards are gone, it’s just reality. So what you need to be looking at in terms of gains is in the minutia. Maybe one more fairway per round, being able to work it around a corner a bit easier, etc.

  18. dat

    Jan 6, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    $100 more than Cobra and literally a carbon copy with some different weighty bits. I wonder where I’ll spend that extra $100?

    • Thomas Ellingsen

      Jan 7, 2020 at 7:02 am

      yeah exactly. price difference probably gets even bigger when you call a certain retailer for a quote. nice list of no upcharge shafts too.

  19. N. D. Boondocks

    Jan 6, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Weren’t driver weights that were down low and rearward a dinosaur kind of thing a few year’s ago? Maybe my old Wilson Deep Red was actually 20 years ahead of its time.

  20. Joe

    Jan 6, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Its baffling as well as hilarious how many of you losers take the time out of your day to read articles and rip them. Those look nothing like an F9. If you dont like TMAG then stfu and quit reading articles about their product. Haven’t even swung the club and you’re hating on it. Lmao

  21. Leftienige

    Jan 6, 2020 at 11:50 am

    SIM.stands.for.SIMilar.to.our.last.few.models.and.all.the.other.companies,too.

  22. Colin Pugh

    Jan 6, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Isn’t this basically a rebadged F9? Looks to have the same technology. Seems like these days companies just “tweak” everyone else’s ideas and claim them as their own.
    Not dogging it, just stating my opinion.

  23. Dave

    Jan 6, 2020 at 10:46 am

    1st glance I thought Fusion knockoff.

    For choppers like me TM drivers have never been the best at hitting balls off the deck and with that rail it may be tough for the SIM.

    Can’t wait to try it.

  24. HDTVMAN

    Jan 6, 2020 at 10:33 am

    “MAX”…didn’t another company use that 2 years ago? And their “MAX” is the real deal!

  25. cjb

    Jan 6, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Fastback

  26. Nick

    Jan 6, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Hallelujah – someone has finally offered an 8* loft. Some players can actually use a lower loft. Well done, TM

    • G

      Jan 7, 2020 at 1:56 am

      They had it with the SLDR. Why didn’t you hit that?

  27. Kevin

    Jan 6, 2020 at 9:05 am

    All of this info is true ONLY if Tiger switches to this driver

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Most of the big action for Team TaylorMade is taking place in Abu Dhabi with Rory and Tommy in the field. After extensive weeks of testing, this is what they have in the bag this week

Tommy Fleetwood WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees @8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX (tipped 1 inch, 44.75 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Rocket 3 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX (42.5 inches)

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (19 degrees @18.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 TX (41.25 inches)

Irons: TaylorMade P7TF (4-PW) 
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: Callaway MD5 Jaws Raw (52-10S, [email protected], 60-08T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue  S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 3
Grip: SuperStroke Mid Slim 2.0

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (D, 3W, 5W, 7W, and wedges), Iomic Sticky @12:30 (irons)

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x ’21 Proto

Rory McIlroy WITB

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)

Matthew Wolff WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (10.5 degrees @9)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD TP 7 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 8 X

Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (3-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (50-09SB, 56-12SB, 60-09LB)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord (+3 double-sided tape)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Proto (33 inches, lie at 70, 3.5 loft, D4)
Grip: TaylorMade Red/Black

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ’21 PIX

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Sepp Straka put the new MCA Kaili White 60 TX in his SIM2.

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Tyler Duncan was testing a custom K Grind lob wedge. He was inspired by Kevin Na’s win and looking at Aaron Dill’s pics on IG. Can you blame him?

Justin Thomas (Abu Dhabi) moved out of Ventus Red 6 TX (tipped 1 inch) in his TSi3 (9 degrees) into a Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 X. According to my source, JT was looking for a specific feel with the driver and also one that dialed in the launch windows on a little cutter he has been working on. We will keep you updated if it sticks or if any of the info changes.

Callaway

Akshay Bhatia put the new Apex Utility Prototype in play with a KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 105 X shaft. Shay also put the new Epic Max LS driver (9 degrees @8.5) with a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green “Hulk” 75G 6.5 TX.

Kevin Na tested Callaway’s Epic Max LS (9 degrees) with a Graphite Design Tour AD GP 6 X. No need to panic, that original Epic gamer ain’t goin’ anywhere till it keels over and dies.

Phil Mickelson was spotted testing a Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X shaft in a Mavrik Sub Zero. Not confirmed if it will indeed go in play.

Ping

Scott Stallings (non-staff) put a Ping G425 LST (10.5 degrees @11) driver in play with an MCA Kaili White 60 TX (tipped 1 inch @45.25).

Abraham Ancer (non-staff) also converted to the Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @7.75) with an MCA Tensei AV Raw Blue 65 TX (tipped 1 inch @45).

Cameron Champ lost his clubs en route to Palm Desert and the Ping Tour squad had to build a brand new set of sticks from scratch, top to bottom. Thankfully the gamers showed up and Cam was left with a fresh new backup set.

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Cobra

Rickie Fowler made some significant changes to his bag coming into Palm Desert. The Cobra staffer put the REV33 MB’s back in the bag this time with a fresh set of Mitsubishi Chemical MMT 125 TX graphite shafts. Fowler, who has tested quite a few different shafts over the years, going from KBS C-Taper S+ to Tour Issue X100, loved the integrity of the MMT’s.

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Newly minted free agent Ryan Moore showed up to the Desert with a bag only a true gear junkie could love. The six-company bag featured a TaylorMade SIM Driver, TSi2 3-wood, Srixon hybrids, Mizuno MP-18 irons, and Cleveland Zip Core wedges.

Paul Casey put the Titleist TSi3 driver in the bag with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX shaft.

KBS seeded out a new Proto graphite shaft. The yet-to-be-named new edition to the TD line has a higher modulus material on the bottom third to increase stability and lower torque. The feedback with the original TD from players with fast speeds: it needed to be stiffer. This “newer version,” which will probably only come in the category 4 and 5, is very firm.

Patrick Reed went back to his Ping G400 LST driver—that’s all on that.

 

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Rickie Fowler spotted with graphite iron shafts (Mitsubishi MMT) at The American Express

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When it comes to equipment stories, The American Express this week at PGA West is the gift that keeps on giving. Our newest scoop is that Rickie Fowler is taking after another Cobra staffer (aka “the big golfer”) and has made the switch to graphite shafts in his irons.

From the photos captured from his practice round on Wednesday, it appears that Rickie is using Mitsubishi Chemical’s MMT shafts in his custom and yet to be released Cobra Rev33 irons.

This is not the first time Rickie has switched iron shafts in the last 12 months. He was a long-time user of KBS C-Taper before switching to True Temper S400s, and now it appears he is looking at graphite as his next frontier.

This is a developing story and we are working hard on getting all the details and specs of this equipment change but for more pictures of Rickie from The American Express, check out the gallery below.

 

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2021 FootJoy HyperFlex with BOA

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FootJoy is celebrating its 75th year as the number one shoe in golf, and to celebrate designers are continuing to push the boundaries of comfort, support, and technology with the release of the all-new 2021 HyperFlex with BOA.

The HyperFlex is two years in the making and features a number of new technologies to provide the stability golfers require with the out of the box comfort they demand.

“They look and feel so athletic. They are super comfortable the moment you put them on.”
– Rafa Cabrera Bello

HyperFlex with BOA technology

WRAPID Fit Technology: BOA is a staple footwear technology, but the designers at FootJoy wanted to take its capabilities further and make it more comfortable. The result is an asymmetrical configuration that ensures a snug comfortable fit but reduces unwanted pressure on the top of the foot. It enables the shoe to move with you, wrapping your foot for complete security, all while providing powerful support through the swing.

Stratofoam Cushioning: This is a proprietary foam blend that is used in the midsole to offer the perfect amount of walking comfort while still providing the right amount of support to reduce fatigue.

OptiFlex outsole –  The design winds through the length of the sole to naturally flex as you walk and still offer torsion control through your swing when needed.

“This new outsole technology is designed to mimic the natural flexure of the foot, so not only are you getting a great walking shoe, but a shoe that will maximize the ground force throughout every movement in the golf swing.”
-Chris Tobias, Vice President, FJ Footwear.

Waterproof Technical Mesh Upper – The Hyperflex is going technical to maximize comfort by pairing a breathable knit mesh-lined upper with a waterproof membrane to regulate foot temperature in any weather while also keeping your foot dry.

Price and availability

The new Hyperflex with BOA, along with the standard laced model will be available starting February 1, and will be priced at $179.99 with the Wrapid BOA system and $149 for the traditionally laced model.

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