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2020 TaylorMade SIM UDI, SIM DHY utility irons: Options at the top of your bag

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TaylorMade Golf has today announced the arrival of its all-new for 2020 TaylorMade SIM UDI and SIM DHY utility irons. According to Senior Manager of Product Creation for Irons, Matt Bovee, the SIM UDI and SIM DHY were designed to offer players options between the existing UDI (a lower-launching, lower-spinning utility iron) and the SIM Max Rescue.  

Both new additions from TaylorMade feature a rounded camber from heel to toe that bids to improve turf interaction, particularly on uneven lies. This rounded camber is designed to add to the versatility of each club—making them playable off the tee, from the fairway, in the rough and even from the bunker.

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Like the company’s SIM Max fairway woods and Rescue, the SIM UDI and SIM DHY driving irons feature a hollow body construction with a forged C300 steel face. 

This ultra-strong steel aims to maximize ball speeds while also delivering a forged feel to each product. Additional similarities include SpeedFoam, and the Thru-Slot Speed Pocket, which is designed to aid performance on shots struck low on the face.

More photos and discussion in the forums.

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Comparisons of the sole widths of 2020 TaylorMade SIM UDI and DHY utilities.

TaylorMade SIM DHY

The SIM DHY contains a thicker topline, wider sole, and a shallower profile that seeks to provide players with hybrid-like forgiveness. The SIM DHY also features a larger head shape that is designed to deliver confidence-inspiring visual cues while maintaining a sleek aesthetic.

The hollow body construction of the SIM DHY has been designed to allow for a low and deep CG placement, which subsequently aims to offer easy launch with a mid-high trajectory.

Working alongside these low CG characteristics is a newly developed SpeedFoam material which is 35% less dense than the standard urethane foam injection used in other TaylorMade products (P•790, P•770 and P•790 UDI). Per TaylorMade, The lighter material allowed company engineers to position CG lower within the clubhead in a bid to promote a higher launch and trajectory while promoting a soft, solid feel.

More photos and discussion in the forums.

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Adding to the low-CG properties is a port on the sole of the club where the SpeedFoam is injected. The port is filled with a heavy TPS screw-in design to drive CG even lower.

TaylorMade SIM UDI

In contrast, the SIM UDI contains a more traditional players iron profile with a thinner topline and slimmer sole which seeks to offer enhanced workability and shot-making characteristics.

With the new SIM UDI, the TPS port is positioned on the rear of the club. This positioning is designed to raise the CG slightly to promote a lower launch and more penetrating ball flight.

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Along with the C300 face and SpeedFoam, the new addition from TaylorMade also features aggressive scorelines across the face in a bid to provide players with the feel of a fully forged iron while maintaining the performance of a hollow body construction.

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More photos and discussion in the forums.

Specs, Pricing & Availability

Specs:

  • SIM UDI – Comes equipped with a graphite Mitsubishi DiamanaThumpshaft (X 100g, S 90g) as well as a Lamkin Crossline 360 grip. Available in lofts of 18° and 20° in both RH and LH.
  • SIM DHY – Comes equipped with a graphite Mitsubishi Diamana Limited shaft (S 75g, R65g, A 55g) as well as a Lamkin Crossline 360 grip. Available lofts of 17°, 19°, 22° and 25° in both RH and LH.

Availability:

  • Both SIM UDI and SIM DHY will be available for preorder on August 14 and at retail beginning September 4.

Pricing:

  • SIM UDI – $249
  • SIM DHY – $249
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Comparison photo of the 2020 TaylorMade SIM UDI and the TaylorMade UDI.

More photos and discussion in the forums.

 

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    Aug 10, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Dang dude, these look AMAZING!

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SPOTTED: Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack wedges at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open

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New golf equipment was showing up left and right on Monday at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

In addition to launching new ZX7 MKII irons, Cleveland-Srixon also brought out new RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack wedges for PGA Tour players to test for the first time.

While we don’t yet have details on the new wedges yet, based on the overall aesthetics, nomenclature, and design of the wedge, it appears the new RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack wedges could be set to replace Cleveland’s previous RTX ZipCore models.

Speaking with GolfWRX recently, Cleveland Product Manager Casey Shultz explained what the former RTX ZipCore wedges were all about:

“RTX ZipCore is designed for the better player with a well-developed short game that can take advantage of the added versatility the line brings to improve their shot-making capabilities around the greens, while still experiencing added forgiveness and consistency over what can typically be found in a blade wedge.”

“RTX ZipCore is the first product we introduced with our ZipCore technology, a low-density material within the hosel that helps to shift the CG and raise MOI, adding spin, enhancing control, and boosting consistency all within a traditional blade style shape. This wedge also has the newest Rotex face design with the sharper, deeper, and closer UltiZip grooves for maximum spin performance. On top of this, a new heat treatment process has been added to ensure these grooves stay sharp and this spin continues round after round.”

While we don’t know exactly what the new “6” is referencing, it could possibly mean these wedges are the sixth edition of “RTX” wedges, since the Cleveland RTX 4 wedges came out in 2018, and the company followed those up with the RTX ZipCore wedges in 2020.

Also, Shultz briefly explained the continued benefits of the Tour Rack program:

“Tour testing and feedback has a big influence on the design of our wedges, especially when it comes to grind offerings and appearance at address. We constantly are making modifications to the grinds for tour players and take notes of what works and what doesn’t and work this feedback in to future designs as well as custom grinding options available in our Tour Rack program.”

It appears that Cleveland’s Tour Rack has helped produced a new offering of RTX 6 ZipCore wedges, which we spotted at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open below.

Check out the two wedges we saw in Las Vegas, and click here to read what GolfWRX Members are saying about the wedges.

Click here for more photos of the RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack wedges!

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2023 Titleist Pro V1 golf balls secretly began tour seeding last week

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We’re used to seeing new equipment at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and indeed it’s the tournament at which Titleist has begun tour seeding for the next iteration of the Pro V1 golf ball in the past. This year, however, staffers apparently couldn’t wait until Vegas and “tour validation,” Titleist’s term for the process of tour seeding and feedback, actually began at last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship.

According to Titleist, Garrick Higgo, M.J. Daffue, and Gary Woodland, who had tested prototype versions of the 2023 Pro V1 and Pro V1x, were clamoring to put the balls in play. Higgo (Pro V1), Daffue (Pro V1x), and Woodland (Pro V1x) became the first three players to game the 2023 models in competition.

This week, Titleist Golf Ball R&D reps Fordie Pitts and Jeff Beyers will be fitting players at TPC Summerlin.

2023 Titleist Pro V1

Jordan Spieth had this to say about the development process behind the new Pro V1.

“The Pro V1 and ProV1x, as a whole, are the best balls in golf so it’s hard to say, ‘How are you going to possibly make that ball better when it’s already the best?’” said Jordan Spieth. “I think when you think of anything being the best, you’re really going against yourself then. You’re trying to beat your former self versus worrying about the competition. And I think Titleist does that. They continue to push being the best and continuing to stay No. 1 – and that’s a really difficult thing to do.”

2023 Titleist Pro V1x

Reigning Masters champion, Scottie Scheffler, described the paces he’ll be putting the new Pro V1 through:

“First thing I’ll always do is take them to the short game area. For me, that’s always the most important. From there I’ll go to the range and just look at numbers, carry, stuff like that. From there, I’ll go out on the course and just start hitting shots. So same thing I do in the short game area, have a few of my ball, have a few of the new ball and just try and hit the same shot and see how the ball reacts, see what it does in the wind and just go from there.”

“One shot that I’m always practicing is when I take some off of it. I need to see that it’s still the same (distance) gaps between my full shot and when I’m taking some off of it. When I’m practicing on the driving range, if I have a little mishit or if a shot doesn’t feel right…I usually have a really good feel for how far it actually carried. If my stock wedge is 140 and I’m trying to hit at 135, and maybe I catch a little bit off and I’m like, ‘man that really feels like 132,’ if it goes that distance, that’s really important to me. And that gives me a lot of faith in what that golf ball’s going to do.”

Stay tuned to GolfWRX for more on the 2023 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x.

“White boxes” of 2023 Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1 golf balls at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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New Ping G430 drivers hit USGA Conforming List

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On Monday morning, Ping’s G430 lineup of drivers landed on the USGA Conforming List.

In apparent keeping with the G425 line breakdown — low spin, maximum MOI, draw-biased — the family looks to include the G430 LST, Max, and SFT drivers, all of which feature both right-handed and left-handed models.

Per the description on the USGA site, the LST driver contains a “carbonfly wrap” crown, with each new driver also featuring a weight port for adjustability and an apparently forged face ala the G425’s T9S+ forged face. This would suggest Ping may be implementing a carbon fiber crown and deviating from titanium.

Ping had no additional comment on the G430 drivers at this point, but with the clubs now deemed “conforming,” we wouldn’t be surprised to see them on the PGA Tour at this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Ping G430 LST

Ping G430 Max

Ping G430 SFT

As well as the new lineup landing on the USGA Conforming List, GolfWRXers have spotted the new drivers on social media, with some photos appearing to show the new driver in a black/gray/yellow colorway.

Here’s what our members have been saying about the new additions from Ping in our forum, but make sure to check out the entire thread at the link below and have your say.

  • MakersMarsh3: “Sound and feel are AWESOME. The carbon fiber and crown are more of a grey to me??? Has the slight 2 tone to it. The 3W wood seems to be the biggest improvement.  I have a hard time looking down on them and I thought it looked sweet.”
  • belh22: “Love the color scheme personally.”
  • m9: “The head looks to be an MOI beast, and the tungsten weight at the back appears to be smaller than that of the G425.”

Entire Thread: “Ping G430 lineup of drivers land on USGA Conforming List”

 

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