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Titleist T100S and T200 Black irons: Golfers (and tour pros asked), Titleist delivered

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Golfers love new shiny chrome clubs, but we also love satin and black-finished ones too. I guess you could ultimately say when it comes to club finishes, we like choice, which is why Titleist is releasing its most popular players distance Titleist T100S irons and Titleist T200 irons in an all-new stealthy black PVD finish.

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Titleist T100S Black, Titleist T200 Black irons, cavity view.

Titleist T100S Black, Titleist T200 Black: The details

The new Black PVD irons have been a highly requested item from golfers since the first black T100 irons were spotted on tour shortly after the release of the T-Series, in the bag of Sony Open winner Cameron Smith.

“We’ve heard from golfers asking us to build these all-black editions–the combination of the Black PVD finish with the matte black shaft and matching grip is just stunning.” – Josh Talge, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing.

Also, it what can only be categorized under the “professional golfers are just like us” file, Houston Open winner Lanto Griffin quickly requested a set after seeing Cameron Smith’s set when he posted them to Instagram.

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Cameron Smith’s Black PVD T100 irons

“The first time I saw these irons they looked so good I didn’t want to put a scratch on them. The black finish just looks tighter to me and really fits my eye. It also helps to keep a little bit of the shine off which I really like.” – Cameron Smith

The T-Series Black irons build on the popular T-Series line of from Titleist, which included the T100, which is the number one iron model played on tour.

Titleist T100S Black, T200 Black Specs, Pricing, & Availability

The new black T100s and T200 irons will be available in right-hand only beginning August 28th with pricing starting at $200 per club or $1,599 for a set of 8.

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  • Titleist T100S irons specs: Available 4-pitching wedge plus the stock 48-degree wedge with ProjectX LZ Onyx shafts (in flexes 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5) and all-black Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.

  • Titleist T200 Black specs: Available 4-pitching wedge plus the stock 48-degree wedge with True Temper Onyx AMT black (in flexes regular and still ) and all-black Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.

For more information, on the entire T-Series line check out Titleist.com.

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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. jgpl001

    Aug 14, 2020 at 4:37 am

    They all look great on the rack, but after 6 round they look TERRIBLE

    I just don’t get this?

  2. Moosejaw McWilligher

    Aug 13, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    It’s adorable how you guys think “capitalism” means “let’s make things that last long”.

    It’s like you’re all riding unicorns past leprechauns under rainbows of trickle-down economy.

    Aww…

  3. dat

    Aug 13, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Why aren’t they using DBM finishing like Cobra or even Maltby? These look awful in a season.

    • gwelfgulfer

      Aug 13, 2020 at 9:53 pm

      Be lucky to last a season and keep the looks. Basically half of NA can’t use these without the sandy turf destroying it. But they will more than happily sell you another set…

  4. Steve Hansen

    Aug 13, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    These are black chrome, which wears fast and looks terrible.
    Callaway has done this with black Apex and ended up with lots of unhappy customers. The Raw Black like the Cobra MB finish would be much better.

  5. Sam

    Aug 13, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    I wish they would have done this finish on the T100 also and not just the T100s and T200. Wonder if they will ever do that?

  6. Tom Duckworth

    Aug 13, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Why not use the more durable finish that Ben Hogan clubs use?

    • Jack

      Aug 13, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      Exactly. If you’re going to charge $200 per club, you should at least use a decent finish.

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6’9”, 211 mph ball speed: Inside James Hart du Preez’s setup

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You may have heard some rumblings about a 6-foot 9-inch golfer who averages 373 yards off the tee, and is teeing it up at the 2022 American Express this week at PGA West’s Stadium Course in La Quinta, California.

His name is James Hart du Preez, a 26-year-old South African Ping staffer who’s making his PGA Tour debut this week.

Previously, Bryson DeChambeau and Wilco Nienaber (a fellow Ping staffer) were the kings of distance on the PGA Tour. It looks like there may be a new head honcho in town, though.

I’ll admit, I was initially skeptical of du Preez’s distance (he averaged 373.1 yards in 2020/2021 on The Sunshine Tour, a South African tour. For reference, DeChambeau led the PGA Tour in driving distance in 2021, averaging 323.7 yards per drive). To get some verification, I got in touch with du Preez’s Ping club fitter Brad Millar. I also wanted to know what’s different about the club setup of a guy who is so tall and hits the ball so far.

Millar, the Player Development Manager at Ping’s Headquarters in Phoenix, personally fit du Preez for his current Ping equipment. In speaking with Millar on Wednesday ahead of The American Express, it appears all of the rumors are true. Du Preez really does hit his drives with 208-211 mph of ball speed.

He’s also done something that no other golfer has accomplished at the Ping fitting facility; he carried the back net of Ping’s range from the indoor hitting bay. That’s something Bubba Watson, Tony Finau, Cameron Champ, or even Wilco Nienaber have ever done. According to Millar, it was a 375-yard carry, with over 143 mph of club head speed.

Apparently, du Preez is the real deal — at least when it comes to distance.

Check out my Q&A with Millar below, and for more photos of du Preez’s equipment setup at the 2022 American Express, click here.

Tursky: First off, can you talk about what it’s like working with du Preez, and is 211 ball speed real? Also, what are some of the challenges that with working with a guy who’s that tall?

Millar: He’s done something we’ve never seen at Ping. James Hart is the only guy I’ve seen hit one over the fence from our bay. It was a 375-yard carry, with over 143 club head speed to launch it over our net.

I would say the biggest challenge is his height and getting clubs long enough. He had never really tested shafts out. He was using X100s when he came to us, and I switched him into a little heavier and stiffer X7, which seemed to help for his height and strength.

The biggest thing that we had to focus on for him was making sure we didn’t get him into equipment that would produce fliers. You can imagine with how far he hits it; he creates gaps bigger than most players do.

How far does he hit a 7-iron?

Around 225 yards. His 8-iron went about 190-195, so we had to make sure we got him into something that would spin enough so it didn’t produce fliers. We didn’t want him to hit a ball 230 when he was trying to hit 220 because the ball didn’t spin enough.

That was one of the main focuses on our fitting, was gapping and going through and making sure he didn’t have anything that would go too far, so if he had a number in mind he didn’t hit it over that.

What does he do with length, loft and shaft on his driver?

So the shaft is 46 inches, which, for him obviously, it looks as comfortable as a 45 or 45.5-inch driver would look to a normal human. It was more about comfort. We didn’t want to go too long, so we went with something comfortable for him that he could control. That’s how we landed with 46 inches. As far as loft, he obviously doesn’t need a lot of loft because of his club head speed it just spins too much.

It’s a pretty low lofted driver, a 9-degree Ping G425 LST head (with 8 degrees of actual loft), and a very stiff shaft in that Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green (80 TX, tipped 1-inch).

What are the lengths of his other clubs? Does he have to go super long?

Yeah, plus 2 inches.

What problems does that create, if any, with the build?

The only issue is that it makes the swing weight extremely heavy, but due to how strong he is, he doesn’t seem to mind whereas other players might feel that, just due to his size and strength.

What are his swing weights?

E0, and most other players play their clubs between D2-D5. They’re pretty heavy.

So for his other clubs, he has a 3-wood and a driving iron?

Correct, and he uses those a lot since due to his length, he doesn’t always need driver.

I’m not sure if you’ve worked with Wilco Nienaber at all, but is he longer than Wilco?

Yeah, I had Wilco in two days before and yes, he is a little longer than Wilco. Not by much, I mean Wilco still hits it out there, but he definitely has Wilco by a few.

I was recently watching Wilco hit drives at the hitting bay and I thought there’s no way a golf ball can father than that, but I guess it can…

Yeah, and partially why Wilco hits it far – I’ve seen Cameron Champ and I’m sure you have, too – but part of the reason Wilco hits it so far is due to his launch conditions. I would say Wilco was about 202-205 ball speed, and James was 208-210 or 211 ball speed, and with similar launch conditions, so that gave him a few extra yards.

Anything else I need to know about this kid?

I think all of us are anxious to see how he performs at this level. Obviously he has the tools and the length to play, it’s just whether he can hit it as close as these guys and make putts to make a cut. So I think we’re all curious to see.

When he came in and we were just warming up, he got to his 7-iron and I was like, holy cow, he’s swinging his 7-iron 110 mph like my driver. This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. I pulled in some people, like John Souza who manages our WRX department who’s worked at Ping forever, and Christian Pena was there. I’m like, you guys gotta see this. Then he flew the net, and I basically shut down the fitting. I’m like, OK, there’s nothing else I can do when you’re hitting it that far and that straight, over the net. It’s like, ‘I think you’re driver is good, bud.’ I’ve never seen anybody hit it over that net except James.

Make sure to check out all of our photos of du Preez’s equipment in our forum thread.

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David Duval joins Callaway Tour staff

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David Duval has signed with Callaway ahead of a year that will see him play a full Champions Tour schedule.

For 2022, the former World Number One will play Callaway woods, irons, a Callaway Chrome Soft ball, and an Odyssey putter on the Champions Tour.

Speaking on joining Callaway and playing the Champions Tour, Duval said

“I’ve been working hard on my game for almost a year now, I feel confident about where I’m at, and I’m looking forward to getting back out and competing. In the past I’ve never really been affiliated with one golf brand, and more recently I’ve been looking for a relationship with a company that feels like a family. That’s exactly what I’ve found with the Callaway Team, and I believe that they make the best, most consistent equipment in the game.

I’ve always admired the quality of their products, and with the new golf ball alone I’ve picked up 3 mph ball speed, which has really made a difference for me. They have had so much success especially in recent years across the professional Tours, including the Champions Tour where they’re the most played brand. Joining Callaway is a natural fit for me, and I’m excited for what’s ahead.”

The 50-year-old will make his Champions Tour debut this week in Hawaii, and this summer he will compete in the 150th Open at St. Andrews and at the British Senior Open in Gleneagles.

In addition to using Callaway and Odyssey equipment, Duval will wear TravisMathew apparel and footwear from Cuater by TravisMathew.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (1/20/22): FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard shoes

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a pair of FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard shoes

From the seller (@JtMagic): “Size 10, New in Box – FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard Golf Shoes – Black 53924. Will ship with original box.  Price = $180 shipped US48.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard shoes

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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