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2020 Titleist CNCPT irons (CP-02, CP-03, CP-04): Pushing iron technology to the limits

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Advanced engineering, advanced materials, and the endless pursuit of creating the most technology-packed irons in golf—these are the new 2020 Titleist CNCPT irons.

It wasn’t that long ago the perception of Titleist, along with its woods and irons, was of a company that stayed the course and delivered incremental advancements to product lines—solid performers, but by no means class-leading or innovative. Another way to say it is for a long time, the perception was, Titleist liked to play it safe and deliver what its core audience (generally better players) expected.

But Titleist now vs. Titleist then is a very different beast, and the CNCPT irons are part of that evolution.

Titleist’s technology evolution

Before we get into the details of the new CNCPT line, we have to take a look back at what the line represents. For Titleist and its team of engineers, it’s the ever-changing challenge to push manufacturing and material technologies in clubs without concern for cost—it’s the “if we build it, they will come” philosophy, and it’s proven to be a willing formula. It’s no different than car companies offering limited run concept or supercars for those most concerned with peak performance over trunk space and fuel efficiency.

It started with the C16, and has evolved to where it is today with the CNCPT CP-02, CP-03, and CP-04, clubs designed for any level of golfer looking for the absolute best performing irons possible.

This “new innovative Titleist” is no accident either. When talking about the evolution of their golf club R&D department, since 2008 they have gone from 13 engineers and designers to over 70—that’s a lot more brainpower to focus on individual projects and clubs which in turn results in more people time per product. You might also note the almost-7X expansion of R&D started in 2008, just before the release of the iconic AP series of irons, which went on to become a juggernaut brand for Titleist and has now evolved into the T-Series, the next evolution of Titleist players performance.

The CNCPT materials story

This line is built around the use of exotic high-performance materials, some of which can take up to eight months of lead time to source as per Titleist. Although Titleist continues to be hush-hush about the exact metal used in the construction of the CNCPT faces, they are willing to say the materials are sourced in the U.S. and sent to be manufactured overseas.

“The material is so strong and resilient that we’re able to forge iron faces thinner than we once thought possible. It’s difficult to obtain and extremely challenging to implement into the manufacturing process, but the benefits to the overall construction in terms of ball speed, launch, distance, and trajectory are just astounding.” -Marni Innes

Whatever the exact material is, I would be willing to bet ATI (Allegheny Technologies Incorporated) has something to do with it since the ATI logo and initials can be found on the new TSi drivers.

To add some additional background ATI is a massive specialty materials company with sales that surpassed $4 billion dollars in 2019. Materials they have designed are used in jet engines, nuclear submarines, wind turbines, deepsea mining, military aircraft bodies, and other defense applications.

Each part of the CNCPT irons have been forged, cast, and processed to the limits of manufacturing precision to create irons that generate supreme ball speeds with ideal launch alongside unmatched forgiveness.

The technology

  • Forged super metal L-face insert – This is the thinnest unsupported, constant-thickness face in golf. The “L” shape moves the weld line away from the leading edge for greater compliance (engineering term for flexing) at impact resulting in supreme ball speeds with increased launch.
  • Multi-material, hollow body design – The materials used for each part allows for optimized forgiveness and precise center of gravity placement in every club in every model.
  • High-density tungsten – This heavy rare earth metal makes up nearly 50 percent of the total head mass in the lower lofted irons in each model.  A minimum of 100 grams of tungsten on average is used in the mid to long irons in each model to produce the most generous sweet spot possible.

2020 Titleist CNCPT irons: The models

The new CNCPT series expands on the previous two models by introducing three distinct irons to allow players to build their perfect blended combo set. The shapes, lofts, and profiles of each set transition seamlessly to make sure looks, feel, and performance match perfectly.

Titleist CP-02 irons

Maximum performance in a traditional blade sized head, with minimum offset, and a progress muscle design. The CP-02 mid-to-long irons (3-8) average 113g tungsten per head.

Titleist CP-03 irons

Designed to balance effortless power with control, and forgiveness. This is a blended head shape that will remind many golfers of the T100 or 718 AP2. It still offers minimal offset in a small to midsized muscle back design. With the slightly wider sole the CP-03 mid to long irons (3-7) average 104g tungsten per head.

Titleist CP-04 irons

These are the big bad ball speed monsters, built to provide maximum speed all over the face with enhanced forgiveness. They are the largest CNCPT model but do not look out of place in the “players distance” category. They are a midsized design with progressive and moderate offset. Since they have the widest soles of the three models they average of 100g tungsten, from the mid to longest iron (4-7).

CNCPT Specs, pricing, and availability

New Titleist CNCPT irons will be available for custom fitting beginning September 24, through Titleist fitting and Trial events being held nationwide.

The irons will be available with any shaft option, steel or graphite in Titleist’s custom shaft matrix and all 3 CNCPT irons ( CP-02, CP-03, and CP-04) are priced at $500 each, or $3500 for a 7 piece set. To find an event, or book a CNCPT fitting with a Titleist Product Specialist visit the website here.

 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He 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. Howard Hayden

    Sep 27, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Specs are kind of hard to read but is that 41 degrees for the CP-04 PW? If reading correctly, that suggests the magic technology is nothing more than strengthening the lofts. What was it P.T. Barnum said?

  2. grat702

    Sep 25, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    13 designers and engineers to now over 70….
    No wonder they are 3K a set ???????????

  3. Jo Momma

    Sep 25, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    $500 AN IRON?!?!?

    YOU SMOKIN CRACK, MAN???

  4. golfraven

    Sep 25, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Those have been introduced two years ago back in September 2018. They added now the CP-04 to the mix but obviously still looking for poor/rich suckers who will buy those. I ain’t one of them. You get an entire new set of AP3s from 718 line for the price of one club of the CNCPT. I know what I would do.

  5. JD

    Sep 25, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Over-priced marketing hype… it’s so hot right now.

  6. Archie

    Sep 25, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Will they take my car as a trade ?

  7. Tom

    Sep 24, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    I mean, whatever. I’m sure the technology is good.

    But why can’t they use vowels when they name things? Is CNCPT edgy? Is this a golf club or a NYC night club?

  8. dat

    Sep 24, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Hilariously overpriced

  9. Joey5Picks

    Sep 24, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    $500/club, so a set of 5i-PW is $3k. That would buy A LOT of lessons, which would actually have more effect on lowering your score. You could even spend time with Butch Harmon and get more bang for your buck.

  10. JerryCrl

    Sep 24, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Overpriced mumbo jumbo. Ive hit the previous CNCPT models and they are nothing to write home about. Heck nobody even pays attention to them being in the bag.

  11. Ahsjcirosnan

    Sep 24, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Ooooooh no vowels. So edgy.

  12. brian

    Sep 24, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Save yourself $2000 and wait for this tech to find its way into the next T100/200/300 release. They’re likely to look much more pleasing to the eye than these CNCPT monstrosities, to boot.

  13. JD

    Sep 24, 2020 at 9:26 am

    This is cool and all, but when i can buy a TSi driver?

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2021 TaylorMade Spider X, EX, S, and SR putters offer improved roll, feel, and forgiveness

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Building putters is about creating options and incorporating technology. For TaylorMade’s all-new Spider putters for 2021—including the Spider X Hydro Blast, EX, Spider S, and SR—it’s the little details that make big differences.

“With this new class of Spider putters, we focused on removing two of those variables: aim and alignment … While each putter brings something unique to the table, they are bonded by a foundation of forgiveness, stability, and True Path alignment that makes it easier to aim.” – Bill Price, Product Creation, Putters & Wedge

The idea of a “classic” golf club or putter shape won’t generally have people reminiscing about a TaylorMade Spider, but the design has been around for well over a decade—and although it has gone through some design tweaks over the years, the modern Spider is here to stay

Spider X Hydro Blast

This putter is all about small changes to an already great design with the most notable being the Hydro Blast finishing process. The new Spider X also features

  • The classic Spider X head shape, available in both a face-balanced double-bend and a smaller slant neck with 21 degrees of toe hang.
  • Multimaterial construction to offer maximum stability and increased MOI.
  • White True Path for a high-contrast look that is easy to align

Availability and Price

Preorder for the Spider X Hydro Blast starts today, March 2, with putters arriving at retail starting March 12 with a price of $279.99.

The new Spider X will be available in stock lengths of 33″, 34″, and 35″ be completed with a KBS Chrome C-Taper Stepless shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.

Spider EX

With the Spider EX, TaylorMade is flexing its putter design capabilities when it comes to face technology to improve roll and feel. The Spider EX features a new co-molded insert made of white TPU urethane and small aluminum beams angled at 45°. This combination of materials gets the ball up and rolling quicker and also creates a soft yet solid feel to improve player feedback.

Speaking of feedback and feel the Spider EX has a newly designed “Fluted feel” shaft with a more flexible portion starting 5″ below the tip to add stability while also maintaining a softer feel through the stroke,  and is slightly larger than the Spider X to increase MOI.

Availability and price

Preorder for the Spider EX starts today, March 2, with putters arriving at retail starting March 12 with a price of $349.99 – See chart for full color availability.

The stock options will include lengths of  33″, 34″, and 35″, the TaylorMade Fluted Feel shaft and to top it off a Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.

Spider S and SR

It’s about options and alignment. The Spider S uses geometry and topline sights to help golfers who prefer to use the width of the ball for accurate sighting.

The Spider S also offers the same Fluted Feel shaft and white TPU Pure roll insert to create a soft feel.

The Spider SR is the “Stability Monster” of the 2021 TaylorMade putter lineup and utilizes multiple weights around the head to raise MOI.

While the Spider S’s alignment system is for players who use the front of the putter, the SR places the True path alignment away from the face and between the wings. This allows golfers to use the clean topline and parallel wings to line up to the intended path while still offering a visual aid to behind the ball.

Availability and Price

The Spider S and SR putters will be available for preorder March 2 and will land at retail beginning April 9, with a price of $279.99. The stock configurations will include lengths of 33″, 34″, and 35 and they will be completed with a TaylorMade Fluted Feel shaft and to topped with a Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.

Spider S options

Spider SR options

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‘Can’t seem to chip with forged wedges’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been trying to help out WRXer ‘RkoDavey’, who is struggling to chip with forged wedges. ‘RkoDavey’ kicks off the thread saying:

“For most of my golfing life, I’ve struggled to chip with my sand wedge but usually have no trouble when I use my gap wedge, and I’m starting to wonder if this is related to my equipment. My gap wedge is part of my P790 iron set, but no sand wedge is available, so I play an Adams Tom Watson forged 56-degree wedge (bounce is 13 degrees).

 I can’t tell you how many times I chunk little greenside chips with my Adams wedge, but if I chip with my gap wedge, the club seems to glide right through the turf, and I have much better results. My problems arise when I have little green to work with and need the ball to stop quick–my gap wedge simply isn’t the right tool for that type of shot.”

And he poses two questions for fellow members to help him out:

“First, is there something about forged wedges that makes them radically different from your typical gap wedge that comes with a set of irons? I had this same issue with the previous irons I owned, and I wonder if it’s my equipment or if it’s all in my head.

Second, what recommendations can you give for a 55 or 56-degree sand wedge that will perform similar to my gap wedge?”

Our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

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.

  • IPA4me: “Check the bounce. Also, consider cavity back wedges for the added forgiveness.”
  • mootrail: “You’re comparing your super hot face hollow body set wedge to an ancient stamping with zero modern wedge design parameters. They might be perfectly fine for some, but the first thing to do is to toss them out. There are a few hollow body wedges out there, but it’s your swing and conditions first. You need to get to the shop and test them out.”
  • jomatty: “I’d check the leading edge between the two clubs.”

Entire Thread: “‘Can’t seem to chip with forged wedges'”

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: GtiClay

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of GtiClay.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: GtiClay

GtiClay WITB

“I used to do the WITB more often here. It’s been a REALLY long time. Maybe more than 10 years, and I, unfortunately have only 1 year where I played more than 20 rounds in a year since then. I’m gonna play more… a lot more in the coming years as I’m turning 48 this year and want to have a damn good birthday week at Bandon when I turn 50.

My goal is sub 5 handicap by then. I have still been mostly playing i3 blades and TM 300s. But I want to convert to ‘legal grooves’, so I just picked up my first new set of irons in maybe 15 years. The i210’s… so here’s my current WITB.”

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (10.5 degrees turned a bit to “lower” as I like a slightly open face at address)
Shaft: Ozik Matrix 80M Black Tie X @ 44.5″

3-wood: TaylorMade R9 paintbreak TI (15 degrees)
Shaft: Tipped Ozik Matrix 80M Black Tie X

5-wood: Tour Edge Exotics “ladies edition” (18 degrees)
Shaft: Tipped OG Aerotech SS85 X

Irons: Ping i210 (3-9i)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130X

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 46 @ 47*, 54 @ 53*
Shafts: KBS Tour 130X

Callaway PM grind 60*, shaft TBD

(note – this is cold weather setup.  I plan to drop the 3 wood and add my 2019 PM grind 58* and 64* with S400 when it warms up and I need it.)

Putter: Scotty Cameron JAT, TaylorMade Ghost Marenello 355g, both at 34″.

The JAT is somewhere else and due to Covid I haven’t been able to get it, but as soon as I can, I’ll put it into play.

Grip: Stock Pistol

Golf Ball: I love the Callaway HX balls in the wind, but will play most any premium urethane ball that is on sale.

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord BCT midsize with 2x extra tape.

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

 

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