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Titleist introduces new 2021 TSi2 and TSi3 fairway woods

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  • New 2021 Titleist TSi fairway woods are here

It was just over two years ago that Titleist engaged in the TS (Titleist Speed) Project. The original campaign gave us four unique drivers (TS1, TS2, TS3, and TS4) for all levels of golfers and two fairway woods that were not only popular in the marketplace but also at the top of countless fairway wood counts on the PGA Tour.

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What made them good? Simplicity. The TS2 did exactly as advertised—it launched high, was extremely forgiving and playable across a huge handicap range. Its lower spinning brother, TS3 satisfied the higher-speed players that wanted lower launch and reduced spin.

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It would have been easy enough for engineers to cruise along and get five-percent better in this next cycle, but like the TSi drivers, Titleist has taken the best of the TS fairway line and cranked up the volume in a huge way.

New 2021 Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 fairway woods

TSi2

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What’s new: Deeper and lower CG than ever before giving the player even better launch conditions and flatter spin rates for increased distance overall. The face is supported by a lighter Active Recoil Channel (fourth edition) that strengthens the face for added ball speed and playability, especially on the lower face strikes. That saved weight was then distributed to the back for a lower CG and higher MOI.

Looks: Enhanced better player detailing than in previous generations of the two series, the toe area has an outward flow to it that gives a more square-to-open look at address. A new TSi alignment aid in combination with a re-imagined face profile frames the ball well in the playing position that gives the player the appearance of loft, which is key in fairway woods.

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  • RH Lofts 13.5°, 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21° | LH Lofts 13.5°, 15°, 16.5°, 18°
  • Head: 175cc, 58.5° lie, SFT Hosel (compatible with TS, 917, 915, 913)
  • STD Lies: 56.5°, 56.5°, 57°, 57.5°, 58°
  • STD Weight: 9g

Available at Retail 11/12 with MSRP of $350

Stock Shaft Offerings

  • Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 55G  A, R, S
  • Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 65G R, S, X
  • Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 75G R, S, X
  • Project X HZURDUS Smoke Black RBX 70G 6.0, 6.5

*custom offerings also available on Titleist.com

TSi3

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What’s New: Improved acoustics, enhanced adjustability, faster face with ARC 4.0, enhanced shaping, and overall optics to please the eyes of better players.

Titleist TSi3 introduces a new Fairway Track system that incorporates more weight deeper in the head to lower the CG, all while giving the player the ability to easily alter the CG with a sliding weight system that is far superior to the previous models’ SureFit CG system. The three-position system (heel/toe/neutral) is secured by a robust Kyron Max Polymer with a carbon fiber cover.

In comparison to the TS3, the new Titleist TSi3 fairway wood will give players an overall better experience from the playing position to launch.

Looks: “Confidence-inspiring” is the best way to describe it. A lower-spinning profile in a body that sits in between a shallow and deep face is a winner. This design is one most OEMs are nailing these days and this case is no different. The TSi3, like its sibling, has a softened toe area to give an open look that better players prefer.

  • RH Lofts 13.5°, 15°, 16.5°, 18° | LH Lofts 13.5°, 15°
  • Head: 175cc, 58.5° lie, SFT Hosel (compatible with TS, 917, 915, 913)
  • STD Lies: 56.5°, 57°, 57.5°
  • STD Weight: 12g

Available at Retail 11/12 with MSRP pf $350

Stock Shaft Offerings

  • Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 55G  A, R, S
  • Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 65G R, S, X
  • Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 75G R, S, X
  • Project X HZURDUS Smoke Black RBX 70G 6.0, 6.5

*custom offerings also available on Titleist.com

Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 fairway feel

The combination of the newly constructed face (with ARC 4.0) and lower CG position gives the TSi metal woods a unique feel at impact. Like the driver, they have a softer feel and acoustic than most on the market but when you look up the increased ball speed is clearly visible. I believe the feel and sound of the TSi line will pleasantly surprise almost everyone, it’s def unique.

Overall: Excellent but not as big of a leap as Titleist made in the driver category but a sure-fire step forward. Let’s be honest, they have always made a great fairway wood, since the PT Series I cannot think of one that I didn’t think was top tier.

In my testing, apples-to-apples against the previous models, I’d say they are both a touch longer if at all but they look better, sound better, and are easier to hit across the board. That’s huge.

I truly appreciate what Titleist did optically here. There is very little difference visually between TSi2 and TSi3. This is important because I’m a player that likes the look of a low spin head but want the performance of a higher launching head, so selfishly, I’m elated they designed them this way.

Performance-wise, it’s no surprise: These fairway woods look good, sound good, and perform. Fairway woods have a job to do, and it’s not just to go a long way, it’s a club you need to rely on off the tee, fairway, and outta jail. The TSi Series fairway woods will be in a ton of bags in 2021…on the Tour and at the local muni.

 

 

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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

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Equipment rewind: A deep dive into the Cleveland HiBore driver legacy

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I have always been fascinated by product development, specifically the development of unconventional products. Now in the world of golf clubs, one of the most unconventional designs ever introduced was the Cleveland HiBore driver, which during its lifespan, experienced tremendous success through a number of generations, including the HiBore XL, XLS, and finally, the Monster XLS, which, as you may remember, hid the acronym “MOI” on the sole, alluding to its massive level of forgiveness.

As a golfer, I played the original HiBore, along with the XL Tour for a period of time and was always curious about the story behind the “scooped out crown.” In a search for answers, I reached out to Cleveland-Srixon to get the lowdown on the HiBore and discuss where it sits in the pantheon of drivers.

Ryan Barath: Considering how engineers are continuing to do everything they can to increase MOI and push the center of gravity low and deep in driver heads, it feels like the original HiBore and the subsequent models were well ahead of their time from a design perspective. 

It makes logical sense the best way to save weight from the crown is to make the crown “disappear” compared to traditionally shaped drivers, am I correct in assuming that?

Cleveland design team: You nailed it.

At the time of the HiBore, there were really only two solutions to create a low and deep center of gravity:

    1. Make the crown lighter – by either replacing the crown with a lighter-weight material such as a graphite composite or magnesium or by thinning out the material on the crown. Thinner crowns were possible thanks to advances in casting technology and using etching techniques to remove material.
    2. Make the driver shallower – this change in geometry created a very forgiving low profile design, but the downside to this was that you ended up with a very small face that looked intimidating compared to the larger-faced drivers on the market.

The HiBore took a new approach and inverted the crown geometry so that all the crown weight was moved lower. By inverting the crown the HiBore design allowed for a very long and flat sole, therefore there was space in the head that was really low and deep to put the weight.

The HiBore was really the first driver to eliminate, or nearly eliminate the tapered skirt. Almost every modern driver in the market is inspired by the HiBore in that respect. It was a two-part solution where we lowered the weight of the crown and simultaneously created a low/deep location to put any extra mass.

The lower and deeper CG of the HiBore improved launch conditions significantly, but also made the driver much more consistent across the entire face. The deep CG increased MOI resulting in tighter dispersion since the sweet spot was in the center of the face. Misses both low and high performed exceptionally as opposed to having a small hot spot high on the face.

RB: In every conversation I have ever had with engineers, there is always this give-and-take mentality from a design perspective to get to the final iteration. Was there anything that was given up or sacrificed for overall performance with this design?

Cleveland design team: The hardest part about the HiBore design was the sound. Prior to the HiBore, internal ribbing in a hollow golf club head was nearly unheard of. To make the HiBore sound acceptable, we had to design a ribbing structure to control the sound and design an entirely new manufacturing process to produce those internal ribs. To this day, most drivers include some form of internal ribbing to control sound or improve ball speed and that ribbing technology can be traced back to the HiBore.

In terms of tradeoffs, the major one was the low spin nature of the driver made it more difficult for low spin players to use. If a golfer is already low spin, this club would be too low and drives would just fall out of the air. Low spin golfers tend to be low spin because they hit the ball high on the face. Since we lowered the sweet spot, a high face impact was further from the sweet spot so ball speed fell as compared to a higher CG driver. Fortunately for us, in that era most golfers were fighting too much spin or way too much spin, this wasn’t a real issue.

RB: Do you have any final words on the HiBore drivers and the legacy they have left behind?

Cleveland design team: We are very proud of the HiBore driver family and the success it had at the time, but we are also proud of its legacy.

In the same way that you can trace nearly every modern band back to the Beatles or Led Zeppelin, you can trace nearly every modern driver back to HiBore either through the internal structure that is prolific across modern drivers, or the long, flat sole that is a must-have in a high-performance driver.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/03/21): Tiger Woods spec’d irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals who 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, including equipment or, in this case, a sweet set of irons!

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Tiger Woods spec’d TaylorMade P7TW irons, or as they are also known: the GOAT irons.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade P7TW **TIGER SPECS* 3-PW

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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Edel introduces moveable weight Swing Match wedges for 2021

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The 2021 Edel Swing Match wedges are taking the concept of custom fit wedges to a level that has never been brought to the short game before, with the goal to use every possible tool to tighten dispersion and consistency to help you shoot lower scores.

The new Edel Swing Match wedges utilize a movable weight system in the flange to fit each club to a golfer’s natural short game swing profile. The research indicates that once properly fit, everything from mechanics to launch conditions shows measurable improvement.

Edel Swing Match wedges: The why

It’s no secret the best way to properly optimize your equipment is through custom fitting. When it comes to wedges, the only factors that have been traditionally accounted for are length, lie, loft, and grind—all of which, beyond grind, are already standard for iron fittings.

With how specialized wedges have to be for performance, is grind really the only thing golfers should be concerned with?

At Edel golf, they set out to answer this question, and they came away with “no,” which lead to the development of the Swing Match system to help every golfer achieve their maximum potential.

The backbone of Swing Match weighting philosophy is that a wedge’s weight location has a dramatic effect on how a golfer creates dynamics leading to impact. It’s no different than how a change in shaft weight of a driver can change impact location and delivery numbers.

The how

The weighting technology allows each golfer to adjust their wedge in order to match their natural swing profile and release motion. Edel breaks these profiles into three major categories which are

  • Cover – A steeper approach to impact
  • Side On – A neutral approach
  • Under – A shallow approach to impact

Once the heaviest weight in the wedge has been moved to the optimal position, it works alongside a player’s swing to optimize short game performance.

Results demonstrated that 80 percent of the golfers who were tested saw their best spin numbers and delivery were created with the weight adjusted somewhere other than the center weight port, and the average increase in backspin was just over 10 percent from the lowest spinning location to the highest location of the weight.

Edel’s research and testing have been analyzed by Mike Duffey, a PhD Biomechanics at Penn State and golf swing Biomechanist who came to the following conclusions: 

  • There is a substantial improvement in a player’s ability to control the flight of a wedge with weighting that matches – or is correctly fit – to the swing.
  • The type of weighting that works best varies for individual golfers. The initial assessment of the data clearly showed that there are no consistent trends across golfers showing that one single weighting always works best for each golfer. In fact, the same weighting may have nearly the opposite effect on ball flight control depending on individual swing characteristics.

It was with this knowledge that the design team at Edel developed the Swing Match weight fitting system and now they are ready to introduce it to golfers.

The Construction

The Swing Match wedges are forged from soft 1025 carbon steel and have all of the bounce and sole geometries CNC machined to ensure maximum precision wedge to wedge.

Like other Edel wedges of the past, they feature full-face groove coverage as well as a micro-engraved face texture to maximize friction for increased spin.

Another signature design element of the Swing Match wedges is their shorter hosel to precisely locate the center of gravity.

The grinds

The Swing Match wedges come in four unique grind options with each one designed specifically for a specific player delivery—much like the adjustable weight system.

It’s easy to spot the grind type on the back of each wedge, but there is one thing you won’t find and that is bounce number—here’s why:

“Typical bounce is an arbitrary number called “effective bounce” that really has no standard and is played loosely across the industry. That’s why you won’t see a bounce number on our wedges.” – Edel Golf

  • C-Grind: This grind is optimal for golfers with a moderate to shallow angle of attack who take a smaller divot. The extra sole width allows you extreme versatility for bunker play and greenside shots in the higher lofts; while being able to work in all turf conditions in the lower lofts.
  • T-Grind:  A tri-angle sole grind utilizing an extremely high bounce leading-edge, followed by a crescent-shaped lower bounce surface, and extreme heel relief. These three surfaces allow you to open the face without increasing the effective bounce for better performance on tighter lies.
  • V-Grind:  Inspired by Edel’s most popular DVR grind, this sole is great for cover golfers with a steeper swing motion. The higher bounce angle closer to the leading edge allows the sole to engage with the turf quickly which results in minimal hesitation through sand or turf.
  • D-Grind: This high bounce grind is optimal for on-top golfers with a steep angle of attack who take a larger divot. The channel in the midsole creates two separate bounce surfaces; the high bounce leading edge to cut through the turf at impact without resistance and the extremely high bounce on the second surface to prevent any excessive digging.

Price, specs, and availability

The new Edel Swing Match wedge will be available starting April 2, with the retail price of $199 for a stock wedge with Nippon Modus wedge shaft and Golf Pride grip, while custom wedge will start at $225 with customizable hand-stamping and paint fill.

The wedges will be available in lofts 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60 degrees in all four grind options and come in a cream chrome finish.

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