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Rickie Fowler makes dramatic iron change

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Rickie Fowler’s struggles on the course have been well documented in 2021, and the 32-year-old has now made a significant change with his irons as he looks to try and regain some form.

The Californian has been playing Cobra’s ‘Rickie Fowler’ Rev33 irons with a limited number of proto irons even coming to retail earlier this year.

RF Rev 33 irons

However, at this week’s Honda Classic during the opening round, Fowler was pictured playing a set of blacked-out Cobra CB irons.

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Fowler has lost strokes to the field for his approach play in each of his last four tournaments, and despite a solid round of even-par at PGA National on Thursday, he again lost a stroke to the field with his iron play.

Here’s what some of our members have been saying about the change of irons:

  • rnolan79: “I have the RF proto’s, and the hitting area is the same as Cobra’s last MB, which I played prior. I believe the sole is also the same so not sure why he would not have confidence in the new sticks. I loved the King forged MB’s. I felt even though they were small, they were easy to hit and get good results. Sole was perfect for my swing. The RF proto’s just have about the best shape I have seen in an iron. I think he is just really struggling with swing changes, and it can be easier to switch clubs and maybe feel like he has more room for error. Plus, his putting is not even close to what it once was.”
  • bladehunter: “Yep. I’ve held them. 100 % not smaller than blueprint or Miura small blade. Not at all “ unhittable “ he’s down a rabbit hole. Period. It’s not the irons.”
  • Cwebb: “I had doubts from the beginning that he would actually hit the zero offset blades better than something else. Regardless of how much he liked the look of them.”

Have your say here.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

10 Comments

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  1. Jerry

    Apr 7, 2021 at 4:45 am

    That’s why when they have no deal, ie Day and Koepka, they play Mizuno.

  2. Cody Reeder

    Mar 29, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Everything Ping is backordered for 6 months. They are currently a supply chain nightmare..

  3. Nikeboy

    Mar 25, 2021 at 8:47 am

    He needs to find some Nike VR Pro blades.

  4. Babbet

    Mar 22, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    No PXG. That spot is on reserve for Tiger’s historic comeback after losing his sponsors and making a big golf club change before winning 3 majors and skipping the British Open.

  5. Divot Diggler

    Mar 21, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Cobra has all the publicity they need with Bryson …….He should switch to PXG…..

  6. Bob

    Mar 21, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    This is how cobra loses fans! Tells everyone that Rickie is going to play the rf 33 model sells their inventory (which still has some for sale) and then Rickie switches. This should be a reminder that never buy Bc a a pro plays it. Get fit. Or buy cheap.

  7. Steve

    Mar 20, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Yep, can’t swing, hit ping!

  8. Delbert

    Mar 19, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    RF should change to Ping so he can win.

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A deep dive into the development of Titleist T100 irons

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Since their introduction, Titleist T100 irons have been one of the most successful irons ever launched by the equipment manufacturer. Not only have they seen massive success on the PGA Tour by being at or near the top of the iron count since they were released, but they, along with the whole T-Series, have also made major waves with recreational players too.

As a complete gear junkie, and someone who has always had a fascination with the engineering and design process, I reached out to Titleist to get the inside scoop on the development of the popular iron and spoke with the team behind the T100.

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Ryan Barath: How long is your standard development cycle for irons, and was there any part of the process that was unique for the T100’s?

Titleist: At Titleist, we have a two-year product lifecycle, meaning we introduce new irons every two years. However, the creation timeline of new irons stretches well past those two years as we start working on early engineering three to five years before launch. In those early years, we focus on two areas

  • The first is the feedback we get from the best players in the world, our PGA Tour staff, what are they looking for to optimize their game.
  • The second is about researching the emerging types of engineering or material advances that our team can utilize in future performance enhancements. For T100 specifically, we started this process early as our stated goal was to create the best modern tour iron, ultimately replacing AP2 as the most played iron across global tours.

With T100 the goal was to give the club a tour-preferred look at address while retaining the solid feel and best in class overall performance. The response to T100 has been overwhelming as not only did we see AP2 players shift to T100, but so did many CB players helping T100 quickly become the new #1 iron across global tours.

RB: With the evolution of the players’ line beyond the MB and CB irons, what is the hardest part of making already great better? 

T: There are a couple of challenging things when improving tour irons. The first is that tour pros know exactly what they want an iron to look like in the address position. Generally, they want short, compact blade length, minimal offset, and a narrow top line.

Feel is also incredibly important and that comes from materials, engineering, and the sole for turf interaction. T100 stands out in all of these areas and delivers on both the look and feel players are looking for in an iron. The dual cavity design, combined with our tungsten toe and heel weighting, helps separate T100’s performance making it the true modern tour iron. This is an iron that has a blade-like look, feel, and versatility that tour players want, but also provides an extra degree of forgiveness and precision that players can take advantage of at the highest levels of the game.

RB: With tour player feedback being a crucial part of the process, how are players like Jordan Spieth involved in the discussion? Is it a wants vs needs discussion?

T: Tour player feedback is a key component in continuing to make our irons perform better as they give us input on size, shape, and performance attributes they are looking for such as launch and spin.

Jordan Spieth is one of the players we really enjoy working with as he gives very detailed feedback, especially on turf interaction. We worked extensively with Jordan and others to design a sole for T100 that would provide the turf interaction they are looking for. In fact, we have been working with Jordan on refinements to that sole for our next iteration of T100.

From a wants vs. needs standpoint, we try to give players all of their “wants” because that pushes our team to innovate and ultimately yields the best product.

Jordan’s “wants” in a new iron are for it to deliver consistent performance on every shot. He wants to be able to work the ball in both directions as well as control his launch window and spin. Jordan is also looking for a little bit of forgiveness as while he is one of the best ball strikers in the world, he still appreciates getting closer to his number when he doesn’t make perfect contact. This is where T100 really shines as even a player of Jordan’s caliber realizes the value of increased precision when his carry distance and spin are more consistent.

RB: As a follow-up, can it be difficult to have a player be critical of an iron they are currently playing when on the search for better?

T: In partnership with our PGA Tour team led by JJ Van Wezenbeeck, we believe we have our players in the best product for their game. But the constant quest for better is in large part what drives both our Tour players and our R&D team so we are always pushing them on what are they looking for in future products as we want to get better just as much as they do.

We love it when during the testing process when a player says, “I love this, can I keep it?” and it is a little disappointing to have to tell them “soon!” but it is worth it knowing that we have found something they really enjoy. And we know if the best players in the world have vetted an iron that the rest of us will love it too.

Another important thing to know is there are plenty of prototypes that we test that don’t work for the players and that feedback is just as valuable as it helps us refine or in some cases completely eliminate ideas. At the end of the day, we are fortunate to have such a large and diverse tour staff to rely on for insights, testing, and ultimately validation during our product creation process.

RB: The T100 and the T100s irons have demonstrated tremendous success all over the golf world from the PGA Tour down to everyday golfers. What are you most proud of with this iron?

T: It is incredibly rewarding to see the best players in the world have success with irons that we design, but it’s just as fun seeing the in bags of regular golfers when we are out playing. The T100 is a great iron as it is the perfect combination of performance, looks, and feel. We feel just as comfortable putting that iron in the hands of any single or even low double-digit handicap index golfer as we do Jordan Spieth.

That’s what I’m most proud of with this iron, that we’ve combined the look and feel of a tour iron, with modern technology that makes it playable for so many golfers.

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Davis Love III WITB 2021 (April)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura Ventus Red 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi3 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80 TX

Irons:Titleist U500 (3-4), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Elevate Tour

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F, 50-08F, 56-14F (@ 55 degrees), WedgeWorks 60-10K
Shafts: True Temper Elevate Tour

Putter: Scotty Cameron Masterful

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/15/21): Pinehurst Titleist LinksMaster

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

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 – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for an exclusive Pinehurst LinksMaster bag from Titleist. These bags are only offered to a select number of golf clubs and courses and are built to the highest quality.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Pinehurst Titleist LinksMaster bag

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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