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Bryson testing prototype Cobra RadSpeed driver at Augusta National

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The ever-testing, ever-questing Bryson DeChambeau is bringing his tireless pursuit of the perfect driver to Augusta National as he prepares for the 2021 Masters Tournament with a prototype Cobra RadSpeed driver in the bag.

With the rumblings of a new driver being put into play echoing among the Georga Pines, and a new driver head spotted on the USGA conforming list, we reached out to Cobra to get the inside information on the new driver being put into play by Bryson.

Here’s what Cobra Tour Manager Ben Schomin and VP of R&D Tom Olsavsky had to say.

GolfWRX: There is lots of talk about a new RadSpeed driver head being put into play this week by Bryson. What can you tell us about the new head that has been specifically tweaked for his high speeds?

Tom Olsavsky: The big thing here is speed and Bryson has a lot of it. To help build a driver specifically tuned for his dynamics, we removed the adjustable weights to save mass from the housings and have focused on internal changes to help him reduce miss-hit variance.

The other thing we did was increase the face thickness of his drivers to prolong durability. Bryson hits a lot of golf balls and with the amount that he hits both in standard practice and his speed training sessions, we wanted to help eliminate any durability concerns. We also suggest that he rotates the heads during sessions—and the adjustability in the hosel makes that easier to do.

Now speaking of the face, we specifically removed the Infinity Face on this new head, because it allows us to change the face radii easier and reduce the toe radius to help with his toe misses.

GolfWRX: Bryson really is unique as far as players you work with, isn’t he? 

Ben Schomin: Bryson hitting a 5-degree driver at 200+ mph ball speed certainly presents some different ball/club dynamics than we typically design for, so we’ve had to rethink some of our approaches. This head is our latest iteration to find something that works best for Bryson at extremely high speeds.

Tom Olsavsky: It’s basic physics: higher speed off-center hits result in greater variability due to the greater forces involved. Much of what we are seeing as far as misses are concerned seems to be due to club/ball friction at the interface between the two surfaces, which is very close to some instabilities in the contact physics. We are doing everything we can from an engineering perspective to keep the ball online more often.

To see what others are saying about Bryson new driver, check out the GolfWRX forums to join the discussion: Bryson testing prototype driver at Augusta

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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. dat

    Apr 7, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    Can’t wait for him to drive it 11000 yards!

  2. Owgc

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    No body noticing the acne on his face. It’s all over

  3. Chuck

    Apr 6, 2021 at 9:56 am

    I’m starting to love Bryson. He’s clarifying the argument on why the USGA and R&A need to act on equipment regulations like never before.

    “Sorry, Mr. Ross” should go down in history as the moment that golf’s ruling bodies were officially put on notice, more than a decade after they admitted that they were on notice.

    • Bagger

      Apr 8, 2021 at 9:12 pm

      I disagree…

      Should the USGA outlaw nutrition and training? The only thing that has changed in the last 20 years is training, launch monitors and agronomy.

      CoR/CT have been in place for nearly 20 years, ball speed has been limited too… athletes change. Should the NBA raise the hoop to 10 ft? Should the football field be lengthened?

  4. Daniel Whitehurst

    Apr 6, 2021 at 5:28 am

    In short, they built a long drive head. It’s probably the same head Kyle Berkshire is hitting since he moved on over to Cobra from Callaway to join his buddy Bryson. Callaway pretty much had the same club in his hands and has mad them for years. XR ‘16 LD 5, Epic Flash LD 5, and this year an Epic Speed LD 5. They come with a special adjustable sleeve that has a special -2/-1/+1 deg loft option instead of the normal -1/+1+2 sleeve

    • Adrian

      Apr 8, 2021 at 1:36 am

      I have the XR 16 LD and noticed that it is much more durable than standard retail drivers and I have been hitting mine for 5 years now with caving in the face. I hear that the face is thicker and there may be some validity to that as any wood that I hit for that long of a period of time will fail. Cobra will definitely be putting out some quality woods if they are to stand up to the beating that Bryson and Berkshire will put on them.

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GolfWRX Spotted: Mizuno ST-G220 driver at the 3M Open

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Mizuno’s ST-G220 driver hit the USGA conforming list a couple of months back, and we’ve caught sight of the new addition at this week’s 3M Open.

Along with a deep-looking face, the driver features a moveable weight and an adjustable hosel, while the “high” weight in the rear of the club is interchangeable with other weights/settings.

Here are a few posts from our members, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • wcbjr: “That face is deeeeep!”
  • littletimbo182: “Mizuno is really looking battle with the big dogs! Such a strong lineup driver all the way down to putter.”
  • getitdaily: “Well now, that is quite interesting. 1 weight center back. One weight back toe side. Hmmm.”
  • jokerusn: “That is the perfect shape. Not a thing wrong with that look imo. Good job Mizuno. I know I just got the SiM2 Max, but this is making me rethink my decision.”

Entire Thread: “GolfWRX Spotted: Mizuno ST-G220 driver at the 3M Open”

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Best Bridgestone irons? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing all things Bridgestone irons. WRXer ‘Texas_Golfer’ is on the hunt for an older Bridgestone set as a backup to his primary set and has reached out for suggestions, with fellow members sharing their picks.

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.

  • Christen_The_Slop: “I have a set of TS-201. Very underrated CB.”
  • JDubya89: “J40 CB, and it’s not even close, in my opinion.”
  • Mudguard: “I think had J33 Combos, J38s, then J40s. I haven’t used them in at least eight years. But they were the only set I’ve kept.”
  • IL2AZ: “I have both the Tour B X CB and the J15 CB. I am in the minority in that I prefer the Tour B X CB. Little more compact than the J15 CB and feel more solid/dense out of the middle. The J15 CB feels almost too soft at times IMHO.”

Entire Thread: “Best Bridgestone irons? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (07/23/21): Titleist TS2 7 wood

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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 a Titleist TS2 7 Wood w/ Graphite Design AD HD 8x

From the seller (@xandersingh): “In great shape, plays a hair over 41 inches. I LOVE this club. Only reason I’m selling is that Im in a Tsi2 now and dont wanna see this weapon go unplayed! In leaving town on monday so must sell before the end of the weekend or else im happy to hang on to it! 275$ including PP and Shipping fees. PM with any questions!”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Titleist TS2 7 Wood w/ Graphite Design AD HD 8x

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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