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Phil Mickelson’s new mystery hybrid – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing at length Phil Mickelson’s new hybrid. The new club landed in Lefty’s bag recently at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, with details on the latest hybrid being mysteriously vague. 

“I think I found a hybrid I really love! Putting it in play this week and I’m excited to be back in Detroit for the Rocket Classic. My swing feels like Kiawah again after playing so so the last two weeks.” tweeted Mickelson just a couple of weeks ago, and it has piqued a lot of interest amongst gearheads.

What we do know is that 19-year-old Callaway staffer Akshay Bhatia had the club in the bag at the U.S. Open, and the hybrid features the words “Apex” on the sole.

At the same time, a weight port appears to be positioned close to the face, likely meaning lower spin characteristics than usual from a hybrid.

Our members have been speculating in our forums on the new hybrid, with more than a couple of interesting theories and opinions being thrown up from WRXers, with plenty claiming that the club is a new hybrid/fairway wood crossover.

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.

  • Golfingfanatic: “Sounds like it’s some sort of fairway wood/hybrid crossover. Akshay and Xander have been testing it, too.”
  • belh22: “Tweener of hybrid and fairway wood. For better player. Low launch and spin.”
  • trentyoung33: “This looks to be the “utility wood” that Phil tried out of Akshay Bhatia’s bag at the US Open in a practice round. Johnny Wunder was talking about it on TXG’s podcast right after the open. Said he didn’t even know how to describe it as it wasn’t really a hybrid but wasn’t a fairway wood either.”
  • Fairway14: “My recollection is that the Super Hybrid was an all-titanium head. Maybe this new hybrid is a steel head?”

Entire Thread: “Phil Mickelson’s new mystery hybrid”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (07/13/21): TaylorMade M2 2016 Tour Issue head

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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 TaylorMade M2 2016 10.5* Tour Issue head

From the seller (@Gehly): “TaylorMade M2 2016 10.5* Tour Issue head (with + stamping). Not sure of exact specs but head weighs right at 200g and is excellent condition (hard to find without the white paint and topline all marked up). Shafted with a Fujikura VENTUS Blue with VeloCore 7-S tipped just under .5”. PURE’d in STD loft setting and plays 44.25”to my measurement at D4 SW and Golf Pride CP2 Pro Midsize installed. DO NOT want to split up head and shaft!. $485.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade M2 2016 10.5* Tour Issue head

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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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best irons of 2021

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What are the best irons in 2021? At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to their GolfWRXers views on the best irons of 2021.

The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

You can see the full results for the best irons of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

Best irons of 2021: The top 5

1. Srixon ZX7

What Srixon says: “A compact blade shape, narrow topline, single-piece forging, and narrow sole give ZX7 the workability, feel, and aesthetics of a world-class players iron.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Carolina Golfer 2: “ZX7 (my vote as well) with a large early lead. I expect it to only increase from here. They are truly a great iron. For the record, my 2nd best would be the ZX5!”
  • @CobraGolfFan96: “Absolutely love my ZX7’s!”
  • @JStang: “I have had my ZX7’s for a while now and am comfortable sharing a quick review. One thing that has been noticeable is how forgiving these are. I am constantly surprised at how far these fly when mishit. They feel outstanding when centered, and while they are a bit larger than I typically play, they don’t bother me one bit anymore. For the first time in years, I am not even considering another set of irons. These might be in the bag for years to come.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about ZX7 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

2. Titleist T100

What Titleist says: “Titleist T100 irons are forged to suit the player’s eye. The T100 inspires daring, imaginative play with precise distance, Tour-level shaping and signature Titleist feel. This iron is designed to help the best players score lower.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @sherlockgolfer: “Had my T100s for about 6 rounds now and can say they’re probably the best irons I’ve hit. Coming from 3 straight sets of 712, 716, 718 CBs, and there is definitely more of a clicky feel compared to those irons, but it is quite satisfying, and the ball does go further and higher. I was looking for more launch in the long irons from CB’s, and that’s exactly what I got.”
  • @Matty01984: “Superb set of irons. I must admit when I changed from my 714 AP2’s I was a little sceptical. I worried that there might be a little trade off going into a better looking, smaller iron as opposed to a slightly bigger one with more forgiveness. I simply cannot see there being any difference. The T100 goes just as far as the AP2, has just as much forgiveness and is in a better looking package.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about T100 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

3. Srixon ZX5

What Srixon says: “Srixon’s ZX5 Irons combine pioneering ball speed technology with premium forged feel, and deliver all of it in a forgiving yet workable chassis that’s razor sharp at address.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @potuna: “ZX5 for me best irons ever, and I’ve tried a bunch over the years.”
  • @EastTNGolfer: “Well, got the ZX5s on the course today. I saw ball flights I have never seen before, and terrible struck shots that still managed to find the green.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about ZX5 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

4. TaylorMade P770

What TaylorMade says: “We took everything that makes P•790 such a beast and put it into a more compact players shape with P•770. They share the same DNA, each built for dominating distance and premium performance. It’s impossible to choose your favorite child.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @ASN21: “Came to these from the OG P790’s and haven’t missed a beat. They simply check all the boxes. Can’t wait to use them again on Friday.”
  • @ScottHutch2: “Playing the best golf of my life with the P770s. I recently made a switch from ctaper 120 —> $taper HT 120, and the results have been phenomenal. Feel/consistency/control are outstanding compared to the Srixon Z585s I was playing previously, but they still give you a little pop distance wise. Great iron and I think fitting is very important with these.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about P770 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

5. Callaway Apex Pro

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What Callaway says: “We’ve redesigned this iron from the ground up, with an innovative A.I. face architecture and all new forged hollow body construction. Any scratch or single digit handicapper who wants speed and forgiveness in a players performance iron needs to try the Apex Pro 21.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Whipitgood13: “I recently got the Apex Pro 21’s with the MMT 95 shaft, and I am blown away with how good these irons are. I’ve never had dispersion this tight. And the MMT shaft is just amazing. Like firm butter. And you can lean into any shot, and the control is just there. Super impressed and happy.”
  • @avidswampthing66: “Coming from a set of Miura’s…..these new Apex Pro 21 irons are simply the best irons I’ve ever played. 7-4 iron lots of straight high shots with plenty of pop but no crazy flyers. 8-PW are softer feeling and easily workable. Honestly, I’m kind of wowed.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about Apex Pro irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

You can see the full results for the best irons of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

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Nasa Hataoka dominates LPGA Marathon Classic with new Bettinardi putter

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Nasa Hataoka recorded her third title on the LPGA Tour at the Marathon Classic, having put a new Bettinardi gamer in the bag for the first time.

The 22-year-old won the rain-affected event by six strokes, having fired a career-low round of 61 that included ten birdies and no bogeys on the opening day.

Hataoka was playing a Bettinardi Studio Stock 3 with the brand’s all-new Roll Control Face for the victory. The Japanese player received the putter on Monday of the tournament and wisely decided to put the flat-stick in play after some testing during the week.

Putter Specs

  • Model: Studio Stock 3
  • Length: 32”
  • Lie: 70
  • Loft: 2.5
  • Face Milling: Roll Control

Hataoka finished runner-up at this year’s U.S. Open, and along with her exceptional ballstriking this week, the 22-year-old credited a ball marker from Olympic Club for keeping her in the zone mentally at the Marathon Classic, saying: “Every time I look at it, it reminds me to just keep going and go for a win. That’s what I use it for.”

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