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Jordan Spieth changes irons ahead of The Open

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report

Packing is an important part of any overseas excursion. For his sojourn to England’s southeastern coast, Jordan Spieth packed new irons in his luggage.

Spieth, who had been gaming the first incarnation of Titleist’s T100 irons since the 2019 Open, will take on Royal St. George’s with the yet-to-be-released, second-generation T100 irons. Spieth will play the T100 4-9-irons in his pursuit of a second Claret Jug. He will use the same True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts that he used in the first-generation T100s.

Just like in 2019 ahead of The Open at Royal Portrush, Spieth has spent the past few weeks at home in Dallas testing the new irons and getting them dialed in for tournament play.

Throughout the process, Titleist’s Director of Players Promotions, J.J. Van Wezenbeeck, was just a text or call away.

“When we first introduced the new T100s to Jordan in Dallas, he commented immediately on the look and feel, how well they went through the turf, and how consistently they were flying,” Van Weezenbeeck said. “Talking with him last week, as he was working through the set, he said his ball speeds were extremely consistent, and he was really happy from a visual standpoint.”

Read the full piece at PGATour.com.

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  1. Billyballoo

    Jul 14, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Would love to see him play a traditional blade.

  2. John

    Jul 14, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    He was the best golfer in the world with 6.0. Hasn’t been the same since moving to 6.5.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about TaylorMade’s new 300 Mini Driver

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In our forums, our members have been discussing TaylorMade’s new 300 Mini Driver. Some WRXers have managed to get their hands on the club, and the early reviews suggest that the Mini Driver will be staying in their bags for quite a while.

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.

  • MaineMariner: “I just got back from a TaylorMade wood fitting here in Pittsburgh. To be honest, I was mostly interested in getting some data on an outdoor Trackman setup because I hate hitting indoors into a screen. But I did really want to try out the Mini. Well, I was really not planning this, but I walked out $400 lighter. I can post some data later, but I was longer and straighter with the 300 Mini than I was with my current Epic Flash driver. I was straight smoking the ball, over and over and over again. For a mid handicapper, I was astonished at how well I was hitting the ball. Also, it sounds fantastic, which doesn’t hurt.”
  • bladehunter: “This guy is going into the bag. Hit 20 more before leaving to go to kids b-ball practice just now. And it’s one of those clubs that just wows me right out of the gate. I have only hit 4 balls off a tee with it, the rest off the deck; that’s how good it is off the deck. And I’m not hitting off a mat. I’m on tight Bermuda. This isn’t a mini driver. It’s a big 3 wood.”
  • IvanDrago: “Picked up my 11.5 yesterday. Was about 25mph wind on the course, so only used it downwind and hit some bombs. It’s very easy to hit and is a lot more confidence-inspiring than a driver on certain holes. The shaft is a noodle though. Not sure what to get for it.”
  • uglande: “I just posted on another thread. Bottom line — I love it. The sound and feel are just outstanding, and I also love the look. I will be using it solely as a 1B driver and only very rarely off the fairway. I ordered a 13.5 and will be testing it with a Ventus Blue 7x after it arrives and will report back. Very impressed so far.”

Entire Thread: “GolfWRXers review TaylorMade’s new 300 Mini Driver”

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Does ‘blade shaming’ exist? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing “blade shaming” in golf. WRXer ‘Fairway14’ kicks off the thread, asking whether fellow members agree that blade shaming exists, saying in part

“A few months ago, longtime blade user Ricky Fowler put in his bag a set of cavity back irons. My guess is that he was tired of the eye rolls from people who looked in his bag after he missed a cut.

Have you or someone you know been shamed out of playing muscle back blade irons? Do you agree that blade shaming is a real thing?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum, with plenty of different opinions being held.

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.

  • ohioglfr: “I don’t have enough ego to be “club shamed”, and I feel sorry for anyone that would feel that way, regardless of handicap. Hit what works best for you and critics be damned . . . real or imagined.”
  • Pepperturbo: “Blade shaming exists, unfortunately for Golf, weasels that can’t hit the ball, lead the pack, and some of them exist on Golfwrx. Though recently NOT as vocal. I wouldn’t give a plugged nickel for any of them.”
  • craz-e: “Far from it in my opinion…..Everyone who I play with loves to see a set of blades in the bag, and after offering them the option of hitting them, most are surprised how they really aren’t any harder to hit than what they are possibly gaming, but everyone always comments on wow don’t they feel good.”
  • NHenson815: “I could be wrong, but the “shaming” is probably just a forums/social media thing. As a bad golfer, I’ve certainly received my share of suggestions that I should try something a bit more forgiving than my iblades or Miura MC-501s, but nothing I would consider “shaming”. For whatever reason, the game improvement irons just don’t seem to agree with me, but maybe anything takes time to get used to, so I am giving the Apex DCB a shot.”
  • Golfjack: “I think I’m more likely to joke about playing with shovels than blades. But then again, if said friend with the MBs is hitting worm burners with a 9 iron blade, I’d shame him into changing for sure. A stranger, he can do whatever the heck he pleases. As long as he doesn’t slow us down too much.”

Entire Thread: “Does ‘blade shaming’ exist?”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (07/15/21): TaylorMade Aero Burner Mini Driver

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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 Aero Burner Mini Driver.

From the seller (@r2buff): “TM Aero Burner Mini Driver, 12* loft w/ stock Matrix 60 Stiff shaft. Has the stock grip and headcover (both still in nice shape). This was rarely used. It has some typical scratches on the sole, face, and crown, but overall it’s in great shape for its age. I just ordered the new Mini Driver, so this one needs to go.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade Aero Burner Mini Driver

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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