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Mitsubishi Chemical unveils new Diamana GT shaft

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The Mitsubishi Chemical Group has introduced the latest addition to the 5th Generation Diamana Family: Diamana GT.

Built on the platform of the 4th Generation Diamana ZF, Diamana GT provides the blend of Diamana TB and Diamana PD in a mid-launching, low-spinning versatile package.

“After participating in the launch of the original Diamana profile in 2005 people still think I work for ‘Diamana’ and not Mitsubishi Chemical, that’s how big Diamana is! Every time we add a new product to the Diamana family, there is a tremendous responsibility to ensure that product performs as a Diamana should. I have no doubt Diamana GT will carry the name well,” – Mitsubishi Chemical Group VP of Sales & Marketing, Mark Gunther.

The latest shaft features a firm handle with a soft midsection with additional fortification tip-side from Diamana GT. This is designed to create stability in the handle and tip section with plenty of load in the midsection in a bid to provide outstanding feel and increased club head and ball speed.

Diamana GT features the brand’s Xlink Tech Resin System – a new shaft construction process that uses a dual-phase epoxy/non-epoxy high density, interlinked structure that, per the company, “results in a far more carbon-rich structure while driving down resin content,” therefore creating a shaft with minimal resin designed to also feels great, all without affecting the shaft’s durability and actually increasing its overall strength.

The design is capped off with a Consistent Feel Design. Diamana GT was designed to help fitters in fitting bays across the world by using Consistent Feel Design to reduce variance in butt OD, weight between flexes, and balance point to make different weights and flexes feel as close as possible to one another. This is all designed to help the fitter and customer move through different weights and flexes more seamlessly to lock onto the proper fit to produce ideal launch and spin characteristics.

The Diamana GT will be available in September 2022 with a retail price of $400.

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Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama make big gear changes in Napa

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Andrew Tursky was on site at the Fortinet Championship this week and got all he could handle in terms of new equipment news. There were new irons, drivers, and even headcovers all over the range, so we had to dig into two of the biggest stories out there on this week’s Two Guys Talking Golf Podcast (give us a follow on Instagram: @tg2wrx).

Rickie Fowler’s new irons

Rickie Fowler has been changing a lot of equipment in his bag as he has struggled to get his golf game back into shape. We have seen him with different drivers, shafts, irons, and putters throughout the 2021-2022 season. Fowler has typically played some form of blade during his career, and Cobra even made him some signature Rev33 blades that were beautiful, but razor thin and intimidating for us mortal golfers.

Rickie showed up to the Fortinet with some brand new, unreleased, Cobra King Tour irons. The King Tour irons look a lot like the current Cobra King Tour MIM irons, and we can only assume that the new Tour will replace the MIM.

The interesting thing about the King Tour irons is that they look a little larger than his preferred blades and that they might have a little more ball speed and distance built into them. From the images you can tell there is a little slot behind the face that might be filled with some type of polymer.

Rickie didn’t get into the tech of the new King Tour irons but did tell Tursky that he was gaining around 3-4 yards on shots that he stuck low on the face. He finished the first round of the Fortinet Championship in the top four, so the new irons have seen some success under pressure. I know many of us hope to see Rickie back to form soon, and maybe these new King Tour irons can be the catalyst.

Hideki Matsuyama’s driver change

The other big story comes from a former Masters Champion testing out some new drivers on the range, Hideki Matsuyama. Matsuyama is well known as a golfer who loves to test and tinker with new golf equipment. Each week there is a good chance that he will have multiple drivers, irons, and fairways in the bag searching for the perfect club that week.

Earlier this week, Hideki was spotted with some new, unreleased, Srixon drivers out on the range in Napa. We spotted a few pros testing the new Srixon ZX7 MkII and ZX 5 MkII LS on the range.

Andrew spoke to the Srixon reps and learned Hideki has been trying the new drivers and seems to have settled on a Srixon ZX5 MkII in 10.5 degrees of loft (and his trusty Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 TX shaft).

The ZX5 MkII LS looks to have an adjustable weight on the sole that is moved far forward —closer to the face — to possibly lower the spin. We haven’t heard anything specific from Srixon on the new drivers, but with their recent success, we would expect to see some solid performance out of the line.

Check out the full TG2 podcast, below

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Tim O’Neal WITB 2022 (September)

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Driver: Titleist TSi2 (10 degrees @9.25)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 7 X

5-wood: Titleist TSi2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black Hybrid 9 TX

Irons: Titleist T200 (4), Titleist T100
Shafts: True Temper Tour White AMT X100 (4), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F @ 51), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (54-M @ 55, 58)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 125 Wedge

Putter: Odyssey Jailbird PT Customs

Grips: Golf Pride MCC, Lamkin Crossline Cord, Golf Pride Tour Velvet, Golf Pride MCC Align Plus4

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Kirk Triplett WITB 2022 (September)

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Driver: Ping G425 Max (10.5 degrees, 9 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 70 TX

3-wood: Callaway Epic Speed Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees), Callaway Rogue ST LS 3+ (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-7 X, Graphite Design Nano Reloaded YS-Seven X

5-wood: Ping G425 Max (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 80 TX

Hybrid: Ping G425 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue Hybrid 85 TX

Irons: Ping i230 (4-PW)

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (50-S12), Ping Eye2 Gorge (56)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping Harwood

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Wrap Microsuede

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