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SPOTTED: True Temper’s all new Project X Wedge shafts

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Two of the most popular steel iron shaft models in the golf world – for both professionals and amateurs alike – are True Temper’s Dynamic Gold shafts, and True Temper’s Project X shafts.

When comparing the two different constructions, True Temper says the Dynamic Gold is designed to have progressive stiffness, meaning the butt section is relatively soft and gets stiffer towards the tip section near the club head. The Project X, on the other hand, is stiff throughout the shaft from top to bottom.

As such, the Dynamic Gold shafts are targeted for players who prefer a bit more feel as the shaft loads and unloads, whereas the Project X has a more stout/stiff feel, which benefits golfers with a more harsh or aggressive transition.

The Dynamic Gold shaft profiles are listed as:

The Project X shaft profiles are listed as:

While there are certainly exceptions, and varying opinions on the matter, many golfers use a slightly softer-flex and slightly heavier-weighted shaft in their wedges than they use in their irons. This makes sense, because the iron swing is more of a full speed swing aimed at creating height and distance. With wedges, on the other hand, golfers aren’t swinging at full power, so a softer flex shaft can be used, and the heavier shaft can help add feel and produce a lower flighted trajectory.

So, for example, a Dynamic Gold shaft user may decide to play the extra stiff X100 shafts in their irons, but then use the slightly more flexible and heavier S400 shaft version in their wedges. This is how Tiger Woods does it.

When it comes to the Project X shaft models, however, there wasn’t an equivalent option.

If a golfer plays an extra stiff Project X 6.5 shaft, for example, they wouldn’t be able to configure a Project X shaft makeup in their wedges that would be the equivalent of an S400 shaft.

The reason for the dilemma with Project X shafts, according to True Temper’s Manager of Product Marketing Keenan Phillips, comes down to the relationship of weight and stiffness.

“So, as you go from standard Dynamic Gold’s X100 to S400, obviously it’s two grams heavier, but the main thing is it’s about the same weight,” Phillips told GolfWRX.com. “It’s not lighter, you don’t want to go lighter. It allows you to go softer. But with Project X, that’s never really been the case. So if you go 6.5 in your irons, drop it down to either 6.5 in your wedges which is a little stiff for your wedge, or if you want to go a little softer and maintain Project X feel you go to 6.0, but then you’re losing some weight, which isn’t ideal. That’s what people do to try to get that weight and maintain that with some softness.”

To solve the issue, and create more wedge shaft options for Project X iron shaft users, True Temper developed an all-new line of Project X Wedge shafts, which are slightly softer than the equivalent iron shaft, but they still provide the necessary weight.

“Now, with Project X Wedge, you can still play 6.5, it’s going to be about 10 cycles softer than Project X, but it’s going to maintain that weight at 125 grams for you,” Phillips said. “So you’re not losing the weight, but you’re getting that softness that you’re looking for in a wedge shaft, but still with Project X attributes.”

True Temper launched the Project X Wedge shafts for PGA Tour players to start testing at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open. For now, at least, they’re a tour-only prototype.

According to Phillips, the Project X wedge shafts are only made in wedge lengths, which is 36.5 inches uncut. In comparison, iron shafts typically measure 41-42 inches uncut. The Project X Wedge shafts are currently available to tour players in 6.0, 6.5 and 7.0 flexes.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Project X Wedge shafts here

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. JP

    Nov 7, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Release date?

  2. JB

    Oct 13, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Finally!! I have been soft stepping my 6.5’s twice in the wedges, but it would be nice to have them a little softer in the same 125 gram weight

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VRST Golf unveils new clothing line for 2023

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This week, a new golf clothing line was announced by VRST Golf.

The brand launched in 2021 and is a men’s apparel line that brings style and versatility to both the athlete and everyday man, where pieces can be worn for training to casually getting around town.

With the Golf season right around the corner, their first-ever golf collection brings modern style that can be worn on-course and off. You can find all of the available items here: VRST

VRST Golf offers versatile and trendy golf tops, bottoms, and layering pieces. The line provides styling options for the versatile golfer with gear that goes beyond the course. The collection is now available online and at select DICK’S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy locations and will be expanding to over 180 store locations by end of February.

Check out VRST’s launch video here:

 

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Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K lineup now includes mallets

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What you need to know: In January 2022, in the name of creating a blades with the MOI of mallets and forward CG, Odyssey threw everything at the wall with the Tri-Hot 5K family of blade putters: stainless steel, tungsten, 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. A year later, the company is bringing the same technology package to mallets with the Rossie and Seven models. The Tri-Hot 5K lineup now stands at seven putters (four with multiple necks).

2023 Odyssey Tri-Hot putters: Features and technology

Engineers applied the “Tri-Hot formula” utilized in blade putters in 2022 to move CG forward and raise MOI for a more forgiving mallet design — and a 5,000 IZZ inertia level (hence “5K”). Golfers will see improved speed and spin control, as well as consistency on off-center hits, according to the company, resulting in golf balls that finish closer to the hole when sub-optimally struck.

Stainless steel front: Odyssey touts the side-spin reducing capabilities of the 303 stainless steel hosel and face area for off-center putts. Tighter dispersion and putts that a more likely to go in results. Acting in a complementary fashion, the rear of the mallets are milled for tighter shape and weight tolerances that allows the CG to remain forward.

Tungsten front weights: Up to 120 grams of tungsten is positioned behind the face in the heel and toe sections of the putter heads. The resulting forward CG improves roll and increases inertia.

Interchangeable front weights: Available in 5, 10, 15 and 20 grams to dial in head weight and performance.

White Hot insert: 2023 Tri-Hot 5K putters add the iconic two-part urethane White Hot insert, which was originally developed using the same material as Callaway’s Rule 35 golf ball. White Hot, with its “firm but soft” properties has been a long-time favorite of Callaway staffers and recreational golfers. According to Callaway, “They’ve been asking for us to bring these technologies back and we’ve listened.” Can’t argue with that.

Stroke Lab shaft: The newest generation of Callaway’s multi-material Stroke Lab shaft features a shortened steel section and reduced weight (seven grams). Additionally it is stiffer. All of this leads to more stability and consistency.

Additional model details

Full lineup details — and who they’re for — including 2022 releases, via Callaway. 

One: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation

Two: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation. Less rounded than the One.

Three: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a flow neck hosel yielding more toe hang making it suitable for strokes with more aggressive swing arc and face rotation

Double Wide (CH, CB): CH: A wide blade with a crank neck hosel yielding moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes with moderate swing arc and face rotation. CS: Face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation

Triple Wide (DB, CS): DB: A face-balanced double bend wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation. CS: A face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation.

Rossie: (DB, S): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S: A mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation.

Seven (DB, S, CH): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S:  mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation. CH: a mallet with a crank hosel, suitable for strokes with moderate arc and face rotation.

Pricing and availability

At retail: March 2, 2022

Price: $399.99

Standard grip: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Pistol

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Best players irons of 2023 – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best ‘Players’ irons of 2023. WRXer ‘odshot68’ kicks off the thread saying, “Looking to get a new set of players irons this spring and wondering what you guys like. Distance control is very important; I’m not a fan of irons with hotspots,” and our members have been selecting their favorites from recent releases in our forum.

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.

  • noodle3872: “Titleist T100/T100S should be in the conversation.”
  • sadclevelandsports: “I love my T100s, but recently tried the new Cobra CBs, and they are just as high quality.”
  • edwelly: “I have been fortunate enough to have several nice sets of irons. A couple of Maura sets and, most recently, the Bridgestone J40s. Today I took out my new Srixon ZX5/ZX7s, and they are phenomenal irons. I cannot recommend those enough. “
  • KevCannon: “T100 should be on the shortlist to try.”

Entire Thread: “Best Players irons of 2023 – GolfWRXers discuss”

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