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Shane Lowry on the new Srixon ZX Mk II line (fairway wood, utility, ZX5/ZX7 irons)

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It appears that Cleveland-Srixon’s slow rollout of new equipment is continuing, and this time we have player insight from company staffer and 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry.

Before we get to Lowry’s feedback, let’s first recap the recent Cleveland-Srixon news: Last month at the 2022 Fortinet Championship in Napa, we spotted PGA Tour players testing new ZX7 Mk II and ZX5 Mk II LS drivers. Hideki Matsuyama – who doesn’t often switch driver heads – ended up switching to the new ZX5 Mk II LS in the first week. Then, earlier this month at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas, we spotted new Srixon ZX7 Mk II irons, and Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack wedges.

This week, at The 2022 CJ Cup in South Carolina, Shane Lowry showed up with a bag full of new Cleveland-Srixon equipment, including a Srixon ZX Mk II fairway wood, a Srixon ZX Mk II driving iron, Srixon ZX5 Mk II long irons (4 and 5 iron), Srixon ZX7 Mk II mid-and-short irons (6-PW), and a new Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack 50-degree gap wedge.

After taking photos of his 15-club WITB setup on Wednesday at The CJ Cup (he was testing two different 3-woods), I caught up with Lowry to get his thoughts on the new products he had in the bag.

Check out what Lowry had to say below, along with in-hand photos…

Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack 50-degree wedge

“The new gap wedge, for start – they’re not making a Full Face in the new [RTX 6 ZipCore wedges] this year, so I’m still using the Full Face [lob wedge] – but the new gap wedge, I took it out of the box straight away, and I was like, ‘Oh, wow, this looks nice.’ It feels a bit more solid, and the misses are a little bit better.”

Srixon ZX5 Mk II and ZX7 Mk II irons

“The irons themselves, they’ve not changed a whole lot [from the previous ZX5 and ZX7 release], but they do feel more solid. I only got them last week, and I practiced with them, and just straight away [they went right in the bag]…I obviously had a lot of success with the last irons, they were amazing, and these are definitely as good, if not better.”

Srixon ZX Mk II driving iron

“The driving iron is definitely better. I can hit that higher and softer, and I can hit a bullet and flight it, as well. It does everything I want it to do. It’s really good.”

Srixon ZX Mk II fairway wood

“I won’t be using it this week, but the 3-wood, I was pleasantly surprised when I hit it. It needs to be dialed in a bit more, but that was just for me to test this week. It’s very good. It’s definitely got a chance [to beat out my current TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium]…I played a [Srixon] 5-wood years ago, but yeah [I haven’t used a Srixon fairway wood much in my career]. They’re not really pushing it on me, but this one definitely has potential.”

Click here to see Shane Lowry’s 2022 WITB from The CJ Cup. 

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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. Pingback: 10 takeaways from a WILD week in equipment at The 2022 CJ Cup (Shane Lowry used 5 different putters!) – GolfWRX

  2. Shane loves Buffets

    Oct 22, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Ya can’t eat em Shane.

  3. Shane

    Oct 22, 2022 at 11:32 am

    “The irons feel more solid”. Shane Lowry

    How is that a thing? Sounds like “I had to say something that illustrates that they are better. I’ll just say they feel more solid”

  4. AWW

    Oct 21, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Are we going to see a Mk II Z Forged type muscle back?

  5. JubJub

    Oct 21, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Too much going on with the irons and wedges.

  6. Brentm08

    Oct 21, 2022 at 7:47 am

    Is this fairway wood coming to retail? it looks good.

  7. Anybody Can 2Putt

    Oct 20, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Puuuurty!!

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Kevin Kisner WITB 2023 (February)

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 6 X

Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 6 X

3-wood: Wilson Dynapwr (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana PD 80 S

Irons: Wilson Staff
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro prototype

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (52-10S), Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60-T)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 125 Wedge

Putter: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Seven
Grip: SuperStroke Zenergy Tour 2.0

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

More photos of Kevin Kisner’s what’s in the bag in the forums.

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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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