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GolfWRX was on site this week ahead of the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course.

The year is winding down, but the wraparound 2022-2023 season is just getting underway, so players are poised to do a bit of tinkering ahead of January equipment launches. To that end, we got an in-hand look at Justin Rose’s new prototype “JR” irons. We also spotted new shafts from KBS and Mitsubishi as well as new grips from SuperStroke.

Check out all of our photos below.

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SPOTTED: Titleist’s new TSR1 prototype driver (with initial thoughts from Zac Blair)

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Back in early September, Titleist officially launched its new lineup of TSR drivers – including the TSR2, TSR3 and TSR4 models – to the public.

‘What happened to the TSR1?’ you may have been thinking.

Just because Titleist didn’t include a TSR1 as part of the initial launch doesn’t necessarily mean that one is never coming to market. If you remember, we’ve seen the delayed release before.

Last generation, Titleist launched its TSi2 and TSi3 drivers in October 2020, but the company didn’t officially come out with the TSi1 and TSi4 drivers until February of 2021. As a reminder, the TSi1 was a lighter weight design – about 40 grams lighter overall – that was built for “moderate speed” golfers who swing the driver less than 90 mph.

This time around, Titleist launched the TSR2, TSR3, and TSR4 drivers all at once in September, but the family was glaringly missing a TSR1. Was Titleist discontinuing the “1” model, or just going with a staggered release?

Well, LPGA Tour player Nelly Korda began using an unreleased TSR1 prototype driver in October 2022, and now, GolfWRX has spotted a TSR1 prototype driver on the PGA Tour, too.

Zac Blair showed up on Tuesday at the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open with a Titleist TSR1 9-degree driver to test.

On Wednesday, I caught up with Blair to get his thoughts on the unreleased TSR1. Here’s what he had to say:

“I just got it yesterday, so I haven’t had a lot of time to mess around with it, but the numbers seemed pretty good and it sounds good,” Blair said. “It has a little different look than the TSi1, but it seems pretty sweet. The head shape is a little different than the TSi1, but other than that, it seems really nice.”

Last year, I took the photo on the left of the Titleist TSi1 driver for golf.com, and this year, GolfWRX photographer Greg Moore took the photo on the right of Blair’s new TSR1 (he’s unlikely to play the driver this week, as he needs more time for testing and dialing the driver in).

While the photos aren’t taken from the exact same angle, what differences do you see in the shaping from address?

To see what GolfWRX Forum members are saying, click here. 

We don’t have any more information from Titleist regarding the TSR1 driver just yet, unfortunately, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens for now.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Titleist’s TSR2 7 wood

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Titleist’s TSR2 7 wood. WRXer ‘manima1’ is taking his first dive into the 7 wood market, and wants to hear how our members have enjoyed the club from Titleist.

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.

  • BigUrsus: “i have. spun like a lob wedge and peaked at 160′ height.”
  • nitram: “I’ve had one for a little over a year. I bought it to replace an Exotics CB2 (2007) as balls hit with modern 7WD’s are flying further. I have it lofted down (C-1) and have basically replaced my 5WD with it. It covers the gap I need and is easier to hit well. I recently tested the TSR2 & 3, 4 and 7WD’s as well, and I prefer the TSi’s.”
  • Lobber: “Put a 7 wood in the bag in the beginning of the year.  Stealth 7 Wood, Ventus Velocore 7 Red.  Love it!  Have not hit the TSR2 7 wood but am gaming the Driver and it’s fantastic.”

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KBS launches new “Tour 2.0” prototype iron shafts on the PGA Tour (Q&A with designer Kim Braly)

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On Wednesday at the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open, GolfWRX caught up with Kim Braly, Director of R&D for KBS Golf Shafts, to learn about the new KBS Tour “prototype” steel iron shafts that we spotted this week at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston.

Here’s what Braly had to say about the new steel iron shafts…

GolfWRX’s Andrew Tursky: So what’s this new KBS Tour prototype iron shaft all about? What is it, and what’s different about it?

KBS Tour’s Kim Braly: This is the KBS Tour. When we initially came out with this line of shafts 12 years ago, the number one complaint, or reason why people didn’t go into it – they love the way it felt and everything – but a number of players felt it went a little too high and spun a little too much. Not a ton, but just a little bit. This was something I was going to go back and fix back then, but I’m all about fitting, and I had a lot more weights in order to get the program where I wanted it before I started going back and doing a 2.0. I wanted to complete the entire line.

I’m all about fitting, so I wanted that to be done, and then go back and do the 2.0s.

This is the first 2.0 of our products. This is the KBS Tour. The specific reason was to make it go a little bit lower, spin a little bit less, and by putting a larger butt section on it, that’s what you get. Stiffness brings stability in a lot of cases – in history, almost all cases – and it is a little bit stiffer.

The top area of the shaft is obviously not going to bend as much, which will decrease the spin and also the launch.

Are there different flexes, different weights?

KB: Yes. This is a Tour shaft at the moment. It’ll be 120, 125 and 130 grams. We don’t see any reason to go lower than 120 right now. There’s options for that player to lower the flight and spin. This is a shaft that’s a Tour shaft. It’s for strong players. The public doesn’t need this, for the most part. There’s a percentage out there, but it’s very low.

I like having something for everybody, and it does fill an area in terms of flight, launch and stiffness that we don’t have otherwise. Eventually, it may become part of our line, but at the moment it’s a Tour shaft.

Is there anyone out here testing it so far, or committed to switching into it?

KB: The target here [on Tour] is very, very large. Anyone playing an X100 would be a target here, so there’s a large number of people that would fit into this shaft.

It’s a 2.0 in our KBS Tour line, and the reasons why I did it was the feedback that we had when we initially came out, having so much success with it, but there were a number of players, like I said, a little too high and too much spin, but they love the way it feels. That’s what we addressed here.

Can you compare it to an X100, or a Project X?

KB: It’s a different profile. The X100, that shaft has been around since the late 40’s. You know, a lot of people play great golf with it, but in terms of technology and everything, that shaft was designed for the ease of manufacturing. But anyway, I don’t have anything that really compares to that, but I do have shafts the same stiffness, but they’re different profiles.

I do things specifically for the individual that will end up using this, or the category of player. We have products that do fall in that category, but in no way was that product part of the design process, in terms of we’re going to take anything from that product. We don’t do that. But like I said, we have a 130-gram shaft, and it is similar in the overall stiffness. Our shafts tend to be stiffer in terms of deflection, or CPM, than the others because of our step pattern and how each section is presented to the one above it. What that does is it allows it to swing and feel a lot more smooth. People say soft, but it’s really smooth. That allows them to swing a stiffer shaft, which is good, especially for guys out here, because in terms of dispersion, it brings the dispersion pattern in tighter. But it still feels good enough that it gets in their bag. I try to get shafts for the guys out here into the stiffest shaft possible, where it still feels comfortable, because that limits the dispersion.

In general, what do most amateurs get wrong with their iron shafts?

KB: Well, men use shafts that are too stiff, no question. The ladies are easier in terms of fitting. They don’t have the preconceived notion that “I’m an S-stiff,” or “I’m an X-stiff.” They don’t care, they just want to get the ball in the air. It’s still the same thing; men tend to think they need a stiffer shaft than they do, and there’s absolutely nothing worse for you. You can’t work with a shaft that’s too stiff for you to load. If you can’t load the thing, you’re better off missing on the low side than you are on the high side. You want to load it. And if you’re loading it too much, that’s probably better than not loading it at all.

What’s the standard miss you see when your shaft is too stiff with your irons?

KB: It goes right.

We’re all about fitting. If the 125 is too stiff? Try the 120! That’s what it’s all about. Again, I said it 5 times, we’re about fitting. There’s something for you in our line.

Check out what GolfWRX members are saying about the new KBS Tour shafts in our forums

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