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Rory McIlroy says he’ll “probably” put a new driver in play this week

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Die-hard GolfWRXers connected the dots quickly.

The facts:

  • The TaylorMade Qi10 LS appeared on the USGA’s conforming driver head list Monday
  • Rory McIlroy is in action this week at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai
  • McIlroy has already locked up his fifth Race to Dubai title

Ergo, McIlroy would relish the opportunity to see if he could level up his off-the-tee game even further (the Ulsterman was second in strokes gained: off the tee in 2022-2023).

It’s anything but surprising, then, that McIlroy has been practicing with the club and told the DP World Tour social media team, “You’ll probably see a new driver in the bag this week.”

“I still want to go out there and try to win the golf tournament, but it could be a good time to test it out in competition,” McIlroy said of the new TaylorMade Qi10 LS driver.

We’ll have to wait until Thursday’s opening round at Jumeirah Golf Estates to see if McIlroy does in fact put the club through its competitive paces.

One final note: McIlroy looks to have equipped the Qi10 LS with the same Fujikura Ventus TR Blue shaft he gamed in his TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver.

A photo of the Qi10 LS from the USGA’s conforming list is below.

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  1. Pingback: Morning 9: Monahan: Pleased with progress | Rory resigns from PGA Tour Policy Board - Fly Pin High

  2. Warren Nadler

    Nov 15, 2023 at 9:53 am

    SO tired of TM and Callaway coming out with new products it seems like every other month. An average golfer who scores 110 think he/she needs to trade up all the time. And the club they recently purchased is worth 1/4 of what they paid for it. Ridiculous. i compete in long drive, have 11 drivers, and 6 are older than 2010…and still amazing.

  3. N

    Nov 15, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Nobody cares

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Lanto Griffin WITB 2024 (February)

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Driver: Titleist TSR2 (10 degrees @9.25)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist TSR3 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 80 6.5 TX

Irons: Titleist U505 Black (2), Titleist T100 Black (4-9)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 130 S (2, 4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (46-10F, 50-12F, 54-10S, 60-08M)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 130 S (46, 50), Modus3 N.S. Pro 125 Wedge (54,60)

Putter: Sik Flo C
Grip: SuperStroke Zenergy Tour 3.0

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Cord, Iomic

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Check out more in-hand photos of Lanto Griffin’s clubs here.

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Brendon Todd WITB 2023 (February)

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Driver: Ping G430 Max (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 6 X

3-wood: Ping G430 Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 8 X

5-wood: Ping G425 Max (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 8 X

Hybrid: Ping G425 (22 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80 HY TX

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (5), Titleist 718 CB (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400 (4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (46-10F, 50, 54-10S, 59), WedgeWorks Proto (59)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT S400 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (50), KBS Tour MT 125g S+ (59)

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Rossie OG, Toulon Design San Diego

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Check out more in-hand photos of Brendon Todd’s clubs here.

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Toulon Golf introduces First Run Collection putters for 2024

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Complementing its Small Batch putter releases, Toulon Golf today announced its First Run Collection line of putters.

The First Run Collection sits at a price point below the once-a-month Small Batch offerings and will be produced in larger quantities.

Eight different head shapes — four blades, four mallets — are included in the collection. Six models — Madison, San Diego, Austin, Memphis, Atlanta, and Las Vegas — are previous Toulon designs that have been refined for this release. Two models are new for 2024: New York City, a wide-body blade, and Alcatraz, a large mallet.

“We couldn’t be more excited to share the 2024 First Run Collection line with the world,” said Toulon Golf founder Sean Toulon. “At our core, my sons and I are golfers. We get excited about putters and how they uniquely evoke emotion and make golfers feel. Our putters are a labor of love and we feel that shines through in the final product.”

Toulon utilizes its Chocolate PVD finish across the line of 303 stainless steel putters, opting for Heritage Green and Cream paintfills throughout. Face milling is mid-depth Double Fly Cut. All First Run Collection putter soles feature two interchangeable weights. Final head weight are around 360 grams across the line. However, adjustable weighting allows golfers to reduce the head weight by 10 grams or add up to 30 grams via the interchangeable weights.

Additionally, catering to the trend of longer, heavier putters, the entire First Run Collection lineup is available in Toulon’s Heavy-Spec package. Heavy-Spec putters are built with heavier head weights and a 15-inch, oversize grip.

Toulon First Run Collection: Additional model details

Toulon Golf Madison: A new hosel, softer bumpers, and front-loaded weights define Toulon’s updated Madison design.

Toulon Golf San Diego (LH available): Toulon’s most popular design features softened shoulders, a thinner topline, and more aggressive bumper blending for 2024.

Toulon Golf Austin: Toulon widened the cavity and flattened the topline for the 2024 First Run Austin. Bumpers were also softened.

Toulon Golf New York City (new for 2024): Billed as “a longer and wider cousin to our previous Chicago design,” the multi-material New York City has a milled 6061 aluminum sole plate to push mass to the perimeter and a slightly longer H1.5 crank neck hosel design. Toulon bills the NYC as its most forgiving blade design.

Toulon Golf Atlanta: Relative to the previous design, the 2024 Atlanta is slightly smaller. Toulon refined the topline, shoulders, and bumper for a “crisper appearance.”

Toulon Golf Memphis: The multi-material mid-mallet Memphis is more “ear-shaped” than the previous design, according to the company. A 6061 aluminum sole plate is again incorporated here to allow for more perimeter mass distribution.

Toulon Golf Las Vegas (LH available): Toulon increased the profile of the Las Vegas from the previous design and offers the design with a double bend hosel for decreased toe hang. The 6061 aluminum sole plate is again utilized here.

Toulon Golf Alcatraz (new for 2024, LH available): New for 2024, Toulon’s iteration of the popular “Jailbird” design, the Alcatraz, is the largest mallet in the First Run Collection. Face-balanced with a double bend shaft, the multi-material design is built with MOI in mind. Also available with an H1 crank neck.

Toulon First Run Collection: Pricing, availability

Price: $600 (standard spec), $650 (heavy spec)

Standard grip: Toulon First Run Pistol Midsize (standard spec), Toulon First Run XL Pistol (heavy spec)

At retail: Now, via toulongolf.com

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