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Masters gear roundup: Limited-edition bags, balls, and more

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The Masters in itself is a huge tradition in the world of golf, but it also brings its own traditions with it. One of the big ones for us golf equipment fans is the limited edition gear that is influenced by the season’s first major championship.

Around tournament time, companies big and small offer bags, balls, and accessories that are designed with the colors and history of the Masters Tournament.

Here is some of the gear that we will see this weekend out on the lush, green grass of Augusta.

Callaway

The land Augusta National sits on was once a nursery. Callaway looks to be celebrating that history this year. Colorful flowers are used all over the side panels on the staff bag and on top of the headcovers. Callaway also did some limited edition Chrome Tour golf balls with azalea patterns.

Mizuno

There might not be a green bag here for Mizuno, but they know how to celebrate the Masters! This year, Mizuno is offering Mizuno Pro 241 “Azalea” irons to a limited number of lucky customers. A new green iridescent finish is applied to the heads and some beautiful colored ferrules bring some floral color to the irons. If you are lucky enough to grab a set, you will be impressed by the green display box the irons come in as well!

TaylorMade

This year’s staff bag goes a little heavier on a metallic green color to pay homage to the first major of the year. If you look closely at the details, you will notice shiny gold accent pieces, a small Amen Corner, and an inner lining with Georgia peaches. The headcovers are made from matching metallic green fabric and feature “88th” embroidery for the number of Masters tournaments that have been played. TaylorMade’s TP5x Pix golf balls come in a case that looks, and feels, like a peach!

Srixon

Srixon’s bag for the 2024 Masters goes heavy on green and white with a more simple and classic design on the outside. When you unzip the pockets you will treated to a hidden inner lining that has Georgia’s state fruit, the peach, printed all over. Heck, Srixon even included the pit! Headcovers are matching white and green but have a look that reminds you of the iconic Masters scoreboard.

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Spotted: Prototype wood shafts at the U.S. Open

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There is always a lot going on at a major championship. Fortunately, amidst the chaos, we were able to track down some new gear out on the range. This week we spotted a few different prototype shafts out at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. We don’t have any official details on most of the shafts, but we can speculate on a few details.

Mitsubishi Diamana BB (Blue Board)

We got the sixth-generation Diamana White Board a little while ago and now we get our first look at the Blue Board. The BB will be the mid-launch option in the latest Diamana lineup as its sibling the White Board is designed for low launch. Mitsubishi informed us that this new BB will mix the current Diamana GT and the slightly older Diamana BF shaft. This new Diamana BB should incorporate the firmer handle of the GT and the smooth feel of the BF for a high-performance shaft that feels great. Surprisingly, the Diamana BB is matte black like the WB, but with a blue “surfboard” — I think most of us expected a matte blue shaft! The new Diamana BB will include Mitsubishi’s latest shaft technology, like its Xlink Resin System.

UST Mamiya Lin-Q 2353OWv2

This looks to have very similar graphics to the current Lin-Q M40X White that is in the lineup. There are additional markings below the graphics that say, “PROTO 2353OWv2,” but I don’t think that really helps anyone outside of UST Mamiya. High tensile modulus M40X fiber is being used in the shaft, but I don’t see any TSPX Concept markings on the shaft, so I wonder if that material is being used in the full length of the shaft or just in strategic parts. The current Lin-Q M40X White is a low/mid-launch and spin shaft and a 6F5 (X-stiff) model comes in at 67 grams.

Graphite Design Tour AD GC

Graphite Design might have one of the most robust shaft lineups of any company out there, and some of the models it makes don’t even make it to the U.S. market. We don’t have anything official on the shaft but there was a tour rep at the Suntory Ladies Open who told the media the Tour AD GC was similar to the Tour AD PT and the Tour AD TP models. The tour rep mentioned it was a little “tighter” than both of those shafts. Now the PT model isn’t currently available here but it is a mid-launch shaft and the TP is mid/high launching with low/mid spin. We spotted a GC in 8 TX flex, meaning it is in the 80-gram weight range, so I think the shaft will be offered in the full range of 40-80 grams like most Graphite Design Tour AD shafts.

Newton Motion “6.5 Dot”

Newton is a newer player in the graphite shaft market but is experiencing success on professional tours. We spotted their Motion shaft out at Pinehurst N0. 2 this week with an interesting marking on it. Newton designates flex by the number of dots on the shaft, from one to six dots, and those correspond with the recommended swing speed. The current lineup has five-dot shafts for swing speeds around 105-115 mph and a six-dot flex for swings over 115 mph. The shaft we saw has seven dots, but the last one is not filled in. We can’t be sure what this represents as none of the other flexes seem to have any empty dots on them. Newton Motion shafts are hand-built with no spine for extreme consistency and accuracy. They also play a little softer for generating ball speed.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (6/12/24): Swag Savage Too putter

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Swag Savage Too putter.

From the seller: (@Jut): “Swag Savage Too putter.  35”.  Blacked out (full disclosure – a work buddy did the blasting, paint and top coat).  It’s held up great for me, but I’m pricing it accordingly as this was NOT done by a “professional”….and could eventually need touched up or stripped back down.  Sweet Rollz grip.  I don’t have the Swag head cover, but will include one.  $550 on their site.  Take this one for $335 obo.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Swag Savage Too putter

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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In-hand photos of Bryson DeChambeau’s 3D-printed Avoda irons and his explanation of their “bulge and roll”

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At the 2024 Masters, Bryson DeChambeau spoke publicly about his custom, 3D-printed Avoda irons, saying, “they have just got a different curvature on the face than other equipment. Most equipment is flat. These have a different curvature on the face that allows me to have my mis-hits to go a little straighter sometimes….when I mishit on the toe or the heel, it seems to fly a lot straighter for me, and that’s what has allowed me to be more comfortable over the ball.

Most equipment aficionados assumed DeChambeau meant that the irons had “bulge and roll” on the face, just like a driver, 3-wood, or hybrid does. On Tuesday at the U.S. Open, however, DeChambeau seemed to have cleared up the confusion.

While speaking with Golf Channel’s Johnson Wagner, DeChambeau spoke on the designs, and gave a demonstration of what’s really going on with the face curvature.

“[It’s got] roll on the face – well, bulge. Well, whatever term you want to use. But essentially it doesn’t roll this way (from the top to the bottom, a.k.a. “roll”), it rolls this way (from heel to toe, a.k.a. “bulge”). Can you guys see the curvature on the face? It’s kind of like a driver, or a hybrid, or whatnot…but it does cave in on the heel, and it caves in on the toe, as well, which creates that curvature. So for the speeds that I have, when I hit it on the toe or the heel, it doesn’t overcorrect. So, most people think that irons, MOI (moment of inertia) there doesn’t really effect the curvature, but it actually does at my speeds, at [lower lofts and higher speeds]. So essentially when I hit it on the toe, I was hooking it like crazy. Heel – I was missing it right like crazy. So I created curvature on the toe and the heel to get it to start it a little farther right on the toe, and on the heel, start it a little farther left, to make sure it doesn’t go too far offline.” 

Essentially, DeChambeau is saying that his irons are made with “bulge” on the face, which means they curve from heel to toe, but they do not have “roll,” which would mean they would curve from top to bottom. For DeChambeau, this custom face design helps his toe strikes start farther to the right, and then hook back, while his heel strikes start farther to the left, and then slice/cut back. Therefore, when his toe-hits hook to the left, and his heel-hits slice to the right, they are working back toward the target line, rather than starting on the target line and curving away from it.

DeChambeau also implies the curvature is greater on his lower-lofted irons, where he’s creating higher ball speeds. This would mean the “bulge” is progressive throughout the set, with more curve on the longer irons, and less bulge on the shorter irons.

On Monday, GolfWRX.com got in-hand photos of DeChambeau’s Avoda irons, for a better look at the face curvature and design of the irons.

Bryson DeChambeau’s Avoda 5-iron

Bryson DeChambeau’s Avoda 9-iron

Learn more about DeChambeau’s Avoda irons here, and check out DeChambeau’s full 2024 U.S. Open WITB here.

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