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Why pros are putting Callaway’s new Triple Diamond Max driver in play

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from a piece our Andrew Tursky originally wrote for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report. Head over there for the full article.

According to Nick Yontz, Callaway’s advanced R&D manager, PGA TOUR players began testing the prototype last November and found it to provide a unique combination of speed and forgiveness.

“Players would step up and we had it matched up to their gamer driver specs,” Yontz said. “They would swing, and we saw consistently good ball flights – very stable. It was the word ‘stable’ that continued to be used by players.

“They would continue to split the fairway and what that caused them to do was to start swinging faster. They had this excitement that, ‘This thing doesn’t go offline. I can keep swinging harder and harder and it maintains that straight flight.’

“We were seeing players that would have small gains in ball speed from just the driver head alone, but then the swing speed would increase the more and more swings they made. By the end of it, they really saw meaningful gains in ball speed and distance.”

From the sounds of those early testing sessions, it’s no wonder the Triple Diamond Max prototype head made its way into PGA TOUR bags, and will soon be available on retail shelves. Among 2024 RBC Canadian Open players this week, it’s been confirmed that Wesley Bryan, Kevin Yu and Carl Yuan will be using Callaway’s Triple Diamond Max head.

Head over to PGATour.com for the full article.

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  1. Toronto power poster Matt

    May 30, 2024 at 9:04 pm

    Simple. Contracts

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Matteo Manassero WITB 2024 (June)

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (10 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSR2 (15 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ

Hybrid: Titleist TSR3 (19 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ Hybrid 85 X

Irons: Titleist U505 (2), Titleist T200 (4), Titleist T100 (4-PW)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ Hybrid 95 X (2), Project X 6.5 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (50-08F, 54-10S), WedgeWorks (58-A+)
Shafts: Project X Wedge 6.5

Putter: Scotty Cameron SB-2

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Align

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

See more in-hand photos of Matteo Manassero’s clubs here.

 

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Patrick Cantlay switched driver, irons ahead of the U.S. Open

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of an article our Andrew Tursky filed for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report. Patrick Cantlay abruptly ended his brief experiment with Ping Blueprint S irons, returning to his previous gamers. He also elected to upgrade to Titleist’s new GT2 driver. Read the full piece here.

Cantlay’s familiar 718 AP2 irons are unique because they have custom grinds on their leading edges, helping Cantlay achieve the precise turf interaction he prefers at impact.

Irons aren’t the only news coming out of Cantlay’s equipment setup this week at the 2024 U.S. Open, however.

Cantlay conducted lengthy driver testing on-site at Pinehurst this week between his older TSR2 driver model, and Titleist’s new GT2 model.

Then, on Wednesday afternoon, he posted a photo of the new GT2 driver to his Instagram, likely confirming the winner of his driver tests. As an equipment free agent, Cantlay’s post on social media says a lot about how much he likes the new driver.

As per our previous Equipment Report, PGA TOUR pros are seeing increased distance, more consistent spin rates, and a more muted sound from Titleist’s new, unreleased drivers thus far. Additionally, Titleist Tour rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck told GolfWRX.com on Wednesday at the U.S. Open that pros are gravitating toward the GT2 model due to its ease of launch, forgiveness, and overall head shape at address, in addition to the previously mentioned upgrades in the GT lineup.

Read the full piece here.

*featured image via Patrick Cantlay on Instagram. 

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Club Junkie WITB league night, week 9: Looking for forgiveness

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Last week was tough in some windy conditions, so this week, BK is going with a more forgiving setup. Some Ping irons lay the foundation and the PXG Black Ops 7-wood is a great option for use off the tee.

Driver: Cobra Darkspeed X (10.5 degrees, neutral setting)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Lin-Q M40x TSPX Blue 6F5

3-wood: Mizuno ST-Z 230 (15 degrees, -1 setting)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green RDX 75 6.5

7-wood: PXG 0311 Black Ops (21 degrees, -1 loft, flat)
Shaft: Nippon Regio Formula MB+ 75x

4-iron: Titleist T200
Shaft: Aerotech Steelfiber i110cw Stiff

Irons: Ping i230 (5-PW)
Shaft: Fujikura Axiom 105s

Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (50.08F)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Dart V 105 Wedge F4

Wedge: TaylorMade MG4 TW (56-12)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold TI 115 Wedge

Wedge: TaylorMade MG4 TW (60-11)
Shaft:True Temper Dynamic Gold TI 115 Wedge

Putter: L.A.B. Mezz.1 Max
Shaft: Accra x L.A.B. Graphite

Ball: Titleist ProV1 Enhanced Alignment

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