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Pros weigh in on Titleist’s new GT drivers at the Memorial

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of an article originally filed for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report by our Andrew Tursky. Tursky discussed the switch into the just-debuted Titleist GT drivers with a handful of pros. Read the full piece here.

Lee Hodges

“This (new GT2) feels a little bit different. It’s a little more of a dull feel off the face, which I feel like is a good thing. And just a little bit faster. But overall, the look and stuff, is basically the same, just a bit more of a muted sound.

“It has a little different pop off the face, which is more solid and less tingy – more of a muted, dull kind of thump. I don’t know how to describe it, but it feels great. It has maybe a little more ball speed…maybe a 1 mph difference, but it’s just as good as the last one, if not a little bit better. I only tested the (GT2 model), and I’m going straight into it.”

Will Zalatoris

“I think this is the most that we’ve been begging [Titleist] to put it in our hands as fast as we can. We first tested it I think in early December. I think the part that’s really cool about it is it’s just kind of plug-and-play. I have the exact same shaft, the exact same setting. And immediately I’m picking up 1.5 mph ball speed, and that equates to about another 6.5-7 yards of carry. I think the thing that I really noticed when you compare it from my old one, from the TSR to the GT, I think the mishits just get brought in that much more; 4-5 yards out here on Tour in dispersion could be the difference of you being in the fairway and having another birdie look … you miss a fairway and now you’re laying up trying to make par the hard way.

“The feel is amazing. That’s probably the biggest thing that I’ve really picked up from the first time I hit it, it was just this like euphoric, really solid, really fast off the face. I always like the kind of dampened sound and so, I immediately was just like, it felt like an absolute missile. It’s been fun. I’ve had a lot of guys ask me, ‘When you switch clubs, how much testing do you do?’ And literally I’m just like, ‘I took my old shaft, put it in the new head, and saw another 7 yards of carry and 4 yards better left and right.’

“You check the ball speed, my spin stayed the exact same, launch stayed the exact same, but I’m just carrying it farther and it’s straighter. It’s kind of a utopian setup.

“A lot of us out here, there’s only so much that we can do when it comes to (picking up) distance. But a lot of it is when you look at your average distance, it’s not so much about what’s your top end, it’s about how much farther your mishits going and how much straighter are they going.”

Read the rest of the piece on PGATour.com.

See more photos of the new Titleist drivers here.

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8 Comments

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  1. Chatsworth Osborne Jr

    Jun 12, 2024 at 5:10 pm

    I “wunder” how it will perform on the Sales Stimulator!?

    I can hear it now.; I’m in places on the golf course I’ve never been before!

    Remember the 17 extra yard commercials? ?

  2. Kevin R Gallemore

    Jun 11, 2024 at 6:23 am

    Will’s statement on ball speed is trash…1 mph=2 yards. So we are talking more than 1/2 of his claims…why hasn’t GolfWRX corrected this?

  3. Paulo

    Jun 9, 2024 at 1:49 am

    If you added all the ball speed gains up over the last 20 years with each release they would be hitting it 5mph . I’d have more respect if somebody said “you don’t have to buy this if you have a tsr already.

    This isn’t journalism , it’s advertising

  4. Brian

    Jun 7, 2024 at 11:40 pm

    I couldn’t possibly care less about what paid product endorsers have to say about said product.

  5. M

    Jun 7, 2024 at 9:35 pm

    How can they possibly keep making drivers go faster when there’s a cap limit. Something’s not right. Lines are being moved

  6. Ben

    Jun 7, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    Imagine that, paid athletes saying good things about the new product.

  7. ewfnick

    Jun 7, 2024 at 11:59 am

    Yet another latest and greatest

  8. Mo

    Jun 7, 2024 at 10:38 am

    Same old story every year. Longer and more forgiving

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WITB Time Machine: Pinehurst U.S. Open winners’ WITBs (Stewart, Campbell, Kaymer)

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The U.S. Open has taken place at Pinehurst No. 2 three times (1999, 2005, 2014) with the fourth contest at the historic North Carolina venue this week. Here’s a look at what the three winners — Payne Stewart, Michael Campbell, and Martin Kaymer — had in the bag for their respective victories.

Payne Stewart, 1999

Driver: Titleist 975D (9.5 degrees) Buy here.

3-wood: Orlimar Tri-Metal (13 degrees) Buy here.

Irons: Mizuno Pro MS-4 (2-9), Mizuno MP-14 (PW) Buy here.

Wedges: Cleveland 588 (SW) Buy here, Ping Zing 2 BeCu (LW) Buy here.

Putter: SeeMore FGP Bronze Buy here.

Ball: Titleist Tour Prestige 90

Michael Campbell, 2005

Driver: Callaway FT-5 Buy here.

3-wood: Callaway Steelhead Buy here.

Hybrid: Callaway Heavenwood Buy here.

Irons: Callaway X-Tour Buy here.

Wedges: Callaway Forged (48, 54, 60) Buy here.

Putter: Odyssey White Hot #6 Buy here.

Ball: Callaway HX Tour

Martin Kaymer, 2014

Driver: TaylorMade SLDR 460 (9.5 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SLDR (14 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X

Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (2-PW) Buy here.
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade TP xFT (54, 58) Buy here.
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping Karsten Anser 2 Buy here.

Ball: TaylorMade Lethal

WITB Time Machine is presented by 2nd Swing Golf. 2nd Swing has more than 100,000 new and pre-swung golf clubs available in six store locations and online. Check them out here.

 

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Sergio Garcia WITB 2024 (June)

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 Max (9.0 degrees @7)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15 degrees @13)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

5-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour (18 degrees @17.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (3), TaylorMade P7MB (4-PW)
Shafts: LA Golf

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (54-12D @52), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (58-T)
Shafts: LA Golf

Putter: Never Compromise Reserve 4
Grip: SuperStroke Zenergy Claw 1.0

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

Check out more in-hand photos of Sergio Garcia’s clubs here.

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Spotted: Phil Mickelson testing Callaway’s mini driver

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There is some serious equipment testing going on at Pinehurst’s legendary No. 2 course before the 2024 U.S. Open starts! We spotted renowned club tinkerer Phil Mickelson on the range with a new setup. He was testing out the new Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver with a new Mitsubishi Diamana BB (Blue Board) shaft.

Phil has long been a mini driver/2-wood/strong 3-wood guy, as he was the inspiration for the Callaway “Phranken Wood” about 10 years ago. For many pros, adding a strong 3-wood or mini driver allows them to turn it over easier and add a more consistent draw to their bag off the tee without losing too much distance.

Mitsubishi’s Diamana BB is the newest mid-launch shaft in the Diamana line. The “BB” on the shaft of course references the iconic Blue Board shafts from 20 years ago and this model will have a similar smooth feel.

 

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