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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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Scotty Cameron unveils new B3 Triple Black Design LTD putters

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Titleist has today announced the launch of its new Scotty Cameron B3 Triple Black Design LTD putters, a special run of classic, playable blade designs crafted in a Tour Black finish.

Inspired by convertible car culture – where a black paintjob, black interior and black soft top signifies a “triple black” color combination – these special release putters feature four of Scotty’s most popular blade configurations, revisited with his own “triple black” design format: a black finish, black shaft, and black grip.

In select Titleist golf shops worldwide beginning Friday, July 26th, the new B3 Triple Black Design LTD putters will be offered in four models: the Newport 2 (available in right-hand and left-hand), Newport 2 Long Neck, Santa Fe and Catalina. The lineup blends classic setups with modern head shapes and tour-inspired dual-milled face technology.

“Our Triple Black putters have always been a popular option on Tour with players who not only like a stealthy, cool-looking design, but also want an extra solution for reducing sun glare. We created the B3 Triple Black Design LTD putters to give dedicated golfers that tour-quality experience in four classic configurations.” – Scotty Cameron

B3 Triple Black Design Models

B3 Triple Black Design LTD Newport 2

The flagship model of the B3 Triple Black LTD line, the Newport 2 is modeled after the crisp, mechanical shape of the Super Select Newport 2. The B3 Triple Black LTD Newport 2 is offered in both right-hand and left-hand models.

B3 Triple Black Design LTD Newport 2 Long Neck

An I-beam style long neck is added to the familiar Super Select Newport 2 head shape, promoting a more straight-back-straight-through putting stroke through a near-face balanced setup.

B3 Triple Black Design LTD Santa Fe

Inspired by the popular model from Scotty’s early career, the Santa Fe features an I-beam style flare 1.5 neck and a shape based on the softer, rounded features of the Super Select Newport. The configuration of a flare 1.5 neck and a Newport-style head is currently only available on Tour.

B3 Triple Black Design LTD Catalina

The Catalina, inspired by the Classic X, features a shape slightly wider than a standard Newport and more closely related to the Super Select Newport Plus. Instead of matching the Classic X’s double bend shaft, the updated setup features a shaft-over-spud design and a modern single bend shaft, giving the player near-face balanced performance.

The line’s dual-milled face technology offers a tour-inspired feel by combining the softness of deep-milled putters with the consistency and feedback of mid-milled offerings.

The B3 Triple Black Design LTD putter line features performance balanced weighting with two customizable heel-toe sole weights. The Catalina uses stainless steel weights made in 10-gram, 15-gram and 20-gram increments, while the other models use heavier tungsten in 30-gram, 35-gram and 40-gram denominations matched to the associated putter lengths of 33-inches, 34-inches and 35-inches. The loft on each model is 3.5-degrees and the lie angle is 70-degrees.

Each B3 Triple Black Design LTD putter features a black Pistolini Plus grip that complements a premium embroidered, custom-designed B3 Triple Black Design LTD headcover. The accompanying Tour Black stepless steel shaft includes the line’s custom B3 Triple Black Design LTD shaft band.

B3 Triple Black Design LTD putters will be available worldwide on July 26th, 2024, at select Titleist authorized golf shops, while supplies last and are priced at $750 each.

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Tiger Woods WITB 2024 (July)

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  • Tiger Woods WITB accurate as of The Open Championship. Per TaylorMade, Woods has swapped his TaylorMade M3 5-wood for the P770 2-iron he had in the bag at the U.S. Open. The 15-time major champion has also added a healthy amount of lead tape to the cavity of his putter. 

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (10.5 degrees @9.75)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD VF 6 X (45 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD VF 7 X

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees @18.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: 2023 TaylorMade P770 (3), TaylorMade P7TW (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (3-PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 Raw (56-12TW Proto, 60-TW11 Proto)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype
Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X (2024)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58R

Check out more in-hand photos of Tiger Woods’ WITB in the forums.

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Amazon Prime Day golf deals: GolfWRX staff’s picks

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In the market for some Amazon Prime Day golf deals? Of course you are! And fortunately, for those with Amazon Prime memberships, Prime Day 2025 is actually a two-day event beginning today, July 16 (if you’re not a Prime member, more on that here).

GolfWRX staffers were tasked with browsing the golf-related wares for sale on the world’s largest online retailer for the best stuff.

Of course, for your equipment needs, we recommend you head on over to our partner 2nd Swing Golf. 2nd Swing has more than 100,000 new and pre-swung golf clubs available in six store locations and online. However, when it comes to accessories, apparel, and all the rest, we’ve got you covered below.

Amazon Prime Day golf deals: GolfWRX recommends

Rapsodo MLM2PRO Launch Monitor

Was: $699
Now: $651

Saving some money on a high-quality launch monitor doesn’t happen every day. Here we get a deal on Rapsodo’s latest MLM2PRO that works as a simulator and launch monitor so you can have fun playing your favorite course at home or dial in your yardages.

Buy here.

Desert Fox Phone Caddy

Was: $24.99
Now: $19.95

Phone mounts are plentiful and cheap, but the Desert Fox ads some real quality and features. We have seen this one in use and are impressed by the build quality and the adjustability to fit just about any phone. The Phone Caddy straps to the cart roof support and stays where put no matter how rough the rough gets.

Buy here.

GoSports Golf Practice Net

Now: $79.99

BK has been using a net at night to work on some swing mechanics and not only has it helped his swing, it is a nice way to wind down the day. This GoSports net is 10ft wide and 7ft tall so it should contain your bad shots and not let them fly 2 streets over. It is also easy to set up, take down, and store in a compact bag.

Buy here.

Flightscope Mevo

Was: $504
Now: $354

While it’s a couple of years old, the OG Mevo still delivers plenty of data — now at a deep discount! We like the Power Bundle, if you’re in the market.

Buy here.

Golf Trunk Organizer 2 Layer

Was: $40
Now: $29

If you have a car and don’t have a trunk organizer, clearly your obsession hasn’t reached GolfWRX levels. Good price here!

Buy here.

FootJoy Pro SL Golf Shoes

Was: $119.95
Now: $89.95

A nice discount on some of the best-selling shoes in the game.

Buy here.

Garmin Approach S70 Watch

Was: $699.99
Now: $619.95

Passing muster with both GolfWRX’s watch snobs and data junkies, the S70 gets our blessing — and the 11% discount doesn’t hurt.

Buy here.

Golfguru Golf Chipping Net

Was: $69.99
Now: $49.99

A chipping net system that will actually help you improve — at 30 percent off. What’s not to like?

Buy here.

EyeLine Golf Putting Alignment Mirror

Was: $39.99
Now: $27.96

Training aids abound, but this is an actual product for improving putting performance we see PGA Tour professionals using on the putting green at every tournament. And it’s 30 percent off.

Buy here.

Orange Whip Golf Swing Trainer Aid

Now: $119.99

Speaking of training aids the pros actually use, the Orange Whip has had a good long life on the PGA Tour. Undoubtedly the aid we spot the most in the bags of pros, with its distinctive orange ball nestled among clubheads.

Buy here.

Adidas – Ultimate365 Golf Shorts

Was: $70
Now: $52

If you want to show off your Josh Allen-esque quads, we like Adidas’ Ulitmate365 shorts in the 8.5-inch inseam variety, which are available in a number of colors. If you’re looking for a little more length, try the 10.5 inchers.

Buy here.

Bushnell Tour V6 Shift Patriot Pack Rangefinder

Was: $399.99
Now: $347.99

Almost 20 percent off the V6 Patriot Pack — a top performer in last year’s Members Choice.

Buy here.

Arccos Caddie Link 

Was: $149.99
Now: $139.45

If you want to, you know, actually get better at golf, you need to know what you’re doing in your golf swing and on the golf course. That’s why, regarding the latter, we’ve long been advocates for Arccos and similar products. If you’ve been on the fence, let the discount tip you over.

Buy here.

Blast Golf Swing Analyzer

Now: $179.95

As mentioned above, we like data, and Blast Golf is a “Prime” option for generating swing data from a butt cap in the end of your club (“Prime” pun quota met).

Buy here.

Juboury Golf Pen Set

Was: $18.99
Now: $11.99

Who says you can’t play golf at the office?

Buy here.

*All products featured on GolfWRX are independently selected by our staff. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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