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Guerin Rife to release “Guerin” line of putters

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Guerin Rife is best known for the line of putters that carry his last name. But he’s releasing a new line of putters called “Guerin” that he hopes will familiarize golfers with his first name.

Rife’s original putter company, Rife, was sold to Innovex, a company known for its multi-piece golf balls, in late 2011. But despite the fact that the putters still carry his last name, Rife has no association with Innovex’s Rife putter line.

Rife is back in the putter game with Guerin Design Putter Co., a line of premium forged-milled putters that will be available this summer in two different models, an Anser-style blade called the GR1 and a mallet called the GR3.

Both models will come in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, but the different lengths will maintain the same swing weight of D-7.

“I chose D-7 because it is a standard preference of PGA Tour players,” Rife said. “This swing weight is slightly heavier than 10 years ago, because greens are faster in general. D-7 provides for a stable weight in the hands but not so heavy that it would diminish distance control.”

In order to achieve the same swing weight with different lengths, Rife varied the head weight of his putters, making them heavier in the shorter lengths and lighter in the longer lengths. But he was careful to add and subtract weight in areas that are not visable at address, which means the differently weighted heads will look the same to golfers over a putt.

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The putters also feature “wavy grooves” in the putter face, which the company calls variable surface engineering. According to the Rife, this provides two advantages over straight grooves — the wavy grooves not only touch more surface of a golf ball at impact, but they also are better able to conform to the uneven surface of a golf ball.

The third, and most intriguing feature of Guerin putters is their “Rocker Sole,” which is shaped in a way that the company says removes alignment problems caused by eye dominance. According to Rife, the Rocker Sole also accommodates different hand positions, squaring up the putter face regardless of how the putter is soled.

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Each putter will be available in two different finishes:

  • Silver, which is made from 303 stainless steel and has a natural finish.
  • Black, which is made 11L17 carbon steel that gets a three-coating finish to prevent rusting — nickel (first), chrome (second) and black PVD (third).

Rife also plans to release his gold-finished “Master Milled” putters, which he said are “so completely milled that no grinding or polishing is required in the finishing process.”

Guerin putters will hit retail outlets this summer, but prices are yet to be set. Expect them to cost about the same amount as other premium putters on the market.

Click here to see more more photos and read the discussion the the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum.

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  1. Romano

    Aug 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I just received GR1 Black blade putter and it is by far the best putter I have ever used.
    I have putted with Ping, Odyssey, Scotty Cameron, Bettinardi etc… (yes I am a putter fanatic). This putter feels so smooth and soft. The balls comes off so nice. The weighting is perfect.

  2. Mateo

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Guerin manages to do what no other putter maker has ever done……………….. make a putter that is classic in looks and feel but also gives you the “game improving” technology that will help you make more putts.
    Scotty’s are pretty but less forgiving than a 1922 blade.
    All the company’s GIs have great MOI but no feel.

    I think Guerin Putters feel great, are solid, and help you still make the putt if you misshit it a bit.

    Great stuff.

  3. rickey

    Mar 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I agree that Anser model is quite nice. What I’d really like is for some company to put put out a copy of Scotty’s 009. Why can’t anyone copy the #1 copier? Yeah, that DH-89 ain’t too cheap either. Dalehead/009, por favor!

  4. Deaus7

    Mar 28, 2013 at 5:19 am

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Rife putters in the past, Since I have always preffered Anser style blade models, but I do have to Admit that the Anser style model is just beautiful. If the Gold Finish was a reasonable price wise I would consider giving it a try. I also have to take my Hat off to them for making the different head weights to accomadate shaft length and personal preferance. Very interesting!!

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Titleist expands M Grind loft offerings through Vokey WedgeWorks

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When it comes to offering versatility for players who like to manipulate their wedges around the green and on full shots, the Vokey M Grind is one of the best options around. Now, based on the success of the M Grind SM8 wedges—which had come in lofts of 56 and 60 degrees—Titleist—through Vokey WedgeWorks—is expanding the loft options to include 50, 52, and 54 degrees.

What is the Vokey M Grind?

The man himself, Master Craftsman Bob Vokey, calls the M Grind his “most favorite” grind, thanks to its versatility. The versatility is made possible by its medium bounce profile, and its aggressive heel, toe, and trailing edge relief. It is the ideal fit for golfers with a sweeping and more shallow approach into the ball and aren’t considered large divot takers.

“The grind in the back allows you to open up the wedge and get under the ball a little easier, while the front of the wedge allows you to get out and produce that lower, stronger ball flight,”
-Aaron Dill, Vokey Tour Representative

Since the tour is such a proving ground for Titleist and the products they release, it should be no surprise that these new loft options have been made available for golfers with players like Cameron Smith, Patrick Cantlay, and Charles Howell III all utilizing the M grind on tour.

SM8 Wedge Technology refresher

Each and every single Vokey wedge goes through a full grooves inspection to ensure they are cut with a level of precision that leads the industry to produce maximum spin and shot control. After that micro-grooves are cut in between the spin milled grooves to maximize spin on partial shots.

The Vokey Spin Milled groove design has not changed since Vokey began offering variable depth and width designs depending on loft. Tolerances continue to get pushed, but since the design was already at the limit, it’s now more about being able to replicate rather than search for an elusive few hundred RPM.

When talking about those extra RPMs gained by potential tool and radius changes, Titleist likes to use the analogy of a pencil. You can sharpen a pencil to an absolute point, but the first thing you are going to notice when you start to use that pencil is how quickly that extremely sharp point dulls back to a “standard” sharpness. This relates directly to groove radius and Titleist’s philosophy to offer maximum spin for the life of the wedge, not just those first five rounds of golf, because unlike PGA Tour players, regular golfers can’t just wander into a tour van and ask for a new lob wedge every week.

Advanced WedgeWorks custom options

Inspired by the customization Aaron Dill (@VokeyWedgeRep), does to wedges on a weekly basis on the PGA tour the WedgeWorks custom options have been expanded to include:

  • Six unique toe engravings
  • Expanded stamping options: 10-character Straight/Freestyle; 15 characters around toe; 5-character staircase style
  • Custom paint-filled Loft and Grind markings and BV Wings logo
  • Hand Grinds: Raw finishes can be hand ground to exact specs, including both performance grinds and profile adjustments

Price, specs, and, availability

The new Vokey M Grind wedges will be available starting today for custom orders in golf shops and on Vokey.com in the lofts of 50, 52, and 54 degrees in a raw finish and in right hand only.

The wedges are priced at $199 each and that includes custom stamping, custom ferrule, and custom shaft bands.

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Tommy Fleetwood joins TaylorMade in multi-year deal; Fleetwood 2021 WITB

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TaylorMade has officially announced that Tommy Fleetwood has joined its tour staff in a multi-year deal.

The Englishman is no stranger to TaylorMade equipment and has been playing a set of prototype irons built by the company since 2019. For 2021, Fleetwood will play a bag with TaylorMade woods and irons, as well as the brand’s TP5X (2021) #19 golf ball, as he continues to test wedges and putters.

Per the company, Fleetwood upholds strong ties to Adrian Rietveld – who was TaylorMade’s lead technician on the European Tour before making the move stateside in 2019 – and he also played a variety of TaylorMade metalwoods after becoming an equipment-free agent in 2016.

“This could be the start of something special. I have a feeling there are some exciting times ahead, I couldn’t be happier to join Team TaylorMade.” – Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood is a five-time winner on the European Tour and has also had three top-5 finishes in the majors, two top-5 finishes in WGCs and a top-5 finish at the Players in 2019. In the Ryder Cup 2018, the 30-year-old went 4-1-0 winning 4/4 fourball and foursome matches with Molinari.

Speaking on the new signing for Team TaylorMade, David Abeles, CEO, TaylorMade Golf said

“Tommy Fleetwood is a premier golfer, but he’s an even better person. Statements like that get thrown around a lot, but if you ever have the chance to spend time with him, you’ll immediately know it’s true. There’s a warmth, sincerity and wit about Tommy that stands out. He’s the ideal fit for Team TaylorMade as we embark on a journey to become the most people-centric golf brand in the world. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the team.”

Tommy Fleetwood 2021 WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees) or SIM2 Max (10.5 @ 8.5 degrees)
Shaft:Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (13.5 degrees Rocket)
Shaft:Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70TX

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (18.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TF Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Callaway Jaws (52S, 56S, 60T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot

Ball: TaylorMade TP5X (2021) #19

Per TaylorMade, Fleetwood is continuing to test TM wedges and putters.

Fleetwood is currently ranked No. 17 in the Official World Golf Rankings and is set to debut his new TaylorMade equipment this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Best forged driving irons – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing forged driving irons. WRXer ‘Merv’ is on the hunt for a new driving iron and reaches out to fellow members for suggestions – with DI’s from Srixon proving to be popular amongst WRXers.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • FatThinShank: “Srixon U65/85”
  • Cptwiggly: “I love my u85 2 iron. I bent it 2 degrees weak for gapping, and it’s a great addition to my bag.”
  • Bama_Rich: “The new Callaway X Forged UT is the best feeling one I’ve hit. It has more of a “crack” at impact compared to the “clicks” feel of others. I have a review coming soon.”
  • golfer881: “+1 for Srixon ZX.”

Entire Thread: “Best forged driving irons”

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