Dustin Johnson wins Saudi International with TaylorMade’s M6 Driver; First Win for TaylorMade’s New Speed Injected Twist Face Drivers and 2019 TP5x Golf Ball
Johnson’s first regular European Tour victory and 20th career victory is the first for TaylorMade’s New M6 Driver featuring the company’s ground-breaking Speed Injected Twist Face technology
World #3 Dustin Johnson used his prodigious length off the tee combined with TaylorMade’s new Speed Injected Twist Face™ technology to win the Saudi International by 2 shots from fellow Team TaylorMade athlete Haotong Li. Johnson shot a course record 61
in the second round alongside carding 22 birdies and 1 eagle en route to victory including a birdie-birdie finish.
What you need to know:
- Johnson put TaylorMade’s new M6 driver into the bag after extensive testing with both that and the M5 model. Like many on Team TaylorMade, DJ made the switch into the new line of drivers quickly. Gaming the adjustable M5 driver earlier in the season, he
requested to do some shaft testing looking to increase his ball speed to the 185mph mark. After some on course testing DJ opted for the M6 driver this week, favouring the forgiveness of the M6 driver. It is likely he will continue working with both models
- Johnson’s victory is the first win for TaylorMade’s M5 and M6 Drivers with Speed Injected Twist Face
- Johnson also added the new M5 Titanium Fairway Wood to his setup this week equipped with Project X’s HZRDUS Black X shaft; the same shaft he carried in his fairway(s) last season
- Dustin’s victory is the first win for the new 2019 TP5/x Golf Ball highlighted by its new High-Flex Material (HFM). DJ’s preferred golf ball is the TP5x, stamped #1.
- DJ is a big fan of the P790 iron and continues to use the #3 Iron in place of a high lofted fairway wood also equipped with a Project X HZRDUS Black X shaft
- Like last year Dustin played the P730 DJ Proto Irons. As he has for most of his recent career, DJ has them equipped with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
- Dustin played the Milled Grind Hi-Toe family in 54, 60 and 64 degree lofts equipped with KBS Tour 120S shafts
- Johnson has found much success with the Spider Tour over the last few years using it to escalate him to #1 in the World. This week, he used it to card 22 birdies and 1 eagle
Dustin Johnson’s Winning Bag at the Saudi International:
M6 Driver | 10.5° | Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0
M5 Fairway | 15° | Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 X
P790 | 3 Iron | Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 X
DJ Proto Irons | 4-PW | Dynamic Gold X100
Milled Grind Hi-Toe Wedges | 54°, 60° and 64° | KBS Tour 120 S
Spider Tour Black Putter
2019 TP5x Golf Ball (#1)
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February 4, 2019
Breakthrough Golf Technology congratulates the winner of the Country Club de Bogota Championship who used the Stability Putter Shaft
Dallas, TX. – Breakthrough Golf Technology congratulates the winner of the Country Club de Bogota Championship and announces that the Stability Putter Shaft was used in the winner’s four-shot victory.
Barney Adams, CEO and Founder stated, “We are thrilled by this win. This victory is the culmination of years of product development and testing of the Stability putter shaft and validates the technology and efforts of the Breakthrough Golf team.”
For 50 years, the putter shaft has not changed. It’s a simple steel pipe. Over the years, head designs for putters have evolved and gotten dramatically heavier. This has resulted in shafts that are not stable or strong enough to keep these heavier, advanced putter heads from oscillating. The Stability putter shaft delivers the face squarer at impact for improved accuracy and solid feel and has a lower launch for a predictable roll, resulting in better distance control.
About Breakthrough Golf Technology
In a suburb of Dallas Texas lies a new golf shaft company with 100 years of experience. The state-of-the-art facility utilizes the latest technology to develop and bring to market the finest, most precise shafts available. Founder Barney Adams, who has always had the unique ability to see what is truly missing in Golf equipment, decided to focus on the putter shafts since there had been no significant innovation for decades. A team of award-winning engineers was assembled and no shaft company on the planet delivers innovation in golf shafts like Breakthrough Golf Technology.
Justin Rose won the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open with his new clubs:
DRIVER: Honma Tour World TW747 460 (9.5 degrees), with Honma Vizard FD-7X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 80 TX shaft
IRONS: Honma Tour World TW-X proto (2), Tour World Rose proto (4-9), with KBS C-Taper 125 shafts
WEDGES: Honma Rose proto (47, 52 and 56 degrees), with KBS C-Taper 125 shafts; Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Raw K Grind (60 degrees), with KBS High Rev 2.0 135 shaft
PUTTER: Axis 1 prototype
BALL: TaylorMade TP5
Driver: Ping G400 LST (10 degrees)
+ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X
3 Wood: Nike VR Pro Ltd. Edition (15 degrees)
+ Aldila Rogue Silver 80X
Driving Iron: Titleist 716 T-MB (3-iron)
+ True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100
Irons: Callaway X Forged 2013 (4 iron), Callaway MB-1 (5-PW)
+ True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Artisan (51 and 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey SM5 (61 degrees)
+ True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 3
+ Grip: Iomic Standard Red Pistol
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Grips: Golf Pride
Phil Mickelson eclipsed a moment of magic from Justin Thomas to beat his compatriot in a play-off at the WGC – Mexico Championship and secure his first title since winning the Open in 2013.
The American pair finished tied on 16 under par after an enthralling final round at Chapultepec Golf Club.
Mickelson saw his birdie putt lip out at the first play-off hole – the par three 17th – but when Thomas failed to get down in two from behind the green the 47 year old had his first victory in almost five years.
England’s Tyrrell Hatton, who missed out on extra holes after a bogey at the last, and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello tied for third on 15 under.
Cabrera Bello had made the first move on Sunday when he chipped in from a bunker for eagle at the first to catch overnight leader Shubhankar Sharma before the Indian had even teed off.
The Spaniard, Hatton and Mickelson all had spells in front but Thomas, who was 11 shots behind halfway leader Sharma on Friday night before carding a blistering 62 on Saturday, made six birdies in his first 15 holes to edge ahead.
A bogey on the 17th looked to have derailed his challenge, but Thomas spun his 120-yard approach back into the cup at the 18th to set a daunting clubhouse target with a round of 64.
Hatton joined him when he followed a birdie on the 14th with an eagle from 11 feet on the 15th, while Mickelson birdied the 15th and 16th before his 25-foot effort on the next missed by a whisker.
With both needing a birdie on the last, Hatton and Mickelson miscued their approaches and the former was unable to get up and down, but the five-time Major winner held his nerve from five feet to seal a closing 66 before a par at the first play-off hole saw him become the oldest winner of a World Golf Championships event.
Sharma shot a closing 74 as the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex leader marked his WGC debut with a tie for ninth.
Phil Mickelson: “I can’t put into words how much this means to me, it’s been a long time. To come here to Mexico City with the fans here and play against the best players in the world and finally come through… I knew it was going to come soon, I was playing too well for it not to but you never know until it happens.
“My game is starting to get to a level that is some of my best golf and it seems like it’s just in time. It’s nice to be in that small circle called the winner’s circle; I haven’t been in it for a while.”
Justin Thomas: “I’m definitely disappointed. I wish Phil’s putt just would have gone in so I would have felt better about myself. But I was a little pumped up and the gap wedge went a lot farther than I thought it was going to. But man, there’s nothing for me to hang my head about. To even have a chance to win this golf tournament after where I was through 18, through 36 holes, I’m very proud of myself. I think it’s the most maturity and kind of poise I’ve shown in a tournament I’ve ever played.”
Rafa Cabrera Bello: I felt I played good, I’ve been in contention, I played good today as well. Maybe one or two mistakes, but I mean, I by no means feel that I lost anything. I’ve kind of always been in the hunt, a couple, one or two a few back from the leaders. Unfortunately, that’s how it’s going to finish. But overall pretty pleased. A very good performance.
“You don’t expect anything different in a World Golf Championship. I think every World Golf Championship delivers. The best players in the world come and play them and it’s pretty normal that at the end of the week the best players in the world are at the top.”
Tyrrell Hatton: “It just felt like I was pretty unlucky today in general, especially on six. It was a really poor drive but I was right up against the tree. Then Phil hits the same drive, hits off a tree and comes back near the fairway and he gets on the green in two. So guess you need breaks like that from time to time. Felt like I got unlucky down 11 as well, another par five. Didn’t hit a bad shot there and walk off with six. Just wasn’t my day today.”
New Twist Face™ Technology Delivers Straight Distance with Most Advanced Face Technology in Company History
Carlsbad, Calif. (January 2, 2018) – TaylorMade Golf, makers of the #1 Driver in Golf and the winningest drivers on the PGA TOUR in 2017* with its M1 & M2 drivers, have shifted the paradigm of golf club engineering with the introduction of the M3 & M4 metalwoods, highlighted by the company’s breakthrough innovation – Twist Face technology.
“From the creation of the first metalwood in 1979, TaylorMade has established a legacy of breaking from tradition to reach new thresholds of performance. In 2018, we have once again uncovered a new frontier of driving potential with Twist Face Technology — a radical departure from traditional driver-face design, engineered to correct for inherent human swing tendencies in real-time, giving golfers a tangible competitive advantage. Brian Bazzel, Vice President, Product Creation.
Twist Face: The Next Breakthrough in Innovation from TaylorMade
Re-imagining traditional driver face design, TaylorMade’s Twist Face technology is truly the first of its kind. Twist Face, featured in both the new M3 & M4 drivers, is TaylorMade’s solution to counteract golfers’ most common misses, more specifically, those resulting from the high toe and low heel impacts.
To counteract the high-toe miss (a hook), the driver face has been ‘twisted’ open (loft increased & face opened) on the high-toe to help straighten ball flight. Similarly, to counteract the low-heel miss (a slice) the driver face has been twisted closed to de-loft and close the face in the low heel area. Ultimately, TaylorMade’s Twist Face technology delivers a corrective face angle when hit off-center for longer, straighter shots.
The Origin of a Breakthrough
Studying data captured from more than half a million shots that simultaneously tracks head presentation (in-out path, angle of attack, loft, impact location), initial launch conditions and final landing location of the golf ball, TaylorMade engineers discovered there was a flaw in the traditional bulge and roll. By studying the performance of thousands of shots in each quadrant across the face of all golfers’ levels, researchers determined these shots were not averaging to be on the center line. In fact, high face shots and high toe shots have a left tendency of the target line and spin significantly less. Similarly, low face and low heel shots tend to land right of the target line with a significantly more spin.
World-class design and elite performance is the genesis of every product TaylorMade engineers. In 2015, the company introduced multi-material construction with eye-catching carbon composite crowns that captured the attention of millions of golfers around the world, becoming the most winning driver on the PGA TOUR and once again retaining the title of the best-selling driver in the industry. Two years later, the stakes have been raised, and engineers have responded to the challenge by creating the most advanced driver in company history — M3. In addition to Twist Face technology, the M3 driver features a new matte silver front section and a raised, aerodynamic five-layer carbon composite crown. Years of research and development have culminated in some of the thinnest, strongest and lightest composite panels in the industry. With both the 2018 M3 and M4 metalwoods, TaylorMade engineers were able to design thinner and lighter composite panels (the M3 & M4 drivers both feature a 5-layer carbon composite crown) than ever before.
Exclusive to the M3 in both the 460cc & 440cc models is a new intuitive Y-Track adjustability system that allows for CG adjustment of the head to obtain desired, optimal ball flight parameters. Dissimilar to the T-Track on both the ’16 & ’17 M1 drivers, the heel to toe track and front to back track on the M3 are connected, allowing all 22 grams (two 11g weights) of moveable mass to be utilized for both the benefit of heel to toe control as well as front to back CG adjustment. The Y-track gives the golfer more precise CG adjustability than ever before with more than 1,000 unique CG configurations — more than double the number of positions in the 2017 M1. Add in TaylorMade’s 12 position, 4-degree ultra-lightweight aluminum Loft Sleeve (back sleeve compatible) and the result is an unparalleled level of personalization.
The flat curvature of the front/back track provides the lowest CG possible regardless of the weight setting. In fact, when the weight is in the back position versus M1 2017, the 2018 M3 CG is 36% further back. This makes the moment of inertia (MOI) 10% larger without raising the CG projection on the face. Furthermore engineers were able to increase the total amount of front / back CG movement by 83%.
For the first time ever, TaylorMade has engineered a slot housed in the sole of our most adjustable driver. The new Hammerhead slot was engineered to work in combination with Twist Face and Inverted Cone technologies to deliver maximum ballspeed across a larger area of the face and thus, resulting in a larger sweet spot. The Hammerhead slot’s design is defined by three design elements; the central Speed Pocket™, the face geometry and the stiffening ribs.
By dividing the Speed Pocket into zones, TaylorMade was able to increase its overall length from 82mm to 100mm — a 22% increase. Additionally, it allowed for the creation of a larger flexible center zone, designed to increase ball speed on low face impacts and drop unwanted backspin. By using the new ribs, engineers were able to decrease the thickness and weight of the face allowing for a more flexible face designed to deliver higher ballspeeds across a larger area of the face. Engineers challenged themselves to evolve the construction and performance of the Speed Pocket; their answer was Hammerhead, a radical technology engineered to deliver longer drives.
Following the success and demand for the 440cc version in 2017, the M3 will again be available in a 440cc model, which utilizes a slightly smaller head, deeper face and 22g of moveable weight, working in unison with all of the same technologies as its larger 460cc counterpart. Both the 460 and 440cc models come equipped with MCA’s popular Tensei CK Red (high launch), Blue (mid launch) or White (low launch) shafts in R, S & X flexes along with a Lamkin UTx cord grip. As the company has offered for the past few years, TaylorMade is also once again offering more than two dozen additional premium custom shaft options at no upcharge.
Availability & Pricing
Available for pre-order on February 1 and at retail on February 16 at $499 USD, the M3 460 driver will be offered in 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° & 12° loft options, while LH models will be offered in 9.5° and 10.5° lofts. The M3 440 driver (RH only) will be offered in 9° & 10° loft options.
The ’17 M1 fairway broke innovation and performance barriers by being both adjustable and incredibly long, a goal the engineering team set in the conception stage and executed in its creation. The new M3 fairway takes a premium, adjustable fairway to the next level; constructed with a 450 stainless steel body, strong Ni-Co C300 face and new, thinner 5-layer carbon composite crown (same as the M3 & M4 drivers). An improved track system that houses more moveable weight (29 grams compared to 25 in the ’17 M1 fairway) allows for the adjustment for preferred shot shape; from fade to draw, more than ever before.
Similar to the M3 driver, the M3 fairway also utilizes an ultra-thin, ultra-light crown and sole panel. The combination of the composite panels saves up to 8g over a similarly shaped metal fairway. The discretionary weight is placed low and forward into the M3’s clubhead to create driver-like launch conditions (high launch & low spin).
The sliding weight track (SWT) on the M3 fairway, first introduced in a TaylorMade fairway with last year’s M1, incorporates a new, smaller Loft Sleeve screw, which allowed for the moveable weight track to move 3.5mm forward, which resulted in the CG moving almost a full millimeter forward too, an 8% change over the ’17 M1.
Bringing the track forward led to a more streamlined overhang design which led to improving the sole to turf interaction for the M3 fairway. By designing an overhang that extends across the length of the track the playability of the sole was improved while allowing the weight track to be further forward.
The smaller screw head and port area to the Loft Sleeve also positively affects the Speed Pocket. By taking up less room on the sole, the Speed Pocket length from heel-to-toe on the M3 fairway is longer than the M1 2017 Speed Pocket. The through-slot is extremely efficient in terms of size and material usage, giving us the ability to package it in front of the track. The through-slot promotes faster face-flex and ball speed on mishits low on the face and also reduces backspin leading to more overall distance.
Availability & Pricing
Available on February 16, 2018 at $299 USD, the M3 fairway will be offered in 15° (3), 17° (3HL) and 19° (5) loft options while LH models will be offered in 15° (3) and 19° (5) options, equipped with an MCA Tensei Blue shaft in A, R & S flexes (65g) and X flex (75g). All models come equipped with a Lamkin UTx cord grip.
The new M3 Rescue incorporates a moderate sized, Tour-proven and preferred shape first introduced by the ’17 M1 Rescue but with more moveable weight — 30g compared to 27— and a successful sole design that will appeal to players of all ability levels. The crown showcases a whole new look with a premium two tone, matte silver front section and gloss black back body framing the ball beautifully. The sole is engineered with a performance-driven adjustable sliding weight system, allowing golfers the opportunity to not only experience the neutral/fade biases of its predecessor but having more moveable weight for an unparalleled level of personalization in a TaylorMade Rescue.
In addition to the new 30g sliding weight and advanced sole design, the head comes equipped with a 3-degree ultra-lightweight aluminum Loft Sleeve. Premium components again are offered as stock options, with a MCA Tensei Blue hybrid 80g shaft in R, S & X flexes as well as a 70g A flex along with a new Lamkin UTx cord grip.
Availability & Pricing
Available on February 16, 2018 at $249 USD, the M3 Rescue will be offered in 17° (2), 19° (3), 21° (4) and 24° (5) options while LH models will be offered in 19° (3) and 21° (4) options.
Team TaylorMade Reacts to Seeing Twist Face for the First Time
Complementing the M3 driver and its unrivaled personalization is the M4 driver, which differentiates its design by putting an emphasis on unparalleled forgiveness with straight distance. The M4 driver not only utilizes TaylorMade’s most groundbreaking ‘18 technologies (Twist Face & Hammerhead), it also incorporates Geocoustic™ engineering –combining geometry and acoustical engineering to unlock more forgiveness and best-in-class sound.
Geocoustic technology combines geometry and acoustical engineering to deliver more forgiveness and best-in-class sound. Driver heads with low back centers of gravity typically have low frequencies because they tend to have fairly flat soles. Geocoustic sole shapes allow for a low CG and larger head size, but with a more curved sole which has inherently higher frequencies, leading to better sound and feel. The Geocoustic sole design of the M4 driver freed up discretionary volume that allowed engineers to increase the overall face size and also improved sound and feel.
Similar to the M3, the M4’s Hammerhead slot features reinforced outer portions for a lighter, more flexible face, which results in a larger sweet spot. The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face and drops unwanted spin for straight distance. Additionally, the newly designed face saves 8g of discretionary weight. To increase the stability of the driver, the rearward mass pad has been increased from 22 to 41 grams – an 86% increase.
Also new to the M4 is a redesigned face that is both thinner and lighter. The maximum thickness has been reduced from 4.47mm to 3.6mm and the heel/toe perimeter thickness has been reduced from 2mm to 1.92mm. In addition, the mass of the face has been reduced from 45.5g in the ’17 M2 to 37.6g – 17.3%.
Availability & Pricing
Available on February 16, 2018 at $429 USD, the M4 driver will be offered in a new 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° & 12° loft options, while LH models are available in 9.5° and 10.5°, each coming equipped with a Fujikura Atmos Red shaft in 6X, 5S, 5R, 5A along with a TM/Lamkin Dual Feel grip. For women, the M4 driver is available in 10.5° & 12° lofts, equipped with a TM-Tuned 45 (L) shaft.
In addition to the standard M4 model, TaylorMade is also offering a higher-launching, more draw-biased model, the M4 D-Type (also 460cc). The M4 D-Type (D signifying draw) combines multiple draw-biased design technologies to help players who consistently fight fade-to-slice trajectories find more fairways. In addition to the multi-material construction, Twist Face technology and Hammerhead Speed Pocket, the D-Type is more heel-weighted (41g), has slight offset and uses advanced visual cues to promote a square face at address and a more draw-biased face at impact.
Availability & Pricing
Available on February 16, 2018 at $429 USD, the M4 D-Type driver will be offered in 9.5°, 10.5° & 12° loft options, while LH models will be offered in 9.5° and 10.5° lofts and equipped with Matrix’ Platinum White Tie shaft 55 S,R and 45 A,L, which complements the driver’s draw-biased performance. For women, the M4 D-Type driver is available in 10.5° & 12° lofts, equipped with a Matrix White Tie MSF5 45 g (L) shaft.
In the M4 fairway, TaylorMade’s ultimate distance fairway has been made even more forgiving, taking everything learned from the use of multi-material composition, Speed Pocket, Geocoustic Technology and ICT integration to deliver a remarkably high-performing complement to the M4 driver that delivers maximum distance and forgiveness by way of a larger sweet spot and more optimal launch conditions. A new split-weight mass pad separates the weight at the outward extremities of the head to preserve ballspeed on shots hit off-center.
The M4 fairway utilizes a thinner and stronger Ni-Co C300 face along with TaylorMade’s proprietary Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) to increase the higher-COR area of the clubface, thus minimizing ballspeed losses on off-center impacts delivering more distance more often.
In addition to the M4 fairway, TaylorMade is also introducing the M4 Tour fairway, which features a smaller head size (156cc versus 175cc) with a slightly deeper face, designed for better players who prefer a more compact look, lower launch and more workability.
Availability & Pricing
Available on February 16, 2018 at $249 USD, the M4 Fairway will be offered in 15° (3), 16.5° (3HL) & 18° (5), 21° (5HL) and 24° (7HL) loft options, while LH models will be offered in 15° (3), 16.5° (3HL) & 18°(5) lofts, equipped with Fujikura’s Atmos Red 75g 6S, 6R, 5A shaft and a Lamkin Dual Feel grip. The M4 Tour fairway will be available in 15°(3) & new 18° (5) lofts (RH only) and comes equipped with MCA’s Tensei Blue (65g S and 75g X) flexes and Lamkin UTx grip. For women, the M4 fairway is available in 3HL, 5HL & 7HL lofts, equipped with a TM-Tuned 45 (L) shaft and a Winn Dual Feel grip.
Completing the M4 metalwood lineup in 2018 is the M4 Rescue. Power and control are the essential ingredients golfers need when playing a hybrid. M4 offers the best of all worlds with key performance technologies working in sync to produce exceptional ball speed and a larger sweet spot for enhanced overall playability.
The low-profile body of the M4 Rescue has a tiered two-tone crown with the same matte silver front and gloss black rear section that showcases the distinctive, widely recognized aesthetics TaylorMade’s M series of product has become known for.
The M4 Rescue features a cut-through Speed Pocket to increase launch and maximize ballspeed on shots hit below center face. Similar to the M4 fairway, a new split-weight mass pad separates the weight at the outward extremities of the head to increase the club’s forgiveness by preserving ballspeed on shots hit off-center. In addition to the added forgiveness, a Geocoustic sole design and a short, fluted hosel work in tandem to optimize sound and feel at impact. The M4 Rescue is designed to help average golfers replace a long iron with higher, longer and more draw-biased performance.
Availability & Pricing
Available on February 16 at $219 USD, the M4 Rescue will be offered in 19° (3), 22° (4), 25° (5) and 28° (6) lofts while LH models will be offered in 19° (3), 22° (4) and 25° (5) lofts and equipped with Fujikura’s Atmos Red shaft 7S, 6R, 5A and a Lamkin Dual Feel grip. For women, the M4 Rescue is available in 22° (4), 25° (5) & 28° (6) lofts, equipped with a TM-Tuned IR 45 (L) shaft and a Winn Dual Feel grip.
*#1 Driver in Golf claim based on 2017 usage on the PGA, European, Japan Golf, Web.com, Champions and LPGA Tours, as reported by the Darrell Survey Co. and Sports Marketing Surveys, Inc. Winningest drivers on the PGA TOUR as reported by the Darrell Survey Co.
Coming off one of the best seasons of his professional career, Sergio Garcia will begin a new chapter on the equipment front in 2018. The reigning Masters champion agreed to terms on a multi-year equipment deal with Callaway Golf that will see him use 14 Callaway clubs, a Chrome Soft golf ball and display the company’s logo on both sides of his hat as part of the agreement. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“I’m really excited to switch to Callaway,” Garcia said in a release. “After testing different brands I realized Callaway`s technology and innovation will help me maximize my game and perform to the best of my ability.”
While Garcia’s deal didn’t become official until Jan. 1, there were signs going all the way back to the Dell Technologies Championship, in August, that hinted a change could be on the horizon.
Expanding on the Successful TP Collection, New Putters Feature Pure RollTM Inserts with a Combination of Designs and Constructions in Stunning ‘Tour Red’ Finish
Basingstoke, Hants. (28th September, 2017) — TaylorMade Golf Company announced today the expansion of the TP Collection of putters with the introduction of TP Red. Comprised of 6 performance mallet models, the new collection has been designed for the discerning player who seeks the performance of TaylorMade’s renowned Pure Roll technology in an aesthetically appealing Tour Red colorway that the company became the first to roll out in 2016. Since then, the Tour Red colorway has seen its demand grow exponentially global tours following the success of TaylorMade staffers Jason Day, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia.
The TP Red Collection is comprised of five new variations of the Ardmore putter as well as the Chaska model. Each of the six new models feature milled 304 stainless steel heads with Tour Red finish for a premium look and feel with high-contrast coloring and a variety of sightline options to promote improved alignment.
Ardmore: A face-balanced mallet designed with dual sightlines for a linear stroke and easy alignment.
Ardmore CTR: A center-shafted, face-balanced mallet designed to emphasize perfectly centered alignment.
Ardmore 2 (“L” Neck): A progressive mallet designed with single top, double cavity sightlines and 27° toe hang for a flowing stroke and enhanced alignment.
Ardmore 2 (double bend): A progressive, face-balanced mallet featuring single top, double cavity sightlines for a straight back, straight through stroke and enhanced alignment.
Ardmore 3: A progressive mid-size mallet incorporating 40° toe hang for a flowing stroke and simple alignment.
Chaska: A larger, face-balanced, semi-rounded mallet with a three top sightlines to encourage a confident stroke.
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World number 13 Justin Rose, who first saw the putter at a company photoshoot earlier this month, put the Chaska into play the following week at the BMW Championship, where he finished T2 and recorded a remarkable strokes gained: putting of 2.393.
Each putter in the TP Red Collection has a head weight of 355g, a 3.5° loft, a 70° lie angle and comes available in 34” & 35’’ lengths. Each model in the collection also features interchangeable sole weights to enable the adjustment of mass for optimal performance.
Similar to the original TP Collection, each new model utilizes a new milling process along with TaylorMade’s proprietary Pure Roll insert to deliver optimal forward roll with a desired firm feel.
Pure Roll™ Insert
The 6061 aluminum Pure Roll insert combines 45° grooves with a softer polymer between the grooves to promote better forward roll and reduce skidding across varying surfaces. The composition and construction of the Pure Roll insert is specially engineered to bring the grooves into direct and active contact with the ball during impact, even on short putts. The grooves in the face also serve in part to strategically soften the insert’s structure. Together, these factors make the insert perform at a very high level.
Currently, Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose all play putters incorporating Pure Roll technology.
Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The TP Red Collection will be available at retail 16th October. Each putter in the collection comes equipped stock with a Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip at an MSRP of £239, €289, SEK 2699, CHF 319, DKK 2099, NOK 2599.
For more information, visit www.TaylorMadeGolf.com
High-MOI Model with Toe Flow Combines Forgiveness of a Mallet with Feel of a Blade
Scotty Cameron has added a high-MOI mallet with enhanced toe flow to his new Futura line of putters – the Futura 5.5M – combining the forgiveness of a mallet with the feel of a blade. Inspired by Scotty’s work with players on the worldwide professional tours, the Futura 5.5M offers a new mallet option featuring the alignment and high-MOI characteristics of the Futura line coupled with a neck configuration that promotes a flowing, arced putting stroke more commonly associated with blade style putters. The Futura 5.5M is available in North American golf shops beginning Aug. 25 (Sept. 22 worldwide).
“The idea for the Futura 5.5M began as a prototype when Justin Thomas came to the Putter Studio looking for a new option,” Scotty Cameron said. “He wanted a smaller mallet that he could align easily, but one that also promoted the arced putting stroke he preferred. We welded a flare neck to a Futura X5 Tour putter and sent him on his way. He went on to win three events, reporting back that some of his buddies wanted a putter like his. The wheels started turning from there.
“In addition to Justin’s visit, I’d also received requests for a smaller version of the Futura 7M. So, in thinking about this new entry in the world of mallet putters, I was able to blend my MOI and toe flow thoughts into this new model, the Futura 5.5M. To achieve this, I created a leaned over, stainless steel half-neck spud off the topline that accepts a single bend shaft. This is an elegant way to give the player a full shaft of offset and also offer a clean view of the entire leading edge of the topline. The proportion is right. The weight is right. And now we have a mallet with more toe flow for players who like that arcing feel in their stroke, but want more forgiveness.”
FUTURA 5.5M DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: The new Futura 5.5M extends the popular Futura line with a model designed for players seeking a smaller mallet with additional toe flow and forgiveness:
- The compact mallet—about 10 percent smaller than the similarly-shaped Futura 7M—is designed for easy alignment with built-in toe flow.
- Shorter single bend shaft configuration for additional toe hang, promoting an arced path and flowing putting stroke.
- Multi-material technology – featuring wrap-around face-sole construction milled from lightweight 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, integrated with precision-milled 303 stainless steel – moves weight back and to the perimeter, allowing for a larger putter head with enhanced high-MOI performance (resistance to twisting during the stroke).
- Tour-proven heel-and-toe sole weighting technology increases stability and forgiveness.
- Mid-milled face with vibration dampening technology offers soft feel with 3.5 degrees of loft to deliver optimum roll characteristics
FUTURA PUTTER FAMILY: From rounded mid-mallets to high-tech, high-MOI larger mallets, the 2017 Futura family melds design characteristics of the previous generation mallets with Scotty Cameron’s continued innovation in multi-material putter constructions. The result is a cohesive lineup of tour-proven shapes and configurations – Futura 5CB, 5MB, 5W, 5S and 5.5M; Futura 6M and 6M Dual Balance; and Futura 7M – with enhanced stability and forgiveness, improved alignment features, and responsive feel and feedback.
FUTURA ACCESSORIES: Each new Futura putter features advanced stability weighting with removable, customizable stainless steel sole weights, stepless steel shafts and supple Black Matador Mid-size grips with red and gold accents (Futura 6M DB employs a 15-inch Dual Balance grip) developed to offer the comfort of a larger grip while maintaining responsiveness and feel.
MODERN AESTHETICS: Scotty gave the Futura line’s raw stainless steel surfaces a Silver Mist finish with a unique bead blast for a radiant, yet glare-resistant, appearance. All aluminum sole plates have been anodized in black. Additionally, the Tour-inspired cosmetics display the familiar three bright translucent red dots in the back cavity with engraved typography befitting this modern, high-performance line.
The 2017 US Open kicks off next at Erin Hills, a new course to the tournaments rotation. Phil Mickelson is out and there are no clear favourites but Dustin Johnson has to be a possible winner. There are no out of bounds, no water hazards no trees and it seems you suit short game player. (Phil what are doing! This is made for you)
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