Golf News – August 12, 2019

PXG Releases a 100% Milled Super Tour Pure Blade

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Introducing PXG 0311 ST – Super Tour – Irons, designed for accomplished golfers who desire pure performance and outstanding workability.

“I love the new PXG milled irons. They feel incredible, and I have the ability to work the ball exactly how I want to on every shot,” said 5-time PGA TOUR winner and PXG staff professional Ryan Moore.

“When we invited Ryan to try our new milled irons as part of the development process, we couldn’t pry them out of his hands,” PXG founder Bob Parsons laughed. “Based on his response, the response of several other outstanding golfers, and our testing, we knew we had achieved our goal. We created a 100% milled, pure tour blade that’s money if you’ve got the game.”

A striking example of precision engineering, PXG 0311 ST Irons are 100% milled from a triple-forged billet of 8620 soft carbon steel. The strong, yet “soft” alloy helps prolong the life of the grooves and enhances the appearance of the irons over time. Using a CNC mill, every surface, curve, and angle are produced to exacting specifications for consistent performance and advanced shot-making.

A pure tour blade, 0311 ST Irons feature PXG’s signature Perimeter Weighting Technology, a narrow sole design, and compact blade length. These attributes support the performance characteristics desired by better players, including lower launch, more spin, and exceptional control. Each clubhead is NiCr plated for corrosion resistance and presents an anti-glare finish to eliminate distractions at address.

While the new PXG 0311 ST Irons are not yet available, PXG is offering avid golfers the opportunity to reserve their set beginning August 8, 2019. The 100% milled custom built irons are priced at $650 a stick and are expected to start shipping in late September.

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Long Drive Champion Troy Mullins is Ready to Shatter Expectations with PXG

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – In celebration of 08/11 and in honor of the company’s celebrated 0811 Driver technology, PXG today announced female world long drive champion Troy Mullins as its newest ambassador.

With an average swing speed of 117 mph (ranking in the PGA TOUR top 50), Troy is one of the longest hitting women in golf. She is one of only four women to conquer the 400-yard-drivemark – breaking a World Record at 402 yards.

Although she is best known for her long-bombs down the fairway, Troy is also focused on controlling her swing and tightening-up her short game. She has set her sights on playing on the LPGA Tour and PXG is determined to make sure her equipment serves her well from tee to green.

Troy added, “the experience of working with PXG and their Master Fitters was amazing. They listened, we reviewed data, I gave feedback and at the end of the day they delivered a lineup of clubs that were absolutely perfect for me. I now play the clubs I always dreamt of having.”

What’s in Troy Mullins’ bag?

  • Long Drive Driver, PXG 0811 X GEN2 Driver, 9°, 47.75”
  • PXG 0811 X GEN2 Driver, 9°, 46.75”
  • PXG 0341 X GEN2 2-wood, 15° with Tensei White 70TX, 43.5”
  • PXG 0317 X GEN2 Hybrid, 19° & 22° with Tensei White 90HY S
  • PXG 0311 T GEN2 Irons 4-PW with Project X 6.0
  • PXG Sugar Daddy Milled Wedges 50° & 56° with TT Elevate 95 R
  • PXG Closer Putter

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TaylorMade Golf Company Introduces Tour Preferred Raw Design In New Milled Grind 2 Wedges

Carlsbad, Calif.  – TaylorMade Golf Company, an industry leader in product innovation and technology, today announced the second generation of its globally successful line of Milled Grind Wedges – Milled Grind 2 (MG2). Building upon years of research and working closely with many of the best players in the world, MG2 expands on the success of the Milled Grind franchise while introducing a new raw face designed for optimal spin for precision wedge play.

Similar to its predecessor and also found in the new P·7TW irons is the company’s proven CNC milling technology, which allows for the production of wedges to exacting specifications; each leading edge and sole grind is individually CNC milled for unparalleled accuracy and consistency from club to club and grind to grind. This process faithfully reproduces the master design of the surfaces most impactful on the performance of the wedge.

Raw Face Design

With the new MG2 wedges, engineers have utilized the combination of face and groove design to create the ultimate spin for ultimate performance. Raw Face design produces a more precise geometry designed to optimize spin and feel.

ZTP Raw Grooves offer sharper, deeper and narrower grooves and a sharper radius, which further combined with a rougher surface from the laser etching between the grooves, enable the golfer to create more friction between the clubface and the ball generating more greenside spin. Compared with plated grooves, the raw face design increase in friction reduces the ability for the golf ball to potentially skid up the clubface before it grips the face leading to a more consistent ball flight enabling golfers to get closer to the hole.

Creating the Best Feel:  Thick-Thin Head Design

To create optimal feel, TaylorMade’s engineers have altered the geometry of the clubhead to create a Thick-Thin Head Design using a design optimization tool previously only used in the metalwood and irons design processes. This tool illustrated that having a thicker backing combined with a thin outer section optimized frequency and duration for the desired sound and feel.

The different material thickness in MG2 is highlighted by the movement of weight placement in the clubhead. The face thickness of the head has increased from 5.1mm in MG1 to 6.5mm in MG2. To enable a thicker clubhead without adding weight, engineers were able to move weight by creating a TPU Insert in the back cavity. The TPU Insert is designed to provide vibration dampening to create a solid, positive feel at impact.

Creating the Best Precision:  CNC Milling 

The implementation of machining technology, first introduced in Milled Grind Wedges but more recently in the new P·7TW irons, enables each leading edge and sole grind to be individually CNC milled for unparalleled accuracy and consistency from club to club and grind to grind. By producing wedges not by hand but through CNC milling machines, the CNC tolerances of a milled sole far exceed what a human can do in a repeatable fashion, thus enabling each wedge to be replicated so there is no variance.

Likewise, the sole geometry, consisting of contour, angle and surface area must be designed and maintained to interact properly with the turf in the desired manner. Different ground and sand conditions also require variations in sole geometries to facilitate play depending on player type. A low effective bounce (LB) grind provides the least amount of ground resistance and a standard grind (SB) has a median ground resistance. 

SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY

Available at retail starting September 6, MG2 Wedges are available in two different Satin Chrome and Matte Black finishes, each with an MSRP of $169.99 USD. Both finishes will come equipped with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold S200 (steel) shaft and a Golf Pride Tour Velvet Burgundy 360 grip.

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TAYLORMADE GOLF COMPANY REFRESHES P700 SERIES IRONS LINEUP WITH INTRODUCTION OF NEW P·790 & P·790 TI PLAYERS DISTANCE IRONS

COMBINING PROVEN SPEEDFOAM™ TECHNOLOGY WITH REFINED SHAPING, NEXT GENERATION OF COMPANY’S MOST POPULAR PLAYERS DISTANCE IRONS REACH NEW LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE

CARLSBAD, CALIF.  – Following the resounding global success of the irons that catapulted the model to among the best-selling in company history, TaylorMade Golf, an industry leader in product innovation, technology and performance, announced today the second generation of the P·790 irons. Like its P700 series siblings, the P·790 irons are a meticulously crafted set combining performance, feel and aesthetics.

By way of its forged face and soft, hollow body construction with SpeedFoam™ and the debut of the Thru-Slot Speed Pocket, speed and forgiveness were the key performance attributes that helped the first-generation P·790 rise to the upper heights of the players distance category.

MAKING THE BEST BETTER

To improve on an iron as successful as the original P·790, engineers faced the challenge of taking everything learned from its design, refining and emphasizing many of the unique design elements that made it so successful without drastically changing its DNA. The result is a forged iron that continues to deliver remarkable distance and playability combined with exceptional feel in a medium-compact head design with a refined topline, more compact blade length and reduced offset preferred by discerning players.

PERFORMANCE

The original P·790 was – and still is – widely considered one of the highest-performing irons in the industry. The all-new 2019 P·790 features a 7% thinner face designed to produce a faster COR and for the first time includes Progressive Inverted Cone Technology (PICT) designed to improved accuracy throughout the set, minimizing the right tendency often found in the long irons. The thinner face also maintains sound and feel but enhances feedback regardless of where the ball is struck on the face.

Behind the face of the new P·790 is one of TaylorMade’s most advanced technologies to date: SpeedFoam, a proprietary construction which serves a dual purpose of generating ball speed as well as the management of sound and feel. Injected into the clubhead, SpeedFoam provides the face support and damping properties that make the performance of the P·790 unlike any other iron in the TaylorMade family.

Inside the P·790, a larger mass of tungsten – 15% more than first generation P·790 – has been reshaped to deliver a deeper center of gravity. This was accomplished through the mass savings in the thinner face as well as by removing mass in the iron frame (high toe area) and repositioning it by way of the larger, low profile tungsten design. The new tungsten design helps to lower the CG and increase the launch angle of the new 2019 model.

SHAPING

The product creation team implemented some refined shaping changes to the new generation P·790 in the continued pursuit of the perfect players distance iron shape. Working from the ground up, the designers tweaked the sole radius for less propensity to dig. The long irons (6-3i) have progressively less offset and the blade length was shaved down slightly in the scoring irons (7-AW) for more compact players iron proportions. Finally, the topline shaping was refined by increasing the face height in the toe for a cleaner progression through the set. The result is a visually appealing shape proportion preferred by better players without being visually intimidating for those who appreciate the forgiving nature of the P·790 design.

 Specifications, Pricing & Availability

Available at retail on September 6, the new P·790 irons will be offered in 3-PW, AW equipped with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold 105 steel shafts ($1,399.99) or UST Mamiya’s Recoil 760/780 ES SmacWrap graphite shafts ($1,599.99) with Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips. Numerous other custom shaft options are also available.

P·790 UDI

Once again complementing the P·790 irons is the P·790 UDI, a forged driving iron designed with Tour-inspired shaping and incorporating a multitude of proven TaylorMade technologies – including SpeedFoam. Like the other irons in the set, the P·790 UDI is constructed with a soft, 8620 carbon steel body combined with high-strength forged 4140 carbon steel with a wrapped-face construction in a hollow body design.

The new P·790 UDI also features an ultra-thin forged face with Inverted Cone Technology for an expanded sweet spot within a slightly smaller face area. Similar to the first generation P·790 UDI, the new, smaller Inverted Cone in the new P·790 UDI allows for reduced face thickness at the edges of the face, thus increasing flexibility from heel to toe and low on the clubface and optimizing ball speed across the entire face. Once again, the Thru-Slot Speed Pocket is engineered to increase ball speeds and forgiveness for exceptional playability for those desiring additional options off the tee or fairway.

For forgiveness and playability, the new P·790 UDI features the re-engineered internal metal-injection-molded (MIM) tungsten weighting for precise CG placement and higher moment of inertia (MOI).

SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY

Available at retail starting September 6 at $229 USD, the new P·790 UDI will be offered in RH only models as a 2-iron (17°) and come equipped with Project X’s popular HZRDUS Smoke Black shaft 90g (S) or 105g (X) flexes – designed for low launch/low spin and gripped with a Golf Pride TV 360. Additionally, the P·790 UDI will be available for custom build with an extensive offering of steel and graphite (.355) options.

P·790 Ti

Following an exploration of ultra-premium materials and our engineering knowledge, we created a high-performance set of irons in a new, first-of-its-kind iron package. The P·790 Ti; a triumph of engineering and the most premium iron line TaylorMade has ever created.

A complement to the P·790, the P·790 Ti was designed from the ground up to be an extreme performance P·790; a game improvement iron loaded with technology packed into an aspirational players’ preferred shape while maintaining the critical ratios between blade length, offset and topline width.

MULTI-MATERIAL CONSTRUCTION

The body of the P·790 Ti is comprised of a 9-1-1 titanium. Titanium has a high strength to weight ratio, meaning it is both light in weight but also remarkably strong (this is also one of the primary reasons it is used in metalwoods and just this year, the M5 fairway, too). The use of titanium allowed engineers to increase the amount of tungsten (up to 119g – nearly half of the iron head mass) in the sole of the iron for an ultra-low center of gravity – the lowest CG in any P Series iron. The P·790 Ti was designed to showcase its use of premium materials in a technical, elegant package with the extreme tungsten weighting fully visible across the full backbar of the iron.

Due to its titanium construction, the iron features a lighter face and a large sweet spot by way of TaylorMade’s patented Thru-Slot Speed Pocket – the company’s most flexible Speed Pocket™ design to date. The Thru-Slot Speed Pocket expands the flexible area of the face to generate faster ball speeds. The face design also includes the Progressive ICT design and an additional Speed Pocket in the 8i intended for more consistent yardage gapping through the set.

SHAPING VS. GEN 1 P·790

Compared to the original P·790, the P·790 Ti has a slightly longer blade length (2mm), taller face (2mm) and .5mm of increased offset. It also utilizes a slightly wider sole with increased bounce for added forgiveness.

 

SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY

Available at retail on November 8, the new P·790 Ti irons will be offered in 4-PW/AW and come equipped with Nippon 950GH NEO steel shafts ($2,799.99 USD) or Mitsubishi’s MMT graphite shafts ($2,999.99 USD) in 75g (S), 65g (R) and 55g (A) flexes, each with Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips. Numerous other custom shaft options are also available.

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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