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Player’s irons. The “crème de la crème.” The aesthetically pleasing iron that gets your golfing juices flowing. We all know what they are, we all aspire to game them and many of us are seduced by their siren song.
Sadly, there is a caveat. Player’s irons are not for everyone.
But if you are a lower-handicap golfer and a strong ball striker, the 2020 Most Wanted Player’s Iron test is for you.
Below is a breakdown of performance grades by iron length. The percentages displayed for each iron represent how often it was among the best-performing irons for each golfer across the test pool. For more information about how we arrive at these results, see our How We Test page.
*Performance differences between clubs in the player’s CB (cavity-back) category are minimal compared to the other categories we’ve tested this season.
Performance should be your primary concern when buying new irons but there are additional considerations to think about before you make your purchase.
Set composition is critical when purchasing a new iron set. Traditionally, player’s irons (player’s CBs) come stock with a 3- or 4-iron depending on the manufacturer. Set make-up is evolving, however. Three-irons aren’t as prevalent as they used to be and, in some cases, they’re fading from the catalog entirely. While most still advertise eight-piece stock sets, the choice is yours. It’s not uncommon for golfers to purchase only five or six irons from a set and backfill the rest of the bag with a mix of hybrids, utility irons and specialty wedges. When deciding which irons and how many of them to buy, focus on purpose and performance. There’s no reason why all your clubs need to look the same.
Whether it’s steel or graphite, the number of shaft options for irons is growing. As a result, it can be challenging to navigate the different models, weights and flexes to find the shaft that’s right for you. Ultimately, finding the best shaft for your game stretches well beyond graphite versus steel.
Throughout the 2020 Most Wanted Player’s Iron category, the stock shaft selection tends to be on the heavier end. For example, most of the stock shaft offerings range from 115 to 130 grams. Although this is the common theme, some manufacturers stock lighter shafts. Plus, there are a handful of manufacturers who offer graphite options.
We always recommend taking the time to go through a professional fitting but if you don’t have the resources, ask your local golf shop if they have a Mizuno Shaft Optimizer. It will recommend a list of shafts based on your swing. At a minimum, it will help you narrow the list. It even makes a lie angle recommendation.
When you think of player’s irons, distance and forgiveness are not words that catapult into your mind. More often than not, it’s not part of the story. In this year’s test, a bit of extra distance was found with TaylorMade P770 and PXG 0311 T Gen3. On the other hand, forgiveness (albeit on a narrow, comparative basis) makes an appearance via New Level 623-M Forged and Mizuno MP20 MMC. For those seeking a balance of both distance and forgiveness from a category known for neither, the New Level 902 Forged is a solid option.
The 2020 Most Wanted Player’s Iron test contains irons in the upper echelon of the price range, often exceeding $1,000. Some are more than double that. However, there are hidden gems in terms of cost and performance. Both the New Level 623-M Forged and New Level 902 Forged cost $770 for a seven-piece set. At $875, the PING i210 makes for an intriguing option. Built into the cost is the aesthetics value (the attention to detail) necessarily absent from the game-improvement and super game-improvement categories. Lastly, given the average price point of the category, we suggest spending time with a professional fitter to ensure your money is well-spent.
Edging out the field in the forgiveness category, we have the New Level 623-M Forged. A direct to consumer product that has been inching its way to recognition. A traditional look, combined with a well received feel, this product is one to consider. For the price, you cannot beat it.
During each test, we look for insight into where the market as a whole is moving. Furthermore, we analyze noteworthy changes manufacturers have made to improve year-over-year performance. Throughout testing, we solicit feedback from our testing pool. Although the testers’ subjective feedback is enlightening, it has zero impact on the overall rankings.
While golfers typically think of the shaft as a means to optimize launch and spin, the reality is the shaft will often have a greater impact on accuracy and dispersion. Factors like weight, stiffness, and torque all play a role in how the club-head bends and twists as it’s delivered to the ball. Consider these factors while getting fitted for a new set of irons.
The following section details subjective feedback from our pool of 20 testers. While it is meant to highlight some of the feedback obtained during the test, it’s important to note that none of it is directly related to the actual performance of the club and, as such, does not factor in the overall rankings.
In a category where distance isn’t premium, the TaylorMade P770 stole the spotlight. Considerably longer than the 2nd place finisher, it was evident from the start of testing which product was going to take home the title. If you are looking for distance, wrapped in an aesthetically pleasing iron, this is the one.
To filter and compare by club, use the drop-down list and checkboxes to select only the irons you wish to compare.
Although steel shafts dominate the testing pool, graphite shafts are becoming more suitable for higher swing speed players. The perception is steel shafts are for stronger, faster swinging players. Whereas, graphite shafts are not. Be open minded towards the shaft material in your next set of irons. The appropriate shaft material can lead to tighter dispersion and tighter launch conditions, and graphite shafts might just be the ticket to those attributes.
* denotes measured value versus manufacturer’s stated spec.
Q: How often should I buy new irons?
A: While on rare occasions there are quantifiable year-over-year breakthroughs, typically it takes three to five years for manufacturers to make significant performance gains. With the USGA further tightening restrictions on manufacturers, it’s possible, even likely, that it will take longer still moving forward. Our recommendation is to buy new irons only when they appreciably outperform what is already in your bag. Of course, if you want new irons because you want new irons, be our guest.
Q: How do I determine the right category of irons for me?
A: The four basic categories of irons we test are: player’s (cavity backs), player’s distance, game improvement and super game improvement. While there is some overlap between categories, your search should begin with an honest assessment of your skill level (handicap) as well as what you need in your game. If your handicap is above 10 and ball-striking is not a legitimate strength, consider game improvement or super game improvement. For more skilled players who hit the ball more consistently, a set of player’s irons or player’s distance irons may benefit your game the most. For those on the bubble, especially for those seeking a few more yards, the player’s distance category could be ideal.
Q: Does the shaft matter?
A: Absolutely. While changes to spin and launch differences are rarely massive, shaft changes frequently lead to improved accuracy, tighter dispersion and greater overall consistency.
Q: What should I look for when testing irons?
A: Golfers have been conditioned to consider distance to the exclusion of nearly everything else but even within the player’s irons category, we recommended looking at the little numbers and looking for small circles. When comparing metrics like distance and ball speed, be sure to look at your standard deviations (the small numbers usually found under the big ones on the data screen). Smaller numbers mean better consistency, which will usually mean more than an extra yard or two on the golf course. Similarly, look for tighter dispersion ellipses (small circles). We can’t overstate the importance of consistency with irons.
A common misconception is that forged irons are for better players. In reality, forgiveness is a function of geometry, not the manufacturing process. There are several forgiving forged irons on the market, i.e. Mizuno MP20 MMC, just as there are many cast irons – like the PING i210 – that are designed for lower handicap golfers.
Q: How are the irons in the test fitted to each golfer?
A: We use a fitting process that we call fit from stock. Irons are fitted to each tester using the stock, no up-charge options from each manufacturer. We test one short iron, one mid-iron and one long iron from each set. While there are no irons in our testing that feature adjustability, we fit to flex for each tester in the pool. Occasionally manufacturers will send multiple sets with different stock shafts that we can utilize to improve launch conditions.
Q: How do you determine in which category to test a given set of irons?
A: To ensure we’re testing irons as alike as designers allow for, in addition to the design of the head itself (profile, sole width, etc.), we sort by length and loft. Our goal is to keep differences as minimal as possible within any test cohort. When an iron reasonably fits in more than one category, we defer to the manufacturer’s category choice.
Q: How is the Most Wanted Player’s Iron 2020 determined?
A: To determine our rankings, we collect key performance metrics with Foresight GCQuad Launch Monitors. After eliminating outliers, we use a utilize a proprietary methodology to calculate Strokes Gained values for each combination of tester and golf club. The iron that produces the highest Strokes Gained values relative to the field average is our Most Wanted.
Q: How is the “longest” iron determined?
A: The process to determine the longest iron is similar to how we arrive at our overall rankings. For distance, our critical metric is Total Yards. We identify the iron that produced the most total yards with the long and middle irons relative to the field average.
Q: How is the “most forgiving” iron determined?
A: We’ve taken a practical approach to forgiveness. The club for which Strokes Gained values for the best shots are closest to the Strokes Gained value for the worst shots (relative to the field average) is the Most Forgiving.
Q: You discuss subjective feedback for things like looks, sound and feel. How much do those ratings factor into your rankings?
A: ZERO. Our rankings are based purely on launch monitor data and quantifiable performance metrics.
There is a lot of cool gear in the golf equipment world that doesn’t always fit neatly into Most Wanted Tests or Buyer’s Guides. You still want to know how it performs. In our We Tried It series, we put gear to the test and let you know if it works as advertised.
Fiix Elbow, a tennis elbow treatment device that leverages established therapeutic practices in the comfort of your own home.
Tony Covey – resident jack-of-all-trades (and master of absolutely nothing) who missed out on the better part of six months of golf with a bad elbow. I can’t be the only one.
About a year and a half ago, I noticed stiffness in my right arm while lying in bed. The pain wasn’t intense; more of an I should stretch that kind of feeling.
Over time, the pain, which localized in my forearm, grew more constant. I edit a ton of pictures (golf clubs and occasionally the dogs and kid – in that order) in Adobe Lightroom. I’m talking dozens, sometimes more than a hundred at a time. Something about the angle of the arm during the editing process was an absolute killer. I started needing stretch breaks every five images or so.
Initially, I thought playing golf was to blame for the problem, but in retrospect, I’m reasonably sure deskwork was the root cause.
The other nightmare scenario was mowing the lawn. Last year, I bought an EGO battery powered mower. Not having to buy gas seemed like a good idea at the time but when your tendons have gone to crap, the batteries get heavy fast. Lifting them out of the charger requires a motion akin to a claw machine. Reach, clamp, lift … and wince.
At some point, the elbow became so bad I couldn’t swap a battery with my once-dominant arm. My wife would have to mow the lawn. As if that would ever happen. Seriously … one time in 15 years. Is that too much to ask?
As summer rolled into fall, I couldn’t swing a golf club without pain (and more pain the next day). So other than a couple of fall manufacturer visits, I basically shut it down entirely.
Take a break. You’ll be fine by spring … that was my thinking.
By late November, things weren’t any better. It never occurred to me because I’d never experienced it before (and because the pain was predominantly in my forearm) but over Thanksgiving dinner, my brother’s father-in-law (an orthopedic surgeon) settled on tennis elbow as the most likely cause.
I don’t play tennis but fun fact, neither do the overwhelming majority of people with tennis elbow.
A week later, I went in for a cortisone shot. Injecting goo into irons makes them better so it makes perfect sense that it would make my arm better too.
The cortisone helped a little but not for long. By March, my elbow was still garbage. I’m a worst-case scenario guy so with COVID emerging as something to worry about, I didn’t really want to deal with another doctor visit or the prospect of surgery.
So, I tweaked the original plan. Rest, but this time stretch, too. Recovery is a thinking man’s game.
The “live with it and wait and see” approach wasn’t the worst. The rest wasn’t helping much but not doing anything wasn’t making it worse. At the time, golf courses were COVID-closed so I wasn’t missing much anyway.
Early spring is a busy time at MyGolfSpy. The buying season is ramping up and lots of new toys are hitting the market. We’re talking to a lot of people about a lot of things.
I was on a call with a Minneapolis-area golf pro who wanted me to try his new swing-speed training aid. I told him I’d be happy to take a look, but …
He heard the same story I just told you and how I wasn’t doing much swinging (I skipped the part about my wife not mowing the lawn) and wasn’t sure if I’d be able to swing at all.
That’s when he said, “I’m going to put you in touch with my friend Tim.”
Tim is Tim Porth, one of the founders of Octane Fitness. Having sold his elliptical business to fitness giant Nautilus, Tim and another Octane founder partnered with a pair of physical therapists to develop the Fiix Elbow.
Described as a tendinitis and tennis elbow recovery device, the Fiix Elbow by Stā Active replicates IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue massage) treatments in the comfort of your own home.
Your one-sentence overview is that IASTM is a well-established and proven treatment that works by disrupting adhesions and scar tissue and increasing blood flow, which promotes healthy tissue growth.
I repeated my story to Tim. He thought the device his team developed might be able to help. Less than a week later, a grip strength tester, a prototype Fiix Elbow and, short of TaylorMade NDA, more paperwork than we typically deal with at MyGolfSpy arrived.
Talking to one guy about a training aid only to connect with another and ending up in a clinical trial might be the oddest confluence of events in my decade-plus at MGS but, whatever, it made for some quality discussion fodder on No Putts Given (at the time the company was called Sta Active), so it was worth it.
Frankly, I had no idea if the Fiix Elbow would work but since doing mostly nothing and stretching wasn’t really helping either, I figured,” What the hell?” So I strapped in (literally) for eight weeks of home therapy.
Using the Fiix Elbow requires a little bit of lube and just 10 minutes of your time. I realize, for some of you, that’s just another Saturday night but the point is there’s not much complexity nor much of a time commitment involved: Ten minutes, three times a week (and a little bit of stretching) for eight weeks. Sit, stand, lay down; it doesn’t much matter.
On a side note, my wife wasn’t a big fan of the odor of the original lube. It was a formidable scent. Given its heavy Sex Panther kind of vibe, your Saturday nights almost certainly went better than mine for a while. The new formulation doesn’t sting the nostrils like the original.
Strap the Fiix Elbow to your bad arm and let it do its thing. You can vary the intensity by tightening the strap and by flexing your wrist. You can shift the Fiix Elbow around to target specific areas but mostly it just runs until it stops and you’re done.
Tim warned me that the pain might get worse before it gets better and that proved to be true. The first couple of weeks were brutal. I definitely wasn’t swinging a club the next day and banging away on the keyboard and mouse wasn’t particularly awesome either. For a while, my previous “rest and do nothing” approach was looking like the better plan.
By the end of Week 3, things were leveling off and by Week 5, the arm was starting to feel better and I was swinging golf clubs again.
Another three weeks followed by a two-week healing phase and I had officially completed my round of Fiix Elbow therapy. It feels entirely arbitrary to put a number on it but I’d say my elbow is 90 percent back to normal. Pain is no longer constant. I can play golf, edit photos and claw machine my lawnmower batteries with, at worst, minimal pain that hasn’t gotten worse as I’ve tried to DeChambeau my way to more distance with my driver.
In the Phase 2 trial, the average Fiix Elbow user who completed the program showed a 69-percent improvement in grip strength, a 76-percent improvement in UEFI Score.
Tennis elbow pain can be so severe that some who experience it can’t sleep. Fortunately, I was never that bad. Still, my grip strength and UEFI scores improved by 71 percent and 25 percent, respectively, while my pain decreased by 38 percent.
With a Fiix Elbow by Stā Active production unit in hand (or on arm), I’ve just started another eight weeks with the hope of returning to 100-percent pain free.
My goal here is make you aware of a product that has made my life better. It’s not that I particularly enjoy mowing the lawn but claw-machining big batteries around isn’t a problem anymore and I’m ripping balls like Bryson. Well, fat and slow Bryson, but I think we should all agree that it still counts.
That said, I’m no stranger to the promise of voodoo cures and the hucksters who sell them.
At the annual PGA Merchandise Show, there’s always some fly-by-night, sketchy new thing in the “Health and Wellness” space. Full-body vibrating shakers, pulsating light gizmos, magic creams and the ongoing infestation of the electrode army looking to juice you at every opportunity; we’ve seen it all and, thankfully, we’ve seen most of it disappear.
What I like about Fiix Elbow by Stā Active is there’s none of that crystals and moonbeams mysticism crap. They tell you exactly what the Fiix Elbow does (it replicates a widely used and accepted treatment you’d get in a physical therapist’s office) and you can flip it over and see exactly how it works. Seriously. It’s steel knobs on a revolving belt that massage your tendons. Toss in a battery, a timer and a strap, and that’s most of it.
I also appreciate that Tim and his team did things the right way. They ran legitimate trials. They have real data. The Fiix Elbow is an FDA-registered medical device. You can pay for it with your Flexible Spending Account money. That can be particularly useful at the end of the year when we all typically load up on toothpaste and saline solution anyway.
The 90-day money-back guarantee adds a degree of security as well.
I hope you never experience tennis elbow and never need the Fiix Elbows. With that in mind, let me end this with a quick recommendation. Don’t get old. Just don’t do it. Staying young will prevent a lot of problems. While you’re at it, eat lots of fiber. We can forgo the details but trust me on that one.
If, however, you happen to develop forearm or elbow pain, it’s worth discussing Fiix Elbow with a qualified medical professional to see if it could help you like it helped me.
The Fiix Elbow by Stā Active is available now (shipping in November). The introductory price is $349.99 but it will eventually sell for $399.99.
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Two new Mizuno drivers hit the USGA conforming list on Monday – the Mizuno ST-X and ST-Z. As per usual, what we know is a combination of reasonable assumptions based on the provided images and some dot-connecting with prior Mizuno driver releases.
Starting with the ST190 (released fall 2018), Mizuno metalwoods began trending in a more competitive direction. It’s not that Mizuno lacked the technical know-how or design capabilities to manufacturer a tour-ready driver. Simply, it just wasn’t a point of emphasis.
So, the ST190 was a positive step and in January 2020, the ST200 line was arguably the first bonafide “tour-ready” flagship Mizuno driver.
So, where does that leave us now?
Based on images taken from the USGA’s conforming list, it appears that Mizuno is sticking with a familiar cast of characters. If so, like the ST200x, the STx should target the golfer looking for something with a little more draw bias and higher launch and spin. Also, if the past is prologue, the STx will feature a slightly more upright lie angle and a square (if not slightly closed) face.
The primary visual indicator is the circular weight in the rear heel area. This likely pulls some discretionary weight that moves the CG to a location that makes it easier for golfers to square the face at impact. Also, it looks as though Mizuno is continuing its Wave sole technology. It’s reasonable to believe that this works in conjunction with face materials to maximize ball speed and produce its desired sound/feel at impact.
The marketing materials will likely suggest this is for mid-slow swing speed players who can benefit from a lighter driver with internal weighting to help mitigate the dreaded slice. But that shouldn’t exclude the STx automatically from consideration from a spot in the bag of better players. See: Mizuno staffer Chris Kirk.
Kirk gamed the ST200x during the last year on both the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour.
If there’s a lesson here, it’s that preconceived notions of what gear you think will maximize performance may not necessarily be accurate.
Like the Mizun0 ST-X, the ST-Z features (what looks to be) an interchangeable sole weight and Wave sole technology. The primary difference between the two looks to be the location of the weight and the absence of a ribbed (possibly polymer? rubber? goo?) section along the heel in the ST-X.
My hunch is this is the “Mizuno for the masses” offering of the ST series. The rear weight location suggests a neutral, higher MOI head. If so, the ST-Z takes the place of the ST200 and targets the golfer who is best served by a stable platform and mid-low spin with mid-launch characteristics.
Also, it should be noted that both the Mizuno ST-Z nor ST-X look to maintain Mizuno’s adjustable hosel system. We can’t tell, however, whether Mizuno altered or expanded on the number of settings.
But wait, didn’t the ST200 line have three drivers, not two? That is correct, sir. So, it appears something is missing. The most obvious answer would be a lower launching/spinning head with both an adjustable hosel and some moveable-weight technology. Previously, this was the ST200G. But, given the ST-X and ST-Z monikers, I’m guessing it will be the ST-Y. Unless, of course, I’m dead wrong, and it’s the ST-G. But, Mizuno is notoriously tricky to predict with product names. It’s not like the iron models follow any coherent numerical pattern. But it did give us the Donkey Shovel, so all is forgiven.
Generally, this timing would suggest something of an early 2021 official release, which is probably relatively accurate. No word yet on pricing, though the last time around, the ST200 and ST200X had a rack rate of $400. The ST200G was $100 more. From a value standpoint, if Mizuno can stick at (or close) to these price points, it could make for some intriguing possibilities for golfers willing to look outside the Big 4 for the next big dog.
We will update this article with additional information as it becomes available.
But in the meantime, what questions do you have?
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As is typically the case, the Titleist TSi fairway woods won’t receive the same amount of attention as the TSi drivers but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a story worth telling.
Titleist’s TSi fairway lineup will again include two models. Unfortunately for those looking for even more ATI 425, I’ve got nothing for you. TSi fairway woods feature 465 stainless steel faces. It’s not particularly exotic but it gets the job done.
Both the TSi2 and TSi3 are 175cc, so the visual distinction is again one of shape, not size. As was the case with TS, it’s important to understand that golfers who fit into the TSi3 driver may not fit into the TSi3 fairway. There’s little if any correlation between the two, which is why I’m going to fall back on one of my go-tos…
If at all possible, work with a fitter to determine whether TSi2, TSi3 or a pairing of the two is the right solution for your bag.
Titleist TSi fairway woods feature Version 4.0 of Titleist’s Active Recoil Channel – the company’s version of slot technology. Your refresher is that, like other slots, Titleist’s ARC allows the face to flex a bit more, which helps preserve ball speed on low-face strikes.
As clubhead geometry evolves with each release, ARC has followed suit. ARC 4.0 features a shorter (top to bottom) channel wall. The redesign freed up five grams of weight which Titleist used to reposition the center of gravity.
Other enhancements include improved aerodynamics and refined topline visuals. That last one is a catchall but it’s fair to say it starts with the TSi alignment graphic which, for my money, is an improvement.
The TSi2 fairway wood offers a larger address footprint with a shallower face. It’s the higher launching, more forgiving of the two Titleist TSi fairway wood models.
Titleist describes the center of gravity location as low and deep (shocking, I know). What you really need to know is that the competitive set includes the “Max” offerings on the market so if “easy to hit” is at the top of your fairway-wood wish list, the TSi2 fairway is most likely to deliver.
The TSi2 fairway does not offer movable weights. However, it can be tweaked for swingweighting purposes. The stock flat weight is nine grams. Five-, seven-, 11- and 13-gram weights are also available.
The TSi2 fairway wood is available in 13.5, 15, 16.5, 18 and 21 degrees. That last one is for right-handed golfers only.
The TSi3 is taller and more compact from front to back. It’s the more workable of the Titleist TSi fairway woods. That’s the pleasant way of saying it’s less forgiving but that’s to be expected given the more forward center of gravity location. With that, the TSi3 fairway should produce a flatter trajectory as well.
As part of what Titleist describes as its Tour Shape, the TS3i features a softer toe. As with TSi3 drivers, the idea is to make the face appear open without actually being open. If you’re a strong fairway player or an aggressive swinger, you’re probably going to love it.
Having said that, for many, fairway woods are already among the hardest clubs to hit so golfers who already feel like their 3-wood is going nowhere but right may want to pair the TS3i with a Xanax prescription.
The signature feature of the TSi3 fairway is, for my money, one of the most inspired movable weight solutions to date.
Titleist’s goal for the design was to enable heel-to-toe adjustability without moving the center of gravity back, buggering up the turf interaction, or, at a minimum, leaving the track exposed to fill with grass, dirt and other debris.
The solution has unofficially been branded “the weight elevator” and allows fitters (and golfers) to quickly adjust the position of the heel/toe weight without anything close to disassembly.
A double-threaded screw lifts the polymer and carbon fiber cover in just a few turns of the wrench. The entire process takes less than 10 seconds.
The track allows for three positions (toe, neutral or heel) and the cover almost entirely encapsulates the track, leaving only a couple of small notches exposed. It should keep the track almost entirely free of grass and whatnot.
It’s a bit of purposeful overengineering designed to save fitters time and headaches.
As with the TSi drivers, Titleist has opted not to label the perimeter weight positions on the TSi3 as draw and fade. Instead, it’s using N (neutral), T (toe) and H (heal). Using industry-standard speak, the toe is your fade position and the heel is your draw setting. While that may confuse some, Titleist takes a hosel-first approach to correcting shot shape issues.
While the movable weights can assist in that, Titleist is a strong proponent of aligning the center of gravity with impact. Under this philosophy, the selection of weight position should be driven by ball speed.
Again, working with a fitter is advised.
The stock flat weight is 12 grams. Eight-, 10-, 14- and 16-gram weights are also available.
The TSi3 fairway wood is available in 13.5, 15, 16.5 and 18 degrees. The 16.5 and 18 versions are available in right-hand only.
I didn’t touch on it in the TSi driver story but Titleist is putting a bit more emphasis on head weight as a fitting variable. While the stock weights in both the TSi fairway woods and drivers should be a good fit for a healthy percentage of golfers, Titleist wants you to understand that increasing headweight will boost MOI (moment of inertia) and often ball speed as well.
“We want golfers to swing the heaviest hammer they can without losing speed,” says Stephanie Luttrell, Director of Metalwood Development for Titleist.
Given the limitations of a typical fitting (time and fatigue), it’s not always possible to dial in weight during the primary fitting session but if your fitter offers a follow-up session, it’s an opportunity to further improve performance.
Featured shaft offerings (Titleist is no longer using the word “stock”) are the same for the driver, though fairway weights will typically be 10 grams heavier.
They include the Kuro Kage Black, Tensei AV Blue Raw, HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX and the Tensei AV White Raw.
Premium Featured Shafts ($200 upcharge) are Graphite Design’s Tour AD-DI, Tour AD-XC and Tour AD-IZ.
The retail price for both Titleist TSi fairway woods is $299.
If you’re willing to forgo the latest technology for a better deal, TS series fairways have been discounted to $249 while supplies last.
Consumer fittings for the TSi lineup begin today with full retail availability starting on Nov. 12.
For more information, visit Titleist.com.
Are you a parent looking for help choosing kids golf clubs?
Navigating the golf club market is an overwhelming task. Navigating kids golf clubs is arguably even more difficult. That being said, we are here to help.
We’ve curated a list highlighting the best kids golf clubs available to young golfers. It is straightforward and contains three categories: (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced). Pricing varies depending on set makeup, height range and manufacturer.
So, if you want to expose your child to golf, have a child who shows an increasing interest in golf or have a competitive and passionate junior golfer, this list covers all the bases. Er, tee decks.
Q: What are the benefits of kids golf clubs versus regular golf clubs?
A: Kids’ golf clubs are designed just for juniors: Lighter weight and fit to length due to varying kid heights.
Q: What is the benefit of lighter-weight clubs?
A: Whether a kid is just starting or progressing in the game, they are constantly growing and getting stronger. Properly weighted clubs can assist the junior to perform consistently. Too light or too heavy and the junior will struggle. Proper weighting is key.
Q:What am I getting when I purchase kids golf clubs?
A: A golf club designed specifically for juniors. There is no compromise in the technology, especially when it comes to the products geared towards more advanced junior golfers.
Q: Which is more important: Value or quality?
A: The answer ultimately depends on the kid golfer. If they are a beginner, there are options that combine value and quality. If they are more serious, there are hidden gems packed with value and quality. If they are competitive and striving for performance, cost might take a back seat to quality.
$299.99, $279.99, and $359.99
$79 – $229