After months of delays and Covid-19 closings, your favorite golf manufacturers are catching back up to normal lead times for custom orders, and that means the Fall release schedule for new product is also getting back on track. Here are just a few of the hot new clubs you are going to be seeing in the pro’s bags and on the floor here at Golf HQ in the coming weeks.
Cleveland RTX ZipCore Wedge Cleveland is amidst a wedge revolution. Always an industry leader when it comes to the clubs you use around the greens, Cleveland has taken their best wedge and made it even better with the new ZipCore. The technology goes right to the heart, the core of the head, and replaces heavy steel with a lightweight core. This repositions the weight, improves the MOI, and reconstructs the center of gravity to keep the ball from ballooning and rolling up the face no matter the lie. This improves the 3 main variables you look for in a wedge; distance control, spin, and feel. Cleveland has delivered unparalleled spin over the years with their patented Zip grooves. Well the new and improved UltiZip grooves are game changing. They’re the brand’s sharpest grooves yet, and also the deepest. That means they cut through the grass easier, so every lie is a good lie. Tightening up the groove pattern means they were able to add 2 more grooves per face. This means more spin and even better contact quality. The heat treated 8620 carbon steel increases durability, eliminates impurities, and delivers exceptional feel. They are offering 3 different sole grinds and a variety of loft and bounce combinations, but for now only available in a satin chrome finish. Launch date: August 14
Mizuno JPX 921 Irons Here at Golf HQ we have had a banner year with their entire line as JPX 919 Hot Metal and Hot Metal Pro irons flew off the shelves and broke records in our fitting bays. I am honored to be a Mizuno staff player for the 2nd year in a row and 4th in my career as I feel the company is the maker of the finest irons out there. While the MP line has always taken excellent care of the pro and scratch player alike with their forged and muscleback offerings, the JPX line has always delivered that butter-soft feel the brand is known for while also throwing in some added forgiveness for the recreational player or amateur; or hell, just for those days when you just aren’t swinging it as well as you can. I thought we were excited for the MP-20 lineup, but we are super stoked for the upcoming JPX 921 series. We got an early peak at all 4 sets last week and they are absolutely gorgeous. Available in 921 Tour, Forged, Hot Metal, and Hot Metal Pro, there truly is a 921 iron for everyone. As Mizuno themselves admit, with the exceptional look and feel of the 919 line, they didn’t exactly compete in the distance category when compared to other game improvement irons. And distance is probably the main factor when a consumer is looking at a new set of sticks. With the exception of the Tour set, each loft is 1° stronger in the 921’s over the 919’s. Mizuno gave in, but the rest is all traditional. Brooke Koepka won 4 majors with his 919’s but was quick to replace them with the 921 Tours. Nothing Feels Like a Mizuno. Launch date: September 17, Pre-order August 31
Taylormade Spider FCG Putter Taylormade’s web of putters extends with a new Spider offering, the FCG. Standing for “Forward Center of Gravity” the FCG possesses what no mallet before it has…a forward center of gravity near the face. This weighting would be similar to that of a blade but a deep center of gravity, away from the face, is what makes a mallet a mallet. That traditional positioning is what increases the MOI of a mallet putter and delivers the forgiveness on a not so straight stroke. This new concept however, gives us the game’s first mallet that feels like a blade. So the Spider Tour 2.0, this is not. With the exception of the True Roll insert, it’s totally different. So why not just make a new blade? Good question. The company says while it rolls and feels like a blade, it still boasts the alignment advantages of a mallet. And while 2/3 of the weight is forward at the face, 1/3 is still in the back thus enhancing the MOI higher than your traditional blade. Plus they needed room for their T-Sightline True Path aiming design. This is one innovative putter with a lot of thought, and a lot of R & D. Launch date: TBD, Pre-order August 14
Writer’s note: Ping will be releasing a new driver and fairway line this fall as well. Details to come but it has big shoes to fill as the G410 was their best selling driver in quite some time.
Big Cat makes a big switch at PGA If Tiger orders a coffee, within 30 seconds the world knows how many creams and sugars were in it, and when he makes a club switch before a major championship it makes big news; especially if it’s his putter. Woods made the switch from his trusty Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS (the one that won 14 of 15 majors) to a new Select model with weights on the heel and toe. The new stick is also ¾” of an inch longer to help his posture with his ailing, and at times, tight lower back. He came out of the gates rolling it well with a -2 68, but the putter left him on Friday and Saturday as his speed was off just a touch. Still, the first round was his best strokes gained putting performance since January. Interested to see if it stays in the bag as we head to the playoffs and the US Open.
Man did I enjoy that prime time golf last week at the US Open. As an east coast fan you gotta love a west coast major! The crowd roars were missed but the players delivered an exciting tournament. At the turn on Sunday there were 10 players that could have won and that’s all you can ask for. Collin Morikawa through the knock-out punch by driving the 16th green and rolling in the 9 footer for eagle. Great shot by a great player to make a great moment. Let’s head to Greensboro, NC for the final regular season event of 2020, The Wyndham Championship. What?! Didn’t the season just start? Winner Paul Casey So close to snatching that first major last week. Showed a lot of class both on the course and after in his interview. Good course for him this week. Will contend Webb Simpson He named his daughter after the tournament for crying out loud. Anything less than a top-5 for the local and former winner will be a huge disappointment. Sleeper Nate Lashley He got his first win last year on an old Donald Ross course in Detroit. Very similar track in Sedgefield CC.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Written by Seth Zipay – Head Golf Professional