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2015 Launch Pad
By Tom Landers | Published  10/9/2015 | New on the Tee | Unrated
2015 Launch Pad
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TaylorMade M1 Driver, Fairway and Hybrid
TaylorMade Golf’s M1 driver features a multi-material combination of titanium and a seven-layer carbon composite to unlock greater distance with the “most fittable product line in company history.”
In the M1, engineers have created a line of drivers, fairways and rescue clubs designed to provide golfers with more ball speed, forgiveness and distance in TaylorMade’s first-ever “unmetalwood” family. The company says its new clubs promise more performance to players of all abilities through more speed, high launch, low spin, and increased ball speed protection.
The use of a revolutionary carbon composite crown design in the M1 driver results in a significant decrease in overall club weight and allows engineers to lower the center of gravity and add a T-Track system that houses 25 grams of adjustable weight, enabling the golfer to personalize the driver to a greater degree. The combination of a black face, white forward section and composite rear of the M1’s crown is not only visually attractive, but provides golfers with a confidence-inspiring alignment aid at address. $499

Complementing the M1 driver is the M1 fairway wood, the company’s first multi-material designed fairway and engineered to be the company’s most adjustable wood. Featuring the same Front Track system as the
M1 driver, the M1 fairway utilizes two 15-gram tungsten weights that can slide easily to promote a draw or fade using the TaylorMade torque wrench. Having two 15-gram weights also allows for the golfer to split them, thus increasing the club’s inertia, and ultimately protecting ball speed on miss-hits. The front track of the M1 fairway also features a reduced channel to improve turf-to-sole interaction. The M1 fairway is equipped with a four-degree loft sleeve, which allows for a two-degree increase
or decrease in loft. $299
Similar to the original rescue club from TaylorMade, the new M1 Rescue has classic, Tour-inspired shaping that enables increased playability from a variety of lies on the course. In combination with a 1.5-degree loft sleeve, the M1 Rescue also features two moveable weights (one three grams and one 25 grams) that can be set for neutral or fade bias to optimize shot shape and trajectory. Additionally, the M1 Rescue has a speed pocket that increases the size of the sweet spot and reduces spin. $249

Taylor Made PSi Irons

TaylorMade Golf says its new PSi and PSi Tour irons have “a perfect blend of form and function,” irons that deliver a balance of elegant design and superior feel combined with increased ball speed and distance.
The irons feature a Dynamic Feel System (DFS) system. Comprised of a HYBRAR blend compression damper and a multi-material cavity badge, the system reduces vibration across the face without sacrificing ball speed. Combined with redesigned head geometries, tungsten weighting in the long irons (three through five), and forged short irons (eight through pitching wedge), the result is enhanced feel throughout the set.
The PSi irons also have a new Speed Pocket with a “cut-thru” slot that feeds directly into the cavity undercut. The Speed Pocket with the cut-thru slot yields more effective slot performance, resulting in faster ball speeds for shots struck lower on the face. The Psi irons also utilize Face Slot Technology, a feature that debuted last year with the RSi series of irons, located on the heel and toe of the clubface, to protect ball speed and generate more consistent distance on shots that are struck off-center. A 360-degree undercut expands the unsupported face area and lowers the center of gravity to generate an optimal combination of speed, spin and launch angle, giving better players the trajectory they want and the distance they need.
Blade length, topline thickness and offset increase progressively from the wedges down through the long irons, and deliver a confidence-inspiring, aesthetically appealing look at address. $1,099 in steel shafts, $1,299 in graphite.
The PSi Tour iron are forged using 1025 carbon steel and feature precision milled face slots and a Speed Pocket. The PSi Tour irons have a more compact head size, as well as Tour-inspired shaping and workability for the best of ball strikers. Additionally, the PSi Tour iron has a thinner topline, less offset and narrower sole than the Psi, and its progressive center of gravity position allows for higher trajectory in the long irons, while retaining optimum workability. $1,299 in steel

Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Fairway Woods

The new Full-Speed Impact design in the Exotics EX9 fairway wood maximizes club head speed through a sloped crown and the Exotics SlipStream sole. An interchangeable heel weight offers players of all abilities the added benefit of draw enhancement for legendary Exotics length and control. The gentle sloping crown reduces aerodynamic drag resulting in added speed at impact for maximum distance. The EX9 SlipStream sole features shorter ‘waves’ from front to back, dramatically reducing the amount of turf interaction – the result is a Full-Speed explosive impact.

The Power Grid has been reengineered deeper and much more narrow to increase the spring-effect across all areas of the face. Notches along the back edge of the Power Grid provide thinner spots specifically designed to increase rebound at impact leading to faster ball speeds. The EX9 fairway wood also includes an interchangeable heel weight and offers players the added benefit of draw enhancement. The 9-gram heel weight screw is housed in an 8-gram weight pad for 17 grams of deep heel weighting.

Lamkin SINK Putter Grips

Lamkin’s new SINK putter grips look to provide the golfer with a new putting experience by providing more consistency and more accuracy putting. Precisely designed patterns provide golfers with an effective hand position reference to promote improved putting consistency and confidence. The three distinctive textures offer an ideal surface that feels comfortable and secure in all moisture conditions. Another unique feature of the SINK grips is the ergonomic curved-handle profile. The pronounced pistol profile ensures the upper hand is positioned in a more relaxed and stress-reducing angle. With this alignment, the wrists are stabilized and movement is inhibited, allowing for a more fluid and consistent stroke guided by the upper arms and shoulders.
For decades, golfers have preferred the responsive feel, all-weather playability and durability of rubber grips. The new lightweight rubber featured in SINK Putter Grips delivers the proven performance benefits of traditional rubber while maintaining the optimal putter grip weight.
The SINK putter grips are offered in five models with three different sizes. There is everything from over-sized paddle grips to the more traditional pistol grips for people who like to have a little bit more comfort.
The grips are currently being used on Tour by Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker.

DT TruSoft

The new DT TruSoft is not only the softest DT yet but also the softest feeling golf ball in the Titleist lineup. DT TruSoft is designed with a fast, very low compression core and soft pure ionomer cover – the softest core construction and ionomer cover blend Titleist has ever used. The new core and cover work together to provide a uniquely soft feel and sound on every shot, while delivering very low spin in the long game for consistently long distance and reliable
short game spin for playability into and around the green.The new model, which was
designed to replace the popular DT SoLo, is the result of over two years of research and
development in which Titleist engineers determined how to provide players with an extremely soft feel without giving up any of the distance or short game performance characteristics of the DT SoLo. The new DT TruSoft is actually a bit longer off the tee than its predecessor.
The DT TruSoft will be available in white and optic yellow.$21.99/doz

Titleist 816H Hybrids

The new Titleist 816H1 and 816H2 models utilize Active Recoil Channel™ and Ultra Thin Face technology to generate high speed and low spin for long distance. A high MOI design increases speed across the face for more forgiveness on off-center hits, while the optimized center of gravity (CG) increases launch and trajectory for more shot-stopping control.
816H1 models are high launching hybrids that fly farther and land soft. 816H1 has a larger profile with slightly increased face progression that performs well from the rough. H1 is an all around hybrid. 816H2 hybrids have a more compact shape with a slight offset for iron-like shot control for players who engage the turf more aggressively. H2 is more of an iron-type hybrid. It has less face progression which visually looks like a slight offset and leads to players attacking it with a more descending iron-type blow. $249

Callaway APEX CF 16 Irons

The new Apex CF 16 Irons are precision engineered with Callaway’s Cup 360 technology to give you exceptional, consistent ball speed across the face and playability in a forged players iron. The progressive design creates scoring performance through the set from your long irons to your short irons. The high tech, multi-piece construction provides a combination of distance, feel and control that can suit any player. And the extremely soft feel comes from quadruple net forging and mild carbon steel. The set also features a multi-piece construction with more offset in the longer irons, a more compact shape with less offset in shorter irons, and advanced forging for incredibly soft feel. It’s a forged iron for all golfers. $1,199 / $1,399 graphite

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