Wilson Triton Driver


The Buzz


You gotta hand it to the folks at Wilson Golf. They’ve done something that hasn’t yet been done in our industry. They found a way to bring the growing trend of crowd sourcing to the golf equipment industry, more specifically to golf club design. In an effort to generate some excitement around their brand and push the envelope of club design they put out an open call to anyone that had an idea for the game’s next great driver. Thousands of ideas were submitted, narrowed to 6 and those designers were invited to work with Wilson engineers to further develop their varying concepts. Over the several months Wilson’s panel of judges put the concepts through the ringer and eventually selected the winner, the Wilson Staff Triton designed by Cincinnati’s very own Eric Sillies. The entire process was televised on the Golf Channel over the course of seven episodes called Driver vs. Driver. If you didn’t catch them live you can view them here


The Technology
The Triton is packed with some proven and a lot of brand new technologies. Here’s a list:
  • 1:1 Visible Swing Active Technology which features an alignment aid on the crown.
  • Changeable Sole Plates, one Titanium and one Carbon which are intended to alter the driver’s launch and spin.
  • 5 Moveable weights create 18 unique combinations to adjust shot trajectory high or low and draw or fade.
  • Adjustable hosel has three neutral loft settings and three draw bias loft settings.
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The Performance
We received the Triton at our stores the day after the final episode and just one day prior to its launch. Below you’ll see find the results with each of the two sole plates. Our initial opinion is very positive. The Wilson Staff Triton is available to demo at each of our locations on Friday, November 25, 2016. We invite you to come try it yourself and share with us your opinion. 

Mizuno JPX 900 Forged Irons Review

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It’s no secret that Mizuno has always had an immense amount of success with their line of irons and their players irons are frequently ranked amongst the best in their class throughout the world of golf. So it should come as no surprise that Mizuno’s new JPX 900 forged irons have sent a buzz throughout everybody’s foursome. But before you dismiss the hype, we urge you to check out the following product testing where we showcase that the new JPX 900 forged irons certainly live up to the high standards of Mizuno and their critics.

Before we get started, it’s important to understand that the 900’s are an upgrade from the 850’s, which are the previous model in the JPX family. Mizuno continued to mix a small amount of boron in their steel heads, which increases feel and distance by creating a thinner face, which leads to higher ball speeds and more forgiveness. Another improvement on the JPX 900 forged is the improved back cavity, which gives the irons much more forgiveness. And while all of this sounds great on paper, we can assure you that the proof is in the pudding.


The Test

To test the new Mizuno JPX 900 forged irons, we compared them to their predecessor, the JPX 850 forged irons, and both with a standard length Dynamic Gold S300 shaft.

Both of these irons are very similar, the 900 series added minor improvements, but there were some noticeable differences.

Here are the results from the JPX 900:

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Here are the results from the JPX 850:

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After reviewing the results and numbers we came up with, what stood out to us was the higher ball speed produced by the JPX 900 forged. Even with a slightly slower average swing speed, the JPX 900 forged produced 1 mph more ball speed, which led to about 3 more yards of distance.

Both irons were very forgiving and had a tight dispersion for a player’s club, but the JPX 900 forged had more shots closer to the centerline, showing that pure strikes stay very true and are extremely accurate, which is important for any player.


Needless to say, the new JPX 900 forged series are seriously impressive. They are the perfect club for lower handicap players who want total control over their approach shots. Mid-handicappers can also benefit from the new technology in these irons that add more ball speed and extreme forgiveness on mishits.

Stop by a Golf Exchange nearest you to try out the impressive new JPX 900 forged irons from Mizuno and experience their hype in firsthand. You won’t be disappointed.

Callaway Steelhead XR Irons Review



Callaway’s new Steelhead XR irons are a throwback to the sleek, classic design of the Steelhead X-14 of yesteryear. This fresh take on a classic design combines both playability and ability to shape your shot which could make the Steelhead XR irons one of the most popular set of sticks on the market.

The new Steelhead XR irons posses the Next-Generation 360 Cup Face, a technology that helps to generate even more ball speed than previous models and helps promote a higher launch angle. The Steelhead XR irons also have a new Steel-Infused Polyurethane Insert. This serves two separate functions: absorb unwanted vibration to enhance feel and to add weight, lowering the clubs center of gravity, promoting higher ball speeds and launch angles on those mis-hits low on the face. The newly placed Center of Gravity in the Steelhead XR irons allows for a more consistent launch, which leads to more control. All of this new technology makes the Steelhead XR irons more forgiving where you need it…while still having maximum playability!


To test the Steelhead XR irons, we compared them to Callaway’s XR iron, which is the preceding game improvement iron from Callaway.

Our test golfer in this case, is a single digit handicap player, who normally plays a draw. For both the Steelhead XR and XR, we used a Project X 6.0 Shaft at standard length with standard lie.

The first thing that stood out to us was the tighter dispersion from the Steelhead XR. Every shot with the Steelhead XR, even mishits were a consistent draw that ended up within just a few yards of each other. We did not see the same forgiveness from the XR, which struggled to draw with mishits.

You can see the dispersion difference in the Trackman report below between the Steelhead XR (white) and XR (yellow).

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Once we looked at the numbers a little more in-depth, we found some glaring differences.

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Particularly, the differences in the carry yardage were remarkable. The Steelhead XR carried about 9 yards farther than the XR (174 yards vs. 165 yards). The Steelhead XR also got nearly 5 mph more ball speed (120 mph vs. 115 mph). The new Steel-Infused Polyurethane Insert in the Steelhead XR, which lowers the Center of Gravity, appears to also positively impact the overall height achieved with the Steelhead XR being about 11 feet higher at peak height than the XR (90 feet vs. 79 feet).


We were extremely impressed with how well the Steelhead XR tested in almost every aspect. Callaway’s new Steelhead XR irons are a throwback to a classic iron. They’re packed to the brim with brand new technology that should have every golfer chomping at the bit to demo these incredible new irons.

And be sure to stop by a Golf Exchange nearest you from Sep. 2-5 to take part in our Callaway Steelhead XR Challenge for your chance to win a FREE Callaway golf bag!



Ping iBlade Review


Ping’s new iBlades irons are so sleek and expertly designed that they may just convert Ping’s biggest critic into a full-fledged fan. All it takes is one glance to realize that these new sticks are completely different than anything else Ping has ever produced. The Ping iBlades have an extremely clean and more simplistic design than traditional Ping irons; which is exactly what you should be looking for in a blade. Ping cast the iBlades from 431 stainless steel, which is the same material as their Glide wedges. This metal gives the irons a softer feel at impact. Ping is well known for casting their irons instead of forging them like many other blades on the market and this method is used to give the iBlades maximum distance and forgiveness on mishits.

The Test

To test these irons, we compared them to Ping’s most recent blades — the S55. Both the iBlade and S55 7 irons had standard length Dynamic Gold S300 for shafts.

The biggest thing that we found during our testing is that the iBlade has a much softer feel and is a lot easier to hit than the thinner S55 irons. iBlade mishits went much straighter than S55 mishits. Also, solid strikes with the iBlade were much more consistent compared to the more fluctuating distances we found with the S55.

In the TrackMan report below you can see how tight the shot dispersion is with the iBlade (white) compared to the S55 (yellow.)

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A more in-depth look into the numbers allowed us to compare both sets of irons and a couple of things stuck out to us. For starters, the iBlade carried about 5 yards further than the S55. And the other glaring difference between the two was that the iBlade a considerably higher spin rate.

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After evaluating the numbers from both sets of irons, it is evident that the iBlade is more consistent when it comes to both distance and accuracy. This finding is very important to the type of player who wants consistency out of their irons more than maximum distance with less control.


The Ping iBlade stands out with its soft feel and extremely simplistic design, but these new irons are much more than just sleek looks. iBlades are backed up by extremely consistent performance and maximum workability. The iBlade is an iron unlike any other blade on the market, but it still performs just as well as the competition. These irons are perfect for a lower handicap player who likes the simple and clean look of a blade, but would like a little more forgiveness than the traditional blade.

Stop by your nearest Golf Exchange and try out Ping’s newest innovation for yourself.

Odyssey Milled Collection RSX Putters


The newest line of putters from Odyssey combines both a clean look and impressive technology, which is always an intriguing combination. The new Milled Collection RSX line is milled from 1025 carbon steel to give it a solid feel and sound. These putters feature the Metal-X insert that you have seen from Odyssey before, but what separates this line is the look. They have a sleek black finish with white sightlines. It is both attractive and functional as the sightlines really stand out at address.

Additionally this new offering features a unique combination of shaft and grip. The black powder coat shaft reduces glare, giving the putter a sleek and clean look. Odyssey also gave us a soft Cabretta Leather grip with red stitching down the back. This grip gives the putter a classy and premium look while also providing a soft and responsive feel.

The Test

It is particularly hard to blindly test putters, but we did hit a lot of putts with these new putters to see how we could gauge the feel, sound and performance. For many putting is almost all about feel. After hitting a number of putts with both the #7 model and #1 model we found that each has a very soft feel, but there was a small yet noticeable difference. We found the #7 to have the softer and more solid feel, which is likely due to the larger, more forgiving mallet-style head. The #1 was still noticeably soft, but on mishits had more of a metallic feel to it, which is good for seeking feedback on the solidness of their strike.

To us the most impressive attribute of the Milled Collection RSX line was the consistency of the roll we experienced while trying out the various models. We paid extra attention to what the ball was doing immediately off the face, and there was no skidding or hopping at all. The ball started rolling end-over- end almost immediately, which made the ball roll extremely true to its line.


The new line of Odyssey milled putters isn’t drastically different than what we’ve seen in the past from the undisputed number 1 putter manufacturer. They have the solid and soft feel that we are used to from Odyssey, but the looks and premium components of this line of putters is what makes them unique. If you are in the market for a truly premium putter, then we strongly believe you should take a look at the new Milled RSX line from Odyssey.

Bushnell Tour V4 Rangefinder

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Bushnell Rangefinders, the brand trusted by 99% of PGA Tour Professionals, year after year have been a top competitor in laser optics for golf. The new Bushnell Tour V4 is no exception to this trend, as Bushnell has made tremendous strides of improvements, to once again position themselves as one of the premier rangefinders in the game of golf for 2016.

2016 Revision to Rule 14-3

The USGA’s revision of rule 14-3, effective January 1, 2016 enables players to use DMD’s with a slope function, so long as the function is disabled during play. And since Bushnell designed the Tour V4 Slope Edition with the ability to turn the slope function on and off, making it legal for tournament play, this really caught our attention. Here’s what Bushnell had to say about the revision to of rule 14-3…

 “Our Slope technology is counted on by PGA Tour Professionals and playing pros around the world,” said Scott Peterson, Senior Product Manager at Bushnell. “In the past, amateurs have been reluctant to purchase rangefinders with Slope Technology.  With the new USGA rule change, the Tour V4 Slope will now be conforming during tournament play and for posting handicap rounds by turning slope mode off.”


The technology behind Bushnell’s new Tour V4 rangefinder promises to change and improve the way golfers assess distances, which will ultimately improve their performance. With that in mind, let’s take a look a few of the key features that will make the Tour V4 a promising and effective addition to your game this season.

  • PinSeeker with JOLT Technology to confirm the laser has zeroed in on the flag
  • Accurate to within one yard
  • Five to 1,000-yard range performance (400 yards to a flag)
  • 5x magnification (objects appear 5x closer)
  • New ergonomic design with Stabi-grip
  • 30% smaller than Tour v3
  • Fast focus system
  • Rain proof
  • New premium carry case and three-volt battery included
  • Industry leading two-year warranty


With the USGA’s revision of rule 14-3, 2016 is shaping up to be a popular year for rangefinders with slope technology. And with Bushnell leading the charge with new and innovative rangerfinders year after year,  we definitely recommend that all golfers place the new Bushnell Tour V4 on their radar this season. The new Tour V4 and Tour V4 Slope will both be available at all Golf Exchange locations in mid-April. The retail price for the Tour V4 is $299 and Tour V4 Slope is $399.



TaylorMade M2 Irons Review


The Buzz

At first glance, the M2 iron looks pretty familiar, when you cut it apart and look at the technology within it’s a whole new animal! When TaylorMade set out to design M2 irons, the focus was to achieve maximum distance without sacrificing the peak trajectory. The advanced materials and technologies that went into M2 irons enable the ball to not only go far, but high as well. With the success of irons like this from TaylorMade in the past, this really caught our attention.


The Technology

OK, as we discussed above, this thing is absolutely loaded with technology, here are a few things that stick out the most.

Thick-Thin Fluted Hosel

  • Removes 3 grams of extra mass trapped in the hosel. That weight is then distributed as low as possible throughout the head to lower the CG and promote higher launch and more ball speed.

360° Undercut

  • Expands the unsupported face area for more ball speed across the face. It also removes weight from the topline to create ultra-low CG. This allows for stronger lofts that maximize distance without sacrificing the high peak trajectory that results in long, playable shots from each iron.

Speed Pocket

  • Increased flexibility due to an even thinner sole increases launch angle and preserves ball speed, improving forgiveness for shots struck below the center of the face.

Thin Face with Inverted Cone Technology

  • Works in conjunction with the Speed Pocket to enable fast, consistent ball speeds across the face that push the limits of distance performance in an iron.

3D Sound & Feel System

  • A light but extremely stiff 3D-badge system that manages sound and eliminates unwanted vibrations for superior feel, giving golfers a pure feeling distance iron.

The stock shafts will be the REAX 88HL in steel and the REAX 75 for graphite.

Of note, TaylorMade is also offering an additional 17 shafts at no additional charge so you can really get fit to what works the best.

The M2 irons are available 4-9,PW,AW,SW,LW.. The price will be $99.99 per club in steel and $112.50 per club in graphite. You can Pre Order now and expected delivery on product will be 2/19/2016.

The Test

We couldn’t wait to test the M2 Iron. We used trackman to measure four shots with the M2 vs. its predecessor the RSi 1. We used the 7 iron fitting heads in standard lie, both were outfitted with a REAX 88HL stiff flex shaft. Here are the results:


We were extremely impressed with the height and direction of the M2 Iron. With the RSi 1 our tester experienced a 47’  left hand miss on average, typical with what he sees outside. With the M2 that average miss was just 10’. Overall our tester showed a much better ability control the shape of his iron shots.


Already impressed with the results, we turned our focus to distance. With the M2 our tester on average gained 4.8 mph of ball speed. This significant gain in ball speed led to a solid 10 yards more distance through the air. However what made this even more impressive is that on the test shots our player averaged .1 mph less club speed with the M2 (92 vs. 91.9). This ratio of ball speed to club speed is known as smash factor. With the M2 our player’s smash factor was 1.38 to just 1.32 with the RSi 1. That’s how our player was able to generate more ball speed despite less club speed. Essentially our tests showed a better, more efficient transfer of energy from the club to the ball. What was most impressive overall, as advertised, the ball actually traveled 5’ higher on average than the RSi 1… so not only will the M2 get you to the green faster, it will keep you there.



Our initial testing with the M2 iron was among the most impressive we’ve ever seen. From the first reaction of our tester loving the look and the memories of his beloved Burner 2.0 irons, to the drastic results versus the RSi 1 iron, you could easily say the test was a success. Come in and test out the high distance created by the M2 product and remember the M2 family releases 2/19/2016. Please share your results with us by tweeting us @thegolfexchange.


Callaway at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show

Today our exclusive look at new product from the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida comes to a close. For those unfamiliar with the PGA Merchandise Show, it offers an opportunity for an up close and personal look at 2016 product before it is released later this Spring. Rounding out our coverage we turn out sights on Callaway. And as always, Callaway has an impressive line up ready to make a big splash this season!

XR 16 Driver

By now you’ve probably heard that Callaway actually partnered with experts at Boeing to perfect the technology behind the XR 16 driver’s club speed and aerodynamics. This technology has allowed Callaway to create their most forgiving and shape ever and Boeing made the XR 16 driver ultra fast with a re-engineered Speed Step.

Callaway promises that this long bomber is going to add some serious club speed.  So if you’re looking for a big and fast driver with a high speed head and lower drain the crown, then look no further than Callaway’s new XR 16 driver.

XR 16 Fairways

To compliment and accompany the new XR 16 driver, Callaway is also introducing XR16 Fairway woods. If you compare the new XR 16 fairways woods to previous Callaway fairways models then you’ll notice that XR 16 fairways feature a larger head shape. They also pack a low CG and very high COR to combine for added forgiveness while also providing longer distance. Callaway also boasts that the new XR16 fairways will have even more ballspeed at impact than their predecessors.

XR OS Irons

Fast and forgiving are two words that are synonymous with Callaway’s new XR OS irons.  Based on what we saw on the show room floor, Callaway’s XR OS irons are easier to hit, more forgiving, and easy to launch for a ball flight that leads to more distance.

As if there was any doubt, Callaway has come to play this season and it appears poised to take the golf world by storm in 2016. We’ll have a full review and breakdown of product testing results for Callaway’s 2016 line up available on the GX Report later this spring.

Callaway’s new 2016 line up will be available in all Golf Exchange locations this Spring.

Ping G Series at 2016 PGA Merchandise Show


Today we’re back with another look at new product from the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. For those unfamiliar with the PGA Merchandise Show, it offers an opportunity for an in-depth look at 2016 product before it is released later this Spring. In today’s blog we turn out attention to one of the most celebrated manufacturer’s in all of golf – Ping. Ping’s new G line up is poised and ready to take golf by storm in 2016 and, based on what we were able to see at the show, Ping enthusiasts are certainly in for a treat!

G Driver

The new Ping G driver has been designed to allow the player to gain speed and distance from the box. Ping markets the G driver as “faster, straight and longer.” Perhaps the most impressive design aspect of the G driver is the Dragonfly Crown Technology. Inspired by an approach called biomimicry, Ping engineers analyzed the dragonfly’s intricate wing pattern to design ultra-thin crown sections for extreme CG and maximized MOI. Ping says that their Dragonfly Technology in combination with Vortex Technology, turbulators and a strong T9S face has created their longest and most forgiving driver ever.

G Fairway

With the new G fairway woods, Ping promises that getting your ball in the air will be easy with the club’s lower lead edge, which will allow the club to get under the ball so impact occurs higher on the face. Similarly to the design of the G driver, the G fairway also packs an ultra thin crown that allows for a low-back CG to ensure high launch, low spin and extreme forgiveness.

G Hybrid

It seems as if every year manufacturer’s talk about technology that has allowed them to produce their most effective hybrid to date and that’s exactly what’s being said about Ping’s new G hybrid. The G hybrid boasts an innovative-tiered internal sole, which helps activate face flexing to power the ball off the face faster for greater distance. The G hybrid’s ultra-thin crown allows for a low-back center of gravity to ensure high launch, reduced spin and a higher MOI for maximizing forgiveness.

G Irons

As if Ping’s Gmax irons weren’t already impressive enough, the legendary manufacturer comes along and drops a brand new set of irons that are sure to be a hit this Spring. The new Ping G irons are designed with revolutionary COR-EYE Technology that helps provide four times the amount of face flexing for consistently faster ball speeds across a hotter face. A gain in ball speed and shot height will generate more carry distance and a steeper landing angle. A specialized heat treatment creates Hyper 17-4 stainless steel, allowing for thinner, faster faces to gain distance.

G Crossover

With all the talk of innovation of design technology at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show there is one club that stands out amongst the rest – the G Crossover. With the G crossover, Ping created a new category of club (Crossover) that combines the precision, workability and control of an iron with speed and forgiveness of a hybrid. Are you excited yet? Yeah, we thought so. The thing to keep in mind with the new G crossover is that the club isn’t designed as a driving iron; the Crossover is far more forgiving, higher launching and more versatile. An innovative cascading internal sole engages the entire face, sole and top rail in flexing to maximize distance.

As you can see Ping packs the promise of distance this year and our early impression of their new G line up seems rather promising. We’ll have a full review and breakdown of product testing results available on the GX Report later this spring.

Ping’s new G line up will be available in all Golf Exchange locations this February.

TaylorMade M2 Family at the PGA Show


This week the Golf Exchange crew is attending the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. The PGA Merchandise Show offers an in-depth look at 2016 product before it hits shelves later this spring. Our crew was fortunate enough to get our hands on TaylorMade’s new M2 line up and, needless to say, we walked away quite impressed by what we saw.


 M2 Driver

If you were a fan of TaylorMade’s popular M1 Driver, than the new M2 driver is sure to impress. Like the M1 driver before it, the M2 driver offers more distance than ever before and the science behind the design of this long bomber is even more impressive than the driver’s sleek, lightweight carbon crown.

Multi-Material Construction

The M2 Driver features a revolutionary multi-material construction highlighted by a proprietary 7-later carbon composite crown. This innovation is one of piece of the puzzle that helps unlock the M2 driver’s promise of more distance than ever before.

Massive Sweet Spot

In order to make the M2 driver both long and forgiving, it is build with technologies that protect ball speed and create a massive sweet spot.

Hot Trajectory

With the M2 driver, golfers do not have to choose between Low CG (forgiveness) and Aerodynamics (speed) as they have in the past. The carbon crown allowed TaylorMade to lower the CG without compromising aerodynamics to a driver that is both hot and forgiving.


M2 Fairway

TaylorMade’s new M2 Fairway features their most flexible speed pocket ever, coupled with low CG, a fast face, and a hot trajectory for maximized distance and forgiveness. TaylorMade has said that players seeking exceptional distance and playability from their fairway wood will find the new M2 fairway “to go farther and straighter than what they have in their bag today.” M2 Fairways will be available in five lofts – 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21°, and 24°. 


M2 Rescue

The new M2 Rescue was designed with one goal in mind – maximize distance and forgiveness. With a confidence-inspiring shape and technologies to promote speed, distance and forgiveness; the M2 Rescue gives golfers longer and more consistent shots from anywhere on the course. And like the M2 driver and fairway wood, the M2 rescue has a large Speed Pocket in the sole that runs just behind the leading edge to increase ball speeds. The M2 Rescue will be available in four lofts – 19 °, 22 °, 25 °, and 28 °.

M2 Irons

According to TaylorMade the new M2 Irons are their “longest irons ever.” TaylorMade has even gone as far as to label them as a “distance machine” and boasts that their industry leading distance technology will not only take your ball farther, but will also allow you to hit the ball higher.

A quick look at the technology behind the design of the M2 irons reveals that TaylorMade has pulled out all the stops to deliver some truly unique sticks worthy of your attention this February. So lets take a look at what makes the new M2 Irons tick.

360 ° Undercut

 Combines with Thick-Thin Fluted Hostel for ultra-low CG, allowing for stronger lofts that maximize distance without sacrificing high peak trajectory.

Thick-Thin fluted Hosel

 Combines with 360 ° Undercut ultra-low CG, allowing for stronger lofts that maximize distance without sacrificing high peak trajectory.

Speed Pocket

Enables ball speeds that push the limits of distance performance in an iron.

Thin Face With Inverted Cone Technology

Enables ball speeds that push the limits of distance performance in an iron.

V-Shaped Support Beams

3D badge system that manages sound and eliminates unwanted vibrations for superior feel


As you can surmise the technology behind the M2 family sure appears to be an impressive step forward this season for TaylorMade. We’ll have a full review and breakdown of product testing results available on the GX Report later this spring.

The TaylorMade M2 family will be available in all Golf Exchange locations this February.