November 19, 2019
By Andrew Tursky, Equipment Insider, PGATOUR.COM
- Mizuno unveiled its new ST 200 and ST 200G drivers ahead of The RSM Classic. (Andrew Tursky/PGA TOUR)
SEA ISLAND, Ga. – The 2019 RSM Classic is the last full-field event in the United States in 2019, so it’s no wonder a slew of new products have been unveiled this week. Companies are gathering feedback from PGA TOUR players on new pieces of equipment for 2020, and giving players a chance to test out and get fit into some never-before-seen products.
Along with the new Titleist Vokey SM8 wedges, which started undergoing the TOUR seeding process this week, a number of other companies brought out new equipment for the first time, too, including Mizuno, Accra, Project X, Callaway, Axis1, Bettinardi, and SuperStroke.
Check out the new equipment below, and what we know so far about each product.
Axis1 Rose Black putters
In 2019, Justin Rose finished 3rd in overall putting average for the year using an Axis1 Rose prototype putter, which was a two-toned mallet putter initially designed for him. Eventually, that Rose prototype became available to retail.
This week, Axis1 unveiled a new Axis1 Rose Black putter that’s modeled after Rose’s putter, except it has an all-black colorway that’s black ion-plated. Made from 303 stainless steel and CNC-milled, the putter will have a softer feel off the face than the original. The Axis1 Black is also available at retail.
SuperStroke Traxion 1.0 PT putter grip
Possibly adding onto SuperStroke’s extensive line of Traxion putter grips, which are played by a number of top players on the PGA TOUR, is a new Traxion 1.0 PT grip. It has a smaller diameter than most of the Traxion grips, and it has different textures throughout the grip that are designed to fit different locations on your hands, according to a company representative. The putter grips are currently being tested on TOUR, but they’re still in the prototype phase.
Mizuno ST 200 and ST 200G
Mizuno unveiled its new ST 200, ST 200G and ST 200X drivers that are the likely replacements for its ST 190 and ST 190G drivers that were popular on TOUR in 2018-2019. A number of players were spotted testing the new prototype driver models on the range, including Luke Donald, Adam Schenk, Chris Kirk, and Rhein Gibson, among others.
Gibson, who was recently an equipment free agent, has officially signed with Mizuno. He’s currently using the new Mizuno ST 200 driver, a TaylorMade fairway wood, a Srixon driving iron, Mizuno JPX 919 Tour irons, Mizuno and Titleist wedges, and a Swag Golf putter. He’s also wearing a Mizuno hat and has a Mizuno staff bag.
Kirk was testing a ST 200X driver model on Wednesday. It's likely that with a screw port in the heel section of this driver model that it's a draw-biased option, but we'll have to wait and see for official confirmation on that in the future.
Callaway Apex MB prototype short irons
Aaron Wise was spotted testing “Apex MB” short irons on Monday. While they are early prototypes, according to several sources, the irons appear to have raw faces,milled back cavities, and what appears to be some kind of weight that sits behind the face in the cavity. Unfortunately, that’s all we know so far about this new iron design.
Project X EvenFlow Riptide CB
Adding to its line of EvenFlow shafts, Project X unveiled a new Small Batch Riptide CB shaft that has a counter-balanced construction for greater stability.
Accra Prototype steel shafts
True Sports, a company that owns True Temper, recently acquired Accra Golf Shafts, so both shaft companies now exist under the same umbrella. Early this week, Accra unveiled a new prototype steel shaft. While it’s still early in the process, PGA TOUR players are putting the shaft through the paces this week in testing.
Bettinardi new TOUR prototypes
Bettinardi recently announced a retail line of 2020 BB and Inovai series putters, but it seems the company’s TOUR selection has gotten an upgrade, as well. On the putting green this week, Bettinardi was showing a number of new prototype designs, including an Hexperimental mallet, an Hexperimental DASS blade and a BBBW prototype blade.