Cobra King PUR Wedges: Simply Effective

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Cobra’s new King PUR wedges combine new ideas with a simplified design to provide effectiveness on a full range of shots. Some of their features, like the notch on the sole, you’ll recognize. Here are the details of what’s new on these wedges.

Pure “Raw” Finish

King Pur wedge finish

The new pure “Raw” finish on the King PUR wedges gives you something you won’t see, glare and rust. While raw finishes in the past have been known to rust, Cobra touts this finish as rust resistant over time. Cobra reasons that a chrome finish makes the grooves slightly smaller and duller as well as creating some inconsistency from groove to groove. By eliminating the finish, the grooves are more consistent in shape and volume, giving you more consistent performance in all playing conditions.

Face Technology

These 3 club face features on the King PUR wedges help deliver control and accuracy on all shots:

King Pur wedge grooves

  • The grooves and face of the King PUR wedges are 100% CNC milled. Cutting the grooves this way ensures the grooves are the same size, every time. As a result, you get a consistent spin across the entire face.

King pur wedges progressive spin tech

  • Cobra uses “Progressive Spin Tech” grooves throughout the wedge loft options. The grooves on the higher lofted (56/58/60 degree) wedges are wide, shallow, and further apart allowing for maximum feel.  The lower lofted wedges (50/52/54) feature narrow, deeper grooves packed closer together for consistent trajectory on fuller wedge shots.

 

  • Each wedge face has Variable Face Roughness. The face milling process varies the surface roughness of the face in different areas. Simply put, it delivers maximum spin control across the face for different shots around the green.

Grinds

King Pur wedge grinds

As with last year’s King wedges, the PUR wedges are available in 3 grinds. Each grind is designed for different turf conditions and angles of approach. The “Widelow grind” works best for the digger and in soft to medium turf conditions. The “Classic grind” is a versatile grind that works in all conditions and players with a neutral angle of approach.  Finally, the “Versatile grind” works best for the neutral/slider swinger in medium/firm conditions. Like its name suggests, the Versatile grind allows for the widest variety of shots.

With 10 total loft/grind combinations, it is easy for any player to find the set makeup that works best for them.

King PUR Wedges in Review

  • Rust resistant raw finish that minimizes glare.
  • 100% CNC milled grooves make sure each groove is the same size.
  • Progressive Spin Technology: Different groove designs that optimize spin and launch conditions, depending on the loft.
  • Variable Face Roughness gives you added shot making ability around the green.
  • 3 grinds to choose from; “Widelow,” “Classic,” and “Versatile.”

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TaylorMade Tour Wrap-up And A Notable Signing

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Some time has passed since TaylorMade staffers Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose battled for the Green Jacket at Augusta National. How would fellow staffers follow up the exciting finish at The Masters? We didn’t have to wait long to find out. Here’s the TaylorMade tour wrap-up, recapping what has happened for TaylorMade and its staffers since The Masters finished.

TaylorMade Tour Wrap-Up

RBC Heritage

Harbor Town Golf Links

The RBC Heritage awards it’s own jacket to the tournament winner. While a TaylorMade staffer didn’t “Go Plaid,” 2 players performed well. Brian Gay used TaylorMade metalwoods to average 270 yards off the tee and hit almost 70% of fairways on his way to a T6 finish. It was Brian’s first of 2 top-10 finishes so far in an up and down 2016-17 season for the 4-time winner.

Brian Harman, who we’ll talk more about in a minute, also carded a solid performance at Harbor Town. He shot a 3rd round 66, putting himself in contention, before finishing T9.

Valero Texas Open

chappell valero win

Kevin Chappell has been close to winning throughout his career. He has 3 career third place finishes and 6 runner-ups, most notably at last year’s The Player’s Championship and Tour Championship. That disappointment changed at the Valero Texas Open. The “Bruin Bomber” (as we like to call him) averaged nearly 300 yards off the tee using a full complement of TaylorMade metalwoods.

We should note, this isn’t the first time Chappell has performed well at this tournament. In his first full year on tour, 2011, he finished T2 in this same tournament. Seems like he enjoys playing that course!

Wells Fargo Championship

Eagle Point Golf Cllub

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A couple weeks following the Valero, the PGA Tour stopped at a new venue. Eagle Point, in Wilmington, North Carolina, played host to the Wells Fargo Championship. The course got rave reviews from the players, with some comparing it to Augusta National!

Brian Harman Win

The pristine setting served as the backdrop to an exciting finish featuring the world #1, Dustin Johnson, and the aforementioned Brian Harman. Johnson, looking for his 4th win in as many starts, sat in the clubhouse in a tie for the lead with Pat Perez. A playoff between Johnson, Harman, Perez seemed more than likely. Harman had other plans as he stepped up to the par-5, 18th. Harman sunk a dramatic 28-foot birdie putt, earning his 2nd career win!

The Player’s Championship

si woo kim players win

Commonly known as the “5th Major,” The Player’s Championship tests players young and old at the iconic TPC Sawgrass. In this year’s tournament, the young prevailed. Si Woo Kim, 21, became the youngest champion in the tournament’s history! Kim conquered the Pete Dye course with surgical precision in the final round, thanks to a full complement of TaylorMade’s latest metalwoods, irons, and golf ball. Every time it seemed Kim was in danger of dropping a shot, he scrambled for his par, keeping those chasing his lead at bay. To the untrained eye, his calm dominance on Sunday would seem boring. Make no mistake though, it was a thing of beauty.

Notable Signing

Nike’s exit from the club manufacturing world sent its former staffers in search of new equipment. In January, TaylorMade announced the signing of one of the most dominant players in history, Tiger Woods. Not to be outdone, TaylroMade recently signed 4-time major champion Rory McIlroy! The main reason Rory said he signed with the company was because of the TP5x golf ball.

“I started hitting this TP5x golf ball and oh my goodness, this ball is so much better. This is what I’ve been missing.” – Rory McIlroy

The TP5 and TP5x have been upstart successes this year, used to win 6 tournaments on the PGA Tour so far. Our review of the ball goes into detail on what makes it such a strong performer.

rory proto irons

Rory will be using a full bag of TaylorMade clubs, including some sweet looking prototype irons! We are excited to see how he performs with them!

 

As Porky Pig Says…

That’s all for this month’s TaylorMade Tour Wrap-up, folks! Check out our previous TaylorMade on Tour articles and stay tuned for the next installment!

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Flip The Script On A Fried Egg Lie

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Your approach shot looked perfect as it left the club; high, soft, and right at the pin. However, thanks to a little gust of wind, the ball came up just short and in the bunker. That beautiful, high trajectory and spin made the ball dig a small crater in the bunker, coming to rest right in the middle. This is the dreaded fried egg lie. While it may seem like a hard task, these tips will help you get safely on the green.

Fried Egg Lie Tips

fried egg lie

A safe recovery from a fried egg lie depends on how deep the ball is and the condition of the sand. Let’s take a look at each situation to see how you can flip the script on this lie.

Soft, Dry Sand

soft sand fried egg lie

At address, open your stance and the clubface slightly. You don’t want to open it too much, as opening the face increases the bounce on the club. Having too much bounce can cause the club to “bounce” into the ball, resulting in a thin shot. You want the club to dig through the sand to get down to the ball. With your swing, you want to be very steep, almost feeling like you are swing the club straight up and down into the sand. The goal here is to dig the club into the sand behind the ball and “splash” the sand out.

Because the club is approaching at a steep angle, you will need to apply more force than normal. Focus on moving the club through the sand and past where the ball is. Don’t try to lift the ball out of the sand. Make sure you move the sand out of the bunker onto the green. The ball will ride the sand onto the green.

Heavy, Wet Sand

Heavy sand lie

When the sand is wet or heavy and the ball is buried deeply, the opposite approach often is the best option. Instead of opening the club and your stance, close everything. Align your feet to the left (for right-handed golfers) and close the club face. For reference, the toe should be pointing almost directly at the ball.  This setup can look and feel strange. You may need to put in a bit of practice to get comfortable with it.

The sharp toe of the club leads into the sand, allowing the club to dig in quickly and easily. By swinging along your feet with the closed stance, the leading toe will dig easily into the heavy sand. Therefore, you don’t need to swing as steep as when conditions are soft and dry. Note that the closed club face launches the ball left of your target, so adjust your aim right.

To Review

Soft, Dry Sand:

  • Open your stance and clubface
  • Swing steep to get to the ball to splash out
  • Focus on swinging through and past you ball
  • Aim left of your target. Ball comes out right

Heavy, Wet Sand:

  • Close your stance and clubface
  • Point the toe of the club at the ball
  • Swing shallow and along your feet
  • Aim right of your target as the ball comes out left

The most important thing to understand when faced with these situations is that the ball will come out will no spin. Simply getting out of the bunker should be considered a victory. Expecting to hit the ball close to the pin or have any degree of control will lead to frequent problems. With a bit of practice, you can become comfortable with the ability to get the ball out of the bunker when faced with the dreaded “Fried Egg” lie.

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