A Quick Guide to Toulon Putters

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Toulon putters are the brainchild of Sean Toulon, the former Executive VP of Product Creation at TaylorMade. In 2015, Toulon left to open his own company, Toulon Designs, specializing in putters. After achieving success on his own, his company was acquired by Callaway in 2016. Toulon putters are added to the already successful Odyssey family, now under the direction of Toulon. Mr. Toulon uses his innovative design ideas in the new, expanded Toulon putter line. Each carefully crafted putter focuses on sound, feel, and roll to help improve your putting. Our quick guide to Toulon putters walks you through 3 main areas, showing you why the putters are worthy of making it into your bag.

Building Toulon Putters

Each Toulon putter begins as a solid block of 303 stainless steel. This grade of steel gives the putters their soft feel. Despite using a softer steel, there is a solid, firm “click” at impact. Each piece of the putter is carefully milled out before being put together. This process ensures that every putter made looks and feels the same.

toulon putters face-milling

Once the putter is put together, the signature deep diamond mill pattern is applied to the center of the clubface. The pattern helps get the ball rolling end over end quicker, helping putts get and stay on their line.

Design Features

Toulon putters feature some unique design elements. Each element has a purpose, to help you dial in the putter to sink more putts. Adjustable plates on the sole of each putter change the weight of the head. The standard plate is a 7-gram aluminum plate, producing a total head weight of 352 grams. A 20-gram stainless steel plate and 40-gram tungsten plate are also available. Total head weight using these are 365 grams and 285 grams, respectively.

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There are 7 models currently available to choose from, 5 blades and 2 mallets. An interesting note on the alignment lines; every model, except for the Austin, has a single line on the back of the putter. The line on the Austin (above) is on the front, near the face. No word on why that is, exactly. We’d venture to say that setup works best, performance-wise, given the head and hosel used.

toulon putters columbus

A couple other notable designs to the line are in the Columbus (above) and the Indianapolis (below). The Columbus has 2 notches on the back of the blade, making it easier to line up at address. The Indianapolis takes inspiration from the city’s famous Indianapolis 500 race. The back of the Indianapolis looks like the front of an Indy car, complete with carbon fiber. It’s definitely a cool look.

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Toulon Putter Models

Each model in the line is designed for a specific stroke, from straight-back to strong arcing. In that order (no arc to most arcing), the models are Indianapolis, Memphis, Columbus, Madison, Austin, San Diego, Long Island.

Every Toulon putter is also available in a counter-balance model. Further, there are 2 types of counter-balance options, Aggressive Release (AR) and Moderate Release(MR). The AR has a 40-gram sole plate and 14″ Super Stroke grip with a 50-gram butt-end weight. The AR design lets the clubhead release more at impact, mimicking the release of a long or belly putter. It comes standard at 38″ long.

The MR has a 20-gram sole plate, standard Super Stroke grip with a 25-gram butt-end weight. It allows you to release the head more with a standard stroke. The lengths available range from 33 inches to 36 inches.

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FootJoy DNA Helix: Our Heel to Toe Review

The DNA Helix is the latest creation from the #1 shoe in golf, FootJoy. Designers improved several areas of the FootJoy DNA Helix, taking feedback from their Tour players. They asked what areas that needed improving. The consensus designers heard was to improve stability while keeping the comfort and flexibility of the DNA 2.0. We review the features that combine to give increased stability, comfort, and fit to the FootJoy DNA Helix.

FootJoy DNA Helix Features

Stability

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The design of the new outsole on the bottom of the FootJoy DNA Helix provides more support during your swing than the previous model. Called the NitroThin 3.0, this new outsole is slightly wider in the heel, which gives you that stability without sacrificing flexibility. Softspikes, along with molded ridges and points by each cleat, also keep your feet firmly on the ground.

Comfort

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Comfort has always been the battle cry for FootJoy. The DNA Helix shoes continue the company’s tradition of comfortable shoes with some new features. A new Fine Tuned Foam (FTF) midsole and Xtra-Thick FTF fitbed give you lightweight support, especially under the heel. The 3D FoamCollar 2.0 hugs our heel and ankle, keeping your foot from slipping during your swing.

The upper part of the FootJoy DNA Helix is made of a special leather developed by Pittards of England. The nearly 200-year-old leather company’s creation is called ChromoSkin. The leather is soft, light, durable, and 100% waterproof. FootJoy backs it with their 2-year waterproof guarantee.

Fit

Footjoy DNA helix tongue

Continuing the theme of lightweight comfort and stability, the DNA Helix has what FootJoy calls a TourSpec Stretch tongue. As you tighten the laces, the tongue surrounds the top of your foot in a breathable material. The last of the DNA Helix, or mold the shoe is built on, is called the LoPro 2. It fits slightly narrower in the forefoot and heel and has a standard fit in the instep. Some other reviews we’ve read suggest ordering 1/2 size larger to accommodate this. However, when we tried on a pair, they fit pretty true to size. This is something to keep in mind as you consider buying these.

Overall Review of FootJoy DNA Helix

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Having tried these on, we can say they are very comfortable. The added stability features in the DNA Helix are sure to make them perform well on the course too. There are 3 colors in the lace up version or one color in the BOA version for you to try.

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Callaway Epic vs TaylorMade M2 2017 Irons

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Each Monday this month, we will be comparing iron models from the top manufacturers in the game. These comparisons are designed to give you the information you need while shopping for your next set.

We start with two of the hottest irons on the market for distance and forgiveness, the Callaway Epic irons and the TaylorMade M2 2017 irons. So, how do they stack up head to head? We take a deeper look at how the technology in each club sets it apart.

Callaway Epic vs TaylorMade M2 2017: Technology

Technology in both models help your game. One iron boasts new, break-through technology while the other improves on the previous generation. We begin with the former, Callaway’s Epic iron.

Callaway Epic Iron

The Callaway Epic irons start out with Callaway’s 360 Face Cup technology. The face wraps around the edges of the club before it’s welded to the back, creating a cup. This construction technique allows an increase in ball speed on shots across the face. In layman’s terms, off-center shots are penalized less (read forgiveness).

inside Epic irons

Callaway puts its Internal Standing Wave technology from its fairway woods inside the Epic irons. A tungsten-infused weighting in the sole of the irons resembles a wave. The position of the wave varies from club to club, optimizing the CG. The CG is low in the long irons and higher in the short irons, resulting in the best launch conditions. The body of the irons

An Exo-Cage chassis makes the body of the Epic irons stable. The chassis allows the face cup to flex as much as possible without sacrificing the integrity of the club. Does this idea sound familiar? It’s the same principal behind the Epic drivers. While there aren’t “jailbreak” bars in the irons, the Exo-cage still gives your shots the most ball speed and distance.

TaylorMade M2 2017 Irons

With the 2016 M2 irons, TaylorMade hit a proverbial home run in distance and shot height. For the M2 2017 irons, TaylorMade focused on lowering CG to improve forgiveness, sound, and feel.

The first change was the re-introduction of the face slots on long and mid irons, first featured in the RSI irons. These slots, like Callaway’s 360 Face Cup technology, allow for more ball speed and forgiveness across the face of the irons.

The face slots require some additional reinforcement. Therefore, some weight was saved elsewhere and moved for support. TaylorMade designers place sound ribs on the top line to save the weight. Besides the weight savings, the sound ribs improve the sound of the irons at impact. The geocoustic badge on the back of the M2 2017 irons also gives the club confidence-boosting sound.

taylormade m2 2017 irons

Returning in the M2 2017 irons is the speed pocket on the sole. The speed pocket helps shots hit below the center to still travel. Combining speed pocket technology with face slots give these clubs exceptional distance.

Finally, the hosel on the M2 2017 irons is fluted. Redesigned from 2016, the new hosel frees up more weight to lower the CG further. The lower CG launches the ball higher, giving your shots more carry and letting them land softer.

Summary of Callaway Epic vs TaylorMade M2 2017 Irons

Here is a quick overview of each iron:

Callaway Epic

  • 360 Face Cup Technology for ball speed and forgiveness across the face
  • Internal Standing Wave Technology optimizes CG in each iron for the best ball flight
  • Exo-Cage frame for stability and distance

TaylorMade M2 2017

  • Face slots and speed pocket on the sole give ball speed, distance, and forgiveness
  • Geocoustic badge on the back produces improved sound and feel
  • Sound ribs on the top line improve feel and sound. They also save weight to reinforce the face slots.
  • Fluted hosel shaves weight in order to lower CG

For more in-depth information on each iron, check out our Callaway Epic review and our TalylorMade M2 2017 review.

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