TaylorMade Project A and Project S Golf Balls: Uncommon Performance For Everyday Golfers

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TaylorMade’s TP5 and TP5x golf balls have been extremely popular among tour players and better amateurs. However, average players don’t get the full benefit of the performance features of TP5 golf ball line. With this in mind, TaylorMade introduces an updated Project (a) and brand new Project (s) golf balls. Each golf ball has unique features that deliver tour-level performance in a package that suits everyday golfers better.

Project A and Project S Golf Balls:

Project (a)

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Originally introduced in 2014, the Project (a) golf ball gives golfers Tour-level performance in a 3 piece ball, at an attractive price point. Its biggest attribute is the cast Urethane cover, the same material used on 4 and 5-piece golf balls for more spin. The lower compression and softer feel also gave the ball better feel for golfers with slower swing speeds.

New for 2018, a Dual Distance core and new 322LDP dimple pattern combine to increase driver and long iron distance while maintaining superb greenside control and feel.

The dimple pattern is the same as what’s on the TP5 and TP5x, creating less drag for more speed and distance. A larger, softer inner core produces less spin with the driver and long irons while providing excellent feel. The outer core is stiffer and increases rebound and velocity. It also aids in creating spin around the greens by improving pinching of the soft urethane cover between the clubface.

Project (s)

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The Project (s) is a 2-piece ball that offers an even softer feel without sacrificing distance. That means golfers no longer have to choose between soft feel and distance. The Project (s) comes in with a compression of 60, 10 less than the Project (a), providing that super soft feel.

The outer core is a softer-resilient polymer that improves feel and control around the green. The ionomer cover of the Project (s) has a 342LDP dimple pattern, reducing drag in conjunction with the lower spin construction.

This quote from Eric Loper, TaylorMade’s Director of R&D Golf Balls sums up the Project (s) nicely:

“The new multilayer design incorporates a softer yet resilient dual distance core that maximizes distance and enables us to utilize a softer ionomer cover for soft feel and great control. We are eliminating the need for a golfer to choose between distance and feel in this category. The new Project (s) provides both softer feel AND distance.”

Eric Loper, Director R&D Golf Balls

Quick Review of the Project A and Project S Golf Balls

Project (a)

  • 3-piece golf ball with Urethane cover
  • Low Spin on driver and long iron shots
  • More spin and soft feel on shots around the green
  • Same 322LDP dimple pattern as the TP5 andTP5x golf balls

Project (s)

  • 2-piece ball with an ionomer cover
  • Lower compression (60) than the Project (a)
  • 342LDP dimple pattern reduces drag for distance
  • Gives you soft feel AND distance

The Project (a) and Project (s) golf balls have a price tag that’s very attractive to the golfer on a budget looking for top performance and feel.  The Project (a) is available in gloss white or yellow and the Project (s) comes in gloss white, matte yellow, and matte orange (below).

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Hollow PING G700 Irons Not Empty On Performance


PING G700 irons bring a hollow design, fast face, distance iron to the company’s lineup for the first time. PING isn’t the only company to release a hollow iron. However, there are some interesting differences between the PING and other offerings in this category. This review highlights the technology and what sets PING G700 irons apart.

PING G700 Irons

Technology

PING G700 Irons hollow body

The G700 irons feature a mid-sized, hollow head consisting of a 17-4 stainless steel body. The reason for having a hollow-headed iron is to increase ball speed. The face flexes more at impact and that spring-like motion increases the COR (energy transfer to the golf ball). That extra energy means more ball speed.

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Also helping boost ball speed is a thin C300 Maraging Steel face, just like what is used in the G400 fairway wood. C300 maraging steel is a very strong alloy that flexes twice as much as other metals.

Differences From Other Hollow Irons

A major difference from other hollow irons is the G700 irons don’t have any material pumped into the hollow head cavity. This is done by others to lessen the bouncing of sound waves inside the cavity in an effort to improve the sound to a more traditional “click”.  Especially in the long irons, the G700 gives a little hollow ring at impact that’s louder than normal but not necessarily in a bad way.

Lofts

Lofts for the G700 irons are slightly stronger, with a 6-iron loft at 26 degrees. The faster face sends the ball higher and height control is needed. If you really want to crank up the distance, the irons can be ordered in the “Power Spec” option. Lofts are strengthened 1.5-2 degrees stronger to maximize distance.

Looks

PING G700 Iron Address

One of the nicest things about these irons is the clean design that results in a larger head that doesn’t look like a “shovel on a stick”.  They actually have a rather compact, simple look at address with a slightly thicker top line.

Final Words on PING G700 Irons

The PING G700 irons are well worth considering if you are in the market for an iron that maximizes distance and forgiveness. As always, be sure to get properly fit to get the best setup for your game.

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Cobra KING Forged TEC Black Irons: Back In Black

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After a little time away, Cobra brings back the KING Forged TEC iron, this time in a sleek black finish. The Cobra KING Forged TEC Black irons are perfect for the low-to-mid handicap player looking for some distance and forgiveness. The changes to these irons go beyond the looks. We peel back the outer layer and show you the inner “beauty” of these irons.

Cobra KING Forged TEC Black Irons

On the Surface

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As mentioned above, the obvious change to the KING Forged TEC Black irons is the finish. Cobra uses Diamondized Black Metal (DMB) technology to give the irons a black finish that’s durable and doesn’t give off a glare. The black color gives the club head a smaller, compact look at address, appealing to better players.

The color extends beyond the club head too. The stock True Temper AMT Tour White shaft comes with a black PVD finish. In graphite, the stock UST Recoil 780 ES SmacWrap shaft has a matte black finish. More on these shafts shortly.

The top line is moderately thin, aided by the black finish. There is also just the right amount of offset that appeals to mid-handicap players and won’t scare away the low-handicap players.

What’s on the Inside that Counts?

Fresh Face

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The original KING Forged TEC irons had a J15 high-strength steel face. This steel lowered the CG and gave the clubs high launch with low spin. Looking for improvements, Cobra switched to using a forged 4140 Chromoly Steel face in the KING Forged TEC Black irons. This steel is more wear resistant and durable, keeping the black finish longer. Chromoly steel is also stronger than the J15 steel. This let designers forge the face thinner, giving more ball speed and distance across the face.

Looks Good, Feels Good

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A new carbon composite badge on the back of the KING Forged TEC Black irons dampens vibrations at impact. The resulting soft, solid feel lets you know when you’ve flushed it while still providing feedback on misses. Better players use that feedback to detect and make adjustments.

Also adding to the feel are tungsten weights in the heel and toe of each iron. The weights keep the CG low and centered so your good shots feel even better. The weights also increase the forgiveness by placing more weight on the outside of the club.

Get Connected, Go Lower

The final major change of the KING Forged TEC Black irons is the inclusion of Cobra Connect, powered by Arccos. Cobra fans are familiar with this technology offered in the KING F7 and KING F8 drivers (also the KING F8 fairway woods and hybrids). Paired with the Arccos app, it tracks average distance, accuracy, GPS and more. This is now extended to the rest of your bag.

When you buy a set of these irons, the irons will have the sensors built into the grip. You’ll also get sensors for the rest of the clubs in your bag (woods, wedges, and putters) and a 1-year subscription to Arccos 360 valued at $250. With the insight gained from using Arccos 360, you can highlight your strengths and pinpoint the weaknesses so you can lower your score. According to Arccos, users of Arccos 360 “improved their handicaps 36.4 times faster than the average golfer.”

Stock Options and Specs of the Cobra KING Forged TEC Black Irons

As mentioned above, the stock shafts are the True Temper AMT Tour White (steel) and UST Recoil 760/780 ES SmacWrap (graphite). The AMT has a lower launch and spin. The weight of these shafts increases as the clubs get shorter. This makes it easier to hit the long irons and gives more control when using the short irons.

The Recoil shaft has mid-launch, mid-spin properties. The chart below gives more details about the shafts and shows loft, lies, etc. of each available club.

Note: These irons are available in traditional lengths as well as One Length, where each club is the length of a 7-iron.

KING Forged TEC Black stock specs

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