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  1. From GD -- Streels is putting the Triton in play on Tour this weekend. What I found most interesting from the article: in 10 years Streelman has only had one driver contract for about half a season. How does a PGA Tour player put a driver in play designed by an armchair engineer? Very carefully... Kevin Streelman, who was a judge on Wilson Golf's Driver Vs. Driver television show is going to put the winning Triton DVD driver in play this week at the PGA Tour's CareerBuilder Challenge. In speaking with Streelman about the decision he made two things very clear: This was not a kneejerk decision and he's not contractually bound to do it. “Dead honest—I'm not getting any bonus and haven't signed anything contractual to play this club,” said Streelman, who does have an endorsement contract with Wilson, but it does not include the driver. “I love to support Wilson and the company, but for me to switch to this club it had to be as good if not better than what I was using before. I know some people will be saying, ‘Oh, he's getting paid a lot of money to switch' but that's not the case.” While it would be easy to raise an eyebrow to that statement, consider Streelman has played 10 years on the PGA Tour and only had a driver contract for half of one season. He has essentially used two drivers for the last six seasons. It's not an easy club to get in Streelman's bag. “I'm very particular about my driver,” said Streelman, a winner of two PGA Tour events. “It's the best club in my bag year to year. I've been top 20, 30 in driving most every year I've been on tour [he's been in the top 26 in strokes gained/driving three of the last four years]. I was all about being fun and supportive during the design process, but once I had a prototype to hit, I was going to be their toughest critic.” Now 38, Streelman knows he needs to find the right launch angle to spin ratio in order to keep up with the Justin Thomas' of the world. ShotLink shows Streelman's numbers at a shade over 11 degrees launch and 2,554 spin. Not bad, but not ideal. “Triton is high launch and low spin which for me is very exciting because I tend to have a spinnier ball flight,” noted Streelman. “I'm excited to see my swing launch it at 12 to 13 degrees with 2,200 to 2,300 rpms of spin. Before when I got that high on launch the spin was closer to 3,000. That difference can equate to 20 to 30 yards of roll on the firm fairways of the PGA Tour.” Streelman's testing process involves a significant amount of time on TrackMan gathering data using clubs built to specific specs. “Whenever a company wants me to try a club I say ‘it has to be this length; this shaft, tipped this amount, with this grip.' Basically I want to compare apples to apples,” said Streelman. After gathering his data from TrackMan, Streelman then goes on course. “You play practice rounds or money matches with it and it's amazing what you'll see on the golf course that you don't see on a range,” he said. “That's because we play at a different speed on the course. There's a different intention of the shot. There's the nerve factor. You have to play with some pressure to see how it truly performs. Then I'll take it to maybe a pro-am, then give it a shot in a tournament. That's how I do my business. It's critical to get it right and I'm a harsh critic. It's my livelihood and that of my family on the line. It has to be right.” Part of getting it right was arriving at the final setup. After extensive testing at his home course of Whisper Rock as well as TPC Scottsdale, Streelman arrived at a 9 degree clubhead with the loft setting at neutral. The adjustable sole plate is the lighter, 9-gram carbon fiber version (which Streelman says also helped reduce spin) and the weights are 6 grams in the heel, 6 grams in the back and 2 grams in the toe. The final piece was the shaft. “At first I struggled with it because we kept trying to build it to the same spec as my Ping G30, which I have used for three years now,” Streelman said. “I kept trying my Aldila Rogue shaft but it didn't feel right in the Triton. Then we tried some different shafts and one, the blue Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited, clicked. I was seeing the ball flight I wanted with the lower spin.” All of which, along with taking some of ex-Chicago Bear and fellow Driver vs. Driver judge Brian Urlacher's money at Whisper Rock, has Streelman confident enough to put it in play in PGA Tour competition. “I'm really excited to see what this driver can do under tournament conditions,” said Streelman. “I had a great start in the fall and I hope this thing makes it in the bag all year and I win multiple times with it. You can't predict what the future will hold, but it'll be in the bag this week so we'll see.”
  2. Went into the local Edwin Watts to waste some time and ended up giving the new Wilson Triton a go. I've been reading the lot of usual complaints (alignment strip, noise, shape, etc) and while I share in a lot of those sentiments I'm usually not one who cares as long as something works. The Triton works.... At least it did for me compared to everything else I hit while getting fitted. This isn't a review as I haven't had it out on the course yet but I wanted to at least share some thoughts. I currently play to a 1.7 Handicap and swing between 100-105 mph. I hit the ball pretty straight and putting is usually where I lose strokes. If you read the review MGS put on the main blog page it sums up my experience with the driver perfectly. It had the lowest spin out of anything I put up against it except for the M1 430. I currently have an M1 430 but have found if I hit it high on the toe or come too far from the inside the spin can be too low and the ball drops out of the sky. The highest spin number I got with the Triton was around 2300 RPM. I also recorded the highest ballspeed and swing speed out of any club I tried during my test. As some have mentioned the sound is a little loud but I only found this to be the case if you hit hard range ball type golf balls (ie hard). When hitting a normal Pro V1 or Taylormade Project (a) the sound was fine, even in the indoors fitting area. Being a clubmaker, however, the Triton is my dream club. I can take the entire club completely apart and essentially re-build it however I want. Thus I unscrewed the titanium sole plate (this gave me better numbers than the carbon fiber) and added about 4 grams of hot melt directly below the face. The clubhead without the sole plate, weight screws and adapter comes in at 160 grams. It now weighs 164 after the hotmelt. I am playing a 6 gram in the toe and (2) 2 gram weights in the back and heel weight ports. Once I got everything put back together I ripped off the Wilson stock grip (basic Lamkin black Crossline) and cut 1/2" off the Aldila Rogue 125 shaft. This brought the club to about 45.25" long once I installed a GolfPride Tour Z cord grip. Now that everything is back together it's playing right at D3 swingweight. Bouncing a ball off the clubface I can immediately hear a difference in the sound/feel. I can't wait to get out and hit some full swings to compare the new sound. Anyways, enjoy a few other pictures below.
  3. Well ain't that a kick in the head... The 9* model is good to go, but apparently there's an issue with the others. Hmmmmm..... More info to follow. Wilson Triton drivers ruled nonconforming by USGA By Martin Kaufmann 55 mins ago Share Tweet Email Print (Wilson) The U.S. Golf Association has ruled that Wilson Golf's new Triton driver, which has been on sale since Nov. 25, is nonconforming under the Rules of Golf. “The Wilson Staff Triton DVD with the 9-degree loft is listed on the conforming list,” USGA spokeswoman Janeen Driscoll said Dec. 12. “All other submissions of the Triton clubs were determined to be nonconforming to the Rules of Golf.” The USGA would not specify the reason the club was ruled nonconforming. A retail source said a Wilson employee indicated there was a problem with the Triton's soleplate. The Triton was the winning product in the Golf Channel reality series “Driver vs. Driver.” The series finale aired Nov. 22, with winning designer Eric Sillies of Cincinnati collecting the $500,000 first prize. RELATED COVERAGE Wilson Staff Triton Driver Driver error: Wilson Triton weeks away from USGA approval On Dec. 5, the USGA placed one 9-degree Triton driver on its list of conforming clubs, apparently for use by one of its PGA Tour players. In a TV ad for the Triton, Wilson endorser Kevin Streelman says, “It's in my bag, and it should be in yours.” Streelman could not use the club in competition until it was placed on the USGA's list of conforming equipment. The USGA's approval of that one driver did not extend to the thousands of Triton drivers currently available at retail for $450. Those clubs remain nonconforming, meaning they cannot be played in rounds used for handicap purposes or in tournaments governed by USGA rules. Wilson hoped that the Triton would make a big splash during the holiday selling season and promoted the club with demo days that have run at dozens of shops and golf courses across the country. Retailers contacted by Golfweek in the days following the Triton's retail launch were unaware the driver was not on USGA's list of conforming clubs. Had retailers and consumers been aware that the Triton is nonconforming, it effectively would have killed sales. Tim Clarke, president of Wilson Golf, said in a Nov. 26 interview with Golfweek that his company met with the USGA on Nov. 21 to discuss the Triton, but that a decision was weeks away. He said the tight timelines of “Driver vs. Driver” prevented the company from delivering Triton samples to the USGA in time to get a ruling prior to the holiday selling season. So Wilson gambled and went forward with the retail launch. “When you're doing something that has not been done, you're taking calculated risks,” Clarke said. “Make no mistake, our intention was to have a ruling before the driver (hit retail).” There was some indication the USGA wanted to expedite the review process because of concerns it would face criticism. The USGA sometimes has fought the perception that it is not receptive to equipment innovations. Retailers contacted by Golfweek during the holiday weekend were unaware that the Triton is a nonconforming product. Products that are nonconforming are difficult to sell because they cannot be used in competition or for rounds used for handicap purposes.
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