True Tempered Farmers Middle Column Dynamic Gold Round Edition introduces

The Dynamic Gold Round Mid Edition produces a higher peak height (10-15 feet) than the original.

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SAN DIEGO – The introduction of low-spin golf balls made it easier for the pros to chase extra distance in the driver. But what happens when you don’t want a low shot and spin iron?

True Temper’s solution to the problem is to design a new prototype for a dynamic medium gold round version that was introduced to players for the first time at the Farmers Insurance Open. (Currently, only 50 sets are available for testing, plus a few 6 iron poles for demos.)

“A lot of that was dependent on the design of the ball today,” said Paul Lugering, Tour Director for True Timbers. “So the high speed guy doesn’t want to give up his high launch, low spin with the woods, so they have that void with how to fix it.”

The Tips section has been made more lively in the middle of the Dynamic Gold Tour edition.

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This isn’t the first time True Temperer has made a top-of-the-line product. The Elevate Tour was designed to generate similar firing characteristics, but the lighter overall weight made it difficult to get into professional hands.

“The easiest way to increase the launch is to shed the extra pounds, but at 120 grams, most guys here would say it’s too light,” said Don Brown, Vice President of Marketing and Innovation at True Temper.

Rather than stripping the weight from the shaft, the midsection was reinforced and the taper rate changed in the tip section to induce a higher firing. According to Brown, golfers will see approximately 10-15 feet of additional peak height with the same weight (130 grams) as the original version of the X100 Dynamic Gold Tour.

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“It’s gradual, more running and more spin, but you put those two things together, and the ball gets up in the air and goes down much steeper,” Brown said.

True Temper spent the past year developing the Dynamic Gold Tour Mid X100 Edition and went through five different prototypes before landing on the pro version — a number that might seem light until you realize the effort involved in creating a single steel prototype.

“Five different versions don’t seem like a lot,” Brown said. “But think of it this way: When you’re talking about a graphite shaft, you can make a copy in a couple of days and you’ll be out. It’s six weeks from start to finish on a steel prototype. So for those five, it’s half a year.”

The Dynamic Gold Mid X100 Tour Edition is a touring-only product at the moment, but depending on how it performs on the Tour, there’s a chance it could make its way to retail later this year.

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Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and Managing Editor of Equipment at GOLF.com. Before joining the cast at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour.

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