New gear: Taylormade
Rarely hit your long irons well? Taylormade has designed GAPR for you
Tiger used one at the Open, so what’s GAPR all about?
Tiger Woods is notoriously picky when it comes to using new cubs, even more so during a major week. So everyone was surprised when he put a new 2-iron in the bag at Carnoustie. Everyone, that is, except Taylormade.
They only unveiled the GAPR concept on the Monday of Open week, but Woods was already a convert. He chose the GAPR Lo – a players’ option to compliment the GAPR Mid and GAPR High.
Borne out of the idea that every golfer is missing out in the longer part of their set, Taylormade came up with GAPR to help players bridge that specific gap between their longest playable iron and shortest metalwood. Taylormade saw a majority of players aren’t comfortable hitting their 3, 4 and even 5 irons consistently well, or with any dependable accuracy, while finding their 5, 7 and 9 woods often difficult to control - leaving them with clubs that have very little use being in the bag. So they set out to engineer products that allow golfers to get the distance, carry and control needed to fill these gaps.
Tech features include Speed Foam, injected into the head to improve ball speed and sound, Speed Pockets to help the face flex more and an adjustable loft sleeve. A low centre of gravity in each club creates a hotter, higher launch for more distance and improved playability.
We got our hands on all three GAPR clubs at their launch at Carnoustie, and tested them (right).