Titleist releases new T100 irons plus U•505 utility club to Tour pros

Information on the clubs was not made available, but Titleist's new irons will be available to PGA Tour players this week.

Titleist releases new T100 irons plus U•505 utility club to Tour pros

SAN DIEGO – About 12 hours after the 121st U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Titleist announced Monday that it is bringing three new irons to this week’s PGA Tour event, the Travelers Championship, and making them available for staff players to use. Another new iron will join the lineup on Tour soon.

Titleist did not provide specifications or details about the irons, and they are not yet available at retail. But if history is a guide, the new T100 and T100S are designed for accomplished golfers who want a compact head and who put a premium on control.

The original T100 irons are currently used by several top pros, including Jordan Spieth and Will Zalatoris. They feature large internal pieces of tungsten in the heel and toe areas to increase stability without making the heads larger.

The T100S was released after the original T100, and the S stands for strong. These clubs have slightly stronger lofts to provide golfers with more distance. By making the lofts slightly lower, Titleist can provide golfers with extra yards without changing the bounce or sole configuration, so the clubs work through the turf just as efficiently.

The U505 appears to be the largest of the new irons, and U likely stands for utility iron. Titleist also used to reserve the 500 number series for clubs designated as utility irons. Like the other irons, Titleist’s utility clubs typically have had forged faces for increased ball speed, along with large internal pieces of tungsten in the heel and toe for stability.

The T200 irons will arrive on Tour in the weeks ahead, Titleist said. The original T200 is a game-improvement club that is slightly larger than the T100. The first T200 featured a Max Impact system, which is a piece of silicone polymer behind the SUP-10 stainless steel face. It was affixed inside the head by a screw that could be seen on the back of the club. The updated T200 appears to lack the screw.

Golfweek will be on-site at the Travelers Championship beginning Tuesday and will post in-hand photos of the new clubs.

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The Travers has also historically given sponsor exemptions to promising young players who turn pro.

Two years ago, Matthew Wolff, Collin Morikawa and Victor Hovland all played at TPC River Highlands on sponsor exemptions.

Since 2007, Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Kyle Stanley, Morgan Hoffmann and Patrick Cantlay also received sponsor exemptions as young pros.

This year, Brooks Koepka’s brother, Chase, will be in the field thanks to a sponsor exemption. Chase was scheduled to play last year’s event, but he and Brooks both withdrew out of an abundance of caution after Brooks Keopka’s caddie, Ricky Elliott, tested positive for COVID-19. Brooks Koepka is also scheduled to play this year at TPC River Highlands.

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In March, the Travelers re-upped as title sponsor for another nine years through 2030. Since it became the title sponsor in 2007, the tournament has generated more than $20 million for nearly 800 nonprofits.

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