Introducing the new PRGR EGG Series! New Driver, fairway woods, utilities, irons, and even golf balls are scheduled to release mid September. I have had demos for weeks now and have hit them we will be posting individual club reviews this and next week. Needless to say I was very impressed and know these will fit a wide segment of amateur players who prioritize distance, forgiveness and technology over all else.
PRGR has been doing the EGG series for many years known as super long, higher launching and forgiving golf clubs. PRGR as a brand really pushes the envelope when it comes to design beating to a different drum compared to other golf companies, they measure information differently and use unexpected solutions to solve problems for the player. From measuring grip speed over club head speed to using open faces on most of their clubs (measured differently) PRGR also seems to patent a lot of their technology and sometimes feature multiple patents in a single product. The parent co. of PRGR also known as Pro Gear in Japan is the Yokohama Rubber Co. They make tires, hoses, industrial materials for all types of craft. Follow the Jump to get a brief run down of of the new Egg 2017!
New PRGR Egg Irons – To say PRGR is at the cutting edge of golf technology would be an understatement year after year they continue to think outside of the box pushing the boundaries and trying things other company just don’t have the guts to, their latest releases are evidence of this with their 2 new irons the Egg Iron Red as seen in this blog post and the non conforming Super Egg Iron which I will review later.
At the heart of the new Egg Irons is it’s power groove structure, when the face meets the ball during impact it flexes and releases pushing off the face at a higher velocity, the front portion of the sole also flexes with the face as one making this a really unique design. High launch and low spin is the result. More photos and comments after the Jump…
PRGR 2015 Egg Fairway Wood – Based on the famous PRGR Egg 2nd generation the now 4th iteration of this popular fairway wood has taken technology to an entirely different level. PRGR has adopted a new CFRP carbon crown to reduce weight and lower the CG point compared to metal this CFRP crown also flexes to help get the ball higher with less spin. Ready for more pics and our take on the new Egg Spoon? Please follow the jump…
PRGR announced many new models today with a new GOLD / RED concept, Gold is non-conforming while RED is conforming besides that some specs vary such as face angle or lofts and swing weight The new Egg/Super Egg Driver is 460cc’s the conforming version has a 2* open face angle while the non conforming 1*, remember this is PRGR they like open faces and design their heads to produce a straight neutral launch these are not draw bias or fade bias even considering the open face angle. Here’s a big deal, a large OEM using DAT55G from Japan making me can’t wait to hit this one! Stay tuned for more info! Will be available in early October. Follow the Jump to read the rest of the line up.
Is this weird to you?
Don’t worry PRGR is known for pushing the envelope, for those not so familiar with PRGR aka (Pro Gear) it’s a JDM brand owned by the giant Yokohama Rubber co. PRGR was started back in 2001 (same as TSG) their first club was the TR speed titan followed by the PRGR Duo drivers. Just fantastic clubs back in the day ahead of the times with technology and style.
Very popular on TSG was the Egg series it’s been popular for years and still is today, The product that broke through to TSG members was the original Egg fairway wood. Not traditional by any means but it gets the job done and focuses on performance. Years later the Egg series is still going strong and in this blog post I’d like to introduce everyone to the newest member of the egg family the Egg 1 Driver.
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This is the 4th Generation PRGR Egg fairway wood and since it’s very first rendition we here at TSG have been big fans.
First kudo’s to Pro Gear (PRGR) for always thinking outside of the box, innovating and pushing the boundaries of design, I think the entire Egg series is a reflection of their willingness to take chances in order to gain improved performance.
Recently fairway woods with shallow faces have been getting more love than their deeper faced siblings and for those that need even the slightest help getting the ball airborne a shallow face depth does improve those chances, the first 2 PRGR Egg fairways were semi-shallow but over the years they have slowly evolved into deep faces yet with every ounce of weight pushed as low and close to the ground as possible.
This M.F.D technology morphs the face to expand and retract creating a powerful pop off the face with good timing. The sweet spot is very large especially on misses high or low of the CG. We have more pictures & review after the Jump, click Read More to continue…
When PRGR first announced their new egg Seven or as they write it sometimes egg7Seven driver, it turned quite a few heads. The concept of the egg Seven driver is built around a single loft option, yes you guessed it, 7 degrees of loft, and the promise of both great carry and run. PRGR or Pro Gear as we know them came out with a marketing campaign as folliows:
“Distance Only. Challengers Only.
egg Seven is a driver tha tmakes it abundantly clear who is able to
make the ball fly with it and who isn’t.
Test results show that golfers who can deliver higher head speeds and higher shots
tend to see improvements with their distance.
Its loft of 7 degrees is completely unbelievable for drivers.
Having said that, egg Seven embodies the dream and potential for unheard-of-carry”
Alright thats a pretty corny writeup by PRGR’s marketing group but it all sounds good. (^_^) We get the drift, the egg Seven is made for those who can swing fast enough to generate a good and healthy launch with a lower lofted driver. This is probably nothing new as many strong players opt for lower lofted drivers so what is different about the egg Seven?
Firstly the egg Seven does not have a compact and more traditional shape that you would expect in many low lofted better player models. The multi piece head which features a Ti-6Al-4V face and Ti-3AI-1Zr-1V-1Mo crown and sole (darn that is a lot of letters and numbers) is shallow back and a nice and c0mfortably large 460cc. PRGR has decided while this is a low lofted driver it doesn’t have to be a difficult driver. A MOI rating of 4,760g/cm2 is on the higher side meaning there is some forgiveness. Okay but lets be honest here, the first thing we mortal and average golfers will think is whoa, 7* that sounds very hard to hit but it does also sound very interesting. I showed a few of my neighbors who are of course all golfers and their eyes lit up and they immediately proclaimed “interesting… hmmmm”. Instead of standing around in front of my house and discussing how difficult it might be to hit we decided the only way was to get out to the driving range and hit it. So thats what we did.
But before heading out to the range I had already taken a look at PRGR’s concept page so I knew this driver was meant to be tee’ed up and and the ball struck on the upswing. I had looked at the specs and noticed that the CG of the driver is not very deep at all in fact its quite shallow at only 24.5mm from the face. This is interesting as typically larger MOI correlates with a deeper CG Point equaling more forgiveness or more gear effect on off center hits. Pro Gear notes that this 24.5mm placement is designed to increase tip activity due to the centrifugal force caused by the head. This in turn increases the launch angle.
Another thing very noticeable on the egg Seven is that bulge and roll seem very minimal especially roll which can play a factor in trajectory on balls hit high or low on the face. The egg Seven also has an interesting face shape, deeper than the shallow faced average golfer model eggbird and with a higher toe which gives it a sharper look and plays more into typical misses by better golfers which is high and low rather than the side to side misses from average golfers.
While the egg Seven is aimed at the faster swinger and better player, it doesn’t have the typical compact head shape that most athlete golfers prefer. In fact at address its clearly a bigger shallow back 460cc head. The good news is it doesn’t look overly large and the face is pretty much square. At address the loft or lack of it can look pretty intimidating and you can see there is less bulge. Another key factor of this head is the rather large gravity angle of 31*. This paired with the short gravity distance of 38mm and the 7* of loft is made to increase impact efficiency by squaring up the head to the ball more cleanly resulting in minimal energy loss. In other words, the egg Seven is designed to catch the ball flush, without any of those glancing blows we all dread.
PRGR also provided the above table of the egg Seven going head to head with another unamed 10* driver. The 10* driver is also a better player model with relatively short CG depth hence the pretty low launch for a 10*. They were tested by the same player and shafted with the same shaft built to the same specs. As you can see from the chart the egg seven launched lower, spun much lower carried further and ran more. All this talk about CG points, bulge and roll may mean nothing to the recreational golfer as the bottom line is how does the club perform in real life? To find out, I went withmy neighbor to our local driving range to test out the egg seven against our usual gamers. I brought along with me the Crazy CRZ460 10* with Royal Decoration SR,while my neighbors brought a Tourstage 703 Limited 9.5* with DI-6 Stiff. The egg Seven tester is of course 7* with stock egg shaft specifically designed for the egg seven in M-43 flex. For those of you who don’t know PRGR flexes, M-43 is rated for 43m/s or around 96mph which PRGR says is the minimum swing speed to see this clubs optimal performance. The stock shaft is specially designed to have a rather active tip which promotes launch angle with the 7* head. For faster than 100mph swingers, PRGR also offers the Fubuki K series 60 and 70 shafts.
We warmed up with our own drivers at the range which extends about 275 or so yards. There is a marker dead center around 220y where mortals like us usually target our drives. I usually hit my drives quite high and the CRZ460 is a high launcher. I swing around 88-90mph and a bit on the aggressive side. I was very excited about the prospects of lowering my ball flight though I did not have my hopes up as I don’t have the swing speed to match the drivers intended audience. It’s cold now in Japan at around 5-9C during the day which has sapped distance so with my Crazy driver I was carrying around 210 and rolling out to just past the marker around 225. When first setting up with the egg seven the face was so flat and the loft NOT very visible I felt concerned. I was ready to hit a low runner on the first swing. Luckily thanks to warming up properly I was able to launch the egg Seven though trajectory appeared to be half the height of my 10* Crazy. To my surprise it still carried out close to 200y and rolled further than my drive with the Crazy. The shaft was a bit stiff for me and the impact was a tad on the harder side, all indications that the club probably isn’t the best for a 90mph and lower swinger. I continued to swing away and the ball stayed very straight and low and just kept carrying out to 200y and running sometimes past 230!!
My playing partner had even better success. He swings right around 96mph, maybe a tad more with a bit of an aggressive transition so was a good candidate to test the egg Seven with stock shaft. With his Tourstage 703 Limited 9.5*, he was carrying it to about 220 and rolling it to around 240y with a nice boring flight. He grabbed the egg Seven and on his first drive hit a penetrating mid trajectory ball that carried beyond the 220 marker and rolled past the 250y mark. He just turned at me and smiled. He continued to do this having a few roll up to just under 260y. The 7* driver was launching lower than his 9.5* but carrying further and running more. At this point he began asking me how much the driver costs and how great it would be on a windy day. He was sold.
So a few things we learned from testing. The egg seven is not as difficult to launch as expected. Yes trajectory is low, it is 7* afterall, but it carries the equivalent of a 9-10* driver but runs much more. It’s rather straight as neither of us found it going left or right and the lack of bulge is probably playing a factor there in reducing side spin. The large gravity angle seemed to make squaring up quite easy which produced very good impact. It certainly does seem to benefit the faster swinger. I didn’t see a huge gain over the CRZ460 10*, it was more or less equal for me with a tad less carry and a bit more run but I swing below the speed this club is intended for. My playing parter saw better carry and better run than his Tourstage even with the obviously lower ball flight. Based on his results, I am very interested to see how a player with say 105-110mph would fare with this driver and the Fubuki K. For faster swinging players wanting a low launch without sacrificing much carry and wanting to gain lower spin and more run, the egg seven appears to be a very good option. If anything it is a very interesting option with a lot of potential. I began to think of what it would be like to experiment with a softer and lighter Crazy Royal Decoration in this head…. for a player like me, the 7* goes completely against conventional wisdom but whoever said we crazy golf enthusiasts are conventional. (^_^)
The egg Seven launches in March and we’ll have the pre order up soon in the pro shop.
My demo time is almost up with the new PRGR egg clubs for 2011 so I thought I’d share some final thoughts on the clubs after several range sessions and playing 2 rounds with them. Just to recap, Pro Gear’s egg line is their max distance and ease of use line designed for the average golfer. Even though the eggs target mid to higher handicappers and those average golfers, many lower handicappers and even pros have used egg clubs – especially the egg Spoon. Next Saturday, PRGR will begin shipping the new egg line for 2011 which includes the eggbird driver, the egg i+ utility and the New egg iron all of which I’ve spent about 10 days with.
The eggbird is full of potential
Its difficult to compare the eggbird driver with the original egg Impact driver as they are so different and have different purposes in mind. The new eggbird has a ton of potential. It’s very forgiving, easily launches the ball high and feels and sounds pretty good. It’s built for max carry and distance and increased swing speed and ease of use. It certainly does live up to what it boasts. My only gripe and this is a personal thing is that at 46.5″ (actually like many drivers today), its not that easy to square up to the sweet spot (which luckily is quite wide). Though if the club were any shorter then that would defeat the purpose of its design. The longer length is meant to increase swing speed after all. So when it comes to the egg drivers, if you have no troubles playing a longer length ie over 46″ driver and want more distance, and forgiveness, then the eggbird is your calling. If you struggle with control and hitting the sweet spot, and your primary goal is keeping it straight, the egg Impact is probably a better choice.
The surprising egg i+ Utility
The most surprising club for me might be the egg i+ hybrid. At first I thought, okay PRGR just made the long egg irons hybrids, but they are in fact quite different from the iron. The materials are different and while the concept of design is similar tweaks are made to indeed make the i+ a utility/rescue type club. The wider sole is great, in though lies and when you don’t have or cannot make your optimal swing, it is forgiving. The i+ sets up like an iron allowing pretty good accuracy but when you swing it and hit the ball its much more like a utility wood. Besides the different materials, the hollow face area actually has some pop to it. Hollow driving irons and hollow cavities can sometimes be accused of feeling dead or very muted. This is not the case for the egg i+ as the ball jumps off the face like hitting a titanium fairway wood only in this case, the i+ is maraging steel. Even though the face is quite shallow and the weight very low thanks to the huge sole, I found the trajectory of the 4+ 21* to be quite penetrating and strong, these egg i+ clubs will go and run. I am seriously considering one for my bag for the rest of the summer.
The New egg Iron
The New egg Iron is technically in its 4th iteration (if you count the egg forged) so the question is how much can it improve or change. Firstly, the iron does not quite have the same feel as the utility, it uses a different maraging material and the face is solid versus the hollow face of the i+. So while the New egg iron doesn’t feel like a traditional forged or sus iron, thats not to say it does not feel good, its just different. Its a feeling some people may have to get used to. Performance wise there is no denying that its easy to hit high and far thanks to its design. Longer lengths, stronger lofts, huge cavity and very low weighting all make for an ultra forgiving iron with unmatched distance. PRGR touts its New egg iron as the 150 yard 9 iron clubs. I could not quite hit the 9 iron to 150 yards (around 145 for me) but nevertheless the performance is quite amazing. If you don’t mind a unique feel and want maximum distance and ease of use, there are not many irons that can keep up with the New egg iron. So back to my question, is the New egg iron an improvement over the egg II? It is just as good if not better but for those with the egg II already it may not be a noticeable upgrade. For those new to egg irons, the New egg Iron is the way to go.
The Legendary Spoon…
I’ve actually had my egg Spoon demo for nearly a year so while its not part of the new 2011 lineup – it is still a current model – I thought I would throw it in here anyway. It is still one of the most unique clubs on the market and yes it does make a swoosh sound like a katana sword when you swing thanks to its aerodynamic design. But the bottom line is the egg is easy to hit long and straight and its distance is always top of the class which is why it is favored not only by average golfers but even top pros on the Japanese tour. A fairway wood that rivals your driver in distance is what the Spoon is touted as and it certainly lives up to that reputation. Many customers of TSG game the Spoon and were very happy with the feel and sound changes of this latest generation. If there was any one quirk that people looked at negatively it may be that the Spoon’s face is almost too shallow making it more difficult, or dangerous for that matter, to tee off with. However the egg Spoon is still a monster off the deck and for those needing super long second shots, there aren’t many fairway woods that can match it distance wise.
Pro Gear has done a great job at evolving what is already one of the most radically designed and high tech lineups in golf with the egg line. They’ve gone far enough that an average golfer could build a bag filled with egg clubs and be quite happy with its ease of use and performance. Afterall the bottom line is hitting it straight and long which makes golf a lot more fun. PRGR’s egg line will certainly help you do that. I’ll be getting the pre orders for the new eggs up in the pro shop this weekend. I sure wish I could keep the demos for a whole year. (^_^)
PRGR has begun teasing the public with ads for their new egg lineup including 3 new models for 2011 Summer. PRGR will release a new eggbrid driver, egg i+ hybrid and New egg irons. The eggbird (yes the name is odd!) stands for egg hybrid driver which will be designed for those who want an ultralight distance driver – fly like a bird. Unlike the former egg Impact driver which was 43.5″, the new eggbird will be 46 and 46.5″ and ULTRA light at around 260g. They seem to have broken up the egg iron line and released the longer irons in a redesigned form as the new i+ hybrids which will be a very shallow faced iron like hybrid made from maraging and stainless steel. The New egg iron replaces the egg II irons and will once again feature ultra strong lofts and maximum ease of use in its continuing reign as the longest hitting irons in golf. As always the PRGR egg is leading the class in ease of use and distance and we don’t expect any different from the new models.
The new egg lineup is released on August 6th so please look for the pre order in the pro shop soon!
We don’t typically review US Market gear let alone carry them on TSG. The skewed market here in Japan and exchange rate factor make pricing of US market release clubs very unbalanced. Of course Japan gets all the US models plus all their own brands and JDM only models from US brands. Some of the US model releases even have varied specs and options in Japan that differ from the US. A few weeks ago I had requested demos of the new Titleist VG3c driver and VG3 fairway woods. Since they weren’t coming out for another month, Titleist Japan sent over their new 910 series of clubs.
I decided instead of letting the clubs sit there I’d compare their 910F to the egg Spoon. Why? I thought it would be interesting to compare tradition which Titleist is known for, to unorthodox, which most people consider the egg Spoon. The Titleist 910F is compact, pear shaped and has a mid to deep face and high back. While its shape screams traditional as we all know the 910’s are Titleist’s most advanced clubs yet featuring their Sure Fit technology. The 910F while maintaining the classic shape uses weighting to create an easy launch off the ground not unlike the ultra sleek and shallow egg Spoon. So more than anything, this was kind of a fun post at making a visual comparison between the two. I’ll game the 910F this week but based on its design its probably a balanced and stable control FW unlike the Spoon whose primary role is a distance beast that scares your own driver.
The egg Spoon is not a huge club at under 160cc however the way it is designed makes it look larger at address. When you look at the face profile straight on though, its not any bigger than the 910F and its certainly much shallower. This is one of the reasons why the Spoon is a considered one of the easiest fairway woods to launch in the air. While the Spoon is more upright, it features a V sole which allows you to drop your hands, flatten the lie and still pure the ball. The 910F has a very nice looking black satin face. It’s the kind of deeper face you can use to tee off with confidence. The egg is a monster off the tee but you need to be careful with your tee height due to the very low face.
The original egg Spoon took a book out of the Cleveland Golf’s pages and features a similar taper back to the Hi-Bore. The new egg Spoon took it a step further and literally scooped out the back. There pretty much is no crown which is why PRGR is able to spread the weight so low and far back. On the other hand, the 910F on the left still looks classic though it does taper back a bit towards the rear. It achieves its low CG through weighting placed towards the back region of the sole. It is this scooped out back of the egg Spoon that gives it that aerodynamic SWOOOSH when you swing it. Some customers have said it sounds like a samurai’s katana sword cutting through the air.
There can be two trains of thought when looking at the both clubs side by side at address. One, is that the egg Spoon is too weird looking, especially next to the classic pear shape of the 910F or… Two that the egg Spoon provides confidence at address and the scooped out back actually acts as an alignment tool, framing the ball as PRGR designed it to do. You can’t go wrong with the 910F’s looks, traditionalists will love it while higher handicappers may shy away with the perception that it is harder to hit.
I did quickly hit a few balls down the street at our range with the 910F and I thought it felt and sounded pretty good, surprisingly similar to the egg Spoon. The new egg Spoon was a huge improvement over the first generation model in both feel and sound as you can see, well actually hear in the video I made a few months ago in this post. It still amazes me that with head design like what the egg Spoon has that PRGR was able to improve both feel and sound. I guess its a credit to PRGR for listening to its customers and sticking with top notch premium materials to get it done.
Overall it was fun to take pics of the two clubs side by side. I just kept saying to myself, wow what a difference in looks. The 910F is pretty much the same club in Japan as it is in the US. The only difference is that the shafts are NOT “Made for Titleist” versions but the actual top grade aftermarket shafts installed. The 910F comes with the Diamana ahina 60 and 70, ATTAS T2 6 and 7, and the Tour AD DJ-6 and 7. Just something a little different to distinguish it from the US market model like the way Titleist Japan offers the AP2 Forged with milling marks on the face in Japan for more spin (if I’m not mistaken the US model doesn’t have the milled face). So in case people are wondering we can get all the clubs that are US models with JDM shafts from the manufacturers here. Just because something is not listed in the pro shop doesn’t mean we can’t get it. All you have to do is ask as we have access to everything.
Off to Katsura tomorrow with both the 910F, 910H and egg Spoon in the bag… all just for fun. (^_^)