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GolfWRX new Cameron Tour Rat is in the house!

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I ordered this baby more than six months ago, and was beyond excited when I just got word that the Scotty Cameron Putter Studio had finished it and sent me the photos.

I’m a collector of fine golf equipment, but mostly iron sets. I have what I consider a small collection of five or six Cameron putters — nothing like the real putter collectors who can have rooms of putters that are worth small fortunes.

For those that might not be aware of the Cameron collector community, it is a community of collectors that buy, sell and collect rare “Garage” or one-off Camerons. Click HERE to see an article we did at the PGA Show this year that shows some of the rare, one-of-a-kind putters.

Full disclosure: I worked through Rand Pallis, owner of TheArtofPutters.com, to work with Scotty Cameron and the Cameron Studio to build this one off putter. GolfWRX bought this putter for full price with no discounts.

By the way, if you ever get an opportunity to meet Rand you are in for a treat. He is one of the nicest guys you will every meet — a historian of the game with an infectious passion for golf. He was patient answering all my novice questions, just like he did when I ordered previous putters from him in the last 10 years.

While this process always takes a long time — up to 9 months between the order and receipt — I was happy to wait. The Putter Studio must think a lot of WRX to allow the custom stampings on a machine milled putter. According to Rand, even he hasn’t been allowed to get stamps on a Tour Rat other than initials on the toe.

Click here to see more photos and read the discussion in the forums

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Above: A photo of my new Cameron putter

Since the putter is machine engraved, Cameron usually prefers not to put any hand stamps on them. We have seen tour players with them, but not a lot on the open market.

I asked for a “W” “R” “X ” in the center of the black bombs, but instead I got “T” “R” “A.” “RA” is my initials, and thought they might look good on the toe bumper on the cavity side. I am wondering what the “T” is for and Rand is asking Scotty now.

Click here to see more photos and read the discussion in the forums

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“WRX” is on the left bumper, and three Circle T’s are on the toe bumper. Nice touch! The “Rat Stamp” (on the face of the putter near the toe) is a tour-only stamping that is very rare.

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For Cameron collectors, this putter would be completely over the top. But for us gearheads at GolfWRX, it is the art of putters. We love these things! Rare Rat stamps, three circle T’s hand stamped, WRX on the bumper and the TRA on the bombs make this a bomb.

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Special, rare, tour-only products give a tool like this a special place in our bags or collections. It makes us feel as if the tool is special in some way and using it in the game we love adds a bit more vitality or pizazz to the stroke.

Click here to see more photos and read the discussion in the forums

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I asked for a blacked out, or “murdered” putter for my personal taste. The black “bombs” and paint fill on the putter is what Scotty Cameron calls Jet Setter, and according to Rand Pallis is very popular right now.

Here are pictures of Rocco Mediate’s putter, who Rand says is the only other golfer to received a “Tour Rat” stamping on the toe of a Cameron putter (click the photos below to expand). The “Circle T” on the cavity toe bumper is the same, but mine has the Circle T with the Jet Setter paint fill.

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This putter will soon be here and I will follow up with some more photos.

Click here to see more photos and read the discussion in the forums

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Richard Audi is the Founder and President of GolfWRX.com. Along with his responsibilities on GolfWRX he oversees the operations of Roundhouse Network (Digital Media Development Company) and The Oakwood Group (Automotive Innovation Manufacturing Company). He is an avid golfer living in Michigan. In 2005 Founded GolfWRX with a mission is to provide the best un-bias golf news and the ultimate social platform on the web for golfers. Not to just cover equipment buzz but the people in the industry that inspire us. GolfWRX is built to deliver fast, comprehensive news, in-depth feature stories and reviews that bridge the gap between criticism and buying advice. The site is powered by a team of close staff and friends (Reid "pitbull808", Rob, Ben "action jackson", Ryan, Zak, Greg "ironman", Aaron, Johnny, Matt, Steve, Todd, Geo, George, Ryan, Carlo, Jonathan, Scott, Zach the TMag freak, Wyatt, Phil, Joe the Ho) and then over 1.5 million gear-heads every month that share the passion for the best game in the world.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Joe

    Jan 3, 2014 at 1:20 am

    While I love most Titleist stuff, and they obviously command a larger ticket, but none are more overrated than Cameron putters. I’ll be just fine with my Metal X Odyssey, thank you.

  2. Mike M

    Jan 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    i love your putter ! really awesome

  3. Todd

    Dec 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

    No more 3-putts, right? ; ) Nice putter!

  4. JEFF I

    Jun 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I think the T is for TOOL!

  5. Rich

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Hey, That’s my nickname!

  6. Nelson Feliciano

    Jun 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Considering it is a tour RAT, It would have been cool if they started with your initials RA and then put the circle T on the third bomb which would spell RAT for ya.

    • Jack

      Jun 4, 2013 at 4:35 am

      Now that’s some quick thinking!

    • midtee9

      Jun 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

      I agree….he has to get rid of that proto and get the correct one produced.

  7. Sean

    Jun 3, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I really like it. I think the all black look is terrific, which I’m partial too.

  8. R

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I’d take out a life insurance policy in your name for that beauty

  9. Deck

    Jun 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Looks great!!! Let us know what the T means. I was thinking Tour but that isn’t the normal stamp for that is it?

  10. Brian

    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I think it looks cheap! Give me your paypal address and I will take it off your hands for $1000.00 I’ll be waiting… Sweet Putter!

  11. KCCO

    Jun 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Very nice!

  12. SYP

    Jun 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    What finish is that?

  13. Mike

    Jun 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Absolutely stunning!

  14. Greg Moore - PGA

    Jun 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    The putter looks great Richard!

    • Ben

      Jun 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      I believe the “T” on the back left black bomb is a Cameron Circle T. Probably put it in as a place filler so it wasn’t left blank.

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Wunder: I’ve hit THESE new drivers this year…and this is what I think

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During this lockdown, I have done quite a few “Friday Q & A’s” on my IG, and one of the questions I get asked constantly is “have you hit this?” That, and “whaddya think?”

So, in the spirit of organizing my brain, it seemed like the right time to share what new drivers I have actually hit this year…and this is what I think.

Now, it needs to be said that there is a lot of new gear out there, but, to be honest, I’ve only actually hit a select few enough to actually build an opinion. “Enough” in this case is at least 20 balls. Some of these sticks I tested during our pre-launch preview with the OEMs, at the PGA show, a friend has one, or I actually have it in the bag.

Here we go.

TaylorMade SIM

Setup tested: SIM 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: The best way to describe how SIM looks behind the ball is “comfortable.” TaylorMade has always made drivers that just look correct. The lines are clean, the shape inspires playability, and I dig the paint job. They hit a home run with this one for sure.

FEEL: Best sound out there in my opinion. Heavy, dense, and if you get one dead-nuts center, it lets you know. The feel at contact is just as TaylorMade drivers have always done, center strikes feel like Thor’s hammer and mishits don’t kill your good vibes.

VS THE M5: I get asked this a lot. I loved the M5. Still do. To be honest the two drivers data wise were legit apples to apples. The only difference is my stock shot with M5 was a low spin straight ball and with SIM its a slight draw with a touch more spin and slightly lower launch. I prefer that.

OVERALL: In my opinion, the TaylorMade SIM is the cool kid in high school for 2020. Last year it was F9 followed closely by M5. TM knocked it outta the park on this one.

TaylorMade SIM Max

Setup tested: Sim Max 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: It has a bit more of a longer face at address, which makes the head appear shallow which inspires a bit more confidence to turn it over. That’s the main thing I noticed with MAX. Other than that its a tried and true TM shape.

FEEL: Like its sibling, it has a nice solid hit audibly at the impact. So, overall its apples to apples with SIM. However, due to the front weight missing on the MAX, the actual strike doesn’t feel AS meaty as SIM. Not a negative necessarily just something I noticed.

VS M6: Both of these sticks I launched a bit too high versus the weighted versions. That’s why they never got any serious consideration to actually put in play.

OVERALL: As a high launch, more forgiving option, it’s an ace.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Setup tested: Sub Zero 9 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV 65TX

LOOKS: To my eyes, the newer versions of the Callaway drivers have looked a bit more compact than its competition. To me, this always looked “low spin” for whatever reason. The Mavrik has the same shape which is good.

FEEL: They really fixed the sound. The Epic Flash sounded like a pop can to me, and the Mavrik Sub Zero sounds like a sledgehammer. The good thing here is the sound now matches up with what the hit feels like. I think the Mavrik is the best feeling driver Callaway has made since Epic.

VS EPIC FLASH SZ: To me, a complete improvement on all fronts. Sound, feel, and performance for me were all substantially better. Now I must say that the Epic Flash Sub Zero was a great driver, I always got great numbers out of it, but the sound took me out of it. I’m sure there isn’t that much difference audibly between the two, but in this game, even something minor can represent so much. Sound to me is huge.

OVERALL: In all honestly, I haven’t given a Callaway driver a real hard look to actually put in the bag since Epic. The sound got louder wit Rogue and Epic Flash. The Mavrik SZ  however is a fantastic driver and will def get some more testing out of me.

Cobra SpeedZone

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: The F9 was a winner on all fronts. The only critique I had was optically it looked like the driver was a little too fade biased. The SZ with its milled in top line gives it softer look at address and for me, softer lines mean more workability, just what my eyes tell me.

FEEL: As with F9 and the earlier mentioned SIM, the Speed Zone sounds EXACTLY how a driver should sound. It has a very heavy hit audibly and that’s across the face. I love the sound of this driver.

VS F9: Apples to apples, it’s the same. Beyond the optics, it feels, sounds, and performs like the F9. Not a bad thing though, the F9 was the driver of 2019 in my opinion.

OVERALL: Nothing wrong with repeating an already awesome driver. SpeedZone will stand up to anything out there. If I’m being fair, I think F9 elevated things in 2019, and this year the competition caught up to it. Changes nothing about how good this driver is.

Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: Like the other drivers in this higher MOI category, it looks a little longer heel to toe.

FEEL: No different than the SpeedZone, sounds great, the impact is solid across the face, and even thin shots feel solid.

OVERALL: The Xtreme is the sleeper hit of 2020 and I’ve heard the fitters love this thing. It’s by far the easiest to hit and overall good time of any driver on this list. Is it longer? No. But is it Xtremely (no pun) playable and competitive? Hard yes. It’s a blast.

PXG Proto

Setup tested: PXG Proto 9 w/ Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 TX

LOOKS: Slick. Like all PXG gear, the look is there. The matte crown and elegant lines make it very pleasing optically. I also appreciate that although it’s designed to look high tech. The lines inspire playability, and who doesn’t love a driver that looks like a stealth bomber?

FEEL: I only hit about 20 balls with the PXG Proto in the short time I had with it, but, wow, did this thing surprise me. The sound oddly enough is a bit higher-pitched than the others on the list but for whatever reason, it’s not a distraction. It actually adds to the experience of the hit. I typically detest that, but this sound matched up with the solid hit I was getting. I’m not sure if this is the final version since its a limited tour proto but what is happening is definitely interesting.

VS GEN2: It’s just better. Feels better, sounds great, more playable across the face. The Gen2 did one thing better than everyone else, it destroyed spin. The problem I had was control. The PXG Proto is still low spin but with the new 4 weight system (no intel on the tech yet) seems to add quality launch to the low spin profile and puts the player in a situation where very few to any sacrifices are made.

OVERALL: I was a fan of Gen2. No doubt. But it never flat out beat M5, F9, or SIM. The Proto has elevated PXG’s driver game. I don’t think its a matter of whether or not the driver stands up with the irons, I believe PXG is on the right track to having a driver that eliminates any “yeah, but…” to the conversation. That’s a huge leap since Gen1. These guys are trending hard.

I hope this was helpful.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts. The look of the ultra-stiff shafts, which originated from Bryson wanting a “graphite shaft that was stiffer than the Dynamic Gold X7″, has impressed our members who have been praising the final version and sharing their thoughts on the concept.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • QuigleyDU: “Awesome.”
  • My2dogs: “Really coming out with some great new stuff.”
  • HateTheHighDraw: “MMT 125TX are absolute fire, but these must be much stiffer.”
  • Robkingasu: “Sweet!”

Entire Thread: “Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts”

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Should I move to heavier iron shafts? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of moving to heavier shafts in irons. WRXer ‘Z1ggy16’ has been making swing changes lately, and the transition has been most challenging for his iron play. ‘Ziggy16’ says:

“Been making some swing changes lately, most notably working to really shallow my club into the downswing. I’m finding that I’m doing this well with my heavy wedge shafts and driver, but I’m struggling a bit in my irons. My strike pattern with my wedges is pretty good, but the irons are a bit all over. Driver is 80g raw, wedges are 132g raw, irons 120g raw. I don’t think I want to go any stiffer, but is there a chance I’ve “outgrown” this weight and need to move to something a bit heavier to help keep these feels going through my set? No idea what swing speed is at this point, but my 7i is normally a smooth/comfortable 175-180 for me.

I really like the feel of my Accra Tour Z Xtreme 475 and my S400’s in the GW-LW. I’m kind of leaning maybe soft stepping modus 120TX or X100’s.. Heck maybe even S200 straight in? Normally I’d just get a fitting, but with Rona still going around, I’m not than keen on it. 2020 is the year of the self fit for me. FWIW, I used modus 120TX 2xSS in my GW & SW last year and that was pretty good feeling. Perhaps a touch too soft… they seemed to really whip/bend hard when hitting from the rough on full swings.”

Our members discuss whether they feel a switch to heavier shafts in the irons will have the desired impact.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Pepperturbo: “You’re not alone. Regardless of age, some of us swing better with heavier shafts. I went from 70g driver and 85g 3wd graphite shafts to 58g Ventus shaft in driver and 70g Ventus shaft in 4wd. In irons went from 130g X to 120g 6.0 PX steel shafts which lasted about fifteen years. Then last year made another downward weight change to Steelfiber (steel & graphite) 110g Stiff shafts, lightest I have ever played. Keep in mind as you transition, changing shaft weight is not the only answer. Increasing swing weight can make up for shaft weight. Though I really like them in 6-3i, not thrilled in SW-7i, so just ordered heavier Steelfiber i125g shafts for my PW-7i blades.”
  • Jeff58: “As someone who has gone through and continues to work on what sounds like a similar situation, your ideal iron shafts will likely change. Where they change to isn’t possible to predict with any degree of accuracy. Don’t change your current irons without knowing. It’s frustrating, expensive, and you won’t have any clubs while they’re being changed out. Instead, get a single club from dealsandsteals or similar and experiment with that. Also, the only relevant experience is outdoors under your actual turf conditions. Indoor and mat use can be grossly different.”
  • Red4282: “Just depends on your tempo and load and preferences tbh. My numbers are about identical to yours; I play 77g in the driver and 125 in the irons. I don’t think I could go lighter than 125.”
  • gvogel: “I have a set of hickory clubs. Of course, hickory shafts are darn heavy, maybe 150 grams or so. I probably hit straighter shots with the irons, and particularly hit better shots with the niblick (wedge). Driver and fairway woods, not so much. That might be a stupid insertion into an intelligent thread, but heavier goes straighter, lighter goes longer. You can go heavier, and it helps in transition, but don’t go too stiff.”

Entire Thread: “Should I switch to heavier iron shafts?”

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