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Bagging the right bag

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By Shane Downey

GolfWRX Contributor

Every year the major OEMs usually come out with new staff bags and a couple even make special release bags just for the majors.  I have to be honest, the bags that coincide with the Masters are, in my opinion, the best.  It could be due to the fact that I have lived in Augusta and walked the pristine fairways in April, there is truly something special about living there leading up to the Masters. Another reason could be due to the fact my son was born in Augusta. The first time he was at Augusta National, he was still in the womb.  I have such fond memories of the place I once called home. With these memories in mind, either way, the Master release staff bags are a personal favorite.

While the majority of the GolfWRX community, including myself, are admitted club and shaft aficionados, it would be extremely difficult to tote these weapons of madness around without the benefit of our bags. I must admit that I have a bag addiction. At least I have taken the first step in admitting it (only eleven more to go)!

The golf bag has been around as long as the game itself.  During this time they mainly consisted of a leather or canvas bag with a leather strap and quite possibly a pocket or two.  They have evolved with time and technology into three main categories; cart bags, stand bags and staff bags.  All three come in a variety of sizes, colors and configurations.

The cart bag is just that, a bag that is designed to either fit on a golf (or pull) cart and yet possesses all the advantages of the larger staff bags. Pockets are plentiful for a variety of necessities you may need while enjoying your round. Sun Mountain and Ogio are two brands that quickly come to mind when mentioning cart bags. Although they have usually one strap, they come in a myriad of colors, styles, and construction materials. So if you are one that consistently uses a cart of some sort, then definitely look into getting a cart bag.

A bit before my time when caddies were the norm, they carried the bag dutifully following the player no matter wherever he may have hit his ball. Caddies soon lost out to electric carts, which is a shame. Quite a few golfers still enjoyed walking and carrying their own bags, which created a niche for bags that eventually evolved into the stand bag. The stand bag is usually a very lightweight bag that when set down and pushed forward, two legs are propelled out to create a tripod of sorts.  Most also have dual shoulder straps such that the weight can be distributed evenly on both shoulders, much like a backpack.  Most major OEM’s make dual strap stands bags, which are adjustable to your height with regard to the shoulder straps.  These also come in many sizes, types and colors. If you abhor the idea of any type of cart, the stand bag is perfect for you.

The last major type of bag, and my personal favorite, is the staff bag.  The staff bag is a large, multi-pocketed, usually logoed bag that you see inside the ropes on the PGA Tour.  I have owned many staff bags in the short twelve years of playing this game and seem to never tire of having one.  They are usually 9.5 – 10.5 inches wide and have five or six large pockets.  The staff bag can carry just about everything you may or may not need while playing your round.  I have personally put two-dozen balls, six gloves, laser range finder, a complete rain suit, an extra pair of shoes, tees, Band-Aids, Motrin, sunscreen and snacks into one staff bag.  This may seem like overkill, but I love the staff bag for this purpose.

There are quite a few individuals who play “tour equipment” on the forum, from drivers to irons with x-flex shafts and “tour only” shafts and heads that I could only dream of hitting.  However, with my slow swing speed, a tour staff bag is about as close as I will ever get to use tour equipment.

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  1. Dustin

    Mar 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I currently use the 2008 Callaway Masters bag…and it is Beautiufl!

  2. Bill

    Feb 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Get the midsize Tour Bag, they are more practical and still look nice.

  3. Angel

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I really want one, but for some reason i think they are way too bulky for a riding cart. I like to ride, and i’m not sure my partner will appreciate his bag mashed into the back of the cart. Any opinions?

  4. Rj

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Love a staff bag… New seem to not have what you need when you need it. Ahhhhh pockets galore!

  5. 1mizunofan

    Feb 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I have to admit, I’ve been a tour bag junkie for more than 30 years! The first ever staff bag I bought was the old Wison Staff bag(red & white) from the 80s. Just watch the 86 Masters with Tom Kite, I have that same bag. It’s now retired & sitting in my basement(don’t really know what to do with it). I also have the old Macgregor staff bag like Nicklaus had when he won the 86 Masters. That bag is doing the exact same thing as my Wilson bag.
    Now I used to feel silly carrying around these big bags in my hay day, but I’ve always liked them. I finally switched to stand bags but never really warned up to them. So with “my addiction” I switched back to a staff bag in 08 with the purchased of a Mizuno staff bag, which is still my current bag. I don’t carry anymore but use my Clicgear cart or power cart.
    You cant knock the space or ease of getting your clubs in & out of your bag.
    Like Shane has mentioned this is as close you will get to “pro equipment”. 30 years ago it was much harder to get your hands on what the pro play. Now in every pro sports genre that has become a big market. “Play what &’wear what the Pros play”. How many times have you heard that sales pitch? Obviously it works!

  6. Greg

    Feb 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    O so with you! Srixon staff bag. Love it. Keep it my office as conversation starter when not playing.

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TaylorMade signs Matthew Wolff to a multi-year deal; Wolff WITB

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TaylorMade Golf has officially announced the signing of Matthew Wolff on a multi-year agreement that will see the 20-year-old play the company’s metal woods, irons, wedges, putter and ultimately, TaylorMade’s flagship golf ball, the TP5x.

Wolff had previously unveiled that he would be making his professional debut at this week’s Travelers Championship, and just as top prospect Collin Morikawa did earlier at this month’s Canadian Open, Wolff will do so as a TaylorMade staffer.

The NCAA All-American and 2019 NCAA Division I individual champion made his debut on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year where he finished T50 after opening his week with a round of five-under par.

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Shaft: Graphite Design TP 7TX

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Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 TX

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Shaft: Nippon Modus 130x

Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (52, 56, 62 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

 

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Bettinardi’s annual Summer Social was held at company HQ in Tinley Park, Illinois, last week. For RJB enthusiasts from as far away as London and Japan, it’s an opportunity to get together with like-minded individuals, shoot the breeze, oh, and check out some of the coolest putters in the world.

For those of us not lucky enough to join Bob, Sam, and the 60-plus collectors in attendance, Bettinardi was kind enough to furnish us with a few photos of the one-off and limited-edition flatsticks featured at the 10th edition of the gathering.

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WRX Spotlight: Argolf Mordred putter

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Product: Argolf Mordred putter

Pitch: From Argolf: “…each ARGOLF putter is named after an Arthurian legend.”

“Mordred was known as a notorious traitor who fought King Arthur at the Battle of Camlann, where he was killed, and Arthur was fatally wounded. The images depicting Mordred are reflected in the winged design of the putter which aids in stabilization and alignment, as well as its coloring.”

“With a lower center of gravity that surpasses all mallet putters in the ARGOLF collection, Mordred boasts one of the highest MOIs available on the market. Precisely milled from a solid block of aeronautical-grade 7175 Aluminum, Mordred appeals to the eye with its clean and sophisticated look. Using the most advanced technology, Mordred is shaped through a 5-axis milling process that differentiates itself from its competitors in design and performance due to its aerodynamic features.”

Our take on the Argolf Mordred putter

When you are dreaming of your next high-end milled putter, Argolf might not be the first name that pops into your head. Argolf is a French company founded in 2010 by a couple of aeronautical industrialists and a golf professional. By combining the expertise from both sites, Argolf has created a line of milled putters that not only look like art but with performance that rivals more well-known brands.

Mordred is a large mallet that boasts a very low center of gravity and super high MOI. Milled out of a solid block of aerospace-grade 7175 aluminum, the design is influenced by the aerodynamic lines from F1 race cars. The face features Argolf’s C-Claw technology that produces a more consistent forward roll without skidding. The Mordred is finished off with a single orange site line, a black PVD shaft, and a Pure midsize grip.

When you open the box, you are greeted with a nice grey and orange head cover that feels high quality and durable. Headcover removed, you will say hello to one of the larger mallet putters you have ever tried. The finish is a matte dark gray that eliminates glare and contrasts well with the orange paint fill. Traditionally high end milled putters have milling lines on most of the head and ARGOLF hid most of those in this head. The milling lines and marks are still visible on the rounded sections, but any flat surface is perfectly smooth. From what I have been told by machinists, it is more expensive to remove those lines and marks.

Any mallet putter that boasts high MOI, the style is going to be love or hate. At first, I was taken back by how busy the Mordred is, but out on the course, those flowing lines melt away. Not once was I distracted by them while lining up a putt. Size is going to take some getting used to as it just frames the ball different than any other mallet I have tried.

Feel and sound is where Mordred really shines. I have putted with aluminum putters before, and depending on the design they can have a different sound or feel. The C-Claw face really offers a softer feel and sound with just a slight click at impact. Not as crisp as carbon steel, just a little more muted and I enjoyed the sounds and feel with the Titleist AVX.

ARGOLF’s C-Claw technology does what it says and gets the ball rolling with zero skidding, even on long uphill putts. Putting side-by-side with a standard faced putter you could easily see tell the difference in the first foot of roll. Some face technologies can cause issues with distance control, but every putt rolled out to the expected distance. Compared to a traditionally milled face the Mordred will roll a fraction farther, but something that is easy to adjust to with a handful of putts on the practice green.

Shots off center go almost exactly where you aimed; the toe miss leaks just a touch right. Putts struck on the heel go straight and lose minimal distance while feeling still very solid. Toe strikes leak a hair right and are met with a small amount of vibration letting you know you missed the center of the putter.

Overall, Argolf’s Mordred putter is a great option for someone who is looking for a super forgiving putter. A minor complaint is no grip options for a putter at this price. I like a standard size, firmer grip and there are no other options to select from. The other thing that could become an issue is how well the finish holds up. I always use the headcover when I am not using my putter and the finish still has a few minor marks on it. If you are anti-headcover you might notice faster wear. Those are pretty small issues, and I think that ARGOLF has a really solid putter here.

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