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Poulter sends tweet, receives putters



Poulter with Odyssey 7

File the following under “Only in the Web 2.0 World” or “Only Ian Poulter.”

As you may have heard, Ian Poulter is banishing his Odyssey XG No. 7 putter to the garage. For the upcoming Open Championship, the two-time winner on the PGA Tour wants a new flatstick.

And rather than talking to Scotty Cameron, Poulter took to Twitter to ask for a new flatstick.


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Not surprisingly, the putters have poured in for Poults. Some two days later, he tweeted the following photo.

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Perhaps Poulter should go the route of his fellow Brit-turned-Floridian, Lee Westwood. Westwood reached out to his South Florida neighbor Ian Baker Finch for some putting tips ahead of the upcoming Open Championship.

Then again, maybe the proprietor of IJP Design ought to design himself a putter in plaid, as that’s the “look” he tends to favor.

What do you think GolfWRX-ers? Was Poulter’s plea a pro move? Brilliant? Deplorable? The best way to get himself the putter that’s going to win his first major?

Should he stick with the Odyssey XG No. 7, which served him so well in the Ryder Cup?

Do you care if he putts with the double-sided rubber contraption from a mini-golf course?

Let us know your thoughts below, and click here to see what members are saying about it in the forums.

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  1. Daniel

    Jul 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    When did Bettinardi become a small putter company?!

    • andrew

      Jul 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      I bet they don,t even come close to taylormade and odyssey sales. you could count the players on tour using them on one hand.

  2. andrew

    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Dang I was hoping a small company would get some exposure from him playing their product like piretti edel or bettinardi. not taylormade and odyssey

  3. lynxster

    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Actually not a new idea…Lee Trevino did this in an newspaper interview after a poor putting performance in a US Open. He got somewhere around 50 putters including one from my former boss. He never got a response or a thanks, so at least IP had the decency to thank his benefactors.

  4. ski_co

    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    PS – will not be greedy, I will pick one and send them on!

  5. ski_co

    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Ian, please send me the putters you do not choose to use, thanks in advance.

  6. James Burton

    Jul 10, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Sent IJP a tweet about Bobby Grace. I can honestly say that there hasn’t been another putter in my bag since 2006. Weighing over 500g, the higher the Stimp, the better I putt. Helped Nick Price win The Open…maybe more magic could happen for someone else.

  7. Rick Mangles

    Jul 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Attn: Bettinardi and Scotty Cameron-

    I currently use a Snake Eyes TX1 putter and my putting is so good that people always want to know what kind of putter I use.

    Send me one of each of your putter models from the past ten years and I will test them out and endorese whichever one works best.

    Thank you.

  8. Ben

    Jul 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Instead of asking others, spending time looking on sites, and generally wasting time, he went right to the heart of the matter: “I don’t have time to look, and I’m sure I’ll miss something, so if you want me to sample your goods then send em’ over”.

    I wish I had that kinda pull!

  9. jim

    Jul 10, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Go for the Taylormade Daddy Long Legs putter. The counterbalancing is something unbelievable, just talk to Justin Rose about his blade version.

  10. Roger

    Jul 10, 2013 at 1:30 am

    A fantastic example of Todays Instant World and Over Night Delivery wwd
    Poulter is a great guy! Wish him the best.

  11. Ronald Montesano

    Jul 10, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Agree with Taylor…he is that “different” sort that the game needs, both in appearance, swagger and access. His reaching-out to companies and fans is truly how all professional athletes should engage their followers…it begins to break down the thick glass wall that separates them from us…the perfect end to this story would be that Poulty selects a putter from a fan and goes on to win at Muirfield.

  12. Taylor

    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:54 am

    He is fun and a cool cat. Love this idea!

  13. Chris

    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:53 am

    The guy has marginal ability but has turned it into fame and fortune. A classic overachiever.

  14. Jim Taylor

    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Hopefully he won’t be selfish and he will donate these putters to a good cause. It is a bit sickening that he needs so many putters sent to his house when he has the full compliment of the companies tour facilities at his disposal every week. Literally thousands of free putters can be found at any PGA tour stop each week…

  15. Sean

    Jul 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    That’s who he is. Personally I might have been a bit more under the radar, but hey, that’s Ian.

  16. Kody

    Jul 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Hadn’t heard of Radius until now. They look pretty intriguing. Will read more.

  17. mbc

    Jul 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    It’s just Poulter being Poulter, love him or hate him, he is always just himself!

  18. Kris

    Jul 9, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I think it’s brilliant and saves his manager work. He’ll get a ton of putters, and maybe some small company will get lucky and have him use their’s to success. And knowing Poults, he’ll give away those he doesn’t want! Hope he wins a lot soon, he’s my favourite guy on tour.

  19. Paul

    Jul 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Poults loves social media! I think it’s funny and an interesting way to do it. Only a titleist player or tour rep on twitter might see what scotty says but I don’t see him sending him putters to try. Poor poults is going to have a lot of angry tweeters I bet

  20. Kody

    Jul 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I thinks it’s pretty awesome that he can make that happen. I sure wish I could have that easy of a time getting a putter. Heck he got faster response from those club makers than I do from my wife when it comes to golf.

  21. Matthew Smith

    Jul 9, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Radius Roll Putter will be arriving soon. Check us out at

    • J.

      Jul 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Love the Radius Roll putter already!! I just won it at a golf outing & I’m already practicing in my living room. Awesome concept! Also, it’s a local Chicago company with some great people!

    • Hunter

      Jul 10, 2013 at 12:31 am

      Reminds me of the old TearDrop putters. How would you compare your putters to those? BTW…the center shafted putters look great. IMHO they are a bit expensive right out of the gate but they look nice.

    • Chris

      Jul 10, 2013 at 11:31 am


  22. Steve

    Jul 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I wish it was that easy to get a new putter for me!

    • Adam Regula

      Jul 10, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I have one too, looking to sell mine though, its a great putter but i got one already and dont want to make the switch

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10 interesting photos from the 2020 Players Championship



GolfWRX is live this week from the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field this week featured the best golfers in the world, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more.

Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the defending champion, looking hoist the crystal again.

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GolfWRX Spotted: Justin Rose with mixed bag at Arnold Palmer Invitational



It’s not very often we get breaking equipment news this time of year on the PGA Tour schedule, but this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of the highest-profile players on tour, Justin Rose, was spotted testing multiple brands of clubs throughout his entire bag.

It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

Here are the details of Rose’s equipment:

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

5-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Tour (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design Prototype K Grind (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (52, 56), Proto Hi-Rev 135X (60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose
Grip: Flat Cat Svelte

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ‘19 (No. 1)

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Inside look: Callaway Jaws MD5 wedges on tour…6 months after launch



Callaway Jaws MD5 wedges hit professional golf tours months ago. We reported on the launch extensively (see our videos later in the article) with deep coverage on the PGA Tour and at retail. As with any new offering, and especially for the gearheads on GolfWRX, it’s the tour chatter that drives us. What the pros do, play, and think is always a driving force.


Personally, I have always been fascinated by the aftermath of a launch. What are the reactions and tweaks that are made once the shine has worn off?  It’s not uncommon for players to need to warm up to a new product before it ultimately finds its way into the bag permanently.

When Jaws hit the scene, it integrated quite quickly, and that is saying a lot. The MD4 was a very successful wedge line on tour and at retail. It was a huge initial launch and one Callaway was happy with as a solid portion of its staff put Jaws in play straight away.

In my conversations with tour staff and techs, spin and lower ball flight has been a recurring theme. In the case of the Tour, being able to flight a wedge down and not have it float, while maintaining maximum spin, is a weapon. Imagine being at Honda last week and knowing you can hit a knee-high fastball with a 58-degree wedge and trust the ball will stay down, not skip, and will stop dead in its tracks. On tour, its the speed of the stop that is valuable, not ripping it backward—that is typically only fun for TV. Golf these days is more like darts and less like billiards.

As to be expected, the grinds on all Callaway wedges are tour favorites. It’s pretty simple to fall in love with something that comes ought of the mind of Roger Cleveland, who has been the driving force in putting Callaway consistently at the No. 2 most-played wedge on Tour.

But how has the MD5  really done thus far?

Let’s be clear, most guys don’t make switches late-summer or fall (when MD5 was launched on tour). The season is too far down the river and the coming winter gives them quiet time to really test. Also, when you work through the California swing, a good portion of the higher-ranked staff only poke their heads out once or twice. This doesn’t mean the guys on the truck aren’t building new products, but a good portion of it is for winter testing, emergency backups, etc.

But now we hit the Florida swing. The Masters is a month away. The world’s best start to show up consistently, the playing surfaces change from the West Coast to the East Coast, and all of these guys are in full attack mode. Any real testing or guesswork is pretty much done, and it’s time to get going. This is the time when you can actually see if a product has staying power.

The question is since Jaws hit the scene, what have the pros learned, what adjustments have been made to dial them in, and ultimately, is this wedge line a success? I wanted to tackle this question from two different perspectives: from the reps on tour and two young staff players that have them in play.

In this case, there is the guy on the Callaway tour trailer who is in charge of wedges, Simon Wood, and young tour staffers Akshay Bhatia and Min Woo Lee.

Three unique perspectives—and also perspectives that give us an honest look at the performance and popularity of a “new” wedge on Tour.

I talk with Simon Wood quite a bit. He’s a good as they get in this category, having worked for years in Europe and on the U.S. tour. His knowledge is extensive and even more importantly, he is ridiculously honest. If the product is solid and he believes in it, he will tell you. If he goes quiet, there’s that too.

I caught up with him on a day off and this was the update he gave:

Wunder: It seems MD5 came out of the gates quickly and never really slowed down, are you surprised at the response?

Wood: Not at all. Truth is, these players are very particular about what makes it in or out of the bag. A new club has to do something better than the old one and do all the things they liked about the old one. The Jaws really spins. This is a unique groove system, and I’ve noticed the players like it for two main reasons 1) They can keep the trajectory down on the high lofts 2) they can be a bit more aggressive because of the amount of spin these wedges offer. Out on tour that’s a big deal.

Wunder: What percentage of staff (25+players on U.S. Tours) are in the MD5 across the board?

Wood: I’d say close to 50 percent, which is a good number considering how many good options are out there.

Wunder: Now that we are in the Florida swing, are you having to do anything special to adjust to the new grass and conditions?

Wood: No its the opposite actually. I think with the grooves being as good as they are and the number of options we have grind wise, we on the truck are doing less tweaking and grinding to wedges. That’s a sign one the R&D team did a great job with this design and two that our players trust our product enough to let their creativity take over.

Wunder: Any surprise grinds that are popping up more often?

Wood: It’s not a surprise because we knew it was good, but the low bounce W has been a hit thus far. Lots of guys testing and gaming that one.

I then went on to chat with Callaway staffers Min Woo Lee (winning WITB, podcast link below) and Akshay Bhatia on their experience with Jaws. This perspective was interesting because Akshay is young, he’s fighting for a place to play this summer, and he’s still learning the nuances of playing as a professional. Min just recently won in Australia and has enough time under his belt now to understand a real asset over something he’s still trying to make work.

Point is: pressure is high on both of these kids, and the last thing either wants to struggle with is their wedges.

Wunder: You were an early adopter of the MD5 last fall, have you noticed any significant improvement over your previous gamers?

Bhatia: Trust is the biggest one. I love the shape of these wedges and just knowing that Roger and Phil have an influence on the wedges you are playing gives me so much confidence. From a performance standpoint, I like the variety in grinds the MD5 offers. Anywhere I play I have an option, whether it be X in soft conditions or C for the firmer turf.

Wunder: With the aggressive grooves of the MD5, what shots have you gained that you didn’t have before?

Bhatia: Definitely the off-speed/three-quarter shots with some spin. These wedges really keep the ball down and it’s a bonus when I know I can take something off of a shot and the ball will stay down and hold its line into the wind.

Wunder: And your current set up is?

Bhatia: Currently, I’m in the Jaws MD5 50S, 54S bent to 55, and the 60C or X depending on the conditions (KBS $Taper 130X shafts in black with Iomic grips) with some heel and toe relief in the X. I also like to mess around wit the PM Grind 60 if I’m looking for a different look.

Young Callaway staffer Min Woo Lee, who recently triumphed at the European Tour’s Vic Open, has this to say

Wunder: What ball flight differences do you see in Jaws over the past wedge set?

MWL: Overall the same. I like to pick my trajectory. So if I didn’t like it,  I wouldn’t have put it in my bag…need to have every shot at my disposal.

Wunder: Do you do any extra grinding to your S?

MWL: Just in the 60, there is a little leading edge relief ground in. Prevents it from digging and gives me a bit more ability to be aggressive into it.

Wunder: Are there any other grinds you tried?

MWL: I tried the low bounce W and really liked, but the S grind has been my go-to for a long time, I know how to play with that one.

Wunder: As far as full shot turf interaction, why do you prefer the S?

MWL: The S is always what I’ve been into looks-wise, nothing else really caught my eye like that grind did. I do pretty good chipping around with it around the greens and we have some history so why mess with a good thing.

Overall, I think the MD5 wedge line has been a success on tour. Let’s be honest, wedges arent drivers, but identifying a popular line over another is quite interesting. These guys can get a TV remote ground into something useable, so when there is a shift across the staff to a new model, it validates that the ideas in it are sound and the wedge performs like it says it will. For larger tour staffs like Callaway has, operating a 50 percent clip for full line use is a really solid number.

Let’s be clear here, Callaway hasn’t made a bad wedge…like ever. From X Forged to the MD line and now into Jaws, Roger and the team know what they are doing. In my experience with these wedges, I will say that the grooves are ridiculously aggressive, and as Bhatia mentioned, there is a grind to satisfy any conditions.

Do most OEMs make solid wedges? The answer is of course they do; they all do. But the advantage that Callaway has over the rest in this category is Roger Cleveland. Having the man who inspired some of the most iconic wedge shapes ever coupled with a superb R&D team yields a combination that will deliver quality and performance time after time.

Here are some pics from the forums of MD5 out on tour now.

Akshay BhatiaFrancesco Molinari
Brendan GraceIsaiah SalindaJ.J. SpaunAlex Noren
Chun An YunHenrik Stenson Matt Wallace 

Si Woo Kim

Check out the videos below to see me and one of our forum members put Jaws MD5 to the test!


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