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Video of the year- Tribute to Wade Liles of TaylorMade



Watch a full build of RBZ Tour Driver in detail on the tour van.

Just encase you didnt see this video in the original thread called… GolfWRXers took their Talents to South Beach for the Ultimate RBZ Fitting Experience I thought we should pull the video out and showcase it by itself. I mean Wade is a super star now. Watch this guy do his work. SOB knows his stuff and after years of service and gaining knowledge he has become a Jedi. For instance watch how he hits the 4 grams of hot melt without measuring. Off the hook talent.

Click here to see the discussion in the forums about this video

TaylorMade Tour Truck is a GolfWRXer’s paradise in there. Drawers of heads, shafts and tour pros in and out. Talking with Wade Liles is a WRXer dream come true. You could spend hours in there just rummaging through drawers…easy. As luck would have it traffic was a little light after the barrage of RBZ hybrids requests from Tour Pros earlier. Ryan’s (a GolfWRX member asked to come to Doral) fitting called for 4 grams of hot melt in the toe, which of course could not be done at the PGA store. So Dave from TM hooked him up. Wade said, ‘Let’s build you a driver right now.’ Ryan’s knees about locked up right there. What a great surprise. Wade got to work and we filmed the video. It’s a 15 minute golf tech talk masterpiece with a surprise visit from one pro, while another pro watched us ogle over the driver build. Wade is great on camera and feeds us great info, so enjoy!

Watch and learn young Jedi…

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  1. dunn2500

    Apr 14, 2012 at 4:01 am

    yeah i dont really see the specialty or talent……..glue a plastic piece on a shaft screw a head and throw a grip on…….

    if you do those everday for a living than getting a feel for a hotmelt gun isnt a big deal

    i am more impressed on how much taylormade spends on equipment to do simple task

    and yeah the EGO is a bit much for what he does………after building houses that seems pretty cake…

    watching miura grind an iron ………now thats talent, and he is prolly humble as can be

  2. Anthony

    Mar 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Very cool video – and yes, the guy has talent. But the G*d complex is bizarre.

    Is he building a golf club or performing open heart surgery? Settle down, dude.

  3. Jonathan

    Mar 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    … blown away !.

    That must’ve been so damn amazing being able to throw out your specifications, etc. and have him put it all together in a matter of minutes.

    Most definitely jealous guys !.

  4. greg midkiff

    Mar 17, 2012 at 7:30 am

    great video! wish I had a build truck, i would even take it to the grocery store!

  5. John Flavia

    Mar 15, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Very nice video, nice to see, but come on, a bit of overstatement that “no one else can do that”. It’s not rocket science, just high temp/short time, heat curing glue. Just need to assemble the right equipment to do all that, which they did, very nice. Hmm…he uses TPC to put the grip on (says it needs much less liquid than mineral spirits). TPC Solvent is an excellent replacement for chlorinated solvents, kero-sene and mineral spirits. Contains isoparaffinic hydrocarbons (naphtha petroleum).

  6. Luis Fdo

    Mar 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Excelent video, great stuff, Taylormade tour players are in great hands—- congrats

  7. Rj

    Mar 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Now that is some S##T…. Great Video guys!!!!

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017



Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 


Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Beef’s clubs. 

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The hottest blade irons in golf right now



As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Whats in the Bag

Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic



Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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