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“From rags to slightly nicer rags”



By Jordan Holley

Special to GolfWRX

Jordan Holley, 28, is a mini-tour player pursuing his dream of earning a PGA Tour card. He graduated from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where he was an NCAA All-American and a member of the Cleveland Golf Academic All-American First Team. He qualified for the U.S. Amateur in 2008, and since turning professional has played on the NGA Hooters and eGolf tours, as well as other minor league tours. 

Well guys, it has finally happened! I am going to have an entire year + to play this game I love so much.

Let me tell you what happened … I was invited through a mutual friend to play in a church charity event in Boca Raton, Fla., this past Monday.  I didn’t really think too much of it as far as opportunities go, but I was excited to see my friends and play some relaxing golf.  I met with my teammates for breakfast, hit some shots on the range, rolled a few putts, gave a few pointers and headed to the first tee.  By the end of the day, I played some really solid golf including six birdies and two eagles on my own ball (playing a scramble) and we won the tourney.  As we finished, I was talking with my partners and one asked if I had any sponsors heading into 2012.  I told him I did not at the present moment but was going to play off of my own dime.  I had just put $1250 into the next NGA Hooters Tour event this next week in Windsor, NC.  This was a tough decision for me because it left me with under $1000 in the bank and some bills coming up soon.  Long story short, my playing partners and some of his influential friends got together and decided to fully fund my year of play! I have had so many empty promises and was reserved at first but quickly found out these guys were for real. I felt an incredible wave of emotion and had to excuse myself from the table to go outside and let out a scream and a few tears! I was beside myself with all kinds of feelings, mostly excitement for what I am going to do this year.  This is my year and I am ready to take this chance and turn it into something big.

Here is where I might lose some, may offend some, and hopefully will gain some true fans. I am a Christian. I believe God has a plan for everyone and I am convinced that at this point in my career, I am right where He wants me to be. I have been through so many troubled spots in my life and I truly believe in the power of prayer and will give a specific example of why. I was at a fairly low spot after my last story. I had just ruined a chance at a nice paycheck, was still troubled with my recent break-up with a longtime girlfriend, was coming ever-so-close to being broke and didn’t really see the light at the end of the tunnel. I actually called my ex and talked for a while about control. Too often, we try to control every little aspect of our life, and how often do we fail! It is so difficult to let go of the things that are important to us. The smaller day-to-day things in life are easier to let go of, but it’s the important ones, i.e. relationships, your career, etc. that are so hard to let out of your own hands.  How incapable of seamlessly managing our lives are we?

It seems every time I have found myself in tough spots, I can feel myself trying to control EVERY situation.  Long story short, I got off the phone with my ex and decided it had been far too long since I had last gone to church/spent any quality time on my relationship with God. I attended a really cool service geared towards people 20-30 and very upbeat, trendy, casual type of service in West Palm Beach. They meet on Tuesday nights, and this particular night, I felt an incredible pull to attend.  I went with another good friend and professional golfer Greg Forest and guess what the message was about?  That’s right … control.  It gave me chills down my spine. As he was talking, I felt a release of tension as I made a conscious effort to give control of those important things back over to the ONE who is so capable.  I had a short conversation with the Pastor after the message and headed home with a better sense of where I should head in my personal relationships as well as my career.

Here is where it becomes undeniable that there is something to this prayer thing.  I prayed the rest of that week that God would show me where I was heading next.  I felt the pull to put up that $1250 for the Hooters Tour event and pulled the trigger.  Now I was really poor.  I had no idea what I was going to do, but I knew I was going to go into this past week of practice with a little less tension and a little more vigor.  I felt some improvements in some parts of my game and especially with the putter.  Wow, do you ever putt better with no tension!  I was able to finally feel the putter release and started pouring them in from everywhere!  On Monday, I met with those guys, played the event, and practically determined the path of my next two years!  All of this in one week, from rags to … well, slightly nicer rags.

Now it’s on to the next one and I could not be more excited, determined, and ready to put every ounce of my soul into making the most of this opportunity.  That’s it for this week — I leave Sunday for North Carolina for the next Hooters Tour event, followed by the next two events on the eGolf Professional Tour.  I will keep you guys/girls up to date with all of my experiences!  I could not be here if it weren’t for so many people … the guys out at Jonathan’s Landing Country Club in Jupiter for giving me an incredible place to practice and play while I am preparing for this season. To Mike Adams at Medallist Golf Club, the best instructor in the country, and all of the people who have supported me up until this point, here is to getting out there and letting it go!!

Click here for more discussion, and the chance to interact with Jordan in the “Tour Talk” forum.

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  2. Sean Dyer

    Apr 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Good for you and good luck out there! Stay positive and stick with the process! I too am fallowing the dream and in a very similar situation. yet to turn pro but play a lot of competitive amateur golf in hopes to make the leap soon. Great for you to have Mike as your instructor, my coach, E.A. Tischler have became good friends with Mike over the past couple years and I’m familiar with your process. Them two are the best! Go get it and Take it low!

  3. Gary LaRue

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Jordan, It seems you are in the right place now to make the most of the opportunities that are going to come your way. Good Luck this year!!

  4. Jordan Holley

    Apr 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you so much! Wishing you the best of luck on and off the course! #golow

  5. Chris Drose

    Mar 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I love reading your posts and always look forward to them. Congrats on your sponsorship and I sincerely wish you the best of luck on your journey.

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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.

Check out all our galleries below, along with highlights from TPC Sawgrass.

General Galleries

Special Galleries

Bettinardi’s St. Patrick’s Day covers  

Brand-new Srixon 745 in Keegan’s bag

Roger Sloan’s custom Cameron

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons spotted in Nick Watney’s bag 

Joel Dahmen with a battle-worn hybrid

Fresh eggs for Patrick Reed…

Justin Rose continues to tweak his equipment

Carlos Ortiz looks to be picking up some supplies to mark the end of his driveway…

Jordan Spieth with a Vokey WedgeWorks Proto 60T in the bag

Kiradech Aphibarnrat with lead tape and stamping on cavity-back irons. Solid! 

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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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