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Jason Dufner gives away his putter, putts with a 3 wood

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If you check out Jason Dufner’s WITB you’ll see a putter, but he didn’t end the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with one in the bag.

According to reports, Dufner gave away his Scotty Cameron Futura X5r putter to a young fan on hole No. 10 on Sunday, meaning he had to play nearly the entire back nine without a putter. He finished T66 for the week, so it didn’t exactly cost him his fourth PGA Tour win. Tournament statistics show that he finished 69th in putting average for the week out of the 72 players that finished the event.

Shane Ryan from Grantland.com spoke with Dufner following the round to confirm:

“Jason,” Ryan said, “I heard a story that you gave your putter away to a kid yesterday. I wanted to make sure it was true.”

“Yup.” Dufner said.

“Was that on No. 12?” Ryan asked.

“Ten.” Dufner answered.

“What did you putt with?” Ryan asked.

“3 wood.” Dufner answered.

Not a ravishing conversational exchange, but we get the point. He was frustrated on the greens, was putting terrible and instead of snapping the putter he decided to make one of his fans very happy. Actually, not a bad move on Dufner’s part.

He shot a final-round 77 after starting with a 4-over par 39. Not too bad considering his “putter” for the last eight holes had about 15 degrees of loft.

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. KCCO

    Aug 18, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Classy dude….rather then literally voice frustration, just handing a putter over to a lucky kid, made someone’s day, didn’t make a poor example and WD/Quit.

  2. Enrique

    Aug 4, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Love the guy. Just a plain dude telling it like it is.

  3. nikkyd

    Aug 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Thats classy. I alsways though he was arrogant and cocky until his interview with david feherty. It just turns out that hes really awkward and shy

  4. Greg

    Aug 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Man thats awesome, Dufner can’t even imagine what he did for that kid. I’ve thought about snapping mine over my knee many times.

  5. Rich

    Aug 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    The only option for him to not see it again I’d say. Don’t think he could snap a club across his knee like Stenson did at the open – actually, doesn’t look like he could snap a club at all. Don’t think Duf is much of a gym junky. Must be doing something right with a wife as pretty as Amanda. Good luck to him.

    • MHendon

      Aug 5, 2014 at 1:02 am

      Doesn’t take much to snap a shaft.

      • Rich

        Aug 5, 2014 at 1:25 am

        Still don’t think he could. Actually he probably couldn’t be bothered even if he actually could.

    • Jack F

      Aug 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      If Woody Austin can break one with his head, I think Dufner would have no problem

  6. ams165

    Aug 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I wonder what Mr. Cameron thinks about him giving away a Hand Made.

    Hopefully the kids father isn’t a Club Cameron Member.

    But very cool nonetheless…..

  7. EJ

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Time for Dufner to hit an Odyssey. Come over to the dark side.

  8. Mike

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    What’s this cut thing you referred to during a WGC event?

  9. MHendon

    Aug 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Due to the positive reaction this is getting we’ll start seeing other players do it, guaranteed.

  10. tom frogley

    Aug 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    What a top bloke! I’m sure all he wanted to do was snap that thing over his knee…. But giving it to a kid in the crowd .. thats classy. He may have had a rough day, but for that kid it probably made his summer!

  11. golfing

    Aug 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Great to see they are not machines, they have feelings to, and some
    deal with it like a Sir, I´m a new Dufner fan to.

  12. Dakota

    Aug 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    That kid needs to put with that thing the rest of his life, the story alone is awesome probably the only time a professional golfer will give a putter away in the middle of a round.

    • C web

      Aug 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      If Tiger gave away his driver it would be an even bigger story:
      1. He would score better
      2. There’s a chance a happy Golfwrx ‘er finally gets his hands on one of those ellusive nike prototype drivers

      • Robeli

        Aug 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

        Maybe it’s the Nike driver that’s crap.

        • MHendon

          Aug 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

          Another Nike hater.

        • Eric

          Aug 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

          Rory seems to be doing pretty well with his Nike driver.

        • bradford

          Aug 6, 2014 at 8:02 am

          …or maybe his driver stats were never really that good to begin with?

  13. Bacon

    Aug 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Awesome!

  14. C web

    Aug 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Did he belly it ? Or Kuchar’d it ? He is not that tall, guess he could have even broomsticked it

    • MHendon

      Aug 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Broomsticked it, come on man he’d have to be like 4’11”. He’s not that short.

      • C web

        Aug 4, 2014 at 11:14 pm

        He could have broomsticked it table top style

  15. Nick

    Aug 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Dufner is one cool dude.

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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SPOTTED: Srixon Z-785 driver, Z-U85 utility irons

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We recently spotted new Srixon Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons, which are likely future replacements for Srixon’s Z-765 driver and Z-U65 utility irons. Srixon is staying hush on the tech details at the moment but did allow us to take photos of the new equipment.

Released in 2016, the Z-765 driver was a smaller-profile, lower-launching counterpart offering to the Z-565 driver, so it could be possible that there is also a Z-585 driver, counter to the Z-785 driver that we spotted. Also, it appears the Z-U85 utility irons come in at least 5 different lofts: 2-6 irons.

See more photos below, and check out discussion on the Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons.

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