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Long-time Cobra Golf staffer Ian Poulter has split with the equipment brand.

At the time, there’s no word on where the 38-year-old might land, but a move to Cobra’s former parent company Titleist would be the most seamless. He currently uses the company’s Pro V1X golf ball and Vokey wedges.

Poulter also tweeted in August that he had participated in the shooting of a Titleist golf ball commercial, presumably to air in 2015. That indicates that he will not sign with an equipment company that would require him to switch golf balls.

A tweet from Oct. 15 shows just how much Poults likes the 2015 Titleist ProV1X, which golfers will learn more about at January’s PGA Merchandise show.

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  1. Cooper

    Oct 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    My sources say it’s gonna be Wilson boys and girls. They are big in Europe, he can play Titleist and wear his own clothes. Plus they need someone to replace Padraig.

  2. ND Hickman

    Oct 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I hope it’s Ping.

  3. Gustavo

    Oct 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I will go out on a limb and agree with Mike and say Srixon/Cleveland. They are a brand on the rise and could use a Euro name like Poults

  4. Ponjo

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Pouter needs to stop being a clothes horse and get some practice in.

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  6. Tom

    Oct 17, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Poulter should go back to playing full time in Europe so he can win an event

  7. Dan

    Oct 17, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Wilson Staff – You’ve heard it here first (from the grape vine)

  8. Waqar

    Oct 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Ping is Bubba territory, he is trying to sell titliest balls so it’s titliest I would assume unless he is sending them a message. He plays odessey putters, so it could be callaway too. Callaway is the most profitable golf manufacturer these days. I think it will be callaway.

  9. Scooter McGavin

    Oct 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    As much as Ping could use a good staffer, and I would like to see him on Ping, my guess would be that he goes with someone with deep pockets like Nike, Taylormade, or Callaway to a lesser extent. Maybe I’m just cynical, but that’s my guess.

  10. Tyler

    Oct 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I think he would make a good addition to the Mizuno staff. He and Luke Donald are great brand ambassadors

    • bradford

      Oct 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      I actually like that idea most…

    • :-p

      Oct 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      At least Mizuno has that cool blue driver! Poults need color! :-p

    • ams165

      Oct 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      To many bloody brit’s.

      It would look like the euro tour…

      He has his own clothes.

      Maybe Scratch???

  11. Tittylist

    Oct 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I thought I was on the TaylorMade website with all the TM ads taking up 1/2 the page. Perhaps Poulter can join TM as well like golfwrx!

  12. MHendon

    Oct 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

    News flash, he signs with the highest bidder, period!

  13. Kris

    Oct 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Rick Young from Score Golf here in Canada seems to think he’s going back to TMAG. I was thinking Titleist myself, but he would be a logical pickup for TM.

    • bradford

      Oct 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      TM only staffs long hitters, not sure he would align well.

      • MHendon

        Oct 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm

        Really, so when did Brian Harman become a long hitter or Justin leonard or Ken Duke or YE Yang or Scott Verplank or… well you get my point!

  14. steve

    Oct 16, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I don’t blame him. Cobra/Puma pushes the Fowler image on the clubs and clothing. Did Poulter even exist to them.
    He will go to the highest bidder, but I don’t see them lining up to sign him. He is coming off a bad season, doesn’t hit the driver far and is trying to push his clothing line. If your a equipment company Poulter is going to add little to nothing in sales. Doe’s anyone wonder or care what driver he plays or any equipment?

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  16. Donger

    Oct 16, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Callaway – he can still play the Pro VX – just like the rest of the callaway guys

  17. Wally K

    Oct 16, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Mizuno would be sweet.

  18. cheesehead42

    Oct 16, 2014 at 8:46 am

    The real question is who will be his shoe supplier?

  19. Kyle Gordon

    Oct 16, 2014 at 5:48 am

    I believe that poults will play a full set of titleist equipment

  20. Kyle

    Oct 16, 2014 at 5:46 am

    I think that poulter will move to titleist golf and play a full bag of titleist equipment

  21. Andy

    Oct 16, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Easy, he will go to Titleist! He has played the ball for many years and used to wear the shoes. He also plays their wedges.

    • Tyler

      Oct 18, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Yes, I agree he’ll go to Titleist. I think Titleist needs someone with more flash. I think Titleist is starting to become more of an “old man’s” brand due to low innovation, a more bland color palette and a higher price point. I’m not bashing Titleist. I love Titleist and I’m not a flashy guy so I actually prefer all of the above mentioned “old man’s” attributes. However, you do limited your market by not having some flash. All the other guys (even Ping, turbulators anyone?) are pumping up the color and flash. This would make sense for Titleist. Hell I wouldn’t be surprised to see Titleist bring in Poulter’s line of clothes as their own just as they did with Bob Vokey and Scotty Cameron. The FJ clothing line could use some of Poulter’s touch.

  22. Jim

    Oct 16, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I agree with ping being where he goes he will most likely bag the i25 driver and wood line and i would guess the older anser iron line and wedges i would also guess an anser blade or the ketsch putter and he can keep playing his pro v1x ball. If this is where he goes .

  23. Joel

    Oct 16, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Imagine if he went to callaway…. stenson and poulter both on one staff team. I love poulter, I just hope he lands somewere with clubs that work for him and not somewere just for the pay day.

  24. chris

    Oct 16, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I think Nike. He can still sell his clothes, but in Europe only.

  25. Todd Turner

    Oct 15, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    FJ

  26. Charlie

    Oct 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    If he wants to win majors, he should sign with PING.

    • Nigel

      Oct 16, 2014 at 4:19 am

      PING haven’t really won many majors in recent years to warrant that statement. Especially compared to the other brands

      • Matt2814

        Oct 16, 2014 at 7:03 am

        Didn’t Bubba Watson (PING STAFF PLAYER) win the masters last year??

      • Enrique

        Oct 19, 2014 at 10:42 pm

        Are you on crack? PING owns majors. 3 masters wins in 5 years. Add Open Championship with Oosthuizen and taking the fedex cup this year counts as much as a major – especially the way Horschel attacked it.

    • Mikec

      Oct 16, 2014 at 8:01 am

      I am a PING guy, but this is over the top.
      I think that Rory has proved that it is talent not equipment.

  27. Enrique

    Oct 15, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    If he goes Callaway I’m giving my clubs to the local First Tee chapter.

  28. Dakota

    Oct 15, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    My gut instinct is telling me he is going to Mizuno.

  29. Todd Turner

    Oct 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Go back to the FJ Icon!

    • sgniwder99

      Oct 16, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Seriously. Those Puma shoes looked weird with the stuff he wears.

  30. Mark

    Oct 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Who cares indeed. Puma made a huge mistake in buying Cobra in the first place. Poulter isn’t that big a name so I predict a move to Srixon or Mizuno.

    • HoHoHo

      Oct 15, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      You’re a clueless redneck

    • ams165

      Oct 16, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      +1

      Only his mouth is big.

      When was the last PGA event he won?????

      His claim to fame is his mouth, ryder cup in 2012 and his clothes logo that like a phallic symbol….

  31. Martin

    Oct 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Who cares.

  32. nikkyd

    Oct 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Who on earth would buy that pasty teabags tartan textiles. Good god.

    • Desmond

      Oct 15, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      If you’ve ever worn it, you’d find it’s high quality tartan textiles…

    • dr bloor

      Oct 16, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Because they don’t limit their golf wear to colors that go with Keystone Light cans?

    • dko

      Oct 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

      I would and I have. They are actually really good.

  33. Jason

    Oct 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I hope he signs with Ping.

    • Mike Hopkins

      Oct 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

      He loves titleist golf and will never leave their equip. Just like me.. smart move Poults…………………….

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Wunder: I’ve hit THESE new drivers this year…and this is what I think

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During this lockdown, I have done quite a few “Friday Q & A’s” on my IG, and one of the questions I get asked constantly is “have you hit this?” That, and “whaddya think?”

So, in the spirit of organizing my brain, it seemed like the right time to share what new drivers I have actually hit this year…and this is what I think.

Now, it needs to be said that there is a lot of new gear out there, but, to be honest, I’ve only actually hit a select few enough to actually build an opinion. “Enough” in this case is at least 20 balls. Some of these sticks I tested during our pre-launch preview with the OEMs, at the PGA show, a friend has one, or I actually have it in the bag.

Here we go.

TaylorMade SIM

Setup tested: SIM 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: The best way to describe how SIM looks behind the ball is “comfortable.” TaylorMade has always made drivers that just look correct. The lines are clean, the shape inspires playability, and I dig the paint job. They hit a home run with this one for sure.

FEEL: Best sound out there in my opinion. Heavy, dense, and if you get one dead-nuts center, it lets you know. The feel at contact is just as TaylorMade drivers have always done, center strikes feel like Thor’s hammer and mishits don’t kill your good vibes.

VS THE M5: I get asked this a lot. I loved the M5. Still do. To be honest the two drivers data wise were legit apples to apples. The only difference is my stock shot with M5 was a low spin straight ball and with SIM its a slight draw with a touch more spin and slightly lower launch. I prefer that.

OVERALL: In my opinion, the TaylorMade SIM is the cool kid in high school for 2020. Last year it was F9 followed closely by M5. TM knocked it outta the park on this one.

TaylorMade SIM Max

Setup tested: Sim Max 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: It has a bit more of a longer face at address, which makes the head appear shallow which inspires a bit more confidence to turn it over. That’s the main thing I noticed with MAX. Other than that its a tried and true TM shape.

FEEL: Like its sibling, it has a nice solid hit audibly at the impact. So, overall its apples to apples with SIM. However, due to the front weight missing on the MAX, the actual strike doesn’t feel AS meaty as SIM. Not a negative necessarily just something I noticed.

VS M6: Both of these sticks I launched a bit too high versus the weighted versions. That’s why they never got any serious consideration to actually put in play.

OVERALL: As a high launch, more forgiving option, it’s an ace.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Setup tested: Sub Zero 9 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV 65TX

LOOKS: To my eyes, the newer versions of the Callaway drivers have looked a bit more compact than its competition. To me, this always looked “low spin” for whatever reason. The Mavrik has the same shape which is good.

FEEL: They really fixed the sound. The Epic Flash sounded like a pop can to me, and the Mavrik Sub Zero sounds like a sledgehammer. The good thing here is the sound now matches up with what the hit feels like. I think the Mavrik is the best feeling driver Callaway has made since Epic.

VS EPIC FLASH SZ: To me, a complete improvement on all fronts. Sound, feel, and performance for me were all substantially better. Now I must say that the Epic Flash Sub Zero was a great driver, I always got great numbers out of it, but the sound took me out of it. I’m sure there isn’t that much difference audibly between the two, but in this game, even something minor can represent so much. Sound to me is huge.

OVERALL: In all honestly, I haven’t given a Callaway driver a real hard look to actually put in the bag since Epic. The sound got louder wit Rogue and Epic Flash. The Mavrik SZ  however is a fantastic driver and will def get some more testing out of me.

Cobra SpeedZone

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: The F9 was a winner on all fronts. The only critique I had was optically it looked like the driver was a little too fade biased. The SZ with its milled in top line gives it softer look at address and for me, softer lines mean more workability, just what my eyes tell me.

FEEL: As with F9 and the earlier mentioned SIM, the Speed Zone sounds EXACTLY how a driver should sound. It has a very heavy hit audibly and that’s across the face. I love the sound of this driver.

VS F9: Apples to apples, it’s the same. Beyond the optics, it feels, sounds, and performs like the F9. Not a bad thing though, the F9 was the driver of 2019 in my opinion.

OVERALL: Nothing wrong with repeating an already awesome driver. SpeedZone will stand up to anything out there. If I’m being fair, I think F9 elevated things in 2019, and this year the competition caught up to it. Changes nothing about how good this driver is.

Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: Like the other drivers in this higher MOI category, it looks a little longer heel to toe.

FEEL: No different than the SpeedZone, sounds great, the impact is solid across the face, and even thin shots feel solid.

OVERALL: The Xtreme is the sleeper hit of 2020 and I’ve heard the fitters love this thing. It’s by far the easiest to hit and overall good time of any driver on this list. Is it longer? No. But is it Xtremely (no pun) playable and competitive? Hard yes. It’s a blast.

PXG Proto

Setup tested: PXG Proto 9 w/ Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 TX

LOOKS: Slick. Like all PXG gear, the look is there. The matte crown and elegant lines make it very pleasing optically. I also appreciate that although it’s designed to look high tech. The lines inspire playability, and who doesn’t love a driver that looks like a stealth bomber?

FEEL: I only hit about 20 balls with the PXG Proto in the short time I had with it, but, wow, did this thing surprise me. The sound oddly enough is a bit higher-pitched than the others on the list but for whatever reason, it’s not a distraction. It actually adds to the experience of the hit. I typically detest that, but this sound matched up with the solid hit I was getting. I’m not sure if this is the final version since its a limited tour proto but what is happening is definitely interesting.

VS GEN2: It’s just better. Feels better, sounds great, more playable across the face. The Gen2 did one thing better than everyone else, it destroyed spin. The problem I had was control. The PXG Proto is still low spin but with the new 4 weight system (no intel on the tech yet) seems to add quality launch to the low spin profile and puts the player in a situation where very few to any sacrifices are made.

OVERALL: I was a fan of Gen2. No doubt. But it never flat out beat M5, F9, or SIM. The Proto has elevated PXG’s driver game. I don’t think its a matter of whether or not the driver stands up with the irons, I believe PXG is on the right track to having a driver that eliminates any “yeah, but…” to the conversation. That’s a huge leap since Gen1. These guys are trending hard.

I hope this was helpful.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts. The look of the ultra-stiff shafts, which originated from Bryson wanting a “graphite shaft that was stiffer than the Dynamic Gold X7″, has impressed our members who have been praising the final version and sharing their thoughts on the concept.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • QuigleyDU: “Awesome.”
  • My2dogs: “Really coming out with some great new stuff.”
  • HateTheHighDraw: “MMT 125TX are absolute fire, but these must be much stiffer.”
  • Robkingasu: “Sweet!”

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Should I move to heavier iron shafts? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of moving to heavier shafts in irons. WRXer ‘Z1ggy16’ has been making swing changes lately, and the transition has been most challenging for his iron play. ‘Ziggy16’ says:

“Been making some swing changes lately, most notably working to really shallow my club into the downswing. I’m finding that I’m doing this well with my heavy wedge shafts and driver, but I’m struggling a bit in my irons. My strike pattern with my wedges is pretty good, but the irons are a bit all over. Driver is 80g raw, wedges are 132g raw, irons 120g raw. I don’t think I want to go any stiffer, but is there a chance I’ve “outgrown” this weight and need to move to something a bit heavier to help keep these feels going through my set? No idea what swing speed is at this point, but my 7i is normally a smooth/comfortable 175-180 for me.

I really like the feel of my Accra Tour Z Xtreme 475 and my S400’s in the GW-LW. I’m kind of leaning maybe soft stepping modus 120TX or X100’s.. Heck maybe even S200 straight in? Normally I’d just get a fitting, but with Rona still going around, I’m not than keen on it. 2020 is the year of the self fit for me. FWIW, I used modus 120TX 2xSS in my GW & SW last year and that was pretty good feeling. Perhaps a touch too soft… they seemed to really whip/bend hard when hitting from the rough on full swings.”

Our members discuss whether they feel a switch to heavier shafts in the irons will have the desired impact.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Pepperturbo: “You’re not alone. Regardless of age, some of us swing better with heavier shafts. I went from 70g driver and 85g 3wd graphite shafts to 58g Ventus shaft in driver and 70g Ventus shaft in 4wd. In irons went from 130g X to 120g 6.0 PX steel shafts which lasted about fifteen years. Then last year made another downward weight change to Steelfiber (steel & graphite) 110g Stiff shafts, lightest I have ever played. Keep in mind as you transition, changing shaft weight is not the only answer. Increasing swing weight can make up for shaft weight. Though I really like them in 6-3i, not thrilled in SW-7i, so just ordered heavier Steelfiber i125g shafts for my PW-7i blades.”
  • Jeff58: “As someone who has gone through and continues to work on what sounds like a similar situation, your ideal iron shafts will likely change. Where they change to isn’t possible to predict with any degree of accuracy. Don’t change your current irons without knowing. It’s frustrating, expensive, and you won’t have any clubs while they’re being changed out. Instead, get a single club from dealsandsteals or similar and experiment with that. Also, the only relevant experience is outdoors under your actual turf conditions. Indoor and mat use can be grossly different.”
  • Red4282: “Just depends on your tempo and load and preferences tbh. My numbers are about identical to yours; I play 77g in the driver and 125 in the irons. I don’t think I could go lighter than 125.”
  • gvogel: “I have a set of hickory clubs. Of course, hickory shafts are darn heavy, maybe 150 grams or so. I probably hit straighter shots with the irons, and particularly hit better shots with the niblick (wedge). Driver and fairway woods, not so much. That might be a stupid insertion into an intelligent thread, but heavier goes straighter, lighter goes longer. You can go heavier, and it helps in transition, but don’t go too stiff.”

Entire Thread: “Should I switch to heavier iron shafts?”

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