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17 Revealing Photos from the AT&T Byron Nelson

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GolfWRX was live this week from the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons, the second (and last) leg of the PGA Tour Texas-swing.

Unfortunately, the weather was terrible. Rain storms, thunder storms and tornado warnings were abound, but we stuck it out to bring you the best photos possible.

Browse this week’s photo galleries here.

It was a wet one, but check out this week’s edition of Revealing Photos from the TPC at Four Seasons in Irvine, Texas.

A Happy Gilmore wedge-stamping to infuriate opponents

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Dropping a “somebody’s closer,” in Happy’s high-pitched voice is certain to cut deep into the soul of your playing partner after sticking your approach closer than him.

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John “The Rocket” Rollins’ camouflage wedges are ready to hunt

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Hopefully for birdies and eagles, not innocent bunny rabbits.

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And leave this bird out of it, too. He’s fresh out of the barber shop.

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There’s a bizarro-world Dustin Johnson caddying this week

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One is a Tour player wearing pants and smiling, the other is a Tour caddy wearing shorts with a death stare — opposite, but yet, so similar.

“Up is down; down is up. He says hello when he leaves and goodbye when he arrives.”

Spieth has something funny on his phone that Justin Thomas can’t stop laughing at

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“Dude, that’s hilarious.”

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“HAHAHA, ouch my ribcage.”

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“Wait, let me see that again.”

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*takes phone for up close view, continues cracking up*

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*still trying to regain composure*

Sometimes we forget that guys like Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth — despite having healthy bank accounts and loads of golf skill — are just 21-year-old kids that can’t stop laughing at something on a phone while other golfers are on the tee box.

Who says golfers aren’t cool?

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This duo is like the new age Method Man and Redman.

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Fresh to death.

Lefties constantly complain about hand-dominance discrimination from golf manufacturers

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But we shouldn’t hear a word about not being able to compress a golf ball. The DST Compressor training aid clearly comes in left-handed options, as shown in Tim Wilkinson’s bag this week.

In this week’s edition of “desperate times call for desperate measures”

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We bring you garbage bag golf bag covers. There’s nothing worse in golf than wet grips, and that’s a fact.

The best putting drill to sharpen your focus…

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Is definitely the one where you have a caddy changing his smelly, wet shoes behind you. Requires laser focus that translates well to the course.

Wondering how these new Lamkin grips perform?

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Question: answered.

Review: Lamkin UTx and Wrap-Tech grips

Jeff King, founder of Kingmade Jerky, eating Kingmade Jerky

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It’s like watching Ronald McDonald eat a Big Mac, or Colonel Sanders eat a Kentucky-fried chicken wing. Poetic.

I have no idea what’s going on in this picture

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But maybe some things are better left unknown.

True Temper Project X’s handmade proto graphite shaft now comes in red

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Our sources say the black-colored prototype will produce lower launch and spin, while the red shaft will be slightly higher spinning.

The Dizzy Wedge

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This “Dre” double-stamp on the Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind looks simple at first, but it’s nothing but a headache if you stare at it long enough.

Check out this Grilled Cheese putter.

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Fourteen Golf has a new line of crazy-looking HK putters — even more bizarre than the cheeseburger putter pictured above. See more in the gallery below.

Jimmy Walker actually has a comparatively legible autograph to his contemporaries

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As Arnold Palmer once said, “I have always felt very strongly that if someone thinks enough of me that they want my autograph, I should provide one that they can read. Very little irritates me more these days than to see the illegible autographs that some people give out.”

Looks like Walker is in the clear. But Rory on the other hand;

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What does that say, “Jimmy Omg”?

Dufner carrying just about all 14 of his clubs

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That looks like me walking to my golf ball across the fairway when it’s “cart path only.”

“It’s about 210, which could be a 3, 4, 5 or 6-iron depending on the wind. But what if the lie is bad and I need to lay up? That could be anywhere from a 7-iron to a lob wedge. Ahh forget it, I’ll just bring ’em all.”

This AT&T sign has good intentions, but a poor message

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Comparing children’s future to a waning sunset is a little disconcerting, no? A “back-nine sunset” means the round is almost over and it’s about to be nighttime — nothing encouraging about that. Wouldn’t a sunrise be more promising? Plus, sunlight during sunset is way dimmer than midday sunlight. It’s like saying “their futures are brighter than a flashlight that’s super low on batteries.”

Just an overall swing-and-a-miss metaphor here from AT&T.

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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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6 Comments

  1. Carl ainsby

    May 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    You guys are doing a nice job with this series. It’s a good feature to break up some of the other (instruction/equipment) content that has gotten a bit stale over the last few years.

    Keep up the good work, and thanks!

  2. RG

    May 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Andew “The Main Man” Tursky! Best feature on WRX! Get’s better and better!

  3. Justin

    May 29, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    #2 is hilarious

  4. Josh

    May 29, 2015 at 11:22 am

    This is by far the best feature each week and they keep getting better. Great job writing AT and great job getting the photos Greg!

    • Drew

      May 29, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Came here to say exactly the same thing. Keep them coming!

  5. greg

    May 29, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Nice job, AT!! Really like the Kingmade jerky post. Best feature on Golfwrx.com. I’ll work hard to provide you good content. Thanks

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Whats in the Bag

Shane Lowry WITB

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Driver: Srixon Z 585 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 70X

3-wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8X

Irons: Srixon Z U85 (2, 3), Srixon Z 575 (4, 5), Srixon Z 785 (6-PW)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX (2), KBS Tour 130X (3-PW)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 4 (50, 58 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom

Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Exo 2-Ball
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Image c/o Srixon (obviously, Lowry does not have all wedges pictured in play)

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Tommy Fleetwood’s bag is as awesome as he is (Tommy Fleetwood WITB)

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I’m obsessed with this guy. If there was a movie about his life, Aaron Taylor Johnson would play him…can we make that happen?

His bag has taken over for my past obsession with Charles Howell III, David Toms, and Rocco Mediate. I’m drawn to players that tweak a bit, it keeps it fun for me on Getty Images at 3 a.m.

Much like a Bernhard Langer, there is no telling what OEM sticks will land in Fleetwood’s bag. It’s awesome and a sign of the non-contract “eat what you kill” mentality shared by some of the biggest names out there (BK and Patrick Reed to name a couple).

Tommy has messed around quite a bit in the past two years with his bag and the fun part is, he’s not afraid to shake it up.

Here is a partial list of clubs that were previously in the bag since ’17 leading up to his current setup

  • TaylorMade M3 driver (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Titleist 917 D2 driver (@ 8.5 degrees) (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 3-wood (13 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 5-wood (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 80TX shaft)
  • Titleist 917 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Titleist TS3 3-wood (12.75 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Nike VR Pro Blades
  • Callaway MD4 wedges
  • Ping G410 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Ping G410 7-wood (18 degrees) (Mitsubishi Diamana BF 80T shaft)
  • Odyssey 2-Ball (plumbers neck)

His grips are also a fun one, he goes Blue Golf Pride TVC in his woods, Iomic Sticky in his irons, and black Golf Pride TVC in his wedges. God, I love this guy!

Tommy Fleetwood WITB @The Open

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (9 degrees @7.5)
*has lofted up a bit, his driver has been down to 6.5 I’ve heard.
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (45 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees @14)
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (42.5 inches)
*was in a Ping G410 until the Scottish Open where he switched into the M6.

Irons: TaylorMade GAPR Lo (@18.75), Srixon Z785 (4-iron, 23 degrees), TaylorMade P7TW (5-9)
Shafts: GAPR: Project X 6.5 (39.5 inches), 4-iron: Project X 6.5 (38.5 inches), 5-9: Project X 6.5 (38 inches @ 5-iron, minus 1/2 inch from there) (26, 30, 34, 38, 42 degrees)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (47, 52, 55, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedge notes: 48.10F (bent to 47) Tour chrome finish
52.08F raw
56.10 (bent 55) raw
60.08 raw

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3
Grip: Super Stroke Mid Slim 2.0


Quick thought: I do see a specific trend when it comes to free agents, and it’s mildly telling. Keep in mind I understand that it’s not 100 percent, but the trends are there.

In woods and wedges specifically, TaylorMade seems to be a popular choice in the overall woods category for non-signed players and Vokey is hands down the wedge of choice. Makes sense in my opinion, I’m not a big “best company” guy, but I do understand the choice. Both companies make and have made extremely high-performing sticks for many years. Consistency in anything is a hard opponent to beat. When Nike bounced out of clubs Rory, BK, Casey, and a few others put Vokeys straight in, and a BK and Casey put TM woods in the bag. (Just an example for context)

Anyway, Tommy Fleetwood is four back going into the final round. I have a weird feeling if it blows he could be holding a trophy.

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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