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16 Revealing Photos from the RSM Classic



GolfWRX was live from the 2015 RSM Classic at the Sea Island Golf Club in Sea Island, Georgia. If you missed any of the albums, be sure to check them out here.

It’s a sad time of the year for a golf fan. This is the final official PGA Tour tournament in 2015, although Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge and the Franklin Templeton Shootout are still something to look forward to.

For a gear head, it’s an exciting time of the year, however. Players are more likely to make equipment changes now than mid-year, so it’s interesting to see which players are trying new clubs

We captured some photos of players testing new equipment this week, as well as some other revealing photos. Check them all out below.

Tour protos from TaylorMade

They feature an off-colored, raised sight line, but is it 21.35 millimeters above the putting surface? Check out our review and see what the significance of 21.35 is.

$200 says he can hit it through that door, over the patio, into the river, and make that pelican fly off its perch


You got this shot pards… It’s a hooded 4 iron.


If you haven’t seen Tin Cup, the “Pelican scene” is one of the best scenes in the movie, and possibly any golf movie… and possibly any movie ever. Some A+ commentary from Gary McCord throughout this movie, but especially in this scene. “Can someone get control of that guy?”

Nike Flexberry

RevealingPhotos035Nike’s new Flex 440 driver looks like the company took a sparkly blue Vapor Fly driver and dipped it into melted RZN like fondue. Its resemblance to a chocolate covered strawberry is astounding.


See more photos of the Nike Vapor Fly Flex 440 driver here.

Warning: If your opponent’s putter looks like this, DO NOT play him for money


You should be weary of anyone that has a wear mark on their putter, no matter where it is. It means they practice hard, have had the same putter for a while and hit the same spot on the club face consistently.

Note to self: Keep my wallet away from Tim Weinhart, a local Georgia PGA Professional.

Here’s his full WITB.

A lead tape masterpiece


This is such a beautiful application of lead tape on Derek Fathauer‘s Callaway V-Series fairway wood. It’s rare to see lead tape applied so crisply, with such artistry. It was clearly cut to match the curvature of the club, which lead-tape connoisseurs are sure to appreciate. But for the love of lead tape, please don’t let Phil Mickelson see this photo. We need not push him off the wagon.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, this should help explain it.

Dru Love’s clubs, like father like son

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Is Dru Love playing his father’s old golf clubs? With a SLDR fairway wood, a Mizuno Fli-Hi 2-iron, Ping S55 irons and a Scotty Cameron Tour Rat prototype, it sure appears that way.

See more photos of Dru Love’s clubs here.

Chuckie 3 Sticks is the hero GolfWRX needs



No one tinkers more than Charles Howell III on Tour… well, maybe K.J. Choi. He’s constantly on a chase to become better, and find better equipment. He’s currently testing a PXG 0811 driver with 4 screws — opposed to the standard 5 screws — set in the forward position, thus moving CG forward, most likely for lower spin and a lower flight. He’s also wearing what looks to be FootJoy prototype shoes.

If there was a Gear Head Hall of Fame, Chuckie 3 Sticks would be first ballot.

Another pair of FootJoy prototypes spotted 


And some tremendous footwork, too.

Vijay just refuses to stop grinding on the range


Some people have different passions in life. CHIII has golf clubs, Bubba Watson has the hashtag #urwelcome, Keegan Bradley has club twirls, Phil Mickelson has lead tape, Jordan Spieth has winning tournaments and Padraig Harrington has making the sound “eh” in interviews. Grinding on the range from sun up to sun down just happens to be Vijay’s passion.

Question to ponder: Do you think Vijay finds playing golf as an annoyance because it cuts into his range time?



Patrick Rodgers, who’s testing Nike’s new FlexBerry 440, just put my back into a pretzel from looking at this photo.


But yet, a smooth finish. Impressive.

Davis Love III showing off new PXG 0311T irons and the USA Ryder Cup bags

RevealingPhotos044I wonder if Tiger Woods will use the same Tour bag this year, except with “Vice Captain” under his name. He just have to change “USA” to… what’s his bag sponsor, again? It’s been too long, Tiger.

Breaking the rules

RevealingPhotos045I see you rules officials with your phones out. NO TEXTING! The guy on the right knows he got caught, too. Such a guilty grin.

Pressure-sensing mats, the newest trend on Tour



If you’ve never used one, they are great way to see how your weight transfers throughout the golf swing.

Related: Where Tour pros distribute their weight at address

I need to know…


What is Jason Dufner listening to? What’s on his iTunes playlist? Is it Taylor Swift? Is it Biggie Smalls? Is it the Biebs? If someone could reach out to Dufner to confirm, that would be great.

Peter Malnati’s custom Scotty putter, and an interesting ball selection

RevealingPhotos078The Missouri-grad uses a golf ball with the number 7. Personally, I don’t want numbers on my golf ball that I wouldn’t want on my scorecard…but he just won his first PGA Tour event, and I’m analyzing a close-up photo of his golf equipment. Keep doing you, Pete.

Home course advantage


Harris English is a member at Sea Island Golf Club, host of The RSM Classic. Surely there’s something comforting about using your own locker during a PGA Tour event.

Also, here’s an unexpected answer to a question you’ve never asked: What’s the difference between Harris English and Hudson Swafford, who also played on the University of Georgia golf team. Answer: Nothing!

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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.



  1. Proofreader

    Nov 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Very impressed that those TM prototype putters feature Cleveland golf technology.

  2. Johnnylongballz

    Nov 21, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Love these articles, keep them coming!

  3. Ryan

    Nov 21, 2015 at 2:15 am

    It’s not a prototype it’s just the hyperflex anyways great article!

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Puma unveil new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear



Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Puma Golf has launched its new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear – a new version of the NXT with premium leather accents.

The upper of the shoe features a premium leather saddle wrapped around Pwrframe reinforcement. The Pwrframe TPU is an ultra-thin frame that is placed in high-stress areas of the upper for lightweight in a bid to offer added support and increased stability.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The new additions feature Puma’s Pro-Form TPU outsole with an organically-altered traction pattern, containing over 100 strategically placed directional hexagon lugs in proper zones, designed to provide maximum stability and traction.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted footwear contain a full-length IGNITE Foam midsole, wrapped in Soleshield in design to offer maximum durability, comfort and energy return. Soleshield is a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole designed to make cleaning off dirt and debris effortless.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Speaking on the new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear, Andrew Lawson, PLM Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The Ignite NXT Crafted perfectly fuse the beauty of handcrafted shoemaking with modern development techniques to deliver optimum elegance and peak performance. With the combination of style and performance these shoes will appeal to a wide variety of golfers – those who appreciate the classic look of a leather saddle shoe and those who value modern comfort and stability technologies being a part of their game.”

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted shoes are available in 4 colorways: White-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Black-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Peacoat-Leather Brown-Team Gold and White-Hi-Rise-Team Gold) and come in sizes 7-15.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The shoes cost $140 per pair and are available online and at retail beginning today, June 5, 2020.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best Nike driver ever




In our forums, our members have been discussing Nike drivers. WRXer ‘DixieD’ is currently building up a Nike bag and has reached out to fellow members for driver advice, and WRXers have been sharing what they feel is the best Nike driver ever made.

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.

  • Ger21: “VR Pro LE? I have two I was still playing last year.”
  • mahonie: “The STR8-Fit Tour was one of the best drivers I’ve played. Still have it the garage and take it to the range occasionally…it would possibly still be in the bag if it hadn’t developed a ‘click’ in the head which I cannot fix. Long, straight(ish) and nice sound.”
  • jackr189: “The VR_S is one of the best.”
  • Finaus_Umbrella: “I played the Vapor Fly Pro, and still do on occasion for nostalgia sake. Sound and feel are great, but it demands a good strike.”
  • PowderedToastMan: “I enjoyed the SQ Tour back in the day, the one Tiger used forever. Do I miss it? Not at all, but it was a pretty good club for its time.”

Entire Thread: “Best Nike driver?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about driving irons for mid-handicappers



In our forums, our members have been discussing whether mid-handicappers can benefit from a driving iron. WRXer ‘jomatty’ says:

“I average about 230 off the tee on good drives. I can get a little more sometimes, but 230 is probably the average. I’m 42 years old and shoot in the mid to low 80’s. I do not get along with fairway woods very well, especially off the tee, and really don’t get enough extra length over my hybrid to consider using it aside from very rare situations on par 5’s (I’ve considered just going from driver to 19-degree hybrid and getting an extra wedge or something).”…

…and wants to know if he would be better served by a driving iron. Our members have been sharing their thoughts and suggestions.

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.

  • MtlJeff: “If you can shoot mid 80’s, you probably hit it well enough to hit a bunch of different clubs. Personally, I think hybrids are easier to hit….but some driving irons are quite forgiving. I use a G400 crossover that is very easy to hit and looks more iron-like. Something like that you might like. Be careful with some of them though because they aren’t always super forgiving, so you’d have to hit them first.”
  • HackerD: “G410 crossover is my version of a driving iron, feel like I hit it straighter than a hybrid. Just as easy to hit as a hybrid.”
  • hanginnwangin: “I shoot in the low 80s normally and in the 70s on my really good days. I have probably around the same or similar swing speed as you. I have been hitting my 4 iron off the tee on tight holes, and it’s been working pretty well so far. I hit it about 190-220. I have a 4 hybrid but just can’t hit it as consistently as the 4 iron, and it doesn’t even go much farther. I have a 5 wood which I only use for 220+ yard par 3s or wide-open fairways. Basically, it’s all personal preference and what you do best with. Everyone is going to be different. Try new stuff out and see what works. But if irons are the strongest part of your game (they are for me as well), I would give the 4 iron a shot. You can get a lot of roll out on the tee shots with it,”
  • Hellstrom: “Don’t laugh, but I bought a 17* hybrid with a senior flex shaft at a garage sale for $5, and I can hit it nice and easy and keep it in play without losing any distance. My driver SS is between 105 and 110 usually and swinging this thing feels like swinging a spaghetti noodle, but it works. I don’t have it in the bag all the time, but I do use it for certain courses. I take my 6 iron out and throw that in, so if I struggle with getting the ball off the tee, I just go to that.”

Entire Thread: “Driving iron for a mid-handicapper”

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