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16 Revealing Photos from the RSM Classic

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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

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

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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.

Strawberry

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

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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

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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

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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 

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And some tremendous footwork, too.

Vijay just refuses to stop grinding on the range

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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?

Ouch

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

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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

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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…

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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

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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.

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  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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Brooks Koepka’s winning WITB: 2019 PGA Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft

Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Mizuno JPX 919 Tour (4-PW)
Shafts: Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 Raw (52-12F, 56-10S); Vokey SM4 TVD Raw (60-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Image c/o Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) with one wrap of 2-way tape and one wrap of masking tape

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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See more pics of Koepka’s clubs and shafts here.

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Bettinardi releases military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served

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Bettinardi Golf has unveiled its limited-run military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Veteran Golfers Association.

Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, the new release from Bettinardi features a unique full tactical F.I.T. Face over Honeycomb face milling which is designed for extra soft feel at impact. The neck, bumpers, and sole of the flat-stick features engravings inspired by military insignias used in the army.

Handpainted in a military-themed “sniper” navy, gray and white color scheme, the putter is milled to 355 grams from Soft Carbon steel and comes with a matching Made in USA headcover and a red Lamkin Deep Etched Cord grip.

 

The BB8-Wide Armageddon putter costs $550 and will be available to buy at Bettinardi specialty dealers around the globe on May 23, and online in the Hive on Bettinardi.com.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jjfcpa who asks fellow members what their preferred choice of club is when their ball is in thick rough. A variety of irons and hybrids are mentioned by our members who delve into the discussion of course management.

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.

  • RainShadow: “For me, that sot would be a 7 iron, open the face a little and play a runner up to the front of the green. Open face will help a bit with getting stuck in the grass.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “Club choice depends on whether you’re willing to accept a bogey or whether you insist on making double.”
  • ChipNRun: “I would try a hinge and hold action. Take a half swing with plenty of hinge action and punch down on the ball with limited follow-through. Use the big muscles of the shoulders – you don’t want to hurt yourself trying to muscle it. Probably choose something between a PW and a 7i. You’ll need to hold firmly with L hand, so the grass doesn’t wrap around the hosel and deloft the club face.”
  • kcd38: “If it is 200 plus from the green and a decent lie, hybrid. If it is less than 200 from the green and sunk down a little, I usually go with my 8 iron and play the face slightly open knowing the grass will grab the hosel and shut the face. Definitely need some speed to get out of the thick stuff.”

Entire Thread: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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