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10 Revealing photos from the 2016 Memorial Tournament

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GolfWRX was live this week from the 2016 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. If you missed any of the photos this week, make sure to browse the galleries below.

The Memorial Tournament is special for two reasons:

  • It attracts a heavy-hitting field.
  • It’s “Jack’s Place.”

The course itself is beautiful, but it makes it that much more remarkable for a golf fan that Muirfield Village is dreamed up and designed by Jack Nicklaus — either the best or second-best golfer of all-time, depending on who you ask.

We’ll reveal some photos below, but first, a video that honors the Golden Bear, and what he has done for and in the game of golf.

The longest yard

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Next time you head to the practice green to work on your stroke, bring a yardstick. This is one of the simplest, effective and frustrating putting drills around. And if you get too angry, remember to snap the yardstick over your knee, not your putter.

New Srixons on the horizon?

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Based on the irons in Hideki Matsuyama’s bag, showing Z765s, and the photo snapped below, showing Z965s, it appears that Srixon will be unveiling a new line of irons some time in the near future.

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Refreshing simplicity

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Much of Muirfield Village takes after Augusta National, so it’s only right that the course utilizes log-looking stakes as tee markers. Sure, it’s not as entertaining as FedEx trucks or John Deere tractors, but golf isn’t always about extravagance.

Camilo’s customs

4ba70b529adf14195a6447a7dda8d8d1In recent years, Camilo Villegas has had his irons bent to his liking, with a drawn-on reminder of the lofts. But his new PSi irons are unique in the fact that the soles have been ground, and stamped with new numbers, creating an awesome one-of-a-kind look.

A 40.5-degree 8 iron? That’s got to be one of the weakest 8 irons on the PGA Tour. The reason why? Camilo is a very low spin player, and needs the added loft to create optimal launch conditions.

Wedge stampings refuse to die

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So, I proclaimed a stricter criteria for wedge stampings in a recent rendition of revealing photos, saying I had to be blown away to include a stamping due to overabundance on Tour. And I’m already eating my words over this super-creative Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stamping. Brilliant.

Spieth’s decision

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We’ve seen Jordan Spieth bounce back-and-forth between a Titleist 716 T-MB 3-iron and a 712U 3-iron for most of the 2016 season. After winning with the T-MB at last week’s Dean & DeLuca Invitational, it appears he’s made a long-term decision. He’s not even carrying the 712U during his practice round this week.

See Spieth’s Winning WITB from the Dean & DeLuca Invitational here.

A photograph-off

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This is a photo taken by our photographer Greg Moore of GolfWRX Founder and President Richard Audi. So they’re taking a picture of each other taking a picture of each other. Did GolfWRX just explode in on itself? The guy on the right is mind blown, too.

Taking dead aim

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Fun fact: Jonas Blixt once had dreams of being a hockey star rather than a professional golfer, but said he “never really got big enough or good enough.”

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He seems to have some prowess with the wrist shot, but struggled to keep this shot on goal. Juuuust a bit outside.

Bryson is serious about his shaft testing

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We spotted Bryson DeChambeau testing a few different fairway wood shafts on the practice range — and by a few I mean nearly every Oban, Graphite Design and Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei shaft in existence. It will be interesting what shaft the most-interesting-equipment-geek-in-golf decides on this week, and whether he sticks with it going forward.

Hole No. 1, 470 yards

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Must be nice to pull a fairway wood with no worries, huh Rory?

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Bubba went with a driver, but he was probably going for the green. And who could pull off a pink driver, pink shaft, and non-matching yellow glove like Bubba can? Answer: No one.

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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. Brandon

    Jun 4, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Those Srixon Z9s look incredible!

    • OH

      Jun 6, 2016 at 7:51 am

      I cannot wait for more on those. Absolutely beautiful.

  2. greg Moore

    Jun 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I can’t believe the guy in the camo shirt and shorts didn’t make the top photos.

    • Andrew Tursky

      Jun 4, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      He must have blended in so well that I missed him!

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GolfWRX Spotlight: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue review

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TaylorMade on the tech features of the TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

  • V Steel Sole design

    The v-shaped sole allows for clean turf interaction and provides additional versatility when playing from tight or difficult lies

  • Twist Face

    Uses corrective face angles designed to overcome inherent golfer tendencies on mis-hits and to produce straighter shots

  • Thru-Slot Speed Pocket

    Our breakthrough Thru-Slot Speed Pocket technology delivers enhanced sole flexibility to create additional ball speed as well as improved forgiveness on low-face mis-hits

  • C300 Ultra-Strong Steel Face

    High-strength C300 steel allows for a stronger, faster face engineered for explosive speed performance *Only SIM Max Fairway and Rescue

How it looks: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

I’ll be honest here: I hate hybrids. They look goofy and I hit em high and left 101 percent of the time. However, every once in a while I’ll find one that I can warm up to. It’s happened twice in the last five years: PXG Gen 2 and SIM Max. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but this hybrid looks like it’s gonna get into the turf and I’m actually gonna hit a good shot. The color scheme is clean and simple. The lines are sleek and not boxy, which is always a bonus. Sometimes hybrids look like a brick on a stick to me. This one does not.

How it feels: TaylorMade SIM Max hybrid

This is where I got really intrigued: the feel. It’s solid. Really solid. Now, I must say that TM didn’t reinvent the wheel with this thing, but the SIM Max is just a simple solid hybrid that is easy to hit and gets through the turf. The V Steel helps that I reckon. It has a nice heavy hit which is good since this is supposed to transition from woods to irons.

Overall: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

It’s a winner. Not hybrid of the century or anything, but a club that could stay in the bag for a while and produce solid results. Look, we have 14 slots to play and they all have a job to do. You cannot go wrong by giving this one a slot in the starting lineup!

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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters

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In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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