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Since switch, Ernie Els is the Tour’s best putter

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En route to this weekend’s fifth-place finish at the Quicken Loans National, Ernie Els gained 1.99 strokes on the field thanks to his work on Congressional’s greens.

Of course, it wasn’t long ago that Els agonizingly took six putts from within three feet on the first green at Augusta National, and several videos of other painful misses from close range made their rounds on the internet.

In what is perhaps the equipment story of the year so far, since switching to a SeeMore mFGP Deep Flange Nashville Studio Series (with SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 grip, left-hand low) during the third round of the RBC Heritage, Ernie Els has effectively led the Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting.

That’s right. Els went from a golfer so heartwrenchingly yippy from close range that some speculated his career could be over, to tops on the PGA Tour in putting.

Amazing stuff.

In 20 measured rounds with the SeeMore mFGP in the bag, Els has gained 24.08 strokes with his putter. And his average SGP over that time is 1.204, which is better than PGA Tour leader Jason Day’s work this season (1.145).

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An incredible turnaround, and strong support for the ever-tinkering ways of WRXers: Finding the right putter, and one which inspires confidence on the greens, can truly make a difference.

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  2. graymulligan

    Jun 29, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    There’s no question that the Seemore putters work for a ton of people, but I can’t get past the looks. Great stuff, but it just doesn’t fit my eye.

  3. RP Jacobs II

    Jun 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Great to see the Big Guy back in the game. They don’t come any classier. Nice article Ben!! Stay well My Friend and Have a Great and Safe Fourth

    All the Best,
    RP

  4. Zeek

    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Great putter company. Great customer service!

  5. cody

    Jun 27, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    glad to hear it. Wish he had figured this out 3 years ago. Would probably won at least 3 events.

  6. ooffa

    Jun 27, 2016 at 10:25 am

    It has nothing to do with the type of putter. What he switched was his flawed thinking. Go get em Ernie. Time to own the second putt!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “3+ wedge users – the more, the merrier or certain wedge for certain shots?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from BetterAtBingo who has asked WRXers the merits of having 3+ wedges in their bag. Our members discuss what they feel is the optimal wedge set-up and how they decide on a specific wedge for a particular shot.

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.

  • gioguy21: “I carry a 47* PW (it’s apex MB, or a ‘set’ PW); 52/56/60* MD4’s. When playing, i actually use them for specific purposes mostly: PW and 52 are predominantly for full shots or longer pitch shots off fairways, 56 is used for inside 100y, pitches, chips, around the green and bunker shots, 60 is used for around the green in higher grass, or near-side bunker shots (where you have to get it up quickly) or when a lob shot is needed with some higher spin. Hope this helps. I carried a three wedge system (PW, 52, 59) for the entire year, and always felt like I needed something between the 52 and 59; specifically with spinny pitches/chips and bunker shots.”
  • lenman73: “I am similar to gioguy. I have 44, 50, 56, 60. The 44 and 50 are full shots. The 56 and 60 are for close range. For whatever reason, in my area elevated greens are the norm, so unless you miss short in the front, playing the low ball isn’t the best decision. It’s not always from the front either. So since I started playing 30 years ago and have lived in the same area, the aerial assault has always been my go-to game plan near the greens. So for me, it causes no confusion; it is lie and length-dependent. Anything within 10 yards of the green is my 60 and adjust from there.”
  • gwelfgulfer: “I don’t think that gapping at the bottom of the bag really means much as that is more for full swings. Shots under 100y usually aren’t ‘stock yardage’ full swings (obviously depends on individual yardages) and are likely going to be club manipulated swings (ball position, choke down, 3/4-1/2, flighted). I roll with a three wedge set up unless I have my i20’s in the bag (I just like the UW enough to carry it) as most of these sets have 47-48 degree PW’s, so going 54/58 or 53/58 isn’t much of an issue. Most greenside play is done with either my 53/54 as I prefer to get the ball rolling quicker and just read it all like a put. Bunker play is with either club as situation dictates.”
  • Warrior42111: “PW (45) Full shots – and some bump and run. 50 Full shots – and some bump and run. 56* anything inside 100. 62* short siding and I love it out of a bunker, can full swing and not worry about overshooting”

Entire Thread: “3+ wedge users – the more, the merrier or certain wedge for certain shots?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon putter cover”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon putter cover. The eye-catching cover has got our members talking in our forums, and the reaction to the cover has been very positive.

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.

  • Fritzer: “Sick cover, love the SJ logo considering he played for the Jr sharks.”
  • chafita: “Awesome cover.”
  • tdk8180: “You better win with a cover like that…ballsy putting a San Jose logo on there….jeez”

Entire Thread: “Maverick McNealy’s custom Odyssey/Toulon cover”

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New 2020 Cleveland Launcher UHX irons feature a combination of hollow and cavity back irons

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Cleveland Golf has introduced Cleveland Launcher UHX irons, which incorporate hollow back long irons with cavity back short irons.

The unique approach looks to provide maximum distance and forgiveness in the long irons (4- 7-irons) through lower and deeper weighting in the hollow back construction while focusing on precision and control from the 8-iron to PW with a cavity back design in this addition to the 2020 Cleveland iron lineup.

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2020 Cleveland Launcher UHX irons: Details

The new additions also contain a high-strength, HT1770M variable steel face insert in each long iron. According to the company, improved mass distribution in the face insert is designed to deliver higher ball speeds and more distance on each shot.

Speaking on the new Launcher UHX irons, Director of Engineering, Research and Development at Cleveland, Dustin Brekke stated

“This combination of cavity back and utility irons into one set offers the perfect blend of distance and accuracy. A new variable face pattern delivers more distance due to hotter faces with better mass distribution.”

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Both the hollow and cavity back irons feature a V-Shaped Sole which is designed to offer both improved speed retention and forgiveness through improved turf interaction. The company’s Tour Zip Grooves and enhanced Laser Milling aim to provide maximum spin on each Launcher UHX short iron.

Arriving in both left and right-handed options, Cleveland’s Launcher UHX Irons officially launch on October 4 and are priced at $799.99 MAP for a seven-piece steel set and $899.99 MAP for a seven-piece graphite set.

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