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9 Revealing photos from the 2016 Barracuda Championship

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GolfWRX was live this week from the 2016 Barracuda Championship — most recently known as the Reno-Tahoe Open — at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada. If you missed any of the photos from this week, make sure to browse the galleries in the links below.

Known as the “Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno is near both Lake Tahoe, and the Sierra Nevadas. That sets a beautiful landscape for low scores, or should I say high scores, in this Modified Stableford format, which the tournament adopted in 2012.

Now, it’s time for the Biggest Little Revealing photos in golf.

The Sierra scenery

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I told you, it’s a beautiful landscape to play golf, and hopefully make a bunch of birdies. Here’s a gallery full of awesome photos of Montreux G&CC taken by our Tour photographer, Greg Moore a.k.a. Pga43.

No excuses

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If the players miss their tee-time, they can’t blame the clocks since it clearly states this is not the official time. But it does make you wonder, what’s the point of this big clock by the putting green if that’s not going to be the official clock.

What’s in the bag?

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I’m stumped on this one. It looks like the bottom of a Ski Pole, which may actually make sense given the proximity to the Sierra Nevadas.

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Upon further investigation… yea it still looks like a Ski Pole, but with a golf grip on it.

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And a tennis ball in this bag? Skiers and tennis players?! I’m not sure what’s going on this week in Reno, but it’s proving the case that golfers indeed can be multi-sport athletes.

Golf is difficult

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Thoughout the Revealing Photos series, we’ve proven time and time again that golf is difficult, even for the best golfers in the world. Just look at the training aids and alignment assisters they need to hone their games.

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Rulers, yardstick, t-squares, levels, sticks, rope and just about whatever helps get the job done.

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What hope do us normal golfers have?

Rocco Mediate, the OG WRXer

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Rocco may be on board with the newest, hottest technology on the market in PXG, but he’s still sticking to his roots as one of the innovators in customized equipment.

He may have lost to Tiger Woods in the epic Battle at Torrey Pines, but he still wins in the heart of the gear heads for this awesome WITB setup.

Dog toy headcovers

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Some players have head covers that look like their dogs, while Dicky Pride has a head cover that’s actually a toy his dog uses. Now that’s puppy love.

U.S. Kids cart path tees

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You don’t want to take a big divot off of this tee box or you’ll ruin your club.

Judge Smails WITB

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Who knew that Smails was bagging an Odyssey Works Rossie II, which came out in 2015, 35 years after the movie aired. I always knew Caddyshack was ahead of its time.

The Ol’ Billy Baroo is, of course, in reference to this putt — one of the most clutch putts in not only movie history, but in golfing history.

The Ancer

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This stamping from Abraham Ancer is a hilarious, and fitting, spin on NBA great Allen Iverson’s nickname: The Answer. You may remember Iverson as the “We talkin bout practice” guy.

But don’t forget he was one of the best “little guards” to ever play.

Maybe Abraham will too go down as one of the greats… hopefully he practices a bit more though, golf is a pretty exacting game.

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. 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. Mike Gomez

    Jul 6, 2016 at 6:13 am

    iverson highlights were legit

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Fujikura launches new Pro 2.0 and Pro 2.0 Tour Spec shafts

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Fujikura has announced the launch of the second generation of its Pro series shafts: the Pro 2.0.

The first iteration of the Pro shafts were designed with a soft handle section to aid in loading. The Pro 2.0 presents an even more effective loading zone, according to the company, which also says torsional stiffness is 14 percent greater in the 2.0.

“Like all of our shafts, the Pro 2.0 has been designed utilizing enso, a 3D motion-capture technology that no one else in the shaft industry has,” said Alex Dee, Vice President at Fujikura Composites America.

“This technology and advanced data analytics has allowed us to crack the code on how club performance and ball flight are affected by shaft characteristics and swing type. When we compared to the original Pro, we saw the 2.0 was significantly easier to swing, had tighter shot dispersion, and lower spin to deliver the club head with more power, control and distance. We were thrilled with the result.”

The Pro 2.0 is painted “Destroyer Grey” with a metallic blue design in line with the original Pro shaft. The Tour Spec model is painted “Tour Spec White.”

The shafts will be available in weight ranges from 57 to 87 grams (5, 6, 7, 8) and in flexes starting at R2 up to X. $225 MSRP; $250 for the Tour Spec model. Hybrid option available for $140.

Available at over 600 qualified Fujikura charter dealers beginning February 1. Full specs at Fujikura.com.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Pro 2.0 in the forums.

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Fred Couples signs with Bettinardi, will continue to use FCB putter

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Fred Couples has been using his namesake Bettinardi putter, the FCB (Fred Couples Blade), for the past four years. Now, he’s officially joining Bettinardi’s Tour staff.

Couples, who has won 15 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times on the PGA Tour Champions, will putt exclusively with the company’s flatsticks.

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“I’m really looking forward to representing Bettinardi and its beautiful range of hand-made putters, as they always give me great confidence when I’m standing over putts,” said Fred. “Having won 5 times already with a Bettinardi putter, there’s nothing I’d rather be putting with.

Couples averaged 1.70 putts per hole when playing in 12 events with the Bettinardi wand last year.

“Having Fred Couples join our Tour staff is a massive endorsement for Bettinardi Golf,” said founder Robert Bettinardi. “We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to our growing Tour staff. I’m sure he will prove to be a great ambassador for our brand, as he attracts huge crowds and media attention wherever he plays.”

Here’s a look at Boom Boom’s FCB putter.

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Odyssey’s new EXO 2-Ball, Works Red and Black, and Toulon putters

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There’s one thing Odyssey has never struggled with: giving golfers options. Today, the company launched a trunk-full of new putters, including eight Works Red and Black putters, Toulon Atlanta and Portland models, and an Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter that gives the classic 2-ball design a very new, and premium look.

Most of the new putters, actually, are mallets. More specifically, they are mallets that Odyssey says feel like blade putters; that’s because they’re made with toe hang (like a blade putter) rather than face-balanced designs of typical mallets. Toe hang frees up the face of a putter to open and close, a stroke-style that many golfers employ — amateurs and pros alike.

According to Austie Rollinson, chief designer of Odyssey, there’s been a trend of blade users on Tour switching into mallets because of this toe hang, and that will continue to happen. Odyssey says that of the PGA Tour wins last year, 29 winners used mallets — 14 of those were mallets with toe hang — while there were 20 blade winners. Also, of the top-50 in Strokes Gained: Putting, 31 players used mallets, 13 of which were toe-hang mallets, and 19 players used blades.

Therefore, many of the new putters from Odyssey are toe-hang mallets. Check out all of the new putters below, with info on design, pricing and release dates.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new putters here

Odyssey Works Red and Black putters

 

The new Works Red and Black putters — adding on to the line of putters released in 2017 — continue to use microhinge face inserts that are designed to “grab” the ball to impart more topspin on the golf ball to get it rolling faster. The new offerings launched today include a No. 1 Wide S, No. 1 Tank, No. 7 Tank, 2-Ball Fang, Marxman, Marxman S, Jailbird Mini and Jailbird Mini S.

They will sell for $199 with a standard Winn AVS midsize pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke grip starting on February 23.

See more photos and join the discussion about the Works Red and Black putters here.

Odyssey EXO 2-Ball

The new EXO 2-Ball, made with Rose Gold PVD, is a premium version of the iconic 2-ball shape. It’s CNC-milled with a microhinge insert, has an aluminum crown with a steel sole plate and Tungsten in the rear portion of the head. The EXO 2-ball also has black circles instead of the familiar white color for which 2-balls are known.

According to Odyssey, it’s a “statement product,” and it will only sell 5,000 of these putters globally. They will sell for $499.99 starting on February 2.

Odyssey says: “Our new Odyssey EXO 2-Ball is a premium limited edition putter unlike any we’ve ever offered. It combines one of the game’s most innovative and iconic putter designs with top-notch materials and meticulous production to create something truly special.”

Toulon Atlanta and Portland

Odyssey’s premium putter brand continues dipping its toes in the mallet style with its new mid-mallet Atlanta and Portland models. They have gunmetal finishes and are 100-percent milled from soft, 303 stainless steel. They also have Toulon’s familiar diamond-milled faces for improved roll.

The Atlanta and Portland models will sell for $399.99 apiece and hit retail on February 2.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Toulon Atlanta putter here

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