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McIlroy, Koepka spotted testing Scotty Cameron putters at The Barclays

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After Nike announced that it’s getting out of the golf equipment space and sticking with shoes and apparel, the natural question on the minds of GolfWRXers was “What equipment will the golfers under contract with Nike play going forward?”

Nike athletes such as world-ranked No. 5 golfer Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka (No. 18) were at the forefront of that speculation. While we still don’t have concrete answers, we did spot both McIlroy and Koepka testing putters from Scotty Cameron at The Barclays.

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McIlroy, who was most recently bagging a Nike Method Origin B2-01 prototype, was seen testing multiple Cameron putters including a mallet-style putter (pictured above). See more photos and join the conversation here.

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Koepka, on the other hand, was spotted testing a familiar Scotty Cameron Tour Only Newport 2 putter he has gamed in the past. Click to see more photos of Koepka’s Cameron.

As always, we will update you with more information as it becomes available.

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  1. To old to matter

    Aug 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Why are these guys playing knock off clubs. In this case a putter that was copied from the best putter ever made. Ping, if there is something wrong with the Ping Putter, I don’t know what it would be because Scotty Cameron is nothing but a copy, tell the original, the people that started all of it. The putter has nothing to do with the irons or woods they make. I play the irons but I play Taylor Made woods. But that putter, I bought it at the 68 PGA Championship, they were still brand new, I have had it in my bag since that day. By the way, Raymond Floyd was the winner that year. Play the real thing,, putter that is, PING.

    • David Labbe

      Aug 25, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Actually Scotty got his start from Tad Moore. Tad Moore and Maxfli where the first to introduce the milled putter back in the early 90’s.

    • SNBD

      Aug 31, 2016 at 12:33 am

      Another get off my lawn guy on here….even your handle (which has a typo in it) implies that you are old. We’ve all heard it before….everything was better back in my day. You can keep rolling the rock with your putter from ’68, why don’t you wash your clothes by hand, use a rotary telephone, and drive a car without power steering while you’re at it.

  2. golfraven

    Aug 24, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Rory will pull out his old trusty GSS Scotty he was practicing with in his back garden. What you see on the range is just show for the media and showing some interest for his future sponsor to build some hype around their equipment.

  3. Scott

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Rory was throwing his Nike clubs in the ponds way before Nike bailed. He couldn’t wait to get back to Titleist and start winning again.

    • lsf_21

      Aug 24, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Other than the fact he won more majors with Nike than he did Titleist. But thats none of my business.

      • Jack

        Aug 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm

        Rory won 2 with Titleist and 2 with Nike.
        Which 2 is more Isf?

      • Jwall34943

        Aug 26, 2016 at 3:02 am

        Your “fact” is incorrect. He won 2 majors with each company. Maybe you should start researching your “facts” before posting them here, because your ignorance becomes all of our business.

  4. SB

    Aug 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I predicted a shift back of both Rory and Koepka to Titleist and haters commented hardly… you re welcome.

    • Tom

      Aug 24, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Ya get a package of baby wipes with that prediction.

  5. Buford T Justice

    Aug 23, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Which one of them is rockin’ the ‘British Knights’ stamped putter?

  6. freowho

    Aug 23, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Rory would have been over the moon when NIKE said they wouldn’t produce clubs anymore. He’s been fighting a hook ever since he switched. Watch out Day, Dustin and Speith. Rory is back.

    • Realist

      Aug 23, 2016 at 11:17 am

      If you think this is because of equipment, you’re a hacker. These start tweaking their swing and then start falling apart. See Tiger. The equipment has nothing to do with it. He will lose money by Nike closing.

      • Jack Nash

        Aug 23, 2016 at 11:28 am

        $250 mill to the good though. In Rory’s case it’s more a switch to the Stocton method that’s caused him the most grief. As for his driving, a couple of weeks ago they said he was the most accurate long driver on Tour. Maybe he’ll smarten up and go back to Titleist.

        • Rob

          Aug 24, 2016 at 4:47 am

          He won all 4 of his majors with the “Stockton method”.

  7. RedX

    Aug 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Its a great game isn’t it. Rory would be tested and analysed within an inch of his life and have clear indicators as to which style of putter suited him best (ie mallet vs blade) but disregard that – “its always about the feel” trying different styles anyway in the search for a feeling. Arrow or Indian – whatever – would be nice if he found something …

  8. Scott Francis

    Aug 22, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Im sure with the Nike money he will get for clothes and shoes plus what he would make with an equipment co should be comparable. So my question is with TW, Rory and Koepka along with others do their existing contracts get re-negotiated? I asuume that big cash Tiggy and Rory were getting was for clothes and equipment.

  9. Joseph

    Aug 22, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Sure Titleist would love to have him back. He left because he idolized Tiger, wore NIKE as a 6 year old, they offered him a ton of money and he was involved with club design. His putting wasn’t fault of Nike it is between his ears. Question is why NIKE would want to pay him a bunch of money to wear nike hat, shirt and shoes if he is playing Titleist clubs and balls. Maybe I am not typical, but I care about what clubs and ball he plays, I don’t care about his shirt anymore than I care about Bubba’s shirt. Without the clubs and balls,not sure he sells more Nike soft goods.

    • Jackson Galaxy

      Aug 23, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Think Under Armour and Spieth. That’s what Nike wants to be with “the next Spieth”. Its the only thing people see when they watch golf on tv. You don’t really see the name on the clubs much.

    • Michal

      Aug 23, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      wow you are a moron, of course nike will sponsor him if he uses titleist clubs and ball you know why??? CASUE NIKE DOESNT MAKE BALLS OR CLUBS ANYMORE! thus evryone they sponsor willbe playing other non-nike clubs. You say you are not sure how he willhelp the nike clothing business, you may not have noticed but research the reports, Nike is #1 right now in golf apparel sales hence why they are not stopping that line of clothes and shoes, you moron.

      Nike is smart and doesnt want to becomse adams, or clevelenad who should have bowed out years ago. all the current players will still have clothing contract till thier contract is up justnot clubs and balls. I can see rory going back to scotty and a prov1x. as far as driver and irons who knows.

      • Chris

        Aug 26, 2016 at 1:35 pm

        Hey bud maybe take a deep breath… Yikes

      • SNBD

        Aug 31, 2016 at 12:42 am

        I’ve never seen a comment so salty and calling a guy a moron that has more typos and terrible grammar than this one. You could get a redo and without getting help from someone, it probably won’t be that much better than the original.

  10. Sam

    Aug 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I wonder if Titleist would take him back after he left them the way he did.

    • William

      Aug 22, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      His Titliest contract was up when he left

    • Mike

      Aug 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Probably won’t pay him Nike money but sure they would take him back

    • cgasucks

      Aug 22, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Titleist will no doubt take him back…but will Rory be willing to take a pay cut to play their stuff???

      • Jam

        Aug 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm

        No one is going to pay him what Nike was, I bet he goes with Titleist because he’s familiar and it’s comfortable.

      • Mickyc

        Aug 23, 2016 at 10:45 pm

        If he goes back to Titleist, he might win enough money to make up the difference 😉

    • COGolfer

      Aug 22, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      This game is about money, not revenge.

  11. Dj

    Aug 22, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    New putter for Rory certainly isn’t going to help his awful reads

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Edison Forged wedges offer performance for everyone

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Terry Koehler is a wedge guy—and today, he officially announces the launch of Edison Forged wedges, the first product from the new Edison Golf Company.

Born from the concept that most wedges on the market don’t benefit the average golfer, Koehler has been on a mission to bring significant technology and innovation to wedges since his initial introduction to the wedge space in the mid-90s. The new Edison forged wedges combine years of experience and design into a club that can offer a tangible improvement in distance control and consistency for every player compared to a traditionally designed tour-style wedge, according to the company.

A shift in design philosophy

Edison Forged wedges look different because they are different. Compared to traditional tour-style wedges that place the majority of mass low in the clubhead, Edison wedges move more mass higher in the head and around the perimeter to increase MOI and consistency on shots hit around the face. Traditional wedges with low center of gravity (CG), cause shots to launch higher and with less spin—that might work for modern drivers, but it’s not something you want in your short game.

Amateur golfers’ largest struggle is consistent face contact. Professional golfers at the highest skill level, on the other hand, can benefit from traditional wedge designs by controlling exactly where the ball makes contact on the face to hit desired trajectories and vary spin. This variability in spin is something that amateur golfers don’t need in their games.

Terry Koehler:

“Tour professionals spend thousands of hours honing their exquisite skills. They have perfected those skills with wedges that really haven’t changed much in decades. I think there are complex reasons why wedges haven’t experienced the same technical revolutions we’ve seen in every other category”

The other difference is the signature TK Sole. The sole has been refined over the years to be as versatile as possible and eliminate the consumer confusion around trying to select just the right grinds for swing and turf conditions. Koehler’s design philosophy is that since turf conditions can vary greatly throughout the season, course to course, and shot to shot, a sole design needs to be able to handle anything you can throw at it. The rear portion of the sole has been given a huge amount of relief to make it lower bounce so it can handle tight lies, firm turf, and shallow swing paths. However, the leading portion of the sole has a high bounce, so that same wedge can handle softer lies and steeper swings.

“Very simply, it takes all that confusion and worry about bounce and throws it right out the window.” – Terry Koehler

Lasting consistency is the final part to this wedge spin equation. Edison Forged are pushing the limits of wedge face and groove design by fly-cutting the face to perfect flatness, then CNC-milling progressive grooves with varying width, depth, spacing, and wall angle. The company then adds a unique “X pattern” etching between the grooves to “push the wedge to USGA limits.”

The proof

Edison Golf doesn’t just want you to take your word for what they are promising with performance. They are offering up the Forged wedges have been proven by independent robotic testing to give you more penetrating trajectories (2-4 degrees lower than ‘tour design’ wedges), dramatically improved spin because of improved gear effect and more distance out of your mishits, particularly those high-face impacts that cost us strokes. The data can be seen below.

Edison Forged wedges: Specs and availability

Edison Forged wedges will come stock in lofts from 45 to 63 degrees in odd numbers only, starting in the spring of 2020, and currently only in right-handed.

Stock shaft offerings are from KBS including the KBS Tour, Tour 105, and Tour Graphite.

Special Offer

Edison is offering specially marked “One of 500” pre-production sets for pre-purchase through the Company’s website at www.EdisonWedges.com. Golfers that purchase one of these limited edition sets will be enrolled in the “Edison 500 Club”, and will receive a suite of special treatment, beginning with a package of Edison logo’d gifts, and includes special Ambassador status where these select Edison wedge owners can earn rewards and incentives for referring their friends to Edison Golf.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest set you have played lately?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Bogeygolfer55 who asks WRXers for the oldest set of clubs they have played lately. The responses may surprise you, with some members going way back in time and still finding the older clubs effective.

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.

  • No_Catchy_Nickname: “1980 Ram Tour Grinds, Honma and Mizuno woods from, I think, the 80s, Ram BeCu gap wedge (don’t know the year), Ram Tom Watson Grind SW, and a TaylorMade TPA IX putter.”
  • Hatchmanss76: “1985 Titleist Tour Model Blades and Cobra Persimmon 2 and 4 woods. Low running darts off the Tee all day in strong windy conditions.”
  • tannyhoban: “Played a set of Cobra Greg Norman Signatures early this year with the autoclave stiff graphite shafts. One last fling before moving them on. Sweet set of irons.”
  • NixLix26: “Cleveland TA3’s form forged. Still a great iron set.”

Entire Thread: “Oldest set you have played lately?”

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WRX Spotlight: Big Max Aqua Sport 2 cart bag

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Product: Big Max Aqua Sport 2 cart bag

Pitch: From Big Max “Big Max was founded 1994 and has grown into a global market leading push cart and golf bag brand. Europe’s #1 push cart brand was launched into the U.S. market in 2014. Big Max golf bags are manufactured using the highest quality materials and workmanship. Our bags are designed to deliver the best user experience in design, form, and function.”

Our Take on the Big Max Aqua Sport 2 cart bag:

Well known for their push carts, Big Max introduced themselves to the cart bag market with their Aqua Sport 2 bag. The bag’s primary selling point is the 100% waterproof element, and with the dreary winter months now upon us, it’s a much-needed asset.

Beginning with the look of the bag, it is indeed big and sturdy as you might expect with a cart bag, yet surprisingly, still relatively lightweight and mobile. The bag is exceptionally spacious boasting a 9.5 inch, 14-way compartment, and an oversized putter well which can be very beneficial for those that like an oversized grip on their flat-stick. The separation is both impressive and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Ultimately, the bag hinges on its waterproof quality, and it’s a feature which delivers in spades. The bag contains the i-Dry Rainsystem to provide water and tear resistance, and I was able to put it to the test on a wet day out on the course recently. The fabric casts away water superbly, keeping each item in the bag dry – delivering undoubtedly on the claim that the bag is 100% waterproof.

As for the storage areas, the bag has enough options for a retreat, let alone a day out on the course. The bag contains seven waterproof compartments, with both sides of the bag sporting large storage areas where you can stash larger items such as jackets. One of my favorite chambers is the “Cooler” pocket which is a great feature and ideal for carrying even a large water bottle (or whatever else you like to drink on the course!), with the specialized battery pack pocket coming in a very close second.

The bag contains a sweet umbrella storage area and even came equipped with a matching Aqua umbrella  which was another pleasant surprise. Clubs can be protected easily from the elements with Big Max’ transparent waterproof hood, while rubberized zips show that the company has gone to those extra lengths to provide a 100% waterproof bag.

A large comfortable strap sits the bag nicely and comfortably over one’s shoulder, and two rubberized handles provide for ease when lifting the bag.

I got to test out the vibrant red cart bag, which is the loudest of the colors provided and my personal favorite. Still, for those that prefer lower-key tones, then the brand have you covered with black-silver, charcoal-black-red, navy-black-silver and silver-black-cobalt color code options available.

Overall the Big Max Aqua Sport 2 cart bag is a mightily impressive bag which ticks the box in every department and provides you with an array of options storage wise. For winter months the bag’s values are priceless, but the seven pocket system and lightweight but robust nature means that it’s a bag which will also be seeing plenty of action in the summer months.

The bag retails at $299, and from now until christmas comes with a free matching Aqua umbrella worth $39.99. The Big Max Aqua Sport 2 cart bag is available to purchase now at BigMaxGolf.com.

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