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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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What GolfWRXers are saying about Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges. WRXer ‘hammergolf’ wants to hear from single-digit players who are currently playing the wedges, and our members have been sharing their thoughts on the clubs with plenty of praise for the wedges in our forums.

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.

  • cfmgolf: “I am definitely a believer. Tried it on a whim at a PGA SuperStore in FL last fall and was stunned by the consistency of it. Changed from a RTX3 to the CBX2 in my 52* gap within a couple of weeks. Now that we are back in OH for the summer, I changed out 3 wedges (Ping Glide 3.0, and 2 of the RTX 4’s) for an entire bag of the CBX2’s. I am trying the full face in my 56* and found it to be very good also. Biggest benefit for me has been the consistency of the CBX line. Shots out of the rough that can be high on the club don’t really lose much – i.e. more forgiving. I go between a 6-8HCP, and short game is my strong point. Very happy with them so far.”
  • JCRay33: “6 handicap here and bought a couple CBX’s (54 and 58) from 2nd swing a couple months ago and absolutely love them! Way more forgiving than typical blade wedges (had vokeys before) and great feel as well. It’s easy for ego to get in the way and not want to get these, but once you realize, all that matters is performance the choice is a no-brainer and results speak for themselves really.”
  • mortimer: “CBX2 50. Excellent gap wedge for full, 3/4 shots and chipping. Forgiving, consistent and more than acceptable spin numbers. Also offset is fine to my eye. Having said all that I would not game a 58/60 degrees one if you like to manipulate the face for different shots around the green as I do. Intrigued though with the new full-face but have not seen one in person yet.”
  • Simp: “I have a set of 58, 54 & 50 raw CBX2’s allegedly tour issue, and I love them. The 58 has a grind that is lovely. I’m a 0 FYI.”
  • nicelife: “I have Srixon irons and Mizuno T20 wedges. I found the CBX2 50 was the perfect transition club between sets. LOVE the Srixon/Cleveland V-Sole. Visually the face has more grooves than I would normally like to look at, but its performance more than makes up for it. I really like the satin finish. So much so I’m thinking about refinishing my irons. Go for it you won’t be sorry.”

Entire Thread: “Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges”

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In our forums, our members have been discussing non-mainstream brands offering the best apparel and accessories. WRXer ‘CousinDonuts’ kicked off the thread with a great selection, and our members have been mentioning their favorites in our forums – with a wide variety of different brand’s receiving a mention.

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.

  • Mike T: “Apparel: J Lindeberg – Euro Style cut and fit. Shoes: Lamda – Handmade in Portugal.”
  • aem604: “Reigning Champ-Good active but also golf ready.”
  • Righty to Lefty: “Fenix Xcell based out of Thailand and have great gear with an Asian twist. I absolutely love all the vivid colors and options, especially from their previous collections. They also have a U.S. based collection that may suit others. Cross Sportswear based out of Sweden and have so really nice gear and a rarity which is waterproof trousers that look exactly like slacks. Antigua polos are nice quality and have some good designs. Druh has really good gear…pricey but still nice stuff. Retailer: Function 18 has quite a bit of your higher-end apparel all in one place. I start there and then go to each website individually to see what else they have available.”
  • kmay_: “Check out Pioneer Golf Co, Canadian headcover brand. Make some awesome covers and valuables pouches, starting to release some branded apparel. Prices are super fair, and if you’re in the US, they’ll be a steal.”
  • ScottWS33: “Bluegrass Fairway for headcovers, valuables pouches and scorecard holders.”
  • BobsBugsBeGone: “Best Exotic Belts: Jacob Hill Leather by Piedmont.”

Entire Thread: “Best non-mainstream brands”

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Coming out of the haze: What to expect from the OEMs in the second half of 2020

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As we slowly come out of the lockdown haze, it’s going to be interesting to see which OEMs are primed to come out swinging. From where I sit, there are a few companies that either kept the foot on the pedal or found new ways to interact with the masses. I have been tracking the major companies for different reasons, and I am optimistic on most fronts. Now, it needs to be said that everyone has been keeping the respective momentum going in their own ways—this has been a challenge for everyone, so this analysis is simply a commentary on what may come in the second half of the year.

Many good folks were either furloughed or laid off during this lockdown—that’s where we all lost. It needs to be acknowledged that we are talking about golf here, but the underlying reality of this is still devastating. I so look forward to getting into the trenches with these folks again either back where they were or at new companies.

TaylorMade became educators…and kicked off live golf again

Big giant club company or big giant marketing machine…it doesn’t matter what you label them as. TaylorMade Golf, in my opinion, turned the heartbreak of stalling one of the biggest first quarters in company history into an opportunity to start talking…and teaching. With the help of the tour team and TM athletes, TaylorMade focused hard on talking to us all during the lockdown. With multiple initiatives through social media, the Driving Relief event, and the tour staff engaging way more than usual. I believe TM created a runway to start moving quickly once stores and pro shops open up again.

Let’s face it, with the social media presence, the most robust tour staff maybe ever, and the driver everyone seems to have reserved for the top big stick of 2020, what’s not to be confident about? On the flip side, a company that big could have really taken it on the chin hard, but how they handled the lockdown—from my chair—was fun to watch and will ultimately ensure a quick restart. There is something to be said about having guys like Trottie, Adrian, and Hause in the fold informing and keeping things fun.

Rumor has it new irons are dropping in the fall/winter, which could spell two awesome bookends to a bittersweet 2020.

PXG leaned in

Why online sales for all OEMs spiked is no mystery. Boredom, desire, and a credit card are keys to any great online buying experience, but PXG made certain that if you were not a buyer previously, you may be now.

The price tag has always been a key topic with Bob Parsons’ Scottsdale-based company. It’s no secret that the clubs aren’t cheap, but during this lockdown, they did multiple strategic initiatives to not only crank up direct-to-consumer buying but also expand the PXG conversation into different areas, namely fashion.

Price cuts across the board started early and, rumor has it, enabled PXG to achieve sales numbers unlike any other period in the company’s short history. Yes, cutting prices helps unit sales, but in the case of PXG, it brought in the club customer that ordinarily shied away from PXG for financial reasons and ultimately made them buyers. That’s where PXG seems to shine, once they finally get you in, they are very effective at keeping you in the family. Mercedes-Benz AMG is like that: once you have had a taste of the Kool-Aid, it’s hard to go back to Hawaiian Punch.

In addition to the aggressive price-cutting, PXG fashion, spearheaded by President Renee Parsons, launched a new collection that is designed and manufactured by PXG. Fashion in times like these is always a risk from a financial standpoint, but this launch has been on the calendar since the BOY and the current lockdown did not disrupt that. It speaks to the confidence that Bob and Renee have in what they are doing. Now, is it a guarantee that PXG garments will fly off the shelves? No. but that’s not the point, it’s the fact that this current climate didn’t scare them into pivoting or holding off.

Point to this pick is PXG looks healthy coming out of this and it was possible to believe that perhaps this would have taken a toll on the custom fit brand. There is even a commercial produced during lockdown to attract even more club builders to the fold. Not normal behavior in times like these, but is anything that PXG does normal? No, and that’s what makes them fun to talk about.

The company also released its Essential Facemask with 50 percent of proceeds going to Team Rubicon.

Ping was quiet…but don’t be fooled

Yes, they did some rare social media engagements with Kenton Oates and the tour staff, which were fantastic. But the real magic here was the quiet way in which Ping slipped into 2020 and the mystery they have in hand and what’s to come next.

There hasn’t been really any new Ping product in a good while, and I anticipate a big winter for the Solheim crew. Sometimes, silence is golden and from what I can gather, what Ping has coming in irons and woods will be yet again a launch that gets people talking.

Ping from a business standpoint is a company that gets one percent better every year. Never any dramatic shifts in strategy or product. It’s always good, it’s always high-performance, and it’s always in the “best of” category across the board.

Watch out for them over the next six to nine months…a storm is brewing. A good one.

Cobra introduced the “Rickie iron”

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Compared to 2019 and the runaway success that was the F9 driver, Cobra Golf seemed to cruise along in the first quarter of 2020. The SpeedZone metal wood line was an improvement tech-wise from the F9 but seemed to get lost in the driver launch shuffle with an earlier release—and frankly everyone in the industry took a back seat to TaylorMade’s SIM.

It’s not placing one stick over the other actually, I have been very vocal about my affections for both, it’s just some years, the story around a club can generate excitement, and if the club is exceptional, boom. Cobra was that cool kid in 2019.

What Cobra decided to do in the downtime is slowly tease and taunt with a “Rickie Fowler” iron. Players blades aren’t typically the driving element of any business model, but what Cobra did was introduce to a beautiful yet completely authentic forging that will not only get the gear heads going nuts but also entice the better players to start looking at Cobra as a serious better players iron company. No small feat.

Point is, Cobra has generated buzz. It helped that Rickie’s performance at Seminole was just short of a precision clinic. Beyond the Rev 33, its rumored Cobra has a new players CB coming and some MIM wedges.

It should be an exciting last half for the Cobra crew.

The Titleist train chugged on

I mean, what else is there to say about Titleist? They are as American as apple pie, have a stranglehold on multiple tour and retail categories, and one of the best front offices in golf. The company is a well-oiled machine.

So what do I expect from them in the last half? Well pretty much what I would expect on any other year, solid player-driven equipment. A metal wood launch is coming, the SM8 was a huge hit in stores and on tour, and the ball portion is the biggest 800-pound gorilla in golf.

It was also nice to see a little more social media interaction beyond the traditional. Aaron Dill has been very active on the social media front and a good portion of the tour staff, namely Poulter, JT, and Homa were proactive in engagement. Might seem trivial to some, but specifically, Titleist and Ping are not super active in the organic interaction game, so it was nice to see both companies dive into the fold.

Cleveland/Srixon should have a lot to look forward to

Let’s be honest here, 2019 was a quiet year overall for Srixon. Shane Lowry won The Open, but in the golf mainstream it was a leap year for them in regards to any launches. The anticipation from me personally of what is to come is quite strong. I adore the irons. I have yet to meet one I didn’t love, and fitters across the country will speak to that in sales. The Srixon iron line has become a popular yet-sort-of-cult-classic among fitters and gearheads and rightly so. They are phenomenal.

The recently teased picture of the new driver on the USGA site more or less teased us of what is to come for the overall line. New Cleveland wedges are coming shortly and the golf ball has always been a solid component to the Huntington Beach company.

As much as anyone in the market, I believe Srixon could finish the year with some serious momentum going into 2021. The irons and ball have always been firestarters. My only wish for them, selfishly, is a more aggressive tour strategy in regards to landing one of the perennial top 10. It seems like a dumb thought, but I have always felt Cleveland/Srixon was always a serious hitter that at times seems to get lost in the conversation. Having a big gun on staff or a couple of them will remedy that quickly.

Callaway has an eye on big things for the golf ball

Callaway, a company that seems to do it all well, was actually a bit quiet since the lockdown started. After a solid release of the Mavrik line and some momentum in the golf ball area, I’m sure this lockdown probably felt like a kick to the shin.

However, this company is shifting in a good way. The idea that they were a golf club company that happened to make golf balls is slowly turning into a company with multiple major components that stand alone. TaylorMade is on a similar shift, and honestly it’s very interesting to watch. Do I think that anyone will ever catch Titleist in the ball category? No, I don’t. All of these mentioned golf balls are ridiculously good, but 75 years of trust and loyalty are hard to compete with. But that’s not the point, Callaway is a monster company that takes the golf ball conversation very seriously, and I believe this will serve them very well coming out of this craziness and help the momentum going into 2021.

 

 

 

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