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Report: Lydia Ko to sign equipment deal with PXG

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Lydia Ko is going to be playing PXG golf clubs in 2017, according to a report by Jaime Diaz in Golf World. PXG is said to be “offering a sweeter financial deal” than Ko’s current equipment sponsor, Callaway.

PXG, an upscale golf equipment manufacturer founded in September 2014 by GoDaddy Founder and billionaire Bob Parsons, was able to quickly established a presence on the PGA Tour by signing endorsement deals with a slew of PGA Tour winners (James Hahn, Billy Horschel, Charles Howell III, Chris Kirk, Ryan Moore and Rocco Mediate), as well as major champions Zach Johnson and Charl Scwartzel. PXG has also signed LPGA Tour players Chritie Kerr, Alison Lee, Gerina Piller and Beatriz Recari to endorsement deals, but none of them have the resume or potential of Ko.

Related: What makes PXG irons and wedges so different?

Ko, 19, is the No. 1-ranked golfer in the Official Rolex Golf Rankings. She’s won two major championships and 12 other LPGA Tour events since her first LPGA Tour win at the age of 14, when she become the youngest-ever to win a professional tour event. There’s a consensus among golf experts that she could become one of the all-time great on the LPGA Tour.

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  1. mark mckeown

    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    looks like celeb friends George Lopez and Don Cheadle got into her head about them, or maybe they let her hit their clubs and she liked ’em, but anycase, they love their clubs, and may have told her about them in some way… maybe.

  2. Deadeye

    Nov 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Some thoughts: Lydia can play well with any club. But not necessarily better. You can’t buy a game is true at any level.
    Leadbetter bashers: his A swing is a game saver if you are like me; getting older and struggling with shots you used to hit easily.
    It seems odd at first but after some practice it all comes together. It is a huge positive for golf. But then, you still have to putt.

  3. moneypowerrespect

    Nov 23, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Why do people care so much about price? I feel like golfwrx is overrun by people on a budget. where my country club peeps at? seriously – the 500k initiation fee and the +10k I probably spend on annual dues and that’s just for 1 club.
    how can something be overrated if you never had it? It’s like saying a bentley is overrated.
    don’t hate just cause you can’t afford
    aspire

    • Lester Diamond

      Nov 24, 2016 at 5:44 am

      Good grief. At least Smizzle is amusing most of the time. The whole “I am awesome because I am rich” schtick was tiresome in the 80’s, and even more so today. Get some new material.

  4. Chris Washington

    Nov 23, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I like this move! For PXG, signing the #1 woman in the world (who happens to be Korean) will help them grow in Asia. Asian markets love LPGA/KLPGA/JLPGA. For Lydia Ko, she gets the best clubs in the game (my opinion) and signs with a smaller company that can give her more time and attention.

  5. Alfredo Smith

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Here come the haters, hahaha. Is it the arrow or the Indian, that’s a debate that people who don’t game PXG will have to answer.

    • Bob Chepeska

      Nov 23, 2016 at 6:06 am

      Absolutely.
      People who have dropped 3K on a set of PXG’s know for certain that it is indeed the Indian.

  6. Clay

    Nov 22, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Sorry to see her leave Callaway. If she picks up some yardage, daunting! If not, so what. It’s all about the “money.”!!

  7. Sometimes a smizzle

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I hope part of the contract is that she kick leadbetter out the door so he can’t ruin her anymore.

  8. Alfredo Smith

    Nov 22, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Here comes the PXG hate club hahaha. Are they expensive, hell yeah! Do they live up to the hype, darn tuttin! Is it the arrow or the Indian (lmao) who the ‘F’ cares. Personally since I started bagging the 0311’s my GIR is up, and my handicap has gone down. So phooey to the haters and good luck to L. Ko 😉

    • Chris Washington

      Nov 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      The “indian or arrow” comments are strange to me. Clubs are more like the bow in that scenario. For those of us who are into archery (bow hunting), we know the bow is incredibly important.

  9. Tom

    Nov 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Lydia wouldn’t make the move if she felt/saw that it will benefit her career. PXG isn’t employing any new technique to woo players that haven’t already existed.

  10. Dat

    Nov 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Kinda surprised she didn’t go with Honma. But it is all the same when it comes to uber high end clubs. They perform no differently other than how much they lighten your wallet.

    • Mat

      Nov 23, 2016 at 4:12 am

      +1.

      The Parsons / HoDaddy money must be off the charts.

  11. moses

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

    IMO PXG is the US version of Honma (Japanese super high end). There is no money to be made selling drivers and irons alongside Taylormade, Titleist, Ping etc price points.

    Good for Lydia. She will be another great addition to the brand building that’s going on at PXG.

  12. Weekend Duffer

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Guess that means she is losing the Odyssey 2-ball too. Love seeing pros still using those things.

    • new stuff!!

      Nov 22, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      does not mean that – the majority of the pxg players don’t use pxg putters – in fact I do not think any LPGA pxg players use pxg putters. In fact many pxg players don’t even use pxg drivers –

  13. surewin73

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Doesn’t have the resume of Ko or go down as one of the greats on the LPGA? Christie Kerr doesn’t meet these standards. Please! Who writes this stuff?

    PXG is way overpriced in my opinion. The law of diminishing returns. But if it floats your boat, go ahead and put down the money. I just think they are PING clubs with an inflated price.

  14. Brandon

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Who?

  15. Chris

    Nov 22, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Good for her! I think it’ll do not only her but PXG a lot of good in the Pacific market. Between her popularity here in the US as well as in NZ and Asia, I think she’ll really get PXG a sweet portion of the market.

  16. PC

    Nov 22, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Poor Callaway. Couldn’t figure out a way to hang on to her. Parsons got too much cash floating around

  17. Ronald Montesano

    Nov 21, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I hope that Lydia continues to play her game, continues to grow up as calmly as world fame allows, and doesn’t make drastic changes in lifestyle or golf swing. This past week, she seemed to have the CME in her grasp after 62, then closed poorly to lose the tournament and a few other baubles. Those losses are part of tour life. Perfection ain’t nothing but a noun.

  18. Gopher

    Nov 21, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Overrated!!! Not her, PXG!!!

  19. Feel the Bern

    Nov 21, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Epic!

  20. Jake

    Nov 21, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Would have loved to see her stay with Callaway. I think PXG is overrated…not many players winning with the clubs and they are way too expensive.

    • Don Quiote

      Nov 22, 2016 at 10:51 am

      I do not think PXG is overrated. I think most people know they are good golf clubs. Are they changing the game? No but people in the US pay up charges for things with a fancier name all the time. That is just how it works. They are trying out the boutique market of the golf industry. Why wouldn’t she change to PXG? They offered more money. People argue that they are inflated priced Ping clubs and they are not winning on tour…yet those same people argue its not the club its the player. People just want to argue for no reason. PXG is making good golf clubs. They are not winning a whole lot on the PGA tour because in reality they do not have the HUGE names signed. Is the price high? Yes. Do they care that you think the price is high? No. The market they are going for is not all of us that think the price is too high. Congrats to Lydia. She will be as good as ever and then all of you can come back and argue about how the clubs are still awful but she is so good the makes them look good or some garbage like that.

      • bogeypro

        Dec 7, 2016 at 10:16 am

        Nobody is saying they aren’t good clubs. We are saying that they aren’t worth the $350 per iron or $800 driver. That’s a heck of a lot more than an upgrade. That is snake oil and it is bad for golf.

  21. Ron

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    It isn’t the club, but the person swinging the club. I really hope this doesn’t adversely affect her game. Ledbetter has done enough of that!

    • Don Quiote

      Nov 22, 2016 at 10:44 am

      If it isn’t the club but the person swinging the club then the clubs will not hurt her game… Pick one and stick with it. Club either does or doesn’t have an affect.

  22. Mike Honcho

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    And we wondered who was going to take up Nike’s ‘slack’. Looks like PXG is taking up slack, market share and names!

  23. RHowl

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    From the Million Dollar mans entrance theme……

    Money Money Money Money Moneyyyyyy.

  24. B Hock

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    There must be a lot of money being passed around to get a world #1 player to switch…

  25. new stuff!!

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    actually think this is a good move for Lydia – I hope she goes for the 0311 (not t) she’s always looking for distance and can use the jack up lofts with her slowish swing speed – As much as people hate on PXG – anyone who plays PXG knows that it is a great conversation starter.

  26. setter02

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Lol, desperate for more validation. Aren’t they suppose to be the best performing clubs in the world? Now they have to throw more money at people.

    • Gmatt

      Nov 21, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Well they sure haven’t set the world on fire winning with “superior” clubs

    • Michael

      Nov 21, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Oh, relax, Ken.

  27. HOP

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    fat

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Top 3 ways to easily customize your clubs

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At GolfWRX, we show off a lot of cool stuff that often requires some serious tools or expensive equipment—for example getting your hands on a full-scale launch monitor can cost upwards of $15,000. So, we want to show you some of the ways you can refresh and customize your current gear at home within a “do-it-yourself” budget.

Change your grips

Changing your grips for the sake of customization, or because they are finally on their last legs, can completely reinvigorate a set of clubs. It doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor, and it’s one of the easiest club repairs you can do at home as long as you have a few simple tools and some time.

Most grip manufacturers have a variety of colors to choose from, with one of the newest being Golf Pride’s new MMC Teams line of grips featuring 15 different color options.

From a club building perspective, you used to have to be cautious about mixing and matching colored grips because they could vary in weight by up to 5 grams because of added dies but the Golf Pride MMC team grips all come in at 50g in standard size so you can mix and match colors to your heart’s content.

Stamps & Paint Fill

For the simplicity of the tools required to stamp clubs, you will need some potential practice (old wedges are great for this) or some serious confidence to pull this off for the first time.

Stamping is an easy way, once you get the hang of it, to customize your clubs and have a lot of fun along the way trying to come up with silly things to stamp—I often go with movie quotes.

Stamps and small anvils can be found at hardware stores, my go-to stamp set is this: Lee Valley letter & number stamp set.

Custom Ferrules

Of all the ways to customize clubs at home, this one takes a bit of club building knowhow and some proper tools but similar to stamping once you get the hang of it you can make pretty quick work of a set.

The most popular, highest quality, and coolest by far come from BB&F (Boyd Blade & Ferrule Co.) and they have an ever-evolving palette to choose from. If you can do this job yourself, it is an inexpensive way to seriously jazz up any set, but if you are getting them done by a club builder, you can expect to pay a premium since the installation process involves complete disassembly—as shown in the video below.

 

 

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Titleist T100S and T200 Black irons: Golfers (and tour pros asked), Titleist delivered

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Golfers love new shiny chrome clubs, but we also love satin and black-finished ones too. I guess you could ultimately say when it comes to club finishes, we like choice, which is why Titleist is releasing its most popular players distance Titleist T100S irons and Titleist T200 irons in an all-new stealthy black PVD finish.

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Titleist T100S Black, Titleist T200 Black irons, cavity view.

Titleist T100S Black, Titleist T200 Black: The details

The new Black PVD irons have been a highly requested item from golfers since the first black T100 irons were spotted on tour shortly after the release of the T-Series, in the bag of Sony Open winner Cameron Smith.

“We’ve heard from golfers asking us to build these all-black editions–the combination of the Black PVD finish with the matte black shaft and matching grip is just stunning.” – Josh Talge, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing.

Also, it what can only be categorized under the “professional golfers are just like us” file, Houston Open winner Lanto Griffin quickly requested a set after seeing Cameron Smith’s set when he posted them to Instagram.

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Cameron Smith’s Black PVD T100 irons

“The first time I saw these irons they looked so good I didn’t want to put a scratch on them. The black finish just looks tighter to me and really fits my eye. It also helps to keep a little bit of the shine off which I really like.” – Cameron Smith

The T-Series Black irons build on the popular T-Series line of from Titleist, which included the T100, which is the number one iron model played on tour.

Titleist T100S Black, T200 Black Specs, Pricing, & Availability

The new black T100s and T200 irons will be available in right-hand only beginning August 28th with pricing starting at $200 per club or $1,599 for a set of 8.

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  • Titleist T100S irons specs: Available 4-pitching wedge plus the stock 48-degree wedge with ProjectX LZ Onyx shafts (in flexes 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5) and all-black Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.

  • Titleist T200 Black specs: Available 4-pitching wedge plus the stock 48-degree wedge with True Temper Onyx AMT black (in flexes regular and still ) and all-black Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.

For more information, on the entire T-Series line check out Titleist.com.

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: PixlPutterman

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of WRX member: ‘PixlPutterman’

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread once our forums are back to normal.*

Member: PixlPutterman

Handicap: 6

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Driver: Taylormade Original One Mini (9.5-degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold x100

“I have always loved smaller head drivers and usually bagged a 983k x100 combo. Had tried all the minis but they went too high….not a problem any more the TaylorMade Original One Mini. Tried a few graphite but just didn’t feel as good as my trusty x100. Playing at 9.5-degrees, 42.75”-nice mid trajectory with low spin.”

Utility iron: Mizuno MP Fli Hi (18-degrees, 23-degrees)
Shafta: KBS C Taper 125, KBS C Taper 120

“I don’t play woods, never hit them well, surely never better than my driver. I’m plenty long with my 2 iron, so it’s a great tee club. Just don’t find myself needing to go for anything “260 out”…the reward just isn’t there for the risk…

I’ve had these for ten years. The 2 iron has been bent down to 15 degrees and then back to 18 a few times. Few different shafts too but I’ve settled into the C Tapers a few seasons ago and have been happy.”

Irons: Srixon z765 (5), Wilson Staff FG62 (6-PW)
Shafta: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 (Hard Stepped)

“I’ve never been the biggest 5 iron fan, probably because the Flu Hi 4 is so easy to hit….bought a z765 head on a whim to try a V sole and it’s been great since.”

“Playing 6-PW of the Wilson FG62…these are just butter. Hard stepped S300.”

Wedges: TaylorMade HiToe (52,56,62-degrees)

“Wedges, you know ’em, you love ’em. Wanted a low bounce 56 and a high bounce 62, so I bent a 58 and a 60, boom just want I need.”

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Oil Can

“I like 320-330g heads so this should be in the bag for a long time since everything new is a lot heavier. I’ll never not use a P2 Aware, just feels perfect in the hands.”

Putter Grip: P2 Aware

Ball: 2016 Nike RZN Platinum

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here once our forums are back to normal.

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