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Golf Shop Confidential: “Can we change the grips”

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Welcome to GolfWRX’s Golf Shop Confidential. In “The Shop,” we do a lot more than sell equipment — we bring enjoyment to the game. They say that the players are on the course and the hackers are on the range. But the best stories are here in The Shop. Here’s a few funny ones from last week:

“Can we change the grips?”

I can’t describe the look that appears on a 50-year-old man’s face when he knows he hits the Cobra AMP clubs the best, and then realizes that he’s going to be rocking those bright orange grips in front of his buddies.

Him: “I’ll take them, but can we please change the grips?”

Me (with a wry smile): “Sure”

“Like cheating”

I recommended the Srixon Q-Star to a customer who was trying to correct his slice. He came back two weeks later raving about the straight ball flight and said it was “like cheating.” A guy one aisle over holding Polara golf balls just snickered.

“Cutting it down”

You wouldn’t believe how many guys ask me what the USGA is going to do about belly-and-long putters. It’s not like I’m going to be at a table inside USGA headquarters in the finals stages of the discussion. Pretty soon my answer is going to be to scream ,“THIS!” and snap the putter in half and hand it back to them. But for now I just smile and shrug.

“White Rocket”

It’s amazing to see how TaylorMade’s insistence on the white paint has found fewer and fewer objectors. Last year many older guys scoffed at the white R11 and Superfast 2.0. This year, they’re not (but they’re still buzzing about the “Rocketballz” name though).

Speaking of the name, I’ve learned that it’s more effective to introduce the new TaylorMade clubs as “RBZ” to ladies. When I say “Rocketballz” to them, they look at me funny and take a rather large step backwards.

“The wrong answer”

A customer tried to point out that we spelled “Anser” wrong on our PING sign (He said it should be “Answer”). I told him we’d correct it immediately.

“New fashion trend?”

Guys love the “flair hair.” I can’t explain it.

Orange rhymes with orange

A customer ordered the Graphite Design Tour AD-DI shaft (Tiger’s shaft) in a Cobra AMP driver. He rationalized it as “The only driver that the shaft color actually matches.”  The only thing tougher than finding a word that rhymes with orange is finding a driver that matches a bright orange shaft.

That’s all for this week, stay tuned for more.

Click here for more discussion in the “Equipment” forum. 

By “The Simulator Operator”

GolfWRX Contributor

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  1. Drew

    Oct 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    My favorite is when guys come in with clubs snapped in half and assume we can just glue them together

  2. Christian

    Oct 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Write more! These are hilarious, I especially love the anser, RBZ, and the Q-Star one… Makes me want to work at a pro shop, just for this!

  3. Apotheosis

    Oct 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Hilarious 😀

  4. josh

    Oct 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Holy crap this is priceless! I have wanted to do a reality show on golf channel for this reason alone. Some of the ridiculous things we are asked seems to always puzzle the mind and entertain for weeks.
    I look forward to reading more and getting a chuckle knowing we are hearing the same thing.

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Joaquin Niemann WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Valero Texas Open (4/16/2018).

Driver: Ping G400 LST (10 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7x

3 Wood: Ping G400 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7x

Hybrid: Ping G400 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95x Hybrid

Irons: Ping iBlade (4-9)
Shaft: Project X 6.0

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (46-12SS, 52-12SS, 56-12SS, 60-06TS)
Shaft: Project X 6.5

Putter: Ping Anser 2
Grip: Ping Pistol

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Niemann’s clubs.

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Zach Cabra WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Houston Open (3/27/2018).

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Max 75X

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White d+ 80X

Irons: Mizuno MP-Fli-Hi (2, 3), Piretti Limited Edition (4-PW)
Shaft: Aerotech SteelFiber hls880 (2), Aerotech SteelFiber i80 (3-PW)

Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled (50-10S, 54-10S), Callaway Mack Daddy PM (60-10)
Shaft: KBS Tour 125 S+

Putter: Piretti 801 CU
Grip: Piretti Pistol

WITB Notes: We spotted Cabra with 15 clubs in the bag ahead of the 2018 Houston Open. We’ll update this post when we confirm the 14 clubs we used in competition.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Cabra’s clubs.

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TaylorMade is releasing its TP Black Copper putters to retail

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We first spotted TaylorMade’s new TP Black Copper putters at the 2018 PGA Show, but the company wasn’t saying anything about specs, release date, pricing, technologies, nothing.

Then, we all saw Rory McIlroy switch to a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto proto putter ahead of the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won by 3 strokes. Of course, Rory’s specific Soto putter was made with a special insert. Click here for all of the info and specs on Rory’s putter.

Now, TaylorMade is releasing retail versions to the public in four models — Juno, Soto, Ardmore 3 and Mullen 2 — which will hit stores on 4/20 selling for $199 with a standard Black Lamkin Crossbone Pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke Pistol 1.0 GT grip.

The putters have a triple-plated finish; nickel, then copper, then black chrome, according to TaylorMade’s Bill Price (Senior Director of Product Creation for Wedges and Putters). They’re then hand-polished to achieve the antique and non-glare finish. Overtime, and especially on the sole, Price says the copper will tarnish or oxidize to unveil a gradually more antique and rustic look. Rory McIlroy himself actually had a hand in inspiring the new finish.

“Rory was talking about certain finishes,” Price said. “He wanted something non-glare, with an antique type finish…. he wanted to be reminded of something old school.” 

Thus, the TP Black Copper finish was born.

Also, the putters are machined from 303 stainless steel, they have adjustable sole weights and have the company’s familiar Pure Roll inserts in their faces. Check out more info about each of TaylorMade’s TP Black Copper models below.

Juno

  • Hosel: #1 L-Neck
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: 36 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 346 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Soto

  • Hosel: Long Curve
  • Dexterity: RH
  • Toe Hang: 47 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 346 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Ardmore 3

  • Hosel: #1 L-Neck
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: 12 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 350 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Mullen 3

  • Hosel: Double Bend
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: Face Balanced
  • Offset: 3/4 shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 355 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees
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