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Gainey’s driver tweaks pay off big at The McGladrey

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It’s no surprise that The McGladrey Classic champion Tommy Gainey isn’t the most technical golfer on the PGA Tour.

The former baseball player wears “Two Gloves” when he plays, which is how he earned his nickname in the golf world. And it’s fitting that the former Big Break Champion also has a swing that looks more geared for home plate than it does for the first tee. But that doesn’t bother the 37-year-old former assembly line worker.

“I look at it as it’s what I’ve got,” Gainey said after winning his first Tour event on Sunday. “It’s what I’m working with. I mean I don’t need to change it. I mean it works for me.”

While Gainey is generally content with his swing mechanics, one thing he has been tinkering with is his Callaway Razr Fit driver. Before the first round of the PGA Tour’s Playoffs for the FedExCup, Gainey wrenched his 9.5-degee driver to the upright setting. He also changed the adjustable weights in the head, adding 3 grams of weight to the toe of his driver and removing 3 grams from the heel (his setup became 8 grams in the toe, 6 grams in the heel). This allowed Gainey to hit his preferred hard-cut shot and added 100 rpms of spin to his drives, which increased his carry distance.

Before Gainey’s breakthrough performance at The McGladrey Classic, Callaway Tour representatives built him an 10.5 degree driver. They added 10 grams of glue inside the head, increasing the center of gravity in a way that could not be done with only adjustable weights. Since the extra weight inside the head made the club heavier, lighter weights had to be used in the adjustable weight ports to keep the swingweight consistent. The higher loft and extra weight, which was located on the crown of the driver and toward the heel, added 250 rpms more spin to Gainey’s drives, which increased his carry distance as much as 15 yards.

What else was in Gainey’s bag:

Driver: Callaway RAZR Fit Driver (10.5-degree) with Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft

Fairway wood: Callaway FT-I Tour FW (15-degree) with Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft

Hybrid: Adams Idea Pro a12 Proto (20-degree) with an Aldila RIP Hybrid shaft

Irons: Callaway RAZR X Forged Irons (4-PW) with Royal Precision Project X shafts

Wedges: Callaway Forged Wedges, 50, 54 and 60 with Royal Precision Project X shafts

Putter: Callaway Odyssey Backstryke Blade Putter

Ball: Callaway HEX Black Tour golf ball

Click here to read a recap of the tournament, or Click here for more discussion in the “Tour Talk” forum.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. jerry bollinger

    Oct 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I was thinking that someone is going to think that the two gloves might be a gained advantage over one glove ?

  2. Adam

    Oct 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Jack Nicklaus is probably on the phone right now telling Tim to ban the use of two gloves by players of all skill levels.

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Kenny Perry WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 US Open (6/12/2018).

Driver: Vertical Groove (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60 Tour X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 7X

5 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 7TX

Hybrid: Exotix CBX (19 degrees), Adams Idea a12 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95x Hybrid

Irons: TaylorMade r7 (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS Tour

Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 (54-14), TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (60), Hopkins Golf (64)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T T5W
Grip: Scotty Cameron Pistol

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

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SPOTTED: New Callaway Forged irons… Apex or Legacy?

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Photos of a new Callaway Forged iron popped up in our GolfWRX Forums, and our members are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be replacements for Apex Pro irons, or whether they’re an update on the Legacy series. They could also be X-Forged irons, but since Callaway recently came out with new X-Forged irons, that would be unlikely.

Here’s what GolfWRX Members are saying:

  • elwhippy: A new Legacy iron? Looks a bit Japanese shaped. 
  • mattTHEkatt: Like an X-Forged/Legacy Black mashup. They look powerful. 
  • DTown3011: …gotta be the next Apex!
  • J13: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • mgholda: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • TheMoneyShot: I thought Cally was going to phase out the Apex name after they released the MBs?
  • john443: A larger cavity in these then the X- Forged… competitor to the 750 and AP3 maybe? …or Legacy Black finally brought to retail…hallelujah. CF16 replacement???!
  • Equipto: These look very sharp, and like thumpers. I don’t care if they are a Legacy Black or Apex replacement, call them whatever… i’ll try them 
  • mrmikeac: Next gen Callaway Apex Legacy? Hmmmm…..
  • Brizam: The Legacy Black might be the best players cavity back ever made.  If they were to become available they’d move straight to the top of the list of clubs to buy for me. 
  • Jourdan M: This is the Apex Pro 

Here are photos of the new Callaway irons we spotted

Previous Apex Pro irons

Previous Legacy irons

Which one do you think the new iron looks like? 

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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