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The Coolest, Most-Patriotic Custom Equipment from the Presidents Cup

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If you’re an international team-competition gear aficionado, nothing beats the Solheim Cup. The extremes of visible patriotism Michelle Wie and others go to is a point of contention. This hasn’t always necessarily been the case on the men’s side at the Ryder and Presidents Cups, however. Nevertheless, we’ve seen a patriotic fashion uptick in recent years — maybe that’s due to the nature of social media — and it’s our job here at GolfWRX to document it. Here’s some of the best custom gear we saw this week at the Presidents Cup.

The FootJoy shoes many staffers are wearing would surely bring a joyful tear to Robert G. Heft’s eye

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Odyssey’s custom Presidents Cup (at Liberty National) blade putter cover, featuring Lady Liberty herself

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Each International player’s staff bag is embroidered with a cup for each Presidents Cup appearance… a hat trick for Oosty

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Playlist: “America the Beautiful” on repeat

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Team headcovers abound: The International squad’s also feature the flag of each player’s country.

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Presidents Cup tee markers are… Presidents Cups. Brilliant!  

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On Snapchat, no doubt. Typical millennial.

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That’s a nice piece of memorabilia there. But did Asst. Captain Tiger Woods sign it, though?

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While not Presidents Cup-specific, this is one of the all-time great mallet putter covers from Scotty Cameron on Adam Scott’s putter

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International belt game strong

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Similar to the International side, the U.S. team’s staff bags showcase an embroidered cup for each Presidents Cup appearance. Welcome to the big leagues, Chapp!

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Kuch adds to the stock of Prez Cup headcovers with a stars-and stripes-cover of his own from Seamus Golf

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This is the Presidents Cup, Phil! Here’s Mickelson’s Iliac alignment stick cover from the 2016 Ryder Cup. This year marks his 23rd consecutive year appearing in team competition (Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup), so I can’t blame him for getting mixed up.

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Still the best calves in the game: Kevin Kisner’s caddie, Duane Bock. Good enough for 1/2 point for the U.S. side owing to sheer intimidation. And some patriotic kicks to boot.

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5d9cedf08ed68c0f954a0baf6e3d89a9Wonder which team she’s rooting for? 

42dcf66249e13c778e356ef44ca28cc1Patrick Reed’s Toulon Garage putter cover. Top says: “Team Reed.” Special level of patriotism = special putter cover.

48cfa29b04b16a0f976cbfa16307059cRickie Fowler’s custom Pumas, and a golf ball that’s sitting in the best lie ever

417a2f81d5406d11f768de9a152870cdAll these red-and-white striped shirts, it’s like Where’s Waldo. Where’s Tiger? Found him!

94764b1ff94ebe62ccda3e43c8e378faAdam Hadwin’s International Team emblem-stamped Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind

b538af7c6ea78d1f9a557cf7cffb15f3Finally, it’s the official Presidents Cup… water bottle? They really thought of everything to customize, didn’t they?

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  1. Guia

    Oct 2, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Classy.

  2. Guia

    Oct 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Oh, Yea. Those wide stripped shirts are fine if your a 5 year old.

  3. Guia

    Oct 1, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    It was determined during the 60’s, I believe by the Supreme Court, that the flag likeness can be worn as a shirt, pant, hat, etc.

    As far as the flag touching the ground, it is only a breach if it touches the ground in conflict (war), in this case it is burned. If it touches the ground in another manner, it is to be cleaned and put back into service. When it becomes unserviceable it is to be destroyed. Burning would be the best method, but shredding is acceptable.

    I for one do not condone wearing of the flag as pants or shirts. But, I don’t make the rules.

  4. OB

    Sep 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    It’s called “wrapping yourself with the flag”…. whether it be your shoes, pants, shirt, cap, head covers, bag, wrist watch, Fruit of the Looms too.

  5. Mike Tomasi

    Sep 29, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Seriously people get a grip. I’m so tired of everyone thinking they know things when they don’t. American Flags as in manufactured to be a flag only are not to be worn or all that other crap you people are talking about. Manufacturing pants with an American flag pattern does not fall under flag code. Nothing dumber than people who hate the flag in the first place critiquing people on proper use of the flag.

    • Swingman/Jerry

      Sep 29, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Where is your support for that statement?

    • Billy 3

      Oct 2, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Title 4 of the United States Code.

  6. Jimmy

    Sep 29, 2017 at 11:54 am

    (d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.

    • Swingman/Jerry

      Sep 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Exactly – according to the US Code – Respect for Flag

  7. joro

    Sep 29, 2017 at 11:30 am

    The only thing missing is Red, White and Blue goofy flaps on the Back pockets of Reeds pants.

  8. michael

    Sep 29, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Since when do earbuds and a phone count as “patriotic custom equipment”?

    Also the rest of this piece is kind of dumb. Who cares what belt a guy is wearing?

  9. Thomas A

    Sep 29, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Secondly, they have a flag on the portion of the bag that they lay on the ground. You’ve got to be kidding me!

  10. Thomas A

    Sep 29, 2017 at 9:06 am

    The flag on shoes is making me cringe. Since when do we let Old Glory get dragged through the grass. He better be wiping them off at each tee box. Disrespectful and literally a Flag Code violation.

    • joro

      Sep 29, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Is it really patriotism or marketing. I am sure you can buy it all for a price.

  11. AD

    Sep 28, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    All this time and money could have been spent asking Chi Chi Rodriguez’s family in Puerto Rico how they’re doing over there on behalf of the international team and spend all the US money fixing their own territory they don’t really care about any more because Cuba isn’t in a nuke crisis

    • The dude

      Sep 29, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Ya…those water bottles woulda gone a long way….

    • alan p

      Sep 29, 2017 at 7:19 am

      What a sentence. Take a breath, throw a comma in there, and relaaaaaax

  12. AD

    Sep 28, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    And all that money spent on trinkets so that the players all feel like they’re more special than anybody else? Wow what an achievement

  13. AD

    Sep 28, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Wait – you mean to say that the US is beating the other team again in the Nobody Cares Cup again? For reals? Serious? Whoa what a surprise that the old hated presidents get the chance to pat themselves on the back yet again lol

    • Da Judge

      Sep 28, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Most of the old presidents were decent golfers too…. and our current POTUS owns fantastic up-scale golf courses and ritzy resorts.

      • Thomas A

        Sep 29, 2017 at 9:05 am

        Which if he were half a man he’d sell off so as not to have a conflict of interest. But it’s all about him and money.

  14. henry

    Sep 28, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    the spacing in patricks name on his bag is driving me nuts

  15. chinchbugs

    Sep 28, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    calf game strong

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @8 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6X (45.5 inches, 59.25 lie, D4)

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 @13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX (43.25 inches, 58 lie, D4)

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (19 @ 18.25 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7MB (3-PW)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 7.0 (6.5 in PW) 

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (54-10SB, 60-08LB)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

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Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper (34.25, 2.5 loft, 70 lie)

Ball: 2019 TaylorMade TP5 (#22)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (58R 1+1, logo down)

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GolfWRX Spotted: 2021 Mizuno ST-Z and ST-X drivers on USGA Conforming List

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When it comes to drivers, Mizuno isn’t usually the company that comes to the top of mind for many golfers, but starting with the ST-190, and then the ST-200 series in 2020, they have quickly changed the perception of their metal woods thanks to wins on tour and more players choosing to put them in play—most recently Brandt Snedeker as a non-contracted player.

This morning, with the update of the USGA and R&A conforming equipment lists, we are getting a sneak peek at what Mizuno will have in store for 2021 with the release of the ST-Z and ST-X drivers.

What we know

Based on the information provided in the USGA submission by Mizuno, the ST-X will only be available in right-handed (10.5 and 12-degree lofts), while the ST-Z will be available in both right (9.5  and 10.5 degrees) and left-handed (9.5 degrees only).

ST-Z

Based on the images from the USGA list and our experience with the Mizuno product line, it appears that the ST-Z is the next step in the evolution of the standard ST200 with no adjustable CG but with a customizable weight in the back of the head.

We haven’t seen any images of a moveable weight driver in this new ST series, so it could be that the G-woods are getting phased out in favor of more internally biased weighting, but since those types of drivers often take a bit more time to get just right, it could be a matter of time before a “G” type driver hits the list.

As for technology, it has Mizuno’s standard wave to create flexibility behind the face, an adjustable hosel, and based on the images, more carbon fiber used around the head compared to previous generations, especially on the sole. I would also expect to hear a new face material or design story to complete the package and to boost MOI and ball speed.

ST-X

Based on the image from the USGA list and our experience, it appears that the ST-X is the next step in the evolution of the ST200-X driver, which is the lighter weight, more upright, and draw-biased driver from Mizuno. Don’t think draw bias always means it’s for higher handicaps either, because Mizuno staff player Chris Kirk got along very nicely with his out on the Korn Ferry and PGA Tours in 2020, including a win.

The tell-tale sign is the more heel biased weight in the back of the driver and what looks to be some sort of textured area to create “visible technology” towards the heel of the clubhead.

Beyond being draw-biased, when it comes to technology, it shares a lot of similarities to the ST-Z with Mizuno’s standing wave to create flexibility behind the face, an adjustable hosel, and more carbon fiber used around the head compared to previous generations, especially on the sole, and in the case of the ST-X, on the sole.

We don’t have any information on the release of these new drivers, but considering Mizuno didn’t adjust product release schedules in 2020, I would imagine it will be doing the same in 2021, and we can expect to hear more about these ST drivers either late 2020 or early into 2021.

To see what other golfers are saying about the newly spotted Mizuno ST-Z and ST-X drivers, check out the GolfWRX forums and join the discussion: GolfWRX – New Mizuno drivers spotted on USGA Conforming List

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5 hybrid vs 5 iron – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the logic behind removing their 5 iron from their bag. WRXer ‘rwl’ asks whether any fellow members have experiences doing so, and WRXers have been sharing their thoughts and experiences in our forum.

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.

  • RobertL.: “I replaced my 5 iron with a 5 hybrid. I find it far easier to hit than my 5 iron. I also took my 6 iron out of the bag, so now my longest iron is a 7. I now carry a 3, 4, and 5 hybrid since they’re so much easier to hit than long irons. Makes a big difference for this senior golfer.”
  • JohnKHawk: “For last 2 seasons I’ve played with a Cobra F9 5 hybrid. It’s 24 degrees & gaps perfectly between Cobra OS 3-4 hybrid at 20.5 degrees & Apex19 6 iron which is 26.5 degrees. The 5 iron was just getting to be to undependable. Misses with the 5 hybrid were more playable than the 5 iron. Use what works best for your game.”
  • Abe21599: “Never a bad idea to have both a 5i and 5h options in the trunk, just gotta watch lofts.”
  • nitram: “I know it sounds so “old man” but if you want to make a change in your 5-iron slot and can’t seem to get along with a hybrid, give the 9-wood a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.”

Entire Thread: “5 hybrid vs 5 iron”

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