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Maverick McNealy signs with Callaway

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Former No. 1 amateur in the world, Maverick McNealy, who makes his professional debut at the Safeway Open this week, announced today that he is now a Callaway staffer.

In addition, the former Stanford Cardinal announced an apparel deal with Under Armour and partnerships with KPMG and Discovery Land (developers of SB2K hollow, Baker’s Bay).

The 21-year-old favored Nike equipment through college. As of the Dean & Deluca Invitational in May, we had him with a TaylorMade M2 driver, Nike Covert VRS-Tour 3-wood, Nike Vapor Pro irons, Nike Engage wedges, and a Nike Method putter.

McNealy was on the fence about a pro career until August when he announced he planned to try his luck on the PGA Tour. He tweeted this hype video conveying all of the above information in a much more entertaining fashion.

McNealy talked to Golf World‘s Senior Editor, Equipment, E. Michael Johnson ahead of his maiden pro start. His full comments are well worth a read, but briefly, McNealy said he visited Callaway last winter and familiarized himself with the equipment and engineering team. He liked what he saw in the R&D department.

He confessed to being a tough customer.

“I’m probably one of those guys that people think is a pain to work with, because if it doesn’t look or feel just right, I’m not going to like it. So it has to pass that test first. It needs to look slightly open and slightly flat, especially with the driver. With irons, the weighting and weight distribution must be exactly where I want it.”

“Because of that, I’m still using the same irons I’ve had since my sophomore year in college, Nike’s Vapor Pro. It takes a while for me to change. I once got a replacement set that was half a swingweight lighter and it just drove me nuts. It needs to be just right. After that, I make sure the numbers check out. But that is secondary.”

It sounds like McNealy might start the season with his Vapor Pros in the bag, with the eventual goal of transitioning to Callaway irons and a full Callaway bag. It seems he’ll be gaming the GBB Epic driver and Chrome Soft X ball straight away.

Maverick McNealy wedges

Callaway released this shot of McNealy’s wedges.

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  1. Methislife

    Oct 5, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Ice Ice Baby

  2. BD

    Oct 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    What a noob.

    • AL

      Oct 5, 2017 at 1:33 am

      The pro tours only exist because the OEMs advertise on the player’s clothes. I suppose corporate logos on pro golfers is part of their First Amendment rights.

  3. Norm

    Oct 4, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Pro golfers make more money as walking advertising signs and peddling overpriced golf equipment, and with assorted corporation logos, to the adulating masses who want to feeel what their hero feeeels. So pathetic, and the gearheads just lap it up. Pure exploitation of golf jocks and assorted nerds.

  4. Scott

    Oct 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Good for him

  5. Travis

    Oct 3, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Sounds a little pretentious lol

  6. moses

    Oct 3, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    The way MMwon the US AM was reminiscent of the way Tiger won his last US AM. I’m looking forward to the young MM making waves on Tour in the not too distant future.

    • emb

      Oct 3, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      He never won the US am, must be thinking of a different tournament

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Pro golfer Hosung Choi has the most ridiculous golf swing you’ll ever see

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Professional golfer Hosung Choi, playing in the third round of the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, has set the golf Internet on fire with his wildly entertaining golf swing. And while it may look ridiculous, he’s currently sitting at 8-under for the event through three rounds, only two shots back of the leader. It’s worth noting that the top two finishers in the Korea Open will earn a spot in the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie next month.

Enjoy the videos of his golf swing below!

Top-100 swing instructor and GolfWRX’s resident swing expert Tom Stckney has this to say about Choi’s golf swing: “The club goes up and away with a nice rerouting motion from the top into a perfect delivery and impact position. It’s obvious that this guy can play from those two positions, however, I’m not sure about the dismount. Nor can I even guess why he does it…I’m betting he was self-taught and made that move from day one. Great lesson to all the “golf swing” centric people playing today, why change it if it brings you to the dance?!?!”

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Marty Jertson, Ping’s Director of Product Development, qualified for the PGA Championship

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The top 20 professionals from the PGA Professional Championship–contested last weekend at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside, California–are heading to the PGA Championship later this year.

Perhaps you saw Ryan Vermeer, at 5 under, was the medalist. What you may not have seen however, is something particularly cool for golf equipment geeks: Ping’s Director of Product Development, Marty Jertson, qualified–and he did so in spectacular fashion: the 37-year-old birdied the last three holes to finish T9.

Not bad for an engineer!

Also noteworthy: Ping confirmed Jertson played the company’s yet-to-be announced i500 irons in his 3, 4, and 5-irons, which will reportedly be available mid-summer. Yes, they confirmed that the rumors are true; Ping’s new iron will be called i500.

Related: We did a podcast with Jertson at the PGA Show, we also interviewed him back in 2017.

 

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Reddit AMA alert: Anthony Taranto, Callaway’s wedge art maestro, on his favorite designs, WITB

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If you’ve been around GolfWRX for any period of time, you’ve seen Anthony Taranto’s work. The Callaway wedge specialist is tasked with designing some of the coolest wedge decorations in the game.

Taranto did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) yesterday, and The Wedge Art Wizard (as he introduced himself) didn’t disappoint.

Here are a few highlights (edited for spelling)

Remoolg asked: How did you start working at Callaway and get into this specific position?

AT: Back in 1999 Callaway had a job fair for their new golf ball plant Mr. Callaway was opening. I made it though many layoffs and reorganization. I was good at building clubs and I was placed in the pro tour department about 12 years ago. About 4 1/2 years ago I discovered this technique for sandblasting art onto wedges and now here we are.

Loudshorts asked: What’s the most odd art request you’ve put on a wedge and what’s the most common?

AT: Most odd: Probably Michelle Wie’s Harry Potter-themed wedges

I didn’t know anything about Harry Potter at the time so I had to do some research. Accio birdies!
Most common would just be old fashioned stamping of players initials.

Bunny said: Billy Idol, never pictured him as a golfer. What kind of design did he want on his clubs?

AT: He asked for his logo, which is this cool crown with a lightning bolt:

Iamrobert_paulson asked: What wedges are in your bag? Can we see pics?

AT: I’m gaming MD4’s: 45° (46 bent to 45), 50°, 55° (54 bent to 55), and 60°. Design wise: Skull & Crossbones and lots of stars.

Dr. Troutman asked: What is your favorite custom set you’ve ever done?

AT: Putting me on the spot! It might be these that I just recently made. Figured out how to evolve the sand blasting technique and start doing layers. Really happy with how these came out:

You can check out the full AMA here.

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