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Dustin Johnson switched putters in the most Dustin Johnson of fashions

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Update 10/27/17 at 11:57 a.m.

A TaylorMade representative provided more detail into the putter, along with an in-hand photo, that Dustin Johnson put into play for round 2 of the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions event:

DustinJohnsonSpiderTourblack

“DJ requested a Spider Tour Black after playing a Berwick in round one. Patrick Tang, our Asian Toru rep built him one to spec — only one they had since trucks were all gone. It had a sightline so Patrick filled it in for DJ.”

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Dustin Johnson has used a TaylorMade Spider variant for much of the past couple of seasons. As of the Wells Fargo Championship, last season, for example, we spotted him using a TaylorMade Spider Tour Black.

However, he switched to a TaylorMade TP Collection Juno putter for the Northern Trust Open, and most recently, that’s what he had in the bag at the Presidents Cup.

It sounds like that putter made its way to China, along with a couple of other candidates. However, DJ made the decision to go with an entirely different TaylorMade Spider flatstick—one with a softer insert than his previous model featured. (Appropriate, with Halloween approaching)

Making this story of putter switching even better, it also sounds like the tour truck on site at Sheshan built him a putter and he put it in play immediately.

“The guys here in China made me one. I got it right before I walked to the tee,” Johnson said. “I hit a few putts on the practice green with it and I was like, ‘Oh, this will work pretty well.’ Went out and holed a lot of putts today, so I kind of like it.”

And making the story even better still: Johnson carded a second round 63 to move to the head of the class in Shanghai. Kind of like it, indeed.

Here’s the best shot we have of the putter. We’ve reached out to TaylorMade for further details.

WGC - HSBC Champions: Day TwoAs you can see in the video below from the PGA Tour, the new Spider is working pretty well for the world No. 1. He ended his day with four straight birdies, filling up the cup from distance.

Guess a big-money no-cut event is the time to put a flatstick in play you’ve only stroked a few putts with, right? Can you imagine? Who else but DJ?

Gotta love “the John Wayne of golf,” as his agent calls him.

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  1. SteveK

    Oct 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I gotta have me one…. I gotta have me one …. pant-pant-pant ….

    • RonL

      Oct 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      I got one ….. I got one ….. lololololol

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month #golf #nikeshoes #leetrevino

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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