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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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Billy Horschel, Brandel Chamblee battle on Twitter re: Tiger’s swing

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Yes, friends, Billy Horschel and Brandel Chamblee traded barbs on Twitter. And while the specific issue, Tiger Woods’ swing, gets the headline, it’s worth noting that Horschel questioned the Golf Channel analyst’s ability to, well, analyze, more broadly.

Before getting to Chamblee’s latest bit of hornet’s nest kicking, it’s worth examining Horschel’s point: As Chamblee is “a ghost on the range,” and doesn’t talk to players about their swings or coaches about what they’re trying to get their players to do, Horschel doesn’t believe he’s qualified to talk about current player swings.

That’s a bold claim, but it’s one that’s almost certainly echoed by many of Horschel’s fellow PGA Tour pros. It’s certainly the way Tiger Woods, who by all accounts despises Chamblee and has lobbied behind the scenes for the analyst’s firing, feels.

Anyway, onto the exchange. Chamblee, not surprisingly, feels Woods’ action before the advent of Trackman. This is, of course, a moot point as Woods himself stated firmly his left knee issues made his early 2000s swing unsustainable. Regardless, Chamblee decided to tell his followers to emulate Woods’ early 2000s action and stay away from his “Trackman drunk” Foley-era swing.

Then, well, you don’t need play-by-play…

Nice to see Chamblee was able to work in his callback “lift your left heel.” A lot to unpack here, WRXers. What do you think?

 

(credit to Golf.com for the screenshotting)

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Who’s the best golfer without a major right now?

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In this week’s episode of “Yo, GolfWRX?!” equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Grayson Murray vs. Bernhard Langer, Breakfast Balls and Tiger Woods rumors. Also, who’s currently the best player without a major?

Watch the video below to see their answers:

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Sergio Garcia is playing Callaway equipment, but he’s not a staffer (yet)

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As we reported last month, Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade ended their 15-year relationship. And as the GolfWRX forums have been speculating, Garcia will play Callaway equipment at the DP World Tour Championship this week.

However, as ESPN reports, Garcia and Callaway are yet to reach an agreement — and it doesn’t seem that an arrangement is imminent. All Garcia was willing to concede was Callaway’s leader-of-the-pack status.

“At the moment it’s the company that’s in front of the other ones,” Garcia said. “What we’ve been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it’s just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it in tournament play, and seeing how it reacts and seeing how it feels.”

The decision to test the potential clubs he’s signing on to play in competition is a wise one, certainly.

Garcia’s remarks about parting ways with TMag, however, were a bit curious.

“It wasn’t only my decision,” Garcia said. “I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end. All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving Adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement. I understand that it’s also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. Unfortunately we were in that package.”

Politics? Package? What exactly went down? We’d have to assume Garcia was trying to leverage his major victory and strong season for a bigger piece of the sponsorship dollar pie. His remarks seem to suggest, however, TMag wasn’t willing to give him as much pie as he was asking for.

We’ll get you Garcia’s full Callaway WITB as soon as we have it.

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