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Rickie Fowler to put Cobra King F8+ driver into play and unveil new “P Cap”



Fashion icon and one of the world’s most popular golfers, Rickie Fowler, will unleash a new look this week at the 2017 Hero World Challenge. Known for his orange-fitted Puma hat when he came on Tour, Fowler has recently brought the “snapback back” to golf, as rapper Tyga would say. This year, he’ll be rocking a more simplified look from Puma, with a lone “P” on his colorful snapbacks.

The P Cap will sell for $28 in six colorways starting December 1, 2017.

Fowler is also putting Cobra’s new King F8+ driver (in the “Nardo” gray colorway) into play this week; the driver is notable for its CNC-milled face that’s designed to effectively lower CG (center of gravity), enhance durability, and lower spin rates.

Not Rickie’s actual driver, but a stock Nardo-gray Cobra King F8 driver

Here’s the setup Fowler will be going with at the Hero this week, according to Cobra:

Driver: Cobra King F8+ Nardo (8 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila 2KXV NV Blue 70x
Length: 43.5 inches

3 Wood: Cobra F8+ (13 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Synergy 70X
Length: 42 inches

5 Wood: Cobra F8+ Baffler (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Synergy 70X
Length: 40.5 inches

Irons: Cobra King Forged MB (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper S+ 125

Wedges: Cobra King V-Grind (52, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport 2 GSS prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.




    Dec 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I like the fact that Ricky is hitting a 43.5″ driver. I am a fitter and try to explain to customers that sometimes it is better to hit a shorter driver, especially if you have better control and can hit the center of the face more often. Virtually all the drivers on the rack are 45.5″ and too long for most players. Just because it is longer doesn’t mean the ball will go farther…you’ve gotta hit it square and on the sweet spot. Getting fit to enjoy the game and play better is so important.

    • SD

      Jan 2, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Wow, that’s really good to know. I bought a new driver recently but have never been fitted before…although the technology is way better than my nine-year old driver I was previously gaming, I have more trouble hitting it dead-center with frequency. It also feels different, but I’m sure that’s just because the shaft is completely different than my old one (both were straight off the shelf). Where do you recommend I get “fitted”? I know all the franchise stores offer this service, but if I’m going to pay to get fitted I want to make sure it’s with an expert at fitting. I will also ask for 43.5* shaft since I think that’s a fantastic idea for hitting it dead-center more often. Thanks so much!

  2. mlecuni

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Puma finds something with this cap

  3. dat

    Nov 30, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Finally dropped the Fly Z+ 5 wood, I see. The F8 must really be a good club.

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Rory McIlroy’s putter builder speaks on his winning TaylorMade Soto proto



It’s no secret that Rory McIlroy’s biggest weakness has historically been with his putter. But ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won by two shots, McIlroy made a putter switch and ended up with just 100 putts for the week — the lowest in his PGA Tour career. He also finished first in the field in Strokes Gained: Putting, and put on a putting display for the ages on Sunday to shoot 64 (he birdied 5 of the final 6 holes).

Related: Rory’s Winning WITB from the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational 

What’s so special about this putter? To figure that out, I spoke with TaylorMade’s International Tour Director Chris Trott, who worked directly with McIlroy on building his new putter.

Trott explains that McIlroy showed up to Bay Hill “with a different kind of confidence” that week. His caddie, Harry Diamond, showed up to the TaylorMade Tour Truck on Monday night (McIlroy wasn’t on site Monday) with a previous putter of McIlroy’s — a Scotty Cameron that he won multiple majors with, according to Trott — and he wanted to have a new putter built that matched up with the specs of it. “He came with a plan and he wanted to be on spec,” says Trott. So the TaylorMade team sent Harry off to the hotel Monday night with a TaylorMade TP Soto with no face insert, one with an insert, some other variations, and they sent him back to the hotel with a few Spiders, as well, according to Trott.

But since Trott says that McIlroy liked the feel of his previous gamer, Trott thought it was best to send a request back to TaylorMade’s offices in Carlsbad for a TP Black Copper Soto with a midslant neck and a Suryln insert in preparation for McIlroy’s arrival the next day. “Nine out of 10 times we already have a head with the insert in it [inside the tour truck], but this putter is so new,” says Trott. “It’s not even out yet.”

Trott says McIlroy showed up to the Tour Truck the next morning, but he “wasn’t enamored” with the options, although he did fancy the solid face Soto. Here’s the photo notes that Trott took of the solid-faced Soto that McIlroy liked.

Good thing Trott sent that request back to the office, though! The first words out of McIlroy’s mouth when he saw the new TP Black Copper Soto slant neck proto with the Suryln insert, according to Trott, were “Hmm, that’s nice.” But he wanted to tweak the specs. He wanted the putter an eighth of an inch shorter and 3-to-4 swingweight points lighter. Eventually, Trott also added 0.25 degrees of loft to the face compared to McIlroy’s gamer, and made it 1-degree more upright.

The new putter Trott concocted also had a Golf Pride Tradition grip on it, and McIlroy had him change it to a TaylorMade Red Cap Pistol grip.

So, McIlroy took to the putting green with the solid face Soto and the Black Copper slant neck proto with the Surlyn insert. After a few drills, McIlroy decided he liked the feel and look of the Trott concoction, and while he really liked the Black Copper finish, he did have concerns about how it would hold up in the weather.

In the end, McIlroy decided on the TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto proto. Here are the photo notes that Trott took from inside the trailer while holding McIlroy’s (eventual) winning putter.

The numbers in the photo above mean the specs of McIlroy’s putter are as follows:

  • Weight: 508.3 grams
  • Swing weight: D1
  • Lie angle: 71.25 degrees
  • Loft: 2.75 degrees
  • Length: 34.25 inches

Here are photos that we shot of the putter on Tuesday of the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play:

It’s safe to say McIlroy made the right decision for Bay Hill, and according to Trott, he’ll likely be sticking with the putter going forward. And if not, surely Trott and his team will be there with 7-10 more putter options for McIlroy to try out and hand-pick from. Must be nice to be Rory!

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Rory’s putter in our forums.

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Spotted: Phil Mickelson’s Callaway Mack Daddy PM-Grind “2.0” prototype wedge



More than three years ago, Callaway released a Mack Daddy PM Grind — PM stands for Phil Mickelson — that had a raised toe section for a higher center of gravity. Mickelson liked the PM Grind wedges because the designs allowed him to get more spin on open-faced shots, and also because they created a low trajectory with more spin on square-faced shots, said Roger Cleveland in 2015.

Since 2015, Mickelson has been playing various lofts of Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedges, and with various amounts of lead tape.

On Tuesday at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event, however, we spotted a new Mack Daddy PM Grind “2.o” wedge in his bag that has a different look. Is this the introduction of a new wedge release from Callaway?!


We spoke to a Callaway representative who, in so many words, said this is just Phil being Phil and tinkering with equipment, not a product launch.

“This is a Phil-specific prototype version of the Mack Daddy PM-Grind Wedge,” said a Callaway representative. “We built it specifically for him. He likes to tweak his clubs, of course, and this is just an example of that. Always a tinkerer!”
We’ll be sure to update you on more information about the PM Grind 2.0 prototype wedge when we have it.
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Adidas launches special edition black Boost colorway



Adidas staffers will be collectively back in black at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play this Thursday.

The company announced special edition black colorways for its Tour360, Tour360 Knit, and Crossknit 2.0 models, which players will wear, along with head-to-toe black, at the match play competition.

Adidas Tour360

“Boost changed the game for players when we brought it into our golf category,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “Now with the introduction of this special edition colored Boost, golfers can add another style option to their lineup while still enjoying the benefits that only Boost can deliver.”

Adidas partnered with BASF to develop the proprietary Boost technology, which offers cushioning via highly elastic thermoplastic urethane (TPU) pellets that are then fused together with heat and molded into the midsole shape for each specific model. Adidas cites energy return, unmatched cushioning and comfort along with long-lasting durability as the key benefits of the technology.

Adidas Tour360 Knit

The special edition black Boost colorway is available now and will only be featured in the Tour360 family: Tour360 ($210), Tour360 Knit ($190), Crossknit 2.0 ($160). Supplies are limited.

Adidas Crossknit 2.0

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