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

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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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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.

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  1. HDTVMAN

    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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Mark Leishman’s winning WITB: 2020 Farmers Insurance Open

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution IV TX (45 inches, tipped 1 inch, D2 swingweight)

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 9 X

5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC Tour Spec 9.2 X

Irons: Callaway X-Forged UT (3), Callaway Apex Pro 19 (4-6), Callaway Apex MB (7-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X (hard-stepped)

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw (54.10S @54.75, 60.08T @ 59.75 degrees)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X

Putter: Odyssey Versa #6 (Black/White/Black)

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

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Lucas Herbert’s winning WITB: 2020 Omega Dubai Desert Classic

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees set at 8.75)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees set at 15.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M6 (19 degrees set at 19.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (50.09, 54.11, 60.10)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Black (50), KBS Hi-Rev 135X Black (54, 60)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Midnite

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Gripmaster Roo

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WRX Spotlight Review: T Squared TS-713i Standard Series putter

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Product:  T Squared TS-713i Standard Series Putter

About T Squared: T Squared Putters is a small putter manufacturer just south of Buffalo, New York. The company was founded by Tony Tuber who created his first prototype putters, after hours, in his father’s machine shop. Since then Tony and his father have been creating high-quality putters in the same facility that creates high precision instruments for the medical field. They pride themselves on creating the highest quality, most precise putter they can offer. They offer a few different head shapes from small traditional blades to high MOI mallets and even a custom program to get exactly what you want.

The Ts-713i Standard Series is based on the Ts-713, the first prototype that Tony created. It is a blade-style putter with a slightly longer flange and a unique face insert milled from 6061 aluminum. The body of the Ts713i is milled from a solid block of 303 stainless steel that is produced in the USA and has a Teflon backing between the body and face insert.

This Teflon backing helps give the putter a softer feel at impact and reduce any unwanted vibration. Details are what T Squared is all about and the neck of the putter shows off their milling expertise. The neck is similar to a plumbers neck, built with multiple pieces and offering some cool texture on the section bonded to the head. Another great detail is that all the silver markings on the putter are not filled with paint, they are milled into the head. T Squared finished the head in a sharp matte black and then milled all the markings on the putter for a unique, shiny silver look that really stands out. Ts-713i putters are built for customizing and have a ton of options that you can select if you would like to build something totally unique

On the green, the T Squared TS-713i really performs fantastic. I found the feel at impact very solid without any unwanted vibration. The impact produces a muted click and soft feel that I wasn’t expecting from this aluminum insert and thin face. The deep milling and Teflon coated back to the insert really work together to produce a great, responsive feel that I enjoyed. Deep milling usually makes me a little worried because it can soften the putter too much and lose that feel we all demand.

The TS-713i has no issues and transmits impact feel back to your hands with ease. Mishits are a little louder and harsh, but nothing even close to unpleasant. I have used putters that don’t feel as good on perfectly struck shots as the TS-713i feels on mishit putts. Distance and accuracy on those mishit putts are not as drastic as you would expect with a blade putter. I often just missed the cup by small margins when I struck a putt on the toe or heel of the TS-713i. There aren’t too many blade putters that have shown this level of forgiveness on the green for me.

The “T” alignment aid on the flange of the putter is large and easy to use. Not only do you get a straight line from the face to the back edge for alignment, but the back of the “T” also helps you square the putter up to your target. The Pure grip is not my thing, and it would be great for T Squared to offer a few more options, but that is an easy fix and a very minor criticism.

Overall, the T Squared TS-713i is a great putter from young Tony Tuber that exceeded my expectations. His attention to detail, precision milling, and take on a classic head shape offer golfers something different without sacrificing any performance. If you are looking for a great feeling putter that is made in the USA, you should take a look at T Squared and see what they can make for you.

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