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Patrick Reed signs with Nike Golf, is no longer on staff with Callaway

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The shushing, top-5 claiming, ultra-passionate golfing Patrick Reed has inked an apparel and footwear deal with Nike Golf, according to reports. And he announced his new deal with a Nike Golf/American flag photoshop that suits the superstar Ryder Cupper and alpha-American perfectly.

Also, as GolfWRX Members speculated, Reed is “no longer officially with Callaway,” according to a Callaway representative.

As forum user cvhookem63 pointed out, the last time we saw Reed without a bag full of Callaway clubs was in 2013 when he played mostly Swoosh clubs. Since Nike no longer makes golf equipment, it will be interesting to see what clubs end up in his bag for 2018.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Patrick Reed in our forums

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  1. henry

    Jan 4, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Next contract will be PXG. Hopefully he doesnt get the same clothes as JDay.

  2. Bo

    Jan 4, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Give the guy a break… so he’s a little hefty, where does it state you have to be chiseled to be considered an athlete? It’s all about what he does in the course.

    My question is what sticks will he have in the bag. I could see him going PXG considering he was using that 3 iron for the longest time. Or maybe a mixed set like Keopka.

    • Robert Parsons

      Jan 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Little hefty, but tears up the golf course like a beast. Who cares what size he wears, the guy is a great golfer. And his Ryder Cup performance was legendary. Love seeing him play.

      • PC3

        Feb 23, 2018 at 4:17 pm

        You guys are so right! He is tearing up that course….one bogie at a time. Sad performances. Burning bridges and poor performances are not the best route to be on when the curtain is closing…

  3. Sam

    Jan 4, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Interesting that he went back to Nike, since he was with them before.

    But also an odd choice for Nike to go back to him, since they like to call their players “athletes.” I know that professional golfers are athletic, but some just have a different body type to portray what an athlete should look like. There are a few Nike staffers that seem to be interesting picks.

    I mean, when you put up Patrick Reed next to Brooks Koepka, a big difference there.

    At least with this apparel deal, he will have more than four outfits. I swear, he wore the same slacks all the time on multiple days.

    • Thomas A

      Jan 5, 2018 at 9:07 am

      He may have left Nike due to the clubs since they were an ‘all or nothing’ sponsor of golfer, save for the occasional putter. Now that Nike is out of clubs, he’s free to play what he wants. I’m sure all Nike apparel deals are sweet enough that players can bag whatever they want.

  4. Greg Houston

    Jan 4, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Hopefully that will mean we will never see him ever again in those terribly unfortunate trousers that had those gawd-awful rear pockets with the cutesy plaid flappy thingies. Those things were just so wrong. . .

  5. jkarain

    Jan 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    He is SMART

    • PC3

      Feb 23, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      Not playing too smart though!!! Callaway trimmed the fat!!

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L.A.B. Golf now offers DF 2.1 putter with Electroless Nickel finish

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When you have an award-winning product, you don’t need overhaul it.

Instead, from time to time, you just need to give it a little tweak, and in the case of L.A.B. Golf’s DF 2.1—featuring lie angle balanced technology—that means offering a new highly durable nickel finish.

This isn’t the first time the team at L.A.B. Golf has changed a few things up with the DF 2.1. Just this May, on “Star Wars day” May 4th (because May 4th also kinda sounds like “May the force… be with you”) they released a hyper-limited 5 putter series featuring Start Wars graphics.

The new nickel finish on the L.A.B. DF2.1 is applied using Electroless Nickel Plating which is applied in a nickel bath through a chemical reaction. This reaction doesn’t require the traditional electric current for the plating process and it deposits a uniform layer of nickel onto the surface of the putter.

This nickel plating makes the finish on the putter almost impossible to scratch, and based on the properties of pure nickel, it isn’t affected by moisture.

Price, Specs, and Availability

The L.A.B. Golf DF 2.1 is available now with a base price of $425, with the new nickel plating being offered for an additional $30.

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The future of iron shafts is graphite

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For me, the process to accept the superiority of graphite has not been easy. Like many GolfWRX readers, I grew up with a clear goal—become an elite player. A rite of passage on this journey, was when you finally had enough speed to get True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts in your blade irons.

I remember the day well. I also remember not having much difference in performance after making the change. Instead, the only real difference I experience was a lack of feel (which many describe as “boardiness”).

I was a victim of a bogus narrative, but as I have gotten older, I have also gotten smarter. I have awoken to the truth in 2020: Steel is good, but graphite shafts are the future of golf, especially for irons for the average player.

Let me explain. To understand why graphite is becoming a superior option, you must understand two important inputs of the design and manufacturing of shafts. The first is taper and the second is the thickness of the walls of the shafts. Together these factors combine to influence everything we think we love about steel. However, they are also extremely fixed; you cannot do a lot with the material. That is simply not true for graphite. Instead, graphite gives shaft manufacturers options. Options can result in way better performance for you.

So, what does this mean for you?

Let me share my own experience which started a couple of months ago when I learned that I would be moving from Florida to Denver. I was excited for the change of pace but quickly had questions—how would this impact my set makeup? With some questions in mind, I reached out to an old friend, Gawain Robertson of ACCRA (True Temper). I wanted to know how I could take advantage of the altitude and become the inner bomber I always knew I was!

With Gawain’s expertise, we developed a profile for the shaft that I wanted: something about 85 grams, 3.0 degrees of torque, and higher spin to go with a set of PXG 0211 iron heads. The intent was to create a combination, which was going to be easy to have max peak apex with lower spin, resulting more distance.

So, a set was built: 0211’s with custom ACCRA graphite shafts, 1/2 inch long, 2 degrees flat with Golf Pride New Decade MCC Grips.

As soon as I got to Denver, I was excited to test. I got a bucket, set up my FlightScope and started to smash 6-irons (Bugattis do not need to warm-up). The results? Over 15 shots my numbers where what I wanted, my smash stayed at an average of 1.39 but my peak apex went up from 28 to 33, my clubhead speed up from 86 to 89 mph, but my spin was about the same, hovering around 6,000 RPM, or in plain language 200-yard high, long 6-irons.

Graphite shaft technology is only going to improve, and we are, to use a ball flight term, far from the apex. I believe the future of iron shafts, in general, will be graphite—I know that, in my particular case, I’ll never see the glimmer of steel when I stand over an iron shot again.

 

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TaylorMade P Series irons: Talking tour integration

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Now that the cat has been let out of the bag on the new 2020 TaylorMade P Series irons, I wanted to get some intel on how these new sticks will start to infiltrate the major tours and what that might look like.

TaylorMade’s Adrian Rietveld is one of the individuals that players like Rory, Rahm, and a number of the European staff trust to transition into new product.

I had a chance to chat with him this week on all things P Series, and this is what he had to say.

JW: In a general sense, what is the process for you when integrating a new product on Tour?

AR: I never like to do [more than] one product at a time, unless I’m at the Kingdom or off-site. On tour, it’s essential the focus stays in a bubble and we deal with one thing at a time. We typically will speak before any testing is done and I’ll get a sense from them what is looking to be gained or if there are any glaring issues.

The main place to start is going apples-to-apples spec-wise—old product vs new product. At that point we can see what the new product is offering, i.e. where it’s good and also identify what we need to do to get dialed across the board.

JW: Of the main Tour staff, who is testing now, and who will be testing after the season is over?

AR: Can’t answer exactly who is currently testing because all players test at different times, but I know our U.S. and European core staff players all have sets including non-staff players that also have our equipment in play.

The cool thing is the players who have had the time to test put them in play quickly which is a good sign.

JW: Rory put the P7MB in play quickly. What did he respond to on the P7MB that encouraged the switch?

AR: He did, but by the time, he got them he had been testing with us for a good while. When he got the set he has now, he was already quite familiar with them, so the transition was easy. This iron was designed with a lot of his input (as well as DJ) and both players had very nuanced but similar preferences, so it’s safe to say he was comfortable with them when they came outta the box.

It’s not a huge switch from his 730’s. He liked that he picked up marginal improvements across the board and was particularly pleased of the simplicity of the set—especially in the longer irons with less offset.

JW: What improvements are you seeing so far vs old models?

AR: For MB, using Charley Hull as an example, the 730 for her seemed to turn over a bit and was a bit less forgiving. With the 7MB, she neutralized her ball flight all while keeping her spec identical to her old set.

In the MC the long irons seem to launch a touch higher with a fraction more speed. Every player who has tested has made the switch, and that’s with no pressure to do so. We are patient when players irons hit in regards to player switches. I believe in the next 6-9 months you will see a ton of MC’s in bags, whether its staff or non-staff.

JW: Do you think you will see more combo sets than before?

AR: To be honest most setups these days are combo sets in some way shape or form. What I think we will see are players having the P7MB play further down into the set. For example, the player that was 4, 5, 6 750 and 7-P in 730 will now start to have the MB in the 5 and 6. That little addition of forgiveness will give players enough confidence and performance to make them comfortable.

JW: Using Rahm as an example, what is his process when he is getting into a new product?

AR: He spends a lot of time at The Kingdom and does any major switching there. He’s not a player who tends to tinker at a tournament site. As with most of our staff, his process is about making sure any switch in the bag is a step forward in performance. Since he lives in Arizona, getting to Keith and me in Carlsbad isn’t a long trip and that gives us ample quiet time to focus, test, and experiment.

*according to TaylorMade, eight sets P Series irons have been built for players on the European Tour with seven going into play immediately.

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