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Jamie Sadlowski discusses his new Cleveland driver, WITB (2018 PGA Show Demo Day)



Jamie Sadlowski, newly signed with Cleveland-Srixon, was on the range at Demo Day showcasing his refined golf swing that’s now made for professional golf, rather than the distance-first swing of his long-drive days.

We had the pleasure of spending some time with Jamie as he took us through his bag from top-to-bottom. He also spoke about his new swing changes, and he described what’s different about Tour life versus the long drive tour.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day.

Cleveland Launcher HB (10.5 degrees, turned to 7.25 degrees)

Jamie says: “We’ll start with the driver, the Cleveland Launcher HB driver, with 7.25 degrees of loft. It’s the standard head, everything you can buy off the shelf. Everything’s bent a little open, just to take loft off. Obviously being a high-speed player with a high launch driver, I’ve taken launch down. With the Nunchuk shaft, 45 inches, I believe the swing weight’s D5 on this. Just very stable, not much curvature, kills a lot of spin. I’ve been in that shaft for 5 or 6 years now, and haven’t been able to get away from it, just for me it loads real good. Can’t get out of it, cannot get out of it.”

Srixon Z-U65 and Z-965 irons

Jamie says: “Then I work into the UT, it’s actually a 16-degree, so 18 turned down to 16 degrees. I believe finished its 40.5 inches with the 105X prototype tipped 2 inches. Pretty stout. That’s kinda like my acting 3 wood.

Then from there I go into a 3-iron UT 20-degrees, X7 shaft. Standard loft. 1 degree flat. Swing weights on all my irons are D3 I believe, maybe D4. Then I play 4 iron thru wedge in the 965s. Again, all X700’s. 46-degree pitching wedge.”

Cleveland RTX-3 wedges

Jamie says: “Then from there I go into a 53-degree RTX-3 gap wedge, pretty standard grind, 10 degrees of bounce. Then we roll into the 56 degree, again RTX-3, 8 degrees of bounce, pretty standard stuff. All three of these wedges here are X100s, then the 60-degree I have them kinda put a C-grind on it, just because it makes them a little more versatile. I don’t carry anything higher than a 60-degree just because… I honestly don’t need it. With that grind I can kinda of turn it into whatever I want. All the stuff is obviously heavy, I believe the wedges go from D6 to D7 in the lob wedge.”

Why so much lead tape?

Jamie says: “The reason being I play a big grip, plus-4 midsize, so we lose a lot of swing points there. Obviously the irons don’t look as pretty as they should with all the lead tape, but that’s just what it takes to get ’em to proper swing weight.”

The Flatstick

Jamie says: “This is a Cameron Tour (prototype) Newport. Looks good.”

Toning down the swing speed

Jamie says: “I mean I’m not swinging 150 mph, I’m still swinging 135 mph, but to me that feels slow. So it’s controlled. There’s times when I need to hit a big shot, whether it’s need to make birdie on the last hole to make the cut, win the tournament, whatever you need. I know I have the power if I need it. There’s always an advantage to hitting it far when you’re hitting a pitching wedges versus guys hitting 6 irons. So I’m not looking to take away distance, but I’ve obviously refined it to where I can hit controlled shots with good ball flight and good spin numbers.”

Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball

Jamie says: “The XV golf ball has been a huge change for me. The ball combination with all the clubs, but especially with the driver is exceptional. I’ve always been a high-spin player and (the golf ball has) taken my ball flight down, even flighting wedges. I’m able to get to back pins now. The wind doesn’t affect the ball.”

Do you intimidate fellow Tour pros with your distance?

Jamie says: “I guess it depends. I just go there and play my game. If you’re playing on tour you’re going to go out there and play your own game. If I’m paired with an amateur who’s a 10-handicap, I’d say yea thats probably pretty intimidating when they’re hitting 3 woods to my 6 iron. But when I play tour events, I don’t think it affects anyone that much. If I’m hitting 5 iron in and they’re hitting 3 woods… there’s different ways to skin a cat. I just happen to hit it really far.”

Are you getting more comfortable out on Tour?

Jamie says: “After a full year of playing Mackenzie this year. I’ve gained a lot of confidence playing a full year and signing my name to a scorecard for once. Hopefully this year will be a big year with the swing changes I’ve made, I’m feeling more comfortable with them.”

Swing changes

Jamie says: “(I’m getting) the backswing a little more on plane. I’ve always been a little up and rolled to the inside and across the line and I’ve really fixed that. Got it more on plane going back, more on plane coming down. It ables me to hit more shots, versus that loopy little draw. So I’m able to cut it now, hit some hold shots into right, left winds, where I didn’t really have that shot. Flighting wedges, anything inside 150 yards is kinda where I spend most of my time now.”

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day.

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  1. Jack

    Jan 24, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    I think it’s a typo saying he uses X700 iron shafts. I mean, I guess he could but probably they are the X100 shafts LOL. Or maybe they are the X7 (same as Day)?

  2. Jack Nash

    Jan 24, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    So he left Callaway because he kept caving in the Driver face?

    • Kurt

      Jan 24, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      No… he got more money from Cleveland… so obvious.

  3. rz

    Jan 24, 2018 at 11:09 am

    How did you know that it was the GolfWRX moderator that posted a comment? I suspect this happens but I am not certain.

    • Kurt

      Jan 24, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      When a WRX moderator responds to a comment you can’t reply because you are locked out. It happens every time and it’s so obvious. The mod always gets the last word.

  4. Kurt

    Jan 24, 2018 at 12:23 am

    In this article on Fujikura shafts the WRX moderator claimed:
    “Nobody uses a 100 gram shaft in the driver….”??!!!!
    I said tour golfers did use heavier driver shafts.
    Sadlowski uses a 104 gram NUNCHUK driver shaft, here:

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest club that you game?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from uwhockey14, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for the oldest club that they still use out on the course. Despite the latest technologies continually leading to new and improved equipment, this thread shows that for many of our members, there will always be a place in the bag for that certain trusty older club.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • leo the lion: “Odyssey Dual Force 56 degree wedge which is about 20 years old. These wedges have what I believe are called Stronomic inserts in the face. The inserts are made of a very hard material and still look new. I have not found a wedge that gives more spin and control than these wedges. Ping Eye and ISI’s come close but the Dual Forces can almost stop on a dime. I also have a 52 degree that I will use together with the 56 on shorter courses.”
  • NRJyzr: “Playing Golden Ram Tour Grinds right now, they’re approximately 38 years old.”
  • Moonlightgrm: “My Ping ISI irons are 18-years old. Nothing can move them out of my bag. Easy to hit and very forgiving. I tried a set of Mizuno JPX900 forged this year, and they lasted exactly 3-rounds.”
  • sneaky_pete: “18* Mizuno Fli Hi II Driving Iron from around 2006/2007.  This will never leave the bag! Also still rocking my Adams Speedline Super S 3 wood from 2012.”
  • dpb5031: “Arnold Palmer AP30r blade putter – ~50 years old. Kasco K2K #33 (sorta between a 2 hybrid & 5 wood) – 18 years old.”

Entire Thread: “Oldest club that you game?”

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Wilson Staff Cortex wins “Driver vs. Driver 2” (in-hand photos)



Designed by show contestant Evan Hoffman of San Diego, California, the Wilson Staff Cortex is the winning driver design of the second season of Driver vs. Driver.

The titanium-bodied Cortex features carbon panels and a sliding adjustable weight system.

Additional Cortex features

Fast Cage Technology — The company describes this as, a “weight-tuned titanium internal structure with an impressive 44% of its surface area covered in Carbon Fiber Panels. This Ti –Carbon construction allows for extremely precise distribution of weight and frees up additional weight for maximum adjustability.”

Wilson’s longest ever Slide Track — An eight gram sliding adjustable weight is positioned in the center of the head. Additionally interchangeable two and eight-gram weights can be adjusted on the sole and heel of the club.

Fast Fit Technology hosel system — Players have six adjustable options to dial in the loft of the driver in half-degree increments.

A Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec shaft — red, blue, or black — is standard.

“Season Two of the show yielded two amazing finalists; the Cortex and the Rozwell,”
said Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf. “Ulimately, the Cortex came out on top with
its clean, classic shape, overall consistent performance results from a wide range of
player testers, and steady sound across the entire face of the club. We are excited to get
this driver into the hands of players at all levels of the game.”

Hoffman presented his original concept to Wilson LABS, and the engineers chose if from hundreds of submissions. After a nearly two-year process of refining, Hoffman is the winner of a $250,000 grand prize and the inclusion of his creation in the Wilson Staff Line.

The Wilson Staff Cortex will retail for $499.99 and will be available in 9-, 10.5-, and 12-degree models.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their recommendations on soft and forgiving players cavity irons. A whole host of different irons get a mention in the thread, with Mizuno’s cavity irons proving to be one of the most popular choices amongst our members.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • jimb: “I haven’t hit anything better feeling than the 2013 Callaway X-Forged.”
  • deep18: “As others have said, JPX919 Tour. Players look but according to Mizuno’s data, slightly more forgiving than the AP3 and almost as forgiving as the MMC.”
  • elwhippy: “Mizuno will be the softest. Srixon a close second. I imagine the TM will be most forgiving. AP2s are very blade like in their performance. P760 goes very high and straight with DG 105 and 120 shafts.”
  • 300_Straight: “Wilson V6 Tour is also a great feeling iron from what I’ve heard. Never personally tested it, though. Any Srixon 7 or 9 series irons are very soft, as are most Mizunos, Callaway X Forged, etc.”

Entire Thread: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”

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