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Patrick Reed’s driver saga continues, spotted testing Ping G400 LST

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Since moving on from his Callaway club deal, Patrick Reed has made a number of changes to his setup. According to our WITB photos, he’s put in a Nike VR Pro fairway wood, a Titleist T-MB driving iron, Nike blades and Artisan wedges. He’s also stuck with his old Odyssey White Hot Pro #3 putter.

It seems Reed has yet to settle on a driver, however.

Just last week, ahead of the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open, Reed was testing a TaylorMade M3 460 driver (8.5 degrees). The way he had the weights configured, it appeared he was searching for a bit of extra forgiveness. Here’s a look at it…

The thing is, during the actual Farmers Insurance event, Reed actually used a Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond driver that he used back in 2016. Or at least that’s what I can tell from this photo during round 2…

A bit odd, since the DBD is a notoriously unforgiving, low-spin driver, and he went with a high-MOI setup in the TaylorMade M3.

But anyway. This week, ahead of the 2018 WM Phoenix Open, we spotted Reed testing a Ping G400 LST driver (10 degrees), which is the low-spin, fade-biased model in the G400 line.

This switch could make sense, especially if he had the DBD in a fade-biased setting, and he’s now searching for a low-spin, fade-biased driver that has more forgiveness (ala Ping G400 LST). Or, maybe he’s just trying to test every driver that’s on the market until he finds the right fit. What do you think?

Update from an Insider Source: “Reed is looking for a driver that doesn’t go low left when he tries to hit his normal draw, or so he doesn’t feel like he has to hang on so he doesn’t hook it too much, and then end up hitting a high block. He can hit his normal draw with the old Callaway driver, but can’t hit it with the new TM drivers; or at least not with the shafts they have tested so far. That’s why the Ping driver is being tested, to see if he can draw it and not snap hook it.”

Here’s a look at Patrick Reed’s 2018 WITB as of the Farmers Insurance Open on Wednesday.

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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.

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  1. HDTVMAN

    Feb 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Not a Reed fan. Just don’t like the guy.

  2. Thomas Murphy

    Feb 2, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I would expect a lot of experimentation, especially on practice days and like last week, a shift back to something he knows well. Given that he is playing old Nike gear you can see that he likes going back to what is comfortable. I like when guys aren’t playing full bag deals but I would expect that when he gets the driver wired, he will be looking at an 11+ club deal, it is too lucrative.

  3. Benny

    Feb 2, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Nice work as always WRX. Great insight as well as pics!

  4. TeeBone

    Feb 1, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    So Reed hasn’t found that “magic” club yet either, huh?

  5. cdj

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:18 am

    I would test everything under the sun if I were him…no big deal. His Cup play was unmatched…one of my faves.

  6. Mat

    Feb 1, 2018 at 3:25 am

    That’s because I just got mine, and he’s now aware of how awesome they are. 🙂

  7. Jerry

    Jan 31, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Sounds as if the Ping LST is in the right direction; Now he needs a TPT Golf shaft.

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Mizuno announces new JPX 919 Tour Forged irons are coming August 29 (via cryptic Twitter post)

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While cryptic, it does appear Mizuno is announcing via Twitter that its new JPX 919 Tour irons are coming on 8/29/18. One would have to assume that means they will be launched on 8/29, not actually hitting retail on 8/29, but that remains to be seen.

We recently spotted a number of new irons on the USGA conforming list, including the JPX919 Tour irons pictured above, JPX919 Forged and JPX919 Hot Metal irons from Mizuno. So it’s likely that the JPX 919 Tour Forged irons won’t be alone in the JPX 919 family when they hit retail.

The JPX 919 Tour iron specifically pictured in the Tweet above seems to be the replacement for Mizuno’s JPX 900 Tour irons that Brooks Koepka used to win this year’s U.S. Open and PGA Championship. Learn more about the original JPX 900 Tour design from Mizuno’s Chris Voshal on our Gear Dive podcast.

Diving a bit deeper into the picture from Mizuno’s Tweet, it appears the JPX919 Tour irons will utilize Mizuno’s familiar Grain Flow forging, and will be made from 1025E; that’s based on the hosel stamping that says “GF Forged HD 1025E.”

Stay tuned for more info from Mizuno.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the JPX919 Tour irons here.

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USA Stars & Stripes, European Flag Chrome Soft Truvis golf balls arrive

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Getting you in the Ryder Cup spirit a little more than a month from the competition in Paris, Callaway announced Chrome Soft European Truvis golf balls and new Chrome Soft X Truvis Stars & Stripes balls today.

The Carlsbad company is also bringing its popular Chrome Soft Truvis Stars & Stripes balls back to market.

The new European Truvis balls features a European-themed white, blue, and yellow design. Both Chrome Soft Truvis Stars & Stripes balls include a patriotic red, white, and blue pattern.

All models of these made-in-the-USA golf balls will be available at retail August 24th and will sell for $44.99.

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An Interview with T Squared putters, started by a high school golfer

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I’ve coached high school golf for over 15 years, and I thought that I had run out of “firsts.” Then, Anthony Tuber, one of our varsity six, told me that he builds putters. “Sure,” I thought. You purchase the components and assemble putters. Nice hobby to have. “No, coach, I build them from scratch. We have milling machines.” If that doesn’t catch your attention, not much will.

As a coach, you encourage your golfers from a base of experience, but I don’t have any club-making experience! The last time I played around with metal was in middle-school metal shop. In this particular case, the student is the coach, and the golfer is the teacher. I’m now the proud owner of a T Squared putter, and continue to be the proud coach of Anthony Tuber. He might be the next Bob Vokey, or Scotty Cameron, but for now, he is a varsity golfer and high school student. Oh, and he happens to make putters. Rather than write a review that might be perceived as biased, I decided to do a straightforward interview with T Squared Putters. If you want to learn more, visit the company website, or follow them on Twitter and on Instagram.

Question 1: What type of research and field testing did you do, prior to building your first putter?

Prior to making our first putter we bought a bunch of putters to see what we liked and disliked about them. Then we took those putters and tested them to figure out which roll we liked the best. The roll is determined by the weight of the putter the length and the groove pattern. After we completed the testing we drew up a design and shortly after that we had our first prototypes. We then tested those prototypes and they rolled exactly how we wanted. Time went by while we used these first putters but then we really wanted to see the competition. We went to the PGA Merchandise Show and that’s where we found out that we had a superior putter.

Question 2: Is there a style of putter that you like, that perhaps served as inspiration for some of your designs?

We bought and tested dozens of putters but two putters caught our eye and those putters are the Scotty Cameron Squareback and the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback.

Question 3: Can you tell us a bit about the materials/components that you chose for T Squared Putters?

We use American-made 303 stainless steel in all of our putters, but we also we use 6061 aircraft aluminum for the insert on the 713i.

Question 4: How do you balance your responsibilities and commitments, with your T Squared production?

During the school year academics are my number one priority. Over the summer I have been balancing my Tsquared putters work while working on the progression of my golf game. Fortunately I have a team that is very supportive of my vision for T Squared putters.

Question 5: Any chance we will see a mallet-style putter from T Squared?

Yes, we are currently testing other mallet putters to determine the most desirable features for our mallet putter. We are anticipating a prototype soon.

Question 6: Are you a better putter now that you know so much more from the design and production side of putters?

Yes, I have an entirely different perspective when I stand over every putt.

Question 7: How do you get the word out about the quality of your putters?

We have been very active on social media. The golfers that are currently using a Tsquared putter have been spreading the word. We have also been attending local golf tournaments to establish our brand.

Question 8: Do you hope to make a career of this venture, or do you envision it as a step along the path of a 21st-century businessman?

Yes, as golf is my passion I hope to take Tsquared putters to the next level. Golf will always be a part of my life whether it is professionally or recreationally.

Question 9: Finally, what question haven’t we asked, that you wish we would? Ask it and answer it, please.

I haven’t been asked how this process has affected me as a person. As a 17 year old I have a new appreciation for patience, persistence and hard work.

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