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The golf clubs that celebrities are using at the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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Our “What’s in the bag?” — or “WITB” — series at GolfWRX highlights the clubs and shafts that professional golfers have in their bags. This week at the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, we also took photos of the clubs that celebrity golfers have in their bag.

The Pebble Beach Pro-Am is known to attract actors, athletes, musicians, and other celebrities. While many are interested in seeing how those people fare on the golf course, here at GolfWRX, we’re looking at what equipment they’re using!

See all of our photos from Pebble Beach this week.

While we didn’t have the in-hand access to these celebrities that we normally do with PGA Tour players, we do have photo evidence of what clubs some of the celebs are using at Pebble Beach this week. Let’s have a look.

Tony Romo

Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, current CBS football analyst, and PGA Tour sponsor exemption recipient Tony Romo showed up to the range this week with a bag full of Mizuno MP-18 MMC irons. If his headcovers are any indication, he also has a Callaway GBB Epic driver and fairway wood, and either a Titleist hybrid or fairway wood.

Romo’s also supporting Meadowbrook Country Club, which should make his father (and part owner of the country club) happy.

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has a bag full of PXG 0311XF irons and Ping Glide 2.0 wedges.

I’m not seeing a driver or even a driver headcover anywhere, but it does look like Fitz at least has a TaylorMade M1 or M2 fairway wood in the bag, with a Fujikura Speeder shaft.

Alfonso Ribiero

Alfonso Ribiero is best known for his role as Carlton in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, alongside Will Smith. And surely, he gets asked to do “the Carlton” dance everywhere he goes. That probably gets tiring, but the checks probably still cash. As far as his bag goes, I’m seeing Ping i200 irons and a hint of a Ping Glide 2.0 wedge.

We also spotted him swinging a Ping G400 driver with a Project X HZRDUS Yellow shaft.

Kelly Rohrbach

Model and Baywatch star Kelly Rohrbach is taking it OLD SCHOOL with a Callaway FT-5 equipped with an off-the-shelf shaft.

We also spotted her with a Callaway Steelhead fairway wood. Gotta respect it.

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was spotted with a TaylorMade M3 driver equipped with a Fujikura Tour Spec shaft. I see you with those weights forward, Aaron… forward CG to reduce spin, I see you.

Bill Murray

Bill Murray is a national treasure. I mean, look at those bell bottoms and that vest and tell me he’s not. He’s also the most quotable man from the most quotable movie in golf.

Wait a second… is that… is that TaylorMade’s SLDR music?

Zoom in on the photo of Bill Murray at hole No. 18 at Pebble Beach and here’s what you get; a clear shot (well, pretty clear) of a TaylorMade SLDR 4-iron. So he’s got that goin’ for him.

Wayne Gretzky’s son-in-law-to-be

Fiance of Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky’s daughter Paulina is in the field this week at Pebble, and he was also spotted using a bag full of TaylorMade golf clubs at the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

His bag is equipped with quite stiff shafts, a brand new “T-Line” TaylorMade Spider putter, a yet-to-be released and custom-stamped 64-degree Hi-Toe wedge, fully custom P-730 irons and a P-790 long iron. Who is this guy??

Related: Dustin Johnson’s WITB 2018

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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. Larry The Lib

    Feb 17, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I would rather watch these special people play this special game than those really bad touring pros. Their one of a kind swings are so beautiful and the vintage equipment makes the game so pure. Off to get my hickory sticks!

  2. Amir

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:22 am

    It’s the result of input from the TaylorMade tour staff, led by Dustin Johnson, who put the club in play last fall and used it in his victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to start the year in Hawaii. Other TaylorMade tour staffers like Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose have put the wedge in their bags, as well.

  3. Mikele

    Feb 9, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Exactly why should anyone give a turd “what clubs celebrities are using”? Nauesating.

  4. JOEL GOODMAN

    Feb 9, 2018 at 10:38 am

    PLEASE THROW BILL MURRAY INTO THE PACIFIC.

  5. Mark

    Feb 9, 2018 at 4:59 am

    It is ‘….fare on the golf course..’ and not “fair”.

  6. Benny

    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Well said the both of you.

  7. Bill Perry

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    You can show celebrity clubs but never any pictures from the Champions Tour players? I really would like to see the equipment of the Champions Tour covered more in-depth.
    Thank you

  8. CB

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Callaway missed it again! They could have thrown a whole brand new bag of Rogue at Kelly Rohrbach but hey, that’s Callaway for you, not getting out there and using celebrity exposure. Whoever handled that miss should be fired!

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K.J. Choi WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Valero Texas Open (4/18/2018).

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6x

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Ozik Matrix MFS M5 60X

3 Wood: Ping G400 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7x

5 Wood: Ping G400 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8x

Hybrid: Ping G400 (22 degrees)
Shaft: Atlus Tour H8

Irons: Ping G400 (4-PW)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120X

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50-12SS, 54-12SS, 58-10)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping Sigma G Wolverine T
Grip: Ping Pistol

Putter: Ping PLF ZB3
Grip: Super Stroke KJ

Putter: Ping Sigma Vault Anser 2
Grip: Ping Pistol

WITB Notes: We spotted Choi testing a number of clubs at the Valero Texas Open. We will update this post when we have his 14-club setup confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Choi’s clubs. 

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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Titleist AVX golf balls passed the test, are now available across the United States

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Titleist’s AVX golf balls first came to retail as an experiment in three markets — Arizona, California and Florida — from October 2017 to January 2018. AVX (which stands for “Alternative to the V and X”) are three-piece golf balls made with urethane covers, and they’re made with a softer feel for more distance than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

After proving their worth to consumers, Titleist’s AVX golf balls are now available across the U.S. as of April 23, and they will sell for 47.99 per dozen (the same as Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls) in both white and optic yellow.

According to Michael Mahoney, the Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing for Titleist, the AVX is a member of the Pro V1 family. Here’s a basic understanding of the lineup:

  • AVX: Softest, lowest trajectory, lowest spinning, less greenside spin and longest
  • Pro V1x: Firmer than the Pro V1, highest spinning and highest trajectory
  • Pro V1: Sits between the V1x and the AVX in terms of feel, spin and trajectory, and will appeal to most golfers

Different from the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, the AVX golf balls have a new GRN41 thermoset cast urethane cover to help the golf balls achieve the softer feel. Also, they have high speed, low compression cores, a new high-flex casing layer, and a new dimple design/pattern.

For in-depth tech info on the new AVX golf balls, how they performed in the test markets, and who should play the AVX golf balls, listen to our podcast below with Michael Mahoney, or click here to listen on iTunes.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the AVX golf balls

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