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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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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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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best 3-wood of the newest releases?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Kaexo, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel is the best 3 wood of the recent releases. Described as the “hardest spot in the bag to settle on” by one of our members, an array of different 3 woods get a mention in Kaexo’s thread.

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.

  • Phil6380: “Cobra F8 is the best I’ve hit. Something about those rails when hitting it out of the turf. I have no fear of hitting down when needed. It’s also my most consistent club off the tee BY FAR! I give up a little distance, but when I need to hit a tight fairway, or I’m not hitting my best, that’s the club I’m grabbing.”
  • calfan36: “King LTD is great if you have some speed/launch. Very low spin, very forgiving, and an amazing feel. Also, I love that I can play it shorter and easily add weight via the space port.”
  • aussieb: “The two best fairways of recent releases are the G400 and Epic SZ for different reasons. G400 for forgiveness and great launch conditions from just about any lie, plus it sounds extremely solid.  Might still make my bag if I can find the right shaft combo, the Epic SZ is better for me than the Rogue for adjustability, ball speeds and head shape.  I found it worked off the short grass better than anything, and if I miss the fairway, it’s more likely to be the hybrid or a layup.”
  • ChipNRun: “Reality check: for many golfers, the best 3W is a 4W – slightly shorter shaft for better control, and extra loft to enhance launch.”

Entire Thread: “Best 3 wood of the newest releases?”

 

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Bargain Challenge 2: Putting together a $500 set of clubs for a mid-handicapper

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Last week, I posted about what clubs you can get with $500. I built a set that I would use myself to show that even golfers with particular specs can find what they want for a decent price. Overall the feedback on the post was good, but I did want to follow up since one of the commenters put me up to a challenge. See below.

Well alright James, challenge accepted.

Challenge: A set of mid-handicap clubs with stiff shafts for less than $500.

Driver

Since I was going to be building a set of a mid-handicapper, my goal was to find a driver that got solid distance, but was also forgiving. I found this R9 460 in 10.5 degrees for $65. While the paint has seen better days, this should perform exactly how we want it to. Plus it is adjustable.

Wood

The 3-wood search stumped me for a bit. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to go with. I knew I didn’t want a strong three wood and I knew I needed something with forgiveness. After some searching I found a Ping K15 16 degree with a stiff shaft. While the loft is higher, I have found that many higher handicap amateurs can find good use out of a higher lofted 3-wood. On top of that, the K15 is an incredibly easy to hit and forgiving head.

Hybrid

I knew what most mid-handicappers would have a hard time hitting a 2 or 3-iron, so my mind immediately went to a 3-iron hybrid. After some searching, I stumbled on this Ping Rapture V2 with a stiff shaft. Historically, the Raptures have been really easy to hit which makes this a great addition to the bag.

Irons

I had the hardest time in this entire process finding irons. There were just too many to choose from. You had great player irons like the Ping S57 and you also had the super game improvement Adams irons. To find something slightly more in the middle, but still easy to hit, I went with the 2012 TaylorMade CBs. A great year for TaylorMade irons and easy to hit with the irons only going down to the 4. This is where someone can have some fun with their choices if they want.

Wedges

Wedge shopping was still hard this time around. Since the PW in the iron set was strong, I knew I needed a stronger gap wedge. I found a Callaway X-Jaws 50-degree for $24. Really, the entire point of the 50 is to have another iron and bridge the gap to the sand wedge. Speaking of the sand wedge, I went with the 56-degree Ping Gorge SS wedge. It has good grooves and will get the job done around the greens. For the lob wedge, I went with the Cleveland RTX 2.0 60 degree: A really solid wedge with good groves to give you the zip you need around the greens.

Putter

And finally, I went with another great blade putter for $55. Honestly, there were a lot of different options in the range from mallets to blades, so don’t be afraid to search around.

Total

In summary, anyone and any skill level and swing speed can find something in the used market. In fact, it was even easier to find clubs in stiff than X-stiff because most X-stiff clubs are custom and are in less demand making, them more rare and expensive than stiff clubs. Take a look, you never know what you may find.

Related: Bargain Challenge: Putting together a set of clubs for $500

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What’s the best budget wedge?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from bamagator, who asks fellow GolfWRX members what wedges they feel offer the best bang for your buck. As always, our members display their diverse taste, however, Maltby wedges prove to be a particularly popular choice.

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.

  • BIG STU: “Depending on the fine line of how you really want to do it and the budget Maltby is a good bet. Their stuff is as good of quality as any. If you are able to build your own clubs, you can do the shafts, and grips like you want them. You can also mix bounces and even style of heads within the set.”
  • Orlandogolfguru: “Rock bottom t7 for 69. Dicks – gg rtx 3 for 69. Or Maltby for like 39. I have all of them and can’t decide which I like best. They are all great, depends in the shape you like really. Can’t go wrong.”
  • Lefty431: “Don’t sleep on Wilson FG tour pmp wedges…  especially tour grind!  They seem to be readily available and super affordable!!”
  • kiw1982: “Wilson PMP. You are welcome.”

Entire Thread: “Best Budget Wedge”

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