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Pieters’ meters stamping, Adam Scott’s no-longer-long putter, sweet setups galore at Riviera

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GolfWRX is live at Hogan’s Alley, Riviera Country Club, for the Genesis Open where the pros’ bags are in mid-season form. We’ll take a little deeper dive into our three galleries of drool-worthy equipment pics from Monday, as well as our in-hand shots of the bags of Thomas Pieters, Tommy Fleetwood, Haotong Li, Xinjun Zhang, and Adam Scott.

You’re here for the photos, so let’s cut the babble and dive in.

Thomas Pieters’ meters! The Belgian has what we assume to be his stock distances (in meters) stamped on his Apex Pros. Metric system sauce.

 

Former Nike staffer, Tommy Fleetwood, just can’t shake those Nike Vapor Fly woods and VR Pro irons.

 

Also, did he get a couple on inches chopped off his famous locks? (Serious golf equipment question)

Tommy’s Odyssey White Hot Pro has seen a lot of use, but why deviate from the money-making machine?

Now THAT is a tee mark, Xinjun Zhang. Looks like the Twist Face vaporized it.

The Goldfinger in all of us loves the Basileus’ shaft art.

Just call him Scotty “3 Gloves” Scheffler. Amateur winner of the Collegiate Showcase doesn’t need a staff bag, but he does need to ensure a secure grip on his clubs.

It’s that dictator Jordan Spieth and his peasant caddie. (Note: This makes no sense if you haven’t seen Billy Hurley’s attack ad, which you should)

When you grind the loft off there, you have to stamp it here.

If you were Haotong Li, this is what your custom Bettinardi SS3 would look like at address.

Adam Scott: A short putter-er again.

(And an absolutely savage putter it is)

Don’t worry, Scott is still 680 MB till he dies.

Plenty of high-lofted nastiness from the Australian.

In other news, Piretti. G$S, indeed.

As you might guess, Sam Saunders’ putter cover honors his late grandfather. May it always.

So much good stuff going on in Anirban Lahiri’s bag.

One of several stations at the Circle T buffet.

Stunning golf course everywhere inside the box…

For much, much more of the above, check out the rest of our photos from Monday at Riviera.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums

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  1. Brandon Koehler

    Feb 14, 2018 at 9:11 am

    My memory is horrible but I can’t imagine having to write my distances on my clubs?

  2. Blake

    Feb 13, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    is the pieters thing uncommon? or just bc its meters? Ive bene writing my carry distance on my clubs with a sharpie for years

    • the dude

      Feb 13, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      you forget?….and have for years?? begs the question….what is your handicap??

      • Blake

        Feb 16, 2018 at 12:08 pm

        2.3hcp. And yes i write them on the clubs as they change based on conditions( ie elevation, temp, etc) so yeah one day my pw will be 124 carry, another day its 131 carry

        https://imgur.com/sYXcm9p

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

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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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Callaway launches new Big Bertha Irons and Hybrids

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Callaway has today announced the introduction of its new Big Bertha Irons and hybrids, which feature a thinner club face and optimized center of gravity, designed to provide easier launch and greater distance.

Big Bertha Irons

Following on from the 2016 Big Bertha OS Irons line, which showcased Callaway’s EXO-Cage technology, these new Big Bertha irons will feature the company’s brand new Suspended Energy Core. The Suspended Energy Core features a Metal Injection Molded (MIM’d) Tungsten Floating Weight suspended within a urethane microsphere material to create a deeper center of gravity. According to Callaway, this yields easy launch, longer, and more consistent golf shots.

The Big Bertha Irons will also feature Callaway’s 360 Face Cup, which employs a flexible rim around the face that flexes and releases at impact — this aims to increase ball speed. Owing to the new Suspended Energy Core, this will be Callaway’s thinnest face cup yet, which the company says results in increased ball speeds.

Callaway’s new Big Bertha Irons will be available with Recoil ESX, Recoil ZT9, and KBS Max 90 shafts. The irons hit the shelves on Jan. 18 and will cost $1,200 in steel and $1,300 in graphite.

Big Bertha Hybrids

The new Big Bertha Hybrids will feature Jailbreak Technology, which Callaway first introduced in 2017 with the Epic line. The technology, which was created with the aim of promoting faster ball speed and greater distance, incorporates two internal bars that stiffen the body, placing more impact load on the face. It proved to be a very popular addition from Callaway, and in their new Big Bertha Hybrids, the company have combined this technology with a new shorter and lighter OptiFit Hosel System designed to optimize the center of gravity for an easier launch and a higher, long-carrying flight.

The new hybrids from Callaway also feature an ultra-thin, Carpenter 455 steel face and Hyper Speed Face Cup, with the combination designed to create optimum ballspeed across the face.

The Big Bertha Hybrids will be available in both premium Recoil ESX and ZT9 Shafts, and they will be in stores on Jan. 18 for $269.99 each.

A special thanks to our Brian Knudson for braving the chill and doing his best to find a few blades of green grass for the outdoor, in-hand photos readers prefer.

 

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Matt Kuchar’s winning WITB: 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic

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Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6S

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 X

Hybrids: Bridgestone Tour B XD-H (18 degrees), Ping Anser (20)
Shafts: Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.8 X flex

Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 S300 (soft stepped)

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52 degrees, bent to 51); Cleveland RTX-4 (58 bent to 57, 64 bent to 63 degrees)
Shafts: Aerotech Steelfiber i110X, KBS Tour 120 S, KBS Tour 120 S

Putter: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1 Arm Lock (400 grams, 3 degrees loft, 71 degrees lie, 40.5″)
Grip: Bettinardi Arm Lock XL

Golf ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

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