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Living the Dream: Meet Scott E.G., owner of an independent Tour truck on the PGA Tour

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I often get asked, “who’s the coolest guy you’ve ever met during all your golf travels?” The answer is easy, especially for a complete equipment geek like me. Scott E. Garrison, the only owner-operator of a “Tour Van” on the PGA Tour. Here’s his story…

Scott E. Garrison (Scott E.G.) grew up in a military family, where his father was a Major and member of the military police. He became accustom to a nomadic lifestyle in his early years, which helped prepare him for PGA Tour life. At the age of 11, his mother bought him his first set of clubs. He would walk to “Las Vegas Muni” after school and practice. He spent so much time there that they gave him a job picking range balls. Fascinated by the complex nature of the game, Scott was sold; he quickly spent every second either trying to perfect his swing or begging his mother for the opportunity to play an upcoming tournament!

A friend suggested he get the clubs cut down and referred him to Bill Bayer. He watched his clubs get custom built and fell in love with the process.

“I was fascinated by the prospect of being able to re-grip my own clubs and I was mesmerized by how the sparks flew as he cut the shafts,” Scott said. “I began to tinker and learn from him. I still utilize the tips he gave me.”

After returning home from his time in the Army, Scott decided to follow his passion and bought a golf shop named Rocky’s in Las Vegas. He later changed the name of the shop to the Golf Doctor.

“It was the first shop in Vegas to have a state of the art swing analyzer and video,” Scott said.

Scott became known as “The Golf Doc” by local golf professionals, players, industry leaders and engineers. One significant relationship he began during this time was with Kim Braly, the shaft engineering genius behind what is now known as KBS shafts.

“I value my relationship with Kim both personally and professionally,” Scott said. “He was always on the cutting edge of technology and I learned a great deal from him.”

Eventually, Scott sold the shop and went on to do mobile golf repair. One of his trailers serviced 9 golf courses in Las Vegas, while the larger one was a permanent fixture at Angel Park Golf Club for over four years. He also did many Long Drive events for Harrison Sports.

By 2003, Scott, now a nationally recognized builder, was asked by Harrison Sports to go on the PGA Tour with his trailer. He secured a few more sponsors and the rest was history. He has been a staple on tour since, working with over 100 tour players and building relationships with companies such as KBS, Super Stroke Golf and SST Pure. Today, Scott is one of only two independent tour trucks and everyone now knows him as “Scott E.G.” His truck recently became one of the most technologically advanced ones out there with the addition of Cool Clubs equipment.

“Thanks to Kim Braly and Mark Timms (founder, owner of Cool Clubs), we now have the amazing technology that Cool Clubs has created right at our finger tips,” Scott said.

Last year, after spending time with Scott E.G., I highlighted the use of his SST Pure machine created to Pure shafts. This year, time with Scott E.G. did not disappoint either. He now has some amazing technology created by Cool Clubs that assists with EI Profiles.

What is an EI profile? The stiffness of a golf shaft varies along its length depending on a set of variables, which include materials, construction and quality. When speaking about EI, the goal is the test the shaft at different points (from butt to tip) to create an overall profile of the shaft. This is done by a simply process of applying force, measuring deflection and then using the variables to compute EI for the series of points.

According to Kim Braly, there are many EI machines on the market; however none of them are this thorough.

“This machine by Cool Clubs measures the entire shaft, torque, straightness, launch angle, spin and even frequency,” Braly says. “You can even measure frequency with the grip on or off.”

Scott says this process is invaluable because if a PGA Tour player wants to change shafts or try something a little different, the process allows Scott to compare shafts and fit the player properly.

By now, you’re probably pretty interested in what Scotty does as well! If you want to keep up with him and his travels, I would highly recommend following him on Instagram @scotteggolf. It’s one of my favorite follows and I am sure you will love it!

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Brendan is the owner of Golf Placement Services, a boutique business which aims to apply his background in golf and higher education to help educate players, their families and coaches about the process! Website - www.golfplacementservices.com Insta - golf.placement.sevices Twitter @BMRGolf

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  1. Benjamin Gold

    Mar 31, 2018 at 8:41 am

    This is super cool to hear of an independent on tour! Love to meet this guy and talk shop. I used to work for a really good golf shop with a well knowledge builder and I learned so much from him and the game. My friend is now long gone from Indiana and we have no golf shops in Bloomington, IN that can do anything. It would so cool if a traveling van could/would roll through a town such as ours and help fellow golfers out.

  2. Robert Parsons

    Mar 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Best golfwrx story to date!

    Don’t know the guy, never heard of him, but I’m a fan now!

  3. Zac

    Mar 29, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    This guy is too cool! I used to work at colonial and every year during the tournament he’s give use cases on rockstar energy drinks, showed us how to pure shafts, etc. just because he got bored.

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Fantasy Preview: 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

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Just as in 2017, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans will once again provide a change in format for the players this week. Players will team up once more at TPC Louisiana for a combination of Best Ball (Rounds 1 and 3) and Alternate Shot (Rounds 2 and 4). Unfortunately, the change in format means that there is no DraftKings this week.

The course is long at over 7,400 yards, but it’s also very generous off the tee. TPC Louisiana offers the opportunity to go low, and players took advantage last year despite the inclement weather conditions. It took a Monday playoff to separate them, but eventually Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt pipped Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown by making birdie on the fourth playoff hole to take the title after both teams had posted 27-under par in regulation.

Selected Tournament Odds (via Bet365)

  • Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson 7/1
  • Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay 12/1
  • Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley 14/1
  • Bubba Watson/Matt Kuchar 14/1
  • Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer 14/1
  • Jon Rahm/Wesley Bryan 16/1
  • Rafa Cabrera Bello/Sergio Garcia 22/1

For the first time, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar (14/1) will team up for this event. Last year, Watson played alongside J.B Holmes. The two performed well, finishing in a tie for fifth place. TPC Louisiana has been a course that has suited Watson’s game over the years, his prodigious length being a significant factor. Along with his T-5 in 2017, Watson has a victory and three other top-20 finishes at the course when the event was an individual stroke-play tournament.

While Watson can be feast or famine at times, Kuchar is Mr. Consistent. He hasn’t missed a cut in over a year, and he has been a top-10 machine over the past few years on the PGA Tour. Despite this, Kuchar hasn’t been able to convert many of his top-10 finishes into wins, but playing alongside Watson this week — who has already notched two victories in 2018 — may help his cause. Over their last 24 rounds, Watson ranks third for Strokes Gained-Off the Tee and eighth in Strokes Gained Total. Over the same period, Kuchar has been predictably consistent, ranking in the top third in the field in every major Strokes Gained category. It’s an intriguing partnership, with Watson’s explosiveness combined with Kuchar’s consistency, and it’s a cocktail that should prove to be a formidable force at TPC Louisiana.

Two men with the hot hand coming into this event are fellow Americans, Jimmy Walker and Sean O’Hair (25/1). Last week at the Valero Texas Open both men excelled, posting the highest finishes of their year thus far. Walker finished solo 4th, while O’Hair grabbed a T-2. It’s the pairs first time playing TPC Louisiana together, but Walker has some good course form to lean on. Back in 2012 and 2013, he posted back-to-back top-20 finishes, which shows that TPC Louisiana is a course that fits his game. Accuracy off the tee has never been Walker’s strength, but the generous fairways may be one of the reasons that he has performed well at this course.

O’Hair has been in good form as of late. The Texan has three top-15 finishes in his last six events, and last week he recorded his highest Strokes Gained Total at an event in years. Walker also seems to have turned a corner with his game. Along with his excellent performance last week, he managed a top-20 finish at the Masters, and his Strokes Gained-Total at the Valero was his highest since his 2016 PGA Championship victory. With both men coming off their best performances in a long time, they should be confident. The duo looks to be a decent value to mount a challenge this week.

Last year’s runners-up Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown (40/1) are hard to ignore at their price this week. Brown has struggled mightily for form in 2018, missing six cuts out of 11 events played so far this year, but the prospect of playing alongside Kisner may be the boost that Brown’s 2018 is needing.

Kisner’s form has been strong as of late. He backed up his runner-up finish at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play with a T-28 at Augusta before grabbing a T-7 at the RBC Heritage. At Harbour Town, Kisner’s iron play was especially sharp, with his Strokes Gained-Approaching the Greens total being the highest since the Memorial last year. Despite Brown’s slump, in a highly tricky format to predict, the pair showed enough chemistry last year and an ability to excel in the format, which is enough for me to consider their price a little undervalued this week.

Recommended Plays

  • Bubba Watson/Matt Kuchar 14/1
  • Jimmy Walker/Sean O’Hair 25/1
  • Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown 40/1
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Gear Dive: Legendary club builder Larry Bobka speaks on Tiger’s old Titleist irons

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Legendary club builder Larry Bobka joins us in the first episode of our new podcast called “Gear Dive,” hosted by Johnny Wunder, GolfWRX’s Director of Original Content. Gear Dive is a deep look into the world of golf equipment, and Wunder will be interviewing the craftsman, the reps and the players behind the tools that make up the bags of the best golfers in the world.

Bobka, our first guest, is a former Tour rep and club builder involved in some of the most important clubs of the past 25 years. From his days at Wilson Golf working with legends such as Payne Stewart, Hale Irwin and Bernhard Langer, he transitioned into the Golden Age of Titleist/Acushnet building clubs for Tiger Woods, Davis Love, David Duval and Brad Faxon. He currently runs Argolf where he builds and fits handmade putters for Tour players and amateurs alike. He’s one of the Godfather’s of modern golf equipment.

Skip to 45:30 for the discussion about Tiger’s Titleist irons.

Check out our podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes!

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Gary Player joins our 19th Hole podcast, talks past and future of golf

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Hall-of-Famer and career Grand Slam winner Gary Player joins host Michael Williams for an exclusive one-on-one interview at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament and Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri. Player talks about the past and future of the game, including his take on everything from reigning in the golf ball and golf courses, to advocating for more testing for performance enhancing drugs on the Tour. Steve Friedlander of Big Cedar Lodge also appears.

Listen to the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes!

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