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9 great finds in Masters-themed gear, apparel, and more

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It’s time for a tradition unlike any other: Masters-themed equipment and apparel, of course. You know, equipment inspired by Pimento Cheese sandwiches, Azaleas, Georgia peaches, Amen Corner, and anything green-and-yellow.

Here’s a look at a few of the products that caught our eye ahead of the Masters.

Sugarloaf Social Club/MacKenzie Par-3 Bag

Inspired by the Masters Par-3 Contest, MacKenzie and Sugarloaf teamed up to design this superb six-inch-in-diameter carry bag to haul a few clubs.

Gnome

While available only at the official Masters merchandise shop at Augusta National, the Masters Yard Gnome (in his Augusta National caddie suit!) is a must-have. MMO golf can get you one…or there’s always eBay.

Nike Magnolia Pack

Nike is yet to release its full “Magnolia Pack,” but check out the Roshe G bearing Augusta’s signature flower.

State Traditions’ Georgia hat

State Traditions’ Georgia hat is a subtle ode to the home state of the Masters.

Edel Flagstick putter cover

Edel’s putter covers inspired by ANGC’s iconic flagsticks. Brilliant!

Swing Juice “Local Legend” tee

If you want to appeal to hardcore golf fans with a less-than-obvious Masters-related tee, try this Jeff Knox-inspired piece.

Lee Wybranski Masters commemorative poster

Golf’s resident artist, Lee Wybranski, is at it again with his Masters commemorative poster.

Life & Loft “Augusta”

Continuing with the “things to hang on your wall” theme, Lie & Loft’s Augusta print showcases the fames layout in a minimalist fashion.

Ahead Jack Nicklaus “Majors” Cap

Masters colors + Golden Bear + number of Jack’s green jackets on the side = awesome headwear.

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  1. stan

    Apr 3, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Last May a bronze statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed from New Orleans. Maybe Augusta National should be plowed under based on it’s past politically incorrect history.

    • drbopperthp

      Apr 5, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Lee’s statue will do quite nicely for the time being.

  2. abba

    Apr 3, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Shouldn’t the Masters Yard Gnome be Afromerican? 😮

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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list

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As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

Mizuno JPX 919 Forged

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal

Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

Srixon “Z785” irons

 

Srixon “Z585” irons

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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