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Adam Scott has a 2010 Titleist 910D3 in play at The Players

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Adam Scott hasn’t played his best golf this season, to say the least, and he’s searching for answers. Scott has fallen to No. 71 in the OWGR and has only notched two top-20 finishes. While the Australian has characteristically struggled with his putter, it’s not a putter switch he’s made for The Players (he did that last week at the Wells Farg0).

Nope. Instead, Scott is swapping drivers, putting a 2010 Titleist 910D3 in the bag, Thursday, seemingly with the same Graphite Design AD DI-8X shaft that was in Scott’s 910D3 in 2011. He was a mere tied-for-95th in strokes gained: off-the-tee, but hey the Australian fired a 3-under 69, so there’s that. He averaged 297.3 yards off the tee with the eight-year old club.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s on the greens or you got to do something else driving the ball, to make the game what you feel is easier is definitely something you need to do, especially when you’ve been struggling for any kind of momentum out there, which has been, for me, frustrating,” Scott said. “So it’s freeing some things up.”

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – MAY 10: Adam Scott of Australia plays his shot from the 15th tee during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 10, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The big stick is currently valued at $25.20 by the PGA Value Guide.

What do you think about Scott’s switch, GolfWRX members?

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  1. Robert Chafin

    May 14, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I still play a 905R and it is more consistent than anything new that I have wasted money on!

    • ben jones

      May 31, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      That is one of the best. Scott Stallings told my son to keep playing it and he still bombs 300+ yards consistently.

  2. ADam Scott

    May 12, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Fools…the COR was maxed ~ 12 years ago…

    • C

      May 14, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Don’t worry about discretionary weight and sweet spot size. Pffft. Who needs new technology?

  3. Greg V

    May 12, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Maybe if Rory went back to the 910 D2 that he had success with, he might have made the cut too.

  4. Chuck Barkley

    May 12, 2018 at 3:37 am

    That club has no idea what year it is or who’s hitting it!

  5. mentalgame

    May 11, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Sir Walter Hagen said “I would rather be of clear mind and decision with the wrong club, than with an unclear mind and the right club”.

  6. Kmax

    May 11, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    I still play the 910D3 set to 7.75 and rotate between 2 shafts Grafalloy Blue(White) XS & Grafalloy Axis XS if I want a lower trajectory. Also have the 910 3w 13.5 with Axis TX or Blue X tipped 1′ and the 910 Hybrid 18 with Grafalloy C-note X. I have tried 913, 915 even D4 but still game the 910 because the feel is great and they are more workable in my opinion plus I don’t lose more then a few yards. All you idiots making stupid comments should know its more about the setup with the shaft and the weighting along with the adjustable face loft lie, NOT about spending $$$ on the newest release. Part of the reason TM is not very profitable is bc they release too many new versions and depreciate a good product.

  7. Man

    May 11, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    What about that stupid long Combi putter? What a loser

  8. ogo

    May 11, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Nonconformity! Sacrilege! Off with his head (the 910D3) ????

    • ogo

      May 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Gearheads cry, wail, fearing their WITB may not be the ‘best’ any more!

  9. Jeffrey

    May 11, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    When new equipment is released its always the ducks nuts, longer, straighter, more forgiving etc. Newer doesn’t make the older stuff stop working completely like some think. BTW I’ve got 913 9.5D2, 13.5, 17 and 21. No need for me to so called upgrade.

  10. Jack Nash

    May 11, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Great, now I don’t feel I have to go out and get a 13 lol.

  11. MP-4

    May 11, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Adam Scott is crazy.
    680 irons for years, even after Titleist introduced several new generations of very similar muscle backs, and now back to the 910d3?
    He’s thinking “I used to be good with these club 7 years ago.”
    He’s trying to reclaim what he had instead of creating something new.
    You can’t go back in time to improve your game.

    • JP

      May 11, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      What a stupid comment

      • DK

        May 11, 2018 at 6:59 pm

        Yeah JP – I have to second that motion! “Asinine” might be a better description than “stupid”, but I am fine with “stupid”.

  12. Tom54

    May 11, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Makes one wonder if newest is not necessarily any better than older versions of same driver. Find one you can consistently hit reasonably well and let everyone else shell out the 4 and 5 hundred. Good enough for Adam Scott,good enough for us too

  13. Joe Jumpmaster

    May 11, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I went back to my trusty 905s a couple of rounds ago…Swinging it like it’s Thor’s Hammer. Whatever works best for each individual.

    • Man

      May 11, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      You must be really weak and small for it to feel like Thor’s hammer lmao

      • Joe Jumpmaster

        May 12, 2018 at 1:04 pm

        Hitting it 285-300. I’m over 50. Putz.

        • Man

          May 12, 2018 at 4:55 pm

          You’re an old man calling people names. May be it’s time to grow up? I’m 18. Who’s the putz now, loser?

          • Mr. Replier Guy

            May 12, 2018 at 7:26 pm

            I’m 12 and I hit it 420 with my 9 iron and I don’t call people names unless their redheaded cause dad says that’s ok.

          • thatmakesnosense

            May 12, 2018 at 11:02 pm

            It’s still you.

  14. Dr. Fiser

    May 11, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Heck, I still game a 975J (circa 2001) with a ProLaunch Blue 65X, because I hit it just as far, but a much higher percentage in the fairway, compared to any newer drivers. It’s about what works best for each player, not necessarily what’s newest and fanciest.

  15. BF

    May 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I have been playing this driver since it came out. Can’t get it out of my hands!

  16. Brett Weir

    May 11, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I personally think that Adam Scott falling from the rankings has to do that he’s less focused on golf ever since he got married got a kid. So his priorities has changed. When he was single and wolfing around he was one a top 10 player.

  17. Matt

    May 11, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I’d put a tin can on a stick if it worked.

  18. Copperhead

    May 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I purchased a 917 D3 last spring, sold it and went back to the 910 back in October.

  19. golfbeachguy

    May 11, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I believe the Titleist 910 driver has been the best driver including the 913, 915 and 917. The new drivers feel like rocks when you hit the ball. The 910 has always had that soft, sweet spot feel. I’ve tried all the newer Titleist drivers, but I’m still using the 910 as my gamer.

  20. Neil C

    May 11, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I still have mine – the last of the great titleist drivers, imho.

  21. Ted Bundy

    May 11, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Has anyone noticed that Jason Day has gained some weight?

    • Deadpool

      May 13, 2018 at 11:32 am

      We don’t look at men’s behinds like you, so no

  22. Smith

    May 11, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I feel like the value comment is a bit misleading – yeah a bone stock 910 would fetch $25, but good luck paying less than ~$200 for one with a Tour AD DI in it.

    • Mike

      May 12, 2018 at 7:38 am

      That’s not it’s value anyway. That’s the trade in value. Resale value is 60 excluding the value of the shaft.

  23. Kerry Hoffman

    May 11, 2018 at 11:36 am

    I have gone back to the 910 D3 65 gram X flex myself after purchasing a 917 D3, Better feel, sound, distance and control for me.

  24. indyvic

    May 11, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Go with what brings you confidence on the tee. Just switched from my Callaway 2016 BB to 2010 Tour Edge XCG5 driver and dropped my Adams 2014 3w for XCG5 4w. Happy Camper Now!

  25. Robin

    May 11, 2018 at 11:18 am

    At one time one of the best driver of the ball

  26. Colin Reddick

    May 11, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Indian not the arrow! always and forever.

    • Chief Wahoo

      May 30, 2018 at 2:40 am

      As an Indian I am offended by your comments. We don’t shoot arrows anymore we own casinos and sell bootleg cigarettes

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Nick Faldo: Tiger Woods said his career was over in 2017

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It’s safe to say only the most optimistic of fans expected Tiger Woods would contend on the weekend at two major championships in the 2018.

We’ve heard murmurings that Woods himself doubted he would make a comeback, such as his 2015 “I think pretty much everything beyond this will be gravy,” remarks.

However, we’ve never heard explicitly that Tiger Woods thought he was finished playing professional golf. Sure, he’s said he didn’t know how well he’d be able to play and that he’s been surprised by his speed and power, but we haven’t heard anything as extreme as what Nick Faldo claims Woods said at last year’s Masters Champions Dinner.

Talking with Dan Patrick, Monday, Faldo had this to say.

“What he’s been able to do, Dan, is unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo said. “To go from a frozen back, I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago, ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again.’ And here we are 18 months later.”

“He was in agony. He was in pain,” Faldo said. “The pain down his legs, nothing enjoyable, he couldn’t move.”

“What he’s been able to do is, it’s unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo told Patrick. “To go from a frozen back—I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again,’ and here we are, 18 months later…”

“No, I won’t mention the name, but he’s a Masters champion. He said ‘I’m done, my back is done.’ He was in agony, he was in pain, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn’t move.”

Woods had his fourth back surgery April 20th, shortly after the Masters, which put him on the path that ultimately led to a runner-up finish at last week’s PGA Championship.

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An airline lost Thornbjorn Olesen’s golf clubs…and his backup clubs…and his suitcases

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Thorbjorn Olesen has arrived in Sweden for the Nordea Masters. Unfortunately, his golf clubs have not…nor have his back up clubs.

He tweeted this, Tuesday.

“So the comedy continues, @British_Airways have managed to now lose 5 suitcases and 2 sets of golf clubs in 10 days! Decided to bring my only backup set of clubs on this morning’s flight to the Nordea Masters in case my other lost set don’t arrive and BA have also now lost these!”

Thousands of tour pros fly hundreds of times per year, yes, but doesn’t it seem like more golf bags are getting lost than should? Sidebar: Masterful GIF game, Mr. Olesen.

Olesen hasn’t provided an update on his bag(s) since the tweet above, so we’re not sure where things stand now. BA responded with this

Nope…doesn’t sound good at all…

Olesen also fired off this tweet–good he can see the humor in what has to be an utterly enraging situation.

Guess this is a #PlayBetter so you can afford NetJets, etc, situation, because it’s certainly not ever going to be a #AirlinesStoppedLosingBags situation. Also Ship Sticks is at least theoretically in play, right?

Or, of course, there’s option 3: Telescoping golf clubs in a collapsible bag that you can take as a carry on. That’s the surest bet: Just stash ’em overhead! Gotta get to work inventing those…

But really, rough stuff, and here’s hoping the Dane gets his bats back.

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Shane Lowry roasts rules officials for PGA Championship debacle

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Shane Lowry isn’t exactly thrilled with the ruling–or lack thereof–he got at the PGA Championship.

Viewers joined the drama in medias res late in the Sunday telecast, Justin Thomas waiting to play his pitch shot from beside the par-3 16th green. Lowry was 10 under at the time, four strokes behind Brooks Koepka (Thomas was 11 under). The Irishman’s tee shot missed the green, settling next to a camera tower.

It was unclear during the telecast what was keeping Lowry from playing as he argued with officials, and the commentators seemed to suggest Lowry ought to go ahead and play and stop obstructing Thomas. JT eventually played, hitting a poor shot and bogeying the hole. Lowry, after a near 10-minute delay played from his original position and bogeyed the hole. Running hot, he bogeyed the 17th hole as well to fall outside the top 10.

Now, Lowry is speaking on what happened, telling the Irish Times

“I think the referee didn’t have the balls to make a decision there, and if he did I would have had an easier shot…If you put (European Tour official) John Paramor or any of the good referees out there, and he would have given me full relief. But he wasn’t giving me full relief, he was telling me to drop it in a tree basically.”

“The camera tower was the issue. I took my drop there was another camera tower in my way, straight away I felt I should get dropped on other side and they were getting me to drop it in the middle of the tree. I can’t, so where do I drop it? They’re saying drop it here, I have a club length (to drop the ball) and it is still my way. He wouldn’t make a decision. The other referee said, ‘it is your decision’. I said, ‘Do you know what? I’m just going to play’. I didn’t want to wait around any longer.”

Thomas, for his part, didn’t blame Lowry.

“It had nothing to do with Shane. The rules officials were having a hard time coming up with a ruling,” Thomas said. “They were kind of looking at each other and saying, ‘Well, what do we do?’ And Shane’s like, ‘Look, just tell me if I get a drop or not.’ And I’m a quick player, and that’s why I went.”

You can see Lowry’s eventual shot and the position he was in here.

Look, we all know the Rules of Golf can be complicated in their application. We also know that if an official gives a player bad advice, the player isn’t protected if he violates the Rules by the mere fact that he was doing what the official directed.

Thus, in situations where officials aren’t sure, they have little incentive to offer firm guidance, which brings up a more important point: The Lowry situation wasn’t some outrageous and unforeseen development. With the tower in play, all officials should have been well aware of the players’ options. In general, you want all officials to be able to apply the rules, yes, but particularly in expected situations.

More than mere doofery, the debacle speaks to a lack of preparation that is utterly unacceptable. Equally unacceptable–and likely final scoreboard altering–is the amount of time it took to come to the (lack of) decision.

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