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GolfWRX Morning 9: Daly continues USGA roast | New data: We’re not very good at buying the right clubs I Woodsian putter switch?

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Good morning, GolfWRX members. As most of you are signed up for our newsletters, you likely already know that I’ve been sending this little Morning 9 roundup of nine items of note.

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)
Good Wednesday morning, golf fans.
1. Stop the golf equipment presses! A new wand for Woods…maybe
The golf equipment world was in a tizzy yesterday when Tiger Woods showed up to the practice green at TPC Potomacwith a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 3. He put the club in the bag during his Tuesday practice round, leading many to speculate he could, perhaps, make the switch from his vaunted Excalibur.
  • Woods told reporters he began practicing with the putter recently.
  • “I’ve been down in the Bahamas the last week, so I’m really gonna give it a good test today and tomorrow because it’s not Bermuda (greens). I’ve been playing Bermuda the entire week. So this is very different and I just want to see how it rolls out here. Put it through its paces.”
  • Could this really happen? Could he shelve his legendary Scotty Cameron Newport 2?
  • “I’m trying something out. The way I’ve been putting, I wanted to look for a change. That’s all it is. It rolls good. You never know.”
You never know, indeed. I put the odds at 3/1 that he actually puts the Ardmore in play. Do you take that bet?

 

2. The fitters speak!
Between manufacturers and consumers is/can be/should be an important entity: club fitters. They know equipment better than you. Often, they know what will suit your golf swing better than you (with appropriate testing and data). So, it’s interesting (vital, even) to hear what they have to say.

 

Fortunately, GolfWRX conducted a survey of top fitters to get the answers to some important questions.

 

Here are a few.
  • 56% of players need more loft on their driver
  • 50% of golfers play a shaft that is too stiff
  • 65% of golfers need to play irons that are more forgiving
  • 67% of golfers have their adjustable drivers set up incorrectly
PSA: This is why you need to get fit!

 

 

3. Daly doubles down
Not content to merely lambaste the USGA for its decision regarding his desire to use a golf cart at the U.S. Senior Open, John Daly is hitting Mike Davis and company where it hurts: in the Shinnecock…Hills.
  • “The USGA just seems to defend themselves after the fact,” Daly said, adding that “the greens seem to get away from them like Saturday at Shinnecock Hills. It just seems like something happens every year they host an event that looks bad on them. They just never seem to learn from their mistakes.”

 

4. That ridiculous story about Ernie Els beating the crap out of Steve Marino? It’s true.
Oh boy. This is a good one. The long-time rumor was further substantiated earlier this month when a friend of a friend to Marino, retired hockey player Mike Commodore, appearedon Barstool Sports’ Spittin Chiclets podcast and said this.
  • “They get on the plane. It’s just the two of them. They’re crushing beers. They take off. Have some food. This and that. They’re having a blast. Marino’s like, ‘This is the greatest time of my life! I’m flying private. I’m crushing beers!’
  • “They’re standing kind of in the aisle or whatever and Ernie Els comes up to him and says something like, ‘Are you having a good time?’…and Els is like, ‘Now we fight!’ and straight-up headbutts him..hard…Ernie starts throwing him around all over the place, and the co-pilot comes back screaming.”
  • Els essentially confirmed the story was true on the No Laying Up podcast earlier this week.
5. Feherty
It must be difficult to have to make people laugh when you yourself want to cry. Add to this David Feherty’s demons, and the difficulty of the period of time since his son’s passing has to be unthinkably difficult for Feherty.
  • Bill Speros profiles the commentator/host/comedian…”Feherty has battled drug and alcohol addition for many years but found that he could not say “no” to his own son’s request for money, even though he believed in his head that money would likely fuel his son’s drug habit.”
  • “On Shey’s 29th birthday-July 29, 2017- Feherty got a call from his son, Rory, saying that Shey died earlier in the day. His death was ruled by a coroner to be the result of a mixture of alcohol and cocaine.”
  • ‘”The truth is, I’d broken down on several occasions and given him money again. He was so sweet, and I couldn’t say no to him. Plus, like all of us addicts, he was a very good liar. He convinced me the money wasn’t for drugs. I’m sure I knew deep down he was lying, but I wanted to believe he was really on the way to coming out on the other side,” he told Golf Digest.”

 

6. Woods working toward a more level educational playing field
USA Today’s Steve Dimeglio does a heck of job profiling some of the good work being done by the Tiger Woods Foundation. Beyond platitudes and big money donations, the Foundation takes a sensible, result-orientated approach that’s continually refined…which Woods himself is very much a part of.
  • Dimeglio writes…”Opened in 2006, the Learning Lab is the backbone of Woods’ goal to provide kids a safe place to learn, explore and grow. The Lab offers students from low-income households and underfunded schools a variety of classes in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).”
  • “Hitting a golf shot isn’t going to make anything better,” said Woods, the headliner in this week’s Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Bethesda, Maryland. “What we’re going to do, beyond our lifetimes, is lead education into the future. And that to me is far more important than anything I have ever won.

Read it.

7. To play, or not to play?
Scheduling, for the high-level professional golfer, is a ballet of moving parts, competing interests, compromises, and ultimately, sacrifices.
  • Graham Parker examines the conundrums in an excellent piece for the New York Times.
  • “For players and managers there’s a calculus at play when deciding which tournaments to play each summer – one that is informed not just by the travel logistics of juggling between European and PGA Tour events, but by a player’s performance, tour standings and (in Ryder Cup years) the chance to get a preview of tournament venues.”
  • “It can make for difficult decisions. Francesco Molinari, who is fourth in the European Ryder Cup rankings and is 15th in the world rankings, has spoken in the past of how he “loves” Le Golf National, which is just outside of Paris. The Italian is a three-time runner-up at the Open de France, and had he competed this week would have been arriving on a rare streak of playing well.”

 

8. Kaymer: I don’t need to prove myself
The German will likely be reliant on a captain’s pick from Thomas Bjorn if he’s to make the European Ryder Cup squad. He has a pair of top-10 finishes recently, giving some cause for optimism.
  • “I don’t think I need to prove myself that I’m good enough for the team,” Kaymer said. “I’ve done it in the past that I’m good enough but right now my results don’t really show what I’m capable of, and I have only two months’ time.”
  • “So I will put everything into the next couple months that I have. I’m going to play a lot. I play all the Rolex Series Events just to gain points. I would hate to miss out. But in the end of the day, you need to be realistic.
9. Dottie & the bear

During the the third round of the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., 10 years ago, Dottie Pepper–commentating for NBC–came closer to a black bear than she’d ever like to.

  • Golf Digest’s John Strege writes...”I look up, and thank God we were in commercial break,” she said. “Here he comes full tilt, and he’s coming right at me. ‘It’s the bear! It’s the bear!’ He has making a dead beat for me.”
  • “She dropped her yardage book and tentatively began to run. “Then I remembered, you’re not supposed to run,” she said….The bear eventually passed by and then through the fans on the left-hand side of the fairway-“they split like the Red Sea,” she said-and eventually made its way through the West Course and back into the wilderness.” (USGA’s photo below)
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    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    If Tiger rejects the TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 3 and reverts back to his trusty Scotty, that will destroy the marketability of the TM putter. Seems he will have to play the Ardmore to support his sponsor – TM.

    • JThunder

      Jun 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      That doesn’t make much sense, if you consider that TW didn’t seem to improve the marketability of Nike Equipment during his tenure – so much so that the most famous golfer ever couldn’t keep that dept of Nike in business. There are tons of TM putters on tour, and only Golfwrx-types likely know the “unbranded” putter TW plays otherwise. (Casual fans will just see TM logos…)

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Charles Howell III’s winning WITB: 2018 RSM Classic

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65

Fairway woods: Titleist TS2 (15, 21 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 8X, Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 9X

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 4-iron, Titleist 718 AP2 (5-7), Titleist 718 CB (8-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (hard stepped)

Wedges: Vokey SM7 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (proto)

SEA ISLAND, GA – NOVEMBER 17: Charles Howell lll tees off on the eighth hole tee box during the third round of The RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort Seaside Course on November 17, 2018 in Sea Island, Georgia. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR)

RELATED: See what members are saying about CH III’s equipment in the forums.

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Danny Willett’s Winning WITB: DP World Tour Championship

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Driver: Callaway Rogue (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana W 60x

3-wood: Callaway Rogue Fairway Wood (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana W 70X

Irons: Callaway X Forged Utility Irons (18, 21, 24 degrees), Callaway X Forged 18 Irons (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Superlite

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged PW (48 degrees), Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges (54, 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold

Putter: Odyssey Prototype (Stroke Lab)

Ball: Chrome Soft X

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Danny Willett spotted with new Odyssey prototype putter, putter shaft

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You may have seen Danny Willett’s name near the top of the leaderboard at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. At 10 under, the Englishman sits one stroke behind fellow countryman Matt Wallace.

You may not have seen, however, that the 2016 Masters champ has a new Odyssey prototype putter in the bag.

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

(Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

All the company would say

“Willett first put in his new gamer last week at the Nedbank Challenge. Willett’s prototype putter also features a new prototype Odyssey shaft to help improve the consistency of the putting stroke.”

Willet has historically favored his blade-style Odyssey O-Works #1 W. More recently, at the Turkish Airlines Open, we spotted him with an Odyssey Versa Jailbird Black. However, the prototype in question is clearly a heel-shafted mallet with a different insert than the 1 W or the Jailbird. The insert looks to be the White Hot Microhinge. Obviously, the two-tone, potentially multi-material, shaft, and the technology therein, is notable as well. Also apparently two-tone, the putter head, which looks similar in shape to a Tank Cruiser and similarly has a pair of sole weights.

Do we need the TG2 to break down the few photos we have like the Zapruder film? We’ll continue digging, in the meantime, let us know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

 

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