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Kevin Na’s Winning WITB: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier 2018

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Driver: Callaway GBB Epic (9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-GP 6TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Black

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF-80 X-Flex

Hybrid: Titleist 818H2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 95S

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (54 degrees), Titleist Vokey Prototype (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura T5 MB

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R with one wrap of double-sided tape

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  1. moses

    Jul 10, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Looks like he just might pick up a hat sponsor soon. He gets paid for putting a Cally driver in his bag.

  2. cdj

    Jul 10, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Absolutely hated t-mb…hope “their” version is much improved in feel over retail.

  3. Dave r

    Jul 10, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Get the yardage and hit it . Great guy but really needs to speed it up just a tad. The talk between himself and his caddie is priceless .

  4. joro

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Congrats on the win Kevin, one of the nice guys on Tour. But for Gods sake get an alarm on your watch and speed up, it is tiring to see you on the clock every Tournament.

  5. Benjamin

    Jul 9, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Love seeing the sponsor-less mixed bag guys winning. It is very surprising that one of the top Korean male golfers doesn’t have more sponsors. Definitely seems like a good guy too. Love the banter with his caddy.

    • CrashTestDummy

      Jul 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Me too. The banter is funny. Every amateur golfer can relate with it.

  6. S

    Jul 9, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Is it just me or is his GBB Epic driver actually smaller than the retail version?

    • Man

      Jul 9, 2018 at 11:27 am

      It’s just you. You’ve been staring at Rogue too long lmao

    • Michael Kutilek

      Jul 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      There was a 440cc version of the Epic that was available to the pros but never put out in retail. Phil used it for a while last year as did Alex Noren. I’m sure there were others.

    • JP

      Jul 9, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      Most of the pros use clubs that are different to retail. I’ve used some tour issue Taylor gear in the past that was unrecognisable besides the logos paint job etc.

  7. Tom

    Jul 9, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Seems like a really good guy, very good player. Congrats!

  8. Joe Taylor

    Jul 8, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    I like the putter.

  9. Ray

    Jul 8, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    He switches iron shafts often it seems

  10. DDuval

    Jul 8, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    When did Kevin Na stop playing his 917 Driver & switch to Callaway Epic ?

    • Man

      Jul 9, 2018 at 1:19 am

      That’s why he won, obviously. And his 3 wood change

    • Torqued

      Jul 9, 2018 at 2:38 am

      Switched right before the AT&T. Got it done at Aloha Golf in Vegas. I was in the shop watching him get fit for it on Trackman and he was moving it compared to his 917.

  11. Davis

    Jul 8, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    54* and 60*, nothing between the 54 and PW. I’ve noticed this with a few pros, any thoughts?

    • Fingers

      Jul 9, 2018 at 12:25 am

      And i thought i was the only weirdo that had just a 54 and 60. For me it works perfectly.
      Full swing yardages are PW=125, 54*=110 and 60*=85.
      50-60 yards (which i rarely leave myself) is around 1/2 54* or 3/4 60*
      30-40 yards is around 1/2 60*
      And if i want to get real technical with distance ill hit them up or down
      Since im good at random boneheaded moves at times i try to K.I.S.S.

    • Man

      Jul 9, 2018 at 1:21 am

      For those who feel they need a bit more length and better gapping in the longer clubs, this is what they’ll do, and compensate on the short end with working harder to knock down shots and gripping down, etc.

  12. The dude

    Jul 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    More great face shots …way to go

  13. gif

    Jul 8, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Mixed WITB arsenal of weapons… no sponsorship….

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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.

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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.

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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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