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Tommy Fleetwood is down to his last set of Nike irons

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If you’ve seen any recent Tommy Fleetwood WITBs, you’ve seen Nike VR Pro Blades in the Englishman’s golf bag.

Fleetwood, a Nike staffer, has been working through the sets VR Pros the company made him before it left the hard goods business in 2016.

Now, according to a Golf Channel report, Fleetwood is on his last set of Nike-made clubs. So, while it’s unclear how long the irons will last, it is clear Fleetwood is close to needing replacement weapons.

“It’s not that big a deal if I do happen to break a club this week, then I will be one club down for the week. So I’ll have to be careful. But it’s not like a massive concern.”

Interestingly, Fleetwood damaged the hosels of his 7 and 8-irons at the WGC-Mexico Championship earlier this year, which compelled him to put his last set of irons into the bag at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

While it’s unclear exactly what kind of hosel damage would be irreparable, the point remains: Fleetwood needs to figure out his next move.

He doesn’t seem worried, however.

“Once this set goes, I’ll quite happily change into something else,” he said. “It’s just that I have the ability at the moment to play with a set of irons that I’ve loved and played with for so long. [But] absolutely playing a different set of irons would make life easier in terms of all the trucks that are out on Tour every week, and it’s easier to get one fixed or easy to get one sent out.”

Adding an interesting wrinkle to the story: Fleetwood’s countryman and former Nike staffer, Paul Casey, has a new set of VR Pro Blades in his possession, which he is unwilling to part with.

Per a PGA Tour report, Fleetwood said

“[Paul’s] got a brand new set and he won’t give them to me. Shame on Paul. He’s pretty set in his ways, so I don’t think I’ll be getting those.”

Casey, for his part, said, “They are as rare as rocking horse poo. And I will not sell them to him. Or put it this way, he hasn’t offered me enough money. They look beautiful, by the way, and I haven’t used them. They’re the kind of clubs you could hang on the wall. I love the fact that Tommy is running around telling everybody. But I haven’t found any gifts in my locker or handwritten notes. He’s gotta try harder.”

Regardless of whether he can purchase Paul Casey’s irons, Fleetwood will soon need new weaponry. Maybe he’ll give Mike Taylor and Artisan a call? Or maybe he’ll opt for one of the major OEMs and the associated convenience of a tour truck?

We’ll keep an eye on the World No. 11’s bag.

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  1. Tomtom

    Aug 10, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    My money is on Tommy moving to TaylorMade and playing their blade irons, like someone else we all know.

  2. Deano

    Aug 10, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Here in Australia you can still buy new VR Pro iron 4-PW from Golf World it seems.

    https://www.golfworld.com.au/nike-vr-forged-pro-combo-irons-4-pw

    Price is $649 with R or S flex.

    So if he wants them he can buy a few sets and replace the shafts to suit. Only has to get them shipped out by express courier like DHL or FedEx. Can’t be too hard.

  3. ChuckZ

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I can see the price going up on eBay waiting to hear from Tommy. They are out there for practically nothing. I checked the other day when I saw his comments. Nike got out of the manufacturing business for a reason, but he plays rather well with them. Love his game, think he is an awesome person and wish him well. Maybe his is just looking for a free set?????

  4. John

    Aug 9, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Isn’t it obvious? After this season, Tommy’s gonna be a wrx’er. we’ll be seeing him in the BST forums soon enough.

  5. Deano Bravo

    Aug 9, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    The bottom of the article gives the answer. Nike ckubmakers are bow working as Artisan golf.

  6. Tom

    Aug 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Endo forged “open model” anyone in the industry knows that.

  7. Scott Francis

    Aug 9, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Exactly I heard this during presser and first thing I thougth was “ebay”????

  8. C

    Aug 9, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    He’ll find some if he wants them bad enough. Gotta be out there. I’ve seen pictures of what was next from Nike and tgr had a special set without swoosh’s on them. Basically if he wants them bad enough they will be found.

  9. ND Hickman

    Aug 9, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Points to Paul Casey for the excellent trolling.

  10. steve

    Aug 9, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Notice that the ‘muscleback’ portion goes higher up putting more mass and CoG higher up in the face. This is what he is sensitive to in this particular club design…. the lowered trajectory and reduced spin.

  11. Jim McPherson

    Aug 9, 2018 at 11:33 am

    eBay?

  12. Michael Constantine

    Aug 9, 2018 at 10:47 am

    This is absurd. I can send in my irons to be completely refinsihed and set to essentially brand new but T Fleetwood can’t? It’s simple. Let’s not make a big deal out of something that doesn’t have to be.

    • Ns

      Aug 9, 2018 at 11:43 am

      But refinishing means they won’t be the same, original coating, it’ll have somebody else’s coating. And the grooves may not come out correctly to the original specs, and if they are off, they may not perform the same, and the Pros don’t want to mess with what they already know and love in the original version nor take that risk

  13. RocketBall

    Aug 9, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I’m down to my last pair of Hane’s but you don’t see me complaining.

  14. DaveyD

    Aug 9, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Let the bidding begin!

  15. predictable

    Aug 9, 2018 at 10:10 am

    In before we get the traditional “THEY’RE ENDO FORGED” comments

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Keegan Bradley Puts Srixon Z-Forged Blades in the bag

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This week at the BMW Championship, Srixon staff member Keegan Bradley switched irons from the cult classic Z745 to the company’s current Z-Forged blade irons.

For most players, an iron change is not something you would do during the playoffs, but when talking to the team at Srixon, Keegan had been trying to replace his set for a little while. The Z745s were getting on in years and with recent swing changes, he was also looking for more consistent numbers and distance control. That’s an impressive request from one of the top-50 ballstrikers on tour

Let’s take a quick look at his stats

  • 12th in Proximity to Hole with an average distance of 34.2″
  • 16th in Strokes Gained Approach with .642
  • 38th in Greens in Regulation at 68.45%

His new Z-Forged Iron setup is 4-PW with Nippon Tour 120 X shafts.

Although Keegan started the BMW Championship in 66th place in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he still has a chance of making it to the Tour Championship with a solid weekend in Chicago.

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10 interesting photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

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GolfWRX has an assortment of photos from the 2019 BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, including in-hand photos of equipment, shots from the range, and WITB looks at the likes of Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and more.

Here are a few of the most interesting shots from Medinah.

Not familiar with “The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf?” Acquaint yourself!

On the first tee at the BMW Championship…a BMW

The Phil Mickelson calf game is strong, per usual

An in-hand look at the new Scotty Cameron Teryllium TNP 2 (more here)

A Bettinardi tour putter cover

It takes a village…

The flatstick that rolled in the winning put at the first FEC playoff event…

Fairway Jesus with the Nike high socks and Roshe combo 

Rory McIlroy’s TaylorMade Spider putter cover feature a spider holding a championship belt, of course…

Phil Mickelson’s 64-degree PM Grind 2.0 wedge 

All our photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

General galleries 

WITBs

 

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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