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Charles Howell III’s winning WITB: 2018 RSM Classic



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

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

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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  1. Ryan Michael

    Nov 21, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Missing the days when GolfWRX had pictures of winning WITB.

  2. Fred

    Nov 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Pxg def pays their players, not a whole lot though. There drivers and woods are not great, but there irons are very good clubs. What they charge us up to them and can’t knock A company for great marketing and sales. Pretty much any Titleist and Tm club iron etc these days are 200-249 pr club with custom shafts. I love Howell, but not a whole lot of competition in this filed. If the club switch is not a fluke, he should be in the winners circle a lot more in the near future! I

  3. Bert Gwaltney

    Nov 20, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I remember watching him play at the Future Masters in Dothan, AL, and him spending many hours practicing his short game at Olympia Spa. A young kid, perhaps 10-12 in knickers, and so dedicated. So glad for him, a great kid then and a great representative of this game now. Play on Charles!

  4. Jack Nash

    Nov 19, 2018 at 11:40 am

    He started to play a lot better when he stopped playing the overpriced & overhyped PXG’s. WTG Charles III. You deserved the win.

  5. bogeyorbust519

    Nov 19, 2018 at 10:02 am

    I am happy for Chucky 3 Stix!! He has been around for a long time and its great to see him finally back in the winners circle. Once he got rid of that PXG (Parsons Xtreme Garbage) his game turned around, imagine that!! Good for you Chuck!

  6. Chris

    Nov 19, 2018 at 9:43 am

    You left out the Orange whip. Does he also have a round grip on his putter?

  7. golfraven

    Nov 19, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Titleist baby – switching did him well. The clubs of a player.

  8. Teats

    Nov 19, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Awesome putter! Throw out the rest. But, hey, at least he realized PXG was junk.

  9. Padre

    Nov 19, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Funky setup. MB in 4 iron and then AP2 to CB. One would have suspected the other way round, MB in short irons, AP2 in mid and CB in long irons. Goes to show, go with what works.

  10. Pete Daniels

    Nov 19, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Chucky switches to Titleist and now 33% of his wins come with the big T. He drove that driver so straight and flushed his irons. Solid striker who hit 88% of his greens!

    He said he loved the feel of his new clubs in the bag. Based off the hollow of the PXG’s, who could blame him? Overpriced gimmicks that he was stuck with last few years.

    Chucky 3 sticks, we love you man!

  11. Chuckster Barkles

    Nov 18, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Yes, cheers to you CH, well done! Hits the ball wicked fah for a skinny guy like me!

  12. Jamie

    Nov 18, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    The PX LZ’s are bitchin’ shafts with the V1. Find the right flex and the spin and trajectory are great for most amateurs. A deep face 10.5 low spin driver with the V1 is also a good combo. Good for him.

  13. aga

    Nov 18, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Wicked weapons of golf destruction in Chuck’s WITB arsenal of winning clubs… 😮

  14. 1488 is coming

    Nov 18, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Congrats CH3! So nice to see him win again. Hard work pays off!

  15. Mannyv

    Nov 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    I was pulling for him. It was nice to see him come away with the win

  16. Miuralovechild

    Nov 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Three Sticks is back!! I like those cb’s in the short irons. Reminds me of my Miura cb 202. See ya at Augusta!

    • Tim

      Dec 1, 2018 at 1:41 am

      triple sticks, his nickname is chuckie triple sticks

  17. The dude

    Nov 18, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    “Great Diving and iron play this week Charles!”

    – Bob Parsons

  18. Bob

    Nov 18, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Good to see Charles win again such a down to earth guy with a lot of talent

  19. Benny

    Nov 18, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Love seeing this. He just got this bag too. I believe I saw him pulling plastic off his wedges the first day. PXG who? Is that the seriously over priced gear that has literally taken the worlds best off the map?
    Run while you can guys… run!

    • Roy McAvoy

      Nov 18, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      It must be the clubs! Immediate switch and he wins in 11 years. Imagine if you change clubs before every single tournament. You’ll probably win every single one!

    • Roy

      Nov 18, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Would have expected the “worlds best” to have more that 2 PGA wins entering the week??

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WRX Spotted: Lamkin Sink Fit Straight



When it comes to grips we golfers can be a finicky bunch – especially when it comes to our putters. With so many different taper, weight, and material options on the market today, it’s easy to find something that’s just right. The same can be said for tour players too – when the flat stick isn’t working, try a new grip.

At the Zurich Classic in New Orleans this week, we came across a new putter grip from Lamkin: the Sink Fit Straight Polyurethane.

The Sink Fit line from Lamkin is not new but the Straight Polyurethane version is. Featuring a soft, tacky outer layer the shape is designed to help promote a better pendulum stroke with a slight pistol for the top hand. Unlike many other popular grip models that feature less taper the pistol shape might be the better option for those used to a pistol shape but want the benefits of a reduced taper grip.

The cool thing about the Sink Fit popping up at the Zurich, is that if you want to try it, the grip along with others from the Sink Fit line are already available online from Lamkin.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Anyone jumping on the Hogan bandwagon?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from tsecor, who pays homage to Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, and asks what fellow members think of the club manufacturer. The consensus is very positive, with the value for the quality of irons provided cited as one of the best features of the company.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • bfp9: “I’ve been on the Hogan train since 2006 when I bought Apex Blades (with the dreaded Callaway Forging). Still use them today. Although they are getting long in the tooth. Best Irons for my swing, and my game. And they were $299 new at Golfsmith. Haven’t hit the new stuff, but I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to buy another set of Hogans.”
  • MattM97: “Lefty options are limited, only thing I might consider are the wedges but after shipping, import fee/duty, re-gripping to what I like they are as much or more than most wedges. But I do like what they are offering and are a much cheaper and appealing product for many golfers. So I’ll be a fan, but won’t be a user of Hogan products.”
  • dkelly1269: “I have a set of the FW15s and just picked up a set of the PTx irons. Both are very high quality and very playable at a great price. I’m all in.”
  • tsecor: “I played Hogan Apex PC’s back in the late ’80s when I was a child, and I loved them. My parents bought them for me as a gift for graduation. They were $399 I think……not sure why I ever sold them, but it seems as if the Hogan company is getting back to their roots and the tech they are including in their irons is impressive…to me anyway.”

Entire Thread: “Anyone jumping on the Hogan bandwagon?”


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Ping announce collaboration with Arccos to provide Smart Set technology



Ping President John K. Solheim has announced that, in collaboration with Across Golf, the company will now offer Smart Grip and Smart Sensor technology on all Ping golf clubs through the company’s custom-order process.

Golf Pride will be Ping’s exclusive supplier of the Arccos Smart Grip, which through an embedded sensor, allows golfers to automatically record and analyze each shot taken during a round of golf when paired with the Arccos Caddie app.

Speaking on the collaboration, Solheim stated

“With our long-time focus on data collection and the ability to improve product performance and custom-fitting techniques through expert analysis of a golfer’s tendencies on the golf course, it’s a tremendous opportunity for us to join with Arccos to help bring more visibility to the benefits of playing ‘smart’ golf.

“They’ve pioneered the game-tracking category and are recognized as the clear leader when it comes to providing on-course ‘caddie advice’, performance tracking and post-round analysis. Now golfers can realize the benefits of the Arccos technology on PING clubs through our custom-order program, which offers both the Smart Grip and Smart Sensor technologies.”

Of those benefits, Solheim elaborated that data which the app possesses will provide players with exact yardage numbers and club recommendations which he believes will lead to lower scoring and thus bring greater enjoyment to those who play the game.

“We’re very focused on helping golfers improve performance with every club in their bag. By equipping all their clubs with an Arccos Smart Grip or Smart Sensor, golfers can access valuable information relating to their performance before, during and after a round that will lead to lower scores and more enjoyment on the golf course.

In addition to providing exact distances from any point on the golf course plus club recommendations, the app collects thousands of data points that can be analyzed to uncover opportunities for further improvement through set makeup or other equipment refinements.”

The collaboration between Ping and Arccos includes a 90-day free trial of the Arccos Caddie app. The Ping version of the app can only be accessed if players have their entire set, including putter, equipped with Smart Grips, Smart Sensors or a combination of both. When the 90-day trial period expires, a one-year subscription can be purchased through Arccos for $99.99.

On the agreement between the two companies, Sal Syed, Arccos CEO and Co-Founder said

“We are honored to join forces with PING in furthering the promise of data for the everyday golfer. Our teams have a shared vision about the importance of on-course data, which through ShotLink® has already made a massive impact on the PGA Tour. The benefits of this data span the golf equipment spectrum: from smarter club selection decisions in play, to a more intelligent custom-fitting experience by augmenting the data captured in a hitting bay.”

Here is a rundown of the Arccos product options:

Smart Grip: Exclusively in the Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet white (Std.) and aqua sizes (-1/64″) installed on custom orders for Ping metal woods, irons and wedges. MRSP $10.50 each.

Smart Sensor: Screws into the top of most grips and is used on all full-swing clubs. MSRP $10.50 each.

Smart Sensor Putter: Designed specifically for PING putters and can be installed on adjustable or fixed-length steel shafts. MSRP $10.50 each





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