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Phil Mickelson WITB: The Match



Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100

3-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J Shaft

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT 3-iron, Callaway Epic Pro 4-iron, Callaway X Forged 18 Irons (5-7), Callaway Apex MB 18 Irons (8-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (56, 60, 64 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 125

Putter: Odyssey Prototype Putter

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag



  1. Cal Mickelson

    Dec 7, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Does the Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind have cnc machined score lines like the Cleveland RTX4 or the Vokey 7″s?

  2. ogo

    Dec 7, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Prototype golf clubs in the hands of an old dog golfer…. 😮

  3. John O

    Nov 27, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Not easy to accommodate a 64 degree wedge, even with carrying just one wood and no hybrids. The MB PW is normally 47 degrees. Big gap from that to a 56 degree sand wedge.

  4. jesse

    Nov 24, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Cally beats whatever Tiger was hiding in his WITB arsenal of weapons.

  5. ogo

    Nov 22, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I want Phil’s Odyssey Prototype putter too! They sell us the inferior OTC off-the-shelf old junky production models without the prototype advantages! Boo hoo hoo … 🙁

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Titleist to release Vokey SM7 Wedges in Slate Blue finish




Titleist has announced that its Vokey SM7 wedges are to be released in a Slate Blue finish from January 31.

The new finish on the SM7 Slate Blue wedges is applied like a standard PVD finish, but according to the company, the finish contains a unique material and involves a time-intensive process, the combination of which provides a finish that will possess maximum durability.

Speaking on the addition of the State Blue finish to the SM7 wedge range, master craftsman Bob Vokey stated

“Very often wedge finishes can be beautiful, but they won’t last. At the same time, the most durable finishes often aren’t stunning. Slate Blue combines the two. Not only will golfers love their wedge when they see it in the shop, the finish will last through the course of normal play.”

As with all of the Vokey SM7 range, the State Blue is available in 23 loft, bounce, and grind options for both right and left-handers.

The stock set-up for the Vokey SM7 State Blue features a Nippon Modus3 125 shaft and custom BV Wings New Decade Multi-Compound Black Grip. However, the wedges will also be available for customization on

The Vokey SM7 State Blue hits retail stores on January 31 and will cost $199.99.

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Rickie Fowler makes the switch to TaylorMade TP5/X



It all started with what appears to be an internal email sent by Taylor Made CEO David Abeles that was posted online last week….

“We are preparing to make one of the most significant announcements in company history – a new addition to our athlete team that will light up the industry and enhance the impact of our brand like never before. Please stay tuned. You will hear from us in a couple of weeks!”

The buzz and speculation that ensued in the GolfWRX forums was nothing short of a Gear Junky FBI-esque investigation. The rumors of who and why covered everyone from Phil, Brooks, LeBron, Steph Curry and I even think former President Obama got tossed into the mix. The code word around Taylor Made was “Project Orange”…kinda love them taking a page from the Lucas Film here.

DRUM ROLL…..As of 8:30AM PST, Monday the 19th of January, the news is now official. Four time PGA Tour winner and World #13 Rickie Fowler has signed a multi-year Ball and Glove Contract with Taylor Made. Fowler will make his first start with the new set up this week at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open.

“It’s been fun to see what the ball can do. Extra yardage on irons, more spin around the green. One less club for me into many holes is a pretty big advantage, too. What more do you want?”

—Rickie Fowler

Now, I realize this announcement may not seem as sexy as a full bag deal or a Callaway to TaylorMade Mickelson switch.

However this signing is important for TaylorMade for two main reasons.

  1. It shows the market that TaylorMade has a ball that performs well enough to attract someone like Fowler who has been a staunch Titleist loyalist almost since birth.
  2. In a market that has been and is still dominated by Titleist, its Taylor Mades first big shot across the bow that they are serious about golf ball innovation and are not hanging their hats on Metal Woods.

The Gear Dive’s Johnny Wunder spoke late last week with Rickie and Director of Golf Ball R&D Eric Loper on how this whole thing came to be.

See what the members are saying in the forums and join the discussion.

Below is the audio interview.

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New Srixon Z-Forged irons: “The most compact, workable irons” in company history



Srixon Z-Forged irons, described by the company as being “designed for the ultimate ball-strikers yet engineered to perform,” are to hit retail stores on February 1.

The new release from Srixon feature two sharp lines at the back of the club, one from the toe and one from the heel, forming its double curve design which aims to provide golfers with a soft feel in a crisp, explosive profile.

Forged from a single billet of soft 1020 carbon steel, the Z-Forged irons, are designed to offer players with an exceptional amount of feel throughout all shots.

Srixon’s Z-Forged irons also contain an updated Tour V.T Sole which is designed to provide more consistent ball striking while keeping the versatility to execute every type of shot.

Speaking concerning Srixon’s Z-Forged Irons, Engineering Manager Dustin Brekke, stated

“The new Z-Forged irons are the most compact, most workable irons in our line. They were created to give professionals and advanced amateur golfers confidence to hit every shot, while featuring a sole that glides through the turf for better contact and stable spin under any condition.”

The Srixon Z-Forged officially launch on February 1 and will cost $142.85 for a single iron, $999.99 for a seven-piece set, and $1,142.84 for an eight-piece set.

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