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Gary Woodland spotted with Wilson Staff prototype irons ahead of Hero World Challenge

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Update: Brendan Steele posted this photo of the prototype irons to his Instagram.

Gary Woodland has recently been using Titleist irons since his split with Callaway in 2015, but it looks as if the big-hitting American is set for a change this week at the Hero World Challenge.

According to Jonathan Wall at Golf.com, the three-time winner on the PGA Tour has been spotted in the Bahamas with a set of Wilson Staff prototype blades and an FG Tour V4 utility 2-iron. The irons feature KBS Tour C-Taper 130X shafts, which he had previously been using in his Titleist 718 MB irons.

Woodland has not signed any iron deals since 2015, so whether or not he is merely testing out the new clubs at the end of year event or he is ready to strike a deal with Wilson remains to be seen.

Andrew Tursky of PGATour.com added this info via Twitter.

The fall season has already seen Charles Howell III make the switch from PXG to Titleist, and it has also given birth to strong rumors surrounding a potential move for Justin Rose to Honma. Now it appears as if Woodland is another man to keep an eye on concerning equipment changes as we begin the run-in to the new year.

You can find out what clubs Woodland puts into play when he tees off alongside Tony Finau at the Hero World Challenge on Thursday at 11:10 ET.

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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 gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. Jimmy Bucher

    Nov 30, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Having played the WS FG 62 the last 3 years or so I have been waiting for these to come out! Solid looking blades with a bit more weight in the toe. I will have to wait patiently to hit them.

  2. KevinR

    Nov 29, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Good looking iron. Too much for me but for whatever reason I like it. It would be nice to see Wilson Staff as a premium, successful iron again.

  3. TIMMAY!!!!!!

    Nov 28, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    If they had those in a raw finish id send them my money right now.

  4. TONEY P

    Nov 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Hope a change of clubs helps, will be also change his to a better putting technical option. That’s away held him up on Sundays.

  5. Tom

    Nov 27, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    If there ready was any difference in performance between brands, no tour player would use a brand like Wilson. But the fact is, all the clubs perform the same ….

  6. Shallowface

    Nov 27, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    The Bullet Back from 1969 taken to another level.

  7. Tom

    Nov 27, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Does anyone else burst out laughing every time they see Gianni’s picture?

    • Scheiss

      Nov 28, 2018 at 11:14 am

      No. But we all bust out laughing every time we see one of your idiotic comments

  8. Andy from NC

    Nov 27, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Oh man I almost flipped when I read this headline as in my brain I replaced “staff irons” with Cortex driver…

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Brian Harman, Patton Kizzire Winning WITBs: 2018 QBE Shootout

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Brian Harman

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Concept Series X-flex

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 661 S-flex

5-wood: Titliest 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 757 S-flex

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (46, 50, 53, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider OS CB

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (2017)

Patton Kizzire

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder TR 757 X-flex

3-wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 95 X-flex

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Axiv Core X-flex

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), Titleist 718 CB (5-6), Titleist 718 MB (7-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (48, 52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Golo Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2017)

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Bettinardi signs Eddie Pepperell

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Eddie Pepperell is a singular quantity in to world of golf, so it’s not surprising that the Englishman has taken a unique route to becoming a Bettinardi staffer.

20 months ago, the two-time European Tour winner walked into Core Golf in Thame, Oxfordshire, and bought four putters, including a Bettinardi Studio Stock No. 8.

Pepperell, who jumped from No. 513 to No. 38 in the OWGR since putting the Bettinardi in play in April 2017, won’t have to pay for his putters any more. He joins the likes Francesco Molinari, Haotong Li, and Matt Kuchar as a Bettinardi staffer, the company announced the today.

“I’ve tried a number of putters and time and again, it’s the one model I keep coming back to.” said Eddie. “Positively I won’t have to buy a Bettinardi putter again, but having bought four putters from Core Golf I’m just hoping I haven’t put them of business as a result!” he added.

It was after Pepperell’s British Masters triumph in October that negotiations to bring him on board began in earnest.

“Once Eddie stayed ahead of a strong field at the British Masters to win his second Tour title of the year with a Bettinardi putter, we decided to reopen negotiations and we’re delighted with the outcome. It means that we now have another top 50 player in the world playing Bettinardi putters…” said Executive Vice President, Sam Bettinardi.

Here are the specs for his Studio Stock No. 8, courtesy of Bettinardi, which also provided the photos below of Pepperell’s putter (pre rust).

Material: Mild Carbon Steel
Finish: Mercury Gray PVD Finish
Face Milling: F.I.T. Face
Weight: 358 grams
Length: 33.25”
Lie: 71 degrees
Loft: 3 degrees

A more recent (and rusted shot) below of Pepperell’s putter at The Open.

 

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Miura offers fully assembled custom club e-commerce service

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Miura Golf has announced that the company now offers fully assembled custom clubs direct to consumers through its website.

The new e-commerce platform was launched over Thanksgiving weekend, and it allows golfers to build an entire set of clubs custom to their preference. Golfers can choose from 10 different types of irons and custom make their club by choosing between different head, shaft and grip options. As well as the irons, Miura also provides golfers with the opportunity to custom make their driving irons, wedges and putter.

For Miura’s premium club, the MC-501 Chrome (4-iron-PW), customers have the choice between eight different heads, 13 shafts, and 14 grips.

Speaking on the new service, Miura Golf President Hoyt McGarity stated

“We are committed to introducing more golfers to the pure pleasure of hitting a Miura club. With miuragolf.com’s new e-commerce capability, it has never been easier for golfers to have such direct access to Miura products.”

Lawrence Place, CFO, spoke to the target consumer for the fully assembled custom club offerings

“Miuragolf.com is primarily for someone who already knows his/her specs or doesn’t have easy access to an authorized dealer. Our eCommerce offering is not intended to replace a full fitting at an authorized dealer, as we still believe that this is the best way to fit into a set of Miura’s.”

While long-time Miura enthusiasts may be wondering why the company chose this route now, it seems the answer is simple economics: demand.

On that subject, Will Miele, North America Sales Manager, said

“At this point, we wanted to be able to fulfill the demand for consumers who did not have an option to order full built sets of Miura products. So this phase one release gives golfers, who have their specs, the opportunity to go online and place a custom order. We highly recommend golfers seek out Miura dealers in their area through our dealer locator on our website and get properly fit.

“As we develop our website we will be adding features that will help consumers who cannot get to a local dealer a way to narrow down their options for better performance.”

The most expensive custom made iron options begin at $1,960, while the most affordable options start at $1,350. The custom clubs are available now at MiuraGolf.com.

 

 

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