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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best equipment change for you this year?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Eagle1 Eagle1, who asks fellow GolfWRX members what equipment change made the most difference for their game in 2018. For Eagle 1 Eagle 1, the move that helped the most was putting a Ping G400 Stretch 3-wood in the bag, and there have been plenty of other new additions that have aided our members out on the course this year.

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.

  • Gamble Gamble: “M3 Driver with Tour AD DI 7X.  I am already down 3.1 shots in my handicap and should be able to push down to mid-single digits if I actually warmed up before my rounds and did not start bogey/double/bogey to start my rounds like I have on my last five rounds.”
  • noodle3872: “Coming back to Mizuno irons and wedges after trying PXG 0311’s, TM P730’s and P790’s. All great clubs in their own right, however, Mizuno feel, playability and consistency earn them placement in my bag.”
  • Bye: “Taking an inch off the length of my driving. And buying a Rogue 3 wood, possibly the best I’ve ever had.”
  • beaney: “Putter change for me too. Finally accepted that although I love the look of Scottys, I putt badly with them. The odyssey o works 1w tank, has been a fantastic find!  Looks good, feels nice, suits my stroke and distance control is great.”

Entire Thread: “Best equipment change for you this year?” 

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  1. James

    Dec 5, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Two things to do to your current stuff that absolutely help.

    1) a REAL PUTTER FITTING on SAM Putt
    lab. Absolutely amazing. I’m 6’2,
    big & 3 back surgeries. Had the
    loft ‘right’ for my stroke & since
    I putt open & stand a little taller
    2° up – like everything else I had
    felt fine. I suffered from liprosy
    for years which ceased to be
    amusing and cost me A LOT of money
    playing mini tour & section pro
    events. Avg 2 a round.

    After a day of training to use the
    SAM system, I went through the
    fitting & the loft was good, I
    didn’t change my set up or stroke
    but the Dave Pelz/NASA print out
    suggested going 3° flat. Never in
    my wildest dreams would I ever even
    have considered anything like that.

    We bent it a total of 5 degrees & I
    rolled 9/10 in immediately from 12′
    on our putter fitting platform.
    No lip outs next dozen rounds.
    Missed some for sure, but zero lip
    outs.

    2) Most graphite driver shafts are
    pretty good compared to the GARDEN
    STAKES painted the company color &
    shoved in – or co-branded (I never
    understood that – “Diamana by
    Titleist – or Nike” whatever – they
    were “Junk” compared to the real
    ones, and the anon ‘TM or Callaway’
    branded shafts were same grade.

    Graphite technology is eons better
    than a decade ago. Our customers
    who get fit and DON’T want to spend
    2-500 more on a super high end
    stick will get the best available
    no extra charge or low cost
    optional ‘upgrade’ and then have it
    SST PURED. Puring WORKS. PING is
    probably our best selling ‘stock’
    driver and most folks have us pull
    & PURE the shaft and are very happy

  2. Patricknorm

    Dec 5, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I replaced my blade Nike Method ( counter balanced) with an EXO 7 works putter. I wanted better alignment and as a result my handicap went down nearly three strokes over about 8 weeks. Talk about strokes gained improvement. It’s the club you use the most , so any improvement is gold.

  3. A. Commoner

    Dec 3, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Kind of weary hearing about ‘junk’ shafts. Maybe the self-imagined elitists could get an invitation to Monday morning’s executive meeting at ___ Golf Equipment Co. and join the discussion on ‘how we can limit our sales by pedaling a trashy product just like our competitors do.’

  4. Ol' Gaffer

    Dec 3, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Went from a 12º driver to a 15.5º PING G2 driver with a 37 inch whippy soft stock shaft. Now I can hit the ball over 200+ yards consistently and straight. A miracle….!!!

    • Ol' Gaffer

      Dec 3, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      oooops… that’s 47 inch long shaft… for smooth effortless power …!!!!

  5. Tom

    Dec 3, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Upgrade your wood shafts, stock offering from OEM’s are low quality. Heads pretty much all the same, warmed over designs marketed as breakthrough…

  6. TigerFan91

    Dec 3, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I bought a Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 6S shaft, tipped it an inch, and made the final length of my M2 driver 44 3/4″. Made a world of a difference in my driving accuracy.

  7. ogo

    Dec 3, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Yes.. yes.. yes….. it’s all in the equipment you have in your WITB weapons of golf destruction. Never mind any swing change because your swing is perfect as it is… it must be new equipment that you need to get you under the 90+ hump. Jeeeez….

    • Evan

      Dec 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Sometimes it’s the confidence that comes with different clubs that may improve a golfer’s performance however. You’re right, swing changes are necessary and will have a bigger impact.

      • ogo

        Dec 3, 2018 at 6:47 pm

        Correct… and when the 460cc pineapple big drivers came on the scene golfer confidence shot up and everybody deluded they could conquer the game off the tee. Of course it didn’t happen because the stock graphite shafts were so bad the jumbo drivers flopped about in final release due to face angle disaster. Confidence mounted, performance dived.

  8. Dan

    Dec 3, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Replaced my TM M1 w my old Titleist 904 R w real 757 speeder. Lost about 5yrs and now get to hit from the short grass again

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Louis Oosthuizen’s Winning WITB: 2018 South African Open

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (10 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 6.5

3-wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)

Irons: Ping Blueprint Prototype Forged (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged (50, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping PLD Voss Prototype (35 inches, 20-degree lie, 2.5 degrees loft)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R

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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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