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Bargain Challenge 2: Putting together a $500 set of clubs for a mid-handicapper

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Last week, I posted about what clubs you can get with $500. I built a set that I would use myself to show that even golfers with particular specs can find what they want for a decent price. Overall the feedback on the post was good, but I did want to follow up since one of the commenters put me up to a challenge. See below.

Well alright James, challenge accepted.

Challenge: A set of mid-handicap clubs with stiff shafts for less than $500.

Driver

Since I was going to be building a set of a mid-handicapper, my goal was to find a driver that got solid distance, but was also forgiving. I found this R9 460 in 10.5 degrees for $65. While the paint has seen better days, this should perform exactly how we want it to. Plus it is adjustable.

Wood

The 3-wood search stumped me for a bit. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to go with. I knew I didn’t want a strong three wood and I knew I needed something with forgiveness. After some searching I found a Ping K15 16 degree with a stiff shaft. While the loft is higher, I have found that many higher handicap amateurs can find good use out of a higher lofted 3-wood. On top of that, the K15 is an incredibly easy to hit and forgiving head.

Hybrid

I knew what most mid-handicappers would have a hard time hitting a 2 or 3-iron, so my mind immediately went to a 3-iron hybrid. After some searching, I stumbled on this Ping Rapture V2 with a stiff shaft. Historically, the Raptures have been really easy to hit which makes this a great addition to the bag.

Irons

I had the hardest time in this entire process finding irons. There were just too many to choose from. You had great player irons like the Ping S57 and you also had the super game improvement Adams irons. To find something slightly more in the middle, but still easy to hit, I went with the 2012 TaylorMade CBs. A great year for TaylorMade irons and easy to hit with the irons only going down to the 4. This is where someone can have some fun with their choices if they want.

Wedges

Wedge shopping was still hard this time around. Since the PW in the iron set was strong, I knew I needed a stronger gap wedge. I found a Callaway X-Jaws 50-degree for $24. Really, the entire point of the 50 is to have another iron and bridge the gap to the sand wedge. Speaking of the sand wedge, I went with the 56-degree Ping Gorge SS wedge. It has good grooves and will get the job done around the greens. For the lob wedge, I went with the Cleveland RTX 2.0 60 degree: A really solid wedge with good groves to give you the zip you need around the greens.

Putter

And finally, I went with another great blade putter for $55. Honestly, there were a lot of different options in the range from mallets to blades, so don’t be afraid to search around.

Total

In summary, anyone and any skill level and swing speed can find something in the used market. In fact, it was even easier to find clubs in stiff than X-stiff because most X-stiff clubs are custom and are in less demand making, them more rare and expensive than stiff clubs. Take a look, you never know what you may find.

Related: Bargain Challenge: Putting together a set of clubs for $500

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Trey is a former D1 golf recruit and the owner of College Golf Mentors, a consulting business helping kids achieve their dreams of playing golf in college. When not golfing, Trey is either paying the bills with his advertising job or powerlifting.

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  1. JACOB

    Jan 16, 2019 at 9:01 am

    RAZR HAWK TOUR DRIVER $80
    ADAMS SUPER LS 3 WOOD $50
    RAC MB TP 3-W $110
    AKIRA 52 $50
    CALLAWAY PM GRIND 56 AND 60 $80 EACH
    CLEVELAND FORM FORGED III PUTTER $30
    $480 TOTAL

  2. Dave in Fallbrook

    Jan 14, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I’d suggest an Adams XTD ti driver. Much newer technology, in fact you’d be getting the same head slot technology that TM have in their latest m5 m6 drivers (arguably why they bought out Adams). Plus a couple of Adams super LS or xtd ti hybrids, I’ve tested with all the latest models and they still can’t be beat. Irons, either Cal Apex 2016 or even TM rac OS (yes they are still competitive). Wedges – Nike (VR), Cleveland or just about any big brand (maybe except Vokey) can be had super cheap in a non latest model. Putter? mallet or blade? Any old model ping blade. An older odyssey mallet, “Yes”, never compromise or Rife mallet can all be picked up cheap. My biggest splurge on any club in the last few years was $110 for a used Bettinardi Inovai mallet. My best purchase, a 19 deg Adams Idea Super XTD Hybrid for $9.99!!!. I bought it just for the fubuki shaft but after trying it out it is now a favorite in the bag, almost 5 wood distance but very accurate.

  3. Ej

    Jan 5, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    That r 9 is the domb diggity

  4. Joe M

    Jan 2, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    My (mostly) eBay sourced set.
    Ping G30 driver $125
    Ping G 20 3 wood $55
    Ping G 15 21* hybrid $30
    Mizuno JPX 800 4-GW $130 (Used rack @ Roger Dunn Golf)
    Mizuno JPx 56* SW $40
    Odyssey White Hot #9 $40
    Total $410 just enough left over for a bag, tees and balls
    All shafts are stiff OEM,
    Not a beginner, just cheap.

  5. WhoDat

    Dec 28, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Wow you have poor taste in old clubs… I mean the clubs are great but you don’t have to go back that far to find cheap clubs. Hell I bought a Big Bertha Alpha 816 for $50… You could get a Jetspeed driver for that price too. The older you keep going back the price of the club starts to rise again because it becomes more rare especially if in good condition. Golfers are very nostalgic so playing an old club they loved previously is worth more to them than the performance they may get from it.

  6. BC3

    Dec 26, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    So I gave this a shot and came up with the following from the GWrx classifieds and a couple of other places:
    Titleist 915 D3 9.5 Diamana stiff $135
    Titleist 906F2 15 4375 r flex $15
    Hogan Radial 5 (Old school) $5 (I was curious and didn’t know about hitting a hybrid)
    Titleist Forged 704 CB True Temper Dynalite Gold S300 4-P $49
    Brand New Cleveland RTX-3 CB 52, 56, 60 at $57 a piece, $171
    Odyssey Rossie $35
    Total $410

    Had some other items to add or swap out.
    New Adidas Tour360 Boost $70
    TecTecTec rangefinder $41
    TaylorMade V Steel 5 wood $15
    Titleist 917 5W $125 7W $105
    Ping 5W $120

  7. Peter G.

    Dec 21, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    You should try this challenge on 2ndSwing.com, a bigger selection of clubs. For my buddy who is a lefty, found a set of X-Hot Pro irons with Pxi 6.0 shafts for only $145. They have a ton of Srixon Z355 drivers ($50), woods ($44), & hybrids ($33) for cheap. Ping Gorge wedges (50, 54, 58) all $35-$30 each and in very good condition. Ping Sigma G Kushin for $94. You add some headcovers to that and I’ve got $508.88. For a lefty too! Most of those clubs in righty also.

  8. The Dook

    Dec 19, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Wait a minute…. what about us high handicappers???? Us mere mortals need some love too!

  9. Bogey Barker

    Dec 19, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I recently did the same over the last several months, but fared way better.

    Here’s my bag:

    (Note: Each club came with the stock stiff shaft. Almost everything came from a certain online retailer, too, and I think they own 3balls — except otherwise noted.)

    TaylorMade Rocketballz 10.5 degree bonded driver in near mint condition off the letgo app. $40.00.

    TaylorMade Aeroburner 3 and 5 wood in excellent condition. $90 for both.

    Ping Eye 2 Red Dot irons 3-PW, plus a 54-degree Ping Eye 2 Sand Wedge in value condition. $100.

    Ping Tour Gorge SS 58-degree Lob Wedge in very good condition. $30.

    Ping J Blade 5 Putter in very good condition. $30.

    Hot-Z 3.0 Stand Bag new from Rock Bottom Golf. $38.

    Puma Ace Men’s Golf Shoes from Amazon. $54.

    Dozen Wilson Staff Duo Golf Balls from local pro shop. $20.

    Foot-Joy Golf Glove from local pro shop. $11.

    All that for just a shade under $400. Just need a push cart.

  10. Kevin Grate

    Dec 19, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Why not just buy a box set of Tour Edge they make quality clubs for the right price and you definitely will be spending less than $500 and your new

  11. Blake O

    Dec 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve scored some good deals on used clubs negotiating with the sales person. My bag was just over $500 until I upgraded my driver this spring.

  12. Scheiss

    Dec 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Don’t you have any friends or family who have old clubs they’re not using in their garage? Why would you need to buy junk like this when your close ones have exact same types lying in their storage

    • James

      Dec 18, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Good job Trey. I didn’t realize I’d be getting my 15 minutes of fame via GolfWRX! My set, while playing to a 2-4 handicap, is all used with stiff shafts. My experience on used club websites is that the most popular shaft flexes are also the most expensive.

      Here are my clubs (also bought my Titleist bag used):
      Taylormade driver
      Titleist 3 wood and hybrid
      Callaway XR Pro irons
      Vokey wedges, very close to new for best face condition. 4 of ’em.
      Oddyssey #7 Tank putter

      For fun I priced them out. $860, not including shipping.

  13. McSlice

    Dec 18, 2018 at 10:45 am

    This was my set that really got me into golf, took me from 30 to a 16 handicap:
    Driver – Cleveland Classic XL (matrix ozik: new): 60
    3 wood- Ping K15 – Diamana shaft : 60
    hybrid – Ping K15 : 40
    Irons and wedges- Ping Eye2’s : 55
    putter and stand bag – Ping Anser BECU and some knockoff bag : 28

    243 bucks all purchased on ebay and local used stuff site. So yea if you are willing to put a couple weeks effort in you can get some decent clubs and a bag to boot.

    Liked that set, but really quite loved the Eye’s and the driver (driver is still in my bag). I’d happily game the Eye’s and the putter still as well.

    My latest iteration is pretty cheap as well and so far I am very happy indeed and sold some of the previous clubs to pay for it. Gotta keep it real!

    That said, the article said for a mid handicapper. .. so maybe a bit of an upgrade… I would say the irons that I have now: Mizuno JPX 850 forged (270 – 290 for them on ebay), the same driver (60 bucks), a cobra 3 wood or even a hybrid for about 60 bucks, I use a Vokey 460 : 08 Lob wedge I got for 2 bucks at a random garage sale, a Mack daddy sandwedge from Roger Dunn for 58 bucks and grab any used putter that feels semi ok, I personally still love the old Anser putters that you can get for nothing.

    Something like that. Would be nice.

  14. Doug

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:32 am

    What is a mid handicapper?

  15. Gun Violent

    Dec 17, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Why did you get those terrible looking irons. Poor condition, and there are far better ones out there in that category at better prices. You’re not looking hard enough

    • Greg Conner

      Dec 17, 2018 at 9:15 pm

      Agree w/the comment on the irons; Why would a mid-capper use those? Definitely better options out there…

  16. Tom

    Dec 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Buy used, re-grip and you (regardless of you playing level) will have clubs just a good as anything being introduced, “new” and “better performing” as USGA equipment rules made it impossible to go beyond their established limits. Remember next time you see an equipment ad making improvement claims, Sellers be Sellin! That’s how these guys stay in business, a shrinking business, just look how many manufacturers have disappeared!

  17. Bob Baker

    Dec 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Punched shank by mistake…………my bad

  18. JuannyBravo

    Dec 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Spot on about the Lefty stuff being cheap. I’m a lefty and here’s what I’ve spent on my current setup, which is mostly 2016 or newer except for a few single clubs:
    Ping G Driver w/ Speeder 661 shaft: $105 total, head, tip and shaft were purchased separately.
    Fairway: Callaway X2 Hot 3 Deep $50 or so
    Hybrid: Cobra T-Rail $22 on ebay
    Irons: Taylormade M1 with DG Pro Shafts: $320 total, irons were new eBay ksouth9 listing but had senior flex.
    Wedges: Ping Tour S, Cleveland Precision Forged: about $70
    Putter: Odyssey o-Works tank in red: $169.00 brand new.
    Total of $736 including all grips, supplies, etc for anything that needed reshafting or new grips.

    I’ve also made back some of that money on certain things such as the old iron shafts and old 3 wood shaft that I relisted on eBay.

  19. the dude

    Dec 17, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    IN YOUR FACE JAMES!!!!!…..

    • James

      Dec 18, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      Dude… please see my follow up comment to Trey.

      • James

        Dec 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

        Follow up comment for some reason isn’t showing. GolfWRX, what’s up? It was complimentary and reasonable with no swear words. Frustrating that I would craft a kind response and you won’t publish it. Takes all the fun out of engaging. Where can I find your comment publishing guidelines?

  20. JJ

    Dec 17, 2018 at 11:48 am

    If you want some bargains on used clubs, check out the course that your local First Tee operates out of. Clubs are donated to them and what they don’t give to kids gets sold at bargain prices to help support the program. I have a friend in Pittsburgh that gets great deals all the time

  21. twh

    Dec 17, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I feel you on the iron issue. So many really good older sets out there to be had. With all of the promos callaway pre owned puts on this time of year, you could probably go even cheaper. Good read, thank you

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What It’s Like: TaylorMade Golf’s “The Kingdom”

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One of the best parts of this job, beyond the people we get to meet, is the facilities. All of the core OEMs have a “place” that is exclusive, away from anything normal, and you gotta know someone to get a ticket in.

That’s what the “What It’s Like” series is about. Those certain OEM places with no doors open to the public. Those places that if you happened to sneak in, there is no way you can Fletch your way around into two steak sandwiches and a bloody mary.

I never admit this, but I used to manage a night club in Los Angeles called Les Deux (it was cool for a minute). It was a fun although soul-sucking endeavor but the thing that made the experience stick out was the exclusivity of it. If you got in by knowing someone, greased the door guy (me), or got invited, it was four hours of awesome. Yes, it’s a lame example, but there is, unfortunately, something about getting to the other side of a closed door that is just awesome.

TaylorMade Golf’s Kingdom is location No. 1, and as you would expect, it’s nothing short of pure golf ecstasy.

My Experience

I have been to TaylorMade HQ quite a number of times, and typically those visits involve time at what I call the gear junkie mecca (short of Tiger Woods’ garage or the Nike Oven graveyard now called Artisan) AKA The Kingdom.

The coolest thing about it is how subtle the location is. Located just steps away from the front door of TM HQ (and a very random corporate basketball hoop) sits a small-yet-elegant building that if you didn’t know was there, you would fly past it. Once you pull into the side parking lot, unload your sticks, and head to the door, there is still that feeling of “will they actually let me in?”

Here’s the thing. The best (all of them) have been in here. To test, practice, hang out, get fit, get wowed to potentially be on staff and everything in-between. A schmuck like me should get nervous, but then it happens, the door opens and you are not only let in but you are greeted by the master of ceremonies and a man I truly adore Tom “TK” Kroll.

With the passion to match not only yours but anyone else who walks in, he makes sure every nuance is seen and experienced. From the lobby with current TM athletes on the wall to the locker room with your custom locker that sits next to an exact replica of Tiger’s bag. There are snacks, extras shoes, gloves, swag, coffee, beer, and all your wildest dreams…and we are barely in the facility.

From a 35,000 foot view, The Kingdom has everything a golfer would ever want, need, or wish for. Starting with Duane Anderson’s putter studio that has tested thousands of strokes from players ranging from a 20 handicap to Rory McIlroy. The data compiled in this room is staggering. We did a video (link below) that gives you the full rundown.

There are three (one with an Iron Byron for testing) main inside hitting bays with all the bells and whistles you would assume. TrackMans, cameras, big screens, fresh gloves hanging on the wall, and a club fitting matrix with every TM combination you could think of.

The outside hitting area is heaven on earth. There is no other way to describe. Huge hitting area with multiple styles of grass, lies, pins, etc. Any shot you would need to hit can be recreated here on grass with a ball flying into the air and not into a screen. My favorite area is the Flick Tee. In honor of the great teacher and longtime TM staffer Jim Flick. Its tucked up high and privately in the corner of the range under a tree and this may sound ridiculous but you can almost feel Mr. Flick standing there with you as you look out onto the facility. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

As mentioned, the man who manages your experience is Tom Kroll. He’s about as respected and beloved as anyone in the industry and for good reason. You combine passion with service you get an awesome human to hang out with. Everyone that has been through these doors has a TK story, which includes a chuckle and a smile.

I chatted with him recently about The Kingdom, and this is what he had to say.

JW: Walk me through how The Kingdom came to be what it is now? Basically origin to current day…

TK: Back in 1994, I was in R&D, running player testing, and we needed to find our own testing range. We built our headquarters in Carlsbad in the 1990s and added the range in 1998. Only robot, cannon and player testing were done at the start. Once in a while, a tour or staff pro would come out and test, but it was all operated from one building. At the time, what’s currently the clubhouse at The Kingdom was actually a maintenance building. But in 2010, The Kingdom was reimagined to the layout we have now.

Over the last three years I’ve been at The Kingdom, we’ve added GEARS, Quintic high-speed cameras, and a Foresight simulator bay. We transformed the putting lab with a Perfection Platforms articulating floor and SAM technology. Last year we resurfaced the main tee, redesigned and dedicated the Flick Tee, underwent a complete renovation of the short game area with new bunker complexes, redesigned the targeting downrange, and developed a par-3 routing. We partnered with Kurt Bowman Design, a longtime designer under Jack Nicklaus.

Our superintendent Mark Warren and his crew have done incredible work with our current maintenance equipment, and I can’t wait to see the conditions after we deliver a brand new fleet of brand new Toro equipment. We structured a long-term partnership with Toro and Turf Star Western.

JW: What is the simple function of The Kingdom? 

TK: We still have the robot bay and R&D does development work almost every day. We are mostly a resource for the entire company: Global Sports Marketing (Tour), developmental pros and ams, AJGA standouts, our Crusaders (club professionals), and commercial teams. We host pre-lines to introduce new product to our at-large teams and training events. We’re even a PR resource, hosting media, social influencers, celebrities, and professional athletes.

We also act as a hub for our Crusaders. They send their members to us, and we wholesale back to the staff account. I’ll do a significant amount of corporate events, charity events and have had “Flicks at The Kingdom” where we set up a giant projector and our employees bring their kids, beach chairs and blankets to watch a movie out on the range. Really a fun and cool event.

JW: Give me three awesome stories or experiences from your time there that you are cool sharing.

TK: It’s tough to only pick three! From Reggie Jackson stopping by to Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke, President Bush. Those may be the most haughty name drops of all time! What can I say, it is beyond the coolest job I have ever had! It’s truly tough to pick, but here are my three…

Story 1: Tiger was preparing to make his first PGA Tour start after fusion surgery and he just spends the day grinding out here. He was testing an early proto of the TW irons and to see how much speed he still had. There’s a sound that only he and maybe two or three others make when they center it up. That sound is something that goes through your body, I can still hear it. It sticks with you.

He’s playing old school lofts, which are three degrees weaker than any other tour pro, but the carry distances were still there, the windows he hits it through, holding it against the wind, flighting a 6-iron even ripping a 5-wood 275 yards. His feedback and ability to discern the most minute details working with the advanced teams developing the irons was fantastic to witness.

To come full circle, I played with him in the Southern Cal Amateur when he was 16-years-old and had a front-row to his 62 at Hacienda, I was keeping his scorecard so he has my autograph. To again be standing three feet from him while he goes through the process is just special.

Story 2: I’m going to put two guys in the same bucket (because The Kingdom is so magical, I hope the golf gods are okay with it). Rory now spends a day out here the week of Farmers–he has for the last two years, and with the U.S. Open there 2021, I think he’s a lock for the next few. He went through two sets of irons in a wind quartering off the right at 20-25 mph. The consistency of launch, speed and spin were shockingly close! It was one of the greatest ball-striking exhibitions I’ve ever witnessed. We handpicked the range after his day, it took us 10 minutes He’s also the most gracious, down to earth person.

Jon Rahm stops by five or six times a year. To watch his sessions in the putting lab, to see Duane show him what’s changing and getting Jon back to baseline and see his confidence, to the 4-iron flop shots after we tell our Seve stories. Jon is part of the family. His brother and dad came out before Jon and Kelly’s wedding. He’s one of the two or three others where the sound goes through you.

Story 3: Has to be Operation Game On (OGO). We have partnered with  Tony Perez for over 15 years, we are the cherry on top of a 6-10 week program where wounded veterans take lessons and the graduation is a fitting at The Kingdom. I had a dear friend, Joe Horowitz, who’s a golfer and a musician, here late one day and I mentioned the OGO guys were coming the next day. It’s Veteran’s Day and the Marine Corps Birthday. Not to mention Jon Rahm would be here for a last tweak before he left for Dubai. Joe shows me a video of him singing the national anthem at the Jaguars game a few weeks before, and we both say let’s do that for the OGO guys. I get in early and send an email to all employees to be on the tee at 9 a.m. sharp. We have the OGO guys arrive and Jon is hanging in the locker room. I’m stalling to get all the employees onto the tee through the side gate, I walk the boys into the bay and hit the roll up door. Outside are 250 employees cheering these guys on! Joe sings the anthem (goose bumps every time), then happy birthday to Jon and the marine corps. There’s fittings, a pizza truck, Jon Rahm signed U.S. Open staff bags for the OGO boys. Then, get this, Jon goes on and wins that week in Dubai!

JW: If you could change anything about the property or the experience what would it be?

TK: At TaylorMade, the relentless pursuit of improving is in our DNA. The Kingdom is no different. We’re constantly innovating and reimagining the downrange experience. From targeting, to conditions and turf types, we’re always nuancing and squeaking out ways to be better. One example, we’re designing each of our targets with a specific purpose. When players are testing at The Kingdom, we want them to feel that every shot has a consequence. So, we want to deliver a real-world experience in every testing situation. We went through a massive redesign last fall and are currently still working with the advanced research team on new ways to enhance our testing and fitting experiences to meet the way that players perform in competition.

When it comes to the overall experience, The Kingdom has transformed from a predominantly R&D and fitting facility to the most capable environment to test, measure and understand how equipment performs and how golfers interact with their equipment. I call it the ultimate truth machine. We help golfers at every level uncover the insights they need to improve. After each session, we’re going to know everything about the club, the player and the ball flight.

So we came from a place where we were mainly focused on research, fitting, and selling. Our goals have changed. Now we obsess over how to help golfers get better.

What would I change? If you’re curious and passionate about making change, the answers are out there. The first thing we do is listen. We’re going to change everything that needs to be changed in order to meet our goals. I have an incredible focus group to bounce ideas off of. To ask our tour pros, club professionals, and teachers for feedback on the design ideas and what they like and prefer is fortunate. We’re constantly learning, we’re constantly improving, and if there’s a better way do something, then we’re going to figure it out and do it.

JW: What does the kingdom look like in 10 years?

TK: We have a lot of incredible plans for new targeting, bunker complexes, and refining the purposeful design of the range and short game area. Beyond that, we have designs for new teeing areas, a new short game complex, adding another GEARS system and Foresight Simulator, along with other new technologies. I can’t disclose all we do, since the R&D guys get a bit jumpy when I start going on about all the cool stuff and high science! I don’t know exactly what The Kingdom looks like in 10 years as technologies and our understanding continue to improve, but I do know give me six months, and we’ll have done something new. Always grinding to get better!

JW: Tell me a little bit about your career at TaylorMade.

TK: 31 years is hard to do in a “little bit” but I’ll try to give you the Clif Notes! Bob Vokey ran our Tour department and had me running his repair shop in Vista after George Willett took a job driving the Tour truck for TaylorMade. I was refinishing wooden clubs and repairing clubs for the local country clubs. I told Bob I was going broke making $4.50 an hour and driving all over San Diego. I asked if he could get me a job at TaylorMade and I started on the custom line with Wade Liles! Get to work at 2 p.m., off at 1 a.m. and golf in the morning. It was the life! Not to mention, I was lucky enough to meet my wife who worked for the company.

I started our player testing and worked for the great Dr. Benoit Vincent–the smartest man I know. I was a pretty good player, and I played a bunch of USGA and national amateur events. But when I did a TV commercial, I lost my amateur status and made the decision to turn pro. I quit my job and started that journey. Our CEO wanted me to take a leavem and I said: “I need to be all-in on this.” I had two children, a mortgage, car payments and had to buy health insurance while getting through all three stages of Q School. I realized I was a better amateur than a tour pro. We had our third child, and then I got the sales rep job in San Diego. After 10 years of sales, I moved inside the building and the ran innovations department before taking over our metalwoods category when we hit our highest market share in history. I spent a few years in product creation, ran global experiential for a few years and then got the best gig in all of golf here at The Kingdom. Been here for three years, and we’re just getting started!

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Puma Golf teams up with Ernie Els in support of Autism Awareness Month

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, and Puma Golf has teamed up with ambassador Ernie Els in support of the Els for Autism Foundation.

Throughout April, Puma will donate a portion of every individual sale of the brand’s Ignite Pwradapt Caged shoes with the proceeds going towards the Els for Autism Foundation.

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Every pair of Caged shoes sold this month will include a blue Els for Autism shoe bag and puzzle piece ribbon lapel pin – with the color blue and the puzzle pieces representing Autism Awareness.

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The Els for Autism Foundation helps deliver and facilitate programs designed to serve individuals with autism spectrum disorder. You can purchase the shoes here.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about “Boutique brands vs Major OEMs”

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In our forums, our members have been discussing both boutique brands and major OEMs and why the former “trail the OEMs in drivers and woods”. WRXer ‘gr8 flopshot’, who plays a bag full of boutique clubs bar woods, poses the question and it’s got our members talking in our forum.

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.

  • DaRiz: “Irons, wedges, and putters don’t change much, and for all the technology OEMs try to pack in there, it’s more about how they look and feel. So boutique can fit in nicely here. Drivers/FW, on the other hand, definitely benefit from the millions of dollars in R&D, and it is probably really hard to compete. You can argue that COR is maxed out, but the tiny changes in launch conditions, spin rates, and forgiveness add up.”
  • MattM97: “One reason why I and most other lefties don’t go boutique is options. At least with OEM’s for drivers and most woods we get the most of what is released, some versions and loft we don’t get but better than nothing. I’m not against boutique; I love my putters, I love the look of a lot of wedges, I would absolutely love a set of Japanese forged CB irons one day. Just woods I’ll stick to OEM options.”
  • sniper: “The Wishon 560’s I had built years ago were as good (or better) as anything I’ve had. My current set of MP-18SC’s and Wishon’s are the best feeling irons I’ve played. Both came from a club builder and not built by the OEM. Obviously on the Wishon’s.”
  • RogerInNewZealand: “Genuinely good point. It’s like why we buy JDM, Yonex Ezone 420…and the famed J33 Bridgestone driver from long ago! T.E.E is another one..always a surprise there. With your wood/driver if your sorted that’s fine! You don’t have to bag an exotic club to hit fairways.”

Entire Thread: “Boutique brands vs Major OEMs”

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