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In-hand look: Justin Rose’s Axis1 prototype putter

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Fresh from becoming a member of Team Honma, Justin Rose is set to kick off his 2019, as it was reported in our WITB piece yesterday, with a custom Axis1 prototype putter in the bag.

Our guys have been on hand at this week’s Desert Classic to check out the Englishman’s new flat-stick, which Rose will hope will be a crucial weapon in defense of his World Number 1 ranking, and secured plenty of photos of the new addition.

The Englishman, who ranked 21st for strokes gained putting last season, used the TaylorMade TP Ardmore 2 putter during his ascent to the summit of the game in 2018. After the FedEx Cup champ’s equipment change, Rose will now look to continue his excellent form on the greens with the Axis 1 prototype.

While the putter move will surprise many, Rose is no stranger to Axis1 putters and has been spotted on our forums in the past both testing a flat-stick from the company back at the 2016 Players Championship, and gaming one at the Dell Technologies Championship in 2017.

For more photos and discussion of Justin Rose’s new Axis 1 Prototype putter, make sure to check out the forum thread here.

 

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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. Ron

    Jan 26, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    It’s designed to be a zero MOI, square-to-square stroke motion putter. I’m sure it works or it wouldn’t be in JR’s hands. Some of you are too young to remember the MacGregor Response putter Nicklaus won his last Masters (’86) with. When Jack first saw it at the MacGregor HQ, he thought it was the ugliest thing he had ever seen. Then he hit a few putts and the rest is history.

  2. BIG T

    Jan 16, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    If you check out axis1golf.com this thing is actually a very mild version of some of the contraptions they make. Some of those things are just TERRIBLE.

  3. BIG T

    Jan 16, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    That has got to be on of the ugliest putters ever made. And there have been some real doozies in the past. Just looks awkward and i cant imagine trying to use it with a tournament on the line.

  4. mr obvious

    Jan 16, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    JR will be come ….richer….not better #callcurtisstrange

  5. Tom

    Jan 16, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Shankapotomus would be an appropriate name for it, catch it a little too far inside….and Shankaroo!!!

  6. STEVE

    Jan 16, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Oooh. That neck and hosel alignment looks eerily similar to what I see when I look down at my putter — when I’ve had too many beers!

  7. Sp

    Jan 16, 2019 at 11:11 am

    It’s over for JR. He’s become the next Adam Scott, desperate to get rid of the yips.
    With great coaches you should be able to fix the problem. Otherwise, why do we need coaches? Just buy a contraption like this to fix it. Yeah.

    • Scott

      Jan 16, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      2, 2, T4, 8, 3, 1, 3, T17. Ranked #1 in the world. If that dude has the “yips” then every golfer in the world should want them. SMH.

      • Benny

        Jan 16, 2019 at 7:42 pm

        Well said. Rose is a stud. Did you know he lead the PGA last year in only allowing 7x… 7x doubles of worse? Thats nuts man.
        He may have a stumble out of the gates with new gear but he will never leave top 10.

      • Dosh

        Jan 16, 2019 at 8:49 pm

        He should’ve won the Tour Championship but his putting let him down and he gave it away to the most hated dude in golf in Eldrick

      • drbopperthp

        Jan 17, 2019 at 7:00 am

        Don’t SYH Scott – you’re doing a great job of proving that there are a lot of empty-headed ignoramuses out there who call themselves golfers.

        • WhatOgoMeantToSay

          Jan 17, 2019 at 2:18 pm

          I’m more impressed that you spelt ignoramus right ????????

  8. Wes

    Jan 16, 2019 at 11:10 am

    That putter has a very odd look to it. I dont like the neck and hosel at all.

  9. bj

    Jan 16, 2019 at 9:51 am

    nope

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Tiger Woods’ personally used 1997 Masters prototype Scotty Cameron putter fetches big fee at auction

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How much would you be willing to pay for a Scotty Cameron putter personally used by Tiger Woods? Well, for someone out there the answer was just short of $23k.

As Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall first reported this week, the putter in question is the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3, and although it didn’t play a role in 13 of Woods’ 14 major victories, it is a putter associated with his very first Masters triumph back in 1997.

The putter sold via Green Jacket Auctions, and according to their description, the flat-stick was not just used by Woods, but it was the prototype version of the Newport TeI3 which he used on his way to dominating Augusta National for his first major victory.

Per the report, this particular putter has a teryllium insert which features 32 vibration-dampening dots that sought to soften the feel of the putter and offset the five screws that were used in the back cavity during the milling process.

As the description on Green Jacket Auctions states, Callaway’s director of fitting and instruction, Randy Peterson was the recipient of the putter before the 1997 golf season, and the flat-stick has “Tiger” stamped in dancing letters on the toe, while “Proto” and “XXX” are stamped on the back bumpers. The last five digits of the Certificate of Authenticity from Cameron (84437) also spells out “Tiger” on the phone keypad.

While $22,784.40 may seem like an inordinate amount to pay for a putter, there is reason to believe that the new owner of the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3 may have got themselves an excellent deal. Two previous Tiger Woods Newport 2 GSS backups (the same model he used on his way to winning 13 of his 14 majors) have been sold via Green Jacket Auctions in the past three years, for totals of $53,146 and $44,401, and comparing this Scotty Cameron putter to those previous models, the auction company states

“With all due respect to those fine putters, perhaps no privately owned Tiger Woods putter holds a candle to the collecting appeal of this specimen.”

 

 

 

 

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Brendan Steele shows off prototype Wilson Staff driving iron on Instagram

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Wilson Staff has been making waves recently with a lot of high profile activity including the signing of Gary Woodland and the new Staff blade iron prototypes he has in the bag. It appears that the R&D team at Wilson has just gotten started for 2019, considering another new prototype driving iron has popped up thanks to Brendan Steele posting some very nice pictures on his Twitter and Instagram.

We don’t have a ton of information except for the caption from Brendan’s own post

“Check out this sweet new toy! @wilsongolf was awesome enough to let me create a new prototype driving iron and it couldn’t have turned out better!” 

It has some similarities to the previous V4 Driving Iron from Wilson by the looks of both the screw and the knurling around the hosel

 

but the cosmetics and certainly more inline with the new Staff Blades pictured below along with also appearing to have a shorter heel to toe length and a higher overall toe profile:

Whether or not this new driving iron will show up at retail like the Staff blades, it is definitely something to keep an eye out for.

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WRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

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Product: Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

Pitch: From Nikon: “This state-of-the art golfing laser rangefinder packs the stability of the Coolshot 80’s vibration reduction into an even more streamlined body. The red Oled internal display’s automatic brightness adjustment makes viewing easy in any light, while Hyper Read measurement response time is a speedy 0.3 seconds (approximately) over a range of 7.5-1,090 m. Locked On technology quickly defines overlapping subjects so you’ll be sure of an accurate reading to the flagstick, plus ID Technology gives a guide distance for uphill and downhill courses.”

Our take on the Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

Nikon has packed the Coolshot Pro Stabilized full of innovative features with a hugely beneficial streamlined profile. But we’ll get around to that a little later, as at the core of this laser rangefinder is its Stabilized Technology.

Whether it’s the conditions, or an inability to keep your hand perfectly steady when shooting your target, the issue of vibration is usually the main problem when it comes to rangefinders. However, with Nikon’s Stabilized Technology, that vibration is reduced by approximately 80 percent. The steadiness of the rangefinder may need to be seen to be believed, but with the Coolshot Pro Stabilized, any issues golfers have with taking a steady shot of their target can expect them to vanish with this rangefinder. More accurate results and likely speedier rounds (yay), what’s not to love?

This lessening of the vibration works in conjunction with Locked On technology, and it’s a powerful combination that creates a premium rangefinder. The Locked On technology in the Coolshot Pro Stabilized allows golfers to home in on their target, without the fear of the rangefinder locking onto the wrong target in the background. A small green circle frames your desired target, making sure that it is giving you the correct distance for your shot, and it’s not only extremely accurate but quick too. The Hyper Read Tech allows users to find the distance they want according to the company in “0.3 seconds – regardless of distance.” A claim that is difficult to dispute.

Another great feature of the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is its ID Technology. This technology takes care of all the incline, slope etc. The rangefinder from Nikon accurately reads the yardage taking into account the downhill or uphill nature of the pin, while the product also lets other competitors know when the ID Technology is off. If you’re competing in an event, a green flashing light indicates that the ID Technology is turned off, making it clear that actual distance is what you’re measuring, and that you’re abiding by all the rules.

Now let’s get down to the size, which makes all of the features we’ve talked about even more impressive. As you can see from our in-hand photos, the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is tiny and weighs just 180g. The advantages of having a small rangefinder are obvious as it can be carried or kept in even the smallest pocket of your bag easily, and the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is also both waterproof and nitrogen-purged to make it fog-proof. The range finder also features six different brightness levels and comes with a sweet 5-year warranty.

At around $450 the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is high-end and not cheap. But with the impressive features and high performance, it’s a product which combined with Nikon’s 5-year warranty justifies that price-tag. If you’re looking for a top-shelf rangefinder, then the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is very unlikely to disappoint.

 

 

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