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Adam Scott using Directed Force 2.1 putter at Honda Classic

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When it comes to putters, Adam Scott has been an interesting man to follow during his career.

Using almost every style imaginable from the classic (and standard-length) Newport 2 and a mid-slant Newport 2, to the more modern Kombi, and his famous Masters winning Big Sur Center Shafted long putter, it has been a wild ride. Scott has even gone as far as using two putters in tournament rounds including the PGA Championship where he finished solo third.

Scott’s most recent putter, a Scotty Cameron Select Tour Fastback (TFB)

The putter Scott used for most of 2017-2018: A Scotty Cameron Xperimental Rev X10

Adam is not a player afraid of experimentation, and this week at the Honda Classic is no different. The Australian has put into play the Directed Force 2.1. from Lab Golf, as many on Twitter (like Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner, below) noticed during his opening round. And he still has the flatstick in play for his second round at PGA National, so the switch appears to be something more than a whimsical exercise.

Lab Golf have been around for some time now, and they employ a unique philosophy when it comes to fitting and designing putters by aligning the lie angle and the mass of the putter to the plane at which the putter will travel on “lie angle balancing.” This it to help keep the putter face square to the target during a straight back straight through stroke. Match this with a grip built to encourage a strong forward press and you have a putter designed to promote the same position at address time after time.

The video below feating the inventor Bill Presse explains the company’s philosophy.

Scott is often known as having one of the best swings in golf but has been a very streaky player especially with the putter. Trying something as different as the Directed Force putter when having Titleist’s Scotty Cameron as a resource (although he was also seen testing a Cameron, too) is a surprising move. Scott’s choice of putter is something that will be interesting to watch as we approach both The Players and the Masters, two tournaments played at courses he has played well and won.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. mb

    Mar 2, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Adam is a train wreak he’s done WELL NEVER WIN ANOTHER MAJOR Fishing for a solutions has one the best swings on Tour but can’t PUT

  2. E

    Mar 1, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    It’s an awesome putter. It’s different, for a reason. And it works. I own one, and I enjoy it.

    • Tom Leogrande

      May 18, 2019 at 9:53 pm

      Same here. I own one and will die with it in my bag. Anyone want to buy my 3 Scotties?

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Forum Thread of the Day: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day surrounds an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie, Dave McNeilly, which occurred on Sunday at the European Tour’s BMW International Open. After hitting a shot in the water on 18, Wallace appeared irate with his caddie, which incensed many of our members, as well as plenty of social media users.

According to bunkered.co.uk, the European Tour stated in an email to the publication that they are looking into the incident over allegations of abuse.

A limited number of clips of the incident have surfaced online.

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.

  • buckeyefl: “Sky Sports analyst Rich Beem: ‘I’m sorry, but I just don’t enjoy watching that. I know you’re intense but get over yourself.’”
  • Steele47: “Just looked at Wallace’s twitter. He congratulates the winner Andrea Pavan and also noteworthy, makes a point to compliment Pavan’s caddie. LOL.”
  • OldTomMorris: “It’s a pattern with Wallace that he goes after his caddy so often like this and golf commentators, analysts even fans have picked up on this. There has to be a base level of respect and decency; it appears that Wallace often falls short of that.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “He’s getting roasted on his own Twitter account. People don’t seem that amused.”

Entire Thread: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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WRX Spotted: Ping Glide 3.0, Glide 3.0 Eye2 wedges

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Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and in the case of the golf world, we had been hearing rumblings of a new Ping Glide series for a while (since the introduction of the Blueprint irons, at least).

This week, at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, we now have an idea of exactly what’s coming with the beginning of Glide 3.0 wedges tour seeding.

Like a lot of initial releases, we don’t have the full tech breakdown, but I’ll make a few assumptions

  • Material: Based on the popularity of the i210s and the feel they offer golfers (so soft), the new Glide 3.0s are made from the same steel and utilize the same 50-percent softer Elastomer CTP.
  • Hydropearl 3.0? A finish designed to repel water and greatly improve consistency from the rough and wet conditions, its been working on irons and why stop there?
  • COG Shifting: Looking at the cavity, Ping engineers have been playing with a LOT of mass around this head. That is one of the cool things about wedges is, beyond the putter, they are the heaviest heads in the set. More mass equals more COG relocation. It’s noticeable in the comparison below.

Notice the back of the top line

There is a lot more mass higher in the LW vs PW

  • Sole grinds: This is where Ping continues to step up there game in the wedge category. And like previous families of wedges, there appears to be a lot of options in design. We should see some TS options in the bags for players at the Open Championship if it’s dry and firm.

Beyond grind options, we also have totally different head options with a Glide 3.0 Eye2. Let’s be honest, this makes a TON of sense since other companies have been borrowing design traits from the Eye2 for the last couple years for their wedges. Why wouldn’t Ping utilize its own already popular design and update it for modern turf conditions?

We will have to wait and see how close we are to what the tech specs will be but like with most things Ping, the release to tour is usually a tell-tale sign that you should be seeing these in store, on shelves and ready to pre-order very soon.

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Stephen Curry unveils new Under Armour Range Unlimited Golf Collection

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This week at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China, Stephen Curry unveiled his new Under Armour Range Unlimited Golf Collection.

According to the company, the range takes inspiration from Curry’s off-court and on-course style and combines it with the latest innovations from UA Golf to deliver an elevated performance line.

The collection contains 14 unique pieces and includes tops, bottoms, outerwear, hats as well as the Curry 6 SL golf shoe. The shoe combines the Curry 6 basketball shoe with a spikeless version of the UA Rotational Resistance outsole – designed for maximum lockdown and lightweight traction.

The Unlimited Range polos start at $80, outerwear $95-100, pants $80, hats $30, and the Curry 6 Golf SL retails for $160.

All items will be available in the Fall of this year in limited quantities at Under Armour Brand Houses and on UA.com across North America, Asia and Europe, as well as at select pro shops across the United States.

 

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