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PXG signs Gary Player ahead of Masters Par 3 Contest; Gary Player’s WITB

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Ahead of Wednesday’s Par 3 Contest at Augusta National, PXG has announced that they have signed Gary Player who will game the company’s clubs at both the Masters Par 3 Contest and during the ceremonial first drive on Thursday.

The South African, who won the Masters on three occasions, will have 14 PXG clubs in the bag during Wednesday’s beloved competition, including the company’s PXG 0811 X GEN2 Driver, and PXG 0311 XF Xtreme Dark GEN2 Irons.

Speaking on the signing of Gary Player, PXG founder and CEO, Bob Parsons, stated

“Gary Player has had one of the most remarkable careers in golf. He personifies what PXG has set forth to accomplish – to be the finest example of excellence in the industry. I have tremendous respect for Mr. Player, and couldn’t be prouder to count him among the PXG Troops.”

Gary Player’s Masters WITB

  • PXG 0811 X GEN2 Driver, 9 degrees
  • PXG 0341 X GEN2 Fairway Woods, 15 degress and 18 degrees 
  • PXG 0317 X GEN2 Hybrids, 22 degrees and 25 degrees
  • PXG 0311 XF Xtreme Dark GEN2 Irons, 6-PW
  • PXG 0311 T 100% Milled Xtreme Dark Wedges, 50 degrees Sugar Daddy, 56 degrees Sugar Daddy, and 60-degree Zulu
  • PXG GEN2 Brandon Putter, Black, Plumber’s Neck
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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 @giannimosquito

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  1. Pelling

    Apr 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Taylormade does a nice job working with vets. They outfit wounded warriors for groups like OperationGameOn.org at their Carlsbad headquarters for free. Full fitting, name on the locker, complete set of whatever new clubs the vet wants! First class. Interestingly, I contacted Bob Parson’s PXG (he’s a former Marine) about a set of clubs for my son, a Marine who served in Afghanistan, but they never responded. Guess they were too busy pushing clubs to rich guys.

  2. Pelling

    Apr 10, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    I felt sorry for Player’s granddaughter who had to carry that ridiculous staff bag today in the Par 3 contest…

  3. Kelly

    Apr 10, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Well it seems that no matter the age some people still chase after the almighty dollar. I think that is sad. And even worst is the guy that gets sucked into the shit show and thinks he needs these sticks. Average player out there $300.00 or $2000.00.Will not make any difference except to your wallet.

  4. Geoffrey Holland

    Apr 10, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Golfers do not game or golf clubs. Golfers play golf clubs. Let’s lose this ridiculously stupid childish word.

  5. Bill

    Apr 10, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    What Parsons did is drive up the price of every golf club in the golfing industry. All the competition is gladly following his lead.

    Every set of irons is now $1,200+ vs. $700 – $800 a few years ago. Drivers are now $500+.

    Although I have great respect for Player, he’s always been known to follow the buck. So if Parsons is stupid enough to claim this validates his equipment it’s no fault of Players IMO.

  6. Jack Nash

    Apr 10, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    When are they gonna come out with the Danica wedge? You’d think as the model that got Go Daddy off the ground she’d get a sniff.

  7. GMatt

    Apr 10, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Nothing to see here, unless someone on the PGA tour consistently wins with them, they are just as good as anything out there but at a higher price point, even my buddy in my Sunday morning game can’t win with em

  8. Joro

    Apr 10, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    And now,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,The Black Knight. what a laugher.

  9. Marty Tough

    Apr 10, 2019 at 10:12 am

    TM boys are hilarious.

    PXG are overpriced. TM new irons are 2000 bucks.
    My Gen2 driver with shaft upgrade was CHEAPER than I would have been for the TM. And I tried the TM’s. Nothing to seperate them in distance but PXG’s XF pissed all over them in dispersion.

    Haters gonna hate though.

    Great brand exposure. Parsons isn’t a Billionaire by chance.

  10. Jamho3

    Apr 10, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Somehow, I like this. GP well played.

  11. B

    Apr 10, 2019 at 2:55 am

    I don’t get PXG doesn’t make its own shafts and grips if it makes its equipment like nobody else, I guess their equipment is just like everybody else’s, then.
    Honma is way superior in that respect and it doesn’t need any kaboom

  12. Jamie

    Apr 9, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Wayne Player needs all the trust fund he can get from Dad.

  13. Damn the haters

    Apr 9, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    If it were a titleist set of irons for !2000 they would b all the rage and so worth it smh

  14. Gunter Eisenberg

    Apr 9, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    I thought Player would be a Callaway guy forever. When did his contract expire?

  15. Jose Pinatas

    Apr 9, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Parsons clubs, OnCore balls? In the famous words of Frank Catton, “Nuff Said!!”

  16. BobbyG

    Apr 9, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Makes me want to rush out and buy these! Not! PXG needs to produce a putter prototype like Player’s old stabbing blade.

  17. Schneider

    Apr 9, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Yay more worthless promotion of overpriced products that have zero performance advantages over other manufactures. Not to mention rarely any tour wins for PXG over the last few years

    • Scott Francis

      Apr 9, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Haha ok dude another hater who cant adford the clubs? They do perform and the driver is rated as one of the years best drivers and its $25 more than the overhyped TM stuff. Besides for upcharged shafts PXG is at $125 where Callaway and Tam are at $250

      • Michael Portus

        Apr 9, 2019 at 1:25 pm

        My TM M5 soared past the latest PXG 0811 Gen2 driver by 30 yards both 9 degrees with the same exact Tensei Pro White 70 TX shafts at 45.5 inches both tipped one inch. I will happily side with Schneider on this one!

        • Scott Francis

          Apr 9, 2019 at 6:25 pm

          haha 30 yards yeah OK man no driver released this year is 30 yards longer than anything else

      • L

        Apr 10, 2019 at 2:57 am

        Hey Scott
        Rated means nothing, they can pay somebody to rate something? Yes, that does happen lol

  18. Austin

    Apr 9, 2019 at 10:53 am

    This is worthless without pictures…

  19. Boyo

    Apr 9, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Wow. Callaway must feel crushed

    • Scott Francis

      Apr 9, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      Well as a worldwide brand ambassador whos one of the greats yeah Callaway prob does sting a bit. Player is known by every golfer over 40. I dont get all the hate for PXG sure clubs are pricey but the Heroes program has gotten clu s into many players hands.The gen1 0311 irons flat out perform. Ive had 919 forged and 2019 Apex and PXG feel and look better.

      • D

        Apr 10, 2019 at 2:53 am

        I heard the coolaid tastes like dirt though
        But hey, a sucker born every minute huh

  20. Yo boi

    Apr 9, 2019 at 9:55 am

    More hybrids than San Francisco

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Top 10 most iconic driver and fairway wood shafts of all time

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If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

This is my top 10 list (in no particular order) of the most iconic driver shafts of all time.

Fujikura 757 Speeder

Fujikura golf shaft

Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

Aldila NV Green golf shaft

One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

Diamana Blue Board - Tiger shaft

Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

True temper graphite EI70

It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

Tour AD Di7 Tiger orange shaft

It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

UST golf shaft gold graphite

The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

Blue graphite shaft stenson

Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

1000 golf shaft Matrix

$1,100 bucks! That was the original asking price for the Martix Ozik TP7HD. Matrix thought of this design as a concept car of shafts and threw everything they had at it including exotic materials like Zylon, and the fact that it was wrapped on a 16-sided hexadecagon mandrel. Some golfers said it had a fluid-like feel (we golfers can sure be weirdly descriptive) but it still had a LOT of stability thanks to the materials. Although never as popular as many on the list, if you did spot one of these in the wild you knew its owner was VERY serious about golf gear.

True Temper Bi-Matrix

bimatrix Bubba golf shaft

Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

ryan palmer accra 5 wood shaft

This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.

 

Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “TaylorMade Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases TaylorMade’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The covers have impressed our members, who are hoping that the new additions will now come to retail.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire thread and have your say on the covers at the link below.

  • Green In Reg: “Name your price TM!”
  • chrisokeefe12: “Those are super cool. Would be sweet if they did one for every major college.”
  • Titletown: “Those are great.”

Entire Thread: “TaylorMade Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Justin Thomas’ winning WITB: 2019 BMW Championship

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX

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3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-iron), Titleist 718 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 (46, 52, 56 degrees), Vokey Design SM6 (60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Photo via Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5

Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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