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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 @giancarlomag

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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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WRX Spotlight Review: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

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Product: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

Pitch: The TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3 is a stronger-lofted version of the standard TaylorMade M5 3-wood. The Rocket is 14 degrees. The standard M5 is 15.

Our take on the TaylorMade M5 Rocket 3

“WOW, you really hit that 3-wood like a rocket!”

” Not like a rocket… an actual Rocket!”

The beloved 3-wood. A favorite club of both average golfers and pros alike, a club that many will hold onto well after what some might consider their “best before” date. But with new options and improved technology, these old faithfuls are getting the boot quicker for a lot of reasons including the ability to better dial in a fit and help minimizing misses.

Since making a club faster off the middle is becoming more and more difficult thanks to the limits set forth but the USGA, OEMs are changing the way we think about clubs and putting a greater focus on decreasing dispersion and optimizing misses. TaylorMade is doing this with TwistFace, which was originally introduced in drivers a generation ago, and has now been included in the M5 and M6 fairway woods.

I got to spend some time with the knowledgeable crew at TaylorMade Canada in their new indoor facility just north of Toronto (lets call it Kingdom North) In that time, we went through a driver fitting, and then to the new M5 fairway woods to try and replace one of my oldest faithfuls: a 14-degree SLDR Tour Spoon. To say I have a unique ability to elevate a fairway wood is something that even my fitter was a little surprised by. My numbers with my cranked down to 12 degree (measured) fairway off the deck were good but could be improved. I can hit it both ways (as much as a 6-handicap can actually claim that) but my trusted go-to shot is a slight fade with some heel bias contact because of my swing. I am willing to sacrifice some distance but usually hit it where I want.

What I saw at the end of the fitting was a club that produced longer shots along with a tighter dispersion without having to make or to try and make any changes to my swing. The final fit was a 14-degree “Rocket” M5 fairway set to 12 degrees. It beat out my SLDR by a total of nine yards, which is an increase of just over a total of three percent, including an additional six yards of carry.

To say I was honestly surprised would be an understatement. The SLDR TS is a club that the first time I hit it I went WHOA! Low spin, workable, looks exactly how I want that club to look (small and compact). You can see from the numbers below when it works it works.

Why does TwistFace work?

Let’s explain and get a little deep in the technology weeds for a second. Bulge and roll is not a new concept. In fact, it would be a lie to claim that all OEMs haven’t done something similar to this is the past or played with these two variables to help golfers hit better shots. Fact: Every OEM optimizes the bulge and roll on their clubs to increase speed and maximize performance. Tom Wishon actually had a line of woods at one point that went the other way had VERY limited roll from the top tine to the sole. With this design, more loft on the bottom of the head helped players who miss low or need help elevating the ball off the deck increase launch and spin. It worked. Cobra also has what it calls E9 technology to tweak bulge and roll to help maximize the speed and forgiveness of their woods. It also works.

What makes TaylorMade’s TwistFace different is that it is the most aggressive iteration of this bulge and roll tweaking yet, and by introducing it into the fairway woods and hybrids, it’s proving to be a winner — even for this now-proven wrong skeptic.

At the end of the day, the M5 Ti “Rocket” was a measurable improvement over my previous 3-wood. Now it would be disingenuous to say “if you aren’t using TwistFace in your fairway woods you’re not maximized,” but if you are someone that struggles with fairway wood dispersion and looking to find some extra distance for taking on par-5s, taking a look at the new M5 and M6 fairway woods as part of your next fitting should be very high on your list.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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WRX Spotlight: Stitch headcovers

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Product: Stitch headcovers

Pitch: From Stitch: “Your game should match your style. At Stitch, we aim to merchandise our line of products so you can easily put together items that not only match your bag and what is it in it, but also match your style and personality. We want to make it easy for you to have a unique and color-coordinated golf bag. We have designed unique products that have defined color schemes so that choosing which items to put in your bag becomes easier. We aim to provide you with various looks, mixing and matching our head covers to give you confidence that the purchase you make for your bag will take you to the course in style. Let us help you dress your game.”

Our Take On Stitch Headcovers

Stitch is a relatively new company – founded in 2012. The company initially only created premium headcovers but has grown into so much more, with all sorts of golfing accessories now on offer on their site StitchGolf.com. Their bags, in particular, are now some of the most popular amongst golfers, with the quality and uniqueness provided leading multiple Tour players to sport them in tournament play.

That sign of quality in the bags bodes well for what the company was founded on – their headcovers. Stitch provides both leather and knit headcovers in a variety of designs that do as good a job as any in covering the needs of all golfers.

Stitch describes the companies Monte Carlo headcover as being their “classic, timeless design”, and for those looking for that vintage style to add to their set up then they can’t go wrong with this headcover. A mainstay in the likes of multiple tour winner Paul Casey’s bag, the Monte Carlo headcover, as with all of the companies leather covers, is hand-crafted from 100% leather and is both water and stain resistant. The cover comes in four color codes: Black, White, Navy and Red, and at $68 is the most affordable of all their leather headcovers.

Other options in the leather department range from their intricately designed Camo cover which comes in a multiple color design, as well as Stitch’s tribute to “The King”, through their Arnold Palmer headcover.

The AP cover comes in a minimalist black with white stripes for a classic feel, but it also comes in a white color code decorated with red, white and yellow stripes which, for myself at least, looks even more alluring. Part of an exclusive collection, the only issue with the AP cover is that only those located in the U.S. are currently eligible to get their hands on one. But for those in the states, the company is now offering a set of three AP leather covers for $128 instead of $298 should you use the code APLEATHERS on their site.

From their Tour Racer, USA, Shamrock and Bonesman editions, Stitch provides a great choice when it comes to their leather covers, and as previously mentioned, all are hand-crafted from 100% leather, water and stain resistant and will assure an excellent fit on your clubs.

Stitch also provides knit headcovers which contain not only excellent designs but also the same quality which has gone into their leather covers. All of the companies knit covers are made from Techno Wool, which is 100% acrylic and designed in order for your clubs to stay entirely dry. Another feature of the knit covers from Stitch is their smart fit design which ensures all of the covers retain their shape over a long period, as well as providing for a cover that will reliably stay on your club.

The knit covers from Stitch cost $68 ($72 for the limited AP cover), and there are currently seven different designs available to choose from over at StitchGolf.com. The leather covers are, unsurprisingly, a little pricier, but still very affordable, ranging from $68-$98. The covers deliver in both style and performance, and for a relatively new company, it speaks volumes that the likes of Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau and many more tour pros are now sporting the company’s creations.

 

 

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