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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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Whats in the Bag

Shane Lowry WITB

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Driver: Srixon Z 585 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 70X

3-wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X

Irons: Srixon Z U85 (2, 3), Srixon Z 575 (4, 5), Srixon Z 785 (6-PW)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX (2), KBS Tour 130X (3-PW)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 4 (50, 58 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom

Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Exo 2-Ball
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Image c/o Srixon (obviously, Lowry does not have all wedges pictured in play)

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Tommy Fleetwood’s bag is as awesome as he is (Tommy Fleetwood WITB)

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I’m obsessed with this guy. If there was a movie about his life, Aaron Taylor Johnson would play him…can we make that happen?

His bag has taken over for my past obsession with Charles Howell III, David Toms, and Rocco Mediate. I’m drawn to players that tweak a bit, it keeps it fun for me on Getty Images at 3 a.m.

Much like a Bernhard Langer, there is no telling what OEM sticks will land in Fleetwood’s bag. It’s awesome and a sign of the non-contract “eat what you kill” mentality shared by some of the biggest names out there (BK and Patrick Reed to name a couple).

Tommy has messed around quite a bit in the past two years with his bag and the fun part is, he’s not afraid to shake it up.

Here is a partial list of clubs that were previously in the bag since ’17 leading up to his current setup

  • TaylorMade M3 driver (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Titleist 917 D2 driver (@ 8.5 degrees) (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 3-wood (13 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 5-wood (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 80TX shaft)
  • Titleist 917 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Titleist TS3 3-wood (12.75 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Nike VR Pro Blades
  • Callaway MD4 wedges
  • Ping G410 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Ping G410 7-wood (18 degrees) (Mitsubishi Diamana BF 80T shaft)
  • Odyssey 2-Ball (plumbers neck)

His grips are also a fun one, he goes Blue Golf Pride TVC in his woods, Iomic Sticky in his irons, and black Golf Pride TVC in his wedges. God, I love this guy!

Tommy Fleetwood WITB @The Open

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (9 degrees @7.5)
*has lofted up a bit, his driver has been down to 6.5 I’ve heard.
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (45 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees @14)
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (42.5 inches)
*was in a Ping G410 until the Scottish Open where he switched into the M6.

Irons: TaylorMade GAPR Lo (@18.75), Srixon Z785 (4-iron, 23 degrees), TaylorMade P7TW (5-9)
Shafts: GAPR: Project X 6.5 (39.5 inches), 4-iron: Project X 6.5 (38.5 inches), 5-9: Project X 6.5 (38 inches @ 5-iron, minus 1/2 inch from there) (26, 30, 34, 38, 42 degrees)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (47, 52, 55, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedge notes: 48.10F (bent to 47) Tour chrome finish
52.08F raw
56.10 (bent 55) raw
60.08 raw

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3
Grip: Super Stroke Mid Slim 2.0


Quick thought: I do see a specific trend when it comes to free agents, and it’s mildly telling. Keep in mind I understand that it’s not 100 percent, but the trends are there.

In woods and wedges specifically, TaylorMade seems to be a popular choice in the overall woods category for non-signed players and Vokey is hands down the wedge of choice. Makes sense in my opinion, I’m not a big “best company” guy, but I do understand the choice. Both companies make and have made extremely high-performing sticks for many years. Consistency in anything is a hard opponent to beat. When Nike bounced out of clubs Rory, BK, Casey, and a few others put Vokeys straight in, and a BK and Casey put TM woods in the bag. (Just an example for context)

Anyway, Tommy Fleetwood is four back going into the final round. I have a weird feeling if it blows he could be holding a trophy.

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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