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Gary Woodland’s winning WITB: 2019 U.S. Open

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Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees set at 7)
Shaft: Accra RPG 472 M5+ (44.75 inches, tipped 2 inches)

3-wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5 degrees set at 13.6)
Shaft: Accra Tour ZX 4100 M5 (42.5 inches, tipped 2.5 inches)

Irons: Wilson Staff Model Blades (3-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 130 X shafts

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52-08F, 58-10S), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (64 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 125 X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT 2.0

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord Midsize

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

 

 

 

 

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  1. Rich

    Jul 3, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    WITB? The same as every other.

    Driver: What’s the difference? You can’t get it and you can’t hit it.
    3-wood: ditto
    Fairway wood/hybrid: dotto.
    Irons: Are you serious? Ditto.
    Wedges: not for you, and you can’t get that grind anyway.
    Putter: C’mon. Just stop.
    Ball: One that’s not good for you, that’s for sure. But you’ll play the one you fished out of a pond, for sure.

  2. Keith

    Jun 19, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    When is the last time Wilson won a Major Championship? Kind of a forgotten brand……

    • Chris

      Jun 19, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      Every decade they’ve won and have won 61 majors since the ‘20s. I know I was shocked too.

  3. Cory

    Jun 18, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Where can the general public get Tour Velvet Cord Midsizes???

    • Midsizer

      Jun 19, 2019 at 8:15 am

      Bueller?

    • CP

      Jun 19, 2019 at 8:35 am

      I’ve been searching for this for years. Maybe they’re just standard built up to midsize? i would think these would kill at retail so not sure why GP wouldn’t make them available if they existed.

      • TG

        Jun 19, 2019 at 8:48 pm

        They exist only on tour trucks for Woodland,Koepka and a few other guys.

    • Pelling

      Jul 18, 2019 at 10:48 pm

      On ebay

  4. Brian

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Great win by a good dude, congrats Gary! (those are some big boy shafts he’s swinging…dear Lord!!)

  5. Caroline

    Jun 17, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Great win for Mr. Woodland,…I laughed every time I saw that Wilson Cortex head cover come off that Ping Driver. Today I was sent a email blast for $100 off a Wilson Cortex driver for $399 instead of $499…Having hit one at a demo day I would wait till it hits $139 (Like the Triton did) and then complain I paid to much.

  6. Jim

    Jun 17, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Congratulations to Gary Woodland – fabulous win!

    as for Wilson irons? – (almost) always great stuff – I still play several times a year with my 1967-68 Wilson Staff Dynapower irons and like them as much as anything made today. Sure the loft creep has changed things, but just hit a 5 rather than a 7. Doesn’t hurt my ego that others reached it with a 7 and I needed a 5. As far as I’m concerned, their late 60’s early 70’s offerings are still hard to beat. Remember the bullet-backs?

    • JesseV

      Jun 17, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      I had a set of the bullet backs. Some of the best irons ever made

  7. Howard Clark

    Jun 17, 2019 at 8:08 am

    I have taught short game for years. Now 5 handicappers who lack the skill, and incentive to practice, to hit a 58 degree wedge will buy a 64, and move to an 8 handicap.

    • Mr64°

      Jun 17, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Taught who short game? So your saying there is no need for a 64°¿

      • Howard Clark

        Jun 17, 2019 at 5:39 pm

        Not unless you are a plus 6 or better.

    • Johnny Penso

      Jun 17, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Tru dat. I moved to a 58 after only using a 56 on course for years. I have a 60 and a 64 and practice with them but just don’t have the consistency I need to game them. My buddies carry 60’s and most of them duff it more than any other club in their bag. Us weekend duffers are deathly afraid of that lower ball flight.

    • Jack

      Jun 21, 2019 at 3:06 am

      I’ve had one a long while back when I had terrible technique. Still not great now but at least I get consistent contact and know how to use bounce a little. Can’t see why most amateurs would need a 64 as you can just open up a 58 or 60 and flop anything for most situations.

  8. Benny

    Jun 17, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Gary’s deal was for the irons and max incentives if he uses woods, wedges and a Wilson putter.

    Still a great win for Wilson and the fact he played the 3i shows how nice these are.

    Gary came out on Tour with his nose in the air. But he has turned into (or maybe always was), a great and humble kind of guy.

    I said in his WITB I saw him run over to help a guy who fell over at a tourney. Went out of his way to help the man up and shake his hand. Small stuff like that goes a long way!

    Awesome Win!!

  9. rex235

    Jun 17, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Congratulations to Gary Woodland for his well deserved 2019 US Open victory!

    Sadly, the new “Staff” irons Gary used are RH Only. Does Wilson have any plans to change?

    To Johnny Penso-
    Wilson made their RH Only “corporate decision” 5 years ago, with the FG Tour 100 Forged iron model. The FG Tour 100 Forged iron was supposed to commemorate, and celebrate Wilson’s 100 years in golf.

    Though one can root for Gary, the new Wilson Staff irons, by design, remain RH Only.

    • Cory Charanduk

      Jun 17, 2019 at 9:34 am

      Incorrect this time they are not leaving us lefties out. i have mine on order and i am a south paw.

      • rex235

        Jun 17, 2019 at 11:25 pm

        Cory-

        Am glad for you.

        When you get them, ask your Wilson contact WHY they waited 5 years.

        Let us know.

        • Thomas A

          Jun 24, 2019 at 10:37 am

          Because lefties are only about 10% of the market. So 10% of the market, chasing after 12 or so golf club companies…well you do the math. You’re just not worth it.

          • rex 235

            Jul 13, 2019 at 10:44 pm

            Thomas-

            Didn’t realize you were with Wilson in 2014

            Wilson finally did the math-after taking an unplayable lie.

            Since 1957-1975, when Wilson made Staff Dynapower iron models RH/LH.

            Website- “Wilson Staff Tour Blade irons- Left handed model available in late summer-”

            Wilson Golf in 2019- “Better late, than never”

  10. Simon

    Jun 17, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Wilson staff, the most winningest irons in major tournaments. Time for Wison to get the respect they deserve

  11. Brandon

    Jun 17, 2019 at 12:36 am

    I hope they have a replacement for the V6’s coming out soon so the price for used ones will drop. Those things have held their value for longer than I expected. Congrats to Gary, good to see Wilson back in the winners circle.

  12. Jonathan W

    Jun 17, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Wilson at the TOP once more, I love it. A throw back to the days when Nicklaus, Palmer, Player, and Trevino ruled the world and WILSON was THE name in golf (and RAM).

    With this win and the success with these incredible irons Woodland won with I truly hope this is the catapult they needed to really launch their name back up with the Big Three. The C300 are a great CB and their PMP wedges spin better then some of the more well known options as well. If they can strike gold with a driver/3 wood in the near future…I think they can get to that level again.

    • Regis

      Jun 17, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Hmmm MacGregor irons dominated the pro your (along with Wilson Staff) Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf and Tom Watson(Before he went to Ram) They were in the bags of 59 major winners. RAM?

  13. Johnny Penso

    Jun 16, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Mike Newton said these Wilson Staff blades were some of the best clubs he’d ever tested and he put them in his bag. Wish they came in left handed.

    • Dave Mitchell

      Jun 17, 2019 at 12:03 am

      They come in Lefty, look at their website, gorgeous blades.

      Golf Pride please bring out the Midsize Golf Pride TV Cord, please please!!!!

    • Travis

      Jun 17, 2019 at 7:33 am

      They are beautiful but don’t feel as good as other irons IMO. Wilson went with 8620 carbon (which PING did too) which is not as soft/muted feeling as 1020/1025. It’s not a world of difference, but to me the Wilson’s felt too firm/clicks for my liking. They are hands down probably the nicest looking blade though and the classic diamond pattern on the face is awesome!

    • Cory Charanduk

      Jun 17, 2019 at 9:29 am

      They sure do come in LH. Check their site.

      • Johnny Penso

        Jun 17, 2019 at 11:32 pm

        Not for several months according to their website.

      • rex235

        Jun 17, 2019 at 11:55 pm

        Cory-

        5 years. Still waiting.

        Checked their website. “Left hand Staff irons available late summer.”

        Wilson- “Better late summer than never.” (2014 FG 100 Tour Forged irons)

    • Joro

      Jun 17, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      I have been playing with Wilsons for years and way back in the 80s also and have everything since the C100s including the C300 and C300 forged and V6s. Love em all, along with the Triton and Cortex and a set of D7s which the Driver is great. I like the Blades but at my age the CBs are more practical. But I have never had any trouble getting anything Leftie. They are all fine clubs and as a former Teacher and Club Maker are real quality.

  14. DukeOfChinoHills

    Jun 16, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Second US Open win for Puma apparel. Rickie is still batting .000

  15. DB

    Jun 16, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Where are the putter pictures?

  16. Tommy Dumass

    Jun 16, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Why isn’t he playing the Cortex? Isn’t the best driver of the year?

  17. Steve

    Jun 16, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    They looked like $-Taper shafts to me. Congrats to GW and Wilson.

  18. josh jackson

    Jun 16, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Isn’t his wilson contract 10 clubs? 3-PW is only 8.

    • RM

      Jun 17, 2019 at 12:48 am

      He carries a couple of other woods they are Wilson’s. Saw his bag closely at the memorial

      • scooter

        Jun 17, 2019 at 11:06 am

        During the broadcast, the commentators said he only carried the driver and 3W for the US Open … both Ping G410 as shown in the pics.

  19. W

    Jun 16, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Wilsoooooooooooooooooooooon!

  20. Gary LaRue

    Jun 16, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    #62 for Wilson Staff irons! Congrats and great job Gary Woodland!!

  21. Jackson Beam

    Jun 16, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Great win for Gary. A lot of close ones, but but he wasn’t letting this one pass. Laser focus and touch

  22. Mick

    Jun 16, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    This guy has been good for years ! Genuine good guy , great win, Congrats Gary !!

  23. Sean Palmer

    Jun 16, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    What a well-deserved win, Gary. One of many more to come, I’m sure. You are such an inspiration, given what you and your family have gone through. All the best.

  24. Rascal

    Jun 16, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Gary’s been knocking on the door for a while now, good for him!

  25. BobbyG

    Jun 16, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    W/S!

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Whats in the Bag

Shane Lowry’s winning WITB: 2019 Open Championship

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Driver: Srixon Z 585 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70X (45.25″, tipped .75″, D3 swing weight)

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

Irons: Srixon Z U85 (2 [18 degrees], 3 [20 degrees bent to 21]), Srixon Z 585 (4 [23 degrees], 5 [26 degrees]), Srixon Z 785 (6-PW)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White TX Hybrid (2), KBS Tour 130X (3-PW)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 4 (50 [bent to 51, 35.75″, D5], 58 degrees [35.25″, D7.5)
Shafts: KBS Tour Wedge X

Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Exo 2-Ball (Lowry’s putter has an all-black finish, and he switched into it earlier this year at the RBC; 34″)
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0 (custom shamrock)

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV Pure White

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (logo down)

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

Additional Shane Lowry WITB notes, via Johnny Wunder

2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry, compared to Tommy Fleetwood, is on the other side of the spectrum in regards to brand loyalty. He is Cleveland/Srixon in 12 clubs including the ball with the only two exceptions being the TaylorMade M4 3-wood and his Odyssey Putter. In this case, that makes sense, those clubs seem to be a challenge to swap, especially the 3-wood, and Cleveland/Srixon isn’t really known for putters on the PGA Tour.

I got some interesting intel on his driver Switch from the TaylorMade M2 into the Srixon Z585.

According to Rodney McDonald, VP of Tour Operations for Cleveland/Srixon, Shane is a dedicated staff member that is always willing to get all Cleveland/Srixon in the bag.

On Lowry switching into the Z585 Driver McDonald had this to say

“The switch was very easy. Even though he had won early in the year with another driver, he was not driving it good at all. He is very loyal to our team and our products that he came to us to find a new driver. He instantly loved the look of the Z 585 and once we started testing the numbers were exactly what he was looking for. His main comment about the driver is how his misses are minimal and he can hit all the shots he wants to.”

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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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Dylan Frittelli’s winning WITB: 2019 John Deere Classic

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Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana RF 70TX

5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80TX

Irons: Callaway X-Forged UT (3-iron), Callaway X-Forged ’18 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Prototype (3), Nippon Modus 3 105 (5-PW)

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (52 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 3 105 X

Putter: Odyssey EXO Stroke Lab 2-Ball

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X Triple Track

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip

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