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Forum Thread of the Day: “In honor of the new ‘WITB Time Machine,’ what’s your WITB from 5 and 10 years ago?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from WristySwing who has been enjoying our WITB Time Machine segment and has been interested to hear what was in fellow WRXers’ bags back in the day. Our members have been sharing the equipment they used both five and ten years ago, with some items remaining to this day.

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.

  • NRJyzr: “10 years ago: driver: SMT Encore 9*, AJ Tech ZTour 90 X -3 wood: Trimetal Plus 14*, DG-SL X100 – 2-PW: Mizuno MS-11 – wedges: Mizuno Pro 52*, Ram Troon Grind 58* -putter: Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1. 5 years ago: driver: Adams Fast 12 LS, Motore F1 75 S – 3w: a cast of several, maybe R11s, Aldila NV85 X – 2-PW: Ram TG-898, Precision 6.5 – wedges: Scratch 8620 53* and Ram 1982 Commemorative 58* – putter: Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1. Forgot to mention hdcp… I was about a 7 to 8 index in 2009, and I’m about a 7 to 8 at the end of 2019. I dropped to a 5-6 in 2012 and 2013, and have largely bounced between 6 and 8 over the last 11 years.
  • jkinger89: 10 Years Ago: Driver: Titleist 909D3 with stock VooDoo stiff, Fairway: Sonartec NP 99 15* with Alidila NV 75 stiff, Irons: Taylormade 2009 Tour Preferred 3-PW with Dynamic Gold S300, Wedges: Taylormade RAC Black TP 52-56-60 with stock shafts S300’s?, Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 or Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport 2 Mil Spec or Odyssey Rossie II (I switched every couple rounds back then). 5 Years Ago: Driver: Nike VRS Tour Covert with Fujikura Tour Spec 60 x-stiff, Fairway: Nike Covert with Matrix HD6 stiff, Irons: Titleist 712 mb with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300?, Wedges: Vokey SM4 52-56-60 with stock S300 , Putter: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport 2 Mil Spec or Scotty Cameron Futura X. My handicap has improved over the last few years. Hover around scratch depending on the streak. But that’s from playing smarter, not really any better.
  • kmay_: ” My bag from when I was around 15 stayed the same right thru till the last couple of years when I’ve gotten serious about the game. It was as follows..TM R580 10.5 with a 35g reg flex grafalloy shaft, Goliath 3 wood 15* stock shaft, TNT Gold irons 3-PW, 60* Powerbilt Walmart model wedge, Bullseye flange putter. And yes my play is greatly improved but much more a result of practice and playing often!
  • Matty01984: “This is me from 5 years ago: Driver – 913D3, Fairway Wood – 910F, Irons – 712U 3 iron & 714AP2 4 to PW, Wedges – SM5 52, 56 and 60, Putter – Scotty GoLo S5. No pictures from 10 years ago but that would have been: Driver – 909D3, Fairway Wood – 904F (with a steel X100 shaft…what was I thinking), Irons – Original AP2, Wedges – Vokey’s of some kind but genuinely not sure, Putter – Scotty Select Newport 1.5.

Entire Thread: “In honor of the new ‘WITB Time Machine’, what’s your WITB from 5 and 10 years ago?”

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  1. Alex

    Nov 28, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Ping rapture
    Adams steel 15*
    Tour Edge 18*
    Ping S59 3/PW
    Vokey 256
    Vokey 260
    Ping Anser

    Cobra LTD PRO
    Cobra S93
    Ap2 3/PW
    Rusty Vokey 52
    Rusty Vokey 58
    Scotty Circa 62 blade

    Ping G410 LST
    Titleist 917 F3
    Titleist 818 H2
    Ping i210 4 iron
    Ping S55 5-9
    Vokey SM7 46
    Vokey SM7 50
    Vokey SM6 54.5
    Vokey SM6 59
    Scotty Newport 2.5 2018
    Pro V1

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Patrick Reed’s irons and playing golf club detective



As golf writers with a specialty in golf club technology and an understanding of how the industry and supply chains work, it’s usually not overly difficult for us to draw some conclusions as to where particular clubs might come from. The reason being that as far as top-end quality components go, there are only so many places that have the capability to produce them—especially when it comes to creating thin cast/forged titanium woods or forged irons.

When a new club shows up, this puts us in the position of reading between the lines, closely comparing pictures, club designs, and even fonts, in an attempt to connect the dots.

One of the first examples of this in 2019 was Francesco Molinari’s custom Callaway irons—obviously different from the standard Apex MB model. Francesco even divulged some information about their Japanese roots in an interview with’s Jonathan Wall “These [Apex MB] forged blades are made, I think, in Japan, so they’re slightly different from the standard muscle back.” I took a deep dive on these in a piece that can be found here. 

OEM Oversight

Don’t think for a second it’s only equipment junkies on the outside doing research to learn more about their favorite clubs or trying to track down prototype information—OEMs and equipment manufacturers do it too; they even have teams dedicated to the task.

One of the best examples of this is a group of engineers located in Titleist HQ in Fairhaven Massachusetts. Their primary role is to monitor their supply chain, but the other key part of their role is to keep up to date on what other overseas manufacturers are doing with their balls, including the “white label” balls being sold under various brands—a hot topic that has been discussed many times over. The reason this is key for Titleist/Acushnet is they are both designers and patent holders when it comes to golf ball IP (intellectual property), and Acushnet also owns its manufacturing, something only the largest companies can afford to do.

The “Patrick Reed Signature” Irons

Photo By: Royce Thompson (PGA Tour)

This brings us to Patrick Reed’s new “signature” irons, spotted earlier this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Patrick has been quiet on the subject beyond a few details including that he’s been working on them for over a year with a small Japanese company, and we would be hearing more at the beginning of January. First reported by PGA Tour’s Andrew Tursky, thanks to some digging on the USGA Conforming List, the irons are Manufactured by Emery JPN Co.

Here’s where the detective work kicks in: I went beyond the USGA’s list and starting searching for Emery JPN Co. online and came back mostly empty-handed until I had an idea. The USGA isn’t the only governing body to have conforming lists so I went to the R&A, and BINGO!

A quick search for Emery resulted in them being the parent company for a number of quality component OEMs including , SAQRA , and Patrick Reed.

Just like with golf balls, phones or computers, smaller companies don’t own their manufacturing and instead rely on creating a design to then be built by a much large facility. With phones, that means Foxconn, with golf balls that means a few large companies in Taiwan and China, and for forged irons, that generally leads to Endo—one of the largest forging companies in the world—they even have they own in house brand, Epon. Considering that GrindWorks irons are known to be forged at Endo, I would be happy to draw a straight line to the Patrick Reed irons also being forged there too.

Until we have further details this is still speculation, but to see what other are saying in the GolfWRX forums check out the discussion here: GolfWRX Forums: Patrick Reed with new Irons




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Forum Thread of the Day: “Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter. The Texan had the putter made for the 2018 Ryder Cup and didn’t put it into action, but Reed has the flat-stick in the bag this week at the Hero World Challenge, and it’s serving him well as he sits atop the leaderboard at the halfway mark.

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

  • JBull1011: “Awesome looking putter!”
  • Cmiller6868: “My dream putter. This putter gets better looking every time I click on it.”
  • SubaruWRX: “I know it’s picky, but I wish he’d done white paint fill in the middle dot.”

Entire Thread: “Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter”

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Honma launches new premium Beres line with clubs featuring 24K gold and platinum accents



Honma Beres Line

Honma has launched its new premium Beres line which includes drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons available in the brand’s 2,3,4 or 5 star grade options – with the 5 star option containing 24K gold and platinum accents.

The four full premium Beres product lines are defined by a star grade ranging from 2-5 stars. According to the company, the grades are differentiated by increasing levels of cosmetic detail, shaft performance and use of precious metals in the clubhead, culminating in a 5 star offering featuring both 24K gold and platinum accents.

Honma beres Line

Beres 5 str iron

Speaking on the all-new Beres line, Hiroshi Suwa, Senior Director, Product Development Division, stated

“Only Honma’s most experienced takumi are permitted to work on BERES. These golf clubs represent the soul of our company and are the ultimate artistic expression of our most talented clubmakers.”

The metalwoods of the Beres line feature maximum active speed slot technology that fully activates at lower swing speeds to increase distance. The sole slot of these metalwoods features deep side slot extensions designed to increase distance on off-center hits. A thin, internal, radial-ribbed face in the Beres drivers seeks to offer maximum distance potential off the tee.

Hona Beres Line

Beres 4 star irons

The maximum active speed slot technology extends to the new Beres irons where three sole slots, two internal and one external, aim to work to increase speed off the face for ultimate distance even at slower swing speeds. A 3D L-Cup face construction pushes weight back in the irons to visible weight pads designed to enhance forgiveness and speed on off-center hits.

Honma beres Line

Beres 3 star iron

The new Beres line also contains ARMRQ shafts which have been redesigned to increase distance – having been constructed with multi-axis metal hybrid armor technology visible under the grip for a high smash-factor design

For the 3-5 star grade options, Honma increased the use of special “twist fleuret” M40X composite material inspired by the shape memory characteristics of fencing swords – designed to provide players with extra distance.

Honma Beres Line

Beres 3 star driver

On the new premium line, Chris McGinley, Vice President of Global Product, said

“The new BERES brings modern, elegant beauty and high-performance technology to a wide range of golfers across all global markets who appreciate fine detail and impeccable craftsmanship in golf clubs.”

The all-new Honma Beres line is available for both men and women and can be purchased now in stores and online with prices ranging from $850 for the 2-star driver to $4,500 for the 5-star offering.


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