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Forum Thread of the Day: “Is one brand OCD a thing?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from IamMarkMac who asks WRXers whether they feel one brand OCD is a thing. Our members share their thoughts on the subject and discuss the pros and cons of having a one brand bag.

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.

  • Tim Sherwood: “I don’t mind having a bag where there’s a mix of manufactures (although my bag is now all Srixon except wedges and putter, as their gear just works for me); however, I cannot stand having a bag that is branded and having none of that OEM’s clubs in it. I recently had to buy an off-brand bag as I couldn’t bring myself to put zero Taylormade clubs in a Taylormade bag. Finding a clean, almost unbranded bag wasn’t easy though.”
  • MattyO1984: “It’s something that I have thought about, and I definitely believe that I have OCD when it comes to my bag. I am all Titleist everything. My being a Titleist guy goes back to when I was barely even a teenager. Tiger had a Scotty putter and a 975D driver. I wanted them, and from there, over time, everything became all Titleist everything and everything in the bag has to match. There are plenty of other headcovers that I could have bought for my clubs, but because they aren’t black, white and red, I simply wouldn’t go near them. I even mark my ball with one black dot above the number and red dot below the number. I know it’s weird, but I am OK with it. If anything, I feel more confident using Titleist, and at the end of the day, confidence is a huge factor in golf so I can’t see my changing any time soon…well apart from my AP2’s which will shortly be switched for T100’s.”
  • pheenomz4774: “Brand OCD is a thing for me. I sometimes don’t, but when I found a manufacturer, I liked I tend to go all-in. For me it’s not about being looking like anything to anybody else, it’s a trust in a company that’s engineered their own products to match feel, gapping, etc. throughout their own bag. Most manufacturers have several options in every spot in the bag, so while it may have been true in the past, it’s very hard not to find a type of club you want within a single OEM. If I were truly “min/maxing” to squeeze every possible yard and spin rate, I’d probably have several different brands in the bag. For how much I play, that chore seems way too exhausting to sift through, and so I found a manufacturer that got me “close enough” knowing my actual golf scores won’t differ so much.”
  • ChipNRun: “Is it OCD, or does focusing on one brand save one time and money? Since about 2012, most of my club choices have been Callaway and Tour Edge. They just seem to fit my eye better. That said, Cobra hybrids have a solid place in the bag. I also like the Cobra FWs, but I can only have so many golf bag sets. As for Callaway, the top two pros at my club are Callaway guys. Golfers at the club get to hit a lot of prototype models the pros get for us prior to general release. They work closely with the Callaway rep, who shows up for general demo days and special Callaway-only visits. You can make a club selection decision over several months rather than after one day on Trackman. Tour Edge is good also. I got to know the regional TE reps very well the past ten years, and the lesson pro I work with is a knowledgeable TE fitter.”

Entire Thread: “Is one brand OCD a thing?”

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Rory McIlroy WITB: 2020 Farmers Insurance Open

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Hybrid

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (2), TaylorMade P750 (3, 4), TaylorMade P730 (5-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 7.0

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

Ball: 2019 TaylorMade TP5 (#22)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

*Obviously, McIlroy has more than 14 clubs in the bag in practice and will reduce the number prior to competition. 

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Phil Mickelson partners with premium headwear brand melin; will wear the brand’s A-Game Hydro hat in 2020

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Premium headwear brand melin has announced a partnership with Phil Mickelson, which will see the five-time major champion wearing the company’s A-Game Hydro hat on-course in 2020.

The melin A-Game Hydro hat contains a water-resistant exterior, and sweat-wicking interior lining, as well as Thermoflex snapback closure, and an anti-microbial sweatband.

As Mickelson’s on-course hat for 2020, it will also feature KPMG and Callaway branding while the 49-year-old is in action.

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Speaking on his new partnership with the company and the new hydro hat, Mickelson stated

“Whether it’s my equipment, apparel, or my headwear, I’m always looking for products that look good, feel great, and perform at the highest level on the course. melin’s attention to detail in how their hats are constructed and commitment to quality, will give me a hat that helps me excel on the course and look great off of it.”

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Mickelson and melin are also working closely on design innovations for a hat to be released in the future, and on adding Lefty to their team, Brian McDonell, Co-founder and President of melin said

“Over the last decade our team has put so much effort into building a higher quality headwear experience and it is an absolute honor to have Phil join our team. We’ve always had the intention of elevating headwear in the sport of golf and Phil is one of the most detailed oriented and hyper competitive people I’ve ever been around. It’s inspiring to work side by side with him, improving our products down to the most finite details. You see a lot of sweat stains on the hats out there on the golf course and with Phil’s help, we’re excited to change that together.”

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The melin hydro hat is available in eight different color codes and is available to purchase now at melinbrand.com for $59.

 

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Justin Rose signs putter deal with Axis1 Golf

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On Monday, Axis1 Golf announced the signing of Justin Rose who will game the Rose Proto putter for 2020.

The Englishman began using the Rose Proto last year and went on to post career bests in Total Putting (13th), Putting Avg. (5th), Overall Putting Avg. (3rd), One-Putt Pct (3rd) and 3-Putting Avoidance (8th).

Speaking on the signing of Rose, Luis Pedraza, Founder and CEO of Axis1 stated

“We couldn’t have a better ambassador to represent our brand. Justin is incredible to work with and immediately recognized the difference this technological innovation can make – for every golfer. We worked with him to fine tune our putters and created the Axis1Rose. The synergy of our relationship is paying off, helping to create a new global brand of putters.”

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Per the company, who claim to be “the creators of the worlds only perfectly balanced / torque-free putters”, the Axis1 putter places the center of gravity exactly in the center of the striking face and in-line with the Axis of the shaft in a design to create a perfectly balanced putter.

On the new deal, Justin Rose said

“I had great success using the Axis1 last year and am excited to partner with the most innovative brand in the field. While helping to create this putter, I saw the technology that sets it apart from the rest and I believe it can revolutionize the market.”

 

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