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Don’t get AMP’d up. Rickie is just testing shafts, y’all

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As you may have seen in our tour photos this week, Rickie Fowler has a new/old set of irons in the bag. Specifically, Fowler is gaming a set from 2013: the Cobra AMP Cell Pro.

But WHY?! Didn’t we just hear all the buzz about his self-designed Rev33? Well yes, we did.

Although the rumors and conspiracy theories may run wild, in this case, it’s a nothing burger.

He’s testing shafts folks, Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100, specifically, to get ready for major season.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JULY 02: A detail of the bag and clubs of Rickie Fowler of the United States during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic on July 02, 2020 at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

But why didn’t he put them in the Rev33?

That’s a simple one as well: time and economics. Rather than pull apart his gamers or have a set chauffeured in from Carlsbad, Fowler, who was messing around with the AMP’s at home and who doesn’t have Rev33’s with X1oo’s hanging on his wall, brought them to Detroit this week to test.

If all goes well, we can count on a set of Rev33’s with X100’s to be built at HQ. If not, no harm, no foul, and we go back to the Rev33 with his normal KBS C-Taper 125 S+ shafts.

If anything, I find the coolest thing here is Rickie’s instinct to not be wasteful. That’s a good thing right?

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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  1. Tdawg

    Jul 4, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Im just confused as to why dabble in a tournament??? All these guys have the best of the best in home sims with all the data and the best facilities to test equipment.

  2. Shane

    Jul 4, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    I can see the testing of the shafts, but why at an event where you’re playing for a living instead of just testing at home? Thanks for the article!!

  3. jmho

    Jul 4, 2020 at 10:43 am

    IF this is true, this seems stingy on behalf of Cobra. But I am gonna assume that he’s trying different irons altogether but they want to keep pushing the 33’s and it’s harder to do that when Rickie is playing something else.

  4. Chip2win

    Jul 3, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Uh…I hate to say it, but he’s not just testing shafts. After he hit a shot today on TV, you could clearly see he’s got the AMP Cells in the bag this week. They are pretty cool looking blades.

    • Mr C

      Jul 4, 2020 at 11:19 am

      Of course he’s using the Amp Cell Pro this week. It’s the entire point of this article. He using a set of Amp Cell Pro with X100 so he can test the X100 shafts as he doesn’t want to pull the shafts from him current gamers and replace them with the X100.

      • gwelfgulfer

        Jul 4, 2020 at 8:11 pm

        Although its a bit of a weak argument. If the ‘gamers’ were working so well, why not just use them. It takes them nothing to build/rebuild a set of irons.

  5. Brandon

    Jul 3, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Might want to stick with the amps as he actually played well for the first time in a while yesterday.

    • Mr. C

      Jul 4, 2020 at 11:21 am

      The Amp Cell Pro are the best blades Cobra has ever produced in my opinion. I’m not surprised he played well with them.

  6. Jack

    Jul 2, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    This story is so shallow and lacking in research ! Waste of space..

    • John Wunder

      Jul 3, 2020 at 12:18 am

      How exactly? The point to the story is there is to inform that 1) He’s just testing shafts 2) This was the easiest way to do it 3) He isn’t planning on switching out of his Rev33’s . Lacking in what research? It’s straight from the person who builds his clubs.

  7. matt

    Jul 2, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    makes absolutely no sense… what does he learn from testing a shaft in a completely different head? I mean sure he might love this combo – but doesn’t mean squat for the performance in different iron. I think the rev is done – that club is ugly as sin and I think Rickie is coming to grips with his ill-conceived thoughts for that club.

    • John Wunder

      Jul 3, 2020 at 12:25 am

      Makes sense to him and the people that work with him. Unless I’ve been talking to a Cobra Tour Truck Catfish that is obsessed with golf club cover ups and conspiracies . That would actually be a fun reality show. Anyway thanks for reading;)

      • Nack Jicklaus

        Jul 3, 2020 at 1:48 am

        I’d watch Tour Truck Catfishing the reality show.

        • John Wunder

          Jul 3, 2020 at 7:11 am

          Right!!?? So would I

          • Brandon

            Jul 3, 2020 at 9:41 am

            Did you happen to ask the tour truck guy why Rickie prefers the F9 to the SZ? He seemed to take the SZ out of the bag really quickly at the beginning of the season.

          • Geo P

            Jul 3, 2020 at 12:32 pm

            Cool story, John! All these clowns saying negative stuff are just keyboard warriors that can’t break 100…..so their useless drivel means nothing! Keep up the great work ????

      • matt

        Jul 3, 2020 at 8:27 am

        love your content Johnny… I don’t doubt that’s what you were told. honestly I’m an iron shafts nerd – i think its a good story unto itself. Wonder what Rickie is after with the switch? He had that cup of coffee with S400s last year and got back into the the C-tapers. My guess is its a stats thing – probably sees how great his driving and putting is and thinks maybe the irons aren’t quite right somehow.

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ProjectX launches HZRDUS Smoke RDX shafts

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Last week, at the WGC-FedEx Memphis St. Jude invitational, we got a sneak peek at the newest HZRDUS shaft from Project X, and now we have all the details on the new Smoke RDX.

To produce this shaft, Project X has teamed up with Hexcel, a global leader in composites technology for aerospace and military operations based in Stamford, Connecticut, for the purpose of utilizing their HexTow® carbon fibers to add more stability to the already extremely stable line of HZRDUS Smoke shafts.

Hexcel’s HexTow® carbon fibers represent the highest quality aerospace-grade carbon fiber and are used in the construction of some of the world’s most advanced aircraft including the Airbus A350 XWB, F18 E/F, A380, and more. I realize that sounds a bit generic, but when you consider some of the other applications for their materials and the fact Hexcel topped over 3.25 Billion dollars in sales last year – they mean serious business.

Photo by S. Ramadier – Airbus

The Project X HZRDUS line of shafts has established itself as a shaft built for golfers with aggressive swing tempos, and that continues with the new HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX. It’s the first golf shaft to utilize Hexcel’s new HexTow® HM54 high modulus carbon fiber and combines it with high tensile strength HexTow® IM2C carbon fiber to provide the ideal blend of stiffness and stability desired by engineers to build into the HZRDUS shafts.

Smoke Black RDX profile features an ultra-stiff midsection along with a stiff tip to provide low launch and low spin performance designed to keep up with aggressive swings.  Although unconfirmed we can make the possible assumption that since this shaft has been branded the “Black” RDX there may be other profiles released that utilize the same Hexcel composites.

Specs & Pricing

Right now we are waiting on confirmation on pricing but specs, and available flexes of the new Smoke Black RDX are available below.

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: Brickhouze

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of WRX member: ‘Brickhouze’

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: Brickhouze

Handicap (per profile): 4

Brickhouze WITB

Driver: Titleist TS3 (8.5-degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro 76 Tour Spec X

3-wood: PXG Gen2
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 869 Evolution 8.0 S

Driving iron: Srixon U65
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White 90HY TX

Irons: Miura TC 201 4-PW
Shafts: Royal P Rifle Parallel Tip 6.0 (hard step 2x)

Wedges: Vokey SM7 50.08F, 54.10S, 58.08M (stripped the black finish with vinegar)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Directed Force Reno 1

Putter Grip: Press OG

Grips: Pure Pro Midsize

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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GolfWRX Classifieds (08/07/20): Ping G410+, Tour Issue SIM, Ping G410 LST fairway wood

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member bleuachdu – Ping G410+ driver head

This driver head might have been photographed in the rough but with the forgiveness of the Ping G410+ you’re not likely to find yourself in it too often.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping 410+ driver.

Member KC4441 – Tour Issue TaylorMade Sim Driver

At GolfWRX we thrive on Tour Issue gear and this is a prime example of what we love—a tour issue driver still in the plastic. This is a BYOS (bring your own shaft) kinda build, but one that I think might be worth it.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Sim Driver Head

Member jblough99 – Ping G410 LST fairway head

Ping drivers and fairway woods are all over the used market for the same reason Toyotas are—quality, reliability, and just the fact that they sell so darn many of them. This G410 LST is in almost new shape and a bargain.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping LST Fairway

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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