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GolfWRX is live from the Honda Classic, the first leg of the PGA Tour’s “Florida Swing.”

The tournament takes place at PGA National’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., host course of the 1983 Ryder Cup and 1987 PGA Championship. The course is known for its famed “Bear Trap,” a three hole stretch of holes that take their name from Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus, who redesigned the course in 2002.

The Bear Trap includes No. 15 (a par 3), No. 16 (a par 4) and No. 17 (a par 4). All four holes involve water, sand and have led to several big numbers from Tour players over the years.

Check out the inside the ropes photos we’ve snapped so far. Photos will be added every day, so be sure to check back.

Monday: Lucas Glover, Scotty Cameron putters, TaylorMade putters, Bettinardi Putters, Rife Putters, Odyssey Putters, John Huh, John Mallinger, Charlie Beljan, Doug LaBelle II, Harris English, Kevin Na, Ryo Ishikawa, Lee Williams, Will Claxton and more!

Honda Classic Photos: Monday Part 1

Tuesday: James Hahn, David Mathis, Kevin Na, Sean O’Hair, Scott Gardiner, Ken Duke, Nicholas Thompson, Stuart Appleby, Freddie Jacobson, Brian Gay, Mike Weir, Trevor Immelman, Justin Rose, David Lingermeth, Charlie Beljan, a Raider helicopter, Colt Knost, Lee Westwood, Jonas Blixt, William McGirt, Paul Casey, John Mallinger, Ricky Barnes, Charles Howell III with a SuperStroke Flatso Mid putter grip and more!

Honda Classic Photos: Tuesday Part 1

Honda Classic Photos: Tuesday Part 2

Wednesday: Michael Bradley, A BMW M6, Jonas Blixt, Stuart Appleby, Ben Crane, Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Troy Matteson, Matt Jones, Richard Lee, Tiger Woods, Sean Foley, Rickey Fowler, Bud Cauley, Sean O’Hair, Paul Casey, Jesper Parnevik, Johnson Wagner, Lee Westwood, Ben Crane, Brendon De Jonge, Mark Wilson, Kevin Na, Louis Oosthuizen, Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose, Billy Horshel, Sang Moon Bae, Brian Stuard, Steven Bowditch, Ben Kohles, William McGirt, Martin Kaymer, Justin Leonard, Graeme McDowell, Scott Stallings, Jin Park, Ryo Ishikawa, Kevin Stadler, Tom Gillis, Boo Weekly, Scott Gardiner, Matteo Manassero, Henrik Stenson, Vaughn Taylor, Ted Potter Jr., Geoff Ogilvie, Charles Howell III, Jason Dufner, Y.E. Yang, John Huh, Kevin Stadler, Cameron Percy and more!

Honda Classic Photos: Wednesday Part 1

Honda Classic Photos: Wednesday Part 2

Honda Classic Photos: Wednesday Part 3

Honda Classic Photos: Wednesday Part 4

Honda Classic Photos: Wednesday Part 5

Honda Classic Photos: Wednesday Part 6

Thursday: Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, Charles Howell III, Jeff Maggert, Bud Cauley, Greg Owen, Sean O’Hair, Stephen Ames, Martin Kaymer, Charl Schwartzel, Russell Henley, Lucas Glover, Jonas Blixt, Henrik Stenson, Chris Stroud, Kevin Na, Lee Westwood, Jesper Parnevik, Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland, Ted Potter Jr., Scott Stallings, Camilo Villegas, Stewart Cink, Brian Gay, Robert Allenby, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Geoff Ogilvy, John Huh, Wes Short Jr., Mark Wilson, Lee Williams, Justin Hicks, Billy Horschel and more!

Honda Classic Photos: Thursday Part 1

Honda Classic Photos: Thursday Part 2

Honda Classic Photos: Thursday Part 3

From the practice putting green:

Super Strokes ’13 grips: 13″ Claw & 17″ Flatso Photos

TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs putter v. Spider S : Comparison Photos

Piretti putters shot at 2013 Honda Classic

Odyssey putters shot at 2013 Honda Classic

STX putters shot at 2013 Honda Classic

Yes! putters shot at 2013 Honda Classic

Rife putters shot at 2013 Honda Classic

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Pro golfer Hosung Choi has the most ridiculous golf swing you’ll ever see

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Professional golfer Hosung Choi, playing in the third round of the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, has set the golf Internet on fire with his wildly entertaining golf swing. And while it may look ridiculous, he’s currently sitting at 8-under for the event through three rounds, only two shots back of the leader. It’s worth noting that the top two finishers in the Korea Open will earn a spot in the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie next month.

Enjoy the videos of his golf swing below!

Top-100 swing instructor and GolfWRX’s resident swing expert Tom Stickney has this to say about Choi’s golf swing: “The club goes up and away with a nice rerouting motion from the top into a perfect delivery and impact position. It’s obvious that this guy can play from those two positions, however, I’m not sure about the dismount. Nor can I even guess why he does it…I’m betting he was self-taught and made that move from day one. Great lesson to all the “golf swing” centric people playing today, why change it if it brings you to the dance?!?!”

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Marty Jertson, Ping’s Director of Product Development, qualified for the PGA Championship

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The top 20 professionals from the PGA Professional Championship–contested last weekend at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside, California–are heading to the PGA Championship later this year.

Perhaps you saw Ryan Vermeer, at 5 under, was the medalist. What you may not have seen however, is something particularly cool for golf equipment geeks: Ping’s Director of Product Development, Marty Jertson, qualified–and he did so in spectacular fashion: the 37-year-old birdied the last three holes to finish T9.

Not bad for an engineer!

Also noteworthy: Ping confirmed Jertson played the company’s yet-to-be announced i500 irons in his 3, 4, and 5-irons, which will reportedly be available mid-summer. Yes, they confirmed that the rumors are true; Ping’s new iron will be called i500.

Related: We did a podcast with Jertson at the PGA Show, we also interviewed him back in 2017.

 

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Reddit AMA alert: Anthony Taranto, Callaway’s wedge art maestro, on his favorite designs, WITB

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If you’ve been around GolfWRX for any period of time, you’ve seen Anthony Taranto’s work. The Callaway wedge specialist is tasked with designing some of the coolest wedge decorations in the game.

Taranto did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) yesterday, and The Wedge Art Wizard (as he introduced himself) didn’t disappoint.

Here are a few highlights (edited for spelling)

Remoolg asked: How did you start working at Callaway and get into this specific position?

AT: Back in 1999 Callaway had a job fair for their new golf ball plant Mr. Callaway was opening. I made it though many layoffs and reorganization. I was good at building clubs and I was placed in the pro tour department about 12 years ago. About 4 1/2 years ago I discovered this technique for sandblasting art onto wedges and now here we are.

Loudshorts asked: What’s the most odd art request you’ve put on a wedge and what’s the most common?

AT: Most odd: Probably Michelle Wie’s Harry Potter-themed wedges

I didn’t know anything about Harry Potter at the time so I had to do some research. Accio birdies!
Most common would just be old fashioned stamping of players initials.

Bunny said: Billy Idol, never pictured him as a golfer. What kind of design did he want on his clubs?

AT: He asked for his logo, which is this cool crown with a lightning bolt:

Iamrobert_paulson asked: What wedges are in your bag? Can we see pics?

AT: I’m gaming MD4’s: 45° (46 bent to 45), 50°, 55° (54 bent to 55), and 60°. Design wise: Skull & Crossbones and lots of stars.

Dr. Troutman asked: What is your favorite custom set you’ve ever done?

AT: Putting me on the spot! It might be these that I just recently made. Figured out how to evolve the sand blasting technique and start doing layers. Really happy with how these came out:

You can check out the full AMA here.

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