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Mickelson has a new putter, grip at Bay Hill

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Phil Mickelson started 2013 with a cut-down SuperStroke 21-inch putter grip on his Odyssey gamer, which better accommodated the “claw” grip he started using in 2012.

A few weeks later, Mickelson ditched it for one of Odyssey’s new Versa putters and went back to his old grip. In true Phil fashion, the new putter only lasted a couple of weeks in the bag before he put a different putter back in the bag, still sans-SuperStroke.

This week at the Arnold Palmer invitation, Phil is back with a Versa putter and a SuperStroke grip, although different versions. Unlike the old SuperStroke grip, which had a 1-inch diameter, Phil’s new SuperStroke “Slim” grip has a diameter of 1.3 inches. It’s also lighter than his previous grip by about 30 grams.

The new Versa putter Phil is gaming has the same “white-black-white” paint scheme, but adds a white sight line in the back flange that is perpendicular to the Versa’s parallel lines and appears to have more offset than any putter we’ve seen Phil use in the past. It also has Odyssey’s slightly firmer “Metal-X” insert, which is anodized to be black instead of its usual silver to keep with the Versa’s black-and-white theme.

That’s not all. Mickelson also added a custom black-colored shaft to the Versa putter, giving it a totally custom look that gear heads will be hard at work trying to replicate in their garages tonight.

Specs: 34 inches, 3.5 degrees of loft and a 75-degree lie angle.

Check out the photos we snapped of Phil with his new putter at Bay Hill below, and Click here to read what members are saying in the forums.

 

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  1. thomas murphy

    Jun 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I am digging this putter. I don’t know if I buy into the white/black/white sandwich really helping with alignment but it looks great especially with that shaft. Amazing to see the fast ramp on SuperStroke even though the effect doesn’t seem to be lasting for Jason Dufner this year.

  2. Blanco

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Anyone else think Phillip has too much pride to ditch the heel shafted putters in favor of something that actually works with his stroke?

    I have an idea for you Phil– get a Reuter Bullseye with the notch and throw a round grip on it. Problem solved.

  3. michael

    Mar 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Phil mickelson is one of my favorite golf players; hence I’m a left hand golfer as well but…. as uncle si would say “good NIT!!!!” I mean common..I think is going a little over the top with the putter changing this season, I honestly think now it might be a compulsive disorder,…in the back of my head I see Phil talking to odyssey saying I want this with that ,black shaft,verdical and perpendicular alignment aids,1″ thicker super stoke grip, black shaft to reduce glare…odysseys response , umm ok Phil I guess, boys we got some work to do….what else can you put on a putter?

    Phil is great, I just think he is over analyzing the putter, there all # 9 style putters, just work what you have and work on the stroke, + didn’t see much improvement on his putting yesterday

  4. pooch

    Mar 21, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Phil’s got a Versa putter ,with a Metal X insert, a shaft from the Black ProType line and a Superstroke Grip. As an endorser he has the entire putter line in one putter. I thought maybe he would stay with the putter he won with at WM in AZ. Good Luck Phil. Is he back to a forward press too?

  5. GEORGE STEEN

    Mar 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    WHAT A PIECE OF CR@P = WONT BE WINNING ANY MORE MAJORS WITH THIS IN THE BAG

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Jimmy Walker spotted testing a Titleist prototype driver?

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As spotted by GolfWRX Forum Member “anthony007,” Jimmy Walker was shown on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive hitting an unidentified driver at the Warrior Open.

In anthony007’s forum post, along with the photo, he asks the question “Is this a new Driver from Titleist?”

Well, it’s hard to tell from the grainy photo exactly what the driver says on the sole. But then Jimmy Walker himself posted on Twitter saying: “Great catch! Its always fun to test new prototypes and the [Titleist on Tour] guys have given me some cool toys to play with that are incredible – but unfortunately I can’t talk about them yet!”

While the response is a bit cryptic, it does seem that Walker confirms he was indeed testing a Titleist prototype driver.

What do you think?

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the photo.

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UNLV Rebels WITB: 2018 NCAA Men’s Championship

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The University Of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Men’s Golf team is participating in the 2018 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma on May 25-30. Representing the Mountain West Conference, the team is led by Head Coach Dwaine Knight.

To see the team’s full roster, click here

Below, we highlight the clubs and shafts that each of the players on the team are using at the championship.

Shintaro Ban

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

Hybrid: Callaway Epic (20 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Steel 115

Irons: Callaway X Forged (4 and 5 iron), Callaway Apex MB (6-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Fourteen RM Raw wedge (50, 55 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (50 and 55), S400 (60)

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 7S

Harry Hall

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917 F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue M-AX 65TX

5 Wood: Titleist 917 F2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue M-AX 65TX

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (3-9 iron)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 120X

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (48, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300

Putter: Evenroll ER5 Hatchback (36.5 inches)

Jack Trent

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 7X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX

Hybrid: Titleist H2 818 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: Titleist T-MB (4 iron), Titleist 718 CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5R
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 (35 inches)

Justin Kim

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 7TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 8TX

Driving Iron: Titleist 712U (3 iron)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS $-Taper 130X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Sm6 (50, 54 and 58)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Justin Chong

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ 6X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

5 Wood: Ping G30
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

Hybrid: TaylorMade M1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD 85X

Irons: Miura CB-57 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-09 F Grind and 58-08 M Grind)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey V-Line Fang O-Works

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Garrick Higgo

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 60X 120MS

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Black 70 TX

Hybrid: Titleist 816H2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 85H X-Flex

Driving Iron: Titleist TMB (2, 3 and 4 iron)
Shaft: KBS C-Taper 130X

Irons: Titleist AP2 (5-PW, GW)
Shafts: KBS C -Taper 130X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 Matte Black (55 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 130X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X7M Black Tour Only

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Spotted: New Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI shaft

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The official Tour launch of the Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI shaft is this week at the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial, and we were able to snap a few photos on the range. MSI stands for millions of pounds per square inch, and basically, it refers to how stiff the fiber is — the higher the number, the greater stiffness it has.

Headed to retail later this summer, according to Aldila, the lower-launching, lower-spinning Rogue Silver 130 MSI is the successor to the Rogue Silver 125 MSI.

Per the company, the new Rogue Silver 130 MSI will feature the same tapered butt-counter-balanced design as the 125. The stronger 130 MSI carbon fiber produces slightly lower torque, however, and is the strongest material in a Rogue shaft to date.

Several Tour pros have already made the switch to the new shaft:

  • Jimmy Walker put the 70 TX in his driver for the first time at The Players. He had been gaming the 80 TX in his fairway wood since the Masters.
  • Kevin Chappell has been playing the 80 TX in both his 3 and 5-woods.
  • Martin Flores has put the 70 TX in his driver
  • Chez Reavie put the 60 TX in his driver at the Masters.

We’ll bring you more details as they become available closer to launch. Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the new shaft in our forums.

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