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17 Revealing Photos from the LPGA North Texas Shootout

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In this week’s LPGA Photos from the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, we get a different perspective on golf — one that’s fun, different and educational.

Nearly ever week on the PGA Tour, our photographer takes viewers inside the ropes to see the clubs PGA Tour players are using. The thing to remember, however, is that the majority of golfers shouldn’t be using the same clubs and shafts as PGA Tour pros. LPGA Tour players, on the other hand, have swing speeds more similar to average golfers, and compete on courses that are more similar in length to what the average male golfer usually plays.

04e7000e8e97020fe276bf7523b4ebe1For example, how often do you play a par-5 that measures 510 yards? Pretty often, right? PGA Tour players usually play 510-yard holes as par-4’s, and golfers such as Dustin Johnson, J.B. Holmes and other big hitters regularly hit short irons into them.

Golf bags on the LPGA Tour are also more eclectic than PGA Tour bags when it comes to brands, and they’re more colorful, too, as you’ll see below. Would you ever see a PGA Tour player with pink paintfill on their irons? Or a player wearing a Ping visor with a ponytail hanging from his back.

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Well, actually, those were bad examples. Sorry Bubba and Miguel.

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Bubba Watson’s Ping S55 irons with pink paint fill

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Miguel Angel Jimenez, a.k.a., the “Most Interesting Man in Golf.”

We hope you enjoy this week’s Revealing photos from the LPGA North Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.

Gerina Piller uses a bunch of Scor 4161 “wedges”

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Scor Golf’s 4161 series were said to be “scoring clubs,” not wedges, which is why they come in low lofts that are usually reserved for 9 irons and pitching wedges.

That explain’s Gerina Piller’s the 42-degree “wedge.” If you ever hear an announcer say she’s hitting a wedge from what seems to be too far, you’ll know why.

Callaway’s Mack Daddy 2 wedge stampings on the LPGA Tour are electric

Certainly, the quickest way to make enemies is to have “Roll Tide” stamped on your wedges.

Lexi Thompson’s wedge stampings are dripping in positive energy

The “Nico” wedge stamping could be a reference to one of the following:

  • This “Nico, Smile” YouTube video
  • Nico, a German musician popular in the 1960s.
  • A possible nickname for her brother Nicholas Thompson, who plays professional golf on the PGA Tour.

Regardless, it’s tough not to keep a positive attitude with these colorful, smiley-faced Cobra Tour Trusty wedges.

Insider update: Nico is the name of her nephew, Nicholas’ son. I was close… kind of.

#ScarfLife

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Based on the photos, it was cold and windy on Tuesday during the practice round at Las Colinas. Michelle Wie even broke out a scarf — and why it’s not volt-colored to match her driver, golf ball and visor, I have no clue.

Here’s a fun game if you’re bored; Count the number of Nike “Swooshes” you can spot in the photo above (my answer below).

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Here’s Azahara Munoz, who’s also bout that #scarflife. Her Ping bag and umbrella are also showing off Ping’s new logo lettering that’s exclusive to the LPGA Tour.

Answer to Nike swooshes: I spot 9. Anyone beat me?

Odyssey’s Limited Edition 2-ball Bear putter cover

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Chella Choi’s head cover looks snuggly, and fuzzy, and the only place I can find it online is here. Apparently, they come in three different colors.

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.40.48 PMChoi is also using Fourteen Golf’s new RM-21 wedges, with a trailing edge grind on her 52 degree wedge, which has 10 degrees of bounce.

Pulled it!

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This is merely a reminder how hard putting is. Even with training aids from 4 feet, no putt is a guarantee. Don’t you just love golf?

Any guesses on what this guy is texting while Natalie Gulbis is teeing off?

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My guess is he’s texting one of his buddies: “About to tee off on the first hole with Natalie Gulbis. Have fun at work, sucker!”

I’ll bet he used this emoji, too.

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Lydia Ko is really good at golf

She’s 18 years old and already has seven LPGA Tour wins. She also has a Callaway Big Bertha Alpha with a custom pink Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 5R shaft in play this week.

Katie Burnett switched to Titleist Vokey TVD wedges with a custom “raindrop” finish

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Note: Those are real raindrops.

If you see a wedge company come out with a custom finish called “raindrops,” just remember you heard it here first.

Someone needs to show Bubba Watson this photo

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Hey, Bubba. Here’s some sound advice: Get an all pink rainsuit! #urwelcome

Laura Davies with top-heavy Lynx Parallax irons

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While most iron designs look to achieve a center of gravity (CG) that’s low-and-rearward or low-and-forward, these are the opposite.

According to Lynk’s website, the forged cavity back irons have a higher CG for more penetrating shots. If you hit the ball high with too little spin, these irons could be something to consider!

(That one’s for you, gear heads).

Ping’s LPGA golf bags, while sporting the new logo, still have turbulators

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Surely the caddies appreciate the added foot speed.

Find the reference here in a recent Revealing Photos story. 

Um, where’s your face?

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If you can’t tell, this is Sadena Parks who was a part of Big Break Florida, a reality TV series on the Golf Channel.

She’s also playing clubs from golf’s most mysterious company in golf — Parsons Xtreme. We don’t know much about the clubs, other than they will be very expensive when they’re released and have a bunch of screws for adjusting weight and CG.

It looks like Parks prefers the CG in her driver more rearward judging by the positioning of her screws.

Check out photos from the rest of her clubs below.

Hannah Arnold’s bag is all business

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Mizuno JPX-800 Pro irons and a stealthy Piretti Cortino putter? While she WD’d from pre-tournament qualifying, she didn’t leave without making an impact on the WRX photo galleries. Awesome setup.

Michelle Wie’s 90-degree putting stance…

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… makes my back hurt every time.

It looks as though she took the popular instruction “get your eyes over the ball” way too literally, but then again, she’s putting better than ever and won her first major last year — the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open — with this seemingly back-breaking style.

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Wie is currently using a Nike Method MC04W Center-shafted prototype putter with a SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 grip.

Is that a BioMech Tech Deck I spot?

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These half-pipes are showing up in bags and on practice greens of both the PGA and LPGA tours. I’m beginning to think I should give one a try…

Just like Uncle Tiger, Cheyenne uses the Two-Tee putting drill

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And is her index finger really long or is it just me?

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. joey5picks

    May 2, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Call a 510-yard hole a par 5, a par 4, a par 3 or a par 6. It doesn’t matter. Lowest score wins whether it’s -10 or -6 (which is the difference between calling that hole a par 4 or par 5). I find the infatuation with what the “par” is on a hole amusing. Players are going to want to make a 4 on that hole no matter what its “par” is.

    • Chuck

      May 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Another 510-yard Par 5 is…

      … wait for it…

      …how many guessed it already…

      The 13th Hole, “Azalea,” at the Augusta National Golf Club.

  2. 8thehardway

    May 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Good move, great article. Looking forward to more.

  3. snowman

    May 1, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Lexi and I are still playing the 2010 Cobra S2 Forged Irons, a nice forged cavity back iron.

  4. RG

    May 1, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Best yet Andrew! Eclectic and colorful is why WRX should cover more LPGA and Champions than PGA. I’m just sayin’.

  5. Brett H

    May 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Fun Fact: I’m sort of related to Laura Davies and used to play with a set of her old irons that she just had put away in a closet. Had a really hard time learning on those…

    I’ve been watching a ton of LPGA lately and really think the level of talent is just astonishing, a lot of fun watching them play right now.

  6. brian d

    May 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I am kinda digging those parsons irons…. very sharp

  7. Mike

    May 1, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Laura Davies’ irons look like some 15 year-old Lynx Parallax knockoffs! Seriously, how is Golfsmith not all over this?

  8. Justin

    May 1, 2015 at 7:38 am

    “Sorry Bubba and Miguel.”

  9. BustyMagoo

    May 1, 2015 at 1:02 am

    But can someone fix the css for paragraph text please? A bit heavy on the eyes in ALL BOLD letters.

  10. BustyMagoo

    May 1, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Good article. Nice to see WRX going out on a ledge and covering things nobody else is. Well done and interesting read. And yah, it’s fun looking at pics of Michelle Wei. She’s quite easy on the eyes. lol.

  11. mr.Smith

    May 1, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Golf has turned into such a lame look at me narcissistic batch o barf!

  12. Chuck

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    It hurts too much to watch Michelle Wie putt. I say that as someone who loves women’s golf and who loves to watch LPGA players play, and who is extremely interested in equipment news from the women’s tours. Thank you GolfWRX for continuing to bring us news and photos from the LPGA; keep it up. I’m just sorry for Michelle Wie, with her spectacular golf swing, being reduced to putting like a cripple.

    • RG

      May 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      A cripple? That “cripple” will beat you like a drum ant day of the week and twice on Sunday. She went to that stance because she’s so tall and it helps her to see the line. Remember Chuck, it is better to be silent and be thought an idiot than to post comments and remove all doubt.

      • Chuck

        May 2, 2015 at 11:23 am

        Her results are fine; that much you’ve got right. She’s currently 29th on the ladies tour; putting (statistically) like… Lydia Ko!

        But as for being somehow forced into that unwatchable stance by her height… she’s 6’0″. (Being 6’0″ myself and having stood next to her, I don’t believe the 6’1″ listings in various places. I think she’s a shade over 6’0″.) She’s not taller than a number of other LPGA players with better-looking stances, and she’s nowhere near as tall as lots of male tour players with normal stances.

  13. Rich

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Yes it is verrrrrry long!

  14. Brody

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Andrew,
    Nice article!

  15. greg

    Apr 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Once again, great job AT. This one is your best one, so far. Look forward to seeing these each week. Best feature on GolfWRX.com

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (06/7/21): TaylorMade ‘TW Grind’ wedges

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of 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 we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of TaylorMade ‘TW Grind’ wedges. ($350)

From the seller (JohnR44): “TM Wedge set. 50* 56* & 60*. The 56 &60 are tw grind. The 50 is a 9 bounce. $350”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade ‘TW Grind’ wedges.

This is the most impressive current listing 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

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What GolfWRXers are saying about easy to hit fairway woods

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In our forums, our members have been discussing easy to hit fairway woods. WRXer ‘Gary3Aces’ is an older golfer on the hunt for a fairway wood that is easy to hit with good launch characteristics, saying

“I’m 69 and have been having trouble hitting my fairway woods. I have an M6 TM 5 wood which I like, but I’m still having trouble getting it up high in the air. Looking for a 4 or 5 wood.

I use a regular flex shaft in my clubs. Don’t have the swing speed I use to have. Looking for something that won’t break the bank.”

And our members have been sharing their choices in our forum.

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.

  • Hairpie: “I’ve had success with a Callaway Steelhead XR 5W. It has a deeper face than most but is extremely easy to elevate. I got mine from Callawaygolf pre-owned a month ago for $80 in mint condition.”
  • Drewhill44: “Cobra f8 or f9. Both have a low profile to help get the ball airborne, and the rails help with turf interaction.”
  • Markrip: “Adams Tight Lies 2. I’ve had mine since it came out. I haven’t found anything easier to get up in the air.”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about easy to hit fairway woods”

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Patrick Cantlay’s winning WITB: 2021 Memorial Tournament

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees @8.75, C1 setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist 915F (15 degrees, B1 setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 70 TX

Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2 (21 degrees, B1 setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 10 TX

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 52-08F, 56-08M) Titleist Vokey SM8 (61 Proto)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2019)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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