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33 Revealing Photos from The Players Championship

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Last week, GolfWRX was live from the LPGA North Texas Shootout, but we’re back on the PGA Tour this week for The Players Championship at the world-renowned TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course — where golf balls go to swim. All the big guns are in the tournament, including 50 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings.

If you haven’t checked out our photos from this week, you can see them here. They’re awesome. But for now, let’s see what the photos showed us in this week’s edition of Revealing Photos.

Slippery grips? Rub ’em with a brick

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Actually, it’s a manicure buffer. Keep the nails smooth and the grips tacky… tough to argue with practicality.

Furyk going super casual on the putting green

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No hat, showing off the full scalp, wearing flip-flops and using what looks to be a Stimp meter as a training aid? I know you live nearby, but jeez Jimmy, you’re in public!

And what’s the word with your toe nails, man?

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Jimmy Bones does know how to roll the rock with the Odyssey Versa #1 Wide (WBW), however, as seen during his win at the 2015 RBC Heritage where he made multiple clutch putts to claim his first victory in five years.

Show ’em the fist pump!

Here it is; this is what all the hype is about

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Tiger and swing coach Chris Como appear to be working on his infamous release pattern. Maybe their working on “traj” and “release pattern” simultaneously?

This is GolfWRX, not National Geographic, but…

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Is this Osprey flying around with half of a fish in his claws? Amazing (and gruesome) photo.

Fowler on the range cracking jokes

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He even got his teacher Butch Harmon to laugh.

The star of this photo is the guy on the left, who truly epitomizes #BucketHatLife — hands in the pockets, pink shirt with the collar popped, casually laughing at a Rickie Fowler joke on the range of a PGA Tour event. Just living the Bucket Hat dream.

Odyssey’s new “Big T” putters spotted at The Players

And why they’re called “Big T,” I have no idea. That’s sarcasm, by the way.

See more photos of Odyssey’s new Big T putters in our forums.

Jason Day messing around hitting some shots lefty

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Weight shift looks like it needs some work. Keep working on it.

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OK. Getting to your right side a little better here. Something’s still off, so maybe you should switch back to righty for now?

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Looks like you made decent contact based on the divot, and the release looks more balanced. You should switch back to righty now, though.

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No? Still working on your lefty swing, huh? If we’re being honest, the move is getting there — a nice full finish. Well done. Seriously, can you go back to right-handed now? The Players Championship is this week. You’ve gotta tournament to prepare for.

NSFW (this photo gallery will end all work productivity)

Impeccable craftsmanship from T.P. Mills.

Bernhard Langer’s bag: like a true GolfWRXer

A collection of different clubs from different OEM’s, and just about all the wedges and irons are dripping in lead tape.

Luke Donald was testing new Mizuno Prototype drivers, fairway woods and irons

It looks as though Donald does have the new driver in play this week, but we have yet to confirm the fairway woods or irons. Regardless, Mizuno fanatics are surely licking their collective chops over these photos for the time being.

Justin Rose is testing a Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedge

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Then again, Rosey has probably tested every wedge on Tour by now. That’s commitment.

Mickelson is carrying three PM grind wedges (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)

And it looks as though he’s switched into Callaway’s new Apex MB irons from the Callaway X Forged ’13 irons this week — while still holding onto the 4-iron from his old set — he’s had in the bag in recent years.

Geoff Ogilvy’s putter has a nice patina

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And by nice patina, I mean it’s probably been laying outside for last decade, has weathered hundreds of rain storms, and has never seen the inside of a head cover. Impressive.

A bag full of bent golf clubs? 

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Or Henrik Stenson’s bag of irons and wedges after a typical 18-hole round?

The DST Compressor training aids have been popping up everywhere in Tour bags of late. The slight bend helps players get the feeling of compressing the ball at impact.

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Stenson, on the other hand, has a tendency to compress the actual golf club itself.

Luckily this isn’t a minimum height for the actual tournament

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Rory and Rickie may not have qualified.

#ReleaseTheKeegans

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Please?

Keegs already took down Jimenez, now he’s going after Phil?

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Calm it down, dude. You’re on a golf course.

Keegan and Phil are good friends, so this is obviously just an ill-timed photograph. Keegan recently addressed his scuffle, and admitted Jimenez “schooled” him.

Is this kid giving Spieth the cold shoulder?

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The PGA Tour guys are so pampered

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Us miserable hacks have to choose from white or yellow limited-flight range balls. That’s probably the only reason we’re not all out on Tour, too.

Looks like we’re not in Augusta anymore.

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At The Masters, you can get Augusta National’s famous Pimento Cheese sandwich for the same price as a coffee at The Players. I mean, $12.50 for the Skinny Turkey Sandwich?

Charley Hoffman’s Titleist MB irons suffer from road rash

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I’m not sure what the real explanation here is, but it looks like Hoffman’s iron got ran over by a car. Maybe he’s giving himself an excuse to put the new Titleist MB prototypes in the bag?

A good look at Spieth’s half interlock grip.

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Just goes to show that there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

This is Robert Streb’s wedge.

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I don’t even need to fact check this one. A Step Brothers quote in red writing on a Titleist SM5 wedge? He’s the king of the Step Brothers quote. Morgan Hoffmann has been dethroned.

Rickie Fowler’s Cobra Tour Trusty wedges are toe heavy

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His wedges, much like his irons, have tungsten plugs in their toe to push the center of gravity away from the heel and add back some of the swing weight he loses by playing his clubs 0.25 inches shorter than Cobra’s standard.

I’d make a comment about this photo…

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But I can’t figure out who’s bag it is. Oh well.

“Calls may be placed or received only in areas away from play”

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…or during a crucial bunker shot on the 73rd hole in a three-way playoff. Either one.

Note: That’s a Jordan Spieth/Shell Houston Open joke for those that don’t keep up with Tour events. 

Jordan Spieth starring as Daniel-son at The Players

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The 21-year old 2015 Masters Champion is the Karate Kid of the PGA Tour. Get it?

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth had “Non Splash Brothers” matching stampings in their bags on Wednesday

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The Splash Brothers are the NBA’s Golden State Warriors duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson — known for making it rain, or “splash” from beyond the arc.

Making it “splash” in golf usually takes on a different meaning, like dunking a golf ball in the water. Nothing to celebrate there.

Upon clarification, the matching wedges were in the bags of Spieth and Thomas for their caddies to use in the caddie contest held at No. 17 (The Island Green). Obviously, neither caddie would want to splash the ball on that particular hole.

G-Mac is using a Cleveland prototype putter

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Is that felt from a tennis ball on the face (surely it’s not, but that would be pretty cool, no?). Looks like McDowell may have finally ditched the Odyssey White Hot Mallet #7 prototype he’s had in the bag for years.

We’d show you some photos of K.J. Choi when he’s not working out on the range

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But he’s never not working out on the range.

Webb Simpson on the range with a throwback hickory-shafted iron

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“Hey, what’s this wooden thing?”

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“It’s a putter right? You set up like this?”

Jerry Kelly’s Cleveland wedges are printed with $100 bills

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Here’s a fun fact: With only three PGA Tour wins, Kelly has made over $26 million in career earnings.

Show me the money, Jerry. 

PGA Tour caddies have a serious gripe with their treatment at Tour events

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But with a caddie’s own reserved parking spot at The Players, maybe this isn’t the best week to hold a protest.

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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.

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  1. Jim Rockford

    May 11, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I do believe popped collar / bucket-hat man is Snedeker’s caddie.

    Unrelated, what is up with J. Rose’s 8-iron? It looks like he grabbed it from a set of Spalding Executive irons.

  2. Gary O

    May 11, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Furyk’s training aid: check out “theperfectputter.com”

  3. Sam

    May 11, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    That rory and rickie comment was hilarious!!

  4. Shawn

    May 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Not buying KB’s denial of Pepsi’s comment to Miguel.

  5. Mark

    May 11, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    What is the training aid furyk is using?

  6. RG

    May 11, 2015 at 2:03 am

    It’s Andrew of course dumba#*!! Typo, Andrew knows who the main man is!

  7. Benny

    May 10, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I look forward to this new segment each week. Awesome stuff, love the humur and also the comments. Keep them coming please. Its why Golfwrx is the best site going!

  8. Lordmokoloko

    May 10, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Can you please get rid of the Furyk’s foot picture on the homepage!

  9. MRC

    May 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I can’t stop laughing! Well done….Well said!

  10. Jeffcb

    May 9, 2015 at 9:33 am

    The first shot is a sanding pad for drywall. Used one myself.

  11. RG

    May 9, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Andre my man, my main man! You are large and in charge! Bigger than the Sta-Puff Marshmallow Man! Best thing going on this website. Please keep up the good work, and excuse me, one quick word….
    !Attention All Club Ho’s and Teaching Pros!
    When you start talking about “worn out grooves” and “latest shaft technology” and “more distance” and the “importance’ of these ideas understand this here and now,
    Bernhard Langer hits Hogan Apex 3,4,5 irons from ’92 and Adams MB Black from ’02 AND Vokey wedges that are 20 years old. He has had them in continuous play all this time. All have Hogan Apex shafts that were manufactured in the 1980’s in them. He will take these old worn out ancient tech clubs and beat your brains in. My point:
    Stop hyping the “need replacement” angle. It’s really only “I want new clubs.” Don’t believe me? Go ask Bernhard. And if you think you know more about golf and equipment than him, you need professional help.

  12. greg

    May 8, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Some good, some okay. Still pretty funny and a good addition to the front page. Thanks, AT

  13. DMcDFrom83

    May 8, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    In what might be one of my silliest oversights, it just dawned on me that not everyone uses an interlocking grip. Of course I have always acknowledged the 10-finger baseball grip s an oddity, but to this day put no thought into an overlapping grip.

  14. Desmond

    May 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Funny stuff…

  15. Nick

    May 8, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Anyone but a German for #19

    • sgniwder99

      May 9, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Holy crap, that was hilarious. Well played!

    • Rich

      May 9, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Sorry, I don’t understand the reference?

    • Golfraven

      May 9, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Ok I see. Rather odd. They should have thought about it.

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Best looking pear-shaped 3 wood of all time? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing pear-shaped 3 woods. WRXer ‘GolferDude54’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“I was interested in knowing what 3 wood in the present and past do you guys think has had the best looking profile at address and is pear-shaped to boot, i.e. Titleist 906F2. Like you look down at address, and it just oozes of being aesthetically pleasing to your eye. You can even post more than one 3-wood and a list as well if you are torn between this and that.”

And our members have been sharing their best picks 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.

  • Dill Pickelson: “I owned the 906f2 and agree it was a perfect looking 3 wood at address. I currently play the rogue st ls 3 wood and also think it looks great at address. This is exactly how I want a 3 wood to look, no triangular 3 woods, no closed face or slight offsets. I also liked the Ping i20 3 wood. It sat very nicely behind the ball.”
  • hammergolf: “Hard to beat the Titleist PT. Had one in the bag for almost a decade.”
  • Boogs2: “I’ve always liked the Nike T60. Still have one with the steel shaft. Loved how deep-faced it was.”
  • puresurfr: “Titleist 970, love the shape, and it was like a sledgehammer when hit on the screws. Honorable mention for Nike T60.”

Entire Thread: “Best looking pear-shaped 3 wood of all time? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (8/11/22): Tiger Woods MG3 TaylorMade wedges

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At GolfWRX, 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 – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a pair of Tiger Woods MG3 TaylorMade wedges

From the seller (@tincup_jeff): “Tiger Woods MG3 wedges.  These are new, never hit.  Wish I didn’t take the damn plastic off, or else I would just send it back to TaylorMade for my $425 refund.  I just can’t play a 56/ 60 combo, I’m not good enough.  These wedges are absolutely beautiful to look at and sit perfectly on the ground. 1 flat, and +.25”, standard Loft.  Golf pride MCC Midsized grip.  KBS 120S shafts. I would prefer to sell them together.  $365 shipped.  I paid $429 for them a week ago through TaylorMade.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Tiger Woods MG3 TaylorMade 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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Scotty Cameron unveils new Special Select Jet Set putters

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Scotty Cameron has today introduced the new range of Special Select Jet Set putters.

The limited release features a four-model collection designed for the player looking for a particular design aesthetic in a high-performance configuration with attention to shape, color palette and finish.

Precision milled in the United States from a block of 303 stainless steel, each new Limited Release Special Select Jet Set putter incorporates Scotty’s performance balanced weighting technology featuring customizable sole weights, as well as purpose-built aluminum sole plates designed to optimize weight distribution in the wider profile of the Plus models.

Speaking on the new range, Scotty Cameron said:

“A lot of golfers want to game the same putters the pros play. Our new Special Select Jet Set putters offer a taste of that experience with a few extras that put them in a category of their own. The Tour Black finish is something a lot of people really like, so when I can, I make putters using it combined with dark, smoky accents. The overall tone-on-tone look is inspired by custom car builders, and that’s where the Jet Set name comes from. We’ve offered this concept in years past. This is the next version of Jet Set. Specifically, the ‘Plus’ models that are in between the width of a Newport 2 and a Squareback 2. I developed this “tweener” size working with a few Tour players who wanted something in between the width of a traditional blade and our Squareback flange width. The Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus and Newport 2 Plus offer those desired sizes and happen to be the first we’ve created for everyone. Limited releases like these new Special Select Jet Set models are for those who want a high-performance putter, but also that little extra.”

In addition, the Special Select Jet Set Newport, Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus, Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 and Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 Plus feature custom graphics, a Tour Black finish with a dark, tonal color scheme, a specialized Pistolini Plus grip, shaft band and headcover.

Displaying the evolution of Scotty’s research in bringing the benefits of higher MOI to blade putter shapes, the line’s “Plus” models introduce slightly wider profiles than standard face-to-flange blade dimensions in design to offer maximum performance from a blade putter.

Special Select Jet Set Newport

“A souped-up version of Scotty’s classic heel-and-toe weighted blade, the Special Select Jet Set Newport includes a plumbing neck, the model’s distinctive rounded features and a unique sight line milled on the topline. Precision milled from 303 stainless steel, this limited release putter has a solid face, misted Tour Black finish, adjustable performance balanced raw tungsten sole weighting and includes the line’s new textured Pistolini Plus grip and Jet Set headcover.”

Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus

“Crafted slightly wider when measured from face to flange, the Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus offers a new size in high-performance blade putter design. Relying on proven multi-material design methodology, Scotty accommodated the fuller profile by distributing weight to the perimeter and incorporating a 6061 aircraft grade aluminum sole plate, anodized black and engraved with the line’s Jet Set graphics. A milled flange sight line provides clean alignment, while customizable stainless steel sole weights provide balance. A new, textured Pistolini Plus grip, Jet Set shaft band and specialized headcover complete the package.”

Special Select Jet Set Newport 2

“Designed with the proven shape, plumbing neck and tri-sole of a modern Newport 2, the Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 is milled from 303 stainless steel with customizable tungsten sole weights, a Tour Black finish and the line’s Jet Set graphics package, including a specialty shaft band, headcover and textured Pistolini Plus grip. Incorporating a subtle design characteristic—and inspired by the putters he makes for touring professionals—Scotty included a milled sight line on the topline rather than a standard flange line. A limited number of left-handed Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 models were also created.”

Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 Plus

“Splitting the difference in flange width between a Special Select Newport 2 and Squareback 2, the Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 Plus offers a Tour-inspired shape that introduces the next profile in high-performance blade design. Milled from 303 stainless steel with a solid face, the Newport 2 Plus has a 6061 aircraft grade aluminum sole plate, anodized black and engraved with the line’s Jet Set graphics. A milled flange sight line provides clean alignment, while customizable stainless steel sole weights provide balance. The putter includes the line’s new, textured Pistolini Plus grip, Jet Set shaft band and specialized headcover.”

The limited release Special Select Jet Set putters will be available worldwide on Aug. 19, 2022, at Titleist authorized golf shops, and are priced at $650 each.

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