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9 Revealing photos from the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral

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GolfWRX was live this week from Trump National Doral for the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship, hosting the world’s top players including Jordan Spieth, ranked No. 1 in the world, Jason Day (No. 2) and Rory McIlroy (No. 3). In case you missed any of the photos from this week, browse the links below, which include 20 WITB galleries:

Photos from the WGC-Cadillac Championship

In 2014, Donald Trump revamped Doral’s “Blue Monster” with the help of course designers Gil Hanse and David Pillsbury, and the course became decidedly more difficult. Tiger Woods won the WGC-Cadillac event at 19-under par in 2013, while Patrick Reed won with a final score of 4-under in 2014 after the course changes. The Blue Monster now lives up to its monstrous name.

Although we didn’t have a Trump sighting — maybe he’s busy with other things? — we do have a slew of interesting photos this week. Thus, Revealing Photos: The Donald’s Doral.

Bettinardi’s Bikini putter cover

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It’s a beautiful day in putter cover land.

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Who’s down for some volleyball?

Chris Wood takes us to Blockbuster

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“Dodger.” I assume this is a shoutout to Dodger from the 1988 Walt Disney film Oliver & Company, which is inspired by Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist (Google is an amazing place).

LockItUp

Lock it up… You lock it up.

But we’re not done. With the last name Wood, it’s no wonder why he got the nickname Woody.

WoodyToyStory

Which explains the Toy Story shoutout, “There’s a snake in my boots.”

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Speaking of Disney Classics…

FlyingV

Graeme McDowell’s lead tape forms a Mighty Ducks classic — the Flying-V! With a wedge, it’s never Knuckle-Puck Time, however.

Your weekly reminder golf is difficult

GolfIsHard

Especially before the golf season even begins in the Northern states, I believe it’s my job to remind the golfing public that even the pros struggle in this crazy game we call fun. The photo above shows a professional golfer with stance bubbles, horseshoes, strings, poles and mirrors. And he’s putting cross-handed. If you think you’re supposed to emerge from winter shooting the rounds of your life, just use this photo as a reminder how difficult golf is.

Fueled by Mugen 

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Yusaku Miyazato’s forged Bridgestone wedges are “full milled by Mugen,” which is a Japanese car-racing parts company, a.k.a. Mugen Racing. Surely Bridgestone (a tire company), and Mugen (a racing parts company), have some sort of auto-turned-golf relationship.

The result? Apparently a $750 wedge, according to a GolfWRX forum member.

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A top-5 wedge in the world

PatrickReed

On the two-year anniversary of Patrick Reed declaring himself a top-5 player in the world at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship, he was spotted testing this Bettinardi 60-degree wedge. And it’s amazing.

Odyssey’s RockStar Energy prototype putter cover

RockstarPutterCover

Not much to say here. If this design isn’t inspired by a RockStar Energy drink then I need to retire from Revealing Photos.

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But it definitely is.

Smack That

SmackThatWedge

All on the floor.

Vokey’s new SM6 finish unveiled

VokeySmudgeFinish

It’s called “I-tried-to-clean-my-wedge-but-left-smear-marks-so-now-I-have-clean-it-again.” Rolls right off the tongue.

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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. Psyber

    Mar 4, 2016 at 11:31 am

    As a former Honda guy I really want that Mugen wedge

  2. RAT

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Please excuse the type “O ” error !

  3. RAT

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Love them a?ll I’m a wedge freak anyway. Explain the process of the finish that is on the Cally wedge please Is it sand blasted!?

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How Collin Morikawa found the putter that helped him lead the Memorial

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report

Collin Morikawa jumped out to an early lead at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, doing so with a ‘new’ putter in the bag.

The 24-year-old has had a rough spell on the greens, finishing 2020 ranked 128th in Strokes Gained: Putting. He’s 180th in that statistic this season.

The Californian has been using a TaylorMade Spider FCG mallet-style putter, along with a ‘Saw’ grip he learned from Mark O’Meara, for much of this year, but in search of a change of fortunes on the greens, Morikawa has now switched back to a blade-style putter. He used a blade-style coming out of college and in last year’s win at Muirfield Village, at the Workday Charity Open. He added a SuperStroke grip and adjusted the loft on his blade this time.

But this isn’t your average story about a TOUR player switching putters. Morikawa settled on the putter after consulting TaylorMade’s online ordering portal that is available to everyone, from TOUR players to mere mortals. It paid off, as Morikawa shot a first-round 66 while gaining 1.8 strokes on the greens.

For more details on Morikawa’s switch, we spoke with TaylorMade’s Paul Demkowski, Principal Engineer, Product Development and TOUR Rep Todd Chew.

GolfWRX: In terms of MyTP, what did Collin see that he liked and why?

PD: Collin was checking out the options online and reached out to us with his specific needs for the head, the insert, alignment etc. What we built for him is similar to the one he was previously using – a TP Juno with a long neck and sightline on the topline.

The main difference is we machined the face to take loft away, 2 degrees to be exact. With his new setup he has his hands more forward. This allows us to then bend the shaft forward to get the loft he wants in a position where the face is square with hands forward. … If we don’t machine the loft away and simply bend the shaft forward for his new hand position the putter would have way too much loft on it.

Additionally, he commented on how much he likes the copper insert in his FCG putter. We do not have copper available for the TP putters, so we put a stainless steel insert into this putter for a harder feel.

So there are a couple of changes that were exclusive to him, but consumers can pretty much spec out 90% of his putter on our website.

Read the rest of the piece here. 

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Michelle Wie WITB: 2021 U.S. Women’s Open

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Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond DS (9 degrees @10)
Shaft: AutoFlex SF505 X (45.5 inches, tipped 1 inch, D3)

3-wood: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (15 degrees @15.5)
Shaft: AutoFlex SF505 X

5-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (17 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1800 65 6.0

7-wood: Callaway Mavrik (21 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 6.0

11-wood: Callaway Rogue (25 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 6.0

Irons: Callaway Mavrik Pro (6), Callaway Apex Pro ’21 (7-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S Pro 950 GH

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (50-10, 56-12 @55, 60-10)

Putter: Toulon Garage Chicago (H1 neck)

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X (2020)

  • Featured image via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder
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Xander Schauffele switches to armlock putter…despite wanting the method banned

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Xander Schauffele has made a significant putting switch this week at Murfield Village, implementing the armlock method on the greens — a technique he feels should be banned.

The Californian is statistically one of the best putters on Tour and ranks ninth this season for strokes gained: putting. However, in a surprising move, he has now decided to move to an armlock version of his regular putter (Odyssey O-Works #7 CH Red) in search of more advantage.

On Thursday, Schauffele told media following his opening round that it’s still a method he believes should be banned on Tour despite the change.

“My putting coach (Derek Uyeda), my whole team honestly, we’re very against change and I had to see what the craze was about. I do feel funny, obviously being a top-10 putter on Tour, switching putters or the style of putting. It’s a distinct advantage.

“I am for banning the armlock putters, but if everyone else is going to use it and I feel like they have a bigger advantage, I may as well do the same.”

The change worked to great effect in round one at the Memorial. Schauffele needed just 28 putts during his opening round of 68, and after his round, the Californian explained his new process on the greens.

“It’s easier; it’s more consistent. My coach and I work a lot in San Diego on start lines and making sure the ball’s doing what we think it’s doing. And the fact that [the putter] is anchored to your arm…you can flinch in your hands, but you can’t flinch your entire left arm. So that’s the process behind that.”

Despite the change in process, Schauffele still believes that the game’s authorities should ban the armlock method, saying how it “takes the stress of putting out of the game”.

“It takes the stress of putting out of the game. Putting is so stressful. Obviously hitting shots and chipping and all kinds of stuff are difficult, but your putts are what give you the score on the card. It’s ruined a lot of people’s careers and it’s helped people’s career.

“So I think putting is an art in our game and when you lock it to your arm or anchor it to your body, it kind of gets rid of that.”

As for putting goals, Schaufelle has set himself a big target of ending the season ranked number one in Strokes Gained: Putting, a goal he feels he can reach now with the armlock technique.

“I know how good it can be and I think you still have to read putts and get the speed down correct. I’m in a very similar setup compared to my old putter and I know I can putt with a shorter putter, so I figured if I can get an advantage on the greens, and maybe get to first in putting, that would be something special. So I’m going to give it a go.”

Xander Schauffele putter specs

  • Model: Odyssey Wrist Lock #7
  • Length: 38 inches
  • Loft: 5.5 degrees
  • Lie: 71.5 degrees
  • Shaft: Black stepped shaft
  • Grip: WristLock SuperStroke
  • Insert: White Hot
  • Alignment aids: Top and tracers in white
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