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Since switch, Ernie Els is the Tour’s best putter

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En route to this weekend’s fifth-place finish at the Quicken Loans National, Ernie Els gained 1.99 strokes on the field thanks to his work on Congressional’s greens.

Of course, it wasn’t long ago that Els agonizingly took six putts from within three feet on the first green at Augusta National, and several videos of other painful misses from close range made their rounds on the internet.

In what is perhaps the equipment story of the year so far, since switching to a SeeMore mFGP Deep Flange Nashville Studio Series (with SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 grip, left-hand low) during the third round of the RBC Heritage, Ernie Els has effectively led the Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting.

That’s right. Els went from a golfer so heartwrenchingly yippy from close range that some speculated his career could be over, to tops on the PGA Tour in putting.

Amazing stuff.

In 20 measured rounds with the SeeMore mFGP in the bag, Els has gained 24.08 strokes with his putter. And his average SGP over that time is 1.204, which is better than PGA Tour leader Jason Day’s work this season (1.145).

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An incredible turnaround, and strong support for the ever-tinkering ways of WRXers: Finding the right putter, and one which inspires confidence on the greens, can truly make a difference.

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  2. graymulligan

    Jun 29, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    There’s no question that the Seemore putters work for a ton of people, but I can’t get past the looks. Great stuff, but it just doesn’t fit my eye.

  3. RP Jacobs II

    Jun 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Great to see the Big Guy back in the game. They don’t come any classier. Nice article Ben!! Stay well My Friend and Have a Great and Safe Fourth

    All the Best,
    RP

  4. Zeek

    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Great putter company. Great customer service!

  5. cody

    Jun 27, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    glad to hear it. Wish he had figured this out 3 years ago. Would probably won at least 3 events.

  6. ooffa

    Jun 27, 2016 at 10:25 am

    It has nothing to do with the type of putter. What he switched was his flawed thinking. Go get em Ernie. Time to own the second putt!

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Titleist launches new Tour Soft and Tour Speed balls

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Titleist has today introduced its latest Tour Soft and Tour Speed golf balls.

Tour Soft

At 1.600”, the Tour Soft retains one of the largest core sizes in the Titleist golf ball portfolio and the same soft compression as the current generation. As such a large core requires an extremely thin cover, Titleist developed the thin 4CE grafted cover, which is designed to help generate reliable greenside spin for short game playability.

The Tour Soft golf ball features a new aerodynamic design – the 346 quadrilateral dipyramid dimple design – that bids to deliver optimized ball flight for longer distances.

Speaking on the new addition, Jeremy Stone, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. said

“The Tour Soft golfer prioritizes feel and seeks the softest possible, but they are also looking for all around performance. The new Tour Soft has been reengineered for improved performance from tee through green.”

Specs, Price & Availability

  • Color Codes: White and Yellow (#1-4)
  • Price: $35 per dozen
  • Availability: May 20

Tour Speed

The Tour Speed ball features a reformulated 1.550″ core that is designed to deliver high speeds and a proprietary high flex casing layer, uniquely designed for this golf ball to maintain low long game spin.

The reformulated Tour Speed golf ball maintains its proprietary Titleist Performance Urethane (TPU) cover – specifically formulated by Titleist Golf Ball R&D chemists – and 346 quadrilateral dipyramid dimple design, a combination designed to offer a penetrating, consistent flight and optimized greenside spin for short game control.

Speaking on the Tour Speed ball, Frederick Waddell, Director of Product Management, said

“The key to the development process was successfully reformulating the core and high-flex casing layer to perform in conjunction with the proprietary Titleist Performance Urethane (TPU) cover to our stringent quality tolerances, so the golf ball performs consistently on every shot.”

Specs, Price & Availability

  • Color Codes: White and Yellow (#1-4)
  • Price: $40 per dozen
  • Availability: U.S. on May 20th in White (#1-4) and on June 21st in Yellow (#1-4); Global May 20th

 

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Do I need a 5-iron? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the need for a 5-iron. WRXer ‘DarkAirPlane’ is new to the sport and kicks off the thread, saying:

“Beginner here. I would like to purchase a set of 2021 T300 irons. I’m thinking I should order 6-W1 in order to be somewhat close to “traditional” lofts. Do I really need the T300 5 iron (23 degree loft)? 23 degree loft is more like a 4 iron. I don’t think I can generate enough speed to hit 23 degrees longer than the t300 6 iron (26 degrees).”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts 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.

  • PNW: “Nothing wrong with doing that at all, and it might help simplify things as you’re starting out. And you’re right that 23* is more like a modern-traditional 4 iron, so it won’t be easy to hit as a beginner even in a Game Improvement set. I would say save yourself the money and go without the 5 iron. As you get better and you figure out you need a club in that spot there will be options at that point to order a single club, either 5 iron or maybe hybrid.”
  • Vater: “It’s refreshing to hear you be honest and smart in talking about what clubs suit you. T300s, questioning needing a 5 iron, swing speed… I’m certain you’re going to enjoy the game and get pretty good through this kind of outlook – instead of forcing yourself into blades and 2 irons…I have a jacked 5 iron at 24 deg, and I put a Recoil shaft into it. With the stock shaft, it was pretty hit or miss, and I’d just go to my hybrid. Now that I’ve made it fit me, it’s useful for the gap between my new hybrid and my 6 iron.”
  • bellken: “No, you don’t need a 5 iron. You can always order a 5 iron later if you decide you want one. I ditched the 5 iron a while ago.”

Entire Thread: “Do I need a 5-iron? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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John Daly WITB: 2022 PGA Championship

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2022 PGA Championship (5/18/22)

Driver: PXG TD prototype (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS RDX 60 TX

3-wood: PXG 0341 X (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 80 TX

Hybrids: TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue (17 and 22 degrees)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95 S (17 degrees), KBS Tour Prototype 95 S (22 degrees)

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS Tour 120S

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 S (50 and 54 degrees), and KBS Tour 120S (60 degrees)

*Daly was testing two different putters on Tuesday ahead of the 2022 PGA Championship. He’ll decide between the two come Thursday 

Putters: Odyssey White Hot OG Double Wide, Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K One

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech Cord Club Oversized

Check out more photos here: John Daly WITB 2022 PGA Championship

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