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17 Quick Questions with Byron Morgan

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I recently caught up with Byron Morgan, one of the most talented putter craftsmen on the planet.

If you have already rolled a Byron, you’ll now where I am coming from. If you have never rolled an 006 or an 007, you owe it to yourself to try one out. You’ll be buying one shortly thereafter. I own a few Byron 007 putters and consider them to be top-notch flat sticks.

Byron Morgan himself, to us internet golf forum surfers anyway, may be a sort of enigma.  He appears to be more visible in his shop rather than on the net, which is pretty cool, considering three quarters of his current putter sales is via the internet. Many of us will never have the unique opportunity of stopping by his shop in Coastal California to see what he has going.

Oh yes,  Mr. Morgan remains quite accessible, despite the fact that he turns out fewer flat sticks in a month than you would think. It makes my own Byron putter feel ever so much more special. Let’s take a quick look and see what is up with Byron.

1. How are things going for Byron putters right now?

Things are very good.

2. Is the state of the current economy hurting putter sales?

No.

3. Are sales stronger in the United States or Japan?

Japan.

4. Tell me about the Channel Islands putter and how it came about?

I made a handmade for Drew (drewspin) ; he showed me his ideas and I made him the putter.

Frontal view of the new Channel Islands (inspired by Drew) Byron putter.

5. Has it been well received by your loyal putter fans?

Yes.

Wow, this is one cool putter. The Byron Channel Islands at your service.

6. Are things much more hectic without Drew helping out anymore?

No.

7. Will Turfsurfer.com ever come to fruition?

Byronputters.com is coming.

8. If it does, will there be putters in stock at all times?

Yes, the 006 and the 007 models will be in stock.

This black rainbow finish looks hot on this 007 model putter.

9. Not including customs, approximately how many putters does Byron turn out in a month’s time?

100 putters per month is about all I can make.

10.  How many “custom” putters do you turn out in a month?

15-25 custom putters per month.

11.  Hey Byron, what do you have  in your golf bag?

Driver – Callaway FT-5,  VS 88 shaft
3 wood – Taylor Made V Steel
5 wood – Taylor Made V Steel
Irons – Ping Eye 2
Wedges – Ping Eye 2
Putter –  Byron SBE Prototype

12. How accessible is Byron at his workshop and can passers by and John Q. Public stop in unannounced?

Yes they can stop in the shop.

The new Byron Longneck Baja 006 putter finished in oil can.

13. What are your top five favorite golf courses that you have ever played?

a. Pebble Beach
b. Olympic Club
c. Pasatiempo
d. Torrey Pines
e. Los Serranos South

14. What would you say if I told you (and I did!) that I sold off all my Cameron putters and even traded  in a customized Newport (I did!) in that was hand stamped with my name because I like his product so much better now?

Thank you very much!

15. Is there anything else that is new coming out from Byron?

The Captain Morgan headcover.

The new Captain Morgan putter head cover.

You’ll need this Cpatain Morgan prototype putter for your new headcover.

16.  Aside from his own stuff, what types of putters does Byron own or appreciate?

The Ping Anser Scottsdale, George Low Bristol, Tommy Armour IMG5 and others…

17. Are most of the current putter sales sold via the world-wide web or word of mouth?

75% of the sales are via the web and 25% are word of mouth.

My personal and current Byron gamer, the 007 in American Stainless Steel.

Byron putters are available in a variety of styles, if you like putters a lot, do your self a very big favor and see what Byron Morgan has to offer. Can’t afford that coveted 009? Well, Byron might just have something custom and well within your price range. If you don’t see anything that catches your eye immediately,  go large and have Byron make you a handmade flat stick. In the meantime, stay tuned for Byronputters.com.

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Top pros call out NCAA over canceled women’s regional debacle

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12 of the 18 schools competing at the NCAA Women’s Regional in Baton Rouge, La., were left angry and heartbroken this week after the NCAA pulled the plug on the event to put an end to their dreams of competing at the NCAA Women’s Championship.

The event was due to be a 54-hole contest played over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but was initially delayed after a deluge of rain hit the course over the weekend.

Officials had hoped to play 18 holes on Wednesday to decide who would qualify but instead adjudged the course unplayable and canceled the event in its entirety.

Without a single ball being hit, this decision meant that the top six seeds in the regional advance to nationals and the top three individuals of the six that were competing.

Those teams are LSU, Mississippi, Baylor, Oregon, Maryland and Alabama, with the following players Karen Fredgaard, Houston; Nataliya Guseva, Miami (Fla.); and Hanna Alberto, Sam Houston.

Eliminating seeds 7-18: Oregon State, Houston, Miami (Fla.), North Texas, Purdue, Mississippi State, Tulsa, Sam Houston State, Kennesaw State, East Tennessee State, Jacksonville State and Quinnipiac.

In a statement outside the clubhouse of The University Club, Brad Hurlbut, the Director of Athletics at Fairleigh Dickinson, announced the news saying:

“Look, this is one of the most gut-wrenching decisions and announcements that I’ve ever been a part of. Even though the course is playable, it’s not playable at a championship level.”

The statement was understandably received with shock and anger by the players of the teams who felt cheated out of the opportunity to win a place at the NCAA Women’s Championship, with cries of  “You should be ashamed of yourselves” and “Thank you for ending our careers!” directed at Hurlbut.

The decision to cancel the event has also caused indignation amongst some of the most prominent names in professional golf. Here’s a look at the reaction of some of those on social media:

The NCAA Women’s Championship takes place in two weeks as the fallout from this week’s controversial decision continues.

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Interesting photos from the AT&T Byron Nelson

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GolfWRX was on site at a very wet TPC Craig for practice rounds ahead of the AT&T Byron Nelson, and we weren’t going to let the rain wash away the opportunity for interesting photos.

We have six general galleries for your viewing pleasure

…and a number of special of galleries as well.

We got a look at University of Texas Junior Cole Hammer’s sticks as he prepares to put a peg in the ground at the Byron Nelson on a sponsor’s exemption.

Equipment free agent Daniel Berger was seen testing a Titleist TS3 driver with a Fujikura Ventus Black shaft.

D.J. Trahan once again solidifies his status as the Tour’s biggest Deadhead.

Kevin Chappell’s Wilson Staff irons have taken on a lovely patina.

Tidy stamping on Jhonattan Vegas custom Cameron.

Also on the Cameron front: James Hahn’s T12 Prototype.

More putter photos: Matt Kuchar had two center-shafted Bettinardi blades built for testing. (More photos here)

Rickie Fowler has gone back to his Newport 2 with “Cameron” stamped in the cavity rather than “Rickie,” which is in his other wand. He’s also been back in a steel shaft in the putter for a while.

Russell Knox was spotted testing an Axis1 putter.

New to us, this Odyssey “Sir Makes-a-Lot” putter cover is clever.

Odyssey Tri-Hot insert sighting!

Michael Greller displays Jordan Spieth’s new 2021 Pro V1x balls. Did he stop in the pro shop to pick up a sleeve?

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AT&T Byron Nelson Tour Truck Report: Details on Spieth’s ball change, Kuch’s new putters, more

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There’s not a ton of tinkering going on at presently soggy TPC Craig Ranch where Monday was wet and Tuesday was a washout. With it being the week before a major championship and the heart of the season, most players are committed to dancing with the one that brought them and are only soliciting the tour trucks for spec checks and regripping.

Perhaps most interestingly this week, Jordan Spieth has switched from a previous generation of the Titleist Pro V1x into the current iteration of the golf ball (Exhibit A: The photos of Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller holding up the wares below).

Check out all our photos from the Byron Nelson!

Matt Kuchar continues his flatstick experimentation as he looks to find his form on the green. Bettinardi built him a couple of long-neck center-shafted blades to tinker with. Face-on view of one of the models below, and more photos here.

More of what’s up with major OEM staffers, below.

Titleist

Sean O’Hair is testing a TSi2 (10 degree) driver and TSi2 (15 degree) fairway.

Per Titleist, Spieth offered this about his switch into the new Pro V1x

“I’m trying to optimize launch conditions through the bag. For me, the 2021 Pro V1x, I get more spin around the greens. It’s softer, spinnier around the greens with my short game shots. And then when I went up the bag, I started to get a little bit higher launch, but it didn’t add spin in the long clubs. It just added ball speed and launch. So it’s a little higher window, but it just looks like it’s screaming through the air. And then from the 7-iron on down, I didn’t see much difference in the full shots, just like I said more action around the greens.”

“I’m trying to just hit optimal windows and if I can gain – really, in my long clubs – just a little bit better peak height with a little bit faster ball speed, it actually helps fill my gaps a little bit easier. And then it’s just coming down – it has the potential to come down a little bit softer, which is obviously important. But I’m not seeing a massive difference through kind of that mid iron into short iron. And I still can hit each shot that I want to with the scoring clubs. So being able to tee off and all you do is change the ball and it’s actually in a similar window that’s going 3-4 yards further, that’s nice. And then when I get to the scoring range clubs, I feel like if anything, I just have the ability to hit an even softer shot if I want to. But the rest of them were all still there.”

 

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And while Titleist is mum on any further details, there is this…

Callaway

Sam Burns had set of raw Apex MB irons built for testing.

Talor Gooch is testing a 15-degree Epic Speed Triple Diamond with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft.

Jamie Lovemark is testing a new Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS ([email protected] degrees) with an Oban HB Kiyoshi 05 shaft.

Wesley Bryant added a prototype full-face 58-08C (@59 degrees) MD5 wedge to his arsenal.

Image via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder

TaylorMade

Beau Hossler switched into a SIM2 Max (12 degrees).

Daniel Berger (non-staffer) added a 15-degree SIM2 Max to his arsenal.

Making his pro debut, amateur Pierceson Coody had this combo set built: P790 (3), P7MC (4-6), P7MB (7-PW).

Non-staffer Rory Sabbatini added a SIM2 driver (9 degrees) and P7MC to his bag (5-PW).

Others, free agents

Rickie Fowler returned to the Scotty Cameron with “Cameron” rather than “Rickie” at the Wells Fargo Championship, but this is the first good look at the flatstick we’ve gotten since the switch.

Daniel Berger was spotted testing a Titleist TS3 with a Ventus Black shaft.

Russell Knox was spotted testing an Axis1 putter.

In a pretty wild story we’re looking for more information on, notorious gearhead Chris Baker is rumored to be putting a set of irons belonging to Cobra rep James Posey in play. Incidentally, Baker is also testing a Kali White shaft.

Free agent Dominic Bozzelli is testing a Titleist TSi3 driver (9 degrees).

James Hahn is reportedly testing a number of shafts: prototype Aldila in a fairway wood, and Mitsubishi MMT in a hybrid and long iron.

PXG staffer Danny Lee switched out of Project X 6.5 and into KBS Tour V 125 shafts (5-PW) and KBS TGI 110 in 3 and 4-iron.

Tom Lewis has moved back into KBS S Taper 125 in his full set. He was playing Nippon 125’s in his irons and a Fujikura Ventus Black 115 HB in his Srixon ZX5 3-iron.

Check out all our photos from the Byron Nelson!

 

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