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Steven Bowditch goes back to… golf clubs from last decade?

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For struggling golfers, a trip to your basement can often be as beneficial as a trip to your local pro shop. Case in point: Two-time PGA Tour winner Steven Bowditch.

Dating back to the Frys.com Open in October of 2015, Bowditch has played in 30 PGA Tour sanctioned events. He’s missed the cut 19 times over that span, and is currently on a streak of nine-straight MCs. His best finish was T10 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, a tournament he qualified for by winning the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson.

By all accounts, Bowditch is in a slump. And based on his Tweets over the past year or so, he fully recognizes that fact. While some professional golfers won’t let the media or the public in on their lack of confidence, Bowditch is outspoken on the state of his game, often making jokes at his own expense. He keeps it light, and doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously.

Check out some of our favorite tweets from the past few months.

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With that in mind, look at the clubs we photographed in Bowditch’s bag at this week’s CareerBuilder Challenge.

dfc78ce02fb0721217998beef2eb418b 92d70a207bd6389f4f818c83f6de865eAmong them are clubs that were released in the mid-2000s, including a TaylorMade R7 Quad Draw fairway wood and set Callaway Big Bertha Fusion irons. Surely Bowditch didn’t buy these off eBay, so he must have gamed these around the time of their release. He also has a Cobra AMP Cell hybrid in the bag, which was released a few years ago but looks like it has spent the last 10 years in his garage without a headcover on it.

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The point here is that for a struggling golfer, sometimes it may be best to bring back clubs from your past that give you good feelings, rather than trying the latest technology. Best of luck to Bowditch this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and to any golfer looking to climb out of a slump.

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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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  3. jgpl001

    Jan 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    My God, he must have found that bag in a ditch after a night out wit Robert Allenby ????

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  5. Jun

    Jan 20, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Are those fusion irons have legal grooves ?

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  8. Jason

    Jan 19, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Are those fusions even legal?

  9. Kromulous

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Dont get down on yourself ! It will come back, loosen up, and swing free !

  10. Jam

    Jan 19, 2017 at 10:44 am

    He’s got to be the worst multiple winner on tour right now, except for Tiger.

  11. John

    Jan 19, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Bowditch has become one of my favorite golfers to root for. The guy has an incredible sense of humor and realizes although it is his job, it’s just a game.

  12. mitch

    Jan 19, 2017 at 8:48 am

    The pro’s are just like us! You gotta go with w/e works! Props to Steven!

    • Jay

      Jan 20, 2017 at 8:54 am

      No, no they’re not. He’s trying to keep his tour card, you’re just looking for a bargain so you can beat Jim on Saturday and avoid having to pay for the Coors Light.

  13. Mikee

    Jan 19, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I always have two full sets of clubs…..one full set of Titleist AP2/915 woods/Vokey wedges and my old “gamer” Ping Eye 2 BeCu to pull out to “clear my brain” when I’m striking it poorly.

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How did heavier or lighter shafts affect your iron performance? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing shaft weight and how it affects their iron play. WRXer ‘RoyalMustang’ kicks off the thread asking two questions:

“1) If you went lighter, how did it impact your game (down to 95-105g). Tempo changes, good or bad?   

2) If you went heavier (120-130g), same question? Good move?”

And our members have been sharing their experiences 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.

  • gripandrip: “Average about 105 on my driver swing speed… not much more anymore. Currently playing to a ~2 HC. Switched from DGS300 to Steelfiber i95. No issues for me at all. I stayed with DG400’s in my wedges. Initially, I thought I had issues with dispersion, but after a couple of rounds, it was no longer a concern.”
  • mackepa: “I have found that around 120 grams is the “sweet spot” for my iron game. Anything heavier, and I start swinging hard to try to get the shaft to feel like it’s loading. Anything lighter than 120, and it starts to feel like a toothpick. I tend to also play my irons over length since I’m a little taller. I currently swing driver about 110mph, but I don’t really go after my irons with the same effort. I currently love the KBS $-Taper 120 Stiff.”
  • erikro: “Biggest difference for me is with the s300 shaft I feel it more the next morning. With a 105 gram shaft I have no trouble.”
  • Ri_Redneck: “I play graphite iron shafts, but only 115g and higher. I like a club with some heft. If they get too light, it throws my sequencing off, and balls go everywhere. I can’t say I’ve ever gotten too heavy in my irons, but 80g is the top of what I like in my driver and FWs.”

Entire Thread: “How did heavier or lighter shafts affect your iron performance?”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/22/21): Nike Method 004 putter

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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 Nike Method 004 putter

From the seller(@dlholden): “Nike Method – Model 004 – 33″ w/ Super Stroke Slime 3.0 (no headcover) –  Here is another putter that starts the ball rolling as soon as you touch it.  No bouncing the ball toward the hole, just end over end rolling…..for days!  This thing drains putts as long as you start them online.  $150/OBO”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Nike Method 004 putter

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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Cam Smith WITB 2021 (October)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees, A1 SureFit)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees @16, D4 SureFit)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X

7-wood: Titleist TS2 (18 degrees @19, D4 SureFit)
Shaft: UST Elements Red 8F5 (X)

 

Irons: Titleist T100 Black (4-9)
Shaft: KBS Tour 130 Custom Matte Black X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F, 52-08F, 56-08M), WedgeWorks 60T
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 Custom Matte Black (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Onyx X100 52, 56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M Prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

 

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