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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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Precision Pro Golf launches new R1 Smart Rangefinder

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Precision Pro Golf has launched its new R1 Smart Rangefinder, which is available for pre-order today at www.precisionprogolf.com.

Billed as the company’s most-advanced model to date, the R1 Smart Rangefinder features MYSLOPE technology, which is the first-ever personalized slope calculation that creates an adjusted distance specific to a player and their environment.

The patented MYSLOPE algorithm is designed to combine a player’s unique ball data (launch angle, ball speed, spin rate) with environmental variables (temperature, altitude, humidity, etc.) for ultimate accuracy over each shot.

The R1 ($319.99) does not require players to look at or use their phones during a round of golf. Instead, data is seamlessly relayed via Bluetooth from the Precision Pro Golf app (available for iOS and Android) to the unit, where all figures and measurements are displayed through the viewfinder.

Beyond providing actual and MYSLOPE adjusted distances, with a push of a button, the R1 will display yardages to the front, middle and back of the green, with the functions able to quickly disengage for USGA-conforming play via a toggle on the side of the rangefinder.

Speaking on the new addition, Clay Hood, CEO of Precision Pro Golf, said

“Just over seven years ago we started Precision Pro with the goal of bringing budget-friendly rangefinders to the masses; now we are helping golfers in new, innovative ways. The R1 Smart Rangefinder doesn’t just provide distances, it changes the definition of accuracy. It brings a level of insight the everyday golfer has never before had access to.”

As with Precision Pro Golf’s other rangefinders, clarity is achieved through the enhanced LCD display, which provides 6x magnification to help golfers always find their target. Additional features of the R1 rangefinder include:

  • Wind Assist – Lets the golfer know how wind might potentially impact the distance of each shot.
  • Find My Precision Pro – Notifies the golfer when their rangefinder is missing and reminds them to secure it when the round is over.
  • GPS Distances – Slope-adjusted distances to the front, center, and back of the green
  • Target Acquisition Technology – Makes it simple to lock on a target, even with shaky hands.
  • Pulse Vibration – Delivers a short burst to ensure players are shooting the flag and not at another target.
  • Magnetic Cart Grip – Easily sticks to the cart, clubs or any other metal object.

The new R1 Rangefinder costs $319.99 and is available for pre-order now through www.precisonprogolf.com.

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Sergio Garcia re-joins TaylorMade; 2021 PGA Championship WITB

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Two days before the year’s second major, Sergio Garcia has announced that he is re-joining TaylorMade four years after the Spaniard parted ways with the company.

Garcia left TaylorMade for Callaway in a partnership that lasted two years before becoming a free agent until this week.

The new multi-year agreement with TaylorMade will see the 41-year-old use the brand’s clubs, golf ball, staff bag and represent the company with a logo on the side of his hat.

On his social media accounts, Garcia announced the news by saying:

“Excited to re-join TaylorMade Golf. I’ve always been comfortable with their team, their approach to the game and their equipment, especially their TP5X golf ball. Happy to be back.”

 

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Though he is reportedly testing TaylorMade’s SIM2 Max driver and a new Spider Ex putter, Garcia will play the original SIM and a Scotty Cameron flat-stick at Kiawah Island.

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Rocket 3 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (3-PW)
Shaft: Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (52), Vokey Wedge Works BV Proto 2020 (58-T)
Shafts: Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5

Ball: TaylorMade 2021 TP5x (#85)

 

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‘What club/loft do you use inside 100 yards?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their choice of club from 100 yards and in. WRXer ‘JCray33’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“I’ve usually used my 60 degree, which is my 100 yard on full swing but doing some research, I’ve heard 60 degree can be inconsistent on the half and 3/4 shots, and I’ve definitely found that to be true! So now I’m hitting my 56 degree (110-115 full) on everything inside of 100…what do y’all play for the feel, inside 100 yard shots??”

And our members have been discussing their strategy in the forums.

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.

  • Chadwickog: “56 degree from 100 and in typically. All other clubs are full swing clubs unless it’s a specific situation.”
  • Shipwreck: “I practice hitting a variety of distances with each of my wedges. I feel comfortable hitting a variety of shots with each of my clubs based off of either going waist-high, shaft vertical, 3/4 swing and full. I can cover anything from 40 yards to 135 yards with this.”
  • lefthack: “PW from 100 yards to about 50. 52/8 or 56/12 based on lie. Really don’t full swing my wedges.”
  • KevCannon: “Have been using my 54 degree more often for partial swings inside 100yds. It would depend on conditions and pin placement if I need to use 58 degree.”

Entire Thread: “What club/loft do you use inside 100 yards?”

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