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Dustin Johnson switches to TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini at The Players Championship

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Dustin Johnson didn’t putt well at the RBC Heritage his last time out, finishing 63rd in strokes gained: putting for the week. Thus, the world No. 1 made a couple of significant changes for this week at The Players: DJ is both using the AimPoint green reading method and putting with a TaylorMade Spider Mini.

If you’ve seen the leaderboard today, you know the changes are working so far. Johnson poured in more than 100 feet of putts, carding a 6-under 66 for his Thursday effort. He was 15th in strokes gained: putting among the morning wave of players.

DJ transitioned from the Spider Tour Black to the Spider Tour Mini we spotted at least week’s Wells Fargo Championship. He looks to be sticking with a SuperStroke Pistol GT 1.0 grip.

TaylorMade’s Global Communications Manager, Jory Mendes, told us Johnson liked the fact that the Mini blends his preferred putter shapes, saying the “forward CG of Mini allows him to feel the putter release in a similar manner to his blade and the mallet shape gives him the stable feeling of the Spider Tour.”

Johnson himself echoed these sentiments after his opening round

“I always liked putting with a blade, I putted with one forever…I’ve been using the Spider for the last year or so and this was kind of in between.”

Johnson told reporters after his round that he has historically struggled with reading TPC Sawgrass’ greens. He and his brother/caddie, Austin, refined the AimPoint technique during a nine-hole practice round with Adam Scott (also an AimPoint user) Wednesday.

“It’s definitely helped,” Johnson said about using AimPoint. “Because I’m a feel putter anyways and so the way you’re doing it really is you’re just feeling it, so it definitely, it works.”

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  1. Ruby Rhod

    May 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    OMG… OMG… OMG… 😮 😮 😮

  2. Boyo

    May 11, 2018 at 11:24 am

    AimPoint, or how to make a 6 hour round when you are a +10 golfer….

  3. Johnny Penso

    May 11, 2018 at 9:03 am

    If you’re a feel putter, isn’t that the wrong kind of putter for you?

  4. Mike Hunt

    May 11, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Is that grip sideways?

  5. acew/7iron

    May 11, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Like the back of the Millennium Falcon …

  6. Travis

    May 11, 2018 at 7:40 am

    That putter looks like a Scottish Fold cat…

    • Ruby Rhod

      May 12, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      No… it’s a purrfect penµs putter metaphor…. sooo obvious

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Photos from the 2020 RSM Classic

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GolfWRX is live from Sea Island Golf Club in St,. Simons Island, Georgia for the RSM Classic.

Coming the week after the Masters, plenty of players from the tournament in Augusta are making their way 3.5 hours South to the Davis Love III-hosted event.

We have six general galleries of photos for you to check out as well as new shafts from UST Mamiya and a welcome resurrection of two decade-old White Hot putter models.

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Photos from the 2020 Houston Open

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GolfWRX is live from the Vivint Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course, where players who, well, like to play before majors are playing (including Mav McNealy with some vintage Nike blades in the featured image).

The likes of Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson will be making their final tune-ups before next week’s test at Augusta National.

On the subject of tuning, players who will be competing at ANGC are getting their bags dialed and those who won’t are free to experiment as they start to consider their 2021 artillery.

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Interesting photos from the Zozo Championship

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This week is the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Golf Club, and with most of the worlds top golfers including Tiger Woods playing and prepping for the November Masters, there is a lot going on around the range when it comes to gear and testing.

As a reminder, you can check out all of our photos in the GolfWRX forums.

New Fourteen irons and wedges

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The irons are a throwback to a classic “channel back” style iron with mass positioned towards the top and bottom of the face to increase vertical stability of the blade while also maintaining feel.

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Justin Rose with Artisan lob wedge

The little shop from Texas continues to make big waves with more wedges spotted on tour every week including in former world number 1 Justin Rose.

Xander Schauffele’s new Apex irons and testing putters on Quintic

Xander’s prototype Callaway Apex irons look a lot like the newly released 2021 X-Forged irons but with obvious Apex branding. We also can’t forget about putting, and it’s cool to see a Quintic high-speed camera system on the practice green getting players dialed in to launch conditions just like how they would for a driver.

Ricky using older generation Cobra Amp Cell Pro Irons

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If there is one thing pros love, it’s a set of older irons—they’re the golf equivalent of putting on a pair of comfy broken-in jeans. For Ricky and his custom Amp Cell Pro’s with tungsten toe inserts, there must be some magic there because he has previously used multiple newer sets of irons but continues to gravitate towards these.

Hideki Maruyama testing new Bettinardi putter

Hideki isn’t someone to shy away from testing putters, and this week he was spotted testing one of the new Bettinardi putters that debuted last week in Las Vegas at Shadow Creek.

Pros are “just like us” – Justin Thomas and Mac Hughes edition

Yes, tour pros are just like us except for the fact that they are exceptional golfers, but even JT likes help in his long game and has a Titleist T300 3-iron in the bag, and when it comes to breakfast Mackenzie Hughes happens to like ketchup with his breakfast sandwich—although personally, I’m anti-ketchup when it comes to breakfast sandwiches.

Mickelson testing older X-Hot 3Deep

We’ve heard rumblings, of Champions Tour terminator Phil Mickelson testing 47.5″ drivers in the name of speed and distance, but as a way to also have a “fairway finder” it appears that he is contemplating putting his old X-Hot 3Deep in play. (Being able to identify a multi-generations old fairway wood from a distance based on its paint scheme is part of the reason we are WRX)

Gary Woodland testing Ping G425 driver

With the launch of the Ping G425 woods on tour a few weeks ago, it’s no surprise to see more players testing them in prep for the Masters, and for the fact that, they are the next evolution of the well-loved Ping G410—Gary Woodland is no exception.

 

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