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Ben Kern WITB: 2018 PGA Championship (only PGA Club Pro to make the cut)

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Attas G7

3 Wood: Titleist TS2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 95 MSI 80X

Driving Iron: Titleist 718 T-MB (3 iron)
Shaft: KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 95X

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS $-Taper 120

Putter: Scotty Cameron T5.5M

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

WITB Notes: We photographed Kern with an Odyssey O-Works Red Marxman putter early in the week, but based on photos during the event, he switched into a Scotty Cameron for competition. 

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  1. Pingback: Ben Kern WITB 2022 (March/April) – GolfWRX

  2. Jason

    Nov 17, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Not to be that guy but 16.5* is a 4 wood

  3. Mat

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    I love when guys take the time to paint their gear.

  4. Francis

    Aug 13, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Do most club pros have access to proto/unreleased clubs?

    • Billy Bob

      Aug 13, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      For big events like this, yes.

    • MnPro

      Aug 28, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      Depending on your relationship with the rep normally we do. We have had the TS2 and TS3 stuff for about a month now

  5. steve

    Aug 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Re horizontal strips of lead tape on wedges… probably 2-3 strips at the flange. The lead would nominally raise the CofG to reduce the height trajectory. Since lead is about 30% heavier than steel the added mass would be insignificant where it is located. To effectively raise the CofG Kern should have put the lead tape on the top line.

    • Robert B

      Aug 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Ny guess is he was just adding weight to the head to change swing weight. I’ll ask, when I see him.

    • Gordo

      Aug 28, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Need a ton of lead tape to change the flight. Prob so much it would be detrimental to the shaft performance. It’s purely to get the swing weight to his personal preference.

    • Lefty tx pro

      Feb 23, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      As a guy who has played a lot of golf with Ben. I can tell you it is there purely for weighting and it helps create a certain feel that he likes

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Spotted: Nelly Korda’s TaylorMade P7CB irons

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We have seen some prototype TaylorMade cavity back irons floating around professional tours recently. The irons were just labeled “Proto” on the back. Rory McIlroy had the 4-iron in the bag, while Michael Block had an entire set in play at the PGA Championship.

We all speculated what the iron was and what the name might eventually be upon release, and now we know. It looks like TaylorMade is going with “P7CB,” since we spotted Nelly Korda testing clubs that bear that name this week.

We have heard players like Rory speak about the irons and how they are seeing a little better ball speed and controlled spin on mishits. A softer and more consistently solid feel has also been mentioned as an improvement with these new irons.

@golfwrx Spotted: New @TaylorMade Golf ? MILLION DOLLAR BABY (VHS) – Tommy Richman


We still don’t know all the details yet as TaylorMade isn’t ready to give those up, but hopefully, we will learn more soon about these forged cavity back irons.

 

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WITB Time Machine: Bubba Watson’s winning WITB, 2018 Travelers Championship

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Bubba Watson captured his third victory at the Travelers Championship in 2018, erasing a six-stroke deficit with a final-round, 7-under 63 to top a quartet of golfers at 14 under par.

“I feel like this is my home course,” Watson said. “As soon as they put the schedule up, I sign up for this. I want to come back here. This means so much, not only from the golf side of it, but from the family side. My dad, it was the only time he got to see me win (in 2010). He got to see me qualify for the Ryder Cup at this event. So all these things just mean so much to my family.”

Take a look at what Bubba had in the bag six years ago below.

Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees @7.6 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Pink X-Flex
Length: 44.5 inches (tipped 0.5 inches)

3-wood: Ping G (14.5 degrees, at 13.2 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2X
Length: 42 inches, tipped at 1.5 inches
Swing Weight: D3

Irons: Ping iBlade (2) Buy here, Ping S55 (4-PW) Buy here.
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Length: +0.25 inches (2 iron), +0.5 inches (4-PW)

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52-12 SS, 56-12 SS, 60-06 TS) Buy here.
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Length: +0.5 inches

Putter: Ping PLD Anser (Blast Finish) Buy here.
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 34.25 inches, 4.5 degrees, 68.5 degrees
Weight: 340 grams

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

WITB Time Machine is presented by 2nd Swing Golf. 2nd Swing has more than 100,000 new and pre-swung golf clubs available in six store locations and online. Check them out here.

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Riki Kawamoto WITB 2024 (June)

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  • Riki Kawamoto what’s in the bag ahead of the U.S. Open. Kawamoto was deciding on a 3-wood and putter. 

Driver: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 TX

3-wood: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond T (14 degrees), Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond T (16 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 TX

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (18 degrees), Callaway Apex TCB (4), Callaway Apex MB (5-9)
Shaft: Project X 6.5  (18), Project X 7.0 (4-9)

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (46-10S, 50-10S, 54-08C, 60-06C, 60-04C), Jaws MD5 (60-08T)
Shafts: Project X 7.0

Putter: Odyssey Ai-One Tri Beam 2-Ball Blade CS, Odyssey Ai-One Jailbird Mini DB, Odyssey Ai-One Rossie

Grips: Palmax

Check out more in-hand photos of Kawamoto’s clubs here.

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