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Francesco Molinari joins Callaway tour staff; WITB details

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Callaway Golf has announced that the 2018 Open Champion, Francesco Molinari, has joined its tour professional staff.

Molinari will make his debut on the PGA Tour as a Callaway staffer this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he will game Callaway woods, irons, wedges, an Odyssey Putter, and a Chrome Soft Golf Ball, as well as a Callaway Staff Bag.

Regarding the announcement, the Italian had this to say

“I am joining Callaway because I’m so impressed by their equipment. More than anything, I’m looking forward to playing the new Epic Flash Driver and the Chrome Soft X Golf Ball. The ball speed gains that I’m getting from the driver are unbelievable. And this golf ball is the best one that I’ve ever played. The performance from tee-to-green, especially the feel and control, is exactly what I want.”

Speaking on the announcement, Callaway Senior VP of Global Sports marketing, Tim Reed stated

“We’re proud to welcome Francesco as our newest Callaway Staff Professional. We’re confident that he will play at an even higher level and enjoy many more great wins with Callaway equipment. He’s added ball speed off the driver with Flash Face Technology, and his performance on approach shots and around the greens has been spectacular with his new Callaway irons, wedges, and our Chrome Soft Ball.”

Currently in the Italian’s bag is an Odyssey Toulon Madison Putter which features a new Stroke Lab Shaft. Speaking on the putter which Molinari is presently using, Sean Toulon, SVP, Callaway Golf & GM, Odyssey Brand, said

“Francesco is a tremendous putter, and he really likes the milled performance he’s seeing from the Madison. And with the Stroke Lab Shaft he’s getting more consistency in the rhythm and the tempo of his stroke. It’s a combination that’s going to help him have a lot of success and make of a lot of big putts.”

Francesco Molinari WITB 2019

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White 60 TX

Fairway wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White 70 TX

Irons: Callaway Apex 19 (4-iron), Apex MB 18 Irons (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X 100

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (50, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X 100

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Madison Stroke Lab

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

 

 

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

6 Comments

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  1. Fred Wright

    Mar 6, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Looks like the Nike equipment deal finally ended so he signed a deal with Callaway. Not a bad choice.

  2. Murf

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    This doesn’t quite match with the witb…. apex hybrid, apex ut, apex pro not apex 4 iron ????

  3. Liam

    Mar 5, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    only 13 clubs?

  4. josh

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Will see how he putts with the Toulon. His ballstrikings never been an issue. If he hits it further with Callaway clubs, could be a big year for him. But will he putt like he did last year? He was out of his mind at the Open, made everything he looked at.

  5. JD

    Mar 5, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Sucks, that was Bettinardi’s golden boy.

    • MDF

      Mar 6, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      Exactly what I was thinking. And to go to a Toulon. Seems like his agent’s negotiating skills are/were a little lacking.

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Justin Thomas switches into new Titleist Pro V1x at Mayakoba

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It’s that time of the year where players have a bit more time to tweak, test, set goals, and ultimately build the bag they want to go into battle with for the next season. If there is one component that requires a bit more time, it’s the golf ball. The reason being is the heavy lifting it has to do—it’s involved in every shot, every situation, every thought.

Equipment switches are also amplified in any capacity when it’s one of the marquee names in the game.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, world No. 3 Justin Thomas wanted to dig in on getting that part dialed in, which ultimately led to him switching to the new Pro V1x Prototype from a previous generation Pro V1x (few cycles back).

The word on the street from the tour players I chat with is the new Pro V1x is a step forward across the board. It’s fast off the tee, great into the wind, and really spinny around the greens. For a ball that has always performed at the highest level, when you hear this kind of feedback, it tends to make people in my chair very curious.

The man in charge of getting all Titleist golf ball players tuned up is Fordie Pitts, who was on the scene with Justin to make the switch.

According to Pitts: “Justin and I worked together at his home club in Florida during Thanksgiving week, testing golf balls and discussing his performance goals for next season. One of the things JT has been talking about wanting to see is a slightly higher trajectory in the long game, so he was really excited to see the ball flight and distance he was getting with new Pro V1x. He also pointed out how well it held its line in windy conditions. We tested other options, but he wanted to put the new Pro V1x in play this week in Mayakoba and see how it performs under the gun in competition.”

JT is currently T33rd at Mayakoba, but if you look deeper, the performance of the new ball is revealing itself. Justin is third in driving distance at 313 yards and has hit 69 percent of his greens on a traditionally tough second-shot golf course. It’ll be interesting to hear JT’s feedback after some battlefield testing, but it looks to be so far so good.

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The coolest wedge stampings on the PGA Tour (RSM Classic Edition)

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Wedge stampings are the eye-popping garnish on the glorious plates of golf equipment. Maybe this isn’t exactly the right metaphor, because, well, the parsley (wedge stamp) isn’t as mouth-water as the Wagyu (wedge), but you get the point…right?

Anyway, let’s look at some wedges from the RSM Classic a couple of weeks ago and see what stampings and paintfills the pros were showcasing at Sea Island.

You may not know Anthony Cordes, but surely you’ll want to add him to your shortlist of players to passionately root for after seeing this Wedding Crashers-inspired wedge.

Bo Van Pelt is a fairly cool dude. That usually happens if your name is “Bo”—the nomenclature brings with it a certain je ne sais quoi. When you’ve got initials that sound great together—BVP—you don’t need to add any unnecessary elements to the recipe.

We’ll assume Anastissia and Victoria are Brendan Steele’s daughters, and not that he has an appreciation for royalty of antiquity. Cool stamping with the pink-filled dots.

Look past David Hearn gaming 2011 TaylorMade TP MC irons to the lead tape and stamping on his SM4 (!) wedges. The Canadian knows what he likes!

Similar to the proposition raised in the Bo Van Pelt section: “Hank” is a fairly cool name. If you’re referred to as such, get it stamped on your wedge and call it a day.

Jhonattan Vegas’ Mizuno irons always feature tidy “JV” stamping, and he’s extended the treatment to his prototype Artisan wedges, which are peeking out below.

Also on the Mizuno front, Lucas Glover has his JPX 919 irons stamped with his initials (no paintfill—nastiness), but his 52-degree wedge feature the loft it is bent to (54 degrees)—a classic stamping.

Michael Gligic was the only “MG” in the RSM Classic field, so we’re assuming these are his wedges. They could, however, be stamped with someone with a real affinity for the model.

See more photos from the RSM Classic here. 

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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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See what GolfWRXers and join the discussion in the forums: 2020 RSM Classic WITB Photos- discussion

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