Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Other Barry who asks WRXers what their best and worst purchases of 2019 were. While clubs ruled the best purchase category for most members, Other Barry highlighted New Balance’s Striker shoes as his best buy. Our members discuss the highs and lows of their 2019 in the market.
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.
- texcrom: “Best purchase – Scotty Cameron T22 Newport – I’m gaming it, making a ton of putts, and as importantly my misses are lagged close for easy tap ins. Spent the last ten years looking for my putting to return, and finally found it. Worst purchase – Titleist T100’s – Because it led to the trade of my 718 AP2’s which I had gamed for two years. Now thru a process of multiple transactions, I have a set of Mizuno MP20 MMC’s that I don’t believe are keepers and a set of P790’s which I have played for 27 holes. Hit 620 CB’s and may make this move next.”
- doctormizuno: “Can I have a tie for first. Cobra F9 Driver. Excellent distance. Hit 13 of 14 fairways today. Bettinardi BB1 putter. Worst: Callaway Rogue 3 wood. I just couldn’t get it to work for me.”
- MitchellGolfing: “Best – Mizuno MP-H4 irons. They aren’t going anywhere until the faces are worn smooth. Worst-TaylorMade M1 440. In the right player’s hands, I’m sure it’s a beast, I just was not consistent enough with it.”
- ian-500: “Best: Taylormade Original One mini driver. Worst: Every other driver I’ve bought this year.”
- Beachbum08247: “Best has been my p790 irons. Love the feel and performance. They have really been a step up over my old Callaway irons from last season. Worst was the Srixon u65 driving iron I started the season with. Got no feedback from contact and the performance was poor. Sold that thing real quick.”
Wells Fargo Championship Tour Truck Report: Rory’s new (old) irons, Bryson’s proto 2-wood, Jason Day is SIK
The tour trucks rolled into North Carolina this week for the Wells Fargo Championship. With the second major of the season — the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course — just two weeks away, players are keen to fine tune (if things are going well) or find answers (if things are going…less well).
For example, searching for answers and 98th in strokes gained: putting, Jason Day was spotted grinding away on a Quail Hollow putting green with a SIK Flo C-Series putter in hand and an EyeLine Mirror at his feet. The long-time TaylorMade Spider devotee was acclimating himself to the flatstick’s unique Descending Loft Technology.
If you’re unfamiliar, the company describes the tech as follows
“We have four flat surfaces that are milled into our putter face. Each plane descends in loft by 1° from the top of the face to the bottom of the face. When your shaft is pressed at impact the ball contact will be higher on the face, same is true in reverse. DLT delivers consistent launch angles from putt to putt which lead to more consistent and predictable rolls.”
Beyond J-Day, also in the department of seekers, Rory McIlroy, who already reverted from P7MB irons to P730 this season, is rumored to be turning back the clock even further.
Specifically, the Ulsterman was spotted with his 2017 TaylorMade Rors Proto irons.
As mentioned above, Rory McIlory returned to his 2017 Rors Proto irons. McIlroy began the season with P7MB irons before switching back to P730 blades.
Ryan Barath offered some context on the prototypes: “The Rors Protos were part of the custom series of irons made for a number of prominent TaylorMade staff players, including Dustin Johnson and (at the time) Justin Rose. They all featured slightly tweaked profiles of the TaylorMade P730 blade, featuring either a unique grind or blade length profile.”
Lanto Griffin is moving back to a TSi2 driver (from TSi3) for more launch and forgiveness.
Jimmy Walker is testing a TSi3 fairway wood (15 degrees) and a U500 2-iron.
Bill Haas is testing the Pro V1x Left Dash.
Non-staffer Rafael Campos is testing 620 MB irons with Mitsubishi MMT shafts.
Also a non-staffer, Scott Piercy is testing Pro V1x Left Dash.
Phil Mickelson is testing a Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X shaft in his Mavrik Sub Zero 4-wood.
Tom Lewis had a 14-degree Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond built. Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X shaft.
Bryson DeChambeau has a new RadSpeed Big Tour Bryson Prototype. According to Cobra’s Ben Schomin, it’s the same head size and shape as the retail Big Tour, but it’s lower lofted (being played at 10.5 degrees) and features a glued hosel. Most apparently, however, the club features small rails, which were added after the fact for better strike consistency/less digging. BAD has also returned to his Cobra King LTD driver (pictured below).
Jason Dufner was testing a prototype (presumably 3D printed) putter.
Rickie Fowler tested multiple Fujikura Ventus Red driver shafts on the range; was also working with a Fujikura MCI Practice shaft in an iron.
Ping staffer Rob Oppenheimer plans to put a two-driver setup in play. One is eight degrees in loft and the other is 10.5.
Also in the in-hand look department, we were able to check out the new Gen4 0311 T and ST irons.
Pat Perez looks to have returned to his Gen4 0311 P irons after a detour to Gen2’s.
Free agents, others
Charl Schwartzel is testing a TwoThumb putter grip.
Rafa Campos reshafted his Mizuno MP-20 irons with KBS TGI 110 shafts.
Scott Garrison installed a LAGP putter shaft in Jhonny Vegas’ Cameron.
Rory McIlroy switches back to TaylorMade Rors Proto irons at Wells Fargo
It has been a busy equipment week at the Wells Fargo Championship with lots of new gear debuting out on tour, but for world number 15 Rory McIlroy, it’s been less about new stuff and more about reuniting with something older: his TaylorMade Rors Proto irons.
We were on the first tee Wednesday morning to spot Rory tee off with his pro-am partners and that is where we spied the Ulsterman with his old set back in the bag.
To provide a bit of a refresher, the Rors Protos were part of the custom series of irons made for a number of prominent TaylorMade staff players, including Dustin Johnson and (at the time) Justin Rose. They all featured slightly tweaked profiles of the TaylorMade P730 blade, featuring either a unique grind or blade length profile.
There is no question Rory’s game has not been up to his standard recently, and he has been messing around with iron shafts over the last couple of months with the goal of dialing in distance control and dispersion. With the PGA Championship quickly approaching at Kiawah Island, a course where Rory won the 2012 PGA by an astonishing eight shots, this looks to be a switch made for the sake of comfort and trying to find something to get him back into form.
You can join the discussion about the switch here in the GolfWRX forums: Rory is back to the Rors Proto iron at Wells Fargo Championship
GolfWRX Spotted: Ping Glide Forged Pro wedges (exclusive in-hand pictures)
This week, GolfWRX is on-site at the Wells Fargo Championship getting all of the inside equipment scoops from the tour vans, and early Tuesday morning, we got in-hand pictures of the highly anticipated new Ping i59 irons along with new Glide Forged Pro Wedges.
GolfWRX forum: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship
GolfWRX forum: Ping Glide forged Pro wedges – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship
We initially spotted these Ping wedges a couple of weeks ago from a distance in the bag of Bubba Watson, and now, thanks to in-hand pictures (including some comparison shots) we can take a closer look.
Although we don’t have any of the technical details behind the new Ping design, what we can tell is the upper part of the blade is much thicker than the previous Ping Glide Forged wedges to the point where the top line has been beveled. This has been a very popular element of a lot of wedges from multiple OEMs, in an effort to shift the center of gravity higher on the face to lower launch and increase spin.
Ping wedges are well known for their spin performance, especially with the hydrophobic finish to repel water and increase friction. If the engineers at Ping can improve on the already great performance of their wedges, then they have a home run on their hands.
You can join the discussion in the GolfWRX forums here: Ping Glide forged Pro wedges – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship
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