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WITB Time Machine: This week in 1998, Top 5 in the OWGR

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No. 1: Ernie Els

DRIVER: TaylorMade Titanium Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble Shaft XMKP Tour Prototype X 44.5 Inches

3-WOOD: TaylorMade Ti Bubble 2  2-wood 13 degrees w/ Dynamic Gold X100 42.5 Inches

IRONS: TaylorMade Burner Tour 2-PW w/Royal Precision Rifle 7.0

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (56,60) with Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER: Ping Anser w/ Neumann Leather Grip

BALL: Titleist Professional 100

GRIPS: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

No. 2: Tiger Woods

AUGUSTA, : Masters’ defending champion Tiger Woods of the US points to his caddie on the 14th hole during the final practice round for the 1998 Masters golf tournament 08 April at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, GA. The tournament starts 09 April. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

DRIVER: Titleist 975D 6.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100 (tipped to length) @43.5 inches long

3-WOOD: Titleist PT15 bore thru w/ Dynamic Gold X100 (tipped to length) @42.5 inches long

IRONS: Mizuno MP-29 (2), 3-P Titleist T Grind Prototypes (HoffmanfForged) with Dynamic Gold X100

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Prototype 56,60 with Dynamic Gold X100

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Teryilium

BALL:  Titleist Professional 90

GRIPS: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

No. 3: Greg Norman

DRIVER: King Cobra TI 8.5 with G. Loomis Prototype

3-WOOD: Maruman Conductor 13 degrees with Dynamic Gold X100 42.5 inches

IRONS: Cobra Norman Tour Blades (2-PW) with Dynamic Gold X100

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (56), Titleist Vokey Proto (60)

PUTTER: Wilson 8802

BALL: Maxfli XS

GRIPS: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

No. 4: Davis Love III

DRIVER: Titleist 975D 6.5 with True Temper EI-70 X 45 Inches

3-WOOD: Titleist 970 13 degrees with True Temper EI-70 X 43 Inches

IRONS: Titleist Love/Bobka Proto CB with Dynamic Gold Sensicore X100

WEDGES: Titleist Bobka Prototype (54,60) with Dynamic Gold Sensicore X100

PUTTER: Ping Anser

BALL: Titleist Professional 100

GRIPS: Golf Pride Victory Green

No. 5: Phil Mickelson

DRIVER: Yonex Super ADX Titanium Prototype 7 degrees with Yonex Prototype Shaft XX 45 Inches

3-WOOD: Taylor Made Tour Spoon 13 degrees with Flex Twist X flex 42.5 Inches

IRONS: Yonex Super ADX Tour Forged with Yonex Tour Prototype Shaft X

WEDGES: Yonex Forged PM Grind (56,60) Yonex Tour Prototype Shaft X

PUTTER: Yonex ADX Forged Blade

BALL: Titleist Professional 100

GRIPS: Griptec

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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7 Comments

  1. Matt

    May 2, 2020 at 9:30 am

    crazy how much putters have changed, not much variety back… an 8802, an 8802 copy (Mickelson), two Ping Ansers and an Anser knockoff (Woods).

  2. Benny

    May 1, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Awesome! Thanks Johnny.

  3. Martin

    May 1, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Crazy to see how they were hitting drivers with 6.5 deg of loft on them.

  4. jgpl001

    May 1, 2020 at 4:41 am

    Wow I’d love to see some picture of any of these…..PLEASE

    • ewfnick

      May 1, 2020 at 8:02 am

      Got to agree, pictures of all the bags would have made this the best forum post ever!

  5. Gunter Eisenberg

    Apr 30, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    It is amazing how low the driver lofts were back in those days because of the wound ball spinning so high back in those days. Thanks to the Pro V1 and its competitors, lofts of 10.5 are pretty much the norm now.

  6. James

    Apr 30, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Well done.

    Next research assignment please: WITB for Nicklaus, Trevino, Watson, Weiskopf, and Miller in 1975.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the easiest to hit 3-woods

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In our forums, our members have been discussing 3-woods. WRXer ‘Tim_Joyce’ is currently playing a TaylorMade SIM Max LS Driver SIM 2 Max 3/7w, and while he adores his 7w, he is struggling with this 3w. He reaches out to fellow members for suggestions on something that gives him the same feel and control as the 7w, with WRXers sharing their picks in our 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.

  • rooski: “RadSpeed woods are incredible, easiest 3w I’ve ever hit, and I’ve never been able to hit a 3w in my life.”
  • Hawkeye77: “My Mavrik 3w is the best I’ve ever had, shaft would be irrelevant to you because I don’t have your SS, but it’s great from the tee and the fairway.”
  • Valtiel: “Don’t underestimate the proper fitting tweaks, especially shortening and adding weight. Lots of people find happiness at a much shorter length than the standard 43.25″. Since you have the access as well, you may want to cherry-pick the right face angle if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing. Taylormade woods seem to vary more than most in this category.”
  • bird_4_3: “Make sure you try the Srixon. They are really, really good.”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about the easiest to hit 3-woods

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (09/28/21): Scotty Cameron Circle T Phantom T-5 Proto

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Scotty Cameron Circle T Phantom T-5 Proto

From the seller (@jjgsgolf): “Brand New RARE Scotty Cameron Circle T Phantom T Proto WELDED KNUCKLEHEAD. 34 inches. COA included. Never even seen the light of day. Beautiful putter here with a great weld job. No h/c sorry. I’ll throw in a cool freebie if price is met. $6,200.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Scotty Cameron Circle T Phantom T-5 Proto

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (09/27/21): TaylorMade P760 Irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of TaylorMade P760 Irons

From the seller (@ipb123): “TaylorMade P760 Irons (4-PW) Project X 6.5 X-Stiff *Great Condition* Standard Length, 1* upright. Brand new 360 grips. Asking $700 Shipped OBO.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link:  TaylorMade P760 Irons

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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