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WRX Insider: Top 5 equipment stories at the PGA Championship

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This week at Harding Park had a few key stories to track from a WITB standpoint. Some were huge, some were subtle. All are interesting.

Here are the top five equipment stories from the PGA Championship.

#5. Fleetwood goes to Ventus

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 07: Tommy Fleetwood of England plays his shot from the 14th tee during the second round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Tommy Fleetwood has one of the most eclectic bags on Tour. The Englishman is the epitome of finding the right 14 sticks no matter what. This week at Harding Park, he made what I would call a pretty substantial change to his driver set up. Being a player that has trusted the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX for a while now, Tommy not only switched shafts but switched companies going into the ever-popular Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X.

According to my source, Tommy was fighting a left miss with the normal setup and was searching for a way to stabilize the head a bit. The Ventus not only helped that but also kicked up the ball speed a touch. Obviously it helped, at the time this article was written he was two back of the leaders having put on a ballstriking display with a Friday 64.

#4. Fleetwood swaps in TM Proto 4 and 5-irons

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 07: Tommy Fleetwood of England plays a shot on the tenth hole during the second round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Tommy also swapped out his Srixon Z785 4 and 5-irons for two TaylorMade prototypes. The switch was in an effort to bridge the gap between his 5-wood and 4-iron. In past weeks, he had tested a TaylorMade SIM Max 4 Rescue. The switch required him to strengthen his 5-iron to gap properly, but ultimately that recipe wasn’t the right fit.

#3. Koepka goes back to his M5

If anything has been holding Brooks Koepka back this year, it has been his driver. Notoriously an intimidating player off the tee (especially on tough golf courses), Koepka had been struggling in 2020.

He started the season with SIM Max and quickly swapped that for the Callaway Mavrik he used up until early this week. According to my source, BK liked the ball speed and feel from the Callaway but felt going back to the M5 he used in 2019 put him back in a comfortable pocket, and as you can see, he is right at the top of the leaderboard again.

Another interesting nugget is the M5 switch required no tweaks, straight into the bag. When no wrenching is needed, you know that club is dialed.

Koepka has also gone back to his trusty Nike Vapor Pro 3-iron. Previously, BK had the TaylorMade P790 UDI in play, but this return comes as no surprise—that particular club draws strong affections from certain players, namely Koepka and Tony Finau.

#2. DJ lands on a 7-wood

Height, spin, and gapping have become a huge theme in the past weeks—especially in that no man’s land between 3-wood and 5-iron. Dustin Johnson is a player who is not afraid to experiment, and he has checked off every possible box.

At any given point this year he has had a 3-iron, 4-hybrid, utility, and now a 7-wood. Although these changes will be course-specific, the trend I’m seeing is players are looking for spin and versatility wherever they can find it. Most clubs in that range tend to be low spin, so if there is a way to find 400-500 RPMs flying out of the same window, its a bonus.

#1. Tiger ditches the “Elder Wand” (it won’t last)

At this point, I think the story even made it to CNN. When Tiger switches anything its world news, especially his trusty Scotty Cameron. In this case, he moved into a Scotty Cameron “Timeless Prototype,” which is a lead into the 2020 Studio Select collection at retail.

Two things going on here

  1. Ability to manipulate head weight to match up with green speed. Tiger’s gamer is, by today’s standards light at 327 grams. This experiment allows him to add subtract weight out of the head via weight ports in the sole.
  2. Added length to take the pressure off his back. Not the first time a player has done this. Freddy Couples, Rocco Mediate, and many others have gone to longer putters to encourage more upright posture.

At posting time, Tiger putted it all over the place on Friday, so although this switch is newsworthy, it won’t last. He’s just putting the Elder Wand in the reflection chair as I do with my kids.

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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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  1. RJH

    Aug 9, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Tommy changed from z785 long irons not z765.

  2. Micela Simpliciano Medina

    Aug 9, 2020 at 11:01 am

    You put the Elder wand in your kids?

  3. Benny

    Aug 8, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Seriously Tiger comes into 2020’s first major with a new Tour Scotty and says its his back?
    Give me a break. This is all about marketing and for the best thing that ever happenned to Scotty Cameron…. Tiger Woods!

    • Jj

      Aug 8, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      And during an election year!

    • Actual Big Brain

      Aug 9, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      Yeah definitely Scotty Cameron marketing (like they need it) they were definitely cooking that up during a pandemic that’s 100% the focus is marketing and getting tiger woods to change the putter he has literally won everything with… yeah definitely marketing… we got a big brain over here huh? More like semi developed…

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What’s your best club? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their best club. WRXer ‘Jbrunk’ kicks off the thread, asking:

“What’s the single club you rely on most? Not necessarily the one you use the most; it could be the one that you need to score. Give details: OEM, model, specs, shaft, etc. Why is it so good?”

He goes on to list his Ping G400 4 hybrid and Cleveland RTX Zipcore SW as his two best clubs, and our members have been sharing their favorites in our forum.

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.

  • Esox: “SM7 58-10 S grind Vokey. Flighted to flopped, great out of the firm bunkers I usually play. I am pretty darn good with it if I say so myself..”
  • lefthack: “So far, it depends on the day. Today I was hitting my best 5 wood shots. Some days it’s my wedges. It’s never my driver, but I’ve been fairway or first cut last 2 rounds, so look out. A club I’ve been able to count on most is my 7 iron. It’s that sweet spot.”
  • MtlJeff: “F9 tour 3 wood. I hit a very straight ball with it. It’s great off the tee, and I trust it on par 5s too.”
  • JeffreySpicolli: “My Titleist T-MB 2 iron. I hit it true. I hit it as if I’m throwing darts. I can hit it high. I can hit it low. I hit where it needs to go, even when the wind will blow.”
  • Davidv: “Bettinardi 2021 Queen B6 Putter.”

Entire Thread: “What’s your best club?”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (06/22/21): TaylorMade Sim Max 10.5 Driver (Head only)

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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 TaylorMade Sim Max 10.5 Driver (Head only). ($280)

From the seller (@swingblues): “Unfortunately, my Sim Max head is too much loft for my swing and I am not a fade guy to tune it down. Loft is 10.5*. Head weight is 193.65 grams. Top of head and face is clean, no idiot marks.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade Sim Max 10.5 Driver (Head only)

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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New 2021 Titleist T-Series irons begin tour seeding (updated with in hand photos)

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to the latest irons from Titleist.

On Monday, Titleist posted photos of its new T100, T100S, T200, and U505 irons, which begin seeding on the PGA and European Tours this week. Our members have been sharing their thoughts on the latest additions, with the early impressions being very positive.

 

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“The New Titleist T100, T100•S, T200, and U•505 irons are now on tour! This marks the start of the tour validation process by some of the world’s best players – a critical step in the development of all high-performance Titleist golf equipment. Stay tuned to see some first impressions and more updates throughout the week.” – Titleist

Exclusive in-hand photos

Titleist T100 5-iron

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.

  • thebishop: “Wow. Those look really good. And the transition is complete now. We’ve gone from visible tech to hiding it all under the hood.”
  • Matty01984: “They look so so good! The thing that I always struggled with when it came to the original T100 was the look at the back. I got over it because they quite simply look incredible behind the ball, but Titleist has taken that up a notch with how they look.”
  • mtnbiker5: “Clean…”

Entire Thread: “New 2021 Titleist irons”

Exclusive in-hand photos

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