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WRX Insider: Rafa Cabrera Bello swapped out his whole bag in less than 24 hours during U.S. Open Week

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I have been covering the PGA Tour heavily for almost two years and obsessed with it for 25. I have never heard of anything like this, and at 2 under going into the weekend with rounds of 68 and 70, Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello may have the craziest equipment story of the year.

It’s not uncommon for a player to make a wedge change, metal wood tweak amongst a couple of other things on any tournament week—but a full bag fitting and immediately putting it all in play—on the week of a major? Unheard of in my travels.

Let’s just start with what Cabrera Bello showed up to Winged Foot with.

Driver: Titleist TS3 (8.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting) *9.5 pictured from earlier in the year
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 6.5

3-wood: Titleist 915F (15 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Project X 10A2 100 7.0

5-wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Project X 10A2 100 7.0

Irons: Titleist 718MB (3-PW)
Shaft: Project XLZ 7.0 130

Wedges: Vokey SM7 Tour Chrome (48-10F, 54-08M, 60-04L)
Shaft: Project XLZ 7.0 130

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Rat GSS Newport 2

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

I had to get the inside scoop, so I chatted with Titleist Tour Rep J.J Van Wezenbeeck to find out how this crazy scenario came to be. This is nuts—especially before a major.

Here’s what he had to say

“Rafa has always liked a lower ‘European’ ball flight and very stable shafts and through the years we have used statistics to move his ball flight up slightly but he likes all his club heads to match and with stable feeling shafts – see 7.0 LZ and 10A2 fairway wood shafts. 

“During TS launch Rafa realized his driver needed to come up and moved from 8.5 to 9.5 which increased lauch conditions substantially. 

“During the 620/T100 iron launch we discovered his long irons could be better and moved to U500.

“The last few weeks Rafa has struggled and with his swing coach on site this week he realized he needed to go farther. The first look was testing LZ 6.5 in his irons. He had better directional control and increased spin slightly which was needed. 

“He was so excited about the feel and results that he said “Let’s go! Show me woods!”

“He loved the look of the new driver and after some shaft testing saw Project X Hzurdus RDX Blue 60 increase ball speed, launch and carry. The RDX Black 80 in both fairways gave him the same feel through the set. 

“This was all done Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning.” 

The new setup is as follows

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS RDX Blue 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS RDX Black 80 TX

5-wood: Titleist TS3 (18 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS RDX Black 80 TX

Irons: Titleist U500 (3,4) Titleist 620MB (5-9)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5

Wedges: Vokey SM8 (48-10F, 54-08M, 60-04L)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Rat Newport 2

Ball: Titleist ProV1X

He’s in contention and will perhaps be in the final group with Bryson come tomorrow afternoon. As a total gearhead, this story warms my heart and soul like very few do. I’m quietly praying he gets it done this weekend. That would be one hell of a story.

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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. RafaBrother

    Sep 18, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    I switched my whole bag out every month for the last 34 months. Went from a 2 HDCP to am 18. Here’s to next month!

  2. Trevino

    Sep 18, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Rafa was one of the few Pros who still used a full 3-PW in blades. Even he’s converted to getting help in that 3 and 4 iron… just shows the 3-PW bladed style iron is dying a slow death.

  3. Greg V

    Sep 18, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    this brings to mind Jack Fleck putting new Hogan irons in the bag for the 1955 US Open, delivered by Ben Hogan himself.

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TaylorMade releases TP5 and TP5 Pix ‘Money balls’

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TaylorMade Golf has given their TP5 and TP5 Pix a themed makeover with their new ‘Money Ball’.

The ‘Money Ball’ TP5 ball features a single dollar sign, while the TP5 Pix balls feature green dollar signs, which frame a single TaylorMade logo to create a distinct line from the ball to the hole.

The new addition joins the recent themed golf balls from TaylorMade that includes the brand’s ‘Bacon and Eggs’ release as well as their USA themed golf ball.

The new ‘Money Ball’ is priced at $49.99 per dozen and is available to purchase at TaylorMade.com.

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‘Changed drivers and it made a difference’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their experience changing drivers. WRXer ‘PlayIt’ is looking to hear from those who have found a mighty difference from changing drivers recently, and our members have been sharing their experiences 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.

  • rooski: “I completely redid my (quite old) bag this year and went from the Nike Covert 2.0 Tour to the RadSpeed. Made a pretty significant difference in forgiveness, partially the head, partially spending lots of time getting shaft/length/swing weight correct, which I’ve never paid attention to before. I can hit it exactly as far with either driver though, and last time I picked up a Callaway Big Bertha in titanium, I also hit it just as far as those two for the most part. The biggest differences between new and old are forgiveness, not so much distance.”
  • Billfitz: “I went from a Taylor Made M1 to a Cleveland Launcher HB. The distance is the same, but the Cleveland is far more forgiving. I really have to mess up to slice or hook with it, but I’m still able to work a controlled fade or draw at will. What makes it a real win-win is it’s priced around $150 less than most drivers. The new XL Lite is very similar.”
  • TupperWolf: “I’m sure it’s down to the shaft, but my Mavrik SZ is the driver I never thought actually existed. I’ve seen good drivers of the ball, and I’ve hit the occasional good drives, but I’ve never consistently hit the ball long and straight. I recently hit 13/14 fairways when my previous average was 4-5. I literally just aim and swing as hard as I want, and it goes straight. I can’t wait to see how it helps my game over the next few rounds. Prior to this, I was playing an old 910D2, and I tried a TEE C721, great head, but the shaft didn’t work for me.”

Entire Thread: “Changed drivers and it made a difference”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (09/30/21): TaylorMade OG Mini Driver

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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 OG Mini Driver.

From the seller (@texas_tom): “Used for a week just not for me. MINT. Mid launch and mid spin, the original is a money maker club. Get this while it lasts. 11.5 degrees with diamana F65 Stiff – $300.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade OG Mini Driver

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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