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WRX Insider: Inside the bag of Harris English

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Last week, we saw one Georgia Bulldog make a resurgence with Hudson Swafford’s return to the winner’s circle at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. A talented player with lots of promise, Swafford, at the time of victory had fallen to 341st in the world.

Oddly enough, his childhood friend and UGA teammate Harris English was going through a similar career crossroad, but since the return to play in mid-June, English has revived his young career and perhaps inspired his old friend to do the same.

By any measure, Harris English came on to the golf scene like a blaze of fire. Turning professional in 2011 after a solid amateur career, which included the 2011 Walker Cup, a Korn Ferry Tour victory—which put him as only the third non-professional to win on that tour—Harris has the eyes of the golf world all over him.

To add fuel to the fire, his 2012 rookie campaign was everything you would want with 22 of 27 cuts made, three top 10’s, and over $1 million in winnings. He followed that up in 2013 with a two-win sophomore campaign that included victories at the FedEx and Mayakoba. The sky was the limit with English rising all the way to 34th in OWGR by 2014 (his highest to date), but as we know, golf is a vicious game. After a lackluster 2015, the dive down began bringing English to as low as 333rd in the world.

However, Harris has had a career resurgence since the Tour came back after the lockdown. Going into Sanderson Farms, his post-break result card shows 10 tournaments played with six top 10s, a second at the Northern Trust, fourth at the U.S, Open, a Tour Championship berth, and one good week away from having the highest OWGR ranking of his career. The 31-year-old Georgia Bulldog sits at 37th in the world and with his recent play, it’s only a matter of time until he breaks into the top 20.

To be honest, we all expected him to get there at some point, but not all paths are a straight line.

I met Harris a couple of years back at Ping HQ. I was testing drivers, and he was in the midst of working in the new (at the time) Blueprint irons. Up close, it’s an impressive sight to watch this guy strike it.

English has played Ping gear for the bulk of his career having only switched into a Callaway contract in 2014 that lasted a couple of seasons. He’s definitely a player who sticks close to what has worked in the past and doesn’t like to overcomplicate anything just to have new gear in the bag. Even early on in his career, he continued to play older model Ping woods into his Callaway contract. The G5 3-wood was still in the bag eight years after its release, and the G20 5-wood was three years old at the time.

Now that Harris is back on the global scene I wanted to get some insights into his gear from my buddy Kenton Oates from the Ping Tour truck. This is what he had to say on English’s setup.

JW: Overall what does he like to see flight-wise across the bag?

KO: Harris definitely likes small fades and tends to like the ball in a slightly lower window than what people would consider “modern” in terms of “optimal launch and spin conditions.” Harris prefers slightly lower launch angles and more spin across the board.

JW: As players go how would you rate his sensitivity to equipment? Is he picky or can he make anything work?

KO: Harris would definitely fall into the low maintenance side of things in terms of his day to day and week to week activity. Once Harris gets something he likes and knows works, he isn’t afraid to stick with it for a long time as you can see.

JW: What about the G400 keeps him there over switching to the new model?

KO: The G400 9-degree driver was such an easy fit for Harris ever since day one at Erin Hills U.S. Open. Right from the first shots, the driver created his optimal launch conditions and he loves the look and sound. With G410, we have been able to increase his distance at times during fittings but that was by increasing his launch and reducing his spin, which Harris isn’t too keen on.

JW: Where do his STD driver launch numbers sit?

KO: One of the things that makes Harris so great is his ability to hit his stock shot at a lot of different speeds.  I would say his normal driver looks a lot like 175 mph ball speed, 10 degrees launch, and 2,800-plus RPM spin.

JW: Anything special or unique in his set up?

KO: Harris, like a lot of our staff players, carries a couple of clubs to fit the gap between his 3-wood and four iron. For the longest time, Harris always played a 5-wood in that space, but lately, it has been filled with a G410 Crossover 4-iron. Look for the 5-wood to return on the west coast as it is a little colder at that time of year.

JW: Any misses he combats against? 

KO: He just really doesn’t like left, at all…so with his woods, we do put a little hot melt toe side just to give us some right bias help.

Harris English WITB: Sanderson Farms Championship

Driver: Ping G400 (9 @9.2 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70 X

44.75/Tipped 1/D4 / Hot Melt @ 5G Toe, 5G Face

3-wood: Ping G400 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Blue Tour Spec 7 X

42.75/Tipped 1.5/D3

Irons: Ping G410 Crossover (20 @21 degrees), Ping Blueprint (4-9)
Shafts: Fujikura Atmos Black Hybrid 9X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-9)

Specs: Length/Loft/Lie/SW

  • 3: 39.5/21/62.75/D3+
  • 4: 38.38/24/62/D4
  • 5: 37.88/27/61.75/D4
  • 6: 37.38/30/62.25/D4
  • 7: 36.88/34/62.25/D4
  • 8: 36.38/38/63/D4
  • 9: 35.88/42/63.25/D4
  • PW (Glide 3.0 46SS/12): 35.5/45/63.5/D5

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (46SS, 52SS, 56SS), Ping Glide Forged (60SS)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46, 52, 56), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (60)

Specs: Length/Loft/Lie/SW

  • 52SS/12: 35.25/51/63.5/D5+
  • 56SS/12: 35.25/55/63.75/D6
  • 60/8: 35/60/64/D6

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

Putter: Ping Scottsdale Hohum

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Seriously

    Oct 6, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    So his irons are actually below standard length?! Isn’t he 6’2” or 6’3”? I’m sure he has long arms but this can’t be right.

  2. Ha

    Oct 4, 2020 at 2:12 am

    .3838 lol

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TOUR REPORT: J.R. Smith’s purple Bettinardi, JT’s new 1-of-1 Scotty, and Ping Raw wedges spotted

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Welcome to Wilmington Country Club in Delaware, host site of the 2022 BMW Championship. While the golf media was abuzz this week over a secretive player meeting that Tiger Woods flew in to attend, I was busy checking out the equipment that BMW Championship participants had in the bag.

Unexpectedly for this time of year, there were plenty of interesting gear switches, new products spotted, and fresh custom one-off prototypes to hold us over until next season. Justin Thomas made a surprising putter change, we dove into former NBA player J.R. Smith’s golf bag to find an unbelievable (and very purple) 1-of-1 putter, and Ping unveiled fresh raw wedges.

Let’s stop wasting time and get right into this week’s Tour Report from the BMW Championship.

JT’s ultra-custom Scotty Cameron putter

 

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It seemed that Justin Thomas was perfectly content with his custom 1-of-1 Scotty Cameron Phantom T5 putter that he used to win the 2022 PGA Championship. That was until Tuesday at the BMW Championship when the Scotty Cameron rep delivered him another custom 1-of-1 T5 Proto with a custom black sole plate, his logo in the back cavity, a custom Tour Only “Thumb’s Up” logo and his initials on the outer toe, cherry bombs on the back bumpers, a knuckle neck, and a lightly milled face with some more cherry bombs on it.

Tough life switching from one custom Tour Only putter to another, huh?

The custom additions are undeniably awesome, especially if you’re JT, but the real purpose for the switch is the shorter length; the new 1-of-1 is 0.5 inches shorter than the old one. He’s switching from 34.5 inches into 34 inches.

JT explained his reasoning for the shorter length on Wednesday, saying his arms and shoulders sit more comfortably with a slightly shorter length.

GolfWRX profiled the switch over on PGATOUR.com’s Equipment Report this week.

More in-hand photos of JT’s new putter here

Ping unveils new Glide Pro Forged Raw wedges

It’s been years since Ping has offered a raw wedge option, but with enough player demand on Tour, Ping finally delivered. This week, Ping unveiled a slew of Glide Forged Pro Raw wedge options for Tour players. Joaquin Niemann and Taylor Moore wasted no time putting a set of them in the bag.

According to Ping Tour rep Kenton Oates, the raw wedges will rust over time, so we’ll keep an eye on how long that takes and update with photos at a later juncture. Until then, enjoy the photos of Niemann’s wedges below, or check out the full lineup of lofts and grinds here.

NBA star J.R. Smith’s purple Bettinardi, and full WITB

 

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J.R. Smith showed up at the 2022 BMW Championship Pro-Am with dyed orange hair, a matching orange sweater, and a Rolex watch with the diamonds dancing. It was his putter that stole the show, though.

We went deep into the details of the putter over on PGATOUR.com, with comments from J.R. himself, so if you want more info than just the photos, I suggest checking that out. But if you get stuck fawning over the in-hand photos, I completely understand.

Between J.R. and JT this week, it’d be a tough decision which custom one-off putter I like better. I’ll leave that argument to the comments instead.

J.R. Smith WITB

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (8 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist TSi3 (20 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 95 X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9 iron)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Onyx X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (46-10F, 52-12F, 56-10S and 60-04L)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Onyx X100

Putter: Bettinardi Inovai 6.0 “J.R. Smith” custom purple

No Laying Up co-founder Chris “Soly” Solomon makes an appearance

While some may argue Solomon needs a putter upgrade or re-shaft ASAP, I personally believe…well, you’re probably right. That being said, I love the look and character of old and used equipment so much that I’ll give him a pass. Plus, it takes some serious Tour Sauce to show up to a Pro-Am with that flatstick.

In case you don’t know who he is, Solomon is the co-founder and co-host of the No Laying Up podcast. He played alongside J.R. Smith and Tony Finau in the Wednesday Pro-Am, and he was flashing some really cool, old-school inspired headcovers.

Check out all the photos of Soly’s gear here 

Additional photos from Boise

While I was holding it down on the east coast at the BMW Championship, GolfWRX photographer Greg Moore was out in Idaho covering the 2022 Albertsons Boise Open.

And cover it he did.

Greg took 27 photo galleries full of WITB photos, as well as 5 other general galleries, and a forum thread of Scotty Cameron’s custom potato headcovers.

If you wanted Korn Ferry Tour photos, you definitely got them this week. Check out all of the photos here.

Cameron Young’s absurd driver numbers

 

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I’d be curious to know whether Cameron Young would be willing to trade driver launch numbers with me. I don’t have much else to add, those numbers are perfect.

And with that, we say goodbye to Delaware…and Boise. We’ll see you next week in Hotlanta for the Tour Championship where the big money is on the line.

See all of our photos from the BMW Championship and Alberstons Boise Open

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Bettinardi and Hasbro unveil limited-edition Monopoly Golf collection

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In conjunction with Hasbro, Bettinardi Golf has collaborated with one of America’s most iconic board games, Monopoly.

The two have produced a wide range of products that will launch online over the course of three days and include putters, wedges, headcovers, metal accessories, bags, and apparel, as well as the first-ever Monopoly board game machined entirely from one piece of metal.

“Playing Monopoly with my family was an absolute staple growing up in the Bettinardi household, like many kids around the country. It’s all about nostalgia, and I really wanted to bring Monopoly’s iconic designs and branding, with the fun factor of what we do at The Hive to not only our customers but Monopoly’s fanatical customer base as well. The iconic game pieces, colorways, and characters, along with our own beloved Bettinardi icons, made the design process exciting, but also endless with the amount of fun we had designing this amazing release.” – Sam Bettinardi, President of Bettinardi Golf

Additionally, Bettinardi Golf plans to pay homage to the game itself by including a “Game of Chance” purchasing opportunity in which customers can test their luck to receive a myriad of strikingly designed products.

This limited-edition collaboration will be launched across three days, beginning on Tuesday, August 23rd at 10 a.m. CST, with additional launches on Wednesday, August 24th, and Thursday, August 25th at 10 a.m. CST.

Each launch day will present new items available for purchase, and all three launches will be available exclusively in the Hive at www.bettinardi.com. Early token-gated access will be available for Bee Keeper Society NFT holders.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (8/16/22): TaylorMade Sim Max 7-wood

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At GolfWRX, 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 – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a TaylorMade Sim MAX 7-wood

From the seller (@AceDad): “Excellent condition Taylormade Sim Max-D 7 wood 22* with Tour AD GT-7S shaft. Plays 41.5” and shaft tipped an inch. Solid and fun club for sure. Can split head and shaft if buyer for both. $224 “

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade Sim MAX 7-wood

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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