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CJ Cup Tour Truck Report: New Callaway irons (and prototypes) in play, Rory in Fuji Ventus Black 6 X, new putter for Bubba

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Here’s what I’m hearing from my sources inside the trucks at Shadow Creek.

Callaway

Kevin Kisner is now in the new X Forged CB (5-9). Nippon Pro Modus3 120 TX.

Alex Noren switched into a new Mavrik Sub Zero Triple Diamond (9 degrees). Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 60 TX shaft. His start line changed a touch and downrange dispersion was tighter. On the lower fairway finding shot, the spin came down about 500 RPM.

Xander Schauffele: New irons and shafts (Apex Pro ’21 Prototypes) in the bag this week going from the True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 into the Nippon Pro Modus3 130 X. Xander was looking for a more launch out of his longer clubs (which improved dramatically) all while maintaining the current spin profile and not tweaking loft.

Marc Leishman: Switching to a Triple Track Double Wide Flow putter this week.

Ping

G425 tour seeding in progress…full report coming Friday…stay tuned.

Bubba Watson and Cam Champ will be gaming new unreleased Ping PLD Anser and Anser 2 Prototype Putters. After missing the cut last week, Champ left early Monday morning (4 a.m. from Vegas) headed to Ping HQ in Phoenix to test some new heads. Always loving the Anser neck and a mallet-style head, he found a middle ground with the new prototype after a few hours of testing with the tour team. By Tuesday morning, Cam was back in Vegas and the new blade was in the bag.

Cam Champ’s flatstick.

TaylorMade

Rory McIlroy: To no one’s surprise, Rory made the switch into the Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X in his driver. The lower-lofted 10.5-degree head is set at 8 degrees (45.5, D3, Golf Pride BCT 58R grip, 59.5-degree lie, 2-degree sleeve)

Jason Day switched back to his trusty P760 irons (4-PW) after a brief (one week) run with TM’s new P7MB.

Collin Morikawa: Testing and may switch into TaylorMade’s new FCG putter.

Spider FCG:
Hosel: Short Slant
Alignment: No line
Length: 34.25”
Lie: 69.5°
Loft: 2.5°
SW: D4
Grip: TaylorMade Red Cap
Shaft: KBS CT Tour

Titleist

Jimmy Walker (not in the field) is testing a T100 4-iron as well as testing a new TSi3 driver with a Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (@45.75 inches). This would be an increase of an inch from his previous spec. Walker also shot a 61 at home with the new Pro V1 in the bag.

Justin Thomas will have a 9 degree TSi3 driver in the bag with the new Mitsubishi Diamana TB 60 TX shaft.

Free Agents

Tommy Fleetwood is testing the new Titleist TSi2 3-wood (15 degrees @14.25; flat; C1 SureFit setting) with a Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X shaft. Sources indicate he will put it in play. His trusty TaylorMade M6 finally gave out to a cracked face. Fairway Jesus is also most likely putting the new Titleist Pro V1 in play.

Justin Rose: Testing TSi3 but will most likely not have it in play this week.

Matthew Fitzpatrick: Also testing TSi2 3 wood and will most likely put it in play.

Shane Lowry: The Srixon staffer finally swapped out his trusty TaylorMade M4 3-wood and will most likely have the SIM in the bag this week fully equipped with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X shaft.

 

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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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    Oct 15, 2020 at 8:29 pm

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    Oct 15, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Way too many pop ups and adds when viewing these pages. Over the last year the user experience has really gone downhill. Please get away from this click bait crap. Please get rid of Taboola links.

  3. LL

    Oct 15, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Any chance that PING prototype Anser mallet will come out on the market? Looks amazing!

  4. phizzy

    Oct 15, 2020 at 7:33 am

    I have the Ventus black 7x in my SIM Max and it’s a beast. I figured Rory would eventually put it in play considering how high his launch angle and spin normally are. I know he was gaming the Tensei AV raw orange in his last tournament. I guess the ventus black gave him better numbers. Anyways, I can’t wait to see him play at Shadow Creek which one of my favorite exclusive courses I’ve played at.

  5. JD

    Oct 14, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    I saw a picture of Rory’s driver today and it was marked 7X. But maybe that won’t be the one he puts in play?

  6. Ty Webb

    Oct 14, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    What are the Pro ‘21 prototypes in Xander’s bag?

  7. Cody

    Oct 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    I like this one Johnny, well done.

    It’s like a weather report. Or traffic report haha.

  8. Chris

    Oct 14, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Assuming Rory is using a TX and not an X shaft, right?

  9. Graham

    Oct 14, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    This column needs to keep happening.

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Adidas X Vice Golf launch The Vice Golf Shoe by Adidas

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Adidas has teamed up with Vice Golf to launch the new Vice Golf Shoe inspired from off the course which includes a dozen Vice Pro Drip Lime x Adidas golf balls.

The Vice Golf Shoe from Adidas contains ultraboost and a signature lime-green colorway to accent the designs for life both on and off the golf course. The shoe features a camouflage pattern in gray and white on the top of the shoe, while a brand-new drip pattern decorates the boost material at the bottom.

The shoe features branding “discoverables”, such as a subtle Vice logo on the tongue of the shoe while a collab logo is celebrated within. The company’s motto “Embrace Your Vice” runs down the spine of the heel, while another Vice logo lives underneath the 3-stripe caging on the inside of the foot.

If golfers want a brighter color pop, the alternate neon lime laces give that option.

“Based in Bavaria like Adidas, we have always looked up to this global ambassador and brand that has made big moves in both the golf and footwear in recent years. It is a great honor to finally present the result of 22 months of work with tears of happiness when the final pair of shoes arrived” – Vice Golf founder and CEO Ingo Duellmann

In addition to the shoe, the packaging of the Vice Golf Shoe by Adidas is made to look, feel and act exactly like their signature golf ball packages. 

The bottom of the box is wrapped in a neon lime camouflage pattern, and the top cover features the exact, embossed Vice logo colored in neon lime drip pattern as seen and felt on the brand’s golf ball packaging. The connection continues after lifting the lid and discovering an actual box of Vice Pro Drip Lime golf balls, with Adidas logos, sitting in its own compartment.

The Vice Golf Shoe from Adidas (plus one dozen Vice Pro Drip Lime X Adidas golf balls) costs $219.95 and is available to purchase from December 7, 2020, 11 AM EST at ViceGolf.com.

 

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Best blade for 2020/2021 – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best blade irons from the new releases. WRXer ‘hypergolf’ asks for opinions on what blade iron has stood out from the rest this year and our members have been having their say 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.

  • Chuck905: “Taylormade P7MB surprisingly stands out to me. Sharp looks and solid feel. Performance is consistent.”
  • Golfingfanatic: “Miura Giken TB-Zero.”
  • bladehunter: “Domestic It’s blueprint. And it’s not close. Mp20 has very smallish short irons. Similar to 6 iron shape. Which are odd. You need taller faces, in my opinion, for scoring clubs. My least favorite Mizuno MB in a while. Mp5 and mp68 being the best recent ones. But I’d second the TB-zero above for all markets.”
  • Nard_S: “High end, like the TB Zero. Average pricing, really like the P7. The TB offers a bunch of custom options that go beyond stamping and lie/loft, and they are Miura’s, which is never a bad thing. The P7 has a clean, unique look, love the 3D diamond muscle, minimal offset and stance. I could buy those tomorrow; I could buy the TB for a “I’m special” occasion which perhaps is never, lol.”
  • The_Champ: “Ping blueprint… and it’s not even close.”

Entire Thread: “Best blade for 2020/2021”

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TaylorMade Golf unveils TP5 NBA Pix golf balls

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TaylorMade Golf has launched a custom NBA version of their popular TP5 Pix balls.

The balls feature the logo for a variety of NBA teams, including the likes of the L.A. Lakers, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and more.

The NBA logos are designed to form a natural pathway through the center of the ball courtesy of the company’s ClearPath Alignment System.

The TP5 NBA Pix golf balls are available to purchase now for those in the U.S. and Canada and cost $51.99 per dozen.

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