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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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Ben Hogan adds GS53 MAX driver to lineup

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Ben Hogan golf is throwing its Hogan flat cap into the ring and entering the MAX driver-category with the introduction of the all-new 460cc GS53 MAX driver.

The GS53 MAX creates extra forgiveness, thanks in part to its multi-material construction and a 22-percent larger and 11-percent taller face than the current GS53. For those that love the original GS53, don’t worry it will continue to remain in the line, with the new MAX being a line extension for those looking to get extra help on shots missed around the face.

The driver is constructed from 4 distinct pieces

  • Carbon composite crown to reduce mass around the top of the driver’s head and to push more mass low to increase MOI.
  • Forged face for precision, and ball speed
  • Titanium soleplate with perimeter mass
  • Tungsten weight at the rear of the sole to further increase MOI and help increase launch while reducing spin.

Thanks in part to the weight savings from the crown, the titanium soleplate has more mass positioned away from the face and around the edges to increase the stability of the head, and to acoustically tune the driver for a solid sound at impact.

“The combination of the lightweight composite crown and tungsten sole weight allows us to position the Center of Mass so that we maximize launch while decreasing the amount of ball spin. This provides a higher ball flight, especially for players who don’t have Tour-caliber clubhead speeds for increased carry and roll out. “
– Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Company.

The GS53 MAX driver will initially be available right-handed and come in lofts of 9° and 10.5°. It will be adjustable using their proprietary hosel adjustment system known as “flight control”, which offers the ability to add or decrease loft by 1° and lie angle all while never having to worry about realigning the shaft/grip.

The last part of the driver puzzle is the shafts options and to increase the value to consumers the GS53 MAX comes with the choice of three premium aftermarket shafts including:

  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black for golfers seeking a lower trajectory
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue for golfers seeking a mid trajectory
  • UST Mamiya Helium for those seeking a higher trajectory

Price, specs, and availability 

Thanks to Ben Hogan Golf’s direct-to-consumer model, the new 460cc GS53 MAX, is available starting today fior $355.00 with the choice of the 3 premium shaft options.

For more information on other Ben Hogan clubs including fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters or to purchase the GS53 MAX Driver visit www.benhogangolf.com.

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U.S. retail golf equipment sales exceed record $1 billion mark

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This summer, golf saw a surge in business as states emerged from COVID lockdown and equipment sales is one of the areas that has been booming.

On Wednesday, Golf Datatech, an industry research firm, announced that U.S. retail golf equipment sales surpassed the $1 billion mark for the third quarter – which is the first time sales have reached $1 billion for July, August and September.

That figure also represents the second-highest quarter ($1.013 billion in Q2, 2008) of all-time, and per Golf Datatech, golf equipment sales for 2020 are up a whopping 42% over the same period in 2019.

Speaking on the incredible surge in equipment sales, John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech, LLC, said

“The story keeps getting better as golf continues to surge coming out of the shutdown, and Q3 equipment sales suggests that 2020 will likely end up positive for the entire year. Year-to-date sales for total equipment are now up 0.2% compared to 2019, and considering the size of the hole created by the shutdown in April and May this recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. While the US economy will not enjoy a ‘V Shaped Recovery’ in 2020, if golf continues on this trajectory we will be there soon.”

Per the company, the best selling items for September were golf bags at +19% and wedges at +18%, while golf shoes were +2%.

Overall, the golf club category was +0.9% for the month, with balls and gloves trending slightly lower at -2.7%. Krzynowek also revealed that rounds played was another area with surging numbers:

“These month-over-month sales records are unlike anything we’ve ever seen since Golf Datatech started tracking performance data in 1997. Our Rounds Played data also shows similar record-breaking growth over the past several months, which is a strong indication that avid golfers and newcomers alike are driving the sport to new levels right now.”

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‘Play a big driver. Why not big irons?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the case for big irons. WRXer ‘2Down’ plays a Ping G410+ driver and has recently put Ping’s G710 irons in the bag, saying:

“Wondered how many play a large headed driver and play a draw or fade off the tee but when they pull an iron it’s some blade size thing so they can “work” the ball.

Recently I put G710 in the bag and answered my question for myself. They feel different for sure, but I am quickly adapting to only bringing the putter with me to the green.”

Our members have been discussing the combination 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.

  • Itsjustagame: “Personal preference but big irons tend to have more bounce, more offset and wider soles some or all of which may not suit a particular player.”
  • Fairway14: “Driver is played from a lie with the ball sitting on a tee, irons are played from a variety of lie types.”
  • J13: “They don’t really make “big” irons for players. Most have offset low CG for high launch, and super strong lofts.”
  • LeoLeo99: “I love my big irons. G400. Best I’ve ever used.”

Entire Thread: “Play a big driver. Why not big irons?”

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