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Brian Gay on what we might expect from the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x

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“Tactician” is the first word that comes to mind when I hear Brian Gay’s name. He has never been a long hitter rather finding success plotting around the golf course and letting his putter and wedges do the talking.

If you want to put Brian Gay in a bucket, he would fall in the Kevin Na, Ryan Moore, Brendan Todd, Zach Johnson category…even Collin Morikawa could fit in there. These are precision-first players.

With the Bryson Effect, players like Gay, in theory, should be dying out little by little, but that hasn’t been the case. In fact, it’s gone the other way.

The “shorter” hitters are finding advantages in other places, and I believe that the golf ball provides more benefit to these players than the big hitters.

In an interview Brian Gay did with Titleist earlier this week, he discussed the different nuances of how he chooses a golf ball and gave us a little insight into what we may expect with the new Pro V1/X series.

Titleist: You put the new Pro V1 in play at Shriners. How do you come to the decision to change into a new golf ball – the one piece of equipment you use on every shot?

Brian Gay: Great question. The Titleist guys sent some of the new golf balls to my home in September, but I didn’t really get to even test them out before I went to Vegas. I didn’t play Puntacana and then the next week was Sanderson Farms. I was intending to play there but my lower back was kind of locked up and I couldn’t go. So, I just took the new golf balls with me to Vegas, practiced and played with them for a couple of days and told the guys I’m was in, “I’m going to play the new Pro V1 this week.”

I’d been using the Pro V1x Left Dash most of the last two years or so. I did play the 2019 Pro V1 when it first came out and even the 19X a little bit. But I found the New Pro V1 incredible. It’s super soft. I love the soft feel, especially with the putter. I thought it worked very well in the wind. The other thing, like I was saying, I’ve been working on my wedge game shots, say 50 to 100 yards, and it really flights nicely. I like that. The Left Dash is a higher flying ball and I was able to hit more low spinner shots with the New Pro V1 with my wedges.

Titleist: How do you prioritize what you are looking for in a golf ball?

Brian Gay: Being more of a short game player, not a power player, it’s important to me how the golf ball reacts on short shots. However, I am still concerned about distance, and that was what I loved about the Pro V1x Left Dash when it came out. When I tested it, I hit it higher and a little further from my mid-irons on up, yet I still was getting the spin with my wedges. It was just more of a feel thing versus spin and a little bit higher flight with the New Pro V1. Honestly, it’s a combination. Does it spin the right amount with my irons? The new Pro V1 was super soft. I love that feel. And I don’t feel like I lost any distance. It’s still going as far as the other ones, so I thought it was a good mix.

Titleist: So how much does distance come into play and how did this distance compare to the Left Dash?

Brian Gay: Distance does come into play. Like I said, I didn’t get a chance to really do extensive testing at home before I went to Vegas with it. I just took it out on the course. I did hit some drivers on the Trackman on the range. I did a little bit of comparison on the course, but I loved the feel of it. I know what the best numbers are on my driver and I was getting the same numbers with it. So I didn’t feel like I was giving anything up.

It’s easy to look at the long hitters and try to emulate what they do. However, if you really want to get better, paying attention to what Gay, Champions Tour players, and the LPGA is where you will find actual real-world nuggets to implement into your own game. All golf ball makers these days have great product,t and understanding what each ball really does and how it enhances your particular game is as important as anything. For me personally, it’s always ball first, clubs second.

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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. Lame

    Nov 7, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    How much did titleist pay for y’all to run this?

    • John Wunder

      Nov 9, 2020 at 7:19 am

      3 Beyblades and a Wally Joyner rookie card.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (05/27/21): Ping PLD Prime Tyne putter

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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 Ping Putter Lab Design (PLD) Prime Tyne putter ($650)

From the seller (@T-Bone84): “Limited edition putter that is very hard to find for less than 4 digits.  It’s a compact head with a super shape, I just love my LAB so much it doesn’t get any bag time.  It is lightly used with original shaft (35″) and a GP grip, headcover and original grip included.  It does have a tiny mark on top of hosel that can’t be seen from address but I tried to capture.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping Putter Lab Design (PLD) Prime Tyne putter.

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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What GolfWRXers are saying about using a pitching wedge as a chipper

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of using a pitching wedge for chipping. WRXer ‘SkrappyHacker1’ wants to know if anyone else employs this tactic, saying:

“My 44 degree PW is the club I feel most confident with when chipping. I used to use my 50° gap wedge for chip shots but never hit it consistently.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts and ideas 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.

  • lefthack: “When I first learned I didn’t have a PW, only a SW and learned to do everything with it. Now I have 3 wedges, but use my 52/8 for almost everything inside of 30 yards minus heavy rough or sand, then it’s 56. But my PW is good for everything from 100-30 yards.”
  • FootWedge16: “A majority of amateurs would shoot lower scores if they used bump and runs with an 8, 9, or PW in almost every situation that doesn’t require a flop.”
  • PJE: “Depends upon the shot you want or need to hit and the green contours and speed, but if it’s working go with it. Several years ago, people often chipped with pitching wedges, 9 irons, and 8 irons. It’s less common today. I think because today’s club lofts are stronger. Many people also play game improvement irons which can be chunky and kind of awkward for chipping.”
  • DavidCrockett: “I choose the wedge with the appropriate bounce (and sometimes grind) for the intended shot. These are far more important to me than loft.”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about using a pitching wedge as a chipper”

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GolfWRXers showcase their first ever driver

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In our forums, our members have been displaying their first ever driver. WRXer ‘Mackepa’ wants to know what driver fellow members learned the sport with, who himself began with a Callaway Little Bertha 5 club set.

Our members have been sharing photos of their first driver and how they feel about the club today.

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.

  • mogc60: “Hogan Speedslot persimmon. Had the 2 and 4 wood as well. My grandpa insisted I start playing golf at 15, and he gave me these.”
  • scooterhd2: “Still gaming my first driver (above photo). I’ve cheated on it a few times but keep going back to it. Worn grip, epoxy rattle, and all. Just goes straight for me.”
  • electroleum: “The first driver I had with a proper set of golf clubs was a MacGregor Dx Power Pyramid driver. Had the full matching set.”
  • jwhite86: “My first real driver was a Taylor Made 360… bought it right after the 500 series came out… let a friend try it at the range, and it immediately got a sky mark…”

Entire Thread: “GolfWRXers showcase their first ever driver”

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