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Best of 2020 Masters memorabilia—and something really special

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A lot of things are different at this year’s Masters tournament, but with so many changes, a lot stays the same, including official 2020 Masters memorabilia.

2018 Masters Gnome

But if there was ever an entity that would have the resources to change course and be prepared for the unexpected, it’s the committee that coordinates the event. The merchandise and for 2020 they have come up with some unique items to celebrate the tournament being in November along with having some traditional items as well.

The Gnome

Normally, this little guy is dressed in traditional spring/summer golf attire, or like in 2018 (seen above) a caddy jumpsuit, but for 2020, he’s prepped for colder weather with a knitted wool toque (as we say north of the border), sweater, and plaid trousers.

The knit cap aka toque

The knit hat is already great, but the fact that they were able to match it to the one being worn by the Gnome this year is beyond impressive—I can hardly find matching socks sometimes. Compared to some other items, expect to see a lot of these on eBay as resellers look to take advantage of those looking for Masters gifts going into the holidays.

Long sleeve shirt – Gnome edition

When you have a hot, item run with it, and what could be better than a famously soft Masters t-shirt with the 2020 Gnome on it? Maybe getting two…

The finer things

Some of the other cool pieces available from the patron shop this year included a leather football and a commemorative playing card set with a wooden storage box. The cards are an item that can be brought out any time to impress guests, while the football might be considered more of a shelf hanger with heirloom qualities.

Amazing eBay find

Although you would not have been able to find this bag during the virtual shopping experience this year, you can find it on eBay. This is a classic Ping carry bag in Masters greens with the logo tastefully placed on the back panel. If I have said it once, I have said it 100 times, the few things to survive the extinction of the dinosaurs are alligators, and original Ping hoofer bags.

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  2. Robert

    Nov 12, 2020 at 10:23 am

    I have that same bag – green but slightly different shade (no Masters logo and dual strap is black). Best thing is the additional feature of the added cushion at top of bag that protects club shafts from wear. Makes 14 clubs a tight squeeze but works nicely as a carry bag with 8 or 9 clubs.

  3. Karsten Solheim

    Nov 11, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    That’s not a hoofer bag. It’s an l8

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Precision Pro Golf launches new R1 Smart Rangefinder

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Precision Pro Golf has launched its new R1 Smart Rangefinder, which is available for pre-order today at www.precisionprogolf.com.

Billed as the company’s most-advanced model to date, the R1 Smart Rangefinder features MYSLOPE technology, which is the first-ever personalized slope calculation that creates an adjusted distance specific to a player and their environment.

The patented MYSLOPE algorithm is designed to combine a player’s unique ball data (launch angle, ball speed, spin rate) with environmental variables (temperature, altitude, humidity, etc.) for ultimate accuracy over each shot.

The R1 ($319.99) does not require players to look at or use their phones during a round of golf. Instead, data is seamlessly relayed via Bluetooth from the Precision Pro Golf app (available for iOS and Android) to the unit, where all figures and measurements are displayed through the viewfinder.

Beyond providing actual and MYSLOPE adjusted distances, with a push of a button, the R1 will display yardages to the front, middle and back of the green, with the functions able to quickly disengage for USGA-conforming play via a toggle on the side of the rangefinder.

Speaking on the new addition, Clay Hood, CEO of Precision Pro Golf, said

“Just over seven years ago we started Precision Pro with the goal of bringing budget-friendly rangefinders to the masses; now we are helping golfers in new, innovative ways. The R1 Smart Rangefinder doesn’t just provide distances, it changes the definition of accuracy. It brings a level of insight the everyday golfer has never before had access to.”

As with Precision Pro Golf’s other rangefinders, clarity is achieved through the enhanced LCD display, which provides 6x magnification to help golfers always find their target. Additional features of the R1 rangefinder include:

  • Wind Assist – Lets the golfer know how wind might potentially impact the distance of each shot.
  • Find My Precision Pro – Notifies the golfer when their rangefinder is missing and reminds them to secure it when the round is over.
  • GPS Distances – Slope-adjusted distances to the front, center, and back of the green
  • Target Acquisition Technology – Makes it simple to lock on a target, even with shaky hands.
  • Pulse Vibration – Delivers a short burst to ensure players are shooting the flag and not at another target.
  • Magnetic Cart Grip – Easily sticks to the cart, clubs or any other metal object.

The new R1 Rangefinder costs $319.99 and is available for pre-order now through www.precisonprogolf.com.

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Sergio Garcia re-joins TaylorMade; 2021 PGA Championship WITB

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Two days before the year’s second major, Sergio Garcia has announced that he is re-joining TaylorMade four years after the Spaniard parted ways with the company.

Garcia left TaylorMade for Callaway in a partnership that lasted two years before becoming a free agent until this week.

The new multi-year agreement with TaylorMade will see the 41-year-old use the brand’s clubs, golf ball, staff bag and represent the company with a logo on the side of his hat.

On his social media accounts, Garcia announced the news by saying:

“Excited to re-join TaylorMade Golf. I’ve always been comfortable with their team, their approach to the game and their equipment, especially their TP5X golf ball. Happy to be back.”

 

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Though he is reportedly testing TaylorMade’s SIM2 Max driver and a new Spider Ex putter, Garcia will play the original SIM and a Scotty Cameron flat-stick at Kiawah Island.

Sergio Garcia 2021 PGA Championship WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Rocket 3 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (3-PW)
Shaft: Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (52), Vokey Wedge Works BV Proto 2020 (58-T)
Shafts: Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5

Ball: TaylorMade 2021 TP5x (#85)

 

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‘What club/loft do you use inside 100 yards?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their choice of club from 100 yards and in. WRXer ‘JCray33’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“I’ve usually used my 60 degree, which is my 100 yard on full swing but doing some research, I’ve heard 60 degree can be inconsistent on the half and 3/4 shots, and I’ve definitely found that to be true! So now I’m hitting my 56 degree (110-115 full) on everything inside of 100…what do y’all play for the feel, inside 100 yard shots??”

And our members have been discussing their strategy in the 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.

  • Chadwickog: “56 degree from 100 and in typically. All other clubs are full swing clubs unless it’s a specific situation.”
  • Shipwreck: “I practice hitting a variety of distances with each of my wedges. I feel comfortable hitting a variety of shots with each of my clubs based off of either going waist-high, shaft vertical, 3/4 swing and full. I can cover anything from 40 yards to 135 yards with this.”
  • lefthack: “PW from 100 yards to about 50. 52/8 or 56/12 based on lie. Really don’t full swing my wedges.”
  • KevCannon: “Have been using my 54 degree more often for partial swings inside 100yds. It would depend on conditions and pin placement if I need to use 58 degree.”

Entire Thread: “What club/loft do you use inside 100 yards?”

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