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Who will win the 2020 Masters? Who knows! But we at GolfWRX are as happy as anyone else to offer our prognostications.

If you want to see what a professional statistician is saying, check out Richie Hunt’s “The 21 players who can win the Masters,” but if you’d like Masters picks from the rest of us lunatics, read on!

Richard Audi: Owner, GolfWRX

Win: Bryson DeChambeau: “The Masters is his to lose. BAD is a modern-day cannon.”

Place: Dustin Johnson: “DJ has nerves of steel and the distance to separate him from the field.”

Show: Patrick Reed: “because he’s Reed…been there, done that, and he performs well under pressure.”

Ryan Barath: Host of “On Spec”

Win: Tyrrell Hatton: “Been playing well, and difficult colder conditions don’t bother him, he proved that by winning the European PGA.”

Place: Hideki Matsuyama: “He’s coming in hot with a near win in Houston and to be honest being near the top is much better than winning the week before. The putter is always the issue with him but with how well he strikes it, he will get lots of chances.”

Show: Bryson Dechambeau: “He will be close to the lead all week but he won’t ever put himself into contention caused by one or two big mistakes.”

Johnny Wunder: Host of “The Gear Dive”

Win: Tommy Fleetwood: “He’s due to win a major. Ball striking been there but Putter has not. Hear whispers that part is sorted.”

Place: Tiger Woods: “The cold and length actually play into his hands, scores will be higher and I think if he can get to Saturday with 3 or 4 of the leaders it will get very interesting.”

Show: Jimmy Walker: “JW is finally healthy and it’s a good track for him. I definitely see a Top 10 here. Augusta isn’t super penalizing off the tee which has been the thorn in his side. I think he squares it away this week.”

Brian “BK” Knudson: Host of “TG2”

Win: Rory McIlroy: “It is his time. The demons are locked away and he will go out and use his length off the tee to set up aggressive approach shots. Putter might even catch a little fire.”

Place: Justin Thomas: “I don’t know if there is a player with more passion chasing that Green Jacket. One of the few who doesn’t have a real weakness in his game and even enough power to keep up with the big guns.”

Show: Adam Scott: “The 2013 Champion hasn’t missed the cut at The Masters since 2009 and his swing is the definition of perfection. If the putter can get warm he will be in the mix on Sunday.”

Gianni Magliocco, Assistant Editor

Win: Bubba Watson: “Bubba has been striping it lately. Over his previous 12 rounds, the left-hander ranks first in this week’s field for Strokes Gained: Approach, Tee to Green and Ball Striking. At a course tailor-made for his game, it’s time for Bubba to notch green jacket number three.”

Place: DJ: “In blistering form and is trending at the venue. Sure to feature.”

Show: Adam Scott: “Perfect game for Augusta and last week had his best iron performance since his win at Riviera earlier this year. However, his putting will let him down.”

Ben Alberstadt: Editor-in-Chief

Win: Jon Rahm: “Something of a forgotten man in the lead up to November Masters (which is odd, considering he’s the No. 2 golfer in the world) Rahm has the tools—from soaring ball flight to mastery around the greens—to get it done this week.”

Place: Hideki Matsuyama: “I fear the Japanese standout may never break through and win a major, but he’s shown a penchant for ANGC from his first playing and is in form after a near-win in Houston last week. Matsuyama should spend plenty of time on the first page of the leaderboard this week.”

Show: Bubba Watson. “In a better place mentally, I see Watson playing well at course he loves and has a pretty decent track record at…”

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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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Club Junkie: Reviewing TaylorMade’s P770 Irons and SuperStroke’s Wrist Lock Putter Grip!

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Finally, I have had a full set of TaylorMade P770 irons out on the course for the last few weeks. The P770 takes a bunch of DNA from the larger P790 and packs it into a smaller size. Don’t be fooled, the smaller size still gives you a bunch of distance and forgiveness! SuperStroke’s Wrist Lock putter grip is designed to help add stability and consistency to your putting stroke. It really does give you the feeling that the putter is locked into your stroke and won’t go anywhere.

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The Wedge Guy: My thoughts on single-length irons

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One of the bigger stories in golf equipment the past few years – thanks to Mr. De Chambeau – is the development of single-length irons. So, are they right for you or not? That’s a question only a fair trial can answer, but let me offer some thoughts on how your set make-up might look if you do take that direction.

First of all, the concept is not about single-length clubs — the conversation is about single-length irons. No one is playing a driver or fairway woods at the same length as their irons. Probably not even the hybrids. The putter is typically not either. So, the question is where in the set does the “single-length” begin and end?

I’ve long espoused the concept that your set of clubs (excluding the very specialized putter) should be divided into three sub-sets: Distance Clubs, Positioning Clubs, and Scoring Clubs. And generally speaking, these subsets each cover a specific range of lofts.

The Distance Clubs are those up to 20-25 degrees or so. This subset begins with your driver and encompasses your fairway woods and maybe your lowest loft hybrid or two. Your goal with these clubs is to move the ball “on out there” and put you in a place for your “positioning shot.”

The Positioning Clubs then begin after that highest loft Distance Club and take you up to 38 to 40 degrees of loft. Generally speaking, this subset would begin with your 3 or 4-iron or hybrid and go up to through your 7- or 8-iron. The goal with these clubs is to set up a reasonable putt or chip so you can get down in no more than 2-3 shots. My opinion is that it is only within this subset that “single-length” might serve you.

The Scoring Clubs – those over 38-40 degrees of loft — are the ones with which your scores will likely be determined. Long ago, I wrote several posts about the “round club mindset” when 8-irons had a more curved topline than the seven – a distinctly different look, and those 8-irons were 38 to 40 degrees. These are the clubs designed for putting the ball close enough for a makeable putt, hopefully, more often than not.

So, most conversations about single-length irons should be limited to that subset of “Positioning Clubs,” from your longest iron through that iron of 38-40 degrees. While many golfers may not see the distance separation between clubs that you would ideally like to have in that subset, others might. I’ve long observed that the distance a club can be hit is a combination of loft AND club shaft length. I just don’t see how you can get the range of distances from the longest to shortest in the set by changing loft only. I have tried several of these sets and just do not experience the distance differentials I want from that subset in my bag.

But I can certainly assure you that you simply cannot be as accurate with wedges that are 37 or 38 inches in length as you can with those clubs being 35 to 36 inches. It’s simple golf club physics. With very few exceptions, the shorter the club, the narrower your distance dispersion is going to be.

Consider that a “wide” shot with a 45-inch driver might be 30-40 yards off-line, while even the worst “wide” shot with your 35-and-three-quarter-inch pitching wedge is not likely to be more than 15 yards offline. In between, your lateral dispersion is progressively narrower as the shaft length is reduced.

So, I just cannot see why anyone would want to make their wedges the same length as their 5- or 6-iron, 37.5 to 38 inches, and give up the naturally more accurate dispersion that the shorter shaft delivers.

I am looking forward to hearing from those of you who have tried single-length irons and longer wedges to share your experiences.

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Golf’s Perfect Imperfections: Sharing some time with one of the best PGA Professionals in America

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Meet Jimmy Stewart. From his early childhood junior days in Singapore and Thailand, to golf course and driving range operator in California. We talk Turkey, where the game was, where it is and to where it’s going.

 

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