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The Masters: Tour Truck Report – More details on Scott’s driver switch, Tiger gets dialed in, Fowler in Vokey wedges?

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It’s Wednesday night of the Masters, and in all honesty, this week is typically on the mild side for the trucks. Most players are pretty dialed when they show up, and keep in mind it’s the end of the year, so most players are revving up for a nice winter break.

Nonetheless, we had plenty of interesting nuggets from my friends on the trucks who give it to us week in and week out.

Let’s dig into the report!

Titleist

Byeong Hun An…trying a 46” driver this week. TSi3 [email protected] with HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 6.5 TX

Tyler Duncan…testing driver shafts, looking to move into Ventus Blue 6X at 44.5”

Lanto Griffin…testing TSi3 fairway with a little less loft and easier to draw for tee shots

Adam Scott…Had a great week with the TSi4 8 degree with Ventus Red 6 X @46 inches, so that will stay in for this week. He also replaced his 2-iron with a TSi2 7-wood equipped with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 10 X (tour only). He also has the new 2021 Pro V1x ball in play.

Regarding the new big stick, interesting information from the team at Titleist

J.J. VanWezenbeeck, Titleist Director of Player Promotion

“Adam tested the New Pro V1 and New Pro V1x at home prior to the Houston Open. He really liked the increased speed he was getting off both golf balls, but the Pro V1x provided the ideal spin and control with his irons which is extremely important to him.”

“When he arrived in Houston, Adam wanted to test some new drivers to see how they worked with the new golf ball. We started with a New TSi4 with 10 degrees of loft at a D-2 Titleist SureFit setting in a Ventus Red 8X at 44.75 inches.”

“Launch, spin, speed, and control were ideal but he wanted to explore what a longer shaft would provide.”

“From there, we stayed with the TSi4 head, but decreased the loft to 8 degrees and lengthened the shaft to a Ventus Red 6X at 46 inches. Adam saw an immediate increase in ball speed of 4-5 MPH with a great launch and spin combination, as well as increased distance and excellent control. Following range testing with the launch monitor, Adam headed to the golf course and reported that he felt like he was in complete control of his new driver and golf ball combination and secured the increased distance he was seeking.”

Fordie Pitts, Titleist R&D Tour Golf Ball Consultant

“Adam is very particular and understands how the fitting process works. “We have worked with Adam for years and he fits the golf ball to the irons, and then the driver to the golf ball. It is exactly how we recommend all golfers get fit for a golf ball or clubs. Since the New Pro V1x golf ball flies higher than the Pro V1 he was previously playing, it precipitated the driver and loft change to achieve the desired window, ball flight, and increased distance Adam was seeking off the tee.”

TaylorMade

Tiger Woods…fresh grips, fresh wedges, and loft and lies checked—TW is DIALED.

Ping

Louis Oosthuizen…is putting a fresh Glide 2.0 60-TS with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Bubba Watson…added a G425 3 and 5-wood to the bag both equipped with Fujikura VC 8.2 Tour Spec X

Gary Woodland (non-Ping staff)…G425 LST drivers in (9 degrees) MCA Diamana D+ 70 TX. G425 Max 3W (14.5) MCA Diamana D+ 80 TX and Max 7-wood (20.5) MCA Diamana D+ 90TX

Callaway

Henrik Stenson…had fresh wedges built in his normal set up Callaway MD5 Jaws Black—52-10S, 58-8C (w/ heel relief). Nippon Pro Modus3 120 X

Free Agents

Tommy Fleetwood…still in the 7-wood testing phase. TaylorMade SIM Max 21 degree, Titleist TSi2 21 degree with Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X, and Ping G425 Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X are all candidates. He also had a fresh new set of Callaway MD5 Jaws wedges built. Tommy will have a new bag setup this week going with four woods and only three wedges.

See his full WITB here.

Justin Rose…new SIM 3-wood (15 @14.5 degrees, upright setting). Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX. Rose had this club built to give him a club to turn over—in particular, the hard sweeping hook required on 10 to get it all the way down the hill. Rose also took out his 5-wood and replaced it with a TaylorMade M6 7-wood (21 @ 20.25 degrees) also with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX. Finally took out the P760 4-iron and replaced it with the P730 4-iron to match his set (Project X 6.5)

Patrick Reed…is testing TSi3 in different shaft lengths. On Tuesday he had a TSi3 9 w/ an Aldila Tour Rogue Silver 125 M.S.I. 70 TX

Charl Schwartzel…is testing TSi3 8 degree with Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X at 46 inches. Also requested a 47.5 shaft to take home

Rickie Fowler…was seen testing Vokey SM8 wedges. In the past, when he was a Vokey player, it was the L grind in the 60 that was his go-to. Curious to see if he’s gone back that way

Vijay Singh…tested Taylor Made SIM 47.5 inch drivers. Shafts tested were Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX 60G 6.5 and Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X. Apparently, he’s KILLING it…

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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. Jack Nash

    Nov 13, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Happy to see I’m not the only one dialling in on 7W’s. Lol. Sim Max 7w

  2. Thomas A

    Nov 12, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Please explain how Rickie Fowler is a free agent? He’s Cobra’s bread and butter.

    • John Wunder

      Nov 16, 2020 at 9:52 am

      It’s just where I chose to put him.

  3. SV

    Nov 12, 2020 at 8:25 am

    What scares me about the “Bryson effect” is that as pros use the longer shafts, OEMs will start making it the “standard”. For those that pay for their equipment (the rest of us), we can’t hit the current 45″-46″ inch drivers straight. If the standard becomes 47″-48″ most amateurs won’t be able to keep the ball on the planet, let alone the golf course.

    • ChristianR

      Nov 13, 2020 at 4:47 am

      Your concerns are legit considering we are already buying and playing 46″ drivers when pros are playing lenghts in between 44″-45″ something…

  4. robert lowe

    Nov 11, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    went to my local golf outlet and asked for a tsi3 with longer shaft I could take home and try… no prize for what they said ! obviously charl has a little more pull.. oh to live in the real world.

  5. Speedy

    Nov 11, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    The horror, the horror, the horror.

  6. Travis

    Nov 11, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Love to see all the longer driver shafts being tested. The Bryson effect is real!

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2020 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Golfer Looking to get Better

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It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff.

In an effort to provide more value and tailored recommendations, we’re presenting our guide as a series this year, targeting “the purist,” “the gearhead,” “the value seeker,” “the golfer looking to get better,” and “the big spender.” (Editor’s note: remaining installments to publish tomorrow)

You know the golfer looking to get better by his/her closet full of every infomercial training aid and a pursuit of forgiveness that would put the most penitent sinner to shame.

Here are our best recommendations for “golfer looking to get better” in your life.

Get a lesson

James Oh

Former tour player and now Southern California based coach to a number of fast-rising players in college and on tour, James teaches not only the swing, short game, etc., but he is also arguably one of the best Golf IQ coaches out there.

Book a lesson here. 

George Gankas

Get on the mat with the hottest teacher in the U.S. and longtime coach to Matthew Wolff and Akshay Bhatia. In a few years, these appointments will be few and far between.

Book a lesson here. 

James Ridyard

Short game teacher to the best—notably Francisco Molinari. A private session with James is expensive, but it’s worth the investment and then some. The best way on the planet to get your short game dialed.

Book a lesson here. 

Marcus Potter

Young and nimble, Marcus Potters career has taken off via word of mouth and Instagram. Schedule an in-person or video-based session with Marcus, and you will be putting like a young Ben Crenshaw.

Book a lesson here. 

Get Better at Home

PlaneMate

The hottest training aid in 2019 continued to be fire in 2020 as players are now learning how to utilize it over the winter to hit the ground running in the spring.

Buy here. 

Gankas G Box

If you really want to learn how to rotate like the best players in the world, there is no better and easier-to-use aid in the market. Good indoors and out.

Buy here. 

Get Faster

SuperSpeed Sticks

No longer a secret tool on tour, the SuperSpeed Sticks offer adults and juniors the ability and training program to truly hit it longer. If you want to build true speed and learn how you hit it farther, the SuperSpeed Sticks are a necessity.

Buy here. 

At-home practice facility

If you’ve got the dough to do it, building a Foresight hitting bay at home is almost like cheating. Not only can you dial in your swing, your clubs, and a create sound practice routines, you can also have some fun and play multiple iconic tracks over with your friends in the comfort of your own home.

Buy here. 

Wellness

Urban Golf Performance

For the SoCal crowd, buying a membership at Urban Golf Performance in Los Angeles puts you in an all-encompassing golf ecosystem that works with your body, your game, your mind and your bag. Its Equinox for golfers—and oh yeah, Collin Morikawa works out there amongst a bunch of other PGA pros and college stars.

Book here. 

For the .com crowd

Me and My Golf online membership

It’s a rabbit hole of tips, tutorials, and insight for golfers of all levels. Arguably the biggest golf platform on YouTube now offers you the VIP experience.

Buy here (7-day free trial).

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2020 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide: Golf gifts for the Value Seeker

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It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff.

In an effort to provide more value and tailored recommendations, we’re presenting our guide as a series this year, targeting “the purist,” “the gearhead,” “the value seeker,” “the golfer looking to improve,” and “the big spender.” (Editor’s note: remaining installments to publish tomorrow)

You know the value seeker by his/her eschewing of anything that will put a significant dent into the wallet while still getting the most from their game, this includes equipment, practice tools, or anything else you might find filling out a golf bag – maybe even the golf bag itself.

Here are our best recommendations for “the value seeker” in your life.

Tour Edge Hot Launch series clubs

Tour Edge and its Hot Launch line of clubs are one of the undisputed leaders when it comes to offering game improvement technology and value to golfers of all skill levels. The newest Hot Launch 521 Series, which includes the Hot Launch E521 and Hot Launch C521 line, can be broken up into two categories to help players quickly identify which clubs they should most consider, and it goes from drivers all the way down to wedges.

The Hot Launch E Series offers high-MOI, extreme game improvement designs with a singular focus on delivering easy-to-launch performance, which is built around correcting the most common miss in golf: the dreaded slice.

The Hot Launch C Series is designed for golfers who desire classicly shaped clubs that offer optimal launch and spin rates, while still getting all the benefits of easy to hit, forgiving clubs built around maximizing MOI.

Buy here.

Snell golf balls: $28.99 (when you buy 5 dozen)

The premium golf ball market if full of high-end competition from major OEMs, and in the direct to consumer market, there is value to be had at the cost of performance, but with Snell golf balls, you get the best of both worlds.

Founder Dean Snell has been in the golf ball business for over 25 years, and with Snell Golf, you can skip the middle man and go directly to the source—and save money. Beyond just saving money on one dozen, the more you buy, the more you save. When you buy 5 dozen (hopefully that’s at least a season’s worth for most golfers on your list), it breaks down to only $28.99 a box!

Buy now. 

Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft Premier putters: $129

Golfers love milled putters, and Cleveland Golf’s Huntington Beach Soft Premier line proves that you can get a milled putter packed with technology for under $150.

The Huntington Beach Soft Premier line is all about enhancing the looks and feel of the putter while continuing to offer familiar shapes and proven technology. The grey satin finish reduces glare and offers a premium look—without a premium price.

Buy here. 

GoSports Golf Practice Net: $79.99

Practicing your golf game shouldn’t just be a nice weather activity, and whether it’s winter or summer unless you are a member at a club or have already purchased a membership at a local range, buckets of golf balls can really add up.

Buy here. 

Golf Avenue gift card

Golf Avenue is one of the largest online shops for used clubs, and there is no better value when it comes to gear than buying used. They also offer a huge selection of new closeout priced bags, shoes, and accessories to help outfit any golfer with the essentials.

Buy here. 

Imperial hat: >$30

The Imperial brand is over 100 years old, but they never rest on their laurels and are constantly working on new designs and partnering with others to create unique collections. From dogs to donuts they have fun graphics and styles to find the perfect fit for any golfer on your list. You can get what amounts to a premium, custom hat at a reasonable price.

Buy here. 

Linksoul Gaiter Gift Box: $65

When it comes to premium face coverings that are stylish to boot, Linksoul’s offerings are first in class. And with the average price of a quality poly/cotton-blend gater running in the $20-25 range, take advance of the opportunity to snag four for $65.

Buy here.

Caddy Tek CaddyLite V3 3-wheel push cart: $176

There is no better way to enjoy a round of golf than walking the course, and with the Caddy Tek CaddyLite V3 you can do that in style and at a great price. It’s compact and comes with an umbrella holder along with an undercarriage cooler bag to keep your clubs and accessories at your fingertips as you stroll the course in style.

Buy here.

Gogogo ProGS24 Laser Rangefinder: $90

Nobody wants to be the “What yardage did you get?” golfer in your group, and with the Gogogo laser range finder, you won’t have to be! It can measure larger objects up to 650 yards, but also has a “flagpole locking function” to help get you locked onto the pin inside of 150 yards, along with 6X magnification for ease of use. For less than $100, it’s hard to find a better value and more highly rated (4.5 stars on Amazon.com) laser range finder!

Buy here. 

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GolfWRX Classifieds (11/23/20): Tour issue TaylorMade M5, Ping G410 LST, Jones Trooper bag

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for 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 – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds 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

Member mykdel – Jones Utility Trooper bag

Jones makes some of the nicest carry bags on the market for walkers and this Utility Trooper is in amazing shape and for a crazy good price – best to act fast on this one.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Jones Trooper bag 

Member mupepperbuy – Ping G410 LST driver

The only thing nicer than the G410 LST driver are these pictures of said driver for sale. Even with the G410, the G400 LST continues to be popular with golfers of all skill levels thanks to its low spin performance and stability.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping G400 LST

Member Snipzky9 – TaylorMade Tour Issue M5 driver head

Unlike the modern SIM, the TaylorMade M5 was never released to the public in an 8° head – only as a tour issue item, which makes this head particularly rare.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: M5 Tour Head

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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