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Jon Rahm joins Callaway tour staff in multiyear deal

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Today, Callaway Golf announced that Jon Rahm, the number two ranked player in the world, has joined its tour professional staff in a multiyear agreement.

Rahm worked extensively with the company’s tour department to dial in the specs for each of his new clubs, and will officially make his Callaway staff debut this week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

For the year’s opening event, the Spaniard will use Callaway prototype woods and irons. He will eventually use the brand’s MD5 Jaws wedges, but they may not be in the bag in Hawaii. Rahm will also be gaming a Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball. While he’ll still have his TaylorMade Spider X putter in the bag, Rahm will move to an Odyssey putter in 2021.

Speaking on joining Callaway, Rahm, who shot a course record 59 at Silverleaf with his new clubs, said

“I’m so happy to be joining Callaway, and I can’t wait to start the year. The equipment is already performing well for me, and in my first round with the new setup,

“I shot a course record 59 at Silverleaf. I have confidence in my new Callaway clubs – and especially the golf ball, which has really impressed me during the testing process.”

Rahm used Callaway and Odyssey equipment at Arizona State University, where he won 11 tournaments while playing for Head Coach Tim Mickelson. The 26-year-old has the second-most wins in school history, behind fellow Callaway staffer Phil Mickelson.

On the new signing, Callaway President & CEO, Chip Brewer said

“We’re proud to welcome Jon Rahm as the newest member of our Tour Staff. He’s one of the very best players in the world, and he’s a proven winner on golf’s biggest global stages. We’ve admired Jon for many years, going back to his college days when he first used our equipment. We’re excited to see him playing Callaway and Odyssey again, as he looks to take his game to yet another level.”

In addition to using Callaway and Odyssey equipment, Rahm will wear apparel from TravisMathew throughout 2021.

Editor’s note: We will follow up this piece with a full Rahm WITB and details from the tour truck when the Spaniard’s club and shaft recipe is fully cooked.

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  1. Dennis Beach

    Jan 4, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Maybe its not even about the equipment. TM just didn’t want to give him what he thought he was due. There is no loyalty to one brand anymore. Players in the past would play the same equipment(clubs, ball) brand forever. If it is equipment, he could do worse.

  2. Jack Nash

    Jan 4, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    I fully expect that other than the “look” the irons won’t be any different than his TM’s. As someone said earlier none of Rahm’s equip will be in my bad anytime soon.

  3. Dennis Beach

    Jan 4, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Nothing he plays helps me. Did my own research on everything I play in my bag. Ping g410SFT driver,older Cally Diablo 3 wood, 2 Snake Eyes hybrids(18-21), a full set of hybrid irons(24-46),from a company not so many people have ever heard about. 2 Cleveland CBX2 wedges, and a Cleveland putter. I play a Cally 2-piece ball. Not one club that a pro uses, will ever find its way into my bag, because they want it that way.

  4. Imafitter

    Jan 4, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    I wish him luck as I like watching Jon play. Not surprised based on his relationship with the Mickelson family. Some do well and some don’t when they change equipment, but I hope he is successful.

  5. Dave r

    Jan 4, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    None of them use retail anything.

  6. Tank

    Jan 4, 2021 at 11:56 am

    I really didn’t expect him to say anything but give glowing comments about his NEW SPONSOR!

  7. Dyson Bochambeau

    Jan 4, 2021 at 10:15 am

    He will struggle like most guys who switch equipment

    • Funkaholic

      Jan 4, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      What a ridiculous comment.

      • gunny

        Jan 4, 2021 at 12:15 pm

        No it’s really not at all. Look at players who switch 14 clubs and the ball while at their peak. There’s almost always a long drought period and some don’t ever get back to where they were. Think Lydia Ko and Graeme McDowell. Lydia made things worse by moving away from her Coach as well, but her fall has been significant.

    • Blades Forever

      Jan 4, 2021 at 6:07 pm

      Agreed, An other example is Justin Rose.

  8. Smith

    Jan 4, 2021 at 9:27 am

    I’m just glad the headline didn’t reference the 59. Guy made it to #1 in the world with TM – not saying they’re any better than Callaway, but not sure there’s a ton of improvement that can be offered be the change.

  9. Brandon

    Jan 4, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Sounds like he has the new Apex pro in the bag along with the Epic Max. If so, we should see those hit the conforming list this week.

  10. JT

    Jan 4, 2021 at 9:10 am

    The newest gen chrome soft x at retail is legit, I put it head to head with PV1x and loved it. Was an easy change. Not surprised to see JR go with it right away and give it so much positive feedback.

    • Jacon

      Jan 4, 2021 at 10:46 am

      Almost none of the staffers play the retail ball; there are something like 40 tour-noyl variations.

      The most common ones I see from low-level tour players are the Diamond CS-X and the Star CS-X, which are firmer and more spinny, respectively.

      • JM

        Jan 4, 2021 at 11:14 am

        That’s correct. None use retail ball.

        • Benny

          Jan 4, 2021 at 5:10 pm

          All the Tour gear comes off the exact same manufacturing line as the retail stuff guys. You’d be suprised to know we do play the same. The Pros just receive more definied and specified gear with specific perameters which each OEM pull from the same bucket of goods. Only time its “different” is when they do Prototypes. Acushnet was a customer of mine. I also knew a couple who worked on the ProV line. There is no magic Tour Only plant or line except at Cameron, or the company Cameron uses.

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The uncommon club that led to Phil Mickelson’s opening 64 at Wells Fargo

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Phil Mickelson is one of the most interesting players on tour, not just for his creative and exciting play but also his gear which he is very particular about depending on the event.

Lefty got off to a stunning start this week at Quail Hollow, firing a round of 64, all set up by his excellence off the tee, an area of the game that has sometimes hurt Mickelson.

On Thursday, the 50-year-old gained 1.5 strokes over the field off the tee, and the secret behind the success was down to a 2-wood he plays as a mini driver.

The 2-wood in question is a TaylorMade “Original One” Mini driver, and following his electric start at the Wells Fargo, Mickelson told reporters what he gains from using the club off the tee and how he uses it:

“It’s just kind of a mini driver head that I use as a strong 3-wood, and out here, because the fairways are so firm if I hit it low enough, I’m able to get a lot of chase out of it, and I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing any distance. So that allows me to kind of keep my misses a lot tighter. Today I hit it very successful, I hit a lot of good shots with it.”

Mickelson ranked eight off the tee after round one, and following some fun banter on Twitter with playing partner Joel Dahmen before Thursday’s round, the club helped Lefty gain all the bragging rights heading into day two.

 

 

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Is a blade just a blade? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing blade irons and whether there are discernible difference in models or not.

WRXer ‘LowAndLeft32’ wants to know how fellow members decide on a particular blade to game, and WRXers have been sharing their thoughts and process 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.

  • benclab: “Look of top line, offset and how bounce acts at contact and through. All blades are not the same.”
  • Yoshifan151: “Blade designs differ a lot from one manufacturer to another. Sole design is the biggest one that will have an impact IMO. But if you like your VR Pros I’d stick with them personally; those are one of the best blade sets ever in terms of a total package.”
  • cgasucks: “The shape of the blade has virtually been changed for decades. You can only forge a billet of carbon steel into so many shapes. It is really up to the person to decide. You can’t go wrong with any of the blades you listed. Your current Nike Blades are can still perform up there with today’s blades. For me, I would choose one which is based on looks and feel and how it frames against the ball at address.”
  • DaRiz: “Looks at address. Sound/feel. Looks in the bag. In that order, no other criteria need be analyzed.”

Entire Thread: “Is a blade just a blade?”

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PXG expanding Battle Ready putter collection with Closer and Spitfire

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PXG is expanding its Battle Ready Collection of putters with the all-new: Closer and Spitfire models which are 100 percent milled and have been engineered to combine high MOI with prominent alignment features to increase confidence on the greens. 

“Golfers love options. And our new Battle Ready Closer and Spitfire are two of the very best putters you’ll ever use. Period. These putters are fully optimized, from CG and MOI to stability and alignment so that you can sink more putts” -PXG founder and CEO Bob Parsons

Battle Ready Closer

The Battle Ready Closer is a high MOI wide-body blade featuring high-density tungsten in the heel and toe to increase the putter’s stability compared to the previous model and optimize the center of gravity.

Beyond the flange sightline, the geometry of the head is intentionally built around parallel and perpendicular lines for easy alignment.

Battle Ready Spitfire

The Spitfire is a “wide-winged” mallet with the wings built using tungsten to create a very high-MOI and to also aid with alignment.

Technology

  • Optimized face pattern – Like with previous PXG putters, the pyramid face pattern optimizes the ball speed across the putter face by reducing speed on center strikes while also retaining speed towards the heel and toe, all providing a soft feel. The face ensures consistency in all parameters that affect roll including; initial ball velocity, launch angle, spin rate, and skid.
  • Tungsten weighting – For maximum stability, the putter has an added tungsten frame along the perimeter to boost MOI and create a deeper center of gravity. The Tungsten works alongside the lightweight aluminum frame to remove mass away from the center while still having ports for weight customization.

Price, specs, and availability

Both the Battle Ready series Closer and Spitfire putters will retail at $525 but are being introduced at a special introductory price of $295. For more information or book a putter fitting, visit PXG.com or call 844.PLAY.PXG.

Specs will vary based on putter configurations, but each putter will have the option for a plumber’s neck, Heel Shafted, Double Bend, or Armlock – provide additional customization based on a player’s unique stroke style.

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