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Most of the big action for Team TaylorMade is taking place in Abu Dhabi with Rory and Tommy in the field. After extensive weeks of testing, this is what they have in the bag this week

Tommy Fleetwood WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees @8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX (tipped 1 inch, 44.75 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Rocket 3 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX (42.5 inches)

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (19 degrees @18.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 TX (41.25 inches)

Irons: TaylorMade P7TF (4-PW) 
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: Callaway MD5 Jaws Raw (52-10S, [email protected], 60-08T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue  S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 3
Grip: SuperStroke Mid Slim 2.0

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (D, 3W, 5W, 7W, and wedges), Iomic Sticky @12:30 (irons)

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x ’21 Proto

Rory McIlroy WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees @8.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (45.5 inches, 59.25 lie, D4)

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX (43.25 inches, 58 lie, D4)

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (19 degrees @ 18.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7MB (4-PW)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 7.0 (6.5 in PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09SB, 56-12SB, 60-08LB)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper (34.25 inches, 2.5 loft, 70 lie)

Ball: 2021 TaylorMade TP5x (#22)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (58R 1+1, logo down)

Matthew Wolff WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (10.5 degrees @9)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD TP 7 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 8 X

Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (3-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (50-09SB, 56-12SB, 60-09LB)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord (+3 double-sided tape)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Proto (33 inches, lie at 70, 3.5 loft, D4)
Grip: TaylorMade Red/Black

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ’21 PIX

Other TM news 

Doc Redman put the new Aldila Ascent Red 70 TX in his SIM2 (60 TX pictured below).

Sepp Straka put the new MCA Kaili White 60 TX in his SIM2.

Titleist

The Fujikura Ventus Red trend continues with Russell Henley moving from his KBS TD to Ventus Red 7 X in a TSi4.

Tyler Duncan was testing a custom K Grind lob wedge. He was inspired by Kevin Na’s win and looking at Aaron Dill’s pics on IG. Can you blame him?

Justin Thomas (Abu Dhabi) moved out of Ventus Red 6 TX (tipped 1 inch) in his TSi3 (9 degrees) into a Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 X. According to my source, JT was looking for a specific feel with the driver and also one that dialed in the launch windows on a little cutter he has been working on. We will keep you updated if it sticks or if any of the info changes.

Callaway

Akshay Bhatia put the new Apex Utility Prototype in play with a KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 105 X shaft. Shay also put the new Epic Max LS driver (9 degrees @8.5) with a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green “Hulk” 75G 6.5 TX.

Kevin Na tested Callaway’s Epic Max LS (9 degrees) with a Graphite Design Tour AD GP 6 X. No need to panic, that original Epic gamer ain’t goin’ anywhere till it keels over and dies.

Phil Mickelson was spotted testing a Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X shaft in a Mavrik Sub Zero. Not confirmed if it will indeed go in play.

Ping

Scott Stallings (non-staff) put a Ping G425 LST (10.5 degrees @11) driver in play with an MCA Kaili White 60 TX (tipped 1 inch @45.25).

Abraham Ancer (non-staff) also converted to the Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @7.75) with an MCA Tensei AV Raw Blue 65 TX (tipped 1 inch @45).

Cameron Champ lost his clubs en route to Palm Desert and the Ping Tour squad had to build a brand new set of sticks from scratch, top to bottom. Thankfully the gamers showed up and Cam was left with a fresh new backup set.

Srixon

Rumor has it that former world No. 1 Brooks Koepka has inked a deal with Cleveland/Srixon to play its Z-Star XV ball, ZX7 irons and Cleveland Zip Core Wedges. Koepka showed up to Palm Desert with a new set of irons with Tour Issue X100 shafts, a Srixon utility, and his trusty Nike Vapor Pro 3-iron and TaylorMade M5 driver with an MCA Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX shaft. We will continue to update to confirm or deny the rumors. Awesome news for Srixon and BK if true.

Cobra

Rickie Fowler made some significant changes to his bag coming into Palm Desert. The Cobra staffer put the REV33 MB’s back in the bag this time with a fresh set of Mitsubishi Chemical MMT 125 TX graphite shafts. Fowler, who has tested quite a few different shafts over the years, going from KBS C-Taper S+ to Tour Issue X100, loved the integrity of the MMT’s.

In testing, they tried a set that was soft stepped as well as the current set that is straight in. The overall takeaway was integrity on mis-hits and hitting a very specific flight window all while keeping spin the same. Fowler also had the new Cobra RadSpeed Driver in the bag with a Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 60 TX shaft.

Jason Dufner put the new Aldila Tour Concept 60 TX in his Rad Speed Driver (70 TX pictured below).

Free Agents

Scottie Scheffler finally swapped out his TaylorMade P730’s for a brand new set of P7TW’s (5-PW). Like his older set, they come fully loaded with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts. Scottie did keep his Srixon Utility 3-iron and Z785 4-iron in the bag, however.

Newly minted free agent Ryan Moore showed up to the Desert with a bag only a true gear junkie could love. The six-company bag featured a TaylorMade SIM Driver, TSi2 3-wood, Srixon hybrids, Mizuno MP-18 irons, and Cleveland Zip Core wedges.

Paul Casey put the Titleist TSi3 driver in the bag with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX shaft.

KBS seeded out a new Proto graphite shaft. The yet-to-be-named new edition to the TD line has a higher modulus material on the bottom third to increase stability and lower torque. The feedback with the original TD from players with fast speeds: it needed to be stiffer. This “newer version,” which will probably only come in the category 4 and 5, is very firm.

Patrick Reed went back to his Ping G400 LST driver—that’s all on that.

 

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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

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Karsten's Ghost

    Jan 31, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    That’s great work. Well done.

  2. Benny

    Jan 22, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Guys there is only so much “golf news” available. Its not a dram filled NBA, NFL or MLB type sport.

    JW always brings the heat! Brooks, awesome to see and hear. Great signing!

  3. Big Donkey

    Jan 22, 2021 at 11:51 am

    What about Matt Kuchar? Kduoooooche, Kduoooooche, Kduoooooooche, Kduooooooche…..

  4. JDM Club Ho

    Jan 21, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    If only BK was playing some z745s…

    Still stoked on the signing for Srixon. I’d be interested in if he is playing the v-sole and standard lofts in the zx7???

  5. Stanley

    Jan 21, 2021 at 12:24 am

    This is good reporting

  6. T

    Jan 20, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Solid gear report. This is the type of Grade-A content we need to see more of on GolfWRX.

  7. Jbone

    Jan 20, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Great work Johnny

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Real Madrid football star Gareth Bale’s TaylorMade WITB

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For soccer/football fans, Gareth Bale needs no introduction, but for those who aren’t followers of the beautiful game, the Welshman is a four-time Champions League winner and an absolute golf nut.

Bale’s love of golf is so strong that he has been rumored to be considering retiring from football when his contract runs out next year with Real Madrid to focus on a new career in golf.

The 32-year-old is supporting this week’s Cazoo Open at Celtic Manor Resort, and ahead of the event, TaylorMade gave us a look inside his own iron and wedge setup.

Per the sheet, Bale is exclusively a TaylorMade player but plays a combo of the brand’s P770 irons (3-5) and MC iron model (6-PW).

The Welshman’s wedge set up is also interesting, with Bale fitted for a 59-degree lob wedge, a 55-degree sand wedge, a 51-degree gap wedge, while his PW is 47 degrees.

Bale also has an 18 degree TaylorMade SIM UDI in the bag, and if you want to know how serious he is about golf, the below photo (much to the dismay of his employers) probably says it all.

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Matt Kuchar putting RIGHT armlock at the 3M Open

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Matt Kuchar has been a long-time proponent of the armlock putting technique, and at this week’s 3M Open, Kuchar is set to tackle the greens by adapting to a right arm method.

The 43-year-old debuted the right armlock earlier this year at the Masters, but the technique quickly went away as Kuchar found little success with the method.

However, it appears Kuchar is once again ready to trust the quirky putting method, testing it with zero loft on his putter, and it’s a technique that has left our members more than a little perplexed.

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.

  • toddyc: “Looks completely absurd.”
  • Tupperwolf: “It just looks… so awkward… Every shot in golf has the hands ahead. I can see using the feel of the right hand swinging the putter.. but this is, like, hands behind the ball. I understand sometimes you need a new feel, but this is like nothing else in golf. He looks contorted in an uncomfortable way.”
  • daviegolf1991: “Looks so uncomfortable, could imagine the arm and back being very sore after putting like that all day. I don’t get some of these pros, you play golf for a living, how hard is it to just keep it simple. I agree, all these anchoring methods need to stop.”

Entire Thread: “Matt Kuchar putting RIGHT armlock at the 3M Open”

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WITB Time Machine: Collin Morikawa 2019 3M Open

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Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 Rocket 3 (14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 80 TX

Driving iron: TaylorMade GAPR Lo
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 100HY TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (4, 5) TaylorMade P730 (6-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52, 56, 60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Bettinardi Soft Carbon 3-Step Jam proto
Grip: Lamkin EBL Smooth Pistol

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord

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