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Switching allegiances – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing brand allegiance. WRXer ‘Nelson.Br.1515’ kicks off the thread saying:

“I have just switched my brand allegiance for the 3rd time in my golf equipment life. Went from all things Adams (RIP) to all things Callaway and just switched to Ping (except putter that’s not going anywhere). Anyone else bounce from one manufacturer to the other? Successes? Regrets?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts and experiences in our forum – and whether or not they have a brand allegiance.

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.

  • Roejye: “My allegiance kind of goes by clubs. Driver I’m pretty much a Taylormade guy, hybrids Adams (rip), Irons/wedges Cleveland. I’m not particularly brand loyal, I would play whatever works best for me, in my budget.”
  • Hbaker: “For whatever reason, I started with a Taylormade allegiance. I’ve since broadened my horizons and have a mishmash of clubs in the bag with certain preferences but not so much allegiances.”
  • 14max: “I’ve been a PING guy for so long that I can’t remember the last time I played a non-PING club. I like the durability of their older clubs, their philosophy of function over form, and the fact that they value their employees so highly.”
  • Myheorbobhope: “It’s your bag and your 14 clubs, but I’m going to play the best 14 I can find… that said, half my bag is still Adams… (irons, hybrids and woods). I’ll always give certain companies a shot, and tend to default to Vokey wedges… but I’m open to whatever works best… driver usually comes down to if I can get a shaft I like with no upcharge.”

Entire Thread: “Switching allegiances”

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Pros are just like us: Putting practice at the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational

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The great equalizer in the game of golf is putting, and just like every other golfer that plays the game, PGA Tour players are always working to improve their work with the flatstick.

Much like the short game, putting does not require brute strength and generally comes down to simple technique and repeatability. This week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, we spotted a lot of pros on the practice green working hard with all types of training aids trying to improve on just that.

Bryson’s GC Quad meases 400-yard drives and 3-foot putts.

Spieth is always grinding with his favorite Scotty Cameron.

You don’t get to be the 16th ranked player in the world like Matt Fitzpatrick without working hard on your putting.

Kevin Kisner spotted working on core stability

Shane Lowry using the popular “gate” drill

Ian Poulter has been recently searching for a putter—and that pile behind him indicates he’s still looking.

Poulter was even spotted checking in with others around the green

Jason Dufner using the “bellied wedge drill” to help level out his stroke and improve contact.

The Putting Arc is a classic training aid that we continue to see players utilize

The Pelz trainer continues to be one of the most popular tools on tour

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Tiger’s 5 best shots at Bay Hill (and the clubs he used)

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report

During his career, Woods has reigned supreme eight times as a professional at Arnold Palmer’s place, and before these wins, there was also the U.S. Junior Amateur title in 1991, where Tiger won for the first time at Bay Hill.

As the 45-year-old continues his recovery from his serious car accident suffered last week, here’s a look back at Woods’ five greatest shots at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the clubs he used for each one.

5. 2012 (final round): Approach to No. 8

At the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, Tiger was looking to end a two-and-a-half-year winless streak, on what was a windy Sunday with greens and pins that Woods would afterwards describe as the most difficult he had ever experienced at this event.

On the treacherous eighth hole, Woods held a two-stroke lead. Sitting in the middle of the fairway with the pin on the left side guarded by the pond in front of the green, Woods, who would often lean on his cut shot during his time working with Sean Foley, struck a high draw. The ball landed softly on the front portion of the green and rolled to within 5 feet of the cup.

The bold shot paid off and gave Woods a three-stroke advantage, and he would go on to secure his 72nd PGA TOUR win and begin his ascension back to World No. 1.

Club Used: Nike VR Pro Blade 8-iron with a True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft.

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Callaway launches new Chrome Soft Truvis Shamrock golf balls

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Callaway has introduced its Chrome Soft Truvis Shamrock golf balls ahead of St. Patrick’s Day later this month.

The balls feature all the technology and performance benefits of the 2020 Chrome Soft golf ball and the brand’s hi-res Truvis pattern design with shamrock visuals.

As a recap, the 2020 Chrome Soft golf balls feature a high-speed mantle layer for added distance as well as an inner core that is 34 percent bigger than its predecessors for higher launch and spin.

The Chrome Soft Truvis Shamrock golf balls are available at retail and online starting today (Thursday, 3/4) at a price of $47.99.

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