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Farmers Insurance Open Tour Truck Report: Details on Adam Scott’s AutoFlex experiment, Jon Rahm’s new putter (and shoes)

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Adam Scott was spotted testing an AutoFlex SF505XX shaft in his Titleist TSi4 (9 degrees). In early testing, Scott was looking at numbers to the tune of 182 mph, 11 degrees launch, and 2,200 rpm. Scott has been near the top in driving leaders all year, and this switch may be a new way in to optimizing that even more. The AutoFlex shafts are unique in their profile—in simple terms, they are light/stiff, AND whippy. Yes, that’s correct. Word is the shaft will most likely go into play this week.

Charles Howell III tested (and will put in play most likely next week) a set of Mitsubishi Chemical MMT 125 TX shafts. Howell was looking for a bit tighter dispersion with his irons, especially on mis-hits, and found that the MMT gave him that plus a bit more launch with his long irons. Howell would be the third player to make the switch to the MMT 125 TX following Rickie Fowler and Davis Love III. CH3 will have the MMT in his Titleist T100 4-iron this week.

To see all WITB galleries and more pics- GolfWRX Tour & Pre-release Equipment forum.

Jimmy Walker went in the opposite direction of Adam Scott going into a Ventus Black 10 X is his TSi3 (8 degrees). It’s a beast of a stick at 43.5 inches, which to Walker felt more comfortable with his new swing.

Max Homa added a Titleist TSi2 7-wood to the arsenal with a Graphite Design Tour AD XC 9 TX shaft.

Wedges with Aaron Dill

Adam Scott switching from 60-14K to 60-12D the change was inspired by Adam needing more forward bounce to control trajectory. True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100 shaft.

Sung Jae Im is changing from 52-08F, 56-08M, 60-04L setup to a 52-08F, 58-04L because of length of golf course. Im wanted to add an extra club to the top part of the bag. Both are set up with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

TaylorMade

Matthew Wolff was testing new putters with Keith Sbarboro on Tuesday afternoon. Not 100 percent if the Spider Chalk will get replaced, but he was testing a TP Model with a long neck that was pretty cool looking.

To see all WITB galleries and more pics- GolfWRX Tour & Pre-release Equipment forum.

Callaway

Patrick Rodgers put the new New Epic Speed Max LS driver at 46 inches with a Fujikura Speeder TR 757 TX shaft in the bag. The new setup gave Rodgers 4 mph increase in ball speed.

Jon Rahm put Callaway’s new Odyssey 2-Ball “10” with a red Stroke Lab shaft in play this week. It’s quite a monumental occurrence as the putter was the final holdout from his TaylorMade days. And peep the Air Jordan 11’s!!

Ping

Louis Oosthuizen put a BGT Stability Tour shaft in his Vault 2.0 Voss Platinum putter.

Old news, but Bubba showed up with these again. Seems to be something he’s committed to.

Another long hitter (although non-staff), JB Holmes put the Ping G425LST in play (9 degrees, Small -) with a Fujikura Ventus Black 6X.

Free Agents

Newly minted free agent Lucas Glover showed up to the Farmers with a bag full of PXG Gear. The bag included a mixed set of PXG Gen3 T (4, 5, 6) and ST irons (7-p) with Nippon Pro Modus3 120 X shafts. Glover has a Srixon Z785 driver in the bag with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X shaft. In the woods department: Titleist TSi2 3-wood with a Fujikura Atmos Blue 8 X shaft and a PXG 7-wood with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X shaft. In addition to a PXG putter, Glover has Vokey wedges: SM7 52-12F, 56-14F, SM5 60-08M.

To see all WITB galleries and more pics- GolfWRX Tour & Pre-release Equipment forum.

Jason day is making his 2021 debut this week at Torrey with a new Chris Como swing (#workinprogress), and a brand new mixed bag.

Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @8.5)
Shaft: TPT 14 LO 5

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

Irons: Mizuno MP20 HMB (3,4) Mizuno JPX 921 Tour (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7

Wedges: Artisan Prototype (50, 54, 60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

Meanwhile in Dubai…

Sergio Garcia went on a Taylor Made shopping spree adding a Sim2 (9) Driver with Ventus Black 6X, SIM (14, 19) with Ventus Black 7X, 8X, and a fresh set of P750 irons with Nippon Pro Modus3  130X. Sergio also has the ‘21 TP5X ball in play.

Collin Morikawa put TaylorMades a new Hi-Toe Raw 60/11 in the bag as well as the new ‘21 TP5

Justin Rose was testing a SIM2 (8) and ‘21 TP5

Tommy Fleetwood made a shaft change going back into the Ventus Black 7X in his SIM2 (10.5 @ 8.5)

To see all WITB galleries and more pics- GolfWRX Tour & Pre-release Equipment forum.

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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. osg 777

    Apr 23, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    If some one desires to be updated with latest technologies afterward
    he must be go to see this site and be up to date daily.

  2. Josef G

    Jan 28, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Good move for Rahm to already shun those Travis Matthew shoes for Air Jordan. I bought a pair of the TM golf shoes and I’ve never worn anything so uncomfortable in my life.

  3. The domestic donkey

    Jan 28, 2021 at 12:27 pm

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

  4. Fred

    Jan 28, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Calling the autoflex whippy is really misleading considering its non-Newtonian properties make it progressively stiffer as force is applied, yes in hand it feels whippy but but doesn’t play like a soft shaft.

  5. Jsjmp

    Jan 28, 2021 at 7:21 am

    I thought Adam Scott used a low bounce K – how much effective bounce on his new D grind?

  6. A Golfer

    Jan 28, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Great report Johnny! I think Ancer is in MMT iron shafts as well.

  7. jgpl001

    Jan 28, 2021 at 5:22 am

    A Ventus 10X?
    Good God is this really possible???
    I hope he tipped it at least 1 inch……

    • Benny

      Jan 30, 2021 at 11:52 am

      I know, seems Walker is becoming obsolete again and to keep him in the mews he is trying x100 and now 10x driver shafts.
      Dude just play good golf and less strain on your back Jimmy. I used to love this guy but come o.

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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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Lots of new and old gear in play at Wells Fargo Championship

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With the next major of the golf season, the PGA Championship, coming up in just a few weeks at Kiawah Island, players are gearing up and pulling out all the stops when it comes to dialing in their clubs. For many players, this means getting news clubs in the bag, and for others, it also means potentially going back to some old favorites that just “feel right.”

Already this week, we spotted Rory McIlroy going back to his TaylorMade Rors Proto irons, and after closely inspecting the many tour gallery pictures from the Wells Fargo, there was a lot more we spotted.

Here’s the rundown.

Justin Thomas continues to stick with Titleist TS3

Although he did test the TSi Series drivers when they were released, Justin Thomas continues to stick with the same TS3 driver that helped him win The Players earlier this year.

Jason Dufner with new Cobra 3D printed putter

The Duf-man has been in tinker mode with the putter for a while now, and this week, he had a new (presumably) 3D printed fang style Cobra putter on greens at Quail Hollow. We did catch up to him later in the day where he had another Cobra putter he has been using for a while, so I guess it’s going to be a game-time decision come Thursday.

Patrick Cantlay getting used to his new Scotty Cameron

Patrick has long been a blade putter guy, but a few weeks ago he was seen with an Odyssey 2-Ball at the RBC Heritage, and this week in Charlotte he was using a Scotty Cameron T-5.

Corey Conners with new Ping i59 irons

The new Ping i59 irons are the talk of GolfWRX right now and for good reason — they look really cool! Ping staffers must be taking notice because not only has Viktor Hovland made the switch but so has Corey Conners (above) and Hunter Mahan (below).

The switch has also been confirmed thanks to Ping’s continuously updated WITB section of their website.

Bryson back to Cobra LTD

After testing a new “Bryson prototype” Cobra RadSpeed driver at the Masters in April, Mr. DeChambeau is back to the Bay Hill-par-5-driving Cobra LTD.  Considering his driving was such a strength in that win, it looks like it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Pat Perez with PXG Gen4 irons

Pat Perez changes his Jordan shoes a lot more often than he changes his irons, but this week he has a new set of PXG 0311 Gen4 irons in the bag, which are easy to spot thanks to their signature weight screw in the back of the head.

To keep up to date with all the discussion around equipment this week at Quail Hollow and to see all of the galleries head over to the GolfWRX forums: 2021 Wells Fargo – Discussion & Links

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Anyone play a 9-wood? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing 9-woods. WRXer ‘Uglande’ wants to know if there is a place for the 9-wood in the bag, especially after the revival of 7-woods in the modern game, saying:

“4-iron is a tricky spot for a lot of us, and I have never gotten along with hybrids. Is bagging a 9 wood that crazy of an idea? If Dustin Johnson can hit a 7 wood, why isn’t a 9 wood a realistic choice for the rest of us mortals?”

And our members have been having their say on the matter in our forum.

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.

  • tbowles411: “Sure do. Love it. It gives me around 200 yards off the tee and off the deck. It makes the long game easier for me, by a LOT!”
  • Feelingofgreatness: “9 wood is generally higher MOI, higher launching and across the spectrum more backspin and less hook bias.”
  • Argonne69: “Yeah, I replaced my 4h with a 9w a few seasons ago. I had trouble getting the hybrid airborne at times, but the 9w launches easily. I also have a 7w.”
  • mosesgolf: “Yup. I love mine, which replaced the 4 iron. It is so much easier to hit and elevate.”

Entire Thread: “Anyone play a 9-wood?”

 

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