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Interesting photos from the Waste Management Open Monday qualifier

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If you haven’t already had the chance to dive into the 10 galleries of pictures we have from the Monday qualifier for the Waste Management Phoenix Open being held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club, Pine Course, check them out here in the GolfWRX Tour & Pre-release Equipment forum.

The reason this is an important event to cover is because the WMPO Monday qualifier is one of the toughest on the PGA Tour based on the strength and size of the file, which includes multiple tour winners, and for the simple fact it only offers three spots compared to the traditional four.

But if you are looking to get the Cliff’s Notes version of what we saw at the event here are the top things we’ve spotted.

Lots of pushcarts

Not everyone has the luxury of using a caddie, and there were lots of pushcarts out there.

Sorry folks, mats only today

It doesn’t matter who you are, you have to follow the rules, even if you are Billy Mayfair and have over 23 million dollars in career earnings.

Cross-handed golfer

Raw Callaway MB and X-Forged

You don’t have to be on tour to get the cool stuff, and as far as irons go, raw Callaways are high up there.

Akshay Bhatia

The smooth swinging lefty—who is still a teenager by the way—is doing everything he can to get starts, and that means playing Monday qualifiers.

Rife still kicking

Rife as a company is long gone, but if you have a putter you love, why change?

Lots of tour players

Everyone from young guns, to tour veterans, were out, including Ricky Barnes, a player who has over 300 PGA Tour events under his belt, and Aaron Baddeley, another player with over $20 million in career earnings.

Also full credit on the Callaway major bag flex from Ollie Schniederjans from the 2018 U.S. Open.

Local Golf clubs

Lots of cool clubs can be found in the bags of Monday qualifiers including direct to consumer brand New Level.

Don’t bet against this guy

Don’t lie, if a golfer rolled up to you on the first tee with these old Ping irons in the bag, you wouldn’t think much about it, unless they belong to a five-time PGA Tour winner.

Oldies

When you have something that works, stick with it, and for Monday Qualifiers there much be a lot of old goodies that are working well including a Nike Method putter.

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Beast

    Feb 2, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    That Taylormade M2 is the holy grail of Driver

  2. Austin

    Feb 2, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Who’s the cross handed golfer? He does that on all his swings?

  3. Justin

    Feb 2, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks Ryan

  4. Paul Runyan

    Feb 2, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Great work Ryan!

    MP 64’s and MP 33’s. Says something.

  5. CrashTestDummy

    Feb 2, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    This is a really great article. Shows the realities of the PGA tour and pro golf. It unbelievable how deep pro golf has become when you have such notable names having to qualify.

  6. Ray

    Feb 2, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Great pictures. Monday Qualifiers are big part of tour and all the clubs these players play are pretty cool.

  7. Golfer

    Feb 2, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Great stuff

  8. Dom

    Feb 2, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    What a great post. I would love to see more of this. In normal years, can you go watch Monday qualifiers?

    • Ryan Barath

      Feb 2, 2021 at 1:37 pm

      Yes – you can very easily go out and watch Monday Q’s.

      • Brandon

        Feb 2, 2021 at 7:38 pm

        Who was the 5 time winner with the Ping G irons? Mayfair?

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (05/27/21): Ping PLD Prime Tyne putter

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of 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 we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Ping Putter Lab Design (PLD) Prime Tyne putter ($650)

From the seller (@T-Bone84): “Limited edition putter that is very hard to find for less than 4 digits.  It’s a compact head with a super shape, I just love my LAB so much it doesn’t get any bag time.  It is lightly used with original shaft (35″) and a GP grip, headcover and original grip included.  It does have a tiny mark on top of hosel that can’t be seen from address but I tried to capture.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping Putter Lab Design (PLD) Prime Tyne putter.

This is the most impressive current listing 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

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What GolfWRXers are saying about using a pitching wedge as a chipper

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of using a pitching wedge for chipping. WRXer ‘SkrappyHacker1’ wants to know if anyone else employs this tactic, saying:

“My 44 degree PW is the club I feel most confident with when chipping. I used to use my 50° gap wedge for chip shots but never hit it consistently.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts and ideas 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.

  • lefthack: “When I first learned I didn’t have a PW, only a SW and learned to do everything with it. Now I have 3 wedges, but use my 52/8 for almost everything inside of 30 yards minus heavy rough or sand, then it’s 56. But my PW is good for everything from 100-30 yards.”
  • FootWedge16: “A majority of amateurs would shoot lower scores if they used bump and runs with an 8, 9, or PW in almost every situation that doesn’t require a flop.”
  • PJE: “Depends upon the shot you want or need to hit and the green contours and speed, but if it’s working go with it. Several years ago, people often chipped with pitching wedges, 9 irons, and 8 irons. It’s less common today. I think because today’s club lofts are stronger. Many people also play game improvement irons which can be chunky and kind of awkward for chipping.”
  • DavidCrockett: “I choose the wedge with the appropriate bounce (and sometimes grind) for the intended shot. These are far more important to me than loft.”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about using a pitching wedge as a chipper”

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GolfWRXers showcase their first ever driver

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In our forums, our members have been displaying their first ever driver. WRXer ‘Mackepa’ wants to know what driver fellow members learned the sport with, who himself began with a Callaway Little Bertha 5 club set.

Our members have been sharing photos of their first driver and how they feel about the club today.

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.

  • mogc60: “Hogan Speedslot persimmon. Had the 2 and 4 wood as well. My grandpa insisted I start playing golf at 15, and he gave me these.”
  • scooterhd2: “Still gaming my first driver (above photo). I’ve cheated on it a few times but keep going back to it. Worn grip, epoxy rattle, and all. Just goes straight for me.”
  • electroleum: “The first driver I had with a proper set of golf clubs was a MacGregor Dx Power Pyramid driver. Had the full matching set.”
  • jwhite86: “My first real driver was a Taylor Made 360… bought it right after the 500 series came out… let a friend try it at the range, and it immediately got a sky mark…”

Entire Thread: “GolfWRXers showcase their first ever driver”

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