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Interesting photos from the Waste Management Open Monday qualifier



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.


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 part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He 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.



  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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Bettinardi unveils limited Wall St. Fat Cat putter and new ‘To the Mooon!’ headcovers



Bettinardi has unveiled its latest Hive release: its Limited 1/5 QB6 Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat Putter and its ‘To The Mooon!’ Betti Boy headcovers.

The Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat putter features a completely hand stamped checker pattern across the shoulder and bumpers and intricately engraved T-Hive money bags and gold coins across the Micro-honeycomb face milling.

The flat-stick’s sole features a Wall Street Poison Gangster Fat Cat over a stock graph pattern, smoking a cigar, and the flat-stick is completed with a two-tone gold flame and Tour blast finish.

The limited one of five putter comes equipped with a special, rare tonal red Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat headcover made for this putter only and is paired with an exotic leather Gripmaster grip.

The ‘To The Moon’ Betti Boy headcover is the latest over from Bettinardi and features the Betti Boy riding the rocket to the moon stitched stitch across the front. The saying ‘To the Moon’ is on one side of the cover, with the moon stitched in glow-in-the-dark thread with stars across the cover.

The Limited 1/5 QB6 Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat Putter is available in The Hive today at 8 AM CT, while the Betti Boy headcovers drop today at 10 AM CT.

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Whats in the Bag

WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: FlopShotGang



Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of FlopShotGang.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: FlopShotGang

FlopShotGang WITB

Driver: Ping G410 Max (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 70g

3-wood: Ping G410 LST (15.5 degrees)
Shaft: Pro Launch 75 X

Irons: Mizuno MP 20 HMB (3,4), MMC (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 120 stiff, Nippon Modus 120 X-stiff

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged (50 degrees) and Vokey SM8 (54-S and 62-M @ 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 (36 inches)

Putter: Ping Heppler Ketsch (35.5 inches)

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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



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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