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WMPO Tour Truck Report: MMT mania, Chez puts Ascent to the test, Hoffman goes the other way on his 60

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Continuation of a theme: More players adding length.

CT Pan went to 46 inches in his TSi2 driver (9 degrees) with a Fujikura Ventus Red 6 X.

Richy Werenski to 46 inches in his TSi4 driver (9 degrees) with a Fujikura Ventus Red 6 X.

Russell Henley to TSi3 (10 degrees) from TSi4 with a KBS TD 80 Category 5.

Will Zalatoris replaced his trusty TS3 19-degree hybrid with a Titleist U500 3-iron. The new chicken stick has a Nippon Pro Modus3 Hybrid shaft.

Charles Howell III is progressing nicely into his Mitsubishi MMT iron shafts. After a solid second round at Torrey with the new sticks, he is now home at Isleworth CC testing further. Word is he is very happy with the dispersion across the board.

Vokey Wedge Rep (Aaron Dill)

“Conditions here are a little soft from rain and snow recently in the area. Wedge wise, we are seeing the usual fresh grooves as players have commented that the greens are not holding the ball as well as expected from the moisture they have around the course. “ 

Charley Hoffman is testing and possibly gaming a K Grind (60-06). Charley would normally game a 60-04L but said with the softer conditions a little forgiveness could be a nice thing to have. Spent time around the short game area and saw some excellent results. 

Ping

Scott Harrington ditched his G410 3-wood opting to adjust his 5-wood (16 degrees) to a stronger spec to fill the gap. The 5-wood has a Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X shaft. He also added a G425 Crossover with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 9 X Hybrid shaft.

Gary Woodland is now in a Ping G425 LST 3-wood (14.5 degrees set at 13.6). Shaft: Accra Tour ZX 4100 M5 (42.5 inches, tipped 2.5 inches) and a Ping G425 Max 7-wood (20.5 degrees @19) with the Accra Tour ZX 4100 M5.

Stewart Cink switched into G425 LST (10.5 degrees) from the G410LST (10.5 degrees) he has had recent success with. The new driver has a Graphite Design Tour AD XC 6 TX (45.25″).

Cameron Champ put a stronger lofted i500 3-iron in the bag (17 degrees). Like his irons, it has a True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shaft. 

TaylorMade

Harold Varner (non-staffer) tested multiple variations of the SIM2 Max (10.5 degrees). Fujikura Motore X F1 6X, Ventus Black 6 TX, and Evo 7 6 X shafts. Not sure if any will make it in play but sounds like a Fuji party over there.

Chez Reavie (non-staffer) tested a SIM2 Max driver (9 degrees), SIM2 3-wood (15 degrees), and SIM2 5-wood (19 degrees) with Aldila Ascent Red 60 TX, 70 TX, 80 TX. He also put a SIM2 Hybrid (22 degrees) in the bag with MMT HY 90 TX. Not 100 percent sure if the driver will go in, but we will keep you posted.

Nick Taylor put a SIM2 3-wood (15 degrees) in the bag with a Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X.

Scott Stallings (non-staffer) is also testing the SIM2 (10.5 degrees) with an MCA Kaili White 60 TX.

Hudson Swafford (non-staffer) tested a 60-09 LN Hi-Toe 2 lob wedge. He was previously in the OG Hi-Toe. The wedge has a True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft.

Callaway

*Callaway is seeing its fastest Tour conversion rate since Epic

Sam Burns switched into Epic Speed (9 degrees) fully equipped with a TPT Prototype shaft

Will Gordon, who is making some swing changes, lofted up on his Epic Speed Triple Diamond Driver (10.5 degrees from 9). The new driver has an MCA Tensei White CK Pro 60 TX shaft.

Dylan Frittelli switched into Odyssey’s new “Triple Track 2-Ball Ten Proto” putter.

Erik Van Rooyen will most likely be putting the 2-Ball Proto in play as well.

Scott Garrison SST/KBS

Fun story here. Scottie Scheffler, who cracked the face of his trusty Nike Pro Limited 3-wood a couple of weeks back, was in search of a replacement. Garrison had an old one in his garage and brought it out to TPC this week. The potential new replacement is shafted up with a KBS TD 70 Category 5 shaft. Scheffler’s previous setup had an Aldila Rogue Black 110 M.S.I. 70 TX.

Photo Courtesy of @scotteggolf

Free Agents

Scott Brown put a brand new set of Proto Concept irons in the bag. The exotic Japanese muscle backs came fully equipped with yet another set of Mitsubishi MMT 125 TX shafts.

Steve Stricker added some new Callaway gear to the bag recently swapping in the new Epic Speed Triple Diamond driver (9 degrees) with a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2 X and a fresh set of Callaway Apex TCB (Tour Cavity Back) irons. The irons have True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

Scott Stallings also tested the Mitsubishi MMT 125 TX in his Titleist T100 irons.

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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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10 Comments

  1. ChristianR

    Feb 4, 2021 at 2:55 am

    How it works exactly for non-staffers and free agents? They have access to tour trucks to get whatever they want?

    • Richie Hunt

      Feb 4, 2021 at 4:53 pm

      Yes, There’s usually an area for the Tour vans to park that isn’t too far from the range. On the driving range there’s usually at least one rep for every manufacturer and typically the player or his caddie will ask the Tour rep about trying a driver and shaft combination. Sometimes the player/caddie may actually stop by the Tour truck. Usually when they stop by the Tour truck it’s for repairs (grips replaced, wedges grinded, etc).

      On the putting greens there’s usually a few bags filled with putters to try out and a player will go and grab one of the putters. Typically if they decide to keep it they’ll just let the Tour rep know.

      From the stories I’ve heard, PXG is the only company that charges non-staffers for their equipment. The other companies don’t charge as they look at it like if the player wins with their equipment, that’s a victory for them.

      • ChristianR

        Feb 5, 2021 at 4:44 am

        Thanks Richie.
        I was guessing exactly that.

    • Craig

      Feb 5, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      Pretty much.

  2. Ryan

    Feb 3, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Damn it. Now I have to go try those MMT iron shafts.

    • Karsten's Ghost.

      Feb 4, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      You’re not alone. If the pros are finally happy with dispersion, this could be the tipping point.

  3. Benny

    Feb 3, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Wow awesome details guys. Stricker not only switching from Titliest but driver snd irons as well as x100 shafts, wtf!?!?

    • T

      Feb 4, 2021 at 10:49 am

      Right? Doesn’t even seem like they’re talking about the right person here… must be true, but seems totally out of character for Stricker lol

    • George

      Feb 4, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      I was really hoping the Apex TCB stood for Takin’ Care of Business.

    • DS

      Feb 5, 2021 at 10:25 am

      Jordan Speith should follow Stricker to the tour van!!

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Blade vs cavity back style wedges – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing wedge style preferences. WRXer ‘Jjfcpa’ is curious to see what style is used by the majority of members and why, and WRXers have been sharing their thoughts on both types.

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.

  • cwik: “I play blade wedges personally. I don’t see any benefit from CB style wedges around the green or on partial wedge shots. I guess they could provide some help on full swing mis-hits, but I’ve never seen an improvement in overall scores when playing CB’s throughout the bag. The addition of CB wedges is unlikely to produce any scoring benefits for me over time as well.”
  • aaronpoling: “I played SM7’s, then went to MD 4’s, and have settled on CBX 2’s. I play G25’s so going with a CB wedge made sense to me. Both the SM7’s and MD 4’s were great feeling, but I needed something more forgiving, and while they don’t feel as great as the other, they are good!”
  • cactusgolf: “I can shank, thin, or fat any wedge. I’m just that good. I’ve played both CB wedges (CBX-type) and now my Callaway MD3s since they came out. I really haven’t noticed a noticeable benefit to playing one over the other as long as the bounce is right for the type of course and how I deliver the club to the ball.”
  • texas_tom: “I was just looking into this. I settled on a 50 degree GW CBX2 for pitch shots and bump and run and heavy grass. I have Vokey 54/58 for the “finesse” Lob and high soft shots. Of course, I blade the crap out of most of those, so I use my cbx more and more. I think the CBX has a higher swingweight? It definitely feels like it, I don’t feel as flippy with it.”

Entire Thread: “Blade vs cavity back style wedges”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (07/2/21): (Made for Tony Finau) Piretti Handstamped Matera Elite 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 1 of 1 (Made for Tony Finau) Piretti Handstamped Matera Elite putter.

 

From the seller: (@Kaexo): “For sale only, no trades. I wanted to like it and use it for awhile but just can’t putt with it. It was originally made for Tony Finau and can be confirmed by Mike the owner of Piretti. Very light wear on the sole but Overall excellent condition. Only weight set is the blank aluminum which makes it 355g. 34″. 355g. 70? Lie. 2.5? loft. Black Piretti standard grip Full disclosure: I am out of town and won’t be able to ship until likely Friday next week but will try to do it sooner. $1200 OBO fedex insured.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: 1 of 1 (Made for Tony Finau) Piretti Handstamped Matera Elite 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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GolfWRX Spotlight: Tour Edge Exotics C721 driver

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Tour Edge’s Exotics line of high-end golf clubs has been known for excellent fairway wood and hybrid performance over the years. The Chicago-based company has been consistently putting out high-quality products, and golfers are really taking notice. The new line of C721 drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids take yet another big leap forward from last year’s EXS line. 

The new C721 driver takes a lot of technology from the 2020 EXS line and further refines and expands on it. I know it is a little cliche when companies say every model is their best ever, but Tour Edge is 100 percent right this time.

When unboxing the C721 the first thing I noticed was the much-improved looks and shape over the previous Tour Edge drivers. The biggest change to my eye is the added bulge, giving a more rounded and softened topline.

The overall shape of the C721 is slightly stretched from front to back, giving it just a hint of a triangular look. The Ridgeback is a titanium spine flanked by two carbon fiber wings that add stability and forgiveness to the head, but they can also work together and an additional aiming device to ensure you are lined up down the center of the fairway. 

Getting the C721 out on the course is where you really start to appreciate all the technology that went into this driver. Well-struck shots are very long, very boring, and will hang with anything out on the market today. Center contact is rewarded with a long and very low spin shot that is just fun to hit.

The sound and feel are very solid, you can really feel the ball compress on the face as it leaves at high speed. The sound is more of a muted crack and much quieter than I anticipated. If you practice on an enclosed range your ears will thank you for your choice in drivers. Shots hit away from the center of the face retain a lot of ball speed and stay online really well.

My miss is low on the heel and those misses stayed in the air fairly well and went a good ways. Shots hit down on the heel or higher on the toe side still stay online really well due to the Ridgeback spine and rear weight. The C721 is just slightly higher than mid-launch for me, but the low spinning head never allowed my shots to balloon or rise even into the wind. I do wish the face was just a touch deeper as I had to play with my tee height in order to find the optimal setup. The better players will enjoy the neutral weighting and there seems to be very minimal draw built into the driver.

Overall, the Tour Edge Exotics C721 driver is a great club that will probably be overlooked by too many golfers. If you are looking for added distance, a lot of forgiveness and want to keep some money in your pocket, then you should seriously take a look at Tour Edge.

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