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WGC-Workday Championship Tour Truck Report: New putter for Rory, more AutoFlex experiments

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First and foremost, prayers and love to Tiger Woods and his family.

TaylorMade

Rory McIlroy is going back to an older model putter this week at Concession swapping his Spider X for a TP Juno.

Robert McIntyre AKA “Bobby Mack” put a new TaylorMade Rescue ’21 Hybrid ([email protected]) in the bag with a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black Hybrid 100 6.5 TX.

Matthew Wolff put a new TaylorMade (19) UDI in the bag with a Mitsubishi MMT 125TX.

Collin Morikawa was testing SIM2, SIM2 Max hybrids this week with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shafts.

Dustin Johnson alongside TaylorMade’s Keith Sbarboro was testing SIM2 drivers with Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X, Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 and an LAGP Proto.

Callaway

Jon Rahm made adjustments to his Mavrik Sub Zero 5-wood to optimize launch. The 5-wood has 16.4 degrees of loft and a Black Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X. The adjustments were to the lie of the club going from 59.8 to 58.9 and weight distribution from 12g Front/6g Back to 10G Front/6g Back. Dialed.

Min Woo Lee put a new Epic Speed ([email protected]) with a Fujikura Ventus Red 7X. Lee also debuted his new logo which is on fire.

Titleist 

Genesis Invitational champion Max Homa tested TSi2 5-woods to give him some options for some of the tee shots at Concession. It’s equipped with a Graphite Design Tour XC 8 TX.

Lanto Griffin swapped into a shorter driver going from 45 to 44.5 in his TSi3 (10). Griffin’s driver has a Project X HZURDUS Smoke Black 70 6.5TX

Justin Thomas put a TSI3 (9) in the bag this week. The new set up is powered by a Mitsubishi Diamana ZF TX

Ping

Cameron Champ switched back into a shorter length Ping G425 LST this week going from 45 to 44.25 inches. The shaft is a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70 6.5 TX (@44.25 , Tip 1.5, D4 SW).

Louis Oosthuizen did something interesting. He had a Ping build him a G425 LST (10.5 @ 9.4, Small -) with the company’s lightweight Alta Slate CB 55 stiff shaft. The 2010 Open Champion was looking for a softer feel with the driver, which isn’t surprising, considering he was seen taking a hard look at Adam Scott’s TSi with an AutoFlex. The whippy lightweight plot thickens…

Ping released a bunch of new putters this week for seeding. Multiple staffers tested them and we will see on Thursday if any go in play.

Cobra

Cobra’s Ben Schomin (and king of the mullets) is doing something to Bryson’s driver—wanted to post this because of the respect for Ben’s hair. Hair aside, Bryson did put a new LAGP Axis Blue 6X in his driver and was also testing new Rad Speed 3 Woods.

Misc/Free Agents

Tommy Fleetwood swapped out his Callaway MD5 Jaws wedges for a set of Titleist Vokey’s (52M, 56M, and 60T) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.

Adam Scott (Titleist staff) was testing long center shafted Odyssey Two Ball 10.

 

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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

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Vinnie

    Feb 28, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Been waiting for a CS Ping PLD Prime Tyne putter to show up besides the one I saw on the LPGA tour. Hoping it’ll be available to the public soon.

  2. JP

    Feb 26, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Any insight on why the majority guys that went to G425 drivers are tipping 1.5 inches when they had only tipped 1 inch or less on previous models? Seems to be an interesting trend…

    • JP

      Feb 26, 2021 at 3:08 pm

      Maybe to stabilize the extra head weight? The lst is listed at 208 grams. Maybe something for next weeks report…

    • Ko

      Feb 27, 2021 at 7:42 am

      This isn’t correct. Like Cameron most players have the same tipping as previous driver. Cameron has played 1.5 inch tip since switching to Px Smoke Green at Liberty national 18 months ago

      • JP

        Feb 27, 2021 at 3:14 pm

        I’m positive Hatton and Thompson were tipped 1 inch in g410, now 1.5 inches in G425. I can’t remember with Finau but I think he was 1 inch before, now 1.5 as well. Also, a lot of staffers still in older models and none of them tipped past 1 inch. Worth monitoring when they do switch to G425 if they change tipping.

        • JP

          Feb 27, 2021 at 3:28 pm

          Champ and Hughes tipped 1.5 in both models. Maybe I just haven’t seen it but I cant recall many others players tipping past 1 inch for other oem heads. Still think it’s an interesting trend with Ping right now and would like to hear more about it.

    • KO

      Feb 27, 2021 at 7:46 am

      Cameron has played 1.5 inch tip since he switched into Px Smoke Green 18 months ago. I believe every g425 user is in same tipping as before.

  3. Jake

    Feb 25, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Annika is playing for the first time in how long and all GolfWRX covers is what shafts these hacks are playing?

    • Mike

      Feb 26, 2021 at 9:29 am

      You get that this is an equipment forum and they do this every week on tour? Get over yourself.

    • chopper harley

      Feb 26, 2021 at 11:57 am

      she is a hack and would shoot 1000 at The Concession

  4. Larry

    Feb 25, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    FYI that is not a new logo for Min Woo, that is a brand in S.Korea (a new sponsor)

    • Chris

      Feb 26, 2021 at 9:47 am

      Was going to say the same thing. That’s the logo for Hana Financial group

  5. No Donkeys Allowed

    Feb 25, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Where’s the Big Donkey, Matt Kuchar? Hee haw, hee haw…

  6. Mike

    Feb 25, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Tommy Fleetwood is not a free agent. Taylormade staffer now.

    • Bob

      Feb 25, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      His deal wasn’t a full bag of Taylormade so you’re not technically wrong but not really right either.

    • John Wunder

      Feb 25, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      I know but its not a taylormade club hence MISC…..

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