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Bettinardi signs LPGA Tour rising star Patty Tavatanakit

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Bettinardi Golf has announced the official signing of former World Number 2 amateur and LPGA Tour rising player Patty Tavatanakit.

Entering her sophomore season on the LPGA Tour, Tavatanakit will play her DASS (Double Aged Stainless Steel) Studio Stock 3 putter, with the 21-year-olds first tournament this week at the Gainbridge Championship in Orlando, Florida.

Patty attended the University of California Los Angeles, where she became a 7-time winner and two-time WGCA First Team All-American. With her success at UCLA, Patty qualified and became the Low Amateur at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open, where she finished T5. Turning pro shortly after, she earned the Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year award in 2019 on the Symetra Tour.

Putter Specs:

Model: Studio Stock 3

Weight: 360 grams

Material: DASS (Double Aged Stainless Steel)

Face Milling: Micro-honeycomb

Finish: Black PVD

Speaking on joining Team Bettnardi, Tavatanakit said

“I was always a big fan of Bettinardi Golf during my collegiate days, and now I couldn’t be more excited to be part of their official Tour staff. Being able to visit their shop, see the technology, and try all their face millings to find my perfect putter was truly awesome.

The confidence I now have in my putting is the best it has been, and I’m really looking forward to this season and seeing it pay off on the greens.”

Tavatanakit joins a young lineup of LPGA Bettinardi Staffers, including Annie Park, Muni He, and PGA Tour stars, such as Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sam Horsfield Jason Kokrak, and long-time staffers Matt Kuchar and Fred Couples.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. The Domestic Donkey

    Mar 1, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Kuch is King Donkey.

  2. Kooch is awesome

    Feb 27, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Kuchar is King

  3. Dom

    Feb 26, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    I am always a fan of LPGA news. Thank you, Gianni!

    • KP

      Feb 28, 2021 at 12:21 pm

      I agree, I’d like to see more LPGA articles too. Their bag setups (and course strategies) are more relatable to regular guys like me than PGA tour bags.

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RBC Heritage Tour Truck Report: Kevin Kisner takes the armlock plunge?

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The tour trucks roll into the Lowcountry and Hilton Head Island this week for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. With plenty of players who teed it up last week at Augusta National in the field, it’s a combination of finally heading to the doctor’s office for ailments that surfaced prior to the season’s first major and the freedom to experiment before the intensity ratchets up again leading into the PGA Championship at the end of May.

And for those who didn’t tee it up at Augusta, well, this week represents the opportunity to double down and get after it.

Driver and putter changes abound this week, as well as some shaft switches and fresh grooves.

Tune in to this week’s Tour Truck Report.

Titleist

Chesson Hadley switched into a 15-degree TSi3 (A1 SureFit setting) as he works on a push-draw ball flight.

Denny McCarthy is testing U500 and T100 4-iron in a bid for more control on hold shots and tight fades.

Not a Titleist staffer, Chris Kirk is testing an 8-degree TSi2 with a Kai’li Blue Prototype 60 TX shaft.

Some of Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill’s handiwork below.

 

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Cobra

Jason Dufner tested a Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X shaft before ultimately settling on a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 60 TX for his RadSpeed driver.

Callaway

We spotted Kevin Kisner testing the armlock putting style with multiple heads. Per Callaway, Kisner ultimately settled on a Stroke Lab Black Seven putter with a White Hot insert and a SuperStroke Flatso 17 grip (positioned sideways). We’ll see if it goes into play Thursday.

Emiliano Grillo is testing an Epic Speed DS (9 degrees @8.3, neutral) with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X shaft (45.5 inches, tipped 1 inch).

Dylan Frittelli moved into an Epic Max LS driver.

Apparently, the Top Gun Proto Apex MB didn’t take Mav McNealy’s breath away as he looks to have returned to his Nike VR Blades for the RBC Heritage this week.

Danny Willett is reportedly testing Mitsubishi Diamana Kai’li White in his fairway woods.

Matt Wallace tested a number of Toulon putters and an Odyssey 2-Ball Ten.

Cleveland/Srixon

William McGirt tested a Graphite Design Tour AD DI in his 5-wood.

TaylorMade

Tommy Fleetwood was testing a Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White shaft as well as multiple putters. He’s in a 9-degree SIM2 driver and 15-degree SIM2 3-wood.

Doc Redman is gaming the TP5 2021 ball.

Harry Higgs put the 2021 TP5X in play as well as an MG2 wedge (60 degrees).

Bobby Mac, Robert MacIntyre, has a SIM UDI 2-iron in play.

Non-staffer Daniel Berger is in a SIM driver (9 degrees).

PXG

Zach Johnson has a new Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6 X shaft in his driver.

Hudson Swafford was spotted testing what we’re calling PXG Gen4 ST irons.

Free agents/Others

Matt Kuchar continues testing the reverse armlock putting style.

Brandt Snedeker was spotted with Miura CB-301 irons.

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Hideki Matsuyama changed putters prior to Masters win

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We filed this piece for the PGA Tour’s Equipment report. Read the full piece here

As Hideki Matsuyama brushed in his winning putt at Augusta National on Sunday evening, the setting Georgia sun glistened off his 2012 Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Tour Prototype as he carried the wand with him off the famed Georgia course’s 18th green.

While most viewers who have seen the Masters champion in action over the past two years likely assumed from the finish and shaping it was the same flatstick Matsuyama has been stroking putts with all season, Japan’s first men’s major winner actually only put this particular putter in play at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play two weeks ago.

Matsuyama consulted with Scotty Cameron TOUR rep Drew Page and had a Lamkin Deep-Etched Cord Full Cord installed as well as a stepped putter shaft.

And while Hideki’s exact specs are under lock and key, Page and company dialed in the same loft, lie, and head weight as the Newport 2 GSS Timeless Matsuyama has played since the 2020 BMW Championship.

Read the full piece here

 

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GolfWRX Spotted: PXG Gen 4 ST Super Tour iron?

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It was only a few months ago that PXG unveiled its Gen4 line of irons, but there was one set missing from the line relative to the previous generation—a new “ST” or Super Tour milled blade.

The ST is a unique club in the PXG line since it doesn’t offer a hollow structure, and the only new blade currently is the 0211 ST which doesn’t offer the adjustable weighting in the back and also comes at a much lower price point.

Based on the centrally positioned weight and the thin body of the irons we spotted in Wyndham Clark’s bag at the RBC Heritage this week on the PGA Tour, it looks like some Gen4 0311 ST irons could be on their way to retail soon.

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