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This week, the PGA Tour is at TPC Sawgrass for the one and only Players Championship. It’s one of the biggest tournaments of the year (the fifth major, as they say!), and GolfWRX was in position to spy some interesting things from the grounds and around the practice area as players are tuning up to battle for the $15 million purse.

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

The Ventus Red is back for Adam Scott

Although we won’t know until Thursday, it appears that Adam Scott has gone back to the Fujikura Ventus Red shaft he was using before Torrey Pines on the west coast swing.

Scott was also seen wearing an all-white pair of the new FootJoy Premier shoes, which look fresh.

Sungjae Im: Understated assassin

Sungjae’s is a good company man with a bag of Titleist gear, and a record filled with amazing consistency week after week. He has only notched 1 missed cut since the start of the wrap around 2021 season and his driving accuracy (11th on tour) and ball striking (32nd in greens in regulation) will be an asset this week at TPC Sawgrass.

Brandt Snedeker has quite the mixed bag

As one of the newer equipment free agents on tour “Sneds” has quite the eclectic setup which includes Miura, Callaway, TaylorMade, along with a surprise Tour Edge 712 series driver.

What’s old is new again for Sergio and Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor is not known for changing too often, and his TaylorMade 750 irons have staying power. Now speaking of 750’s…

Sergio Garcia had fresh grips installed on an older set of TaylorMade 750s, which are back in the bag, and we caught up with club builder Scotty G as they were getting done.

 

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Srixon driver in play for Glover

The ZX7 irons have been a big hit on tour, and the ZX series woods are also quietly making a lot of progress into players’ bags too.

Perez loves his blacked-out PXG’s

When it comes to golf bag swagger on tour, Pat Perez’s blacked-out PXGs are dripping with it.

Chez Reavie’s custom irons

Chez has some new black Miura TC-201s in play, which marks the first time we’ve seen this finish on this set.

Aaron Dill taking inventory

Aaron Dill was spotted on the range taking pictures of Anirban Lahiri’s wedges, likely to make notes on any grinding of stamping before building a new set.

Adam Hadwin is grinding

Good luck trying this drill without all the tees. This is why these guys are so good!

Hideki Matsuyama’s bag is always full!

A lot of golfers aspire to test as much gear as Hideki—it’s truly inspirational as a gear head.

Bryson’s bag looks ready to go

After his big win at Bay Hill, we don’t expect any changes to be made to his gear this week, but then again, it’s Bryson, so we’re staying tuned.

New staff bag for Dufner

Last week, it was a new putter and stand bag for Dufner, and this week it’s a brand new Cobra staff bag and some potential iron testing for the former PGA Champion.

Phil is launch monitor flexin’

If you have two launch monitors, do you even have one? Phil is leaving no stone unturned this week at The Players.

Keith Mitchell eyeing up prototype drivers

The new Mizuno ST drivers have been a big hit so far this season, but the R&D process never ends. Keith Mitchell was spotted handling a “Proto A” head on the range before it was quickly removed from our view.

Things change and things stay the same – Stenson edition

Stenson’s Callaway Legacy Black irons are still going strong.

A Furby for Joaquín Niemann

Joaquin Niemann’s nickname, as we have gleaned from his wedge stampings, is “Furby Boy”. Ergo, a Furby headcover. Well played.

Srixon Z745 staying power

“When it’s not broken, you don’t fix it” must be Brian Gay’s motto when it comes to equipment because he is still using his Srixon Z745 and 545 combo set.

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

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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.

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  1. Elliot

    Mar 11, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Sneds with the Tour Edge 721* Series Driver, not 712..

    That thing looks sweet. Interesting to see what the free agents have in the bag.

  2. Bobby Raw

    Mar 11, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Xander with Epic Speed SZ?

  3. ilovemiura

    Mar 10, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Seeing the new black finish Miuras up for sale on their website! Looks sweet

  4. Your Mom

    Mar 10, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Adam Scott is wearing a pair of FootJoy 1857 Shield Tips. not the new premiere line.

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Interesting photos from Monday at The Players

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This week, the PGA Tour is at TPC Sawgrass for the one and only Players Championship. It’s one of the biggest tournaments of the year (the fifth major, as they say!), and GolfWRX was in position to spy some interesting things from the grounds and around the practice area as players are tuning up to to battle for the $15 million purse.

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

Adam Scott loves testing

Adam Scott loves to test equipment. This once-shy-to-test-week-to-week player is slowly becoming more open to trying something new, and it seems to be paying off.

Maverick McNealy’s prototype irons

 

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Austin Cook has an appropriate alignment stick cover

In the lovable words of one of the world’s favorite furry muppets “COOKIES!!!”

Lucas Glover is mixing it up

Former Nike and then Mizuno staffer Lucas Glover is a full gear free agent this year, and what a mixed bag he has. This is the kind of thing equipment junkies love to see.

Callaway’s next driving iron?

This Callaway X-Forged driving iron is currently a “tour only” part make exclusive for players at the highest level, but based on its popularity in players’ bags, maybe it has some potential in the market.

This is a putter stumper

I have seen a lot of putters in my day, but without a close up of this left-handed gem, even us at GolfWRX are truly unsure of its origin.
UPDATE: Thanks to a couple some sharp-eyed golfers for reminding us this 2015 TaylorMade Spider OS.

There it is, still in the bag!

Consider this the weekly report that Jason Dufner’s Titleist 915F 7-wood is still alive and well—and while we’re all here, let’s also admire his custom Cobra forged CB irons.

So many clubs

This Callaway staffer looked like he was holding a yard sale on the range, but in reality, it was just a very in-depth dialing in session.

Don’t try this at home

Professional golfers endorse all kinds of useful training aids, but for all you regular golfers out there, I don’t suggest trying this at home—unless you are looking to tear an Achilles tendon.

An oldie but a goodie

It’s rare to see classic stainless steel Ping putters in the bags of pros, but this Anser 4 looks to be an original vintage. With the fast greens at TPC Sawgrass, its lighter head weight could come in handy.

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Interesting photos from the Arnold Palmer Invitational (plus links to all photo galleries)

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This week, the PGA Tour is at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida, and GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to spy some interesting things from the grounds and around the practice area as players were getting ready to battle for the $9.3 million purse at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

Justin Rose’s new Axis1 (Blade) proto

Justin has been using an Axis1 putter for years, but this is the first time we’ve spotted him with a blade-style prototype version.

Rickie continues to tinker

Rickie Fowler’s bag is always interesting, and this week the Rev33’s are in play.

John Augenstein’s WITB

The 2019 U.S. Am runner-up turned professional in late 2020 has quite the club setup.

Camilo Villegas with new Srixon ZX7 irons

Camilo always has a very interesting club set up based on his unique dynamics into the ball—lots of forward shaft lean and low dynamic loft. Thanks to their more aggressive VT sole the new Srixon ZX7’s seem to be a perfect fit for the Colombian.

Justin Rose continues to test

It was exactly a year ago at the 2020 API, Justin Rose started to tinker with his club setup, and this week in 2021 it appears that he is still working to get dialed in and testings drivers.

Speaking of drivers, Rose was as caught talking to Jason Dufner about his new Cobra RAD Speed, and might have ordered one to test.

A story in 4 parts – the assumed conversation

Rose– “Oh, I like the look of this Duff!”
Duff– “It’s my new one. I like it”
Rose– “Interesting, what’s it all about?”
Duff– “It has all this weight to make it stable, & you adjust it here.”
Rose (on phone )- “Hey cobra can I test one of those Rad drivers?”

 

Kisner with a unique putting drill

Keith Mitchell continues to use HZRDUS T1100 in his driver

With all the talk about players including Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen moving to longer and much more flexible driver shafts, Keith Mitchell continues to buck the trend with one of the stiffest shafts available – the ProjectX HZRDUS T1100.

Here’s a look at Louis with his stock Ping ALTA CB stiff shaft.

Alex Noren loaded up with golf balls

We know there is a lot of water around the course this week at Bay Hill, and it looks like Alex Noren is prepared like an 18 handicap headed out to play from the back tees with four dozen balls ready to go.

Dufner putting with his wedge

Jason Dufner was seen working on his putting using the popular bellied wedge drill which forces you to work on producing a level stroke and precise center contact.

Hideki Matsuyama’s bag must be heavy

Hideki is the ultimate tester, which is why we love him at GolfWRX.

Bryson potentially testing grips

It looks like Bryson was getting ready to test some new Jumbo-Max grips, or just had a fresh set installed this week.

Paging Ping – Harris English needs a new putter headcover

That ratty old thing must hold some sentimental value to Harris based on its condition.

Charl Schwartzel back to Miura irons

Charl has gone through a number of iron sets in recent memory and at the API it looks like he’s back to a set of Miura 001 blades.

Spieth testing new utility

Jordan Spieth had a few extra Titleist utility irons next to his bag on the putting green, and it could be that he is working on his gapping because of the long par 3’s at Bay Hill.

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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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