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Most interesting photos from Tuesday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

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This week, the PGA Tour is at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas, for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship. GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to spy a glimpse into the bags of some of the world’s top golfers. The field of 64 is getting ready to battle starting today for the $10.5 million purse with $1.8 million going to the winner.

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

Matt Kuchar’s very custom Bettinardi

Matt’s armlock-style putting requires a very unique setup to create the proper dynamics for great roll, and the most noticeable is the large amount of loft and offset on the head.

Berger’s not quitting on his TaylorMade MC’s

Another week on tour and another week for one of the oldest iron models out there.

Hideki’s inspirational bag of clubs

Hideki Matsuyama is absolutely prolific when it comes to club testing—we counted 14 clubs before even getting to the ones with headcovers—and we can’t forget about all those shafts.

2 thumbs up for the 2 Thumb Grip

Putter grips are one of those things your either test or never change, and for Matt Wallace, he has been having some pretty steady success with his 2 Thumb Grip.

Arnie is forever

A lot of golfers have a great affinity for Arnold Palmer, and Jason Kokrak shows his with a signature Arnie umbrella headcover.

Ryder Cup reps for Fleetwood

2021 is a Ryder Cup year, and for Tommy Fleetwood, he is keeping his 4-1 feeling alive with a European Ryder Cup cover.

Imagine being so good at golf…

You have the exclusive luxury of being sponsored by a chicken company. For Brendon Todd, that is a reality. It is certainly not the most unusual bag sponsor of all time and although it’s fun to joke around, there is nothing funny about Todd’s game, he’s all business, just like his SIK putter.

Bryson’s got graphite

It’s well known by now that Bryson exclusively uses graphite in all his clubs, yes even his putter, and this week he looks to have a few extra driver shafts in the bag just in case.

Is Jason Day a Motorhead fan?

“If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man – You win some, lose some, all the same to me”

His Ace of Spades cover could be a nod to the English rockers.

Yeah, I don’t know what this is either

South African Erik Van Rooyen is the 68th ranked player in the world, so who am I to judge whatever this very unusual putting aid is. Do you know?

You can join the discussion about the tournament and the pictures here:  2021 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play – discussion and links

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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. Brian

    Mar 25, 2021 at 6:21 am

    Ryan,

    Looks like Van Rooyen is using a Gravity Fit training device.

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WGC Match Play Tour Truck Report: New putters for Kuchar, McIlroy, Poulter

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With a field of just 64 players at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas—and some trucks not making the nearly 20-hour trip between PGA National and Austin Country Club—there’s not a massive amount to report this week.

Nevertheless, we’re preparing a plate with the ingredients we have in the GolfWRX kitchen!

Titleist

Switching away from his Odyssey White Hot XG 7, long-time Titleist staffer Ian Poulter is gaming a new Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 Prototype putter.

Callaway

Si Woo Kim has a new set of Apex TCB irons and a PM Grind 64-degree wedge.

Fresh grooves Jon Rahm in his Jaws Forged wedges. 52-10, 56-12, 60-10. Project X 6.5 shafts.

Photo via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder.

Kevin Na is in new Epic Speed 3 and 5-woods. He’s sticking with Mitsubishi Diamana RF 70 TX and 80 TX shafts, respectively.

Ping

Viktor Hovland tested Ping Blueprints on TrackMan but is sticking with his i210’s for now.

Andy Sullivan moved into a  G425 3-wood with a Fujikura Ventus Blue shaft.

Corey Conners, Tyrrell Hatton, Bubba Watson, and Louis Oosthuizen may all play new Glide Pro Forged wedges.

TaylorMade

Rory McIlroy tested Fujikura Ventus Blue shafts in his fairway wood (8 X and 9 X, respectively).

McIlroy was also spotted returning to the eight-armed embrace of the TaylorMade Spider X putter family. Interestingly, rather than the pistol grip he’s favored in the past, Rory has a TaylorMade SuperStroke tour grip on the wand.

 

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Tommy Fleetwood put a new SIM2 Max 21-degree fairway wood and MG Hi-Toe 52-degree wedge in play.

Dustin Johnson, who has been in a 10.5-degree SIM head is putting a SIM2 Max in play. 10.5 degrees.

Collin Morikawa put a new MG2 50 degree in play.

Non-staffer Hideki Matsuyama switched into a SIM UDI 3-iron—and added a yardstick to the bag.

Others

OG of armlock putting, Matt Kuchar has a new Bettinardi KM2 DASS VWS putter in the bag.

Additional details on Kuchar’s putter via the folks at Bettinardi.

Material: DASS (Double Aged Stainless Steel)
Neck: Welded Mid-Slant (2.5 Shafts of offset to provide proper visual)
Face Milling: F.I.T. Face (Feel Impact Technology)
Finish: Black Oxide

“Designed and engineered by Robert Bettinardi in 2015-16, and his Tour department for Matt Kuchar, the KM2 DASS VWS to add weights to the top muscles to get the ball into a true roll faster.”

Patrick Reed was spotted testing a TPT shaft.

 

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Check out all our photos from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play here. 

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Most interesting photos from Monday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

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This week, the PGA Tour is at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas, for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship. GolfWRX was on-site Monday to spy a glimpse into the bags of some of the world’s top golfers. The field of 64 is getting ready to battle starting Wednesday for the $10.5 million purse with $1.8 million going to the winner.

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

Does Louis ever miss?

Look at the wear mark on his putter!

Abe Ancer sponsors himself, and it’s awesome

Look, when you own the company, why not sponsor yourself? And that’s exactly what Abe Ancer has done with his tequila company, Flecha Azul. You can spy the logo on his headcovers and even his wedge, which is done by Artisan.

Maybe this is the week for Zalatoris

Thanks to the unusual circumstances of the 2020-2021 mega season, Will Zalatoris is NOT a member of the PGA Tour yet, but he is the 43rd ranked player in the world, and a win this week would officially get him his card.

Ryan Palmer and old faithful

There are few “club relationships” on the PGA Tour that are as long-standing as Ryan’s with his Odyssey Rossie, but when you’ve won over $30 million on tour, you ride that thing into the sunset.

Scottie Scheffler has a bit of everything

There are no less than four different brands in Scheffler’s bag, which immediately grants him GolfWRX member status.

Jason Day is trending

Although he is still working his way back into form, Jason Day is trending up, and his bag of mixed gear is a site to see.

Patrick Reed testing irons?

Patrick has a unique deal in place with the Japanese manufacturer Grind Works for his custom irons, but this week we did spot an old Callaway in his bag again. Could he be making another switch or just testing shafts?

Harris needs to get a grip

A couple of weeks ago we spotted Harris English’s worn-out old putter cover still going strong and now we see that his grip looks to be worse for the wear too. As any golfer will attest, you don’t mess with a club that gives off good vibes, and his putter has been working just fine.

Sergio is right at home—wait, is that a long putter?

With the tournament in Austin, Sergio and his putter cover should feel right at home—Hook ’em Horns!

Now, it could be an illusion, but it looks like Sergio had a long putter in the bag when he arrived at the course. Although we didn’t see it as he moved to the putting green, the much wider shaft diameter makes it appear that it is a long putter, which would be a serious shift for Garcia.

It could also be that one of his putters is just stuck out of his bag too.

Ryder Cup vibes for Spieth

Jordan had a familiar Ryder Cup cover on his fairway wood, and I bet it gives off some serious positive vibes for the Texan.

JT always working

Even after a big win at The Players, JT was on the putting green grinding this week—no days off, kids!

The putting green is a busy place

The practice green at any PGA Tour event is a gearhead’s dream. From all the training aids and measuring devices to the putters available for testing, it’s a total free for all, and at Austin Country Club, there was lots to see.

Testing was in full force for Hideki, he was spotted with no fewer than seven putters.

 

You can join the discussion about the tournament and the pictures here:  2021 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play – discussion and links

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Interesting photos from the 2021 Chitimacha Louisiana Open

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If you haven’t already had the chance to dive into the eight galleries of pictures we have from 2021 Chitimacha Louisiana Open, you can check them out here in the GolfWRX Tour & Pre-release Equipment forum.

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.

Putting is important

When you consider the amount of talent in professional golf, it is endlessly fascinating to see the number of drills, tools, and routines players use on the greens to find a groove.

 

Here is a closer look at the custom Scotty Cameron putter.

You know a putter has “seen some things” when most of the PVD/paint on the shaft has worn off from use.

BGT Stability shaft + TaylorMade Truss, I dare you to find a more stable putter.

From the “pros are just like us file,” you have to make sure your grip is just right after a re-grip, and that’s what’s going on here.

From the tips

You know a course is set up long when you take your practice swing in the rough behind the tee.

Use them ’till the grooves are gone

Professional golfers have access to anything and everything when it comes to equipment, and it’s always interesting to see some of the iron sets still in play—even if they are just a few years old.

This mixed bag has a set of P760 irons from TaylorMade

Here we have another set of TaylorMade forged irons, this time P750, which are still a fantastic-looking iron, and were also recently used on the PGA Tour by Sergio Garcia.

Jonas Blixt has a special place in my heart for continuing to use “King” Cobra Pro MB which was released all the way back in 2008. It also looks like he has a TaylorMade M3 fairway wood too.

Maybe it’s a Swedish thing?
Although not as long in the tooth as Jonas Blixt’s Cobra’s, David Lingmerth continues to stick with a set of Ping i25s – originally released in 2014.

Last by not least in the “classic clubs of the week” file, is the Mizuno MP Fli-Hi spotted here. Although the MP20 irons are still a very current product, the driving iron in the bag is getting on 10 years old now based on its original release data 0f 2012. If I have said it once I have said it 100 times—if it’s not broken, don’t fix it!

Raw irons never got old

Although they never picked up mainstream popularity, raw irons are a popular choice among many pros including the one below.

Hey! Where did my golf bag go?

Don’t lay these golf bags down in long rough, you might lose them.

Although the camo bags are hard to spot, the Ping S55 irons (the last S-series iron before the i-Blade) are not. This particular set is looking really fresh too.

Tommy Gainey’s Backstryke putter

Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey has an interesting swing, an interesting bag of clubs—including the game improvement Callaway Rogue Pro—and continues to use the very unique Odyssey Backstryke putter.

Tiger on the prowl

This bag full of Srixon gear is topped with the instantly recognizable “Tiger” cover from Daphne’s Headcovers, and much like anyone that wears a particular athlete’s signature shoes or jersey—I consider this a sign of respect, game recognizing game.

Callaway TCB irons continue to be very popular

The Callaway Apex TCB (Tour Cavity Back) irons continue to be a popular choice out on tour, and it has us asking if based on this popularity they will be released into the retail market.

You won’t find these at your local store

OEM’s make all kinds of “tour issue” products and a couple of interesting ones we spotted include a Titleist U500 5-iron. The retail offering only goes to a 23-degree 4-iron.

Australian Ryan —brother to 2019 U.S. Women’s Am winner Gabi Ruffels (talk about a sibling rivalry)—had a fully custom Artisan 60-degree lob wedge in the bag emblazoned with a kangaroo.

Let’s also take a moment to just admire the simple classic styling of Odyssey Toulon.

To see all the pictures from the 2021 Chitimacha Louisiana Open check out the links below.

 

 

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