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Most interesting photos from Tuesday at the 2021 Valero Texas Open

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This week, the PGA Tour is at TPC San Antonio on the Oaks Course for the Valero Texas Open. GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to catch a glimpse into the bags of some of the world’s top golfers.

The field of 144 is getting ready to battle starting Thursday for the $7.7 million purse, with $1.386 million going to the winner. The tournament is also the last event where players can qualify for The Masters, just like Canadian Corey Conners did last year.

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

Cobra guys sticking together

Both Rickie and J-Duf, played a practice round together and showed off their unique bags full of Cobra gear. Rickie is playing the new Palm Tree edition RadSpeed XB, while Jason has his trusty F9 bag in the bag.

Oldies but goodies

Looks like Daniel Berger isn’t the only golfer on tour with an affinity for 2011 TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC irons. We spotted those along with some PXG Gen2 X long irons in the bag of David Hearn. Charl Schwartzel also has a very mixed bag with some older gear including Miura 001 blade irons—and Nike VR Pro wedges!

Are you team site line or dot?

Site line preferences are all over the map on tour, and we caught some prime examples of two of the most popular options. On the top, we have a Toulon San Diego with a topline site dot, and on the bottom, Jimmy Walker is using a classic Newport 2 style with a flange site line.

Hold still now

This is a classic drill to help reduce head movement during the swing, and this caddie is demonstrating the perfect technique.

Pat Perez’s shoe game is HOT!

Pat Perez is one of the biggest sneakerheads on tour, and he also happens to be a Jordan athlete. That means fresh kicks all the time including these custom 2020 Jordan 35’s with the TW13 “Free” soles.

Mizuno JPX900 Tours still going strong

Vaughn Taylor continues to use the irons that kick-started the Mizuno JPX revolution on tour when Brooks Koepka won the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Game improvement = game improvement

Longer iron with less loft are harder to hit – it’s just physics. It’s the reason why combo sets like the one Greyson Sigg has are so popular with many golfers on tour. Greyson has replaced his long irons with Mizuno JXP919 Hot Metal Pros.

New irons and new ferrules

Adam Schenk was working with some new Ping irons on the range, but what makes them unique is their “ringed” ferrules. Ping has never done custom-style ferrules from factory before, so either they have started a small program with their tour players, or these irons were built by someone other than Ping.

Getting those Masters vibes

Although Luke List isn’t yet qualified for the 2021 Masters, his putter headcover which showcases some of the most popular menu items from Augusta National’s famous concession stands is giving off plenty of vibes. Maybe it’s a good omen for this week to be the last golfer to sneak into the field.

Texas well represented

I wouldn’t call a more than four-hour drive from Fort Worth to San Antonio a quick trip, but either way, it’s cool to see a “local” SMU Mustang in the field. SMU also happens to be the Alma Mater of the reigning US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau.

Lust for rust

Robby Shelton likes to keep it clean as far as stamping is concerned on his Vokey wedges, but when it comes to glare reduction, he trusts the rust!

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. Leo

    Mar 31, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Is the top Cobra photo Rickies or Duffs bag? So did Rickie either go with a 915F 5wood like JT or go to full set of Vokeys?

  2. Frank Castle

    Mar 31, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Those are the ugliest Jordan shoes I’ve seen.

  3. Averysdad

    Mar 30, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Dear Pat Perez——will you PLEASE share some of your ? J’s with Keegan. He needs help. ?

    • Bucky

      Mar 30, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      Until someone starts wearing Faldo’s squarez, Keegan will hold the crown for worst shoes on tour.

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Most interesting photos from Tuesday at the 2021 Valero Texas Open – Part 2

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This week, the PGA Tour is at TPC San Antonio on the Oaks Course for the Valero Texas Open. GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to catch a glimpse into the bags of some of the world’s top golfers.

The field of 144 is getting ready to battle starting Thursday for the $7.7 million purse, with $1.386 million going to the winner. The tournament is also the last event where players can qualify for The Masters, just like Canadian Corey Conners did last year.

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

Hunter Mahan going “G”

OSU—Oklahoma State University—is a golf powerhouse. Golfers from OSU who have gone on to great professional careers include Charles Howell III, Rickie Fowler, Matthew Wolff, Viktor Hovland, and of course one of the “OG’s” Hunter Mahan who also happens to by playing a Ping combo set with a new G425 long iron.
Yeah, I shoehorned all that in there.

Charles Howell’s bag is a treasure trove of gadgets

Charles’ bag includes an Orange Whip, alignment sticks, extra alignment sticks, extra driver shafts, and multiple putters. This is why gearhead golfers love CH3.

Phil loves to flex

 

Phil Mickelson will always be a showman, and this week as he tunes up for Augusta National he was flexing all kinds of gear on the range at TPC San Antonio.

  • Three drivers in the bag
  • Custom Callaway alignment stick cover
  • Double launch monitor/iPad set up
  • His own “Air Phil” logo on his shoes
  • And how can we forget those calves?

The second coming of the 2-Ball is upon us

I can remember it like yesterday. It was the summer of 2001, I just got a brand new set of irons, I was working at a golf course and playing every single day, and the Odyssey 2-Ball had just been released. That putter was everywhere, and 20 years later in 2021, I have those same feelings all over again—minus the whole “working at a golf course and playing every day” thing.

The new Odyssey 2-Ball Ten is all over professional golf right now, and we spotted more than one on the putting green in Texas.

Hideki gonna Hideki

Here is your weekly reminder that Hideki Matsuyama “out gears” every other golfer on tour when it comes to the weekly testing of driver shafts and putters.

Branden Grace is looking to go “Auto”

Branden Grace, how sweet the swing,
So flowing and so free,
The AutoFlex shaft, he is trying,
Might be the final key….for him to win for the second time this season.

Branden already won this year at the Puerto Rico Open and in Texas this week he was on the range deep into testing with the AutoFlex shaft in his Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond.

Japan forged Apex MB’s still going strong

The very limited edition “Japan forged” Callaway Apex MB’s which were originally made exclusively for Francesco Molinari have still been finding a place on the tour—and my goodness, they look fantastic.

Fluff is like the Energizer Bunny

Famous PGA Tour caddy Mike “Fluff” Cowan is 73 years young, looking fit, and still an absolute boss!

You don’t always need a staff bag

Luke Donald was seen grinding away on the range, and lucky for his caddie, Luke’s rig has been made a little bit lighter this week by swapping out the traditional staff bag with a tour stand bag instead.

It’s True, seriously

Former Ping staffer turned free agent, turned Scratch Golf staffer and part-owner, turned free agent, turned PXG staffer, turned free agent once again Ryan Moore has been playing a mixed bag that included Ping Blueprint irons, and an ever-changing array of wedges and woods.

The one constant for Ryan is his dedication to his True Linkswear shoes (a company he co-owns with his brother), and his love for his alma mater UNLV. This is why Ryan Moore is a True GolfWRX gear head legend!

It’s BACK!!!

It’s no secret Henrik Stenson has been struggling recently on the course, and like many golfers, it appears that he is looking to right the ship, or at least free it from the banks of the canal of poor play by going back to his faithful Diablo Tour strong 3-wood.

The mega combo set

Canadian Adam Hadwin isn’t well known as being a gearhead in the traditional sense, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t afraid to mix things up. His iron set is a combo of three different models which include the Apex MB, Apex TCB, and an older model Apex UT.

The graphite godfather is in the field

Everyone made a big fuss when Bryson went to all graphite in his clubs, but the true modern graphite iron shaft godfather is KJ Choi. He has used a variety of graphite iron shafts going back to 2003 and he has a yet-to-be-identified set in his Srixon ZX7’s.

You know, maybe there is something to graphite iron shafts and weight lifting, since it has been well documented KJ Choi was a competitive powerlifter in his teens before turning his attention to golf. So before we give Bryson all the credit for beefing up and using graphite shafts, we should remember KJ was doing it before Bryson was in diapers.

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

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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 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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