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Interesting photos from Tuesday at the RBC Heritage – Part 2: Action around the course

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This week, the PGA Tour is decompressing in Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town and GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to spy a glimpse into the bags of some of the world’s top golfers. The field of 134 is getting ready to battle starting Thursday on the tight treeline Pete Dye designed course, for the $7.1 million purse with $1.28 million going to the winner.

In part one of this week’s “most interesting photos”, we covered putters, and for part two were covering everything else we spotted around the practice area and on the course.

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

We’ve all made that look

After hitting a drive off the first tee Tuesday during a practice round, (with his Titleist TSi3, and Patriot Editon Fujikura Ventus) Rory Sabbatini made the look saying either “kinda missed that one and it still got away with it” or “I smoked that!.”

Speaking of Rory, it looks like he has opted for a lighter-weight vessel carry bag this week, which, with a sponsor like Centinel Spine, is probably a great thing for his caddie’s back too.

Maverick is back to the Nikes

After some serious testing, of his Top Gun Proto Apex MB irons, including putting them into play during The Players, Maverick McNealy has gone back to his trusted Nike VR Blades for the RBC Heritage this week. It doesn’t mean he won’t continue testing, but for now, the VR’s are staying put.

Prototype PXG Gen4 irons spotted

It wasn’t that long ago PXG unveiled its Gen4 line of irons, but the one set that was missing compared to the previous generation was 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, it looks like some Gen4 0311 ST irons could be on their way.

Use them until the grooves are gone

Even into his 40’s, Paul Casey is playing some of the best golf of his life, and one of his biggest strengths continues to be his iron play. Paul is currently ranked 17th in strokes gained: approaching the green., and based on that stat alone I don’t think his Mizuno MP-5 irons are going anywhere soon.

Is Daniel Berger ready to move on from his 10-year old irons?

Although they are still in the bag based on this image, it looks like Daniel Berger’s 2011 TaylorMade MC irons could be on a short leash, since he was spotted with a new set out for testing.

Checking in on some cool old stuff

Consider this a regular check-in on Chris Kirk’s Callaway Big Bertha driver from 2016, and Jason Dufner’s Titleist 915F 21-degree 7-wood. Keep on keeping on!

I spy a Banksy

Based on his alignment stick cover, English golfer Tom Lewis is a Banksy fan.

Wait! Is Tom Lewis Banksy, and he just plays professional golf as a way to globetrot and cover the world in graffiti? Pretty clever if true…

Nick Watney

Like quite a few players on tour this week, it looks like Nick Watney is lightening the load for his caddie by swapping in a “tour” stand bag for the full-blown staff bag. I mean, if it was up to me as a caddie, I’d be throwing everything into a Sunday bag—it’s not like your player is gonna lose a dozen balls, right?

Bill Haas looks like the sneaky +4 at your club

Bill Haas has won over $30 million, on the PGA Tour in his career, but with the Titleist hat, RLX shirt, and his glasses, he also looks just like “Steve” from the club that never practices and somehow never shoots over 70 in the scratch events around town.

Anirban Lahiri is testing some irons

We spotted these Proto irons a little while back: ProTo Concept woods, irons & wedges – 2021, and it looks like they have made their way into Anirban Lahiri bag this week again for testing. Anirban is one of the last holdouts on tour using the Srixon Z945, and it could be that getting a replacement set isn’t in the cards based on their age.

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Ryan Barath 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. No Donkeys Allowed

    Apr 15, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    No pics of the Big Donkey Kuch? Kdouuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuche….

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Nasa Hataoka dominates LPGA Marathon Classic with new Bettinardi putter

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Nasa Hataoka recorded her third title on the LPGA Tour at the Marathon Classic, having put a new Bettinardi gamer in the bag for the first time.

The 22-year-old won the rain-affected event by six strokes, having fired a career-low round of 61 that included ten birdies and no bogeys on the opening day.

Hataoka was playing a Bettinardi Studio Stock 3 with the brand’s all-new Roll Control Face for the victory. The Japanese player received the putter on Monday of the tournament and wisely decided to put the flat-stick in play after some testing during the week.

Putter Specs

  • Model: Studio Stock 3
  • Length: 32”
  • Lie: 70
  • Loft: 2.5
  • Face Milling: Roll Control

Hataoka finished runner-up at this year’s U.S. Open, and along with her exceptional ballstriking this week, the 22-year-old credited a ball marker from Olympic Club for keeping her in the zone mentally at the Marathon Classic, saying: “Every time I look at it, it reminds me to just keep going and go for a win. That’s what I use it for.”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about TaylorMade’s SIM Max fairway woods

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In our forums, our members have been discussing TaylorMade’s SIM 2 Max fairway woods. WRXer ‘platgolf’ has been blown away by his SIM 5-wood, saying

“I have bought a lot of fairway woods looking for the goat, and that includes the latest offerings. The Sim Max 5 wood kills the ball. Par three today was out there, and no way I thought I could reach it at 190 yards. I went 20 yards past it.

This is beyond anything I have ever played before. That is as long as my driver, insane. I have gone and ordered the 7 wood, and they are hard to find.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the clubs, with many having the same positive experience with the woods as ‘platgolf’.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • jmc1313: “I’ve had the same experience with the hybrids. High and long. Really an eye-opener for me. You just convinced me to get a new 5 wood.”
  • EDT501: “They are definitely very, very hot. Great shape and feel too. I actually found the SIM fairways too hot and wouldn’t mind 500-1000 RPMs more spin in exchange for several yards, but that’s just my need. Great clubs.”
  • platgolf: “Getting the 7 wood is tough as most were sold out. I went ahead and paid full price to get it. The shaft in these are very good shafts, lots of control. My vision is messed up right now, but hopefully get that fixed so I can enjoy these even more. WRX’ers were talking about how good they are, and I didn’t believe it. Now I know it’s real.”
  • Nixhex524: “It’s long, I had the Sim Max 15*, and it looks and feels great, but honestly, I don’t think it’s any better than my G425 Max 3w, and that thing seems to be easier off the deck. I can see why people love the Sim woods, strong contenders.”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about TaylorMade’s SIM Max fairway woods”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (07/12/21): Srixon ZX7 irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Srixon ZX7 irons.

From the seller (@xm23): “Up for grabs. No trades please. Srixon ZX7 4-AW. Mitsubishi OTi 100x + 2- Extra Wedge shafts in “S” Flex. BBF&Co Rico Ferrules . Lamkin ST hybrid grips. Std loft. Std lie. Used less than 10 rounds. $1200 shipped and PP.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Srixon ZX7 irons.

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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