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Valspar Championship Tour Truck Report: DJ sticking with new flatstick, Kisner ditches the armlock

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With little margin for error at the Copperhead Course this week, it’s not surprising to see few major changes from the participants in this edition of the Valspar Championship.

That said, we’re still spotting plenty of interesting things in Florida, including the apparent end of Kevin Kisner’s armlock experiment and Dustin Johnson sticking with a surprise putter switch he made in the final round of the RBC Heritage.

Remember, you can check out all our photos from the Valspar here!

Titleist

Viktor Hovland is putting a 2021 Pro V1 in play after using it last week at the Zurich Classic. According to Titleist, he’s seeing higher ball speed with the driver and more control into the green.

Denny McCarthy is testing a TSi2 driver (10 degrees). He’s seeing more speed and better spin control.

Roger Sloan is testing a U500 4-iron, which he finds easy to launch and is able to work it both ways.

Byeong-Hun An put a Fujikura Motore X F3 6 X in his TSi3 driver.

Staffer Jimmy Walker tested a L.A.B. Blade putter before returning to this Scotty Cameron.

Callaway

Kevin Kisner moved from the armlock to a “very stable and consistent” 2-Ball Ten putter with a Red Stroke Lab double-bend shaft. SuperStroke Traxion 2.0 Tour grip. 34.25 inches. 3.5 degrees of loft.

Grayson Murray is testing a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 9 X in a Mavrik Sub Zero 7-wood.

New to us since we last saw him, Phil Mickelson is going with a Callaway PM Grind ’19 “Raw” (52, 58, 64) setup.  

TaylorMade

After putting it into play for the final round of the RBC Heritage, it looks like Dustin Johnson is sticking with a new TaylorMade Brandon 1 prototype putter and LA golf graphite putter shaft. If this putter seems familiar, it’s because we saw Tommy Fleetwood put something very similar into play a couple of weeks ago too (pictured below in photo from TaylorMade).

Ping

Andrew Putnam is testing a Fujikura Ventus Red 6 X shaft in his driver.

Scottie Scheffler (not a staffer) is decreasing loft in his Ping G425 LST driver.

PXG

James Hahn tested a Cobra RadSpeed driver with a prototype Aldila shaft.

SEG

Scott PUREd KBS C-Taper 125 Custom Black shafts for Gary Woodland and Project X 6.5 shafts for Jordan Spieth (3-PW, 6.0 in wedges).

Free agents/others

Justin Rose was spotted testing a number of grips.

Chris Kirk is testing a Cobra RadSpeed driver with a Mitsubishi 1K shaft.

Both Brendon Todd and Rory Sabbatini are testing Mitsubishi MMT iron shafts.

William McGirt is testing a Graphite Design Tour AD DI HB 95 S shaft in a Callaway Apex Hybrid.

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  1. MarkM

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Brandon1?

    • McDreamerson

      May 10, 2021 at 10:18 pm

      putter model is a “BANDON 1”, not a Brandon 1. Also, funny to note that TM just announced the DJ signature Spyder and he switches to this. Love the name of the new stick though. Love that place.

      • Gianni burner

        May 13, 2021 at 12:02 pm

        Funny that you’d even mention that the DJ spider release because it was not a stock offering…. they don’t even make new spider tours anymore bud…. funny that you’re so dumb

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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best irons of 2021

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What are the best irons in 2021? At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to their GolfWRXers views on the best irons of 2021.

The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

You can see the full results for the best irons of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

Best irons of 2021: The top 5

1. Srixon ZX7

What Srixon says: “A compact blade shape, narrow topline, single-piece forging, and narrow sole give ZX7 the workability, feel, and aesthetics of a world-class players iron.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Carolina Golfer 2: “ZX7 (my vote as well) with a large early lead. I expect it to only increase from here. They are truly a great iron. For the record, my 2nd best would be the ZX5!”
  • @CobraGolfFan96: “Absolutely love my ZX7’s!”
  • @JStang: “I have had my ZX7’s for a while now and am comfortable sharing a quick review. One thing that has been noticeable is how forgiving these are. I am constantly surprised at how far these fly when mishit. They feel outstanding when centered, and while they are a bit larger than I typically play, they don’t bother me one bit anymore. For the first time in years, I am not even considering another set of irons. These might be in the bag for years to come.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about ZX7 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

2. Titleist T100

What Titleist says: “Titleist T100 irons are forged to suit the player’s eye. The T100 inspires daring, imaginative play with precise distance, Tour-level shaping and signature Titleist feel. This iron is designed to help the best players score lower.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @sherlockgolfer: “Had my T100s for about 6 rounds now and can say they’re probably the best irons I’ve hit. Coming from 3 straight sets of 712, 716, 718 CBs, and there is definitely more of a clicky feel compared to those irons, but it is quite satisfying, and the ball does go further and higher. I was looking for more launch in the long irons from CB’s, and that’s exactly what I got.”
  • @Matty01984: “Superb set of irons. I must admit when I changed from my 714 AP2’s I was a little sceptical. I worried that there might be a little trade off going into a better looking, smaller iron as opposed to a slightly bigger one with more forgiveness. I simply cannot see there being any difference. The T100 goes just as far as the AP2, has just as much forgiveness and is in a better looking package.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about T100 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

3. Srixon ZX5

What Srixon says: “Srixon’s ZX5 Irons combine pioneering ball speed technology with premium forged feel, and deliver all of it in a forgiving yet workable chassis that’s razor sharp at address.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @potuna: “ZX5 for me best irons ever, and I’ve tried a bunch over the years.”
  • @EastTNGolfer: “Well, got the ZX5s on the course today. I saw ball flights I have never seen before, and terrible struck shots that still managed to find the green.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about ZX5 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

4. TaylorMade P770

What TaylorMade says: “We took everything that makes P•790 such a beast and put it into a more compact players shape with P•770. They share the same DNA, each built for dominating distance and premium performance. It’s impossible to choose your favorite child.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @ASN21: “Came to these from the OG P790’s and haven’t missed a beat. They simply check all the boxes. Can’t wait to use them again on Friday.”
  • @ScottHutch2: “Playing the best golf of my life with the P770s. I recently made a switch from ctaper 120 —> $taper HT 120, and the results have been phenomenal. Feel/consistency/control are outstanding compared to the Srixon Z585s I was playing previously, but they still give you a little pop distance wise. Great iron and I think fitting is very important with these.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about P770 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

5. Callaway Apex Pro

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What Callaway says: “We’ve redesigned this iron from the ground up, with an innovative A.I. face architecture and all new forged hollow body construction. Any scratch or single digit handicapper who wants speed and forgiveness in a players performance iron needs to try the Apex Pro 21.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Whipitgood13: “I recently got the Apex Pro 21’s with the MMT 95 shaft, and I am blown away with how good these irons are. I’ve never had dispersion this tight. And the MMT shaft is just amazing. Like firm butter. And you can lean into any shot, and the control is just there. Super impressed and happy.”
  • @avidswampthing66: “Coming from a set of Miura’s…..these new Apex Pro 21 irons are simply the best irons I’ve ever played. 7-4 iron lots of straight high shots with plenty of pop but no crazy flyers. 8-PW are softer feeling and easily workable. Honestly, I’m kind of wowed.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about Apex Pro irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

You can see the full results for the best irons of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

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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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