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Wells Fargo Championship Tour Truck Report: Rory’s new (old) irons, Bryson’s proto 2-wood, Jason Day is SIK

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The tour trucks rolled into North Carolina this week for the Wells Fargo Championship. With the second major of the season — the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course — just two weeks away, players are keen to fine tune (if things are going well) or find answers (if things are going…less well).

For example, searching for answers and 98th in strokes gained: putting, Jason Day was spotted grinding away on a Quail Hollow putting green with a SIK Flo C-Series putter in hand and an EyeLine Mirror at his feet. The long-time TaylorMade Spider devotee was acclimating himself to the flatstick’s unique Descending Loft Technology.

If you’re unfamiliar, the company describes the tech as follows

“We have four flat surfaces that are milled into our putter face. Each plane descends in loft by 1° from the top of the face to the bottom of the face. When your shaft is pressed at impact the ball contact will be higher on the face, same is true in reverse. DLT delivers consistent launch angles from putt to putt which lead to more consistent and predictable rolls.”

Beyond J-Day, also in the department of seekers, Rory McIlroy, who already reverted from P7MB irons to P730 this season, is rumored to be turning back the clock even further.

Specifically, the Ulsterman was spotted with his 2017 TaylorMade Rors Proto irons.

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As mentioned above, Rory McIlory returned to his 2017 Rors Proto irons. McIlroy began the season with P7MB irons before switching back to P730 blades.

Ryan Barath offered some context on the prototypes: “The Rors Protos were part of the custom series of irons made for a number of prominent TaylorMade staff players, including Dustin Johnson and (at the time) Justin Rose. They all featured slightly tweaked profiles of the TaylorMade P730 blade, featuring either a unique grind or blade length profile.”

Tommy Fleetwood has an eight-degree SIM2 in the bag with a Mitsubishi Tensei Pro White 1K 70 TX shaft.

Harry Higgs is into a 15-degree SIM2.

Beau Hossler put a SIM2 Max (10.5 degrees) in play.

Doc Redman put the 2021 TP5 ball in play.

Non-staffer Ryan Moore Ryan Moore has P7MB irons (5-PW) in play.

Non-staffer Keegan Bradley is now gaming a SIM2 Max 3-wood (15 degrees).

Titleist

Lanto Griffin is moving back to a TSi2 driver (from TSi3) for more launch and forgiveness.

Jimmy Walker is testing a TSi3 fairway wood (15 degrees) and a U500 2-iron.

Bill Haas is testing the Pro V1x Left Dash.

Non-staffer Rafael Campos is testing 620 MB irons with Mitsubishi MMT shafts.

Also a non-staffer, Scott Piercy is testing Pro V1x Left Dash.

Callaway

Phil Mickelson is testing a Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X shaft in his Mavrik Sub Zero 4-wood.

Tom Lewis had a 14-degree Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond built. Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X shaft.

Photo via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder

Cobra

Bryson DeChambeau has a modified RadSpeed Big Tour Bryson Prototype (pictured in the featured image) in the bag. While we originally thought it was a new prototype, per Cobra’s Ben Schomin, it’s the same head size and shape as the retail Big Tour, but it’s lower lofted (being played at 10.5 degrees) and features a glued hosel and is the same Proto BAD has had in play for a couple of months. Most apparently, however, the club features small rails, which were added after the fact for better strike consistency/less digging.

BAD has also returned to his Cobra King LTD driver (pictured below).

Jason Dufner was testing a prototype (presumably 3D printed) putter.

Rickie Fowler tested multiple Fujikura Ventus Red driver shafts on the range; was also working with a Fujikura MCI Practice shaft in an iron.

Ping

We got in-hand looks at new i59 irons and Glide Forged wedges from Ping.

Ping staffer Rob Oppenheim plans to put a two-driver setup in play. One is eight degrees in loft and the other is 10.5.

PXG

Also in the in-hand look department, we were able to check out the new Gen4 0311 T and ST irons.

More photos here. 

Pat Perez looks to have returned to his Gen4 0311 P irons after a detour to Gen2’s.

Free agents, others

Charl Schwartzel is testing a TwoThumb putter grip.

Rafa Campos reshafted his Mizuno MP-20 irons with KBS TGI 110 shafts.

Scott Garrison installed a LAGP putter shaft in Jhonny Vegas’ Cameron.

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  1. Selty

    May 6, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Is Rory using the G Force training aids?????

  2. ski_co

    May 6, 2021 at 8:58 am

    So how is the SIK concept so different than the Teardrop (that was never accepted)?

  3. Tim

    May 5, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Is J Day putting with a Bridgestone ball new??

    Also, it’s Oppenheim.

  4. Simms

    May 5, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Great to see how Pro players continue to search for perfection and the club companies are right there to help….This is the question if Callaway after years and years cannot build or fit a driver Phil can hit into the fairway who is the amateur that thinks they can fit him?

    • Jack

      May 6, 2021 at 6:31 pm

      Its the fact he is using the 47.5 shaft that causes the misses rather then the club or fitter

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How Collin Morikawa found the putter that helped him lead the Memorial

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report

Collin Morikawa jumped out to an early lead at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, doing so with a ‘new’ putter in the bag.

The 24-year-old has had a rough spell on the greens, finishing 2020 ranked 128th in Strokes Gained: Putting. He’s 180th in that statistic this season.

The Californian has been using a TaylorMade Spider FCG mallet-style putter, along with a ‘Saw’ grip he learned from Mark O’Meara, for much of this year, but in search of a change of fortunes on the greens, Morikawa has now switched back to a blade-style putter. He used a blade-style coming out of college and in last year’s win at Muirfield Village, at the Workday Charity Open. He added a SuperStroke grip and adjusted the loft on his blade this time.

But this isn’t your average story about a TOUR player switching putters. Morikawa settled on the putter after consulting TaylorMade’s online ordering portal that is available to everyone, from TOUR players to mere mortals. It paid off, as Morikawa shot a first-round 66 while gaining 1.8 strokes on the greens.

For more details on Morikawa’s switch, we spoke with TaylorMade’s Paul Demkowski, Principal Engineer, Product Development and TOUR Rep Todd Chew.

GolfWRX: In terms of MyTP, what did Collin see that he liked and why?

PD: Collin was checking out the options online and reached out to us with his specific needs for the head, the insert, alignment etc. What we built for him is similar to the one he was previously using – a TP Juno with a long neck and sightline on the topline.

The main difference is we machined the face to take loft away, 2 degrees to be exact. With his new setup he has his hands more forward. This allows us to then bend the shaft forward to get the loft he wants in a position where the face is square with hands forward. … If we don’t machine the loft away and simply bend the shaft forward for his new hand position the putter would have way too much loft on it.

Additionally, he commented on how much he likes the copper insert in his FCG putter. We do not have copper available for the TP putters, so we put a stainless steel insert into this putter for a harder feel.

So there are a couple of changes that were exclusive to him, but consumers can pretty much spec out 90% of his putter on our website.

Read the rest of the piece here. 

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Michelle Wie WITB: 2021 U.S. Women’s Open

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Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond DS (9 degrees @10)
Shaft: AutoFlex SF505 X (45.5 inches, tipped 1 inch, D3)

3-wood: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (15 degrees @15.5)
Shaft: AutoFlex SF505 X

5-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (17 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1800 65 6.0

7-wood: Callaway Mavrik (21 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 6.0

11-wood: Callaway Rogue (25 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 6.0

Irons: Callaway Mavrik Pro (6), Callaway Apex Pro ’21 (7-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S Pro 950 GH

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (50-10, 56-12 @55, 60-10)

Putter: Toulon Garage Chicago (H1 neck)

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X (2020)

  • Featured image via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder
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Xander Schauffele switches to armlock putter…despite wanting the method banned

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Xander Schauffele has made a significant putting switch this week at Murfield Village, implementing the armlock method on the greens — a technique he feels should be banned.

The Californian is statistically one of the best putters on Tour and ranks ninth this season for strokes gained: putting. However, in a surprising move, he has now decided to move to an armlock version of his regular putter (Odyssey O-Works #7 CH Red) in search of more advantage.

On Thursday, Schauffele told media following his opening round that it’s still a method he believes should be banned on Tour despite the change.

“My putting coach (Derek Uyeda), my whole team honestly, we’re very against change and I had to see what the craze was about. I do feel funny, obviously being a top-10 putter on Tour, switching putters or the style of putting. It’s a distinct advantage.

“I am for banning the armlock putters, but if everyone else is going to use it and I feel like they have a bigger advantage, I may as well do the same.”

The change worked to great effect in round one at the Memorial. Schauffele needed just 28 putts during his opening round of 68, and after his round, the Californian explained his new process on the greens.

“It’s easier; it’s more consistent. My coach and I work a lot in San Diego on start lines and making sure the ball’s doing what we think it’s doing. And the fact that [the putter] is anchored to your arm…you can flinch in your hands, but you can’t flinch your entire left arm. So that’s the process behind that.”

Despite the change in process, Schauffele still believes that the game’s authorities should ban the armlock method, saying how it “takes the stress of putting out of the game”.

“It takes the stress of putting out of the game. Putting is so stressful. Obviously hitting shots and chipping and all kinds of stuff are difficult, but your putts are what give you the score on the card. It’s ruined a lot of people’s careers and it’s helped people’s career.

“So I think putting is an art in our game and when you lock it to your arm or anchor it to your body, it kind of gets rid of that.”

As for putting goals, Schaufelle has set himself a big target of ending the season ranked number one in Strokes Gained: Putting, a goal he feels he can reach now with the armlock technique.

“I know how good it can be and I think you still have to read putts and get the speed down correct. I’m in a very similar setup compared to my old putter and I know I can putt with a shorter putter, so I figured if I can get an advantage on the greens, and maybe get to first in putting, that would be something special. So I’m going to give it a go.”

Xander Schauffele putter specs

  • Model: Odyssey Wrist Lock #7
  • Length: 38 inches
  • Loft: 5.5 degrees
  • Lie: 71.5 degrees
  • Shaft: Black stepped shaft
  • Grip: WristLock SuperStroke
  • Insert: White Hot
  • Alignment aids: Top and tracers in white
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