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PGA Championship Tour Truck Report: Driver, shaft change for DJ? Phil switches drivers, too

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As you might expect, players aren’t making many substantial changes being made the week of a major championship. Nobody is looking to replace the starting quarterback the week of the Super Bowl (yes, I know there’s no WITB trade deadline in golf).

That said, we still have some interesting notes from the Ocean Course to bring your way ahead of the PGA Championship.

TaylorMade

In a surprising move, Dustin Johnson is reportedly putting a SIM2 Max in play (10.5 degrees) with a LA Golf prototype shaft. He also returned to his Spider putter.

Sergio Garcia has switched from the TP5x to the TP5 golf ball. He also has a 9-degree SIM2 Max in the bag.

Tommy Fleetwood replaced his SIM2 7-wood with a P7TW 3-iron.

Rory McIlroy put 56 and 60-degree MG2 TW wedges in the bag.

Non-staffer Louis Oosthuizen put a SIM2 in play. 15 degrees.

Justin Rose switched into an 8-degree SIM2.

Titleist

Brendon Todd and Chan Kim are putting the 2021 Pro V1x in play.

J.T. Poston is testing the 2021 Pro V1.

Ian Poulter is moving to a TSi2 13.5-degree fairway (from 917 F2, 16.5 degrees) and TSi2 19-degree hybrid (from TSi2, 21 degrees).

Bernd Wiesberger is replacing his hybrid with a U500 2-iron.

Adam Scott putting a Vokey WedgeWorks 60A grind in play. Scott likes the thin sole, how it’s fast through the turf. The low-bounce option fits well for firm conditions with lightly sanded bunkers like this week at Kiawah. The grind encourages players to open face because the leading edge hugs the ground, according to a Titleist source.

Jimmy Walker is adding a Vokey 60-04L, moving from D grind.

 

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Callaway

Phil Mickelson switched into a Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (6 degrees @5.5). Fujikura Ventus Black 6 TX shaft (47.5 inches, D4).

(Photo via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder)

Tom Lewis is putting an X Forged UT ’18 (18 degrees) with KBS $Taper 125 in the bag.

Steve Stricker put an X Forged UT  ’16 (18 degrees) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft in play.

Matt Wallace had some bounce taken off the back of his 60-T Jaws MD5 wedge.

Cobra

Non-staffer Chris Kirk has added a RadSpeed Big Tour 3-wood and a RadSpeed Tour 5-wood to his arsenal.

Unconfirmed, but Rickie Fowler looked to be back in his King F9 SpeedBack driver.

Ping

“Lots of 2 irons this week,” according to a source at Ping. Cameron Champ and Lee Westwood are putting i210 2-irons in play.

PXG

Zach Johnson is in a Mitsubishi Kai’li Blue Prototype in his PXG 0811 Prototype driver.

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  1. IlMona

    May 20, 2021 at 3:26 am

    Phil on a 5.5 it’s ridicolous.
    Accept you’re getting old.

    • jgpl001

      May 20, 2021 at 3:59 am

      Agreed, he couldn’t hit a fairway to save his life…..

      • joe

        May 21, 2021 at 2:12 pm

        he’s leading the championship right now. Feel silly yet?

        • Benny

          May 22, 2021 at 3:04 pm

          Hahahahaha awesome!

          • Dirkdigler10inch

            May 26, 2021 at 9:22 pm

            Opps! Didn’t he win? 366 yard drive splits the fairway and is longest of the day even better than Dechambeau. Age 50 playing like 20. Yowza!

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Interesting photos from the Charles Schwab Challenge

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 76th edition of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club.

Marvin Leonard’s dream plays to a par 70 at 7,209 yards, and this year’s tournament features a strong field for the week following a major championship. Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Collin Morikawa, Louis Oosthuizen, and Justin Rose are all putting a peg in the ground in Fort Worth.

Speaking of Justin Rose, it looks like Rosey has benched his Mizuno MP-20 irons and returned to TaylorMade P730’s with a few Srixon ZX U irons in the mix as well.

Patrick “Captain America” Reed is getting hooked up with an appropriate new putter cover from Scotty Cameron.

Erik Compton was spotted testing an Axis1 Rose putter.

The winner of the Charles Schwab Challenge will add this restored 1946 Dodge Power Wagon to his garage.

…past winner Kevin Na was spotted checking out the interior.

A look at the action of American Idol’s Bobby Bones.

Have you tried this putting training aid/drill?

Rose complemented the iron switch with a new bag as well.

What time is it? 5:57, unofficially.

Patrick Rodgers demonstrates respect for Hogan’s Alley by conducting his extended putting practice atop a towel to preserve the green. Well played, pro.

Always fun to chuck in with equipment free agent Ryan Palmer…

Maverick McNealy can’t quit his Nike VR Pro irons.

Sharing McNealy’s love of lead tape is Scottie Scheffler.

Who will be added to the Wall of Champions this year?

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Check out all our photos from the Charles Schwab Challenge below.

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Interesting photos from the AT&T Byron Nelson

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GolfWRX was on site at a very wet TPC Craig for practice rounds ahead of the AT&T Byron Nelson, and we weren’t going to let the rain wash away the opportunity for interesting photos.

We have six general galleries for your viewing pleasure

…and a number of special of galleries as well.

We got a look at University of Texas Junior Cole Hammer’s sticks as he prepares to put a peg in the ground at the Byron Nelson on a sponsor’s exemption.

Equipment free agent Daniel Berger was seen testing a Titleist TS3 driver with a Fujikura Ventus Black shaft.

D.J. Trahan once again solidifies his status as the Tour’s biggest Deadhead.

Kevin Chappell’s Wilson Staff irons have taken on a lovely patina.

Tidy stamping on Jhonattan Vegas custom Cameron.

Also on the Cameron front: James Hahn’s T12 Prototype.

More putter photos: Matt Kuchar had two center-shafted Bettinardi blades built for testing. (More photos here)

Rickie Fowler has gone back to his Newport 2 with “Cameron” stamped in the cavity rather than “Rickie,” which is in his other wand. He’s also been back in a steel shaft in the putter for a while.

Russell Knox was spotted testing an Axis1 putter.

New to us, this Odyssey “Sir Makes-a-Lot” putter cover is clever.

Odyssey Tri-Hot insert sighting!

Michael Greller displays Jordan Spieth’s new 2021 Pro V1x balls. Did he stop in the pro shop to pick up a sleeve?

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AT&T Byron Nelson Tour Truck Report: Details on Spieth’s ball change, Kuch’s new putters, more

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There’s not a ton of tinkering going on at presently soggy TPC Craig Ranch where Monday was wet and Tuesday was a washout. With it being the week before a major championship and the heart of the season, most players are committed to dancing with the one that brought them and are only soliciting the tour trucks for spec checks and regripping.

Perhaps most interestingly this week, Jordan Spieth has switched from a previous generation of the Titleist Pro V1x into the current iteration of the golf ball (Exhibit A: The photos of Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller holding up the wares below).

Check out all our photos from the Byron Nelson!

Matt Kuchar continues his flatstick experimentation as he looks to find his form on the green. Bettinardi built him a couple of long-neck center-shafted blades to tinker with. Face-on view of one of the models below, and more photos here.

More of what’s up with major OEM staffers, below.

Titleist

Sean O’Hair is testing a TSi2 (10 degree) driver and TSi2 (15 degree) fairway.

Per Titleist, Spieth offered this about his switch into the new Pro V1x

“I’m trying to optimize launch conditions through the bag. For me, the 2021 Pro V1x, I get more spin around the greens. It’s softer, spinnier around the greens with my short game shots. And then when I went up the bag, I started to get a little bit higher launch, but it didn’t add spin in the long clubs. It just added ball speed and launch. So it’s a little higher window, but it just looks like it’s screaming through the air. And then from the 7-iron on down, I didn’t see much difference in the full shots, just like I said more action around the greens.”

“I’m trying to just hit optimal windows and if I can gain – really, in my long clubs – just a little bit better peak height with a little bit faster ball speed, it actually helps fill my gaps a little bit easier. And then it’s just coming down – it has the potential to come down a little bit softer, which is obviously important. But I’m not seeing a massive difference through kind of that mid iron into short iron. And I still can hit each shot that I want to with the scoring clubs. So being able to tee off and all you do is change the ball and it’s actually in a similar window that’s going 3-4 yards further, that’s nice. And then when I get to the scoring range clubs, I feel like if anything, I just have the ability to hit an even softer shot if I want to. But the rest of them were all still there.”

 

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And while Titleist is mum on any further details, there is this…

Callaway

Sam Burns had set of raw Apex MB irons built for testing.

Talor Gooch is testing a 15-degree Epic Speed Triple Diamond with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft.

Jamie Lovemark is testing a new Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS ([email protected] degrees) with an Oban HB Kiyoshi 05 shaft.

Wesley Bryant added a prototype full-face 58-08C (@59 degrees) MD5 wedge to his arsenal.

Image via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder

TaylorMade

Beau Hossler switched into a SIM2 Max (12 degrees).

Daniel Berger (non-staffer) added a 15-degree SIM2 Max to his arsenal.

Making his pro debut, amateur Pierceson Coody had this combo set built: P790 (3), P7MC (4-6), P7MB (7-PW).

Non-staffer Rory Sabbatini added a SIM2 driver (9 degrees) and P7MC to his bag (5-PW).

Others, free agents

Rickie Fowler returned to the Scotty Cameron with “Cameron” rather than “Rickie” at the Wells Fargo Championship, but this is the first good look at the flatstick we’ve gotten since the switch.

Daniel Berger was spotted testing a Titleist TS3 with a Ventus Black shaft.

Russell Knox was spotted testing an Axis1 putter.

In a pretty wild story we’re looking for more information on, notorious gearhead Chris Baker is rumored to be putting a set of irons belonging to Cobra rep James Posey in play. Incidentally, Baker is also testing a Kali White shaft.

Free agent Dominic Bozzelli is testing a Titleist TSi3 driver (9 degrees).

James Hahn is reportedly testing a number of shafts: prototype Aldila in a fairway wood, and Mitsubishi MMT in a hybrid and long iron.

PXG staffer Danny Lee switched out of Project X 6.5 and into KBS Tour V 125 shafts (5-PW) and KBS TGI 110 in 3 and 4-iron.

Tom Lewis has moved back into KBS S Taper 125 in his full set. He was playing Nippon 125’s in his irons and a Fujikura Ventus Black 115 HB in his Srixon ZX5 3-iron.

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