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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, Weekend Edition: 16 more equipment photos from the Shriners Open

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The photos and associated stories GolfWRX captured this week at the 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas were terrific — and we had plenty of ingredients to offer a second course of our “interesting photos.”

That Las Vegas is one of the most photogenic cities in the world helped, too.

Below are some of our favorites we didn’t add to our Tuesday “Interesting Photos” article.

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Here are a few of the most interesting shots from the Shriners.

Danny Willett – WITB & Prototype Toulon Daytona putter – won Dunhill Links last week at St Andrews – (see photos here)

Anirban Lahiri – WITB – (see photos here)

James Hahn – WITB & Cameron H-19 CT putter (see more photos)

Garsen – Quad Tour 17 grip – (see photos here)

Bettinardi putters – (see photos here)

Jason Kokrak – PXG Gen 4 Blacked out irons- (see photos here)

Matt Kuchar back to old faithful irons – (see photos here)

Rickie Fowler – WITB – (see photos here)

Pat Perez a testing SIK putter – (see photos here)

Spotted: 2022 Callaway Apex UW- (see photos here)

Check out all the galleries and discussion in the forums

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Interesting photos from the 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (plus links to all galleries)

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GolfWRX has an assortment of photos from the 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, including in-hand photos of equipment, shots from the range, exclusive looks at new shafts, 17 WITBs, and more.

With the meat of the 2022 season far off on the horizon and the equipment launches for the year ahead still months away, the antsy and searching of the PGA Tour are keen to experiment.

Links to the galleries, below.

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Here are a few of the most interesting shots from the Shriners.

New Mizuno 223 irons spotted in Rory Sabbatini’s bag this week (more photos here)

Rory Sabbatini – WITB (new Mizuno 223 irons) (more photos here)

New Cameron Las Vegas covers (photos here)

Rickie Fowler has some new putters for testing this week (more photos here)

New Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX shafts (more photos here)

Corey Conners w/ PX 6.0 — interesting to see a player go below 6.5 in PX (more photos here)

Ian Poulter prototype Aldila shaft that uses graphene (more photos here)

Check out all the galleries and discussion in the forums

 

 

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Driver switch for Schauffele ahead of the Ryder Cup

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

New gear at the Ryder Cup is usually limited to custom footwear, but this week, Xander Schauffele will be taking on Whistling Straits with a new driver. The Olympic gold medalist is moving from an Epic Speed Triple Diamond to an Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS.

According to Callaway, the switch is the final piece in the optimization puzzle that began when Schauffele made the switch into the Chrome Soft X LS ball (the LS stands for low spin) in early June, before a run that saw him finish in the top-10 in the U.S. Open and win the Olympic men’s golf competition.

Xander Schauffele’s new driver setup. (Image c/o Callaway)

Schauffele is committed to using the ball for its across-the-bag performance, but the lower spin rate was compromising his ability to hit the tight draw he prefers off the tee.

In a quick-fix solution ahead of the TOUR Championship, Callaway TOUR rep Kellen Watson, installed a Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 7 X shaft to help Schauffele squeeze out some more spin with his driver. Schauffele continued his East Lake success that week, shooting the third-lowest 72-hole score of the week to finish fifth in the FedExCup.

However, for Schauffele and Callaway, a solution that allowed him to keep his Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7 X shaft in play was the ultimate goal.

Read the full piece here. 

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