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John Pak, college golf’s top player, signs with TaylorMade

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

With a buddy on the bag and fresh off receiving the Jack Nicklaus Award in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, celebrated amateur and Florida State standout John Pak is making his professional debut at this week’s Palmetto Championship at Congaree — and he’ll do so as a TaylorMade staffer, the company announced today.

College golf’s top player, Pak has played TaylorMade gear and a Titleist ball since his amateur days. And as we found out from Ryan Ressa, TaylorMade’s player development manager, who has worked with Pak since he was in his early teens, it’s not surprising Pak will continue with the same bag setup and ball combination as he joins the professional ranks.

The Scotch Plains, New Jersey, native is an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of guy when it comes to his equipment, which is a trait Ressa sees among many of the game’s best. (Another TaylorMade staffer Tiger Woods, for one, comes to mind).

Ressa and TaylorMade have had a relationship with Pak for nearly a decade, and it’s Ressa’s job to not only make sure Pak is in the right equipment for his game but is also navigating the matrix of amateur competitions, college, and the decision to turn pro successfully.

According to Ressa, Pak, and other junior standouts, need new equipment, or at least a fitting, roughly every six months as their bodies and swings change.

Even so, while he’s transitioned into new fairway wood models as they’ve become available, the DNA of Pak’s bag has stayed largely the same.

“Jon is a very simple guy when it comes to equipment, and he doesn’t do a lot of tinkering outside of driver shafts,” Ressa said. “Deep down, he’s a great competitor. He just loves to compete and is focused on getting the ball in the hole. He’s stayed really, really consistent with the look of his irons, the loft of his wedges, and his bag setup. He’s been easy to work with and only needs one or two visits per year to get squared away.”

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  1. Johnny Penso

    Jun 11, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    “[He’s} focused on getting the ball in the hole. ”

    This is what sets him apart from every other golfer in the field.

  2. Hillary Clinton

    Jun 10, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Sweet earrings brah

    • Huma Abedin

      Jun 11, 2021 at 9:51 am

      They sure are cute. Hey Hill-dog, wanna meet up and consume some berber later?

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Photos from the 2021 Palmetto Championship at Congaree

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GolfWRX is live from Congaree Golf Club for the Palmetto Championship. This one-time replacement for the RBC Canadian Open is the third PGA Tour event contested in South Carolina this season.

Palmetto State native Dustin Johnson headlines the field (and has been doing plenty of putter testing). Brooks Koepka and Jason Dufner will be teeing it up as well. John Pak and Davis Thompson will both be making their professional debuts.

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Photos from the 2021 Memorial Tournament

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GolfWRX is live at Jack’s place for the 2021 Memorial Tournament. As always, a strong field has turned up to take on the Golden Bear’s track.

Past winner Bryson DeChambeau as well as Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm, and Jason Dufner will all tee it up this week.

We have a buffet of general galleries for your viewing pleasure and a number of special galleries that include some very cool new putter covers and a custom Hideki Matsuyama flatstick.

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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.

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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.

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