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Check out how the clubs in pros’ bags have changed through the years

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As technology continues to improve in golf equipment, it is no surprise to see that PGA Tour professionals have adapted and made changes to the contents of their golf bags throughout the years.

Check out this post from @sms_on_tour , who tracked the average clubs used by players over the last 15 Opens, to see what types of clubs have become more popular over the last 15 years.

There are a few major takeaways. Firstly, pro golfers seem to be carrying more wedges these days. Phil Mickelson raised eyebrows when he first experimented with carrying four wedges, yet over the last 15 years, we have seen a steady and progressive trend towards many Tour pros deploying a similar approach.

Secondly, there’s been a clear increase in hybrids/utility irons at the expense of regular 2-irons and 3-irons. In theory, this is not surprising given the technological increases and general playability of today’s top hybrids and driving irons. With that being said, Ben Hogan must be turning over in his grave!

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  1. Smith

    Jul 23, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Pros’ bags*

  2. Jon

    Jul 22, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Instead of looking at the number stamped on the sole of the club, how about reporting the actual loft being used? A lot of today’s 4 irons are in the 21-23 degree range so in order to bag a 2 iron it would effectively have to be in the range 15-18 degrees. How about 46 degree gap wedges. Does that really qualify as a wedge? I don’t know…it’s all semantics and however you want to spin it.

  3. Shootah

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    I thought this article was going to be about the contents of the pockets.

    The contents of my bag have changed from gatorade (kid), to miller lite (20s), to white claw (30s).

    • Smith

      Jul 23, 2021 at 10:41 am

      As a fellow golfer in his 30s, I’d definitely recommend giving radlers a try if you can – the perfect golf beverage.

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High school sophomore records a historic 57 in conference championship

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59s don’t come along too often, only 11 have been recorded in PGA Tour history. 58s are even more rare. 57s are practically unheard, but that’s what Macy Pate, a Reagan High School sophomore, recorded in the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference championships on Tuesday.

Pate’s tournament winning and record breaking performance occurred at Bermuda Run Country Club in North Carolina. Pate came out of the gates firing, with a front nine 27. Knowing she needed to shoot one-under par over her final three holes to record a 59, Pate birdied all three.

As the number-one ranked girls player in the state, we should say we aren’t entirely surprised, but 57 is in an entirely different stratosphere. Pate’s historic round shattered the NCSHAA scoring record. We have a feeling we will see more of her in the future.

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99-year-old golfer hits into group ahead, records a hole-in-one

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There’s nothing worse in golf than the group ahead playing at a snail’s pace. With that being said, we do not condone hitting into them as an acceptable solution.

We may be willing to make an exception however for Hugh Brown, a 99-year-old Australian golfer, and instant hero.

On the 145-meter par 3 fifth hole of the blue nine at Indooroopilly Golf Club in Queensland, Australia, with a driver in hand, Brown recorded hole-in-one number two of his golfing career.

The shot was met with yelling from the group ahead, but it was hard to stay mad at Brown for long given that his tee-ball found the bottom of the cup. Check out how it all went down courtesy of 9News Queensland.

Brown’s last hole in one came 38 years ago when he was at the tender age of 61. Just two months away from his 100th birthday, the Aussie legend still plays golf three times a week.

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Phil Mickelson’s PGA Championship winning Odyssey putter could be on its way to retail

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As far as putters go, Phil Mickelson’s Odyssey Milled Blade “Phil Mickelson” flat-stick may be one of the most admired by amateur golfers on Tour.

Golf fans have long been hoping that the blade would make its way to retail, and it appears they may finally get their wish very soon.

On Tuesday, Odyssey hinted on their Twitter that a small-batch release could be in the pipeline to commemorate Lefty’s history-making 2021 PGA Championship victory.

Phil Mickelson quickly responded to the tease from Odyssey, tweeting “I like the idea”, and golf fans were in complete agreement with the 6-time major champion, who gave their seal of approval to the idea under the post.

GolfWRXers, would you be interested in seeing a Mickelson putter release at retail?

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