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WGC-FedEx St. Jude Tour Truck Report: Phil Mickelson goes armlock, Justin Rose takes the wayback machine



I guess it’s some flavor of irony that it was a slow week at a tournament whose title sponsor is known for rapid delivery around the world.

Maybe it technically isn’t — my ninth-grade English teacher, Ms. Whalen, wouldn’t be pleased with my lack of clarity.

Regardless, there were a few abundantly apparent equipment changes at TPC Southwind.

For equipment free agent Justin Rose, who has been on the Ferris wheel of irons in recent years, it seems the ride has stopped on his 2017 TaylorMade Rose Proto irons. Maybe it was Rory McIlroy and his Rors Proto return that inspired Rosie?

Phil Mickelson’s surprise armlocking was the other significant story at Southwind. Lefty was spotted with a prototype PM Blade with a longer shaft and what looked to be a SuperStroke WristLock grip. More news to come on this front.

Photo c/o Callaway’s Johnny Wunder

Check out all our photos from the WGC-FedEx St Jude here. 


Sam Burns had a Callaway Epic Speed driver (10.5 degrees) with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 70 X shaft built.

Kevin Na’s Epic Flash 3-wood finally bit the dust (cracked face). He’s now gaming a Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond with Mitsubishi Diamana RF 70 TX shaft.

Min Woo Lee is testing a 22-degree X Forged Tour UT with a True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour White X100 shaft.


Cam Smith is moving to a new T100 4-iron from U500. He’s already in 2021 T100 5-9 irons.

Will Zalatoris is adding a new T200 2-iron to his arsenal. He also switched to a Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.

Garrick Higgo testing a Fujikura Ventus Black shaft in his TSi3 driver (previously in Ventus Blue).

Justin Thomas got a fresh grip on his Scotty Cameron Phantom X5 Prototype putter.


Rory McIlroy looks to be sticking with his Scotty Cameron 009M putter.

Dustin Johnson rolling it with a TP Juno putter. As always we DJ, you never know the putter that will go in play until he shows up at the first tee… The South Carolinian also has a SIM2 Max 3HL in play.

Tommy Fleetwood is in a SIM2 Max fairway wood (18 degrees)

Sergio Garcia made several changes: SIM2 Max driver (8 degrees), SIM2 fairway wood (13.5 degrees), MG3 wedge (52 degrees), TP Bandon 1 putter.

Matthew Wolff’s new MG3 wedge setup: 50, 56, 60 degrees.

Others, free agents

Patrick Reed is testing a 50-degree Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedge.

Shane Lowry is testing a Fujikura Ventus black 7 X in his driver.

Carlos Ortiz is testing a Titleist TSi2 3-wood.

Viktor Hovland is testing U505 and U510 utility irons.

Hideki Matsuyama, who already has a Fujikura Ventus Black 10 TX shaft in his 5-wood, had a Ventus Black 8 TX put in his TaylorMade SIM 3-wood.

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Whats in the Bag

Dave Portnoy WITB (Champion vs. Champion)



According to a source at TaylorMade, this is what El Pres will have in the bag for his September 7 showdown with Brooks Koepka at Liberty National

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 S

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (13 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue

Irons: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 S

Wedges: TaylorMade MG3 (52, 56, 58 degrees)

Putter: TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast Soto

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Featured image via Barstool Sports on Twitter

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Titleist launches Pro V1 Left Dot in latest limited-run CPO offering



Launching today on, Titleist’s Pro V1 Left Dot is the Fairhaven-based company’s latest instance of a Custom Performance Option (CPO) coming to retail — albeit in an extremely limited fashion.

While Titleist acknowledges the hype surrounding a “tour only” product coming to retail means a lightning-quick sellout, moving golf balls isn’t really the objective here.

With the launch, Titleist is both testing the market and looking for customer input. Based on fitter feedback, tour staff, and elite amateur perspectives, the company knows there’s a market for Left Dot. They just don’t know how big it is or if a full-fledged “turn a Custom Performance Option into a standard performance option” move is warranted (ala Pro V1x Left Dash).

And while the company believes, for roughly 80 percent of golfers, Pro V1 or Pro V1x is the appropriate ball, it wants to have a Pro V1 product at retail for 100 percent of golfers.

As a refresher: CPO “models are designed to fit players with very distinct needs and preferences,” according to Jeremy Stone, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing.

“They might launch in a slightly different window to fit a player’s eye, offer slightly more or less spin, or feel softer or firmer. CPO’s give us more tools in the toolbox to optimize and personalize performance for a small percentage of the hundreds of players we work with weekly on tour.”

Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot: The details

Left Dot has a small group of professional devotees, including Tony Finau, Daniel Berger, Patrick Reed, Henrik Stenson, and Keith Mitchell. Of the CPO Pro V1 products on tour (Left Dash, Left Dot, Star), Left Dot is the most widely played, with somewhere in the range of six to 12 players putting it in play at every PGA Tour event.

So, who is Left Dot for? According to Titleist, for the better golfer who generates plenty of clubhead speed, spin, and high initial launch but is looking to kill spin and flight the ball lower — and a player who is looking for more spin into and around the green than s/he gets with AVX but less than Pro V1.

  • Spin will be most similar off the tee as the current Pro V1
  • Most noticeably different (less spin) with full short irons.
  • It is the lowest flying Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.
  • Compared to the Titleist AVX, the Pro V1 Left Dot has similarly low spin and flight off the tee
  • More spin with irons and wedges than AVX

Layer-by-layer view of the 2021 Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot

Titleist indicates The Pro V1 Left Dot is the fifth most played golf ball on the PGA Tour this season (behind the 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x and 2019 Pro V1 and Pro V1x).

Left Dot is available today, September 1, and like Pro V1 and Pro V1x, retails for $49.99.

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Whats in the Bag

WITB Time Machine: Tiger Woods’ winning WITB 2018 Tour Championship



Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade TW-Phase1 prototype (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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