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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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  1. Brooks Kupcake

    Sep 23, 2021 at 1:22 am

    If I hit two good balls… it’s cuz I stepped on a rake.

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The best-selling wedges on Amazon right now

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What are the most popular wedges on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are the best-selling wedges on Amazon.

LAZRUS Premium Forged Golf Wedge Set

A trio of forged wedges for little more than a c-note. 

From the listing: “Lazrus golf wedges are made in the same place as some of today’s “top” 52 56 and 60 degree golf clubs – For 1/4 the price!”

Price: $127

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Callaway Mack Daddy CB Wedge

Good price on a forgiving wedge from a major OEM. 

From the listing: “More Spin from Groove-In-Groove Technology…Four Sole Grinds to Suit a Variety of Playing Styles, Attack Angles and Course Conditions”

Price: $129.90

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Pinemeadow Wedge

Comes in 52, 56, 60, 64, and even 68-degree loft options.

From the listing: “Built standard with high quality Pinemeadow steel from Apollo(R), a 125 gram shaft with a low to mid kick point for the same $19.95 value, perfect for the beginning to average golfer. Largest face area of any wedge available making the toughest of lies seem like perfect lies. Available in 52, 56, 60, 64, and the impossible to find 68 degree wedge.”

Price: $38.46

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Cleveland Golf Men’s RTX 4 Wedge, Black Satin Finish

This wedge features a slick black satin finish for reduced glare.

From the listing: “With our sharpest Tour Zip Grooves yet, the most aggressive face milling we’ve developed, and even more precise laser milling, Rotex 4 generates more spin. New Muscle shaping on the back of each loft progressively adjusts the center of gravity on both the X and Y-axes, enhancing feel and distance control.”

Price: $98.99-$109.99

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Pinemeadow Golf PGX Wedge

Featuring a tour shape and a sharp leading edge, the Pinemeadow PGX wedge comes in 52,56 and 60-degree loft options

From the listing: “Equipped with a steel shaft and standard Pine meadow grip. Midsize wedge sole helps provide accurate play from any lie.”

Price: $29.95

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xE1 Sand Wedge & Lob Wedge

The ‘out-in-one’ sand and lob wedge features an auto glide sole in design to help players escape the sand more easily, and aims to allow players of all levels to hit soaring flop shots

From the listing: “The xE1 wedge has high loft and a unique AutoGlide Sole that make it easy and automatic to escape bunkers in one. This sand wedge’s sole is extra wide and its mass has been repositioned so the golf club slides through the sand without skipping or digging. And thanks to the xE1’s extreme loft, you can pop the ball high, over any lip, and straight to the pin. Never fear the sand again with this sand wedge.”

Price: $67

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Callaway Golf Mack Daddy 5 JAWS Wedge

One of the most popular wedges not just on Amazon, the Callaway Mack Daddy 5 JAWS wedge is designed to help players exectute every type of greenside shot

From the listing: “Precisely shaped by Callaway Chief Designer Roger Cleveland for a beautiful look and extraordinary feel from 8620 mild carbon steel. The new tour-tested w and C grinds are both updated to make it easy to play a wider variety of greenside shots. Head shaping progresses from traditional shaped lob and sand wedges to a compact player preferred design in the gap and pitching wedges for a seamless transition into an iron set.”

Price: $159.99

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Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge

The Wilson Harmonized wedge features a sole grind which aims to help players feel more comfortable opening up the face for more versatility around the greens

From the listing: “Classic, high polish finish and classic blade shape. Perfect club for getting your ball close to the pin. True Temper steel irons for high performance and reliability. Sole grind allows players to open the club face further to hit higher shots with more accuracy, therefore improving performance. Blade shape with modified bounce angles for dead stop spin and versatility from the sand, rough, or fairway.”

Price: $49.99

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Cleveland Golf CBX 2 Wedge

The Cleveland CBX 2 wedge is available for both left and right-handers and comes in 46 to 60-degree loft options

From the listing: “Additional weight distributed to the perimeter offers moreforgiveness at impact. Three different sole grinds deliver more versatility toexecute any shot on the course. Enhanced Feel Balancing Technology along with a GelbackTPU Insert reduces vibration for a pure feel at impact. Fourth generation Rotex Face technology delivers oursharpest Tour Zip Grooves and most aggressive facemilling for maximum spin and short game control.”

Price: $139.99

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C3i Wedge

The C3i wedge features an extra wide sole designed to provide maximum aid from the sand and is available in both left and right-hand options

From the listing: “The C3i lob wedge is extra-wide. Its auto-glide sole cuts through the sand without skipping or digging; This sand wedge is a high loft golf club for men and women that gets the ball up easily to clear the lip and stop it quickly on the green; The C3i golf wedges for men and women have an extra curve and beveled leading edge that reduce interaction with the ground for consistently clean contact; Hosel and heel shaped to eliminate catching and snagging in rough and to minimize material collection in the pocket; 65 degrees of loft pop the ball high with no effort, no special swing technique required; Clip it cleanly off of tight lies; Clear hazards and hit impressive, soaring flop shots.”

Price: $99.99

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Square Strike Wedge

Another wedge featuring an extra wide sole with manufacturers promising, that with the Square Strike Wedge, fat shots will be a thing of the past

From the listing: “The square strike wedge golf club for men and women has a putter-like length, 35.5 inches, and putter-like lie angle, 68 degrees, plus anti-rotational weighting make it easy to swing and control; No opening your stance or the clubface; Use a simple straight-back-straight-through, putter-like stroke for greater control and much more accuracy; Use this chipping wedge to chip it close from a variety of lies, Perfect for bump and runs. The Shorter length of this golf wedge for men and women makes it easier to control, no gripping down; Our golf wedge for men and women Heavier club head, 330 grams, glides smoothly through the turf and minimizes overactive hands and wrists, a leading cause of fat and thin chip shots; Extra weight moved to the toe keeps club square vs rotating through impact; More loft than a 7-or 8-iron for wider variety of shots, not just low runners.”

Price: $99

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WITB Time Machine: Steve Stricker Ryder Cup 2012

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Driver: Titleist 909 D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: UST Proforce V2 86

Fairway Wood: Titleist 906F2 (13 degrees)
Shaft:UST Proforce V2 95 shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 909H (17 degrees)
Shaft: UST Proforce V2 104

Irons: Titleist 710 AP2 (3-PW)
Shaft: KBS C-Taper

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design (54, 60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot #2

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Titleist unveils new Scotty Cameron Phantom X 9.5 Triple black putter

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Titleist has introduced its new Phantom X 9.5 Triple Black mallet putter in a limited-release for golfers looking to put a Tour-inspired model in play.

The Phantom X 9.5 Triple Black is a new high-MOI mallet head shape that shares many features of the Phantom X 5.5 and Phantom X 11 models, but with a matte Tour Black finish and an integrated 6061 aluminum flange-sole component that defines its profile and aims to provide unique alignment cues.

A custom engraving inspired by vintage muscle car pinstripes is designed to help to frame the golf ball at address, as three red dots on the topline mark the sweet spot for a classic look contained on many iconic Scotty Cameron putter designs.

“Each new line I create gives me the opportunity to gather feedback, make design improvements and roll out new models that incorporate these new thoughts—whether it’s a new neck, new finish or new alignment options. This Phantom X 9.5 Triple Black is one of those concepts.

I gave it our Tour Black finish throughout, including the misted black anodized 6061 aluminum component and the stainless steel body. With its jet black paintfill, I thought the classic car term “Triple Black” fit. I also customized the milled sight dots on the topline with our signature translucent red for an extra bit of style. In keeping with the theme of our limited release offerings, this putter also has a custom headcover, shaft band and a Tour Black shaft.” – Scotty Cameron

With an integration of stainless steel and aluminum, the new Phantom X 9.5 Triple Black is engineered for performance with a solid, precision-milled 303 stainless steel body fused with a 6061 aluminum flange-sole component in a bid to provide optimal weight distribution and overall shape.

Per Titleist, by positioning the lighter aluminum in the middle of the mallet, MOI and overall stability are increased by the perimeter weighting crafted from heavier stainless steel. 

The Phantom X 9.5 Triple Black employs the small slant, or “jet”, neck made famous on Tour for its crisp appearance, clean setup and arc-enhancing design. With a full shaft of offset, this unique design seeks to give this compact shape the stability of a mallet with the feel of a blade.

The new addition from Titleist features advanced stability weighting with two customizable stainless steel heel-toe weights and a stepless steel shaft with a Tour Black finish.

In addition, the 6061 aluminum flange-sole component has been misted and anodized black, while the 303 stainless steel—excluding the sole weights—is also misted for glare reduction and has Titleist’s matte Tour Black finish. 

Accessories, Pricing & Availability

Accessories: Comes equipped with a matching specialty mid-round headcover and includes a black Pistolero Plus grip with gray lettering. Additionally, a custom Cameron Concept Triple Black shaft band is included.

Pricing: $750

Availability: Worldwide from October 8

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