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David Duval joins Callaway Tour staff

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David Duval has signed with Callaway ahead of a year that will see him play a full Champions Tour schedule.

For 2022, the former World Number One will play Callaway woods, irons, a Callaway Chrome Soft ball, and an Odyssey putter on the Champions Tour.

Speaking on joining Callaway and playing the Champions Tour, Duval said

“I’ve been working hard on my game for almost a year now, I feel confident about where I’m at, and I’m looking forward to getting back out and competing. In the past I’ve never really been affiliated with one golf brand, and more recently I’ve been looking for a relationship with a company that feels like a family. That’s exactly what I’ve found with the Callaway Team, and I believe that they make the best, most consistent equipment in the game.

I’ve always admired the quality of their products, and with the new golf ball alone I’ve picked up 3 mph ball speed, which has really made a difference for me. They have had so much success especially in recent years across the professional Tours, including the Champions Tour where they’re the most played brand. Joining Callaway is a natural fit for me, and I’m excited for what’s ahead.”

The 50-year-old will make his Champions Tour debut this week in Hawaii, and this summer he will compete in the 150th Open at St. Andrews and at the British Senior Open in Gleneagles.

In addition to using Callaway and Odyssey equipment, Duval will wear TravisMathew apparel and footwear from Cuater by TravisMathew.

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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  1. chip75

    Jan 20, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Wish him well, one of the best on his day. Hopefully he’ll get a second wind on the Champions.

  2. Duval had 1 good year

    Jan 20, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Hard to believe Duval’s 50. I figured since we rarely see him play, he turned 50 10 years ago.

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Details on Webb Simpson’s surprising iron switch

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For essentially his entire career, Webb Simpson has been an old-school blade iron user.

Well, not anymore.

Simpson switched from Titleist’s 620 MB irons into the company’s new T100 irons this week. He spoke to the media on Thursday following his first-round 69 regarding the switch:

“I’ve had a couple of short stints with non-blades in my career but not many.”

“I haven’t been hitting my irons great. Approach to the green is typically a strength for me; this year it’s been a weakness, and I’ve struggled out of the rough. I keep getting told that these the irons I’m playing are better out of the rough, better with distance control, better with mis-hits, and so I guess I was being stubborn but finally listened and I really like them.”

“They’re not a whole lot different than mine the way they look, but we’ve had good results with them so far.”

According to Simpson, his caddie Paul Tesori played a role in Simpson’s intrigue in the new T100 irons.

“Yeah, honestly I hadn’t considered it that much at all. Paul  mentioned it at Wells Fargo after that first round or maybe after I missed the cut on Friday. Then he came to Charlotte last Wednesday and we were doing some testing, and we were seeing some crazy numbers out of the rough with my blades.”

“Thankfully I live on the golf course, so we drove to my garage, picked up this other set — honestly I didn’t know if I had this other set still. I don’t know if Titleist will like this or not, but if I don’t use a set I give it to a friend. I’m trying to spread the word for Titleist, you know. So I might have given to a friend, but I see them in there, we bring them out, and all the numbers we tested were way better.”

“So I still wasn’t certain that I was going to put them in this week so I have both, but yeah, the biggest thing for me is when I look down I want to make sure it looks good, and then after that all I care about is the numbers and how it’s going to perform out of the rough, and so far they’ve passed the test.”

The lesson here for amateurs is to test a range of different irons to figure out exactly what suits your game best. Even the world’s best ball strikers sometimes opt for more forgiveness.

See more photos of Webb’s new Titleist T100 irons here

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Winning Footwear: Justin Thomas’ FootJoy Premiere Tarlow at the ’22 PGA Championship

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Justin Thomas must have been surprised to find himself in a 2022 PGA Championship-deciding playoff with Will Zalatoris given his position to start the day and the apparent foregone conclusion of Mito Pereira’s victory.

After Pereira’s debacle at the 72nd hole, however, JT laced up his FootJoy Premier Tarlow shoes and took care of Will Zalatoris in a three-hole aggregate playoff.

Thomas sported the black colorway of the Tarlow — FJ’s cap-toe inclusion in the Premiere line. The Tarlow is available in white and white/navy as well.

A bit more on the Tarlow’s features, courtesy of FootJoy.

PREMIUM CONSTRUCTION: Hand-selected, premium full grain leather from Pittards offers unparalleled beauty, fit, and resistance to stretching. Calfskin leather detailing delivers an iconic look for players with a discerning sense of style.

PERFORMANCE OUTSOLE: The VersaTrax+ outsole is engineered with traction elements to create an outsole that is perfect for on course performance. Translucent rubber traction elements offer a high end look and feel while maximizing traction with each step you take. The unique anti-channeling traction pattern is designed for grip from any lie or angle.

TOUR-PROVEN TRACTION: Premiere Series is equipped with low profile spikes that deliver stability and support from the moment you step foot onto the course. Pulsar cleats by Softspikes® are the #1 selling cleat in golf and the overwhelming choice of touring professionals worldwide.

LASER STREET FIT: Offers a full rounded toe character, standard fit across forefoot and instep, with a slightly narrow heel.

INSERT SYSTEM: The insert system refers to the type of receptacle found on the sole of your golf shoes. The insert system also determines the type of removable cleat that will fit your golf shoes. This model utilizes the Fast Twist 3.0 cleat system with Pulsar LP cleats. The Fast Twist system was the first ever 3-click insert system on the market. The locking post design secures each cleat with consistent torque for balanced performance.

FootJoy’s Premiere Series Tarlow golf shoes retail for $199.99 are available in sizes 7-15.

 

 

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Best adjustable 3-wood? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing adjustable 3-woods. WRXer ‘Dunktotime’ wants to hear from our members on what adjustable 3-woods they consider the best, with WRXers giving their verdict in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Duffer222: “SIM2 Max 3 HL. So stupid easy to hit & launch. I finally have a 3 wood I’m happy with. Fuji Ventus Velocore Blue 7S.”
  • BallerNate: “Owned both the SIM2 Ti and Stealth Plus 3W and recommend both very highly! The 2 best 3W’s I have ever owned for sure!”
  • Bmurr7: “I second the Epic Flash Sub Zero.”
  • m3fuz: “Mizuno ST-Z.”

Entire Thread: “Best adjustable 3-wood? – GolfWRXers discuss

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