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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (1/20/22): FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard shoes

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a pair of FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard shoes

From the seller (@JtMagic): “Size 10, New in Box – FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard Golf Shoes – Black 53924. Will ship with original box.  Price = $180 shipped US48.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard shoes

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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TOUR REPORT: Maverick McNealy explains his “11-iron,” and a 12-year-old 5-wood finally gets replaced

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Welcome to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas for the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge.

As always, this week’s Tour Report will highlight the most interesting equipment that we spotted on the grounds this week ahead of the event. But first, a quick history lesson…or rather, a quick historical debate.

You may have heard that Colonial Country Club is nicknamed “Hogan’s Alley,” due to his five professional wins at the event (1946, 1947, 1952, 1953 and 1959). The “Hogan’s Alley” name, however, has also been applied to Riviera Country Club, because he won three times on the course in less than 18 months (he won the L.A. Open twice at Riviera in 1947 and 1948, then he won the U.S. Open at Riviera in 1948). There’s a third “Hogan’s Alley,” too. On the 6th hole at Carnoustie, Hogan reportedly split the out of bounds line on the left and the fairway bunker on the right for 4 straight days en route to winning the 1953 Open Championship. That small strip of fairway then became known as “Hogan’s Alley.”

Which one is the real Hogan’s Alley? Unfortunately, that’s not my call to make, so I’ll leave that debate up to the GolfWRX Forum Thread regarding the topic.

Nickname debates aside, let’s get into this week’s Tour Report from Colonial Country Club (a.k.a. Hogan’s Alley?!).

Click here to see all of our photos from the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge.

Ben Hogan’s unbelievable prototypes revealed

Apparently, Ben Hogan wasn’t just a legendary golfer and ball striker, but he was a golf club visionary, too.

On Tuesday at the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge, the Ben Hogan Foundation brought out a number of Hogan’s old personal clubs for PGA Tour players to try on the range. It’s always cool to see the modern players test out clubs that were made well before they were born.

Thanks to Robert Stennett, CEO of the Ben Hogan Foundation, GolfWRX was also granted the opportunity to check out a collection of Hogan’s personal prototypes from the early 1960’s that were previously locked away in a safe.

Hogan’s prototypes reveal that he was well ahead of his time as a club inventor. The five clubs that Stennett showed to GolfWRX included:

  • A driver made of metal (remember, TaylorMade didn’t come out with their first metalwood until 1979, and Hogan’s prototype was estimated to be made in the early 1960’s!)
  • A hybrid made of metal (the first “hybrid” as we know it today was released by Cobra in 1998)
  • A wooden driver with a bore-thru shaft and modern head shape
  • An extremely lightweight iron with an aluminum head and wave-like grooves
  • A putter with the shaft entering into the toe section of the putter rather than the heel

These golf clubs are truly one of a kind, and a huge THANK YOU goes out to the Ben Hogan Foundation for the opportunity to see the clubs and share their stories. You can check out our full feature story on the golf clubs over at PGATOUR.com, or click here for the all of the photos in our GolfWRX Forums.

Also, head over to the Ben Hogan Foundation’s website to learn more and get involved.

JT’s dad has an awesome Vokey wedge

Mike Thomas – Justin Thomas’ father and swing coach – can usually be seen walking alongside his son at PGA Tour events carrying around a Titleist Vokey SM6 wedge, which doubles as a walking stick.

In case you haven’t seen up-close photos of the wedge, it’s stamped with notable memories and events that Mike and Justin have shared together over the past few years. Each of the stampings is done by Vokey wedge rep and stamper extraordinaire Aaron Dill.

Dill has another stamp to add: the “2022 PGA Championship,” where JT won his second major championship in a playoff against Will Zalatoris last week.

The wedge is running out of room for stampings, so maybe for the upcoming Father’s Day, JT can gift his dad a fresh Vokey SM9 wedge to act as a blank canvas for future stamps.

Check out all our photos of the wedge here.

Maverick McNealy puts prototype 10 and 11 irons in play

In case you haven’t been following along to this ongoing gear story, Maverick McNealy revealed new Callaway Apex MB prototype irons at the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson a few weeks ago. McNealy and the Callaway team had been working on the prototypes for over a year, and he put the 4-7 irons in play at the Byron Nelson.

He spoke in-depth on the designs with GolfWRX here.

Well, at the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge, we caught up with McNealy, and he’s since filled out the set. Not only did he put the 8 and 9 iron prototypes into the bag, but he’s also using 10 and 11 irons this week.

Unlike the 4-9 irons, which have 17 narrowly spaced grooves, the 10 and 11 irons have 14 grooves that are more widely spaced for lower launch and additional spin/control.

“The 10 and 11 iron is a fun project for us because I almost never chip with a pitching wedge or gap wedge, and if I do it’s a bump and run, so I just want something that’s going to flow straight through from my short irons to my approach irons, or however you want to call them,” McNealy told GolfWRX. “I’ve seen them launch lower with a little bit more spin, which is great for distance control, and they feel just like my irons, which is a pretty exciting project.”

Our full story on the new full bag of Callaway prototypes is over on PGATOUR.com.

Pure bag appeal

Thanks to his copper Cobra King MIM Tour irons and rusted Titleist Vokey SM9 raw wedges, Erik Compton’s bag is one of those that you walk by and just have to do a double take. The irons, specifically, show that even pro golfers use designs with modern cavity back technology through the set; not all of them use blades or ultra-compact CB options.

To figure out which iron style and model may work best for your particular game and preferences, check out GolfWRX’s Best Irons for 2022.

Interestingly, Compton also bags an Axis1 Rose proto putter that was designed for Justin Rose. Speaking with Phil Long from Axis1 on Tuesday, GolfWRX learned that Justin Rose has 44.094 Strokes Gained: Putting in his last 34 measured major championship rounds since switching to his Axis1 Rose putter in 2019. Yeah, that’s pretty strong. No wonder the putter has also caught Compton’s eye.

Erik Compton’s full 2022 WITB at the Charles Schwab Challenge

An update on one of the most interesting WITBs on Tour

In our Tour Report from the 2022 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in March, we highlighted Richard Bland’s especially noteworthy WITB, which included Honma “Rose Proto” short irons with the “Rose” scratched out, and a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 5-wood (released to retail in 2010).

At the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge this week, we got an update on his setup. Apparently, Bland has finally switched out his 12-year-old 5 wood for a new 21-degree TaylorMade Stealth 7 wood, which he’s equipping with a Fujikura Ventus Red.

And with that, we say goodbye to Fort Worth and the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge. We’ll see you next week at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio for the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday.

Click here to see all of our photos from the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge.

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Korean Gadget Report, Pt. 3: A truly unique putter face

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All aspects of golf equipment fascinate me, but nothing beats discovering some new putter technology that can help my putting game.

Since Karsten Solheim introduced the iconic Ping Anser in 1966, thousands of innovative putter designs have surfaced to entice golfers with claims of better performance. Recent notable mentions include Evnroll with its patented Sweet Face groove technology and L.A.B. putters with their torque-free lie angle balance. I have found both putters to be very effective in their respective claims of rolling the ball straighter and resisting torque during a stroke.

Today, I want to introduce the TopSpin™ and 3D Pyramid milling; two unique and effective putter face technology that I have encountered here in Korea.

What constitutes a good putt?

Back in the day, putting used to be all about feel for me. Feeling is very subjective and different for every golfer, so I used to spend hours at local golf stores rolling putter after putter to see which ‘clicked’ with me. I preferred a specific sound with a soft feel at impact. I am still a big fan of the White Hot insert and was happy to see its comeback in the new OG line.

Over the years, however, my handicap index suggested ‘feel; was not enough to help my putting game, and I began looking elsewhere for that extra edge.

Over the last year, I have been trying various hand positions and putter grips. Then I landed on the mythical idea of True Roll, which was to occur when there is no longer any skidding of the ball after impact. For years, I had been told that all the great putters from Bobby Locke to Tiger Woods struck the ball above the equator to impart top spin. This would get the ball rolling forward faster with less skidding and hopping, and hold truer to the line for more holed putts. To be honest, I haven’t researched whether a faster forward roll is really beneficial or not, but I am writing with the assumption that the more top spin we have, the better it is for putting.

TopSpin™ for Top Spin

Made in Korea by James Milr Inc., TopSpin™ putters feature a curve on the top and bottom portion of the putter face. The technology claims to allow golfers to put a top spin on every putt, causing the ball to immediately roll forward in a straight line. Some of you may have already come across this putter or something similar, but it was quite eye-opening for me when I first encountered it several years ago at a golf fair.

After rolling the putter a few dozen times, I was impressed though I did not like the feel and the aesthetics at first. I soon got in touch with the inventor, Jun-hee (James) Kim at his company, located 3-hours from Seoul. Kim is a former computer programmer by trade who first became obsessed in 2000 in his late forties in early 2000. He began breaking 80
regularly within 18 months but continued to struggle with his putting. Then one night, he had his eureka moment while watching a baseball game on TV with his son.

“I was watching a slow replay of a knuckleball being hit out of the park on TV when I was awestruck by the way the (base)ball seemed to wrap around the curved surface of the bat. It was a surreal moment to see two curved surfaces collide together and something just clicked in my head. I began to wonder what a curved putter face would do to a stationary golf ball and got my son’s baseball bat to try rolling a golf ball with it that very night. I soon realized that a curved putter face produced a gearing effect to start the ball rolling forward with minimal skidding and backspin. That was over 17 years ago, and I haven’t looked back since. The TopSpin™ putter starts the ball rolling forward faster than any other putter out there.”- Jun-hee James Kim, CEO of JAMES MILR INC.

Over the next two years, Kim was passionate enough to leave his job in Seoul to research and design his own ideal curve for that perfect roll. In 2005, Kim set up his putter manufacturing and named it JAMES MILR INC. to indicate his love of putter milling. He debuted eight putter models in his first year and has since fine-tuned his ideas to patent the TopSpin™ technology. His putters feature an oval curvature on top and bottom of the putter face with a flat surface in the middle. According to Kim, his patented design imparts a consistent and immediate forward roll (top spin) regardless of the angle of the shaft at impact to help all golfers roll the ball better.

A brief online search on my part found several similar curved face putters, such as Tru-Roll (cylindrical pipe-like head) and SIK putter with DLT (Descending Loft Technology). Both putters featured similar ideas of imparting a consistent and quick forward roll through a curved/angled putter face. However, Kim maintains he was the first to design and patent the design concept. To his credit, I was unable to find any similar putter face technology claiming the same effect dating before 2010.

So…does it work?

All tech stories aside, the important question is whether it performs or not. To this end, my friend and I tested our current gamers and several other putters against the TopSpin™ M8 model I had purchased over the winter. For visual confirmation, we used the RollBoard to see how each putter rolled the ball on a typical 15ft, 30ft putts.

The result in the video below clearly showed that the TopSpin™ putter did indeed make the ball roll forward almost immediately. The TopSpin™ putter left an unbroken trace line on the RollBoard right from the start, indicating that the ball rolled immediately upon impact with no hopping and skidding. In contrast, the other putters all showed the ball hopping and skipping (3~6 inches) before landing and beginning to roll forward. I was impressed to see TopSpin™ in action firsthand. And in case anyone is wondering, I am a 10 handicapper and am in no way good enough to roll the ball to get the results I did on purpose.

[YouTube] https://youtu.be/56q64UJWBHw

Did my test prove that the TopSpin putter is better than the rest? Almost certainly not. But if you operate on the idea that putting top spin on the ball to get it rolling forward fast, then you may have found a winner in TopSpin™ putters.

I would be interested to hear if anyone has tried these putters and what your thoughts are on the importance of top spin on putting.

The 3D Pyramid Face

Before PXG introduced their version of the Pyramid Face milling in their putter a few years back, there already existed a technology here in Korea by the same name at least two decades earlier.

Hana Industries, located in Korea’s second-largest city of Busan, has been manufacturing and exporting premium golf equipment since 1995. Their in-house brand, Brama Golf (combining the words Brilliant and Marvelous), has been a prestigious name in Korean golf for over 25 years and features some of the coolest club technologies seen anywhere.

One particular tech that caught my eye was their CNC milled 3D Pyramid putter face.

Whereas the PXG putters provide a “variable-size, [flat] pyramid face pattern that increases in size and decreases in density as it moves from center”, Brama putter face consists of hundreds of uniform-size 3D pyramids milled directly on the face. The pointy ends make up the surface of the putter face and provide an incredibly soft feel with a straight, fast-starting forward roll.

According to the Korean company, the pointy ends of the pyramids help decrease the probability of the ball starting straying off the line from impacting the dimples on the golf ball at a wrong angle. Say what?!  As if there wasn’t enough to think about, I now have to worry about whether or not my putter face hits the dimples correctly?

Apparently, I do. According to this physicist and many golfers I have since asked, golf ball dimples cause the ball to come off the putter face at a different angle on every putt. In short, depending on where the putter face impacts the raised ridges of golf ball dimples, the ball can deflect or bounce erratically to miss even the shortest of putts. I am not kidding. This is really a thing.

Does this mean that none of those missed short putts was my fault? What the heck is going on? More importantly, what do I need to do to keep this newfound knowledge from messing with my brain while lining up a two-footer for the win over my buddies?

[YouTube] https://www.youtube.com/shorts/g0r-oGrLMXk

As shown in the video, the pyramid points “bite” into the surface of the golf ball for a consistent impact regardless of the dimples, and ensure that the ball consistently rolls straight and true. Simply, the 3D Pyramid face tech allows me to remain blissfully ignorant about any new-fangled issues related to dimples and their harmful effect on our putting. (Wouldn’t I have been better off not having learned that dimples can affect putting in the first place?)

My two cents

I have owned two Brama putters, a blade and a mallet and used them for several months last summer. Although I didn’t have a Roll Board at the time, I did find that the ball pretty much rolled where I aimed, indicating a good forward roll (and no interference from those pesky dimples!).

However, it took me a few rounds to get used to the fact that these putters tended to roll about 10% less distance than what I was used to. So if I was looking at a 20-footer and was sure that I put a good stroke on it, the ball would still end up about 2ft short of the hole. This threw me off my feel for distance until I realized that since so little of the putter surface was making contact, that much less energy was transferred to the ball. I had to adjust by mentally thinking the hole cup was further and hit the putt that much harder.

In addition, the CNC Pyramid face was perhaps the softest feeling putter I have ever rolled. It felt as if the tiny points were absorbing(?) the shock at impact, and the ball came off the face with a soft “thud” sound. Personally, I didn’t like the sound it produced. Once I got used to the shorter distance, however, I liked that I could go after short putts more aggressively, knowing that the impact will feel soft and the ball won’t rocket off the face.

[YouTube] https://youtu.be/FdWQigcbnYc

Are they conforming?

The governing rules of golf for putters require at least one surface of the putter face to be flat to be conforming. TopSpin™ putters meet this requirement despite a curved putter face since the middle of the face is milled flat. SIK putters are conforming for the same reason, while Tru-Roll and similar tear-shaped putters are not conforming due to their cylindrical
shape with no flat area on the face. TopSpin™ putters by James Mller are mostly cast, with some of the more premium models being forged. They can be found online (www.jamesmilr.co.kr) in diverse blade and mallet designs to fit the eyes of all golfers.

Brama’s CNC milled 3D Pyramid face putters are forged and come in several blade and mallet heads. Unfortunately, the putters are not as easy to find outside Korea and can only be seen online (www.bramagolf.com). As for conforming to the rules of golf, I wasn’t able to find any information on it at the time of this writing. However, I suspect the tech may be conforming as I have recently seen new Ray Cook putters featuring a similar face albeit, with much bigger pyramids than the ones found on Brama putters.

What other unique putter tech stories have you come across? Please share the ones that impressed you in the comment section below.

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Your dream driver head? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their dream driver head.

WRXer ‘Rosco1216’ kicks off the thread by asking: “if you could use any combination of designs and tech from all the OEMs, how would you design your perfect driver head?” and describes his perfect driver head as:

“TSi3 base with more weight savings in the crown/face to be utilized more perimeter weight to add MOI and a little more forgiveness. It would be in the old Titleist grey and alignment as the 975 models but with a black face.

I visually want to see a contrast between the face and topline. It would have a lightweight Ping or TM style adapter because I don’t like the heavier dual cog adapters like Titleist and Callaway due to their weight and that they don’t open the face like a lightweight single COG adapter like does. I need to be able to open the face.”

And our members have been sharing their ideal designs 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.

  • Lasorcier: “Mine would be the TSi4. Haven’t given consideration to anything else since getting it. Perfect driver for me.”
  • hitnfades: “I play the Epic Speed 9* (midnight edition) and 10.5* (traditional). I wish the Speed had the matte crown of Rogue ST, and possibly there was a combination of Epic Speed/Max LS heads. I gamed the Max LS originally since the Speed’s shape/size did not suit my eye at first. I eventually traded in for the Speed. The Speed is a great club now that I have adjusted to the shape.”
  • steventoo: “I’m a simple man. I’d like a matte TSi3, in TSi4 volume, with a slightly more open face. Maybe I should just get a TSi4 and wrap it in Xpel Stealth.”

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