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Tour Report: 9 burning gear topics from the 2022 American Express



As the first mainland PGA Tour event of 2022, The American Express Championship was an especially busy week for GolfWRX. We got our first in-hand look at new products that have launched on Tour, and PGA Tour players have been testing them at length to see if they’re the right fit.

In our first Tour Report of 2022 (which will be a weekly staple going forward), we highlight all of the notable changes, WITB photos, and gear reports from inside the ropes.

Before we get into the inaugural Tour Report below, I wanted to provide a brief state of the union on what’s going on here at GolfWRX. I’m Andrew Tursky, former Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX, and current head of Tour content. Over the past three years, since leaving GolfWRX, I’ve spent my time inside the ropes at PGA Tour events working for two different media outlets. Within that period, I’ve built and strengthened relationships with Tour reps, players, and caddies. GolfWRX has given me the opportunity to bring my inside-the-ropes reports to this website — a huge ‘thank you’ to current Editor-in-Chief, Ben Alberstadt. In other words: I’m back. Honestly, I’ve missed GolfWRX and all of the people that make the community so fun, informative, and unique.

Going forward, I’ll be reporting on PGA Tour gear for GolfWRX (alongside GolfWRX’s veteran photographer Greg Moore), talking about my insights on podcasts (TG2 with Brian Knudson is coming back), and doing a lot more exciting things I can’t wait to share with the GolfWRX audience. A sincere thank you for having me back.

OK. Let’s get into this week’s gear recap from The American Express…

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 American Express here. 

1. Matthew Wolff’s thoughts on the new Stealth Plus driver

Young bomber Matthew Wolff has switched into the new Stealth Plus driver (9 degrees), and as he told me this week, “It’s the best TaylorMade driver ever made.”

Being that he’s finding significantly more forgiveness from the Stealth Plus than TaylorMade drivers in the past, Wolff says he plans on hitting more drivers this year, even on tight holes. As a reminder, Wolff ranked fourth on the PGA Tour in driving distance last year (averaging 315.9 yards per drive), so tightening his dispersion should help him capitalize even more on his length advantage.

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2. Patrick Reed’s new wedges

In one of the most significant new deals of 2022, former free agent Patrick Reed signed a driver and hat deal with PXG. This week, we got our first look at his new setup.

He’s currently bagging a PXG 0811X Gen4 9-degree driver, which he actually started using back in October 2021. That wasn’t the only news for Reed this week, though. He also put new Grindworks “Barrett collection” wedges in the bag, which are named after his son and made completely custom for him. Reed and Grindworks have worked closely over the last two years shaping and developing the new wedges.

“We’ve been working really hard on designing the wedges through Grindworks,” Reed told GolfWRX on Tuesday. “They’ve been really good. It’s still a work in progress, trying to tweak them a hair here and there, but for me, it’s going to be a game-changer, because, let’s be honest, you have to be perfect from 130 yards-and-in nowadays on Tour, because that’s where you score every time.”

For more on Reed’s new wedges, click here. 

3. A look at the 6-foot 9-incher’s gear setup

James Hart du Preez is maybe the longest-hitting player in professional golf. The 26-year-old South African stands at 6-feet 9-inches tall, and he averaged 373 yards on The Sunshine Tour last year. Making his PGA Tour debut this week, we took photos of his WITB, and I also talked to his Ping fitter Brad Millard about what it’s like working with a guy who hits the ball so far. Lucky for us, Millard also shared a Trackman screenshot from a recent driver fitting with du Preez for us to ogle.

James Hart du Preez full WITB

4. New flatsticks abound

There’s been an influx of new putter designs hitting the Tour over recent weeks, and we got our first in-hand look at them at The American Express. Scotty Cameron, TaylorMade, Odyssey and Axis 1 have all revealed new models.

In the coming weeks, we’ll keep you informed on which players are switching into the new putters, and provide more information about the new designs as they become available from the OEMs. For now, enjoy all of the photos and speculation.

5. Ping Glide 4.0 and Titleist Vokey SM9 wedges

Ping and Titleist have officially revealed their new wedges to Tour players, and they’ve been conducting extensive testing to see what bounce and grind options are right for each player. Unfortunately for us, we’re not yet being told about the tech and design philosophies. For now, we’ll just have to look at the photos of the new launches.

Here’s a look at the new Ping Glide 4.0 wedges

And here’s a look at the Titleist Vokey SM9 wedges

I also spoke to legendary wedge maker Bob Vokey about his design process and thoughts on the new wedges. Check out that conversation here.

6. New Cobra LTDx drivers launch

Cobra officially launched its new LTDx drivers to the public, and we dove deep into the new designs.

“The LTDx driver lineup reflects our team’s continued dedication to innovation and improved performance. With the introduction of PWR-COR and H.O.T Face technology, our engineers have, yet again, developed innovation that improves CG and MOI while making the face hotter and more forgiving. 

“The resulting LTDx family of drivers are the best we have ever produced, and the three distinct driver models ensure that every golfer can achieve optimized performance for their game. We look forward to seeing the LTDx on Tour and also in the hands of amateurs and weekend warriors at courses globally.” – Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D, Cobra Golf.

At the 2022 American Express, I was also able to catchup with Jason Dufner, who spoke on his experiences with the LTDx model.

“One thing I have been seeing is the strikes have been really consistent off the middle of the face,” Dufner told GolfWRX. “People don’t believe this, but sometimes the driver can droop in different ways. The last couple models I had, I felt like I had been making good swings but was catching it on the toe a little bit. So these have been really consistent off the middle. I’ve seen really good launch windows to my eye, good spin windows to my eye, but I haven’t tested it on Trackman yet.”

Dufner also weighed in on why he still plays a Titleist 915F fairway wood, which was released in 2014. Look at that wear mark!

7. Fujikura reveals new Ventus TR shaft

Fujikura’s Ventus series shafts have undoubtedly been some of the most popular metalwood shafts on the PGA Tour and in the marketplace for the past few years. This year, Fujikura has launched an all-new Ventus TR Blue version, which has a strong mid-to-butt section thanks to a new “Spread Tow” carbon weave. I went deep on the technology with Fujikura’s Spencer Reynolds, so make sure to check out that full Q&A here.

“Essentially, there’s a standard carbon weave and then there’s a Spread Tow carbon weave,” Reynolds explained to GolfWRX. “What a Spread Tow does is it takes all these individual strands of carbon and irons them flat into a tape, and then weaves those over-under, over-under almost like a checkerboard pattern. So there’s very little space for resin to accumulate, you get super low resin content, and then you also get a lot of strength in varying directions. It can take pull and load in multiple directions. Another benefit is that it’s super lightweight. You’re getting an incredible amount of strength, in an ultra-lightweight package.”

8. Mitsubishi’s new MMT putter shaft

More than ever, PGA Tour players are using graphite iron, wedge and putter shafts, taking advantage of composite materials to add consistency to their performance. In Mitsubishi’s MMT iron shafts, they use a multi-material “Metal Mesh” construction that combines graphite and steel. For its new MMT putter concept shafts, the company has developed a new “Speed Mesh,” which is 75 percent lighter.

I caught up with Preston Toulon, a Mitsubishi representative, at The American Express for more insight…

“The putter shaft uses a new application of Metal Mesh Technology called Speed Mesh, which is 75 percent lighter than traditional Metal Mesh you’d fine in iron shafts. What that allows you to do is instead of using it in a small portion of the shaft, because it’s so much thinner and so much lighter, you’re able to use it in the full length of the putter shaft. It’s a big material advancement for us.” 

“It makes the shaft more stable. Through player testing, they tell us it makes milled putters feel like they’re struck with an insert. People are reporting it makes it feel softer. It’s intended to help your start line and improve stability and feel. It helps players release the putter head more fully.” 

“We did a lot of testing versus steel putter shafts, mostly through GEARS motion capture system…we had face-mapping patterns, and in nearly all cases, there was tighter dispersion, tighter impact location (more center face), more consistent feel, and more speed control.” 

“So, we’ve had a lot of early excitement.” 

9. The world No. 1’s gear setup

Jon Rahm, the current No. 1 golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings, has some new gear in the bag, including a Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS driver and a Rogue ST prototype fairway wood. Check all the photos of his equipment here.

Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS (10.5 degrees @11.2) (10GF, 4GB)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX (45.25 inches, tipped 1 inch, D4)

3-wood: Callaway Rogue ST LS Triple Diamond Proto (15 degrees @14.2) (14GF, 10GB)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX (43.25 inches, tipped 1.5 inches, D3.25)

5-wood: Callaway Epic Speed Sub Zero Triple Diamond T (@18.1 degrees) (14 GF, 12 GB)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI (Black) 8 X (42 inches, tipped 2 inches, D4)

Irons: Callaway Apex TCB (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Forged (52-10, 56-12 @55.25), Callaway Jaws MD5 (60-08W)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG Rossie S (Micro Hinge Star insert, steel stepped shaft, 37 inches, 2.5-degrees loft, 68-degree lie, 544 grams overall weight)
Grip: Odyssey 56 pistol

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X 2022 (#10)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC (red/black)

That will do it for this week’s gear recap, and we’ll see you next week at the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Don’t miss all of our photos from the 2022 American Express.

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Whats in the Bag

Kevin Dougherty 2023 (December)



Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (8 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70 6.5

Mini driver: TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 80 6.5

Irons: PXG 0311 X Gen2 (3), PXG 0311 ST Gen4 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (52-12F, 56-14F, 60)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (52), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (56, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

More photos of Kevin Dougherty’s WITB in the forums.

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Whats in the Bag

Nick Lindhelm WITB 2023



Driver: Titleist TSR2 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Driver: Titleist TSR2 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 65 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi AV Raw Blue 75 TX

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (20 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec HB 8.8 X

Irons: Titleist T200 (4), Titleist T100 (5-PW)
Shafts: Mitsubishi MMT 105 TX (4), True Temper AMT Tour White X100 (5-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (48-10F, 50-08F, 58-08M AD+ @59), WedgeWorks (54-M, 58-V)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Masterful+
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Tour 17

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

More photos of Nick Lindhelm’s WITB in the forums.

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GolfWRX Holiday Spotlight: FlightScope Mevo+ launch monitor



Product: FlightScope Mevo+ launch monitor

Pitch from FlightScope: “Elevate your golf game with the most fully equipped launch monitor and simulator. The award-winning Mevo+ comes out of the box with 20 data parameters, 10 simulated golf courses, skills challenges, games, and more. Using Patented Fusion Tracking technology, the Mevo+ gives users accurate and consistent performance data for indoor and outdoor use. Whether you want to practice with a purpose and improve your game or just have fun with family and friends, the Mevo+ is for you.”

Plus, with a promo code (HOLIDAY23) you can get the Mevo+, which retails for $2,199, for $1,869.

Our take on the FlightScope Mevo+

FlightScope’s Mevo+ has been one of the most-used and widely praised launch monitor models over the past few years, but that didn’t mean that FlightScope was going to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Adding new features and even some hardware updates was the big story for Mevo+ in 2023 with the addition of the Pro Package and Face Impact location upgrades.

As a refresher, FlightsSope’s patented Fusion Tracking software combines the monitor’s 3D Doppler radar and image processing for unmatched data accuracy. Combining the two capture systems lets the strengths of each shine, giving you the most accurate data on your swing and shots.

The Mevo+ tracks and displays 20 data parameters, including club head speed, ball speed, launch, and spin that all golfers want to see to dial in their game. Adding the Pro Package adds another 30 parameters like face-to-path, face-to-target, vertical swing plane, low point, and much more. If you are a golfer looking to tune up your swing this winter, the club data can help you and your coach ensure you are making the progress you need.

For the club junkies out there, FlightScope’s Mevo+ will get your club distances dialed in or optimize the flight on that new adjustable driver or fairway wood. Doppler radar tracks the golf ball from the second it leaves the club until it reaches the ground, so you know exactly how your shots are going to perform on the course.

If you are looking to do a little indoor simulation golf during the cold months, then the Mevo+ has you covered there as well. E6 Connect is included with your Mevo+ purchase, which includes six golf courses, 17 practice ranges, and online games to scratch the golf itch until you can get back out on the course. FlightScope also includes its FS Skills app that will help you assess your skills and compare them to other golfers around the world. FS Skills can make practice fun with targets and distance games that help improve your weaknesses.

Again, with promo code (HOLIDAY23) you can get the Mevo+, which retails for $2,199, for just $1,869.

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