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Daniel Berger is using irons he bought “from some guy on the internet”

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Back in 2020 when Daniel Berger became an equipment free agent, he switched into TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC irons that were released to the public in 2011. Berger found comfort and familiarity with the irons, probably because he first started playing them in high school.

In terms of modern classics, the TP MCs rank pretty high on the list. The forged cavity-back designs have a blade-like profile with a touch forgiveness, and they’re forged from 1025 carbon steel. A weight in the back cavity also helps to place center of gravity (CG) in the center of the heads. At their release, they were a great mix of precision and forgiveness for better players, and clearly, the designs have held up through the years.

The only problem with using irons from that long ago is finding backup heads. I mean, what happens when the grooves wear out or something happens to one of the irons? It’s not like Berger can go onto the TaylorMade tour truck and find a replacement, since the company doesn’t even manufacture the irons anymore.

So, Berger took to the social media. Some may think that’s an unlikely source to find fresh TP heads, but apparently, it worked. As of the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open, Berger is using irons that he purchased from someone on social media.

“I’ve got a couple different sets and they’ve come from all over the place,” Berger told GolfWRX on Monday at Torrey Pines. “I bought one set online… just from some guy on the internet, he messaged me online on social media. It’s a perfect set. I don’t know if he worked at TaylorMade at some point, but the box and everything was from TaylorMade…they were brand new.”

And that wasn’t the only set Berger received, either.

“Then a lot of the other ones I’ve got have been just from people reaching out, and friends and family,” Berger said. “But yeah, it’s worked out. I’ve got plenty of backups.”

It’s not everyday on the PGA Tour that you see a guy playing with irons he found online. You just gotta love the internet.

If you’re looking to browse the Internet for a golf club purchase of your own, don’t forget to check out our GolfWRX classifieds section where you can buy, sell and trade equipment.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  2. Jeff

    Jan 26, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Totally agree when it comes to irons built for moderate to good players. Find a set you like and no real technology changes will ever really help or hinder your game.

  3. David

    Jan 26, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    I agree with Danny boy, still playing my 2nd set of MCs. Obsolete technology isn’t a significant factor with tour irons. These have the feels and look great. He ain’t getting mine!

  4. Obviously

    Jan 25, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Nobel. Nope. Everything is not everything . If All irons were same same. They’d make one set.

  5. Golf Nobel

    Jan 25, 2022 at 2:46 am

    I can’t believe a modern player is unable to switch to a new iron considering he can access any kind of technology from whatever company he want…
    This is a mental parachute when you’re not hitting as you expect.

    • Gunmetal

      Jan 25, 2022 at 10:28 am

      Golf is mental? No way.

      It’s all about comfort levels and if TM is going to keep paying him regardless of model, why would he switch?!?!

      I love these stories. I remember Snedeker buying Burner Super Fast TP driver heads on ebay just trying to stockpile, lol.

      • Nolf Gobel

        Jan 25, 2022 at 12:47 pm

        Golf Nobel buys a new set of super game enhancers every year and still can’t break 50 on the front 9 from the red tees.

  6. Shekelberg

    Jan 25, 2022 at 2:00 am

    Oy Vey.

  7. Jake

    Jan 24, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Such a great setup look in both long and mid iron. Mental note.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (8/16/22): TaylorMade Sim MAX 7-wood

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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 TaylorMade Sim MAX 7-wood

From the seller (@AceDad): “Excellent condition Taylormade Sim Max-D 7 wood 22* with Tour AD GT-7S shaft. Plays 41.5” and shaft tipped an inch. Solid and fun club for sure. Can split head and shaft if buyer for both. $224 “

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade Sim MAX 7-wood

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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Jacob Bergeron WITB 2022 (August)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (8 degrees, B1 SureFit)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Lin Q M40X 8F5

3-wood: Titleist TSR3 (15 degrees, B1 SureFit)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White 80 TX

Irons: Titleist 620 CB (3), Titleist 620 MB (4-9)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F @45, 50-12F, 56-10S @55, 60-08M), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (50-60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype, Scotty Cameron T9.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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Justin Thomas explains why he’s making a late season putter switch

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While you can read the full account of Justin Thomas’ putter switch on PGATour.com, we wanted to sketch out the CliffsNotes version here and offer a few photos of the new wand.

As GolfWRXers know, JT has been rolling with a “knuckle neck” Scotty Cameron T5 Proto Tour Only putter in recent months, winning the PGA Championship in May with the flatstick.

Fast forward to this week at the BMW Championship, and we were surprised to see Scotty Cameron player representative Drew Page working with Thomas and distinctly different putter.

The motivation for trying something different? A shorter putter (34 inches vs. his 34.5 inch gamer) in order to get in a better position at address.

As JT told us:

“For me, a tendency I with my putting is to get a little bit this way [left shoulder up] and open. I’ve…been playing a lot of golf with Patrick Cantlay. He obviously has very long arms and his putter is very short, [I was noticing] just how naturally his arms go on the club, and I felt like that wasn’t the case for me…and I think that has something to do with my bad tendencies.”

He added:

“If I can be a little bit more comfortable at setup, then that’s obviously one less factor I have to worry about.”

Get more details and the full backstory from Page in our item for PGATour.com.

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