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Tour Report from Pebble Beach: 2 awesome Scotty Cameron putters, celebrity WITBs, Spieth’s shaft change



It was a busy week in Monterey for the 2022 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Celebrities were prowling the grounds, professionals were getting dialed into their equipment, and GolfWRX was there inside the ropes to keep an eye on all of the important gear going into play this week.

Our Tour Report wraps up everything we saw and heard from on-site at Pebble Beach ahead of the event.

No sense wasting time, let’s dive right in. Below are the 10 most important things that happened in equipment news this week.

1) Ryan Palmer’s custom Jordans

During his practice round on Tuesday, Ryan Palmer was rocking some jaw-dropping custom Jordan 11 golf shoes with an elephant-print design on their uppers. As he revealed to GolfWRX, the shoes were actually hand-painted by Nomad Customs, who he found on Instagram.

Listen here as Palmer explains how he ended up with the shoes, what else he has in his sneaker collection, and his take on being an equipment free agent.

2) Mia Hamm’s putter dilemma

When the greatest women’s soccer player of all time showed up to the practice green at Pebble Beach on Wednesday, she had a blade-style custom Byron Morgan GSS putter in the bag. With the plumber’s neck design, however, Bettinardi rep David Kubiak noticed that her blade was opening and closing too much throughout the stroke, causing inconsistent pushes and pulls.

So, around 30 minutes prior to the AT&T putting challenge, Kubiak put her through a brief putter fitting. As it turned out, she found more stroke stability using a Bettinardi Inovai 8.0 mallet putter with a short slant neck, equipped with a custom green LA Golf graphite shaft.

She put the brand new Bettinardi into play for the putting challenge, and she’s currently using it in the AT&T Pebble Breach Pro-Am competition. Talk about a last-minute gear switch-up.

See what’s in the bag of all the celebrities here.

3) Jordan Spieth’s shaft change

Jordan Spieth is typically slow to upgrade his equipment, choosing instead to stick with what he knows. During a recent fitting session at Titleist’s Performance Institute in Oceanside, though, Spieth tried out Fujikura’s recently released Ventus Blue TR shaft in his Titleist TS2 fairway wood.

Here’s how and why the switch happened, according to Titleist tour rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck:

“Coming from Ventus Blue, anytime they update a shaft you’re just intrigued on that, and he liked how [the Ventus TR Blue] loaded compared to the original Ventus Blue for him,” Van Wezenbeeck told GolfWRX on Tuesday. “He felt like when he mishit it, there was a little more control. So that was a good option for him…we did a little bit of internal work on the head to make sure there’s enough spin, because want to make sure his 3 wood doesn’t have too low of spin. He liked how the TR reacted on mishits where the spin didn’t drop, and it had more consistent spin from swing to swing.”

Check out the full story here.

4) Ryuji Imada’s return

Ryuji Imada hasn’t played on the PGA Tour in the United States in about 7 years, but he’s making his return this week at Pebble Beach. He also has an awesome gear setup full of old and new equipment.

While catching up with Imada on Tuesday, GolfWRX learned that Imada is still playing with a Titleist Scotty Cameron Bullseye putter that he’s had in the bag for about 15 years!

“I think I got that putter about, I wanna say at least 15 years ago,” Imada told GolfWRX. “I can’t remember where I got it, but I think I just saw one on the putting green and I started putting with it, and it felt really good. I asked to have it, and it’s been in my bag ever since. I actually have another putter that I switch to sometimes – I switch between two putters – and the other one is probably a little bit older. Every time I feel I’m not putting well, I just switch over. But yeah, the [Bullseye] putter has been good to me.”

He also has new Proto Concept C-01 blade irons in the bag, which are forged constructions built with a 25-gram titanium bar inside the heads. Thanks to the weight positioning in the heads, Imada says they’re very forgiving despite their compact size.

I’ve always used blade irons growing up, probably up until almost 30 years old,” Imada said. “They’re great looking, and surprisingly they’re very forgiving. I’d been playing cavity backs for the last 10 or 20 years, but these are probably more forgiving to me than the ones I’ve had before. I get more height with the middle irons, a little bit more spin, and they feel really good, they look good, and that’s all I can ask.”

Click here to see more photos of Imada’s equipment, and our full story of his setup.

5) Inside info on Maverick McNealy’s new training aid

In our Equipment Report on, we went deep on McNealy’s new training aid invention, and how dental equipment is helping him and Odyssey bring it to life.

“Everybody has seen those clubs that have, like, the training grip on it that shows you where to put your hands,” Toulon told GolfWRX. “And he had this thought, ‘What if I do that off of my own putter grip and make a grip off that, and every time I’m a little bit lost with my putting or my grip feels like it’s changed a little bit, I know what it needs to feel like?’ He’s obviously putting well right now, so he kind of wants to hang onto that feeling and make sure he knows exactly how things have change. It would act like a guide. It’s a good time to get a baseline.”

There’s no specific timeline on when the grip will be made, since it’s Odyssey’s first time even trying an endeavor like this, but we’ll be on the lookout for the potentially game-changing training aid design.

6) Jonas Blixt’s unique wedge

Short game guru Gabe Hjertstedt, a.k.a. “Gabe Golf,” works closely with tour players, and he’s built numerous training aids throughout the years that are used by pros and amateurs alike.

His newest offering is a 6109 “The Surgeon” wedge that Jonas Blixt has in the bag and uses for competition. When I asked Blixt why he uses the relatively obscure wedge, and what he likes about it, his response was simple.

“Just open the wedge up like you’re hitting a flop shot and lay it down on the ground,” Blixt told me, as he handed me the wedge.

When I put the wedge down on the fringe with the face wide open, the leading edge sat nearly flat on the ground. This allows Blixt to slide underneath the ball when trying to hit flop shots, even from tight lies.

Lucky for interested golfers, Gabe Golf offers the wedge to the public in his online shop.

7) The big mistake amateurs make with their driver

After catching up with Van Wezenbeeck regarding Spieth’s shaft change (as highlighted above), I asked him a broader question about driver fitting: “What’s the biggest mistake that golfers make with their driver setups?”

His answer was eye-opening:

“I think a lot of times you get a player that says, ‘I’m high spin,’ and they’re hitting it very much on the heel, and the ball is gearing up and to the right. That high spin is from contact point. That could be due to shaft length, shaft, CG location, setting, etc.

“I worked with an amateur 3 or 4 weeks ago, and I asked them why they’re in the setup they were. They said they were pretty high spin. They were spinning it around 3,000 rpm, but the setup was low loft with a stiff shaft to try and kill spin, but all it caused was him to heel strike it even more. So we went lighter, softer and with more loft, and the strike location moved center where the miss was then high toe. Their solid one went to 2500 rpm and their miss went to 2300 rpm. (Even though on paper it was a higher spin setup), we found a better strike location, so ball speed went up, spin went down, launch went up.

“That’s an easy way to find yardage; find a driver that you can hit more center that allows you to work your launch conditions way easier. Just because a shaft says low spin doesn’t mean it’s low spin if you can’t hit the center.”

The takeaway here is that it’s crucial to find a driver that helps you hit the center of the face. This often requires a full club fitting, so you can try out different shaft and head combinations until you find the setup that works best for your game. That’s what the pros do.

8) Carlton gets a lesson

This isn’t so much a gear note, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for his role as “Carlton” in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, was getting a lesson from none other than Sir Nick Faldo at Pebble Beach on Tuesday.

Faldo was working at length with Ribeiro on his takeaway move. Afterwards, Ribeiro proceeded to hit balls on the range for a longer time period than any other pro on the range. From my observations, Ribeiro is a grinder who isn’t afraid to put in serious time to improve his game. If he contends this week at Pebble Beach, we know why.

On the gear side of things, Ribeiro is a Ping ambassador with a bag full of Ping equipment.

9) Behind the scenes at “The Hay”

Tiger Woods and his TGR Design team recently re-designed the short course at Pebble Beach, which is now named “The Hay” in honor of original course creator Peter Hay.

On Tuesday, I took a full walking tour of the new course setup. You can check that out here. Also, keep in mind, “The Hay” is open to the public year-round for $65, and junior golfers under 12 years old play for free.

10) Nick Hardy’s custom Scotty Cameron

PGA Tour player Nick Hardy changed into a new Scotty Cameron with a unique finish this week. When Scotty Cameron tour rep Drew Page handed Hardy the putter on Monday, his eyes lit up and he immediately started showing the putter off to the people around him.

After checking out the putter for myself, I could see why he was so excited.

Hardy’s custom tour-only putter was specially heat-treated to create the blue hue on the sole and the “dots” in the back cavity. The wide-bodied blade also has a welded plumber’s neck and a milled face. Just, wow.

On that note, that’ll do it for this week’s Tour Report. We’ll be back at it next week at the 2022 Waste Management Phoenix Open for more of the latest gear news and insider insights. See you next week!

(Don’t forget to listen to our latest “Two Guys Talking Golf” podcast below, where me and Brian Knudson recap all of the week’s golf gear news and my behind-the-scenes insights!)

Check out all of our gear photos from Pebble Beach here!

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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.



  1. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Mar 1, 2022 at 8:46 am

    For a bad human being, those photos are pretty good.

  2. Connor Lyon

    Feb 5, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Imagine saying Mia Hamm is the greatest women’s soccer player of all time and then still thinking your article is still credible. Lol.

    • ljk

      Feb 7, 2022 at 3:56 pm

      Odd comment as virtually everything on the web has her and Marta at 1/2 back and forth respectively.

  3. CLyon8

    Feb 5, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Imagine saying Mia Hamm is the greatest women’s soccer player of all time and then still thinking your article is still credible. Lol.

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Everything you need to know about PXG’s new 2023 Gen6 golf clubs



Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) has officially announced the release of its new Gen6 family of products, which replace the company’s previous Gen5 lineup.

The new Gen6 stable includes two driver options (o311 and 0311 XF), two fairway woods (0311 and 0311 XF), two hybrids (0311 and 0311 XF), and two iron models (0311 P and 0311 XP).

PXG offers two different versions of each club type to satisfy the varying needs of different golfers. The standard 0311 metalwoods and 0311 P irons offer players a combination of forgiveness and performance, whereas the 0311 XF metalwoods and 0311 XP irons are made for players who need a little “X”-tra forgiveness on mishits.

The Gen 6 clubs are available for purchase on PXG’s website, or in PXG in-store locations, as of Thursday, March 23. The Gen 6 driver is selling for $499, fairway woods $299, hybrids $289, and irons $219 apiece.

Below, we break down the new technological enhancements in the Gen 6 family.

PXG’s 0311 and 0311 XF drivers

The PXG 0311 driver model (pictured above and below) offers a traditional tear drop shape and a compact profile, and the PXG 0311 XF model has a larger footprint and shallower face to help players who hit mishit the ball more often.

New this year for PXG is a robotic polishing process that helps with tighter CT tolerances to boost ball speeds for product users. PXG has also improved sound and feel compared to previous iterations by using what the company calls High Modal Frequency Designs.


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Additionally, each head is designed with a 3-port adjustable weighting system in the sole, and they’re built with high-strength Ti412 face structures to increase speed.

The 0311 driver is available in 7.5, 9 and 10.5 degrees, and the PXG 0311 XF is offered in 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees.

PXG’s 0311 and 0311 XF fairway woods

The PXG 0311 fairways (13, 15, 18 and 21 degrees) and the 0311 XF fairways (16, 17, 19 and 22 degrees) each have adjustable sole weights – three weight ports in the 0311, and two weight ports in the 0311 XF – and each are designed with flatter soles to lower the overall mass of the heads to increase forgiveness. The 0311 XF model, in particular, is designed with a Railed Sole Geometry to help create lower friction to help with turf interaction.

The Gen 6 fairway woods are built with AM355 steel bodies and HT1770 steel faces.

PXG’s 0311 and 0311 XF hybrids

The PXG 0311 hybrids have a more compact shape at address, while the 0311 XF features a larger shape that offers more forgiveness. As with the Gen 6 fairway woods, the soles of the hybrids are flatter to keep weight low, and the XF in particular has protruding split rails to enhance turf interaction.

The 0311 hybrids are available in 17, 19, 22 and 25 degrees, and the 0311 XF hybrids are available in 19, 22, 25, 28 and 31 degrees.

PXG’s 0311 P and 0311 XF irons

PXG’s new 0311 P and 0311 XP irons now have a 15 percent thinner face, and PXG is calling them “the fastest irons we’ve ever made,” and the “softest irons we’ve ever made.”

The faces are made from high strength HT1770 maraging steel, and they have milled channels behind the faces to increase face deflection, increase launch, and raise ball speeds. In between the faces and the back cavity, PXG uses its propriety XCOR2 material to enhance feel, energy transfer and durability. The bodies themselves are five-times forged from 8620 steel, and they have milled back surfaces to reduce wall thickness and increase precision.

PXG’s new 0311 P and 0311 XP irons also use Tungsten weighting in the low-and-back portions of the heads to increase launch and forgiveness.

According to PXG, the 0311 P irons are designed for low-to-mid handicappers and have moderate offset, whereas the 0311 XP irons have more offset, and they’re built for mid-to-high handicaps who want more distance and forgiveness.


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The Gen 6 irons are also offered in a PXG Black Label Elite option, which comes with an Xtreme Dark finish.

See more photos of the Gen 6 products here

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Whats in the Bag

Scottie Scheffler WITB 2023 (March)



Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (8 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Irons: Srixon ZU85 (3: 20 degrees, 4: 23 degrees), TaylorMade P7TW (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 GOST Hybrid Prototype 10 X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-12F, 56-14F), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60.5-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Timeless TourType GSS prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Billy Horschel WITB 2023 (February)



Driver: Titleist TSR3 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Black 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees @14.25)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 70 6.5 TX

5-wood: Titleist TSi2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 6.5 TX

Irons: Titleist 620 CB, Titleist 620 MB
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (52-12F, 56-08M), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Onyx S400

Putter: Ping Tyne 4 Sigma 2

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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