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WM Phoenix Open Tour Report: Adam Scott speaks, CHIII talks putter testing, and custom “party” covers

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Every year, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is home to the “Greatest Party on Grass,” and event-goers celebrate with a couple of adult beverages. The stadium atmosphere on the 16th hole is one of the most raucous scenes in sports, and most certainly the rowdiest in golf.

TPC Scottsdale – site of the WM Phoenix Open – is also known for having some of the smoothest and truest rolling greens on Tour. Players often find the WM Phoenix Open to be a great spot for putter testing.

So, in this edition of our weekly Tour Report, we focus mostly on new and custom putters as well as festive custom putter covers we spotted inside the ropes this week.

Let’s dive right into the Tour Report from the 2022 WM Phoenix Open. Here are 10 things we spotted.

Check out all of our photos from TPC Scottsdale here!

1) Adam Scott’s Mezz.1 putter and new bag

Being that Adam Scott is no longer a full Titleist staffer, I was curious to see what he’d have in the bag this week. While he does still have 13-of-14 Titleist clubs in the bag, he’s using a new L.A.B. Mezz.1 Proto broomstick-style putter.

He spoke with GolfWRX about the new head:

“I think they’ve refined their design with this new head,” Scott said. “The original head, that Directed Force, maybe was hard for a lot of people to adjust to the size of the head, and this new [Mezz.1 Proto] is smaller, but has the same benefits…I thought the technology in the original was good, but now with the new head design, it feels, looks, does all the things better than the original head for me…I’m looking forward to a week on pure greens to see what happens.”

He’s also made a bag switch-up for this year. He’s now carrying an all-red leather staff bag with “UNIQLO” logos on the front and side panels. Scott is a brand ambassador for the global apparel retailer.

2) New Scotty Cameron putters

Scotty Cameron began tour seeding of two new putter models this week: Phantom X 9 and X 9.5.

Click here for more photos, speculation and information about the launch.

3) Charles Howell III does putter testing, as always

Ahead of his 600th start this week, Charles Howell III was conducting some extensive putter testing. As he explained to GolfWRX, he enjoys doing putter testing just to keep things interesting since he’s happy with the rest of the 13 clubs in his bag.

“I don’t switch anything else…I’ve played the same driver and driver shaft forever now. I’ve played the same 3 wood, etc., so you have to switch something. There’s also part of it, too, that it keeps it interesting and exciting. When you’ve played golf as long as I have, sometimes it’s just part of the fun of it to look at something else. It’s why we’re all gear heads, right? You don’t need any more reason to it than that. I’m not a guy that can look at the same putter forever. I’m just not.”

4) New Ping putters

Ping unveiled a number of new PLD (Putting Lab Design) putters this week, and Ping has confirmed that a retail offering is on the way. According to a Ping representative, the “PLD Milled” putters will come available in four models – Anser, Anser2, Prime Tyne 4 and DS72 – starting the second week in March.

5) Custom party covers

Seemingly every year, Bettinardi creates a new custom “Party On” headcover made of festive colors. This year, the company is back again with a new design, featuring stick figures partying with solo cups. A few artistic liberties aside, I’d say they capture Arizona’s Phoenix Open party scene quite well.

Swag Golf, a company that makes custom covers and putters, got in on the fun as well with its Cactus party covers.

6) Aaron Rodgers’ TaylorMade putter

With hair down to his shoulders, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers showed up at the Wednesday Pro-Am with a bag full of TaylorMade equipment. His setup included a brand new Stealth Plus driver and a custom TaylorMade Spider putter with an “A12” logo on the sole; as a reminder, Rodgers wears No. 12 on the football field.

7) Tom Hoge’s custom Pebble-winner

I don’t want to sell you on it too hard, but the story behind Tom Hoge’s winning Odyssey White Hot OG 2-ball putter is an all-timer. What started as a simple request for a custom putter turned into so much more.

Check out the full inside scoop on Hoge’s ultra-custom 2-ball putter here

8) Brooks Koepka’s Cleveland-Srixon setup

As of November 2021, Brooks Koepka is officially a Cleveland-Srixon staffer, and he’s carrying a Srixon staff bag. Speaking with the media, Koepka went deep into his experiences with the company’s clubs over the past year. To summarize, he’s extremely happy with the V-sole construction of his irons, he loves the stability that his Srixon Z-Star golf ball offers in the wind, and he worked hard with the company on the grind of his Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedges – especially the lob wedge (pictured above).

For a much deeper dive into Koepka’s new setup, click here.

9) C.C. Sabathia’s Eastside Jordans

Former left-handed pitcher of the New York Yankees, C.C. Sabathia, played in the Wednesday Pro-Am wearing a pair of custom Jordan 4’s. In speaking with GolfWRX, he revealed they’re a limited-edition collab between Jordan and Eastside Golf.

Eastside Golf was developed as a lifestyle brand, raising awareness to the sport among the youth and non-golfers: “We want to inspire the culture, promote diversity and continue to be authentic,” says their website.

10) A proto Toulon blade

While this putter wasn’t designed for any pros in particular, the Odyssey Toulon SSM Proto is a bullseye-style putter that can be used by lefties and righties.

Xander Schauffele, a right-handed player, had some fun on the practice green, hitting a few putts from the left-handed side. Don’t worry, he’s sticking with his right-handed stroke come competition time, but the Toulon blade was a big hit on the greens given its updated take on an old-school design.

And that’ll do it for this week’s putter-heavy Tour Report, and don’t forget to check out all of our photos from the week here. We’ll see you next week for the 2022 Genesis Invitational.

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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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  1. Ed Settle

    Feb 12, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I’m sure you noticed it also, Aaron Rodgers logo on the bottom of his putter is not just 12, but “a R”

  2. PJM

    Feb 11, 2022 at 1:44 am

    “Ping unveiled a number of new PLD (Ping Lab Design) …”

    Hmmm – pretty sure PLD is an initialism of Putting Lab Design, as it appears on the putter shown.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (11/28/22): TEI3 Scotty Cameron Del Mar Long Slant

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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 TEI3 Scotty Cameron Del Mar Long Slant

From the seller (@TaylorMadeHunter1): “Restore completed by the Scotty Shop. New Grip. Shaft band from the Scotty Shop . Includes Scotty Shop box and Club Bag. 34”. I bought this with intentions to game it but life happens and now I need some cash.  You will not find a Long Slant TeI3 in this condition for a lower price anywhere. $700.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TEI3 Scotty Cameron Del Mar Long Slant 

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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Akshay Bhatia WITB 2022 (November)

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Driver: Callaway Rogue ST (9 degrees @8)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: Callaway Rogue ST Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 10 X

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (22 degrees), Callaway Apex TCB (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS $-Taper 125

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (50-10S, 54-10S, 60-08C)
Shafts: KBS $-Taper 125

Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball Ten (long)
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Tour long

Grips: Iomic

More photos of Akshay Bhatia’s WITB in the forums.

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Bettinardi unveils new 2023-2024 Queen B line of putters

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Bettinardi Golf has today introduced its new Queen B Series of putters that includes four timeless models.

The 2023-2024 Queen B Series enhances the Queen B 6 & Queen B 11, while also introducing two brand-new models, the Queen B 14 and Queen B 15.

The entire series is crafted using 303 Stainless Steel and features an all-new Caramel Copper PVD finish, which aims to not only accentuates the classic beauty of each model but also optimize visual cues on the greens to give a confidence-inspiring appearance at every crucial putt.

In addition, the new Queen B line debuts Bettinardi Golf’s new Mini Honeycomb face milling. This newly developed face utilizes an 8% smaller machine tool in order to provide the softest Honeycomb face to date.

“By utilizing an even smaller machining tool during the milling process, we were able to remove more material from the face of the putter, creating a softer feel at impact. Since 1998, Bettinardi putters have been world-renowned for our Honeycomb face milling. Twenty-five years later, my patented face continues to evolve and produces one of the most recognizable looks and feels in golf.” – Bob Bettinardi, CEO/Founder of Bettinardi Golf

The 2023-2024 Queen B Series will be available for pre-order on Tuesday, November 22nd online at Bettinardi.com, and will be available for purchase at authorized Bettinardi dealers worldwide, starting January 17th.

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