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‘I’m thinking of buying a chipper…’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing chippers. WRXer ‘JoMatty’ is considering adding one to either his or his wife’s bag and kicks off the thread saying:

“I was watching Mark Crossfield’s recent video about the smart sole wedges and chippers, and it got me thinking. My wife took up the game two years ago at 50 years of age. She has improved quite a bit and enjoys the game immensely. She has made a lot of progress, but chipping is something she really struggles with. When feasible she uses a hybrid for most chip shots, and that works fairly well. 

When watching the video I thought that a chipper may be an even better option for those shots as the face would be softer, and it would be easier to get a little carry if it was necessary. She has room for an extra club or two, so it seems to be an easy decision to throw one in and see how she likes it. 

Is the Cleveland Smart Sole Chipper the best option? I like the wide sole, and it appears to check all the boxes. That said, as an equipment junky, I can’t escape my nature, and my nature is to overanalyze equipment decisions. Even decisions involving chippers. Are there any other chippers I should consider or look at? Other than picking something with a wide sole I can’t imagine it matters that much.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts 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.

  • bnperrone: “My dad has one and loves it. I think somebody in one of his weekly groups got one, and they’re all slowly coming around to it. It doesn’t really seem like the specifics matter too much to most people. If the heft and length and sole work for the putting-type stroke them, it should work for you (or her).”
  • Billfitz: “The question shouldn’t be if one should have a chipper; the question should be whether it makes sense to remove another club from the bag to make room for one. IMO it doesn’t. Anything you can do with a chipper, you can do with an iron or lofted hybrid, using the exact same putting grip and stroke. All it takes is a bit of practice.”
  • jj9000: “Never…ever…play a money match with an older gentleman that has a chipper and a 2-iron in his bag. You might get worked over.”
  • JShaw: “I used one for a while when I was struggling with the yips really badly. It helped me get through that period and not absolutely hate playing golf. I’m back to standard stuff now, but I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to the chipper if I felt like I needed to. If it works, use it. Mine is a brass no name that looks sort of like a lofted 8802. I picked it up somewhere for like $1-$3.”

Entire Thread: “I’m thinking of buying a chipper…

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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  1. Holden Tudiks

    Feb 26, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    We’ve reached the late February portion of golf….. The “I think I need a chipper” days are upon us. Stay tuned for the x100 days of March.

  2. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Feb 25, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Those who can’t teach, teach gym.

    • tom

      Feb 27, 2022 at 8:20 am

      Henry .. those who teach “gym” are usually the best paid and smartest on the faculty! Why you ask.. No papers to grade, wear shorts, sneakers and t shirts all year, get paid extra to coach and make money off their summer camps… maybe they can’t teach but the nerds in the math department could learn lot for them

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Wilson introduce new Staff Model putter collection

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Wilson Sporting Goods has this week launch of its Staff Model putter collection, featuring four different styles of flatsticks.

Each new putter is milled from a solid block of ultra-soft 304 stainless steel in design to offer the perfect combination of stability and feel, while all four are also 100% precision milled with exceptionally tight tolerances in a bid to offer superior consistency and roll.

In addition, performance-balanced weighting seeks to deliver ultimate swing control with unmatched feel.

“Performance has always been the top priority for Wilson Golf, and our mission is to provide top-of-the-line products for golfers of every skill level. The innovation and craftmanship of our new Staff Model putter collection is something that we’re truly proud of and will help all golfers feel more confident on the greens,” – Tim Clarke, President, Wilson Golf.

The Original – 8802

“Inspired by The Original Wilson 8802, the shaft-over-hosel design provides a smooth and seamless transition from shaft to head at the ball address, with a full toe hang.”

The Blade – BL22

“A tour-proven blade style putter features a plumber’s neck hosel design for a clean setup and alignment to the ball, with a medium toe hang.”

The Mallet – MT22

“A short, slant-neck hosel on this mid-mallet design provides a unique feel upon address and alignment, with a medium toe hang.”

The Tech Mallet – TM22

“The twin tail, high MOI tech mallet provides forgiveness and stability for golfers of all levels, with a moderate toe hang.”

The putters are available for pre-sale now on Wilson.com and at select retail locations beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1 and are priced at $349.99 each.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/6/22): Rare Cobra LTDx Long Drive Head (Kyle Berkshire Edition)

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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 rare Cobra LTDx Long Drive Head (Kyle Berkshire Edition)

From the seller (@thorsness): “Cobra LTDx LS 5.5* Long Drive Head Kyle Berkshire Edition. This is an extremely rare club that I have never seen for sale on the preowned market, and trust me, I looked everywhere. It took me about 6 months to get my hands on one in a limited released directly from Cobra. Unfortunately, after dabbling in the long drive game, I’ve came to the sad realization that my back cannot withstand the required amount of reps.

There are quite a few noticeable differences between this and the standard loft retail heads: it is definitely a bit deeper, does not have the sight dot on the crown, and also does not have the ripples on the crown. As someone who has always struggled with spinning the ball too much, the few reps I got on the launch monitor with this thing showed it was by far the lowest spinning driver head I have ever hit.

It’s been hit about 10-15 times max. These were $800 brand new for only the head when they were released by Cobra and there was less than 20 of them available (according to a Cobra rep that has connections to my home course). It cost me over $1000 to get it shipped up to Canada with shipping and import fees, so I’m looking to recoup that. $1000.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Rare Cobra LTDx Long Drive Head (Kyle Berkshire Edition)

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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Wait, what?! Check out Spencer Levin’s WILD new putting technique and obscure putter from 2004

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Spencer Levin is already a folk hero in the golf world, and his legend is likely to grow this week thanks to a new putting technique he’s implementing – and he’s using the technique with a putter from 2004 that he found in his dad’s shed.

On Tuesday ahead of the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open, GolfWRX.com spotted Levin – who qualified for the event via Monday qualifier – using a hammY putter, which was released to the public in 2004. A quick Google search reveals that the putter is currently being sold for $119.95 at intheholegolf.com.

According to the product description of the hammY putter, it’s built with a longer length (37-38.5 inches), a split grip, and a triple-bend, center shaft construction. It’s designed to be used with a hands-spread grip and a 45-degree open stance, with the ball played back in the stance to allow for a natural forward press and better view of the line.

LPGA player Natalie Gulbis actually first made the putter famous by winning with it in 2007, and now Levin is bringing the design to the PGA Tour 15 years later.

GolfWRX caught up with Levin on Tuesday in Las Vegas to get the backstory of how the hammY ended up in his golf bag:

“I’m going split grip. That’s the way I think it says you’re supposed to use this putter. I think when they designed it they wanted you to tuck your arm in and stand open with it, and use your right hand only, but I know that’s illegal now so I’m just taking my arm off [my chest].

“The only reason I tried it was because I was fooling around with a short putter and I was just gripping way down the shaft, and I was starting my short putts on line. So then I remember, it’s funny, this [putter] came out of my dad’s shed. He’s had this putter for like 30 years. I remembered he had it, and I went to fool around with it, and the first day I used it I made 11 birdies with it. Ever since then I been using it, so. Hopefully I keep it rollin.”

Wait, so Levin really found this hammY putter in his dad’s shed, and he’s using it to play in a PGA Tour event?

“I knew he had this putter in the past, and it was kinda similar to what I was messing around with, you know?” Levin said. “And then I just grabbed it and put a new [SuperStroke] grip on it…the first time I used it was in a Monday for Napa, and I putted good, and I used it yesterday, and I putted good yesterday. So it’s just kinda, something I been using…ever since I’ve used it, I haven’t even thought about using a different putter. Whereas before I was changing putters everyday.”

The rest of his bag setup is just as legendary as his putter, too. Most notably, he’s using TaylorMade Burner TP fairway woods (which were originally released in 2007), and he’s using them with stock shafts. He’s also using a headcover made by Seamus Golf that’s inspired by “The Dude” character in the 1998 movie The Big Lebowski – if you haven’t seen the movie, then “obviously you’re not a golfer.”

Check out Levin’s full WITB setup at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open

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