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TOUR REPORT: Adam Scott’s latest club switch, and a 5-wood from 12 years ago

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There was an excessive amount of drama this week – at least as far as golf equipment goes – at the 2022 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.

Adam Scott continued his equipment reality show, Scottie Scheffler finally ditched a longtime 3-wood for a new flame, and Paul Casey addressed internet rumors about his putter.

…also, 49-year-old Englishman Richard Bland showed up with one of the coolest WITBs we’ve seen in a while at GolfWRX.

Welcome to this week’s Tour Report, where we breakdown all of the most noteworthy gear news from Austin.

Adam Scott continues testing, and changing

Scott, a longtime Titleist staffer, recently became an equipment free agent, which means he’s free to test and play with any golf clubs he wants.

So far in 2022, Scott has continued to use Titleist 681.AS Forged irons and Vokey wedges, but he’s started testing out clubs in other areas of his bag in recent weeks. For example, he switched into a L.A.B. Golf putter ahead of the 2022 WM Phoenix Open, and TaylorMade Stealth woods ahead of The Players Championship.

In Austin, he had two new clubs in the bag on Tuesday. The first new club was a Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond “S” prototype driver, which didn’t make his final bag setup come competition time on Wednesday. He was still using a TaylorMade Stealth Plus 10.5-degree driver during his first round match up. The other addition, which did ultimately make his 14-club competition setup as per Getty Images on Thursday, was a Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi 3-iron (equipped with a KBS Tour 130X shaft).

Clearly, Scott is testing out new equipment right now, and he’s making changes and testing new clubs every week. The Adam Scott equipment reality show continued again this week, and we’ll be back next week for more updates.

Check out his WITB from the Match Play here.

Bland’s far-from-bland setup

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for old golf clubs. So, when I saw that Bland was still using a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 5-wood, which came out in February 2010, I needed to get his take on it.

His full explanation is over on PGATOUR.com, but here’s a snippet:

“You see a lot of guys, they might be playing with a 3-wood that’s 5 or 6 years old. I think, like the fairway woods, it’s not necessarily about the technology, it’s about the flight that you get. That’s what I like about that 5-wood; I can hit it high, I can hit it low, it gives me a bit of versatility. I was a TaylorMade player for years. They were trying to get it out of the bag for God knows how many years. It stood the test of time.”

Bland is also using a mixed-brand iron setup, consisting of Honma “Rose Proto” short irons (8-PW), and Callaway Apex Pro long irons (3-7 iron). Check out Bland’s wildly interesting WITB and explanations here.

Paul Casey clears up the rumors

Casey’s old putter with a smooth sole (on the top), versus his new putter with the weight added.

Paul Casey had been using the same Scotty Cameron GSS proto putter for years. Come 2022, however, Casey added a weight plug in the heel of his putter.

That led GolfWRX commenters and Instagram users to speculate on why he added the weight. Most commenters guessed that he was removing weight from the heel portion of his putter.

I caught up with Casey on Tuesday to get his (hilarious, yet informative) response:

“People have no idea, it’s quite funny. I read a post the other day, some guy claiming he knew what was going on.

“There’s a post on there, the guy is like, ‘Oh, he drilled it out and he removed weight from the heel.’ 

“First of all, no.

“So what you got to remember is – go ask Scotty – every time you see a plug, it’s adding weight, it’s not removing weight. If you remove weight, you just grind it off. You never see it. To remove weight, you just shave the bottom.

“So that plug is… he drilled a hole. You lose about 6 grams. That plug is about 12-13 grams. That gives you about a net gain of about 6-7 grams. Adding the weight to the heel is like adding weight to the heel of a driver. It makes the toe lighter, and it makes the toe faster. In other words, it makes the putter rotate more.

“My tendency through the years, and why I went cross handed a while ago, is that I tend to – I don’t shut the blade going back, but it’s probably shut to the path. I don’t rotate the putter. I don’t open the putter as much as I’d like to. So that weight in the heel and lightening the toe allows the putter to rotate better… Look, everybody’s an expert, but I know why I did it.”

He also added a dot to the sightline of his new putter. Check out the full story for Casey’s explanation on why.

Pour one out for Scheffler’s Nike fairway wood

Scheffler warned us at The Players Championship: “It’ll be a sad day [when the Nike comes out of the bag], but it has to happen eventually.”

Fresh off a new equipment deal with TaylorMade, Scheffler began testing a TaylorMade Stealth 3 HL 16.5-degree fairway wood to replace his longtime Nike VR Pro Limited 3-wood, which originally hit retail back in 2011.

While he continued using the Nike fairway wood at The Players, he switched into the Stealth 3-wood at the Match Play event this week.

I asked TaylorMade why he ultimately made the Stealth switch. Here was the entire answer from Todd Chew, Taylormade’s Senior Tour Rep:

“After testing the Stealth 15.0-degree head in the preseason, which was simply going too far for the types of shots Scottie was trying to hit, in Palm Springs we built him a Stealth 3HL 16.5-degree head with a [Fujikura] Ventus 8X shaft. His previous 3-Wood was about 12.5 degrees of loft, and in order to match launch conditions and distance with Stealth, we had to go to the Stealth 3HL, make it an inch shorter and finish the loft at 16 degrees. We were really close with matching launch conditions, which was important to Scottie. It was coming out of a different window because of the difference in loft in the heads, and he has since been able to figure out how to flight it the way he wants to flight it. The benefits of the 16.5-degree head are that he can hit it much higher and farther if he wants to but also match previous conditions, which were lower and feature more spin.

“Scottie could actually do more with the Stealth 15.0-degree head, but it would go too far. With a titanium Stealth Plus head he could hit it even further, but that’s not what he needs from this club. The 16.5-degree Stealth head is more of a weapon because of the added distance and height capability he can get when he wants it. That is the benefit of taking a lot of the spin out of the head and being able to use more loft compared to older technology. With the previous club you wouldn’t want to launch it higher in the air because it would spin too much. With today’s technology taking so much spin out of the club, you can use more loft which makes the club so much more playable and versatile.”

Check out Scheffler’s full 2022 WITB here.

Meet Viktor Hovland’s caddie

PGA Tour golfers are amazingly skilled and fun to watch, but their caddies are the some of the most interesting people in golf. They’re filled with stories, experiences, and valuable information to learn from.

Last week on our “Caddie Corner” series, we asked Hovland’s caddie, Shay Knight, a wide array of questions to get to know him better.

He was filled with great advice, but here was my favorite part:

GolfWRX: Caddies are known for having the best stories. Without incriminating yourself, what’s the funniest story you have about caddie life?

Knight: I wouldn’t say it’s a funny story, but it’s probably the best moment of my caddying career. It was when I had a game of golf with Tiger Woods. We were at Isleworth. Shane Joel, who used to caddie for Mark O’Meara, he lived in Orlando and he would always go to Isleworth just to work with O’Meara and Tiger was always there. He lived just on the other side of the driving range and Shane invited me to go to Isleworth and just hang out there for the day. We’re going to play some golf with O’Meara and John Cook, and Tiger was on the range. We got introduced to him, and he was just an unbelievably nice guy. We went over to the chipping green and we hit some chip shots and he was telling me a bunch of stuff.

I said, “Are you playing golf today?”

Tiger said, “Oh, we’ll see.”

So we get in the golf cart and we start going to the first tee, and Tiger goes into his house. Then, two seconds later, he comes back out and starts following us.

I said to Shane: “Is this really going to happen?”

He goes, “Yes, it is.”

I’ve never been more nervous in my life, but it was the best day of my life. We played 9 holes with him, then went into Isleworth where they have this half court basketball court. He put his hat on backwards and starts shooting hoops and starts telling me Michael Jordan stories. It was an unbelievable day. It was cool.

Check out the full Q&A here.

Maurice Allen’s international drip

2018 World long drive champ Maurice Allen once hit a golf ball from Canada to America, clearing Niagara Falls. The accomplishment itself was impressive (especially since John Daly failed at the feat), but Allen won more than long-ball pride; he also received a custom gold rope chain and medallion out of it (pictured above).

Deepali Sawlini from Garden of Diamonds saw the feat and made Allen a custom Niagara Falls medallion, with a silhouette of his swing on the back, to commemorate the moment.

How do I know this? Well, Allen himself joined our TG2 podcast this week to talk about gear, his Itobori irons, his insane shoe collection, the state of long drive contracts in golf, the Niagara Falls chain, and so much more.

Check out the full interview with Allen below on SoundCloud, and we’ll see you next week in San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open!

 

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Scotty Cameron unveils new Special Select Jet Set putters

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Scotty Cameron has today introduced the new range of Special Select Jet Set putters.

The limited release features a four-model collection designed for the player looking for a particular design aesthetic in a high-performance configuration with attention to shape, color palette and finish.

Precision milled in the United States from a block of 303 stainless steel, each new Limited Release Special Select Jet Set putter incorporates Scotty’s performance balanced weighting technology featuring customizable sole weights, as well as purpose-built aluminum sole plates designed to optimize weight distribution in the wider profile of the Plus models.

Speaking on the new range, Scotty Cameron said:

“A lot of golfers want to game the same putters the pros play. Our new Special Select Jet Set putters offer a taste of that experience with a few extras that put them in a category of their own. The Tour Black finish is something a lot of people really like, so when I can, I make putters using it combined with dark, smoky accents. The overall tone-on-tone look is inspired by custom car builders, and that’s where the Jet Set name comes from. We’ve offered this concept in years past. This is the next version of Jet Set. Specifically, the ‘Plus’ models that are in between the width of a Newport 2 and a Squareback 2. I developed this “tweener” size working with a few Tour players who wanted something in between the width of a traditional blade and our Squareback flange width. The Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus and Newport 2 Plus offer those desired sizes and happen to be the first we’ve created for everyone. Limited releases like these new Special Select Jet Set models are for those who want a high-performance putter, but also that little extra.”

In addition, the Special Select Jet Set Newport, Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus, Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 and Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 Plus feature custom graphics, a Tour Black finish with a dark, tonal color scheme, a specialized Pistolini Plus grip, shaft band and headcover.

Displaying the evolution of Scotty’s research in bringing the benefits of higher MOI to blade putter shapes, the line’s “Plus” models introduce slightly wider profiles than standard face-to-flange blade dimensions in design to offer maximum performance from a blade putter.

Special Select Jet Set Newport

“A souped-up version of Scotty’s classic heel-and-toe weighted blade, the Special Select Jet Set Newport includes a plumbing neck, the model’s distinctive rounded features and a unique sight line milled on the topline. Precision milled from 303 stainless steel, this limited release putter has a solid face, misted Tour Black finish, adjustable performance balanced raw tungsten sole weighting and includes the line’s new textured Pistolini Plus grip and Jet Set headcover.”

Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus

“Crafted slightly wider when measured from face to flange, the Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus offers a new size in high-performance blade putter design. Relying on proven multi-material design methodology, Scotty accommodated the fuller profile by distributing weight to the perimeter and incorporating a 6061 aircraft grade aluminum sole plate, anodized black and engraved with the line’s Jet Set graphics. A milled flange sight line provides clean alignment, while customizable stainless steel sole weights provide balance. A new, textured Pistolini Plus grip, Jet Set shaft band and specialized headcover complete the package.”

Special Select Jet Set Newport 2

“Designed with the proven shape, plumbing neck and tri-sole of a modern Newport 2, the Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 is milled from 303 stainless steel with customizable tungsten sole weights, a Tour Black finish and the line’s Jet Set graphics package, including a specialty shaft band, headcover and textured Pistolini Plus grip. Incorporating a subtle design characteristic—and inspired by the putters he makes for touring professionals—Scotty included a milled sight line on the topline rather than a standard flange line. A limited number of left-handed Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 models were also created.”

Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 Plus

“Splitting the difference in flange width between a Special Select Newport 2 and Squareback 2, the Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 Plus offers a Tour-inspired shape that introduces the next profile in high-performance blade design. Milled from 303 stainless steel with a solid face, the Newport 2 Plus has a 6061 aircraft grade aluminum sole plate, anodized black and engraved with the line’s Jet Set graphics. A milled flange sight line provides clean alignment, while customizable stainless steel sole weights provide balance. The putter includes the line’s new, textured Pistolini Plus grip, Jet Set shaft band and specialized headcover.”

The limited release Special Select Jet Set putters will be available worldwide on Aug. 19, 2022, at Titleist authorized golf shops, and are priced at $650 each.

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2022 TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 wedges launched

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What you need to know: TaylorMade is launching the latest iteration of its “Swiss Army knife” Hi-Toe 3 wedges. In contrast to TaylorMade’s MG3 wedges, Hi-Toe 3 wedges feature a higher toe peak, higher center of gravity for lower launch and more spin, a four-way cambered sole, and full-face scoring lines all aimed at maximizing versatility and performance around the green.

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3: What’s new

  • Full length scoring lines on all lofts above 54 degrees for additional spin on open-faced shots.
  • Raised micro-ribs between the full grooves (introduced in MG3 wedge) add texture to the face for increased spin and performance on partial shots.
  • Aged copper finish to complement the raw face

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3: Additional technology

In order to assist in executing “all the shots” TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 marketing references, TM engineers again incorporate a four-way cambered sole into the 8620 carbon steel Hi-Toe 3. Generous bounce and a wide sole meet a low leading edge for enhanced playability from a variety of lies.

And of course, the weighted toe pad “high toe” portion of the Hi-Toe 3 raises the center of gravity and moves it closer to the center of the face in an effort to produce lower launching, higher spinning shots.

ZTP Raw Grooves are implemented in the Hi-Toe 3 for optimal spin across a variety of conditions.

Full face ZTP RAW grooves

What TaylorMade says

“Our athletes all offered great input individually, but collectively everyone wanted something versatile. They wanted a single wedge that could perform around the greens from deep rough, thick fescue, bunkers with different sands, in wet conditions and from tight lies. That’s a lot to fit into a single design, but with Hi-Toe 3 we’ve done it.” — Bill Price, Product Creation, Wedges and Putters

TaylorMade Milled Grind 3: What it looks like

52 degree

56 degree

60 degree

Pricing and availability 

Hi-Toe 3 is available for order now at www.taylormadegolf.com and at retail locations with an MSRP of $179 USD. Hi-Toe 3 comes stock with the KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 shaft (115g) and Lamkin Crossline 360 Round 52 gram grips (Gray/Blue/Black End Cap).

Hi-Toe 3 is available in standard bounce (50, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60 degrees), low bounce (58, 60 degrees), and high bounce (58, 60 degrees).

KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 115 shafts are standard along with Lamkin Crossline 360 grips.

MyHi-Toe 3

Added elements of personalization are available through MyHi-Toe 3. They may choose from four different finishes, including the classic brushed copper, chrome, black and raw, before selecting text, logos, and paint fills to create a purely unique design.

A complete list of customizable options includes:

  • Finish
  • Grip
  • Shaft
  • Length
  • Personalized text
  • Loft & bounce
  • Custom paints fills: Logos, icons, carbon steel, hosel rings, text

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (8/9/22): Mint Ping i500s

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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 set of mint Ping i500s.

From the seller (@lawrencedc1): “Asking $725 Plus Ship.  Played 5 rounds.  Didn’t make the Bag!”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Mint Ping i500s

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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