Welcome to New Orleans, the home of Bourbon Street, jambalaya, yard-sized cocktails, Mardi Gras beads, jazz music, Lil Wayne, and the Zurich Classic.
Held at TPC Louisiana, the Zurich Classic is a two-man team event, making it a unique stop on the PGA Tour schedule. Being that it’s also set in New Orleans, the Zurich Classic has a more laid back and fun vibe than most other events throughout the season.
This week, despite all of the festivities and food, GolfWRX was live from the grounds to see what equipment the top players in the world are using, and what gear changes they’ve made recently.
Below is this week’s Tour Report from The Big Easy.
Viktor makes a subtle driver tweak
Prior to The Masters, Viktor Hovland, who naturally plays a cut off the tee, noticed that he wasn’t able to draw the ball as much as he’d like. To combat the problem, Hovland and Ping Tour rep Kenton Oates experimented with different driver configurations.
Eventually, they settled on changing the lie angle of his Ping G425 LST driver by 2 degrees upright. The more upright lie angle now helps Hovland turn the ball over from right-to-left more easily.
I spoke with Hovland about the tweak this week in New Orleans:
”We had a hard time drawing the driver, because it was too flat,” Hovland told GolfWRX.com at the 2022 Zurich Classic on Tuesday. “I have pretty low hands at impact, so we figured it’d be easier to make it more upright so I didn’t have to work as hard to draw it. When I do draw it, with that current setting, I tend to draw my irons too much. We just kind of matched it up to the rest of the set.”
WITB: Barstool Trent and Frankie Borrelli
Playing in the 2022 Zurich Classic Celebrity Shootout on Tuesday, Barstool Trent and Frankie Borrelli from Barstool Sports’ Fore Play podcast let us take a look at their WITB setups.
Check them out here:
Collin’s sneaky putter change on slow greens
Coming into the Zurich Classic, Collin Morikawa was using a TaylorMade TP Collection Juno putter with 2.5-gram weights in the heel and toe sections of the sole. While warming up on the practice putting green on Monday, Morikawa noticed that the TPC Louisiana greens were a bit slower than the greens he dealt with at Augusta National for The Masters.
To deal with the change of pace, Morikawa sought to change the feel of his putter rather than his stroke. So, Morikawa changed out the 2.5-gram weights for 5-gram weights, adding 5 grams of overall weight to the putter for a heavier hit.
“I just added a little more weight to the putter,” Morikawa said on Monday at the 2022 Zurich Classic. “For me, it’s what I do on slower greens, like what I did at The Open. Instead of trying to hit it harder, or do something different, it just matches my feel a little better, and helps me work my way from fast greens to slow greens.”
Scott Piercy’s lead tape 101 explanation
Scott Piercy, the undisputed King of Lead Tape, provide an in-depth explanation of why he places lead tape on the rear portion of his Titleist TSi4 driver.
I asked Piercy if the lead tape was for forgiveness purposes, and here was his answer:
“It’s a spin and launch kinda thing. The more you move the weight forward, the more, yeah, the head gets less forgiving, but it also changes launch and spin. There’s glue back here, too. And this is the lightest weight they have [in the front weight port]. So, there’s a method to the madness.
“It’s a little bit of forgiveness, but it’s more like…back in the day, the CGs were farther back. What happens with CG is, if you don’t know…the CG tries to align with the shaft at impact. So what does that do with the face? It helps you shut it. I hit a cut that needs to start left and cut, so when I get the CG forward, the ball starts right. So I’m always trying to pull my CG back. From there it’s a shaft thing, and you start getting into the launch monitor numbers.”
Graeme McDowell: The Duke of lead tape?
If Scott Piercy is the King of Lead Tape, then maybe Graeme McDowell is the Duke. McDowell’s irons are slabbed all the way up with lead tape on his Srixon ZX7 irons, and his driver and putter are caked with tape, too.
Team Streb and Merritt have matching wedges
Being a team event, some player duos dress to match, such as defending champions Marc Leishman and Cam Smith in 2021.
Robert Streb and Troy Merritt kicked it up a notch this year by getting custom Titleist Vokey SM9 wedges with the same festive “Recipe for Success” stampings by Vokey Tour rep Aaron Dill.
Callaway reveals its new double-decker Tour Truck
This week at the 2022 Zurich Classic, Callaway officially revealed its new double-decker Tour Truck, which will travel with the PGA Tour to each event to help players get dialed into their equipment.
Want to see what the new state-of-the-art Tour Truck looks like on the inside? GolfWRX photographer Greg Moore got a full tour of the portable build shop.
And with that, we’re signing off this week from the Zurich Classic in New Orleans. We’ll see you next week from the Mexico Open at Vidanta!
Lydia Ko WITB 2023 (September)
- Lydia Ko what’s in the bag accurate as of the the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
Driver: Ping G430 LST (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana GT 50 S
3-wood: Ping G430 Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana PD 60 S
5-wood: Ping G430 Max (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana GT 60 S
Hybrid: Ping G430 (22 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD HY 65 S
Irons: Titleist T200 (5), ProtoConcept CO5 (6-9)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber fc 70
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F, 48-10F @49, 54-10F, 58-08F @59)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber fc 70 (46), AeroTech SteelFiber fc 80 (48-58)
Putter: Scotty Cameron TG6
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Spotted: Amy Yang’s T.P. Mills Fleetwood putter
This week, we spotted Amy Yang with a rare putter in her bag at the 2023 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. The putter was made by legendary putter maker T.P. Mills and the head shape is called “Fleetwood.” If you are not familiar with T.P. Mills, the company was founded in 1963 by Truett P. Mills, Sr. who wanted to make a better putter than what was available. His original putters were crafted with basic hand tools in his garage out of of carbon steel. His son David is now crafting the handmade putters after many years learning and working with his father. The company still offers the classic Softtail, Huey, Ming, 8802, and many more putters from his shop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The Fleetwood is considered heel-shafted and has a wide flange that blurs the line between blade and mallet. Amy’s Fleetwood features a single sightline on the wide flange and some “snow” stamping on the top of the bumpers. Those bumpers flare up at the toe and heel, pushing weight to the outside for added stability and a balanced feel throughout the stroke. The large back cavity has some snow stamping above “My Wand” text that is stamped and filled with white paint. The topline looks slightly rounded for a softer look and blends in nicely with the width of the putter. A half-shaft offset flow neck is welded to the head while the face features a shallow milling pattern and unique “Mills” stamping near the heel.
The “Super Bullet” sole contains a large oval cavity where material is removed to dial in the desired head weight of the putter. This main cavity is in combination with two additional round cavities out at the toe and heel area. Yang’s Fleetwood is milled from Swiss-German stainless steel, as that is what is stamped into the center of the sole.
A traditional chrome steel shaft is installed and the putter is finished off with a Rosemark 1.52 MFS (microfiber silicone) putter grip in a white and teal.
- Check out the rest of our photos from the 2023 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (LPGA)
Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (9/27/23): National Custom Works wedges (Don White hand ground)
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 National Custom Works wedges (Don White hand ground).
From the seller (@cronejt): “Wedges: 50, 54, 60. Wedge heads. Don White Hand Ground. Raw finish, rust can be removed if desired. Highly Custom 1 of 1 stamping. Paid $1200 ($400 per head) for the heads alone. Took same time as iron set 1. Club build was done by Mike at TXG in Toronto. Asking $1000.”
To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: National Custom Works wedges (Don White hand ground)
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