Major championships aren’t always the best place to find interesting gear news. By the time it’s the week of a major, players are typically dialed into their equipment and focused on performance and preparation.
This week was different.
An abnormal amount of gear changes happened this week, and GolfWRX was live at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to cover them all.
Yes, Tiger Woods made significant equipment switches this week, but he wasn’t the only one.
In this week’s Tour Report, we highlight the noteworthy equipment news and coolest gear photos from on site at the 2022 PGA Championship.
Let’s dive right in.
1) Tiger Woods makes big changes
Tiger Woods is the undisputed King of the 2-iron stinger. I don’t think I’ll get too many arguments there.
Most golf fans know Woods historically hit his patented stingers with a forged blade long iron. This week, however, Woods surprised us all by switching into TaylorMade’s P-770 2 and 3-irons to replace his usual 5-wood and P-7TW 3-iron setup.
As highlighted in our report for PGATOUR.com, Woods has found greater forgiveness, height and length from the hollow-bodied irons. Both of his new P-770 long irons are also equipped with True Temper’s new Dynamic Gold MID Tour Issue X100 shafts, which are designed for higher spin and launch.
The new irons weren’t the only changes Woods made to his bag setup, though. He also switched from TaylorMade’s MG2 (Milled Grind 2) wedges into the new MG3 wedges this week. His versions have a raw finish, come with his familiarly intricate TW sole grinds, and have more bounce than you may expect.
Any changes that Tiger makes are noteworthy, since he rarely switches his gear up, but he added four new clubs to the bag this week. Check out his entire new gear setup in the link below.
2) Webb Simpson ditches his blades
For essentially his entire career, Webb Simpson has been an old-school blade iron user.
Well, not anymore.
Simpson switched from Titleist’s 620 MB irons into the company’s new T100 irons this week. He spoke to the media on Thursday following his first-round 69 regarding the switch:
“I’ve had a couple of short stints with non-blades in my career but not many.”
“I haven’t been hitting my irons great. Approach to the green is typically a strength for me; this year it’s been a weakness, and I’ve struggled out of the rough. I keep getting told that these the irons I’m playing are better out of the rough, better with distance control, better with mis-hits, and so I guess I was being stubborn but finally listened and I really like them.”
“They’re not a whole lot different than mine the way they look, but we’ve had good results with them so far.”
According to Simpson, his caddie Paul Tesori played a role in Simpson’s intrigue in the new T100 irons.
“Yeah, honestly I hadn’t considered it that much at all. Paul mentioned it at Wells Fargo after that first round or maybe after I missed the cut on Friday. Then he came to Charlotte last Wednesday and we were doing some testing, and we were seeing some crazy numbers out of the rough with my blades.”
“Thankfully I live on the golf course, so we drove to my garage, picked up this other set — honestly I didn’t know if I had this other set still. I don’t know if Titleist will like this or not, but if I don’t use a set I give it to a friend. I’m trying to spread the word for Titleist, you know. So I might have given to a friend, but I see them in there, we bring them out, and all the numbers we tested were way better.”
“So I still wasn’t certain that I was going to put them in this week so I have both, but yeah, the biggest thing for me is when I look down I want to make sure it looks good, and then after that all I care about is the numbers and how it’s going to perform out of the rough, and so far they’ve passed the test.”
The lesson here for amateurs is to test a range of different irons to figure out exactly what suits your game best. Even the world’s best ball strikers sometimes opt for more forgiveness.
3) Dustin Johnson switches to a new putter
Dustin Johnson tests multiple different putters every week leading up to just about every single tournament he plays in. While he typically ends up back into his blacked-out TaylorMade Tour Limited Spider, this week he called up a new Spider GT Splitback putter into his starting lineup.
Here’s what TaylorMade Tour rep Bucky Coe had to say about the switch:
“It’s all about the aesthetics. From the feedback I got from him, he grabbed it off the putting green because he liked the longer shape in the back and felt it was more forgiving with the CG placement. The combination of a white cavity and the single sight line allows him to set it up square and align the ball easily.”
TaylorMade also provided the full specs below.
Model: Spider GT Splitback
Loft: 2 degrees
Lie angle: 69 degrees
Length: 35.75 inches, end of grip
Swing weight: E7
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT 1.0
Shaft: LA Golf prototype
4) Custom PGA Championship gear
It goes without saying, but major championships are a big deal in the golf world. Adding to the hype and intrigue, golf manufacturers and apparel companies typically create custom gear that’s special to each of the major events.
With Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the artistic inspiration, golf companies developed their best tributes to the city’s culture and colorways. Which company do you think did it best?
(For reference, in the photo above, Callaway’s staff bag is on the left, Odyssey’s putter covers are top middle, Scotty Cameron’s “Golden Driller Statue” covers are in the middle, Axis1’s putter covers are bottom middle, and TaylorMade’s staff bags are on the right.)
5) John Daly’s wild equipment setup
As we covered in our report for PGATOUR.com this week, 56-year-old John Daly came to the 2022 PGA Championship with a stunning gear setup.
Daly has so much lead tape on his TaylorMade P-770 irons that, honestly, it was difficult to immediately decipher what brand and model he was using.
After speaking with Scott “Scott E.G.” Garrison – his club builder – Daly needed the excessive lead tape because his oversized SuperStroke grips (with 6 wraps underneath) weigh in at 82 grams, which is about 30 grams heavier than standard. In order to offset the grip weight, Daly needed significantly more weight on the heads. Thus, his irons are absolutely caked in lead tape.
Daly also revealed a new PXG “TD” prototype driver; PXG is yet to comment on the driver design, but we’ll update you on GolfWRX.com’s front page as soon as we know more.
6) Xander’s new Callaway wedge
The world is waiting on five-time PGA Tour winner Xander Schauffele to win his first major championship. Golf equipment fans are also waiting on more information about his new Callaway Jaws Raw 52-degree wedge. Unfortunately, we don’t know much yet, but we do have photos in his full WITB below from this week.
7) Patrick Reed’s new Grindworks driver
Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters Champion, has been playing a bag full of Grindworks irons since the end of 2019. The limited edition “PR-101A” irons are forged from S20C soft carbon, and they’re made to his exact look and feel preferences.
The Grindworks connection hasn’t stopped at just the irons, though. Earlier in 2022, Reed revealed a set of custom Grindworks “Barrett” wedges. Now, at the 2022 PGA Championship, Reed put a new Grindworks “Equinox X420” driver in the bag (at least, as of Wednesday ahead of the event).
Reed is a prolific gear tester, so it’s uncertain how long the driver will stay in the bag come competition time, but either way, he helped most of the golf world see the Grindworks driver for the first time.
And with that, we say goodbye to Tulsa and the 2022 PGA Championship. We’ll see you next week in Fort Worth, Texas for the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge at the classic Colonial Country Club.
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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