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Brooks Koepka makes significant driver switch ahead of U.S. Open (Updated)

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Update 6/14 6:30 p.m. ET: Statement from Srixon golf added; Koepka was also spotted practicing with a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball rather than the Srixon Z-Star Diamond.


Brooks Koepka has been the man in major championships over the past five years, although it’s fair to say that Koepka’s stunning major form has fallen off in 2022.

The 32-year-old missed the cut at the Masters before posting a T55 finish at the PGA Championship. Before this year, Koepka had recorded twelve top-10 finishes in his previous sixteen major appearances, including four victories.

Koepka is going in search of his third U.S. Open title this week, and it appears that the four-time major champ is ready to make a driver switch at Brookline.

A snap on the U.S. Open’s Instagram Stories shows Brooks in practice without his usual Srixon ZX7 driver but with one of his previous gamers: the TaylorMade M5 driver.

The move would be a surprising changeup for the Srixon man, who ranks 75th in strokes gained: off the tee in 2022.

All four of Koepka’s major victories have come while using TaylorMade drivers, with the M5 being in the bag at his last major win in 2019. We’ll be keeping an eye on which driver makes it onto the first tee at Brookline this Thursday.

A Srixon representative told GolfWRX

“In this early stage of our partnership, Brooks Koepka has validated the performance of the Srixon driver and golf ball. Though performance has been promising, the characteristics are not a perfect fit, yet. To work through this adjustment period most efficiently, we decided to focus our energy on fitting Brooks into the next generation Srixon driver and golf ball prototypes that will debut on tour in the near future—products developed with Brooks’ input and needs in mind. While we get this organized in the next couple months, Srixon is temporarily allowing Brooks to use his previous driver and ball. Of course, he will continue playing Srixon irons and Cleveland Golf wedges. Both parties are fully committed to the partnership, and we are confident Brooks will be back in a Srixon driver and golf ball soon.”

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

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  1. indyvic

    Jun 16, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    So he switched to improve his game but it hasn’t? So now he’s switching to what he used in the past when he wasn’t winning anymore? So the only difference is the sponsorship $? Cleveland Srixon can’t be happy with this arrangement.

  2. Brooksucks

    Jun 16, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Hmmm, on his commercial he said it was the perfect ball. Why wouldn’t you play the perfect ball?

  3. Nepgabound

    Jun 15, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Srixons retail stuff is so overrated and overpriced. If you look at half of the clubs in the staff players bags it isn’t Cleveland / Srixon! The high end ball line is so inconsistent, it is just sad because they used to be a great company during the ZUR-S release then QC must have rested on it successes.

  4. Kurt

    Jun 15, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    You guys didnt want to listen to me. Now he dumped the ball. I’m always correct.

  5. kurt

    Jun 14, 2022 at 10:36 am

    lol. His strokes gained with the driver is essentially the same as it was, and his iron stats are better.

    His putting has dropped off, and of course he had the injuries. But yes, let’s blame this on Srixon.

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  7. kurt

    Jun 14, 2022 at 8:33 am

    He wont ever win again with Srixon terrible switch for him. The ball, driver, everything.

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Callaway Opus wedges launched on PGA Tour

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of an article our Andrew Tursky filed for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report. Read the full piece here.

While this is the world’s first official look at the final versions of the Opus line of wedges, Callaway staffers have actually been involved In the prototyping and design process for around two years, according to Callaway Tour Manager Joe Toulon.

“The Tour launch is basically when we’re introducing it to the Tour players officially for the first time,” Toulon said on Tuesday at the 2024 Travelers Championship. “We’ve done a lot of work with this wedge in the prototyping stages. It’s a project that we’ve really kicked off 2 years ago, when we really started digging into this category and understanding what the best players in the world look for in a wedge.”

Of course, Callaway’s research and design team has been studying the wedge category for decades, but this time around – during the design of the new Opus wedges – Callaway put more power than ever into the hands of PGA TOUR players. Toulon and team paid close attention to everything Tour players wanted from a wedge, including the look at address, the shape of the leading edge, how the club sits on the ground with the face open, the shaping of the sole, the sound, the feel, and how the wedge interacts with the turf at impact under various conditions.

Although all factors were considered, the most significant barrier to entry for Tour players is their first impression of the shape of the wedge at address.

“The shape is really something we spent a lot of time with, and getting it to look good to the majority of players – it’s something that you may not hit everybody’s eye exactly right, but this is something where we got countless hours of feedback and testing from Tour players, and this is kind of the final product,” Toulon said. “…I think one of the things that players really focus on when they set a wedge down for the first time is what it looks like at address, and what it looks like when you open the face, and we did a lot around that; the shaping and the roundness of this wedge.”

Toulon calls it the “final” product, because there were various iterations of the Opus wedges before this. Actually, these final versions of the Opus wedges are based on the sixth prototype, specifically.

“[The Opus wedge] was code named ‘S6’ during the process,” Toulon said. “We stamped every wedge out here (on the PGA TOUR) in this shape with S6, and that basically just stands for some of the shaping designs we went through. That was the sixth shape design that we settled on based on what the player feedback was. That’s really the whole story behind this wedge; tour-inspired, tour-driven. These guys out here designed this wedge. This is just the final cosmetic and final design that we went with.”

Read the full piece here.

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TaylorMade releases Milled Grind 4 RAW TW Grind wedges

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For the first time, golfers can purchase TaylorMade’s MG4 RAW TW Grind wedges Tiger Woods has played in tournaments this season.

The MG4 Raw TW Grind wedges showcase a slightly larger footprint that are designed to give players a sense of roundness and continuity throughout the clubhead profile.

MG4 RAW TW Grind 56-degree

Specs:

  • Bounce: 12°
  • Length: 35.35’’
  • Lie: 64°
  • Swingweight: D5
  • Shaft: DG Tour Issue S400
  • Grip: Tour Velvet Cord
  • Material: 8620 Carbon Steel
  • Finish: Raw
  • Hand: RH Only

MG4 RAW TW Grind 60-degree

Specs: 

  • Bounce: 11°
  • Length: 35’’
  • Lie: 64°
  • Swingweight: D5
  • Shaft: DG Tour Issue S400
  • Grip: Tour Velvet Cord
  • Material: 8620 Carbon Steel
  • Finish: Raw
  • Hand: RH Only

The MG4 RAW TW Grind Wedges are for sale now at www.taylormadegolf.com for $199.99 USD.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (6/19/24): ‘The cheapest set of irons on GolfWRX’

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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 the ‘The cheapest set of irons on GolfWRX’.

From the seller: (@icecat88): “Nice set of Vega Mizar irons 5-G with project x 5.5 pured shafts and newer golf pride align grips. Normal bag chatter on the soles but face and grooves in excellent condition. Be hard to find quality forged set in this condition for just  $200 plus shipping.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: ‘The cheapest set of irons on GolfWRX’

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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