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Tony Finau’s old Nike driving iron sells for ABSURD money on eBay

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While on-site at the 2022 Travelers Championship, I took photos of Tony Finau’s full WITB setup. My biggest takeaway was that he plays ridiculously large grips (Lamkin mid-size, with loads of wraps underneath; check them out here).

I also noticed he had two different putters in the bag; both are PLD Anser 2D models. According to Ping putter rep Dylan Goodwin, one of the models has about 5 grams of lead tape on the sole to help Finau with face awareness, and the other is his gamer, which features sharpie lines on the hosel section to help him with alignment and setup.

But those weren’t the most interesting points of note in Finau’s bag, or the reason I’m writing this story.

While going through Finau’s clubs, I noticed he’s still using an old Nike Vapor Fly Pro 3-iron, equipped with a Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105x Hybrid shaft and loads of lead tape on the back cavity.

The Vapor Fly Pro irons first hit the market in 2016, but PGA Tour players such as Finau and Brooks Koepka continue to use the long irons as a driving iron years later.

Speaking to Finau on Tuesday at the 2022 Travelers Championship, he said that he got 6 years of use out of the original head he put in the bag in 2016 before it finally caved. The driving iron he has in the bag now is a replacement, and he says he has only one backup now.

“I got about 6 years of use out of the first one, and I’m hoping to get about 6-7 years out of this one,” Finau told GolfWRX at the Travelers. “I only have one backup, but I’m hoping I’ll get 6-7 years out of that one, too.”

Obviously, Finau has no plans of using a driving iron that’s not a Nike Vapor Fly Pro anytime in the near future. And if he acquires another backup, he’ll probably be able to play one until he’s 50 years old.

While discussing the old Nike driving iron on our latest Two Guys Talking Golf podcast episode, my co-host Brian Knudson was curious about how much they’re selling for on eBay.

That’s when we realized how ridiculously expensive (and sneaky hard to find) the Nike Vapor Fly Pro long irons are.

Check out how much they’re currently listed for on eBay!

OK, so those are listed prices, but what are they actually selling for? Here’s a look at a few recently sold versions:

Those are new driver type prices! Wow.

I guess when you consider that the iron is still being played on Tour six years after they released, and given the fact that Nike doesn’t make golf clubs anymore, and there’s a limited supply, it does make sense. Still, though, $400+ for a driving iron is a tough pill to swallow.

That being said, I absolutely need to get my hands on one to test and see what the hype is all about. Maybe I’ll start a GoFundMe page so I have some extra cash to make a competitive eBay bid.

(Check out the video version of our latest podcast below!)

Check out Finau’s full WITB from the Travelers here.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Nike Staffer 2012

    Jun 25, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    95% of the clubs and balls Nike made were garbage. But… the 5% that weren’t were fantastic and the long irons from this set were a part of the 5%. It’s no wonder that Rory struggled so much during his Nike days and it’s pretty well known that Tiger’s stuff was a FAR cry from anything sold retail. The RZN balls might as well have been rebranded top flites.

    • Nike good

      Jun 25, 2022 at 2:31 pm

      This is such a bs take.

      Ps. Rory has more majors in his 3 years with Nike than his 5 years with Taylormade.

    • Edward

      Jun 25, 2022 at 2:46 pm

      I’ve drained many long putts with my Method 001 putter. It feels better than a Scotty Cameron.

  2. Edward

    Jun 25, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Covert Forged 2.0 irons are also beastly.

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Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company closes down after pandemic struggles

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Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company has confirmed that the business is no longer active after closing its doors last Friday, July 22, 2022.

The company enjoyed a re-inception in 2017, which included its majority shareholder and Manager of the Board for the BHGEC, Ex Works Capital, LLC, acting as the company’s primary source of funding.

However, according to BHGEQ’s CEO and President Scott White, after their investment portfolio was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the shareholder ceased providing financial support to BHGEC in late 2020.

In an email to GolfWRX, White stated:

“I am very proud of what we accomplished at the Company over the last few years. We had a great team and produced some excellent products that we think would have made Mr. Hogan proud. We were simply underfunded and couldn’t pursue a lot of the more expensive initiatives that would have accelerated our growth.”

Per White, after understanding that they could not provide the capital to the BHGEC to fuel continued growth, ExWorks Capital began a sales process (managed by Chiron Financial Investment Bank) in mid-2021 to identify new investors and/or sources of funding. This process was mostly unsuccessful for several reasons, and ExWorks Financial filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March 2022.

Despite this, White added that BHGEC was mostly self-sufficient in 2021 and enjoyed its best year ever since pivoting to its DTC business model in 2017. Per White, the average revenue growth rate (2017 – 2022) was over 46.3%, while the company was break even at an operating level in 2021 and would have achieved (and surpassed) profitability targets if not for supply and financial constraints.

The website is still currently operating but features a banner noting that it is “unable to process orders.” While the company closed last Friday, White revealed in the email that he hoped it wouldn’t be permanent but added that it might well be.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (7/26/22): Ping PLD Anser putter

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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 Ping PLD Anser putter.

From the seller (@Need4spd): “PING PLD Anser. $400. Plays 33.75”. Stock PING grip. Dead stock specs. Purchased new by me and used for 4-5 rounds. Original headcover included.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping PLD Anser putter

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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Ben Cook WITB 2022 (July)

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (8 degrees, 0.75 degree flat lie, B1)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 Prototype 75 6.5

3-wood: Titleist TSi3 (15 degrees, A1)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green Small Batch 80 6.5

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 (19 degrees @ 18.25 degrees, 0.75 degrees flat, C1)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos HB Tour Spec 8 X

Irons: Titleist T100s (4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F @ 45 degrees, 50-08F), Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (56-10S @ 55 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-V)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 S

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Plus4 Align

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