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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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PXG launches new 0317 ST blades

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PXG has released its new milled PXG 0317 ST blades.

“Our team has done their homework on these blades, taking feedback from our professional staff and college players to inform all aspects of the design. From clubhead size, offset, and sole design to a flighted trajectory.” – PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons shared. 

Each iron in the PXG 0317 ST set is triple forged from 8620 soft carbon steel in design to create a tight, strong grain structure that prolongs the grooves’ life and enhances the overall feel.

Then, the irons are CNC milled to ensure every surface, curve, and angle are produced to exact specifications. Finally, the blades undergo a precise robotic polishing process to refine the sole and other geometries for a flawless finish and excellent consistency club to club.

In addition to high-grade materials and precision manufacturing, PXG 0317 ST Blades are characterized by a unique, tour-inspired blended set design. Harder-to-hit 3- and 4-irons feature a cavity back that are designed to make it easier to hit the ball up in the air and increases forgiveness on mishits.

The remaining clubs in the set feature a solid-body design that aim to deliver a penetrating trajectory with high spin, exceptional consistency, and maximum control.

PXG 0317 ST blades also incorporate PXG’s Precision Weighting Technology to fine-tune performance further. The large tungsten weight on the back of the clubhead is used to optimize the swing weight/head weight target on the center-of-gravity location. Optimization can be experienced during an in-person golf club fitting and is dialed in as part of the custom build process. 

The blades are named after the 0317 U.S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper.

The new milled PXG 0317 ST Blades are available in a Chrome ($199 per club) or Xtreme Dark ($219 per club) finish and are available now at www.PXG.com.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (9/28/22): Miura Baby Blades 1957 Series

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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 Miura Baby Blades 1957 Series.

From the seller (@JahGolfPhysio) : “Miura Baby Blades 1957 Series 3i – PW $1300 (OBO). Shafts Project X 6.0 (stiff) (3i in 5.5). All Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord. Standard Length, Loft, Lie.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Miura Baby Blades 1957 Series

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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Phillip Knowles WITB 2022 (September)

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White 50 TX

3-wood: Titleist TSR2 (15 degrees @ 14.25)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

7-wood: Titleist TSR2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 8 X

Irons: Titleist T200 (2-4), Titleist T100 (5-6), Titleist 620 CB (7), Titleist 620 MB (8-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour 125 S+

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F, 50-12F, 54-10S), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (58-T)
Shafts: KBS Tour 125 S+ (46), KBS 610 Wedge 125 (50-58)

Putter: Scotty Cameron F-5
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360, Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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