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Inside Marc Leishman’s 2 gear changes for The Open at St. Andrews

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Marc Leishman has finished top-6 in four of his last seven Open Championship appearances, including a T2 finish the last time the event was held at St. Andrews in 2015 (he lost in a three-way playoff to Zach Johnson after shooting rounds of 64-66 on the weekend).

Leishman knows links golf, and he knows the Old Course at St Andrews. That’s why he’s preparing his equipment to properly handle the windy and firm course conditions.

“It’s an interesting situation when you come to links golf,” Leishman told GolfWRX. “You do have to change little things, but obviously you don’t want to reinvent the wheel…I hear (the Old Course) is very firm, and the weather’s perfect, so I’m assuming it’s only going to get firmer.”

On Saturday, GolfWRX caught up with Leishman prior to a Saturday practice round at the Old Course to see what equipment changes he plans to make to adapt to the challenges.

 

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1) Adding a 2-iron…and shortening the shaft 

Leishman says: “Last week I played the Scottish Open and went to a [Callaway Apex UT 18-degree] 2-iron. I haven’t had a 2-iron in the bag for awhile. [Normally I use] a 5-wood, 7-wood, strong 3-iron, so I put a 2-iron in the bag…

“We actually cut it down an inch just to make it go a little lower and have a bit more control. It seemed to work pretty well.”

2) Removing bounce from his lob wedge

Leishman says: “I might take a little bit of bounce off the [Callaway Jaws Raw] lob wedge this week. Last week [at the Scottish], there was a few chip shots I was getting a groove or two low. I think if I can take off a little bit of bounce – not the front of it, just off the back of the sole…=you still need bounce for the bunkers, because there’s quite a lot of sand in them, but you don’t want bounce for chipping.”

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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. Ryan

    Jul 10, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Where do you get the C grind?

  2. Jed

    Jul 9, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Fantastic like his Country man Ogilvie. Natural talents who dont even spend much time on the range. Breed em tough down there in oz. The play lots of windy fast courses

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Puma Golf x PTC collaborate for new Palm Tree Crew apparel collection

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Rickie Fowler has once again joined forces with world-renowned DJ, KYGO, and his lifestyle brand Palm Tree Crew, for a fresh apparel collab that also includes items for the ladies too.

Per Puma, the collection is inspired by an always-on-the-go philosophy embraced by movers and shakers alike, The PUMA Golf x PTC collection represents those who continuously chase their bold dreams with a quiet confidence and dedication to their craft. Everyone makes the cut in

“It’s been fun to work with KYGO and PTC to expand and evolve this collab with PUMA,” says Fowler. “There’s something special in creating a platform where the worlds of golf and music collide to bring forth amazing product that everyone can relate to.”

Puma x PTC Polo ($80)“a performance-ready golf polo with understated yet refined style. Available in two colorways.”

Puma x PTC Lightweight Crew ($90)“all-over palm print says the party is not far. Available in two colorways”

Puma x PTC Lightweight Hoodie ($80)“our beachy, lightweight hoodie perfect for course cleats or sandy toes. Available in two colorways.”

Puma x PTC Palm Polo ($90)“all-over palm print makes this piece pop. Available in two colorways.”

Puma x PTC Palm Tee ($50)“the perfect, lightweight t-shirt to palm up your everyday attire. All over print is PTC classic. Available in two colorways.”

Puma x PTC Palm Short ($80)“bronze those thighs in some sweet PTC all-over palm print shorts. Available in two colorways.”

Women’s Puma x PTC W Palm Short ($80)“show your love for all-things beachy in this all-over palm print short. Available in two colorways.”

Women’s Puma x PTC W Palm Tank ($45)“for the sunny days on and off the course, the Palm Tank will keep you comfy and looking oh-so-cool. Available in two colorways.”

PUMA x PTC GS.One Sport ($150)“The GS-ONE was designed for the stylish golfer on the go. Rock the newest colors and add some flair to your next golf round.”

PUMA x PTC GS-Softride ($50)“slide into the season in the stylish GS-Softride. Finally, a sandal to put your foot in.”

PUMA x PTC Laguna Fusion Sport ($100)“featuring Fusion technology, the GS-Softride is a lifestyle + performance silhouette that will add pep to any step.”

Puma x PTC Cap ($45)“like the uniform for the winning team, top off your outfit with a bold, PTC cap to show why you play the game. Available in two colorways.”

Puma x PTC Chase Dreams Snapback Cap ($45)“the snapback meant for true dreamers, movers and shakers. Wear the palm with pride on this classic look. Available in two colorways.”

Puma x PTC High Crown Visor ($45)“protect your eyes + face with a trending all-over palm print visor. Available in two colorways.”

The collection is available now on pumagolf.com as well as palmtreecrew.com and at select retailers. The collection will be available at the Puma NYC Flagship store starting October 3 to celebrate Kygo’s show at Madison Square Garden on October 6.

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Club Junkie Reviews: L.A.B. Mezz.1 Max Putter

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L.A.B. Golf pushes the limits of putters and putting to try and help as many golfers as they can make more putts. Lie Angle Balanced putters are different because the face of the putter is always pointed towards your target. We all know L.A.B.’s famous Directed Force 2.1 putter. However, a lot of golfers didn’t like the looks and size of it. So L.A.B. developed the Mezz.1 putter that has a more traditional mallet look that so many golfers use, but with Lie Angle Balanced technology engineered into it. This year, the Mezz.1 Max putter was introduced to make a great putter even better. The Mezz.1 Max is 20-percent larger than the original Mezz.1 and offers more forgiveness and stability.

I have played the Mezz.1 this year and think it is a great putter, so to be honest, I wasn’t that excited to try the Mezz.1 Max at first. That changed pretty quickly once my putter showed up. To start, getting fit for a putter is one of the last things we golfers think about. L.A.B. has a very unique and effective remote fitting process if you cannot get to a fitter in person. You email a short video to them using your current putter and they use their internal genius to get your specs processed. The remote fitting video took me about seven minutes from start to submission.

Once you have your putter specs, you can then order a stock or custom Mezz.1 Max. I went down the custom path of various head colors, alignment aids, shafts, grips, and even a headcover to build my putter. My original Mezz.1 is black, and I wanted to go with some color to change things up and, for whatever reason, the cappuccino color kept grabbing my attention. The cappuccino color online looks more gold, and I was pleasantly surprised that in person the color is more brown and muted than I expected. The color goes well with the matte white Accra shaft and Press II 1.5-degree smooth grip.

Headcovers are now becoming big accessories, and the brown headcover I chose is kind of retro-looking while feeling high quality. Overall, I love the look and my Mezz.1 Max stands out without being too flashy and distracting.

As soon as I got the putter out of the box, I rolled a few putts on the carpet here at the office, not expecting much difference. From the first couple of putts, I could immediately tell something was a little different with this putter. The weight and balance through the stroke is more stable and you get an even better feeling of the putter wanting to keep the face pointed at the target. The other interesting find is that I didn’t even notice the 20-percent larger size that the Mezz.1 Max has over its older sibling. Maybe if I had them both side-by-side I would notice the size difference more, but the Mezz.1 Max on its own looks normal to my eye.

The first putts I hit on the carpet were great feeling and the Mezz.1 Max felt like it wanted to stay on its path regardless of how your hands tried to manipulate it. The same feeling was present on the putting green, and it was far stronger to me than the standard Mezz.1 felt. When you put the Mezz.1 Max on a target, the putter just wants to hit the ball at that target. The other interesting note is that, to me, the new Max has a softer and more solid feel compared to the smaller head. The sound at impact was more muted and had a lower pitch to it, even on mishits. Just like the original, the grooved face puts immediate forward roll on the ball and reduces almost all skipping.

L.A.B. says this Mezz.1 Max is 20-percent more stable, and I don’t think that is just some marketing talk. I have been in this putting funk where I have been making contact on the toe of the putter regularly. This miss has caused me to miss more than a few putts this year, and I hit a few with the new putter as well. Those toe misses still went straight and I wasn’t losing much speed. Those putts left the toe of the putter and either came up just short or just missed my intended line by a small amount. Those misses are a great improvement over the traditional blade that has been my gamer all summer. The biggest problem I had with the original Mezz.1 is that it took me awhile to get used to longer lag putts. This wasn’t the case with the Max, as I felt much more comfortable from long range and was able to get putts closer and reduce the 3-putt chances by a good amount.

Overall, if you’re searching for a new flatstick, the new L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 Max putter is something to check out. You have a putter that can truly help you make more putts thanks to the Lie Angle Balanced technology, additional forgiveness, and stability.

For more information on my Mezz.1 Max putter review, listen to the Club Junkie podcast, which is available below and on any podcasting service.

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Byeong Hun An WITB 2022 (September)

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Driver: Titleist TSR4 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore X F2 6 X

2-wood: Titleist TSR2+ (13 degrees @13.75)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 9 TX

3-wood: Titleist TSR2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 9 X

Irons: Titleist U500 (3), Titleist T100s (4-5), Titleist 620 MB (6-9)
Shafts: Mitsubishi MMT UT 105 TX (3), Project X 125 6.5 (4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (48-10F, 52-08F, 56-08M), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T)
Shafts:  Project X 125 6.5 (48-52),  Project X 120 6.0 (56), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Lamkin Crossline, Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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