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Justin Thomas explains why he’s making a late season putter switch

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While you can read the full account of Justin Thomas’ putter switch on PGATour.com, we wanted to sketch out the CliffsNotes version here and offer a few photos of the new wand.

As GolfWRXers know, JT has been rolling with a “knuckle neck” Scotty Cameron T5 Proto Tour Only putter in recent months, winning the PGA Championship in May with the flatstick.

Fast forward to this week at the BMW Championship, and we were surprised to see Scotty Cameron player representative Drew Page working with Thomas and distinctly different putter.

The motivation for trying something different? A shorter putter (34 inches vs. his 34.5 inch gamer) in order to get in a better position at address.

As JT told us:

“For me, a tendency I with my putting is to get a little bit this way [left shoulder up] and open. I’ve…been playing a lot of golf with Patrick Cantlay. He obviously has very long arms and his putter is very short, [I was noticing] just how naturally his arms go on the club, and I felt like that wasn’t the case for me…and I think that has something to do with my bad tendencies.”

He added:

“If I can be a little bit more comfortable at setup, then that’s obviously one less factor I have to worry about.”

Get more details and the full backstory from Page in our item for PGATour.com.

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  1. Rich

    Aug 17, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    Because it has his gang sign on it? Meh.

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Jeff Overton WITB 2022 (August)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees @ 8.25)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM 2
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

Hybrid: Mizuno Fli-Hi CLK (20 degrees), Mizuno CLK (22 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 904 Hybrid, Fujikura Ventus Hybrid 9 TX

Irons: Mizuno Pro FliHi (2), Mizuno MP68 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Mizuno MP-T11 (52-07), Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (58-08)

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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Top-30 equipment photos from the 2021-2022 PGA Tour season

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During the practice round days of every event during the PGA Tour season, GolfWRX photographer Greg Moore is out taking photos of the golf clubs and equipment that PGA Tour players use. Whether it’s brand new equipment, a club that’s been in the bag for a decade, or a custom 1-of-1 product, Moore is there to photograph it.

As for myself, I rejoined GolfWRX.com this year to team up with Moore each week to tell the stories behind the equipment PGA Tour players use, and to help out taking photos when needed (which is rare, because Moore usually has the inside scoop on everything).

Related: Top-5 gear stories of 2021-22 

While taking a look back over the season’s worth of our weekly equipment photos, I wanted to compile a list of some of my favorites. I was going to narrow it down to my top-10 photos, but there were just too many cool custom builds that we spotted this year to overlook.

So, below are my top-30 favorite equipment photos from this year, with related links for each to see more photos and read the stories behind them. Enjoy the look back from this season, and we’ll see you soon in Napa for the start of the 2022-23 season.

Maverick McNealy’s ultra-custom Callaway Apex 11-iron

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Justin Thomas’ new Scotty Cameron T5 “JT” prototype putter

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Charl Schwartzel’s custom Artisan prototype irons

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Dylan Fritelli’s ridiculously expensive 1-of-1 Callaway Apex TCB sand wedge

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Bryson DeChambeau’s custom 5-degree Cobra King LTDx driver

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Ben Hogan’s old aluminum prototype iron, with custom grooves

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Adam Scott’s 1-of-1 Miura irons, with his logo on them

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Gary Woodland’s long (very, very long) neck Scotty Cameron putter

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Tony Finau’s heartwarming, hilarious and practical ball markings

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Justin Rose shows off a new Axis1 prototype putter

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Charlie Woods uses an old backup Scotty Cameron putter that once  belonged to his father, Tiger Woods

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Former NBA superstar Penny Hardaway’s incredible custom golf clubs

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Rickie Fowler’s custom Cobra putter, celebrating his daughter

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A look inside Annika Sorenstam’s 2022 custom setup

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Tommy Gainey’s Odyssey Backstryke putter

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A perfect look at Tiger Woods’ custom TaylorMade MG3 Raw TW Grind sand wedge

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The wear mark on Jason Dufner’s old Titleist 915F 7-wood face

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Jim Furyk’s old Cleveland wedge, with tons of offset

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John Daly’s wild club setup at the 2022 PGA Championship

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NBA player J.R. Smith plays pro-am with an unbelievably cool purple Bettinardi putter

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Justin Thomas’ father Mike has an awesome Vokey wedge

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Scottie Scheffler signs with TaylorMade, finally replaces Nike VR Pro Limited fairway wood

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The wild story behind Tom Hoge’s custom Odyssey White Hot OG 2-ball putter

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Piretti’s 1-of-200 custom Augusta National putters

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Ryuji Imada makes PGA Tour return with a Titleist Bullseye putter

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Charl Schwartzel’s Scotty Cameron Catalina Classic putter, with Wilson lead tape in the back pocket

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Henrik Stenson’s classic Callaway Legacy Black irons

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Swag Golf’s custom headcover celebrating Hideki Matsuyama’s Masters victory

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Richard Bland was still using a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast fairway wood

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Webb Simpson’s Titleist 680 MB “5.5 iron”

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Tiger Woods signed 2000s Scotty Cameron putter attracting huge bids at auction

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Tiger Woods’ personal Red Dot Scotty Cameron backup putter is  now up for auction.

Golden Age Auctions has listed the putter starting at $5,000. As of Friday at around 07:00 AM E.T., the bidding has reached $72,104.00. The bidding is to remain open for seventeen days.

The listing states:

“This coveted 2000s Tiger Woods backup putter has become the marquee modern golf collectible. There are only a handful of pieces of sports memorabilia that we can be relatively certain will be collected for centuries – Babe Ruth’s bat; Muhammad Ali’s gloves; Michael Jordan’s shoes. When it comes to golf, there’s one such item that we would add to the list above all others – Tiger Woods’ red dot Scotty Cameron putter.”

It must be noted that this is not the putter than Tiger used in the prime of his career to win most of his major championships. Tiger is still using that putter today, and it’s estimated that his primary Scotty Cameron could be worth up to $10 million.

While the putter is a backup, Woods still would have used the putter quite often during practice. There were very few of these putters made specifically for Tiger, which explains why the price is still rising on the putter despite it never being Woods’ primary flatstick.

The G.O.A.T was in possession of this putter until 2005, when he autographed the face and then auctioned it at a fundraiser. The event raised money for the foundation’s first TGR Learning Lab campus.

This marks the first time since 2005 that this putter has been put to auction.

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