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TOUR REPORT: J.R. Smith’s purple Bettinardi, JT’s new 1-of-1 Scotty, and Ping Raw wedges spotted

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Welcome to Wilmington Country Club in Delaware, host site of the 2022 BMW Championship. While the golf media was abuzz this week over a secretive player meeting that Tiger Woods flew in to attend, I was busy checking out the equipment that BMW Championship participants had in the bag.

Unexpectedly for this time of year, there were plenty of interesting gear switches, new products spotted, and fresh custom one-off prototypes to hold us over until next season. Justin Thomas made a surprising putter change, we dove into former NBA player J.R. Smith’s golf bag to find an unbelievable (and very purple) 1-of-1 putter, and Ping unveiled fresh raw wedges.

Let’s stop wasting time and get right into this week’s Tour Report from the BMW Championship.

JT’s ultra-custom Scotty Cameron putter

 

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It seemed that Justin Thomas was perfectly content with his custom 1-of-1 Scotty Cameron Phantom T5 putter that he used to win the 2022 PGA Championship. That was until Tuesday at the BMW Championship when the Scotty Cameron rep delivered him another custom 1-of-1 T5 Proto with a custom black sole plate, his logo in the back cavity, a custom Tour Only “Thumb’s Up” logo and his initials on the outer toe, cherry bombs on the back bumpers, a knuckle neck, and a lightly milled face with some more cherry bombs on it.

Tough life switching from one custom Tour Only putter to another, huh?

The custom additions are undeniably awesome, especially if you’re JT, but the real purpose for the switch is the shorter length; the new 1-of-1 is 0.5 inches shorter than the old one. He’s switching from 34.5 inches into 34 inches.

JT explained his reasoning for the shorter length on Wednesday, saying his arms and shoulders sit more comfortably with a slightly shorter length.

 

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GolfWRX profiled the switch over on PGATOUR.com’s Equipment Report this week.

More in-hand photos of JT’s new putter here

Ping unveils new Glide Pro Forged Raw wedges

It’s been years since Ping has offered a raw wedge option, but with enough player demand on Tour, Ping finally delivered. This week, Ping unveiled a slew of Glide Forged Pro Raw wedge options for Tour players. Joaquin Niemann and Taylor Moore wasted no time putting a set of them in the bag.

According to Ping Tour rep Kenton Oates, the raw wedges will rust over time, so we’ll keep an eye on how long that takes and update with photos at a later juncture. Until then, enjoy the photos of Niemann’s wedges below, or check out the full lineup of lofts and grinds here.

NBA star J.R. Smith’s purple Bettinardi, and full WITB

 

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J.R. Smith showed up at the 2022 BMW Championship Pro-Am with dyed orange hair, a matching orange sweater, and a Rolex watch with the diamonds dancing. It was his putter that stole the show, though.

We went deep into the details of the putter over on PGATOUR.com, with comments from J.R. himself, so if you want more info than just the photos, I suggest checking that out. But if you get stuck fawning over the in-hand photos, I completely understand.

Between J.R. and JT this week, it’d be a tough decision which custom one-off putter I like better. I’ll leave that argument to the comments instead.

J.R. Smith WITB

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (8 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist TSi3 (20 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 95 X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9 iron)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Onyx X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (46-10F, 52-12F, 56-10S and 60-04L)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Onyx X100

Putter: Bettinardi Inovai 6.0 “J.R. Smith” custom purple

No Laying Up co-founder Chris “Soly” Solomon makes an appearance

While some may argue Solomon needs a putter upgrade or re-shaft ASAP, I personally believe…well, you’re probably right. That being said, I love the look and character of old and used equipment so much that I’ll give him a pass. Plus, it takes some serious Tour Sauce to show up to a Pro-Am with that flatstick.

In case you don’t know who he is, Solomon is the co-founder and co-host of the No Laying Up podcast. He played alongside J.R. Smith and Tony Finau in the Wednesday Pro-Am, and he was flashing some really cool, old-school inspired headcovers.

Check out all the photos of Soly’s gear here 

Additional photos from Boise

While I was holding it down on the east coast at the BMW Championship, GolfWRX photographer Greg Moore was out in Idaho covering the 2022 Albertsons Boise Open.

And cover it he did.

Greg took 27 photo galleries full of WITB photos, as well as 5 other general galleries, and a forum thread of Scotty Cameron’s custom potato headcovers.

If you wanted Korn Ferry Tour photos, you definitely got them this week. Check out all of the photos here.

Cameron Young’s absurd driver numbers

 

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I’d be curious to know whether Cameron Young would be willing to trade driver launch numbers with me. I don’t have much else to add, those numbers are perfect.

And with that, we say goodbye to Delaware…and Boise. We’ll see you next week in Hotlanta for the Tour Championship where the big money is on the line.

See all of our photos from the BMW Championship and Alberstons Boise Open

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TOUR REPORT: Inside the huge equipment news from the 2022 Fortinet Championship

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Welcome to this week’s Tour Report from the 2022 Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, California, where HUGE equipment news was going down.

If you’ve been following along to my weekly Tour Reports here on GolfWRX.com, then you know I’ve been reporting on the new and custom gear we see each week out on Tour.

This week, I’m trying something a little different by putting all of the gear news into a video version of the Tour Report. Watch the video at the top of the story to check it out. You’re still getting a look at all of our photos, and I’m still providing information about the equipment discussed…it’s just in a video format.

I’m all about what’s best for GolfWRX fans, though, so I’m looking for feedback on the first Tour Report video. What are your thoughts? Do you like the new format? My goal is to provide the best user experience possible when highlighting the coolest and newest gear that we see on the PGA Tour each week. I hope you enjoy the first Tour Report video from Napa, and if you don’t, let us know why in the comments!

Don’t forget to check out all of our photo galleries from the 2022 Fortinet Championship below. If you want a more extended discussion from the week, listen in to our new Two Guys Talking Golf podcast.

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We’ll see you next week at the Presidents Cup for more gear coverage!

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Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama make big gear changes in Napa

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Andrew Tursky was on site at the Fortinet Championship this week and got all he could handle in terms of new equipment news. There were new irons, drivers, and even headcovers all over the range, so we had to dig into two of the biggest stories out there on this week’s Two Guys Talking Golf Podcast (give us a follow on Instagram: @tg2wrx).

Rickie Fowler’s new irons

Rickie Fowler has been changing a lot of equipment in his bag as he has struggled to get his golf game back into shape. We have seen him with different drivers, shafts, irons, and putters throughout the 2021-2022 season. Fowler has typically played some form of blade during his career, and Cobra even made him some signature Rev33 blades that were beautiful, but razor thin and intimidating for us mortal golfers.

Rickie showed up to the Fortinet with some brand new, unreleased, Cobra King Tour irons. The King Tour irons look a lot like the current Cobra King Tour MIM irons, and we can only assume that the new Tour will replace the MIM.

The interesting thing about the King Tour irons is that they look a little larger than his preferred blades and that they might have a little more ball speed and distance built into them. From the images you can tell there is a little slot behind the face that might be filled with some type of polymer.

Rickie didn’t get into the tech of the new King Tour irons but did tell Tursky that he was gaining around 3-4 yards on shots that he stuck low on the face. He finished the first round of the Fortinet Championship in the top four, so the new irons have seen some success under pressure. I know many of us hope to see Rickie back to form soon, and maybe these new King Tour irons can be the catalyst.

Hideki Matsuyama’s driver change

The other big story comes from a former Masters Champion testing out some new drivers on the range, Hideki Matsuyama. Matsuyama is well known as a golfer who loves to test and tinker with new golf equipment. Each week there is a good chance that he will have multiple drivers, irons, and fairways in the bag searching for the perfect club that week.

Earlier this week, Hideki was spotted with some new, unreleased, Srixon drivers out on the range in Napa. We spotted a few pros testing the new Srixon ZX7 MkII and ZX 5 MkII LS on the range.

Andrew spoke to the Srixon reps and learned Hideki has been trying the new drivers and seems to have settled on a Srixon ZX5 MkII in 10.5 degrees of loft (and his trusty Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 TX shaft).

The ZX5 MkII LS looks to have an adjustable weight on the sole that is moved far forward —closer to the face — to possibly lower the spin. We haven’t heard anything specific from Srixon on the new drivers, but with their recent success, we would expect to see some solid performance out of the line.

Check out the full TG2 podcast, below

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Tim O’Neal WITB 2022 (September)

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Driver: Titleist TSi2 (10 degrees @9.25)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 7 X

5-wood: Titleist TSi2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black Hybrid 9 TX

Irons: Titleist T200 (4), Titleist T100
Shafts: True Temper Tour White AMT X100 (4), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F @ 51), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (54-M @ 55, 58)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 125 Wedge

Putter: Odyssey Jailbird PT Customs

Grips: Golf Pride MCC, Lamkin Crossline Cord, Golf Pride Tour Velvet, Golf Pride MCC Align Plus4

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