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10 takeaways from a WILD week in equipment at The 2022 CJ Cup (Shane Lowry used 5 different putters!)

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Welcome to this week’s Tour Report from the 2022 CJ Cup in South Carolina. In case you missed our Two Guys Talking Golf podcast, it was a wild week for golf equipment at Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, South Carolina.

New equipment got launched, clubs got broken, big switches went down, and a player’s agent even had to “borrow” a club from a course member’s bag. I’ll recap all of it down below so you don’t miss any of the gear entertainment from the 2022 CJ Cup in South Carolina.

Let’s get into this week’s Tour Report:

1) Scottie Scheffler switches out his Masters-winning putter

The week started with a shocker from Scheffler, who was the world No. 1 golfer when the week started. On Tuesday ahead of the event, we spotted Scheffler testing out a new Scotty Cameron T-5.5 Proto mallet putter, which ultimately replaced his previous Scotty Cameron Special Select Tour Type GSS proto blade putter that he started using at the beginning of 2022 (he won 4 times with the old putter in 2022, including the 2022 Masters).

It just goes to show, even winning the Masters with a putter doesn’t mean it’s exempt from getting benched when the putts stop dropping.

Scheffler discussed the switch in-depth, and I covered the full story over on PGATOUR.com. For more photos and discussion of the putter, check out this GolfWRX Forum thread.

2) Shane Lowry speaks on new Cleveland-Srixon gear

Lowry’s bag was packed with previously unseen Cleveland-Srixon equipment when we shot a full WITB with him on Wednesday. Luckily for us, Lowry was willing to share some of his initial thoughts and insight on the new equipment here.

3) Lowry’s five-putter event, explained

On Wednesday, we shot photos of Lowry’s Odyssey White Hot Pro 2-ball putter. It was the same putter he used to win the 2022 BMW Championship in September, and he still had it in the bag on Wednesday at Congaree.

In an innocent kicking accident on the 9th hole on Thursday, however, Lowry’s putter broke. He was forced to use his lob wedge for 2 holes, then he finished the round using a Scotty Cameron putter that his agent took from a course member’s bag (don’t worry, they returned the putter).

The following day, Odyssey shipped a White Hot OG 2-ball putter to a local PGA Superstore, which was an hour away in Bluffton. When Lowry went to the Superstore to pick up the putter, he also bought a backup version for $229.99.

He used the White Hot OG putter that Odyssey sent to him during Friday’s round.

Then, on Sunday, Lowry was spotted using an Odyssey DFX 2-ball putter. That means Lowry used 4 different putters during The 2022 CJ Cup, including his original White Hot Pro 2-ball, the borrowed Scotty Cameron, a White Hot OG 2-ball, and a DFX 2-ball. PLUS, he used a lob wedge to putt for two holes, bringing the tally to 5. Five “putters” in one event! That has to be a record. It simply has to be.

4) Tom Kim goes deep on his putter and putter shaft

Budding superstar Tom Kim has been using ultra-custom Scotty Cameron putters and LA Golf putter shafts throughout his record-setting start on the PGA Tour; Tiger Woods and the 20-year-old Kim are the only two golfers to have multiple PGA Tour wins before turning 21 years old.

We went in-depth with Kim on the backstories to his putter choices over on PGATOUR.com.

4) Tommy Fleetwood faces a dilemma

On Wednesday, we caught up with Fleetwood, who was still deciding between a custom TaylorMade TP Juno putter, and a custom Scotty Cameron Buttonback Masterful putter.

He told GolfWRX that he liked the TaylorMade putter a lot, but he was seeing a bit too much loft. The Scotty Cameron, due to the insert, was presenting a touch less loft, according to Fleetwood.

Ultimately, Fleetwood decided to use the TaylorMade Juno this week at Congaree.

5) Bettinardi reveals new prototype putters

As part of its tour-custom Hexperimental series, Bettinardi launched three prototype mallet putters this week on the PGA Tour (including a lefty version).

Check out all of the Bettinardi Hexperimental prototype putters here.

6) Cam Young’s wild week of equipment

Like Lowry, the long-hitting Cam Young had quite a roller coaster of a week in equipment.

Prior to the event, Young switched into a new Titleist TSR2+ 14.5-degree 3-wood, and a TSR2 5-wood, each of which are equipped with incredibly stiff shafts. He also switched into a SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 2.0 putter grip on his custom Scotty Cameron putter. I asked him about all the changes on Wednesday, to which he replied:

“Yeah, just some tinkering,” Young said in his press conference. “The 3-wood and 5-wood I just feel like I haven’t — I don’t hit the 3-wood very often. I had a 4-wood and I just didn’t hit it that often, so we were just looking to change the setup a little bit to give me some more options. I didn’t play great last week, but those changes we made in those clubs I think worked out really nicely. I kind of like the way that they worked for me in the tournament. And the putter grip is just, I’m always tinkering with something, just trying something new.”

If all the changes weren’t enough, there was more gear news from Young during The CJ Cup.

As the story goes, Young felt like something was off with his driver head on Friday, so he borrowed a driver from Webb Simpson for Saturday’s round. It was a Titleist TSi3 9.5-degree head, and Young switched out the shaft for his gamer Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White 70 TX shaft.

Check out the full story here.

7) Hideki makes a driver shaft change

Hideki Matsuyama tests numerous driver shafts every week, so that’s nothing new, but he typically plays the event with a Graphite Design Tour AD-DI orange shaft in his driver. This week, however, he switched into a Fujikura Ventus Black 8TX driver shaft to lower spin.

9) Kisner’s switch

For years, Kisner had been using Callaway Apex Pro Forged irons, equipped with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 125 shafts. On Wednesday, though, we spotted Kisner with a bag full of Callaway Apex TCB irons, each with a custom sole grind, and equipped with Nippon N.S. LSL3 115-gram shafts.

According to a Callaway rep, Kisner was searching for a slightly higher launch and more spin. Kisner was also spotted with a Wilson driver in play this week.

And, with that, we conclude this week’s Tour Report from The 2022 CJ Cup in South Carolina.

Don’t forget to check out all of our photos from this week, and tune into the latest Two Guys Talking Golf podcast below!

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VRST Golf unveils new clothing line for 2023

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This week, a new golf clothing line was announced by VRST Golf.

The brand launched in 2021 and is a men’s apparel line that brings style and versatility to both the athlete and everyday man, where pieces can be worn for training to casually getting around town.

With the Golf season right around the corner, their first-ever golf collection brings modern style that can be worn on-course and off. You can find all of the available items here: VRST

VRST Golf offers versatile and trendy golf tops, bottoms, and layering pieces. The line provides styling options for the versatile golfer with gear that goes beyond the course. The collection is now available online and at select DICK’S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy locations and will be expanding to over 180 store locations by end of February.

Check out VRST’s launch video here:

 

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Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K lineup now includes mallets

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What you need to know: In January 2022, in the name of creating a blades with the MOI of mallets and forward CG, Odyssey threw everything at the wall with the Tri-Hot 5K family of blade putters: stainless steel, tungsten, 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. A year later, the company is bringing the same technology package to mallets with the Rossie and Seven models. The Tri-Hot 5K lineup now stands at seven putters (four with multiple necks).

2023 Odyssey Tri-Hot putters: Features and technology

Engineers applied the “Tri-Hot formula” utilized in blade putters in 2022 to move CG forward and raise MOI for a more forgiving mallet design — and a 5,000 IZZ inertia level (hence “5K”). Golfers will see improved speed and spin control, as well as consistency on off-center hits, according to the company, resulting in golf balls that finish closer to the hole when sub-optimally struck.

Stainless steel front: Odyssey touts the side-spin reducing capabilities of the 303 stainless steel hosel and face area for off-center putts. Tighter dispersion and putts that a more likely to go in results. Acting in a complementary fashion, the rear of the mallets are milled for tighter shape and weight tolerances that allows the CG to remain forward.

Tungsten front weights: Up to 120 grams of tungsten is positioned behind the face in the heel and toe sections of the putter heads. The resulting forward CG improves roll and increases inertia.

Interchangeable front weights: Available in 5, 10, 15 and 20 grams to dial in head weight and performance.

White Hot insert: 2023 Tri-Hot 5K putters add the iconic two-part urethane White Hot insert, which was originally developed using the same material as Callaway’s Rule 35 golf ball. White Hot, with its “firm but soft” properties has been a long-time favorite of Callaway staffers and recreational golfers. According to Callaway, “They’ve been asking for us to bring these technologies back and we’ve listened.” Can’t argue with that.

Stroke Lab shaft: The newest generation of Callaway’s multi-material Stroke Lab shaft features a shortened steel section and reduced weight (seven grams). Additionally it is stiffer. All of this leads to more stability and consistency.

Additional model details

Full lineup details — and who they’re for — including 2022 releases, via Callaway. 

One: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation

Two: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation. Less rounded than the One.

Three: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a flow neck hosel yielding more toe hang making it suitable for strokes with more aggressive swing arc and face rotation

Double Wide (CH, CB): CH: A wide blade with a crank neck hosel yielding moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes with moderate swing arc and face rotation. CS: Face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation

Triple Wide (DB, CS): DB: A face-balanced double bend wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation. CS: A face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation.

Rossie: (DB, S): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S: A mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation.

Seven (DB, S, CH): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S:  mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation. CH: a mallet with a crank hosel, suitable for strokes with moderate arc and face rotation.

Pricing and availability

At retail: March 2, 2022

Price: $399.99

Standard grip: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Pistol

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Best players irons of 2023 – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best ‘Players’ irons of 2023. WRXer ‘odshot68’ kicks off the thread saying, “Looking to get a new set of players irons this spring and wondering what you guys like. Distance control is very important; I’m not a fan of irons with hotspots,” and our members have been selecting their favorites from recent releases in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • noodle3872: “Titleist T100/T100S should be in the conversation.”
  • sadclevelandsports: “I love my T100s, but recently tried the new Cobra CBs, and they are just as high quality.”
  • edwelly: “I have been fortunate enough to have several nice sets of irons. A couple of Maura sets and, most recently, the Bridgestone J40s. Today I took out my new Srixon ZX5/ZX7s, and they are phenomenal irons. I cannot recommend those enough. “
  • KevCannon: “T100 should be on the shortlist to try.”

Entire Thread: “Best Players irons of 2023 – GolfWRXers discuss”

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