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Last week, GolfWRX.com officially launched its new club testing video series called “Modern Classics,” in partnership with 2nd Swing Golf.

In the eight-episode series, we take a look at eight of the most popular older/used clubs that are still being played on the PGA Tour and are currently available at 2nd Swing for a fraction of the cost of new equipment.

Under the watchful eye of expert 2nd Swing club fitter Cliff Walzak, GolfWRX’s Head of Tour Content Andrew Tursky tested each of the eight clubs against his modern gamers.

For the first episode that launched last week, we highlighted the classic TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC 2011 irons that are played on the PGA Tour by Daniel Berger.

This week, Tursky tests out the Adams Idea Pro Tour Prototype hybrids, which were first released in 2006 and are currently available at 2nd Swing for $59.99 each. The hybrids have certainly withstood the test of time since they’re still being used by the legendary Bernhard Langer on the Champions Tour. For proof, check out Langer’s 2022 WITB from the recent Charles Schwab Championship.

In the video above, Tursky tests out the Adams Idea Pro Tour Prototype against a current, modern hybrid. Walzak and Tursky then break down the numbers, and assign a value rating.

Enjoy the video!

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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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  4. Members Bounce

    Jan 24, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    They don’t make ‘em like they used to. This club survived a tomahawk heave down 18 last weekend after a rope hook OB. I hit it better than ever the next day.

  5. Mo

    Jan 24, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    I still have my 24* og Peanut with Alta X flex shaft straight from the Tour Van. Best hybrids ever made imo. I recall some of the Peanut heads selling for as high as $500 a piece back in the good ole days of “Tour Issue” equipment.

  6. Eric

    Jan 24, 2023 at 8:54 am

    Love this series

  7. Moe Greene

    Jan 24, 2023 at 1:30 am

    You got the retail top. The best was the PNT which has a grey matte top. I have one. It’s awesome and clean.

  8. JungleJimbo

    Jan 24, 2023 at 12:45 am

    Tursky: Nice job on the video w.r.t. Adams Idea Pro “Tour Prototype” hybrid. But please ask your video/audio editor to have a 2nd look (2nd-listen?) to the audio — the equalization is creating extremely-loud peaks i.e. it’s distracting from the actual video, to have to keep the hand on the volume knob, to tone-down the sudden volume peaks!

  9. Jefferson

    Jan 24, 2023 at 12:18 am

    Still got mine! Best ever. May have to get them out and bang then about!

  10. CrashTestDummy

    Jan 23, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    Definitely still a legit club. I still have the Adams A7 with UST Mamiya Axivcore 85 shaft. The shaft is really the standout for me. It is a lower torque counterbalanced hybrid shaft that really holds up well to aggressive swings. Definitely not a noodle shaft.

  11. Max

    Jan 23, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    Still Playing my Adams Boxer Pro Gold 20* hybrid. Ive tried to replace it a number of times over the years, but Im not chasing distance with a 20* hybrid, I want it to fit into a slot between my longest iron and a fair way wood. The club is the most reliable in my bag, and the one I can hit straight most consistently. Tight lies, tee box, rough – doesnt matter. I even find on many par 5’s I know I cant reach in 2, Ill just go ahead and hit it off the tee and then for my second – easy recipe for birdie attempts and stress free pars.

  12. Chris Hartman

    Jan 23, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    I just built up a 16* and 20* version of this club. One was $20 off ebay for a head only, the other was $25 with a generic regular flex shaft. absolutely love hitting these.

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Matteo Manassero WITB 2024 (June)

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (10 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSR2 (15 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ

Hybrid: Titleist TSR3 (19 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ Hybrid 85 X

Irons: Titleist U505 (2), Titleist T200 (4), Titleist T100 (4-PW)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ Hybrid 95 X (2), Project X 6.5 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (50-08F, 54-10S), WedgeWorks (58-A+)
Shafts: Project X Wedge 6.5

Putter: Scotty Cameron SB-2

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Align

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

See more in-hand photos of Matteo Manassero’s clubs here.

 

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Patrick Cantlay switched driver, irons ahead of the U.S. Open

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of an article our Andrew Tursky filed for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report. Patrick Cantlay abruptly ended his brief experiment with Ping Blueprint S irons, returning to his previous gamers. He also elected to upgrade to Titleist’s new GT2 driver. Read the full piece here.

Cantlay’s familiar 718 AP2 irons are unique because they have custom grinds on their leading edges, helping Cantlay achieve the precise turf interaction he prefers at impact.

Irons aren’t the only news coming out of Cantlay’s equipment setup this week at the 2024 U.S. Open, however.

Cantlay conducted lengthy driver testing on-site at Pinehurst this week between his older TSR2 driver model, and Titleist’s new GT2 model.

Then, on Wednesday afternoon, he posted a photo of the new GT2 driver to his Instagram, likely confirming the winner of his driver tests. As an equipment free agent, Cantlay’s post on social media says a lot about how much he likes the new driver.

As per our previous Equipment Report, PGA TOUR pros are seeing increased distance, more consistent spin rates, and a more muted sound from Titleist’s new, unreleased drivers thus far. Additionally, Titleist Tour rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck told GolfWRX.com on Wednesday at the U.S. Open that pros are gravitating toward the GT2 model due to its ease of launch, forgiveness, and overall head shape at address, in addition to the previously mentioned upgrades in the GT lineup.

Read the full piece here.

*featured image via Patrick Cantlay on Instagram. 

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Club Junkie WITB league night, week 9: Looking for forgiveness

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Last week was tough in some windy conditions, so this week, BK is going with a more forgiving setup. Some Ping irons lay the foundation and the PXG Black Ops 7-wood is a great option for use off the tee.

Driver: Cobra Darkspeed X (10.5 degrees, neutral setting)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Lin-Q M40x TSPX Blue 6F5

3-wood: Mizuno ST-Z 230 (15 degrees, -1 setting)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green RDX 75 6.5

7-wood: PXG 0311 Black Ops (21 degrees, -1 loft, flat)
Shaft: Nippon Regio Formula MB+ 75x

4-iron: Titleist T200
Shaft: Aerotech Steelfiber i110cw Stiff

Irons: Ping i230 (5-PW)
Shaft: Fujikura Axiom 105s

Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (50.08F)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Dart V 105 Wedge F4

Wedge: TaylorMade MG4 TW (56-12)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold TI 115 Wedge

Wedge: TaylorMade MG4 TW (60-11)
Shaft:True Temper Dynamic Gold TI 115 Wedge

Putter: L.A.B. Mezz.1 Max
Shaft: Accra x L.A.B. Graphite

Ball: Titleist ProV1 Enhanced Alignment

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