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A deep dive into Wyndham Clark’s unique U.S. Open-winning gear setup (more than just the putter!)



With all of the hype surrounding Wyndham Clark’s putter at the 2023 U.S. Open, it’s easy to forget he had 13 other clubs in the bag during his first major championship victory.

While I’ve admittedly written plenty about his putter myself – here, here, and even here – I also wanted to understand more about the rest of his gear. Let’s remember, Clark turned a chaotic LACC course setup and stacked Sunday leaderboard into somewhat of a final-round snoozer down the stretch with his powerful and reliable cut shot. It obviously wasn’t just the putter that separated him from the field. And while Twitter may have led you to believe the course was nothing but a birdie fest, Clark was the only player to finish double digits under par for the week.

If Clark was under the radar for the general golfing audience before (even after his 2023 Wells Fargo Championship win), he’s not anymore.

A quick look into his stats helps to show that Clark’s first major championship win was actually bubbling just beneath the surface, and he was poised to explode on the scene to the mainstream.

So far in the 2022-2023 PGA Tour season, Clark, a Titleist staffer, ranks 14th in Strokes Gained: Total, 25th in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green, 6th in Driving Distance (314.6 yards), 19th in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, and 19th in Greens in Regulation percentage (68.02 percent). He’s also ranked 5th in Club Head Speed, averaging 123.44 mph per drive. Pretty casually, too.

The guy is a ball striker, through-and-through. He’s also worked hard over the past year or so with Titleist tour rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck – along with Clark’s coach/caddie John Ellis – to dial in his equipment to optimize his swing and ball flight.

I caught up with Van Wezenbeeck on Wednesday at the 2023 Travelers Championship (just days after the 2023 U.S. Open) to learn more about Clark’s Titleist setup and recent changes.

Here’s what Van Wezenbeeck had to say about Clark’s 2023 U.S. Open-winning setup.

Andrew Tursky: I heard that Wyndham may have made a big lie angle change with the irons about a year ago? What impact have Clark’s lie angles played on his iron game?

J.J. Van Wezenbeeck, Titleist: Yeah. He and his caddie John spent a lot of time on their swing, and we decided to move lie angles – we actually moved them twice over the last year, moving things a little flatter from where they had them. [Wyndham and John] are really good at letting ball flight dictate lie angles, so they work a lot on start lines and hitting different golf shots.

When his swing gets too fade-biased, they hit hooks on the range. When it gets too neutral, they hit big cuts on the range, and they’ll use ball flight to help with lie angle.

Do you remember what the lie angle changes were, like, one degree upright to three degrees flat, or something like that?

J.J.: I don’t think it’s even that basic…it’s been a scenario where it’s a little here, and then a lot there. Every club wasn’t the same. It’s a one-by-one situation.

It’s not, ‘I’m a one flat guy.’

Each club has its own unique lie angle to promote the flight that they want.

In general, what does shifting a lie angle flat do for a golf swing?

J.J.: Typically, it’s going to shift your start lines farther to the right for a right-handed golfer. So, as we move upright, we’re going to just shift that start line left. As we move flat, we’re gonna shift that start line to the right. And so as they were working on different things in his swing, they just wanted to get those start lines to match the patterns that he was creating.

And then with his driver, he’s not an A1 setting type guy. How is his driver set up, and why?

J.J.: Yeah, so for a player who’s predominantly cut-biased, when we first started working together, he was testing some product at the end of 2021.

He wanted some help on his heel miss, so utilizing that SureFit track, we’re able to put the weight all the way in the heel. He’s in that H2 position, so when he does heel strike it, it doesn’t over-cut on him. It helps stabilize that ball speed and flight for him.

And then can you just give people an idea of what Wyndham Clark is like on the launch monitor? What stands out?

J.J.: It’s fun to watch. His ability for a player with that speed to hit a variety of golf shots on command – there’s a few players I’ve worked with in the past that he reminds me of, because his stock shot will be kind of in the mid-to-upper 180s, with a little more spin than some of these players on the PGA Tour have. But he has the ability to hit a draw and drop his spin, and get into the upper 180s with high launch and low spin. So he works a middle-cut all the way to a high straight ball that allows him to take advantage of different holes.

So he’s impressive on the range, and he’s one of those players that we all kind of knew the skill set when you see the short game shots he can hit, the iron shots he can hit, and how well he hits a driver. It was a matter of time, and I think there’s a lot of discussion around the PGA Tour that when he got his first win, it was going to unlock a lot more.

Anything else that stands out about Wyndham’s clubs?

J.J.: Well, he plays [True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X7 shafts] in his irons. So he’s in that really heavy, really stiff scenario with his irons. He has large grips, so he’s trying to do a lot to stabilize flight. And then I think that utility-iron build in his longest iron, in a T200, you see how versatile that was around the U.S. Open for him where he can flight it off the tee, but then he can hit high soft ones that he had to use on a few of the par 3’s and into some par 5’s.

To see Wyndham Clark’s full 2023 WITB, click here!

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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.



  1. Mike

    Jun 23, 2023 at 8:56 pm


  2. P

    Jun 22, 2023 at 10:42 pm

    Yawnnnnn…// they never give us the actual stats. Face angle/launch angle/ spin loft/spin/path etc etc
    Give us the stats

  3. Alan

    Jun 22, 2023 at 5:40 pm

    Other golfwrx writers take note. This is an article. And he didn’t repost anything from twitter or insta

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (11/30/23): Artisan MB irons



At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of Artisan MB irons.

From the seller: (@Brandan): “Artisan MB 4-P. Matte black modus 120s. Close to mint condition. $1800 OBO.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Artisan MB irons

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Will Zalatoris switches to L.A.B. Mezz.1 Max broomstick putter at Hero World Challenge



Prior to getting back surgery in April of 2023, Will Zalatoris had established himself as one of the premiere ball strikers in golf. In his last full season on the PGA Tour (the 2021-2022 season), he ranked 3rd in Strokes Gained: Total, 11th in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, 1st in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green and 13th in Driving Distance.

Simply put, Zalatoris stripes the ball.

On the greens, however, Zalatoris has had well-documented struggles, especially on short putts, and he ranked just 103rd in Strokes Gained: Putting in the 2021-2022 PGA Tour season.

His putting has always been his big question mark, but during the seven-month recovery period from surgery, Zalatoris has taken measures to rectify those issues.

Following in the footsteps of L.A.B. Golf putter users Lucas Glover, Adam Scott, and Camilo Villegas, Zalatoris showed up to the 2023 Hero World Challenge using an L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 Max broomstick putter, as reported by

Previously, Zalatoris used an armlock-style putter, but it seems that Zalatoris is hopeful for the new broomstick style, which helps with both his stroke, and alleviating pressure off his surgically-repaired back.


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“I ordered a couple armlocks [from L.A.B.], and they ended up sending me a couple of broomsticks, and it took me probably three months before I was actually able to start practicing with it,” Zalatoris told “But immediately, I loved it. I can see the line so much better. It’s just more comfortable, too…I mean, I know I was a pretty streaky putter. I mean, I’d always be a zero-strokes-gained guy, but I’d blow a few short ones here and there. But so far so good…the misses are just so much better.”

As Glover, Scott and Villegas have found out themselves, the L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 Max putters use “Lie Angle Balanced” technology to ensure stability throughout the stroke. The winged-mallet putter heads are designed with a multi-material construction, consisting of 6061 aircraft aluminum bodies, and a 303 stainless steel midsection. They’re also individually weighted to help achieve lie-angle balance for each intended user, and the crowns have contrasting lines to help ensure proper alignment to the target.

Glover won back-to-back events at 2023 Wyndham Championship and the 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship in August using the L.A.B. putter, and Villegas captured a win of his own at the 2023 Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

Maybe, just maybe, Zalatoris has found the answer to his putting woes, too. Surely he’ll need a few tournament reps before getting back into prime playing condition, but we’ll get a good look at his new broomstick putting stroke this week as he puts it to the test for the first time in competition following back surgery.

Head over to to read the full report on Zalatoris’ putter switch

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What you need to know about Tiger Woods’ new Graphite Design Tour AD-VF driver shaft



Tiger Woods is making his PGA Tour return at the 2023 Hero World Challenge this week, which marks the first time we’ll see him tee it up in competition since the 2023 Masters.

On Tuesday, we spotted Woods in the Bahamas using a new, unreleased TaylorMade Qi10 LS driver prototype equipped with a new Graphite Design Tour AD-VF 6 X red and black shaft.

Back in September, if you remember, Justin Thomas switched into a Graphite Design Tour AD-VF 5 X shaft in his Titleist TSR3 driver. Thomas wanted a longer driver option, and he found 15 more yards thanks to the new 45.625-inch driver.

This week, Woods showed up with the same shaft model (just slightly heavier and stiffer, due to the shorter length compared to Thomas).

So, what is it about this AD-VF shaft that’s attracting top names such as Thomas and Woods?

According to Graphite Design’s website, the AD-VF metalwood shafts have a “FIRM+” butt section, a “STIFF” mid-section, and a “VERY STIFF” tip section.

The “VF” stands for “Victory Force,” and the design promotes a low/mid launch, with low spin. The shafts, which are designed and manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan Factory, use “TORAYCA M40X” pre-preg material in the butt section, and “TORAYCA T1100G” pre-preg in the mid/tip sections to produce better control, stability, and feel.

Here’s how the AD-VF shaft compares to other shafts in the Graphite Design family, according to the company’s website, and as you can see, it’s as stiff as anything Graphite Design offers across the butt, mid, and tip sections. Reductively, you could call it the “stiffest shaft in the lineup.”

As a reminder, Woods most recently gamed the Fujikura Ventus Black with a TaylorMade Stealth Plus head at the Masters in April.

Woods is set to tee off on Thursday at 11:52 a.m. EST alongside Justin Thomas.

See Tiger Woods’ full WITB at the 2023 Hero World Challenge

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