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Rickie Fowler on his driver, shaft change at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from a piece we originally filed for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report. Head on over there for the full story, which also includes more from Fowler on his shaft change. 

He started the season using his previous Cobra Aerojet LS driver, equipped with a unique Mitsubishi Diamana Whiteboard prototype shaft, then switched into a new Cobra Darkspeed LS (Low-Spin) driver for The American Express, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and WM Phoenix Open. He then switched back into his Aerojet LS at The Genesis Invitational, and he switched yet again into a new Cobra Darkspeed X model – equipped with a new Project X Denali Black 70 TX shaft – at last week’s Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches.

The inconsistency with his driver choices has reflected in the stat sheet. For the season, he ranks just 167th on TOUR in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and 127th in Driving Accuracy.

Fowler has recognized the issue, and by putting the more forgiving Cobra Darkspeed X driver model into play, he’s aiming to hit more fairways.

“The LS head is really good; I was just struggling with it a little bit on dispersion and left-right,” Fowler said Tuesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. “I felt like the misses, I thought they could be a little tighter, and it was still pretty similar to Aerojet. It wasn’t like the LS wasn’t as good (as the Aerojet) or anything. And I would say that it was probably a little faster, but, a big thing out here is hitting fairways. So hitting out of the middle (of the face) it’s very good. I was just struggling with mishits.

“Yes, we do mishit them. And I just thought I could get a little tighter dispersion. So, that was where the thought of going and trying the X head. Just trying to get, like I said, a tighter window on mishits. And so with that head, there’s obviously different shape, different weighting, probably starting out, it’s maybe a touch more – or can be – not draw-biased, but have a little bit more left versus the LS.

“But I was just looking for some stability, something that I was going to be able to hit and trust to hit at the fairway more often. So that was kind of the main idea behind it. It was pretty solid last week. Trying to validate a little bit more.”

Fowler also found more forgiveness in the Denali shaft, further inspiring him to make this adjustment.

“Obviously, I’m a big fan of the Whiteboard; always have been,” Fowler said. “(Cobra Tour rep Ben Schomin) sent this Denali over. It felt pretty similar, maybe a little more stable. And so I went with that … it just matched up as a good combo, good feel, felt stable, had the forgiveness. The spin window is good. Heel shots weren’t spinning off the charts. Toe balls that were drawing weren’t getting too low. You know, it felt like I was able to hit shots, as far as lower flight, get it up in the air if I wanted to.”

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  1. Benny

    Mar 8, 2024 at 9:00 am

    what an awesome article. Thanks Wrx!

    Good stuff, really interesting to hear Ricky talk about this.

    It’s all so minute that a small degree can mean fairway or rough.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (5/22/24): Piretti Workshop Tesora putter

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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 Piretti Workshop Tesora putter.

From the seller: (@zwhitworth): “Piretti Workshop Tesora – KBS GPS Matte Black shaft and Ping PP58 non-cord grip. Playing 35”. Micro/skim milled face. Limited headcover. Includes weight kit and wrench. Some light wear marks (ready to game not mount on wall). Relisting with a huge price drop –$800.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Piretti Workshop Tesora putter

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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Min Woo Lee WITB 2024 (May)

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  • Min Woo Lee what’s in the bag accurate as of Charles Schwab Challenge. 

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond S (10.5 degrees @9.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond HL (16.5 degrees @15.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 9 X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex Pro (20 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue HB 8 X

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (2), Callaway Apex MB (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White (2), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (50-10S, ), Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (56-14F @55), WedgeWorks (60-T)
Shafts: Nippon NS Pro Modus3

Putter: Odyssey Ai-One Milled Six T DB
Shaft: Odyssey Stroke Lab 70
Grip: SuperStroke Zenergy Claw 1.0

Grips: Grip Master

Check out more in-hand photos of Min Woo Lee’s clubs here.

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Talor Gooch WITB 2024 (May)

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Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees @7.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 80 TX

3-wood: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D-Plus 80 TX

Hybrid: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 (20 degrees @19)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue ATX 105h TX

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (22 degrees), Callaway X Forged CB (4-6), Callaway Apex MB (7-9)
Shafts: Nippon Modus3 Tour 125 X

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (46-10S, 52-10S, 56-10S, 60-08)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Two
Shaft: Odyssey Stroke Lab

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

More photos of Talor Gooch’s WITB in the forums.

 

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