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Why Wesley Bryan is playing two 4-irons this week

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from a piece our Andrew Tursky originally wrote for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report. Head over there for the full article. 

…Flash forward to THE CJ CUP Byron Nelson 2024 at TPC Craig Ranch in Texas, and Bryan is still playing with a mixed Takomo set, except he’s added a new 101 U 4-iron, plus a Titleist T200 4-iron, and he’s dropping his 5-iron.

That bears repeating: Bryan is switching to an iron setup that consists of two 4-irons and no 5-iron.

On paper, that looks wrong, but when you look at yardage gapping instead of the number on the sole of the iron, things start to make more sense.

As Bryan explained to GolfWRX.com on Tuesday in Texas, his Takomo 301 CB 6-iron goes about 195-200 yards. Then, his new hollow-bodied Takomo 101U Driving Iron, which he recently started testing “a couple weeks ago” and bent about 2 degrees weak, goes about 220 yards, and the Titleist T200 4-iron goes about 235 yards.

Speaking on his new Takomo 101U Driving Iron, which sells for $119, Bryan had this to say:

“It’s super forgiving and launches high, and it has a bit longer of a profile to where it looks really good,” said Bryan. “If people are willing to play something that doesn’t have an expensive price tag on their club…[I started testing it] in the last couple weeks and it’s in the bag.

“I just made it like 2 degrees weaker. Basically that gap from 205 to 225 I was in a little bit of a dead space, so I’m going to try and fill that gap better.”

Check out Wesley Bryan’s full WITB here.

Read the rest of the article at PGATour.com. 

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  1. Martin Brown

    May 3, 2024 at 7:31 am

    I just made a change like this, with two 6 irons (albeit at lower swing speed). I had a combo set with 5i-7i Srixon ZX5 and 8i-PW ZX7. The 5i is a little tough for me to launch consistently, but I don’t like the 5h I have. So I’m replacing the ZX5 5i with a ZX4 MkII 6i head. This is a hollow head that comes in the right loft to gap with my 6i, and I built the club to 5i length and lie. So far so good. Caution: It can be a bit difficult to match swing weight and overall club weight when you do something like this.
    Question: Does anyone have a good solution for marking a club head like this (i.e. as “5i”)?

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Lucas Herbert WITB 2024 (May)

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (10.5 degrees @9)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70 6.5 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour (13.5 degrees @12.75)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour (18 degrees @17.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

Hybrid: Taylor Qi10 Tour (19.5 degrees @20.25 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 115 X

Irons: TaylorMade P770 UDI (4), TaylorMade P7TW (6-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 (48-09SB, 50-09SB, 56-12TW, 60)
Shafts:  True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo DB5

See the rest of Lucas Herbert’s WITB in the forums.

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Joaquin Niemann WITB 2024 (May)

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Driver: Ping G430 LST (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6 X

3-wood: Ping G430 Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X

7-wood: Ping G425 Max (20.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X

Hybrid: Ping G430 (26 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid

Irons: Ping Blueprint S (5-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Ping Glide s159 (52-12S, 56-12S, 60-10S)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Putter: Ping PLD Anser Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke PP60

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

More photos of Joaquin Niemann’s WITB in the GolfWRX forums.

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Three Swing Challenge: Testing the Mizuno ST-Max 230 driver

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GolfWRX’s resident Club Junkie, Brian Knudson, puts the Mizuno ST-Max 230 driver to the test in our new Three Swing Challenge.

Why three swings?

Many years ago, the legendary Barney Adams, founder of Adams Golf, told us this:

“My formula as a fitter was three shots only. I discounted No. 1 just because it was the first one, counted 100 percent of No. 2, and discounted No. 3, because the player was starting to adjust.”

This is in line with our experience, and we believe golfers can make a meaningful judgment about a club in just a few swings.

Let us know what you want to see in the challenge next!

Read more about the Mizuno ST-Max 230 driver here.

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