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Daniel Berger is using irons he bought “from some guy on the internet”



Back in 2020 when Daniel Berger became an equipment free agent, he switched into TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC irons that were released to the public in 2011. Berger found comfort and familiarity with the irons, probably because he first started playing them in high school.

In terms of modern classics, the TP MCs rank pretty high on the list. The forged cavity-back designs have a blade-like profile with a touch forgiveness, and they’re forged from 1025 carbon steel. A weight in the back cavity also helps to place center of gravity (CG) in the center of the heads. At their release, they were a great mix of precision and forgiveness for better players, and clearly, the designs have held up through the years.

The only problem with using irons from that long ago is finding backup heads. I mean, what happens when the grooves wear out or something happens to one of the irons? It’s not like Berger can go onto the TaylorMade tour truck and find a replacement, since the company doesn’t even manufacture the irons anymore.

So, Berger took to the social media. Some may think that’s an unlikely source to find fresh TP heads, but apparently, it worked. As of the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open, Berger is using irons that he purchased from someone on social media.

“I’ve got a couple different sets and they’ve come from all over the place,” Berger told GolfWRX on Monday at Torrey Pines. “I bought one set online… just from some guy on the internet, he messaged me online on social media. It’s a perfect set. I don’t know if he worked at TaylorMade at some point, but the box and everything was from TaylorMade…they were brand new.”

And that wasn’t the only set Berger received, either.

“Then a lot of the other ones I’ve got have been just from people reaching out, and friends and family,” Berger said. “But yeah, it’s worked out. I’ve got plenty of backups.”

It’s not everyday on the PGA Tour that you see a guy playing with irons he found online. You just gotta love the internet.

If you’re looking to browse the Internet for a golf club purchase of your own, don’t forget to check out our GolfWRX classifieds section where you can buy, sell and trade equipment.

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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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  12. Jeff

    Jan 26, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Totally agree when it comes to irons built for moderate to good players. Find a set you like and no real technology changes will ever really help or hinder your game.

  13. David

    Jan 26, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    I agree with Danny boy, still playing my 2nd set of MCs. Obsolete technology isn’t a significant factor with tour irons. These have the feels and look great. He ain’t getting mine!

  14. Obviously

    Jan 25, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Nobel. Nope. Everything is not everything . If All irons were same same. They’d make one set.

  15. Golf Nobel

    Jan 25, 2022 at 2:46 am

    I can’t believe a modern player is unable to switch to a new iron considering he can access any kind of technology from whatever company he want…
    This is a mental parachute when you’re not hitting as you expect.

    • Gunmetal

      Jan 25, 2022 at 10:28 am

      Golf is mental? No way.

      It’s all about comfort levels and if TM is going to keep paying him regardless of model, why would he switch?!?!

      I love these stories. I remember Snedeker buying Burner Super Fast TP driver heads on ebay just trying to stockpile, lol.

      • Nolf Gobel

        Jan 25, 2022 at 12:47 pm

        Golf Nobel buys a new set of super game enhancers every year and still can’t break 50 on the front 9 from the red tees.

  16. Shekelberg

    Jan 25, 2022 at 2:00 am

    Oy Vey.

  17. Jake

    Jan 24, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Such a great setup look in both long and mid iron. Mental note.

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‘Engineered for extreme backspin’ – Mizuno unveils new S23 wedges



Mizuno has today unveiled its new S23 wedges, which the manufacturer says are “comprehensively engineered for extreme backspin.”

The wedges are designed to combine the precision and playing profile of a player’s bladed wedge with the aggressive performance of a toe-weighted design and feature a centralized sweet spot for maximum control.

The S23 wedges showcase a shorter hosel and a heel-orientated cavity allowing greater mass to be pushed towards the toe. This creates a centred sweet spot, as opposed to a heel-side location in conventional wedges. 

The centred sweet spot is designed to contribute to longer impact time, less head deflection and higher spin from both full and partial shots.

“That check and spin you see from the pros isn’t purely because of newer grooves – most of us don’t have the consistency of strike to get that kind of action. For the vast majority, a centralised sweet spot makes it much easier to find and get that repetitive action.” – David Llewellyn, Director of R&D for Mizuno

The S23 wedges are One-piece Grain Flow Forged HD at Mizuno’s facility in Hiroshima, Japan – where Mizuno irons have been produced since 1968. They have a Tour-ready design with a player’s preferred, versatile look at address. But, with weight pushed to the toe, a partial heel cavity and a short hosel, they offer a centralised sweet spot designed to offer a more consistent strike and reliable high-spin numbers.

The wedges offer a loft-specific profile with stronger lofts featuring a tear-drop straight edge, flowing into a more rounded lob wedge, with grinds to suit throughout.

The precise grooves in the S23 wedges are quad-cut milled and loft specific, cut into Boron infused 1025 mild carbon steel for a longer effective lifespan. In addition, Mizuno’s HydroFlow Micro Grooves are laser etched to release moisture in a bid to reduce spin drop-off in wet conditions.

The S23 wedges come in either a white satin brush chrome or copper cobalt finish and will be in retail from February 2023 at a price of $160 per wedge.

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GolfWRX Launch Report: Mizuno ST-Z 230, ST-X 230 drivers, fairway wood, hybrid



What you need to know: The product of Mizuno’s Speed Technology (ST) Metalwood Project — four years of rapid-fire metalwoods development — 2023 Mizuno ST-Z 230, ST-X 230, and ST-PLTNM feature the centerpiece Cortech Chamber, within which a steel weight is positioned for increased ball speed and spin reduction. The technology extends to the ST-Z 230 fairway wood and hybrid as well.

Mizuno ST-Z 230, ST-X 230: What’s new, key technology

Cortech Chamber: Through slot provides additional COR area by providing sole flex filled with elastomeric TPU material for additional flexure and face stress reduction. Inside the TPU is a stainless steel weight, which is positioned close to the clubface for increased speed and spin reduction. Also contributes to a solid feeling at impact.

SAT 2041 Forged Beta Titanium Face: More flexible and stronger than 6-4 titanium.

Additional model details

ST-Z 230

  • Billed as a “straight, stable, and low spinning” driver. Designed for stability on off-center hits.
  • Engineers focused on positioning CG location being as close as possible to the Z-axis or neutral axis for lower spin, straight performance, and higher MOI.
  • Forged SAT 2041 Beta Ti face, aided by the Cortech Chamber, enhances ball speed and reduces spin
  • 14-gram back weight
  • Shallower CG for a more penetrating ball flight

ST-X 230

  • Billed as a “more workable, mild draw-biased” driver
  • Higher spinning, higher launching than ST-Z 230
  • Deeper CG and shorter CG distance for a balance of workability in both directions
  • 14-gram heel weight
  • Toe side composite for shorter CG to shaft axis distance
  • More rounded, deeper profile


  • An ultra lightweight driver for slower swing speeds
  • High launching
  • Draw biased
  • The ST-X PLTNM is 30g lighter overall than any possible custom option of the ST-X 230
  • High spec Helium Platinum Shaft and lightweight grip

What Mizuno says

“Our player testing over the years shows that placing extra weight close to the face results in faster ball speeds and low spin rates,” says David Llewellyn, Director of R&D for Mizuno. “We’ve been steadily working towards the CORTECH Chamber, which is incredibly effective at that job. Encasing the steel weight within the TPU Chamber means that we’re moving weight close to the face at the same time as creating an additional source of energy. Steel is twice the density of Titanium but won’t weld directly, which is where the TPU has a second role.”

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ST-Z 230

ST-X 230

ST-Z 230 Fairway Wood

  • A mid-low spinning, high launching, adjustable fairway wood
  • Mid-sized and playable for all levels
  • High energy MAS1C steel face boosted by Mizuno’s Cortech Chamber
  • The carbon composite crown for a low center of gravity
  • Quick Switch hosel offers 4 degrees of adjustability

ST-Z 230 Hybrid

  • A mid-low spinning, high launching, adjustable hybrid
  • High energy MAS1C steel face boosted by Mizuno’s Cortech Chamber
  • Waffle crown, thick sole weight create a deep center of gravity for high launch
  • With respect to the CLK, the ST-Z 230 is slightly larger

Price, specs, availability



Availability: Right Hand – 9.5 and 10.5 degrees
Left hand – 9.5 degrees only


Availability: Right Hand – 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees

Fairway wood

Right Hand – 3 wood (15) and 5 wood (18)
Left hand – 3 wood (15)


Availability: Right Hand – 2H (16), 3H (19), 4H (22) and 5H (25)
Left Hand – 3H (19) and 4H (22)


ST-Z 230 Driver / ST-X 230 Driver: $499.95
ST-Z 230 PLTNM Driver: $549.95
ST-Z 230 Fairway Woods: $299.95

At retail: February

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Titleist adds low-bounce T Grind to its Vokey Design SM9 family



Titleist has today added the low-bounce T Grind to its Vokey Design SM9 lineup.

Previously available only as a WedgeWorks custom order, the T Grind will now be widely available in both stock and custom options as an extension to the existing SM9 family, being offered in SM9 58.04T and 60.04T models.

As a low-bounce wedge with a narrow crescent surface and wider back flange, the T grind is designed to allow for shot making under any condition. Compared to the L Grind, SM9’s other low-bounce option, the T Grind features a narrower forward sole and more aggressive heel, toe and trailing edge relief.

“Wedge play is an art, and the T Grind brings out the best in the artist. The leading edge stays low to the playing surface as the wedge is rotated, which allows the golfer to hit a variety of shots from tight lies. This is the wedge that really made Vokey Grinds an important part of our process – and is still a great option to this day.” – Bob Vokey

The new T Grind features a CG that has been raised vertically by adding weight to the topline design, where a tapered pad at the back of the toe helps align the CG properly without being visible from the playing position – promoting a more controlled ball flight and solid contact.

A new Spin Milled cutting process in the SM9 models – which includes tightening our allowable tolerances – produces consistently sharper grooves wedge after wedge in design for a higher, more consistent spin.

Specs, Availability & Pricing

  • Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S200
  • Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 White
  • Lofts, Bounce 58.04T RH/LH, 60.04T RH/LH
  • Color Codes: Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel, Jet Black finishes. Raw finish available for custom only.
  • Availability: March 10
  • Price: $179 (Steel), $195 (Graphite)
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