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TOUR REPORT: This dominant PGA pro is using hybrids (and irons) from 11 years ago



The Florida swing is officially underway this week as the PGA Tour moved to Palm Beach Gardens for the 2022 Honda Classic at PGA National. As you may or may not know, a slew of Tour players live in the nearby area, so this week is a home game for a lot of them. That has to be nice for guys who spend most weeks on the road.

OK, that’s great, but what clubs are they using?!

I know, we’re getting to that.

Honestly, this week is one of my favorite editions of the Tour Report thus far. There’s just something about professional golfers using old golf clubs that makes me happy, and we got our fill of nostalgia this week (just wait until you see Alan Morin’s bag setup).

Alas, let’s get to this week’s 7 most interesting gear topics from the 2022 Honda Classic.

Make to check out all of our photos from the 2022 Honda Classic here!

1) Rickie Fowler explains why he switched putters

Last week at the 2022 Genesis Invitational, Fowler used a TaylorMade putter for the first time in his career. This week, we not only got in-hand photos of the new TaylorMade Spider GT, but we also talked to Fowler himself to get insight on why he switched.

Below is a snippet of what Fowler had to say about the new putter (and head over to for our full report).

“I’ve always been a good putter, it’s something I’ve always just, not necessarily been able to just rely on, but take advantage when I’ve hit it close or help save rounds by making putts, Fowler said. “But, unfortunately over the last couple years, it’s not necessarily been there…I was hitting putts on one of the greens [at Riviera], and they have the bags set up, and I looked at a few different things because I was just not hitting some great putts. I looked at a few of the different necks and different sight lines. … The longer line that’s on there right now seemed to be the one, and the small neck just sat clean. It looked nice and was really easy to line up.”

2) Henrik Stenson is still rocking the Octane

After all these years, Henrik Stenson is still using a Callaway Diablo Octane 13-degree fairway wood, which was originally a retail release way back in 2011. And still equips it with that classic Grafalloy Blue Tour X shaft.

Stenson won the 2013 FedExCup title and the 2016 Open Championship using this fairway wood setup, so you can see why he’d still have it in the bag. Plus, he hits absolute seeds with it.

While he spent a bit of time testing newer models in recent years, the old Diablo is back in the bag and it seems to be staying. Every time I see Stenson’s bag, I secretly hope it’s still in there, and he didn’t disappoint this week.

He’s also still using Callaway’s Legacy Black irons, which were a JDM release in 2012. Pure nostalgia.

On our Instagram page, GolfWRX followers are chiming in with the oldest clubs currently in their bags. Check out the post below:


3) Cameron Young’s driver switch (and super custom putter)

Cam Young made a splash at the 2022 Genesis Invitational against some of the world’s top golfers with a T2 finish at Riviera.

His recent strong play comes after an important swing change, where he shifted from 6-7 degrees inside-out with his driver to a more neutral delivery. After making the swing change, he also worked with Titleist Tour rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck to change his Titleist TSi3 driver setting to better suit the new swing parameters.

For a guy who regularly hits drives at 190 mph of ball speed, every small equipment adjustment makes a difference.

Check out the full story on Young’s switch here.

On the opposite end of his bag, Young also bags an interesting custom Scotty Cameron T5 proto putter. The putter has a plumber’s neck that’s been elongated using a “knuckle,” which allowed the putter to be perfectly face balanced.

For more information on what this club building technique entails, Brian Knudson explains in our latest TG2 podcast below:

4) South Florida pro’s incredible WITB

Alan Morin is a PGA professional and South Florida PGA Hall of Famer who won the South Florida section Player of the Year honors for the 11th time.

Eleven times!

Morin is competing in the 2022 Honda Classic this week, and he has a bag that’s stacked full of cool gear.

He’s using a TaylorMade RBZ fairway wood from 2012, three TaylorMade Rescues from 2011, a set of TaylorMade Tour Preferred irons from 2011, and new Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedges with ports in the back cavities for weighting purposes. He also uses an Odyssey Versa 7 putter that’s stacked with lead tape.

Chef’s kiss.

Morin has been beating up on the South Florida PGA section for years, and the 52-year-old is doing it with clubs he’s had in the bag for over a decade. You just gotta love this bag setup.

Check out Alan Morin’s full 2022 WITB here. 

5) Charl Schwartzel finds a putter, thanks to Adam Scott

Ahead of the 2022 Waste Management, Adam Scott switched into a custom L.A.B. Golf (Lie Angle Balance) Mezz.1 Proto putter head.

Apparently, the change caught Charl Schwartzel’s attention.

After Scott’s T4 at the Genesis Invitational, Schwartzel, who’s been struggling to find the right putter for himself, gave Scott a call to get his thoughts on the Mezz.1 putter. Scott must have been convincing, because Schwartzel switched into a Mezz.1 prototype putter this week, even though he just saw the L.A.B. putter for the first time on Monday.

To get the weight just right for his lie angle, Schwartzel also has a strip of lead tape applied to the heel portion of the 8-weighted sole.

“I think it putts easier than any other putter because if you look on the arc of a stroke, it can basically stroke a ball by itself,” Schwartzel told GolfWRX. “No other putter can do that. So if you’re comfortable letting it go like that, it does basically by itself. It’s very well balanced and it feels good. It’s very sensitive to lie angle, though, you need to get the exact lie angle.”

For the full story on Charl Schwartzel’s switch and the backstory with Adam Scott, click here.

6) Lee’s gold putter is really a 1-of-many

While conducting some putter testing on practice green at PGA National, Lee Westwood was presented with a gold-plated Ping Sigma2 Fetch putter to commemorate his 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship victory.

Every time a Ping putter user wins a pro event, Ping creates a gold putter to go into the vault.

Westwood has won 44 worldwide professional events, which means he owns more real estate in the Ping vault than most any player ever. According to a Ping tour rep, Westwood’s gold putter collection is full of different models, too, so it was a surprise that Westwood was still using a Sigma2 Fetch putter nearly two years later.

See what GolfWRXers are saying about the putter (and awesome putter cover) in our forums.

7) Brooks Koepka’s commemorative Scotty

Like Westwood, Koepka was also awarded with a commemorative putter; his is a gold Scotty Cameron Teryllium TNP2 made for his 2019 PGA Championship win at Bethpage Black. Funny enough, that isn’t the exact putter model Koepka used to win that week (it was a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10), but it is the putter model he uses now.

When I asked Koepka where he keeps the three other commemorative putters he has for his three other majors, he said, “They’re in my house somewhere, I just moved so I don’t know where anything is.”

I guess even four-time major winners have to deal with the struggles of moving. At least this week is a home game for Koepka so he can get caught up on the move into the new digs in Jupiter.

And that’ll do it for this week’s Tour Report from the 2022 Honda Classic. We’ll be back next week at the 2022 Bay Hill Invitational to do it again. In the meantime, make to check out all of our photos from the 2022 Honda Classic 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.



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  4. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Feb 26, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    I think Fowler needs to concentrate on selling mortgages to people who can’t afford, beer to those who like to drink, and cheap insurance.

    He makes more money on advertising than on the course.

  5. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Feb 26, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    As long as people keep buying the BS line that they need the latest to perform, OEM’s will continue to sell the BS.

    As to Cameron’s copying spree, he couldn’t help himself with the gold putter thingy. Hoping for a Cameron original before he retires, lol…

    • Karsten Solheim

      Feb 26, 2022 at 3:41 pm

      Whuuuuuuut???? You don’t believe in the “German” Stainless forged in the magical mountains???

      • Henry R Fitzgerald

        Feb 26, 2022 at 3:51 pm

        Lol….Now, that’s the biggest baloney sandwich Cameron have sold to the cult members.

  6. Phree Theengker

    Feb 26, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    My comment about wrong think was deleted for wrong think.

  7. Phree Theengker

    Feb 26, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    I guess if you use old clubs, there’s no manufacturer to “pause” your deal for wrong think.

  8. CrashTestDummy

    Feb 26, 2022 at 11:07 am

    I totally understand the using older models. Different clubs have different feel which could mean that they may have to make alterations to their swing to compensate. They have those clubs so grooved, know exactly how they feel, and trust them 100% when hitting pressured shots.

  9. Teebo

    Feb 25, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    In reference to the PGA pro using old irons and hybrids that would be the norm if players weren’t paid to play the newest gear.

    • Tom54

      Feb 25, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      Although club pros aren’t paid to use their clubs I thought they still get stuff for free so it is strange for him not to use current models.

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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
Left hand – 9.5 degrees only

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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