Brooks Koepka Models, Checking Ricky Fowler’s Ego

Koekpa was the primary to place the Srixon ZX7 MKII driver within the bag.

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The USGA’s listing of matching drivers stays the easiest way to unfold tools information. Earlier than a membership makes its solution to tour (or retail), it passes via USGA headquarters the place it undergoes a battery of checks earlier than receiving last approval. From there, unreleased prototypes generally discover their manner into the baggage of elite gamers – like Brooks Koepka.

It’s possible you’ll do not forget that Koepka signed a multi-year contract with Cleveland/Srixon final November that required him to play for firm and ball golf equipment. The change appeared seamless, however Koepka struggled behind the scenes to discover a driver ball mixture that was “good”.

On the US Open, Koepka returned a TaylorMade M5 driver and Titleist Professional V1x ball, however the change, as Cleveland/Srixon identified, was momentary. A brand new prototype was ready within the wings that had Koepka’s fingerprints throughout it.

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“To work via this adjustment interval extra effectively, we now have determined to focus our power on becoming Brooks to Srixon’s subsequent era of driver and golf ball fashions that may debut on tour within the close to future — merchandise which have been developed with Brooks’ enter and desires in thoughts,” stated Cleveland/Srixon at Assertion on the US Open.

Eventually week’s LIV occasion in Chicago, Koepka confirmed gearheads a peek at an unreleased Srixon ZX7 MKII driver who had his “inputs and desires in thoughts”.

Along with the usual ZX7 MKII driver, one in every of Srixon’s many drivers to land on the matching listing, Srixon has added a ZX7 Diamond head that’s possible smaller in dimension and matches the designation of the corporate’s final “Diamond” (golf ball) product launched that additionally created for Koepka.

The shaft of the Mitsubishi Diamana D + 70TX from Koepka continues to be standing, so the variants haven’t modified a lot from its typical building.

Ricky’s ego examine

Ricky Fowler was about to get new irons. On the finish of every season, Fowler performs on the previous sticks and begins the method of collapsing into a brand new group. However with new Cobra irons within the pipeline, Fowler selected to check three completely different fashions somewhat than default to utilizing his typical again blades.

The at-home take a look at revealed one thing shocking: Fowler was higher off with extra tolerance.

“The son of [Schomin]Our Cobra [Tour] He despatched me new MBs, CBs and Tour Solid, which I examined by myself, stated Fowler, who had a briefcase for me in Memphis, simply hit them up, get numbers and see flights and get suggestions. “In the end I made a decision to decide on those that would positively be larger than the MBs I’ve performed with up to now, however solely extra forgiving however with the identical traits.”

The Fowler Bag’s hollow-back King Tour prototypes do an amazing job providing the participant a greater smooth look with extra heel tolerance. In comparison with his earlier MBs, they’re noticeably bigger, however to not the purpose that Fowler is turned off by the profile. The truth is, he discovered that it offers some further confidence that his blades generally lack.

“I suppose if I used to be getting the identical numbers however they had been extra tolerant, why would you make it harder for your self? Sort of an ego examine on the door and working what works.”

Tolerance has lengthy been thought-about an iron attribute of these within the mid-to-high class of individuals with disabilities, but when Fowler embraced it, maybe it is time to change that considering. It must also be famous that Fowler went on to complete T6, his finest displaying since final yr’s CJ Cup. Ranked #25 in SG: Strategy (+2.181) for this week.

Spotlight

Homa has 5 wins in 11 begins for the Titleist TSR driver.

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The Titleist’s TSR driver has been on a heater because it was first launched within the Tour. Max Homma stored the nice occasions within the Fortinet Championship with TSR’s fifth win in 11 matches since his debut within the Vacationers Championship in June. With a title TSR3 rating of 10 within the bag, Homa completed ninth in SG: Off the tee (+3.406) in Napa whereas main the sphere in SG: Tee to inexperienced (+9.80).

“Really, I just like the sound somewhat,” Homa stated. “You appear like you are crashing it, which is a pleasant factor. I seen the rotation did not change a lot after I missed it. Heel and toe strikes stored the spinning somewhat nearer to the great things. Clearly that is one thing I believe everybody can be glad to have. It is a mile per hour sooner for me.” Lee, solely ball pace. So yeah. He would not really feel any purpose to not use it. I’ve mainly solely had two golf photographs with my driver, and so they each nonetheless fly very comparable.”

Quick hitters: Hideki Matsuyama was solely seen utilizing a tour in Srikson ZX5 MKII Driver. … Kevin Strelman was a prototype of the Wilson racket. … Greyson Sigg used typical Mizuno JPX 923 Tour irons. …Brendan Steele was one in every of a number of gamers to check drive Wilson’s DynaPwr Carbon.

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