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I’m sure many are aware that Colin Morikawa made some equipment changes for the Open.

 

I actually think that this is a time where there’s something to learn for us. Because the turf was so fast and firm he went with short irons that had less bounce than normal and likewise he had an extremely low bounce 60 in the bag.

 

I’ve often tailored my bag to the course or conditions that I normally play. At times I’ve even had a club or two that might switch in or out.  Included in that scenario were wedges with more or less bounce.

 

How about you, have you done this and if so why?

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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My wedge setup is based on being able to play in multiple conditions but from the fairway as well as bunkers.

I haven’t seen any issues in iron play between various geographical regions and in wet or hard conditions 

I used to swap a wood for a driving iron when playing courses that had shorter par 4s or the layout of them had the longer shot a more riskier one. Haven’t done that in a while 

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He also changed the weight of his putter because the greens were slower 

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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2 hours ago, revkev said:

He also changed the weight of his putter because the greens were slower 

And his grip!  Used two different grips.  The Saw for short putts and conventional grip for longer putts…over 20 feet!

heard a great interview with his caddie JJ this week about all the changes.  Said if only took him 30 swings with the irons to feel confident in them. 
 

Pretty Amazing 

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7 hours ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

And his grip!  Used two different grips.  The Saw for short putts and conventional grip for longer putts…over 20 feet!

heard a great interview with his caddie JJ this week about all the changes.  Said if only took him 30 swings with the irons to feel confident in them. 
 

Pretty Amazing 

I think this is one of the instances where we could learn from a touring pro.

 

I’m not suggesting that we have two sets of irons with differing counted soles and switch them out because it hasn’t rained in a week.  I do think though we should carefully consider the type of conditions that we normally play in, the kind of shots that we regularly play or would like to play and then find equipment suited to our swing types in those course conditions.
 

 

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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I've done a few of these things short of changing my irons which is really interesting he took that step. 

I used to putt cross handed on under 10' and regular overlap on over 10'.  I did this for many years.  After some changes last year I am double overlap on all putts.  I may try this again in the future.  

I have added layers of lead tape on my putter when normally playing courses with slower greens.  This year using the Fetch, its a heavier putter so no lead tape, but I always use a lighter putter when practicing in the back yard because my fake turf is so much faster than the course.  

I have swapped out hybrid / 3i on occasion because of windy conditions.  I can't flight a hybrid low so sometimes I need the 3i.

 

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1 hour ago, revkev said:

I think this is one of the instances where we could learn from a touring pro.

 

I’m not suggesting that we have two sets of irons with differing counted soles and switch them out because it hasn’t rained in a week.  I do think though we should carefully consider the type of conditions that we normally play in, the kind of shots that we regularly play or would like to play and then find equipment suited to our swing types in those course conditions.
 

 

I believe I have all conditions covered 😎

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18 hours ago, revkev said:

I’m sure many are aware that Colin Morikawa made some equipment changes for the Open.

 

I actually think that this is a time where there’s something to learn for us. Because the turf was so fast and firm he went with short irons that had less bounce than normal and likewise he had an extremely low bounce 60 in the bag.

 

I’ve often tailored my bag to the course or conditions that I normally play. At times I’ve even had a club or two that might switch in or out.  Included in that scenario were wedges with more or less bounce.

 

How about you, have you done this and if so why?

Have to agree, when I lived in CT my wedges were high bounce after moving to FL I’ve switched out all wedges to as low a bounce as I can get. 

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I have 8 or 9 wedges between 48 degrees and 64 degrees. They have varying bounce angles and sole widths. Over the course of a year, the courses I play will vary from very hard and fast to very soft. Sometimes the rough is thick, sometimes it’s non- existent. I don’t consider myself a great wedge player but picking wedges based on conditions does save me strokes. 

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On 7/21/2021 at 12:24 PM, revkev said:

I’m sure many are aware that Colin Morikawa made some equipment changes for the Open.

 

I actually think that this is a time where there’s something to learn for us. Because the turf was so fast and firm he went with short irons that had less bounce than normal and likewise he had an extremely low bounce 60 in the bag.

 

I’ve often tailored my bag to the course or conditions that I normally play. At times I’ve even had a club or two that might switch in or out.  Included in that scenario were wedges with more or less bounce.

 

How about you, have you done this and if so why?

I do have two lob wedges.  They're both RTX4 58° wedges.  One has 9° bounce and the other has 3°.  I love the 3° bounce in most conditions, but when it's really wet, the 9° is far better.

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16 minutes ago, seeking70's said:

I do have two lob wedges.  They're both RTX4 58° wedges.  One has 9° bounce and the other has 3°.  I love the 3° bounce in most conditions, but when it's really wet, the 9° is far better.

Definitely interesting and makes sense 👍

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Here in central VA, we have three different conditions:

  • Wet
  • Really wet
  • Raining

My 50 and 58 have fairly low bounce, and they're not much good for short shots unless it's unusually dry.  My next set of wedges will likely have more bounce, especially the 58.

In high school, I used to have an old Ping Anser that was ridiculously light, and I'd use that on really fast greens.  My normal gamer was a Ping B61 with some lead tape to get the weight up.

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My clubs are what seem to work for me so I guess they were selected to match the conditions I normally play.    I don't swap clubs out based on conditions.

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On 7/22/2021 at 8:05 AM, Golfspy_CG2 said:

I believe I have all conditions covered 😎

The Korn Ferry guy we played with on Sunday looked at my one friends driver, some sort of Nike because his M4 broke and he’s waiting for the Sub 70 to come out, and said - grab a bottle of scotch and come to my place after the round, I have a driver for you.

 

The pro has a swing speed north of 120 and ball speeds in the 180’, we just laughed. Got to his house and the garage was full of drivers - more than you’d find at a Dick’s. He collects them - he handed him 2 M4’s one with what he called a strong R and the other with a stock S shaft of some type.

 

I thought we had arrived at your place Cg2. 🙂

 

 

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Personally I have a 3 iron and a 5 wood that i swap based off of the course and the conditions. If we're playing about 7,100+ yards I won't usually be hitting any 3 irons off the tee unless it's a really firm course so I'll use 5 wood. Anything less than that and I'm usually hitting 3 irons off the tee 2-3 times a round. Or if it's windy I'll go 3 iron.

 

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On 7/22/2021 at 4:22 AM, revkev said:

I think this is one of the instances where we could learn from a touring pro.

 

I’m not suggesting that we have two sets of irons with differing counted soles and switch them out because it hasn’t rained in a week.  I do think though we should carefully consider the type of conditions that we normally play in, the kind of shots that we regularly play or would like to play and then find equipment suited to our swing types in those course conditions.
 

 

Another great thing to learn is that the best iron player on the planet doesn’t use blades. Neither should you. 

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15 hours ago, BMart519 said:

Another great thing to learn is that the best iron player on the planet doesn’t use blades. Neither should you. 

No argument there from me but that's a different topic. 🙂

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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I think his changes are notable but they it isn't realistic or even possible to change out irons for the average golfer. I think changing to a lower bounce wedge for a course with tight lies can be done for average golfers. The other changes I see as possible is changing out between long irons, hybrids, and woods depending on the course and weather conditions. However, changing irons for a different bounce simply isn't possible for most golfers as you simply don't have those kinds of options even available at retail. You would have to have two sets of irons and find someone to grind one of the sets to a lower bounce. This is not an easy or inexpensive task. Let alone be able to hit an iron with a different sole grind well. 

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26 minutes ago, Kansas King said:

I think his changes are notable but they it isn't realistic or even possible to change out irons for the average golfer. I think changing to a lower bounce wedge for a course with tight lies can be done for average golfers. The other changes I see as possible is changing out between long irons, hybrids, and woods depending on the course and weather conditions. However, changing irons for a different bounce simply isn't possible for most golfers as you simply don't have those kinds of options even available at retail. You would have to have two sets of irons and find someone to grind one of the sets to a lower bounce. This is not an easy or inexpensive task. Let alone be able to hit an iron with a different sole grind well. 

Why would someone have to find a place to grind the second set of irons? The avg golfer doesn’t need to have two sets from the same manufacturer just to have different bounce or if they did choose to go that route they could have different line from the same manufacturer? Or they could have a second set of the same irons with the loft adjusted that will change the bounce that way.

Theres lots of ways to accomplish what morikawa did for the average golfer if they needed that. 

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