As the FedExCup Playoffs climb toward the pinnacle of excitement with two events to play, the top 50 PGA Tour point earners were dialing in this week at the 2023 BMW Championship to compete for big money, and solidify their spots in the season-ending Tour Championship next week at East Lake.
Compared to “normal” Tour weeks, the early-week equipment testing was relatively slow at Olympia Fields, which makes sense this late in the season, and with this much on the line. That being said, the equipment news was still abound with a few interesting storylines at the BMW Championship this week.
Below are the top-5 equipment notes from the 2023 BMW Championship.
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In case you haven’t noticed, Swag Golf has been elevating its connection to the PGA Tour this year. The putter/headcover company has sold its custom products inside official merchandise tents at several events, including The Players Championship, the Valero Texas Open, and the FedEx St. Jude Championship, according to the company.
This week, the Chicago-based company (technically, Northbrook, Illinois), kicked it up a notch for the local event. Inside the official BMW Championship merchandise tents, Swag Golf is selling four different custom headcover designs for the week, featuring Ditka-inspired Italian Beef, Deep Dish Pizza, the Downtown Chicago skyline, and, of course, Chicago dogs.
Swag also created a line of “Iceman” headcovers and putters, which are named after a popular local Olympia Fields drinks, that are selling in the pro shop.
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Equipment free agent Justin Rose has kept things wildly interesting with his equipment setups this year, especially with the driver. Throughout the year, he’s used the TaylorMade M2 2016, the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus, and now he’s using the TaylorMade M3 from 2018. He’s just sliding up and down TaylorMade’s driver release timeline.
Also, Rose has switched into TaylorMade’s new MG4 wedges, in addition to his Cobra King MB and CB irons, TaylorMade’s M6 fairway woods, and his longtime Axis1 putter.
Now THAT’S a GolfWRX-approved bag right there.
See Justin Rose’s full 2023 WITB from the BMW Championship
CC Sabathia, a legendary left-handed pitcher who used to play for the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland Guardians, played in the Wednesday Pro-Am at the 2023 BMW Championship alongside Scottie Scheffler and Corey Conners.
Read more about CC’s WITB on PGATOUR.com
Sabathia says he took up golf after retiring from the MLB in 2019, and the 15-handicapper has serious power and an eclectic equipment setup. He has a Callaway Rogue ST Max driver, a PXG hybrid, Titleist U-505 driving irons, Mizuno Pro 223 irons, custom-stamped “CC 52” Titleist SM9 Jet Black wedges, and an LA Golf all-carbon putter.
See more photos of CC’s bag here
This week at the 2023 BMW Championship, TaylorMade unveiled four new putter models, including the Spider Tour, Spider Tour X, Spider Tour V and Spider Tour Z.
GolfWRX Equipment Expert Brian Knudson wrote about TaylorMade’s new Spider Tour putters earlier in the week if you’re looking for more information and photos.
Kirk has typically been a blade iron user throughout his career, but last week in Memphis, Kirk switched into Callaway’s new Apex CB irons.
My full story on his switch is over on PGATOUR.com, but here’s a snippet of what he had to say about the new irons:
“Last week [at the FedEx St. Jude Championship], was my first week with them in the bag,” Kirk told GolfWRX.com. “I had them at home for a few months, just kind of testing around with them. But the main reason I put them in, I would say, is because of the consistency out of the rough.
“My older blades were kind of coming out slow out of the rough. If I flew it 330, I would like that. But there were a lot of times, like in Greensboro [at the Wyndham Championship], I’d be 160 out and have an 8 iron and come up short. They were coming out slow. And I would get the occasional jumper. But these are really, really consistent out of the rough. They’re coming out a bit hotter.”
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Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @8.4)Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 TR X
3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (15 degrees @ 16.5)Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X
Irons: Titleist U505 (3), Ping i210 (4-PW)Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 85 X (3), KBS Tour-V 120 X (4-PW)
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (50-SS, 56-SS), Ping Glide 2.0 (60-TS)Shafts: KBS Tour-V 120 X (50-56), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (60)
Putter: Ping PLD DS 72 prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Grips: Golf Pride MCC
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What TaylorMade says: “360° ClearPath Alignment was engineered with the golfer in mind. This next-gen visible technology of Tour Response Stripe wraps around the center of the golf ball to help you aim putts better, faster and more consistently, all while providing immediate feedback on the quality of your roll. A lime yellow finish offers enhanced visibility.”
What Titleist says: “If you’re looking for long distance, a penetrating flight and shot stopping control into the green, we’ve got you covered with Titleist® Tour Speed. Like the name says, Tour Speed is very fast, but low scores require more than speed and Tour Speed is designed to help you execute every type of shot. All with the quality and consistency you trust from Titleist.”
What Srixon says: “Q-STAR TOUR has all the features you’d expect from a tour ball, but its low compression is tuned to your moderate swing speed, with the distance you need to get ahead of the competition and the greenside spin to park it by tough pins.”
What Callaway says: “Callaway Supersoft is one of the most popular balls in golf, particularly for its long, straight distance, and most importantly the super soft feel. We’ve advanced the cover, core, and construction technologies to enhance these key benefits, with improved performance from tee-to-green.”
What Vice says: “With the new Vice TOUR, you benefit from the technological improvements, including an updated hardness distribution, a higher coefficient of restitution (COR) and lower driver spin, which result in more distance off the tee.The new 312 dimple design features an increase in the diameter of dimples which reduces air resistance and results in a more stable trajectory of the golf ball and higher ball speed.”
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