Brooks Koepka’s Prototype, and Rickie Fuller’s Ego Check

Brooks Koepka’s Prototype, and Rickie Fuller’s Ego Check


Koekpa is the first to put the Sirixon ZX7 MKII driver in the bag.

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of USGA Associate Driver List remains the ultimate device news-breaker. Before a club goes on tour (or retail), it goes through USGA headquarters, where it goes through a battery of tests before getting the final cut. Then unreleased prototypes sometimes end up in the bags of famous players – like Brooks Koepka.

Kopka, you remember, signed with many years Cleveland/Srixon last November He needed to play the company’s clubs and ball. The switch looked flawless, but Koepka struggled behind the scenes to find the combination of driver and ball. “Perfect fit.”

At the US Open, Koepka switched back to a TaylorMade M5 driver and Titleist Pro V1x ball, but Cleveland/Srixon said the switch was temporary. It was a new prototype with Koepka prints in the wings.

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“To get through this adjustment period efficiently, we’ve decided to focus our energies on the next-generation Srixon driver and golf ball prototypes that will soon debut on tour – products built with Brooks’ input and passion,” Cleveland/Srixon said in a statement at the US Open.

At last week’s LIV event in Chicago, Koepka offered a sneak peek of the gearheads. Unreleased Srixon ZX7 MKII A driver who considers his “input and needs”.

In addition to the standard ZX7 MKII driver, which is one of the many Sirixon drivers in the lineup, Sirixon has added the ZX7 Diamond head which is smaller in size and matches the last “Diamond” product ().Golf ball) released the company made for Koepka.

Koepka’s Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX axle still remains, so the dynamics haven’t changed much from the usual build.

Reiki Ego Check

Rickie Fuller was the reason for the new metal. At the end of each season, Fowler bids farewell to old sticks and begins the process of breaking in a new set. But with new Cobra blades in the pipeline, Fowler chose to test three different models rather than fall back on the usual muscle back blade.

The at-home experiment revealed something surprising: Fowler was better at being less forgiving.

“Ben [Schomin]our cobra [Tour] The rep that told me in Memphis, sent me our new MBs, CBs and Tour Forged which have gone through my own testing, just hitting, getting numbers and seeing flights and getting feedback. “In the end I decided to go with the MBs I’ve played in the past, which are bigger, but more forgiving but still have the same characteristics.”

The Cave Back King Tour examples in Fowler’s bag do a great job of providing the best players with good looks and heel toe forgiveness. Compared to previous MBs, they are surprisingly large, but not to the point that Fowler is lost in profile. In fact, he sometimes found it gave him some extra confidence that his blades lacked.

“If I figured I was getting all the same numbers but they were more forgiving, why make it harder on yourself? Check the ego at the door and play what works.

Forgiveness in mid-to-high handicappers has long been considered ironic behavior, but if Fowler is embracing it, maybe it’s time to change that mindset. Fowler also went on to finish T6, his best showing since last year’s CJ Cup. Ranked 25th on SG: Approach (+2.181) for the week.


Homa has 5 wins in 11 starts for Titleist’s TSR driver.

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The Tirelist TSR driver has been heating up since its inception. Introduced for the first time in the tour. Max Homa kept the good times In the Fortnite Championship TSR’s fifth win in 11 starts since his start at the Travelers Championship in June. With a 10-degree title in the bag, TSR3 Homa finished 9th in SG: Off the tee (+3.406) at Napa in SG: Tee to green (+9.80).

“I really like the sound of it,” Homa said. “It looks like you’re rushing, which is good. I noticed that the spin didn’t change much when you put it on spin. The heel and toe strike made the spin a little closer to the good ones. That’s something I think everyone will be happy to have. It’s about a mile an hour faster for me, just ball speed. So, yes. There seems no reason not to use it. I basically just hit two different golf shots with my driver, and they both still fly pretty much the same.

Quick Breakers: Hideki Matsuyama is seen using the Srixon tour-only. ZX5 MKII driver. … Kevin Streelman turned into a loose Wilson prototype adapter. … Grayson used Sig Mizuno JPX 923 Tour Prototype irons. … Brendan Steele was one of a variety of players to try. Wilson DynaPwr Carbon Driver.

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Jonathan Wall is the Equipment Management Editor of GOLF Magazine and In the year He spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour before joining the staff in late 2018.



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