5 great things from the RSM Classic – GolfWRX


Most weeks GolfWRX.com reports live from practice runs for PGA Tour events, but sometimes we check out the Korn Ferry Tour, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour as well. To be honest, I personally think most amateurs can learn more hardware on the LPGA and Champions Tour, but that’s another story for another day. I’ll be saving gear lessons and getting the cool, custom and throwback gear I recently saw at Phoenix Country Club for the 2022 Charles Schwab Cup.

Here are my seven gear notes from going inside the ropes at the end of the Champions Tour season.

More images from the Charles Schwab Cup tournament

1) Miguel Angel’s dark wooden faces dimmed

Miguel Angel Jimenez uses three different Ping G425 Max Fairway woods (14.5, 17.5, and 20.5 degrees), each with similar wear marks directly in the center of the face—aside from the seven wood, which has a slight skymark near the crown.

We also took a closer look at what kind of cigars Jimenez smokes, if you like that sort of thing. It’s a rare Chateau de la Fuente Opus X reserve from 1992, for those curious.

Miguel Angel Jimenez 2022 (Charles Schwab Cup)

2) Stickers are a viable way to personalize your clubs

Rocco Mediate customizes its Ping G400 driver with stickers, while Craftsman wedges are stamped the old-fashioned way.

See more on Rocco’s bag setup here

3) 50 Cent’s new favorite golfer on the Champions Tour?

YE Yang’s custom “Yangsta” wedge deserves a remix of rapper 50 Cent’s hit “What’s Up, Gangsta?” Song.

What’s up Yangsta?

And as always, his bag is so full of hybrids that his longest iron is a 7 iron!

More pictures of YE Yang bag and more

4) KJ Choi’s bag update

It’s always fun to see what club KJ Choi uses, because he seems to change it up a lot. Recently, he’s been using Srixon’s new ZX7 MKII irons, with a small strip of lead tape on the back cavity.

More pictures of the KJ Choi bag

5) The TaylorMade xFT ZTP wedge has been spotted in the wild

Heading over to Padraig Harrington’s bag to see what irons and wedges he’s been playing with these days, I wasn’t expecting to see an old TaylorMade XFT ZTP 58° wedge from 2010. I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic about seeing old clubs like this still in use by the pros .

Check out more photos of the setup here

6) Goosen bat

The Retief Goosen bat used to be an Odyssey O-Works 2-ball. I’m not sure you can consider it a two-ball putter anymore, since the crown is completely opaque with a single white alignment line. Now it’s just an Odyssey O-Works “Goose Proto” as I like to call it.

7) Bernard Tools

Bernard Langer doesn’t use iron “combinations,” per se, because he mostly makes his bag setup by selecting individual clubs that are assigned specific functions and spaces to hit. As such, most of his irons are tailored to his preferences. He uses an Adams Idea Pro hybrid, Tour Edge Exotics CBX Forged long irons, Artisan Golf 8-9 irons, and Tour Edge Exotics BL Proto custom irons. It is very cool to analyze his clubs.

If you want to learn more about his process and his work with master craftsman Mike Taylor at Artisan Golf, check out this story I wrote a few years ago for pgatour.com.

He also uses an Odyssey White Hot 2 ball, with a mound of lead stripe on the sole and a thick black line always outlined on the crown. As for his grip on a longer club, he uses two separate Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips.


More images from the Charles Schwab Cup tournament

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