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Henrik Stenson Says Goodbye to his 3-Wood and Part 1 of 2 with Callaway's Roger Cleveland
On this week’s episode of Fully Equipped, hosts Tim Briand from True Spec Golf and GOLF’s Jonathan Wall take a closer look at Henrik Stenson saying goodbye to his loyal 3-wood and Callaway's Tour Staff adding the MD5 to the bag. This week's Gear Spotlight is shined on the design of Mizuno's JPX Irons , Koepka's influence on the design, and how it factored into to Jonathan's recent Iron fitting with Tim. The episode then closes out with our weekly mailbag segment and Part 1 of a 2 Part interview with Callaway's legendary Chief Wedge Designer Roger Cleveland, who takes a deep dive into the recently released MD5 Jaws wedge. Episode 14 Breakdown: 2:01 - Henrik Stenson says goodbye to his 3-wood 8:52 - Callaway staffers adopting the MD5 Jaws wedge on Tour 15:55 - Gear Spotlight: Mizuno JPX Irons (Jonathan's Iron Fitting 21:19) 31:22 - Mailbag #1: Why does nobody make raw finish wedges for the retail market yet all the pros are using raw finishes? Vokey used to but not anymore more apparently? 34:55 - Mailbag #2: Why doesn't Scotty Cameron retail the futura X5 welded flow neck? Seems to work quite well for JT so why not us weekend warriors? 36:23 - Part 1 of 2 with Roger Cleveland talking the MD5 Jaws wedge
Phil Mickelson's Switch to a High MOI Putter and Part 2 of 2 with Brad Faxon
On this week’s episode of Fully Equipped, hosts Tim Briand from True Spec Golf and GOLF’s Jonathan Wall follow up on Bryson's history making shaft change, talk Phil's move to a high MOI mallet putter, and discuss how Adam Scott switching his loft to 11.5 on his driver could impact the everyday golfer. The Gear Spotlight is then put on two rising stars now using TaylorMade's TP5 and TP5x balls, followed by a couple of listener questions in our weekly Mailbag segment, before closing things out with Part 2 of a 2 part interview with one of the finest putters in PGA Tour history, Brad Faxon. Episode 13 Breakdown: 2:23 - 14 Carbon Shafts in Bryson's Bag 9:35 . - Phil's High MOI Mallet 19:56 - Adam Scott's Switch to 11.5 Loft on his Driver 26:24 - Gear Spotlight: TaylorMade TP5 and TPX 39:20 - Mailbag #1: What Are Your Thoughts on Puring/Spine Aligning? 44:57 - Mailbag #2: With as much access as you and Tim have to gear, how often are you two changing clubs? 48:18 - Part 2 of 2 with Brad Faxon
Joaquin Niemann's Winning Wedges and Part 1 of 2 with Cristie Kerr
September 18, 2019
On this week’s episode of Fully Equipped, hosts Tim Briand from True Spec Golf and GOLF’s Jonathan Wall discuss the unique wedge setup Joaquin Niemann used to win A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, Rory earning Player of the Year with a record setting third equipment manufacturer, and Akshay Bhatia's decisions to turn pro and sign with Callaway. The Gear Spotlight is then put on the high-end graphite iron shafts appearing on tour, followed by a couple of listener questions in our weekly Mailbag segment, and Part 1 of a 2 part interview with America's All-Time Leading Money Winner on the LPGA Tour, Cristie Kerr. Episode 10 Breakdown: 1:36 - A Quirk with Joaquin Niemann's Winning Wedges 9:59 - Rory Wins Player of the Year with a Third OEM 18:03 - Akshay Bahtia turning pro and signing with Callaway 25:17 - Gear Spotlight: High-End Graphite Iron Shafts on Tour 37:01 - Mailbag Q1: What’s the advantage of having less bounce in a wedge? 41:11 - Mailbag Q2: Is there a limit on how much gear sponsors will give Tour players? 50:02 - Part 1 of 2 with Cristie Kerr
PGA Tour Begins New Driver Testing Protocol This Week | Part 2 of 2 With Abraham Ancer
September 11, 2019
In this week’s episode of Fully Equipped, hosts Tim Briand from True Spec Golf and GOLF’s Jonathan Wall take a deep dive into the new PGA Tour Driver Testing Protocol starting this week, talk Tommy Fleetwood's move to an eBay Putter, before putting the Gear Spotlight on Callaway's new MD5 Jaws wedge. They then answer a couple mailbag questions, present part 2 of 2 of their interview with Abraham Ancer, and close out the week with a tribute from Tim to his recently deceased mentor Charles De Lucca. Episode 9 Breakdown: 2:50 - PGA Tour introduces driver testing protocol. What does it all mean? 16:43 - Tommy Fleetwood's eBay putter. 27:47 - Gear Spotlight: Callway MD5 Jaws Wedge 39:20 - Mailbag Question 1 - @bknymorf: How often should you go through a full gapping session? 48:19 - Mailbag Question 2 - @Cent: How long does a driver typically last before it losses its “pop”? 51:40 - Abraham Ancer Pt. 2 of 2 1:03:45 - Tim's tribute to Charles De Lucca
Fully Equipped | Rory's Ball Change and Part 1 of 2 with Abraham Ancer
In this week’s episode of Fully Equipped, hosts Tim Briand from True Spec Golf and GOLF’s Jonathan Wall talk Rory's switch from the TP5x to the TP5, Viktor Hovland using yet another set of irons to earn his tour card, while looking ahead to the offseason testing that will be going on in the coming weeks. They then take a closer look at Nissan's ProPilot Golf Ball in this week's Gear Spotlight, answer some mailbag questions, and close the week out with Part 1 of a 2 Part Interview with Presidents Cup International Team Member, Abraham Ancer.
Rory's rollercoaster season; Steve Sands
August 27, 2019
Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier (re)introduce the Drop Zone, otherwise known as the Internet's favorite golf show from 2018. They discuss Rory McIlroy's wild season, what was good/bad from the Tour Championship and ask the question: is Jay Monahan overrated or underrated? Steve Sands calls in (22:20) and shares... - What life is like without the whiteboard - His relationship with Tiger - Interviewing a vulnerable Rory McIlroy - Olympic Speed Skating - Why Washington D.C. needs a Tour event
Fully Equipped | Viktor Hovland's Iron Shuffling and Bob Bettinardi Pt. 2
August 21, 2019
In this week’s episode of Fully Equipped, hosts Tim Briand from True Spec Golf and GOLF’s Jonathan Wall look at Viktor Hovland's recent iron shuffling, Webb Simpon's suggestion on a new ball for Patrick Reed, and what they are each getting excited for with product launch season approaching. The Gear Spotlight is then shined on JT's T100 4-iron before getting to some mailbag questions and Part 2/2 of their interview with Bob Bettinardi.
Away Game | Introducing Ran Morrissett as GOLF’s new Architecture Editor
August 15, 2019
The study of golf course architecture is a subjective art form. To understand why some courses command greater respect than others requires extensive knowledge, personal experience, and an astute eye. Ran Morrissett, GOLF’s new Architecture Editor, checks all three criteria and has in-depth knowledge of the world’s finest course designs. His constant fascination with understanding where courses rank coupled with his opinionated but objected feedback are what make him a voice to respect. Here are highlights from our discussion with Ran: 1. (2:18) - The book that ignited his passion for golf course architecture 2. (5:44) - The moment he first started caring about golf course rankings 3. (6:43) - The purpose golf course rankings serve 4. (12:55) - The most recent turning point in golf course design 5. (14:04) - The single quality that makes a great golf course great 6. (18:07) - The elements of design that almost-always ruin a course 7. (20:40) - Fun is back on the menu 8. (22:08) - 3 golf little-known golf destinations Ran loves 9. (25:08) - Is it even necessary for golf courses to have 18 holes?
Fully Equipped | Changes to Tiger’s and Bryson's Bags, Pt. 1 of 2 with Bob Bettinardi
August 15, 2019
In this week’s episode of Fully Equipped, hosts Tim Briand from True Spec Golf and GOLF’s Jonathan Wall preview the potential impact of a new wedge in Tiger's bag and the changes Bryson has made to his driver. They take a look at the latest Iron releases from Callaway and TaylorMade, put the Gear Spotlight on Artisan Wedges, and finish off the week with part 1 of a 2 part interview with Bob Bettinardi.
Fully Equipped | Titleist's Director of Metalwood Development, Stephanie Luttrell
August 7, 2019
In this week’s episode of Fully Equipped, hosts Tim Briand from True Spec Golf and GOLF’s Jonathan Wall discuss Viktor Hovland's most recent equipment change and Ben An's unique equipment setup over the last few weeks. They then take a closer look at JT "Postman" Poston's stamped Vokey "Mail" wedges and answer some listener submitted questions. They are then joined by Titlest's Director of Metalwood Development, Stephanie Luttrell, to discuss their new product offerings, her background and what goes into new product development.
The Tour's Emotional Rollercoaster; Martin Trainer
August 5, 2019
The PGA Tour regular season is complete, which means it's PLAYOFFS season. What does that mean for Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods? Two very different things. We discuss that before Puerto Rico Open champ Martin Trainer joins us (17:10) in studio to dish on all that he learned in his rookie season: 1. There are really two PGA Tours. 2. Your card doesn't swipe everywhere 3. Si Woo Kim is a character. And much more.
Fully Equipped | Barracuda Championship Winner Collin Morikawa
July 31, 2019
In this week’s episode of Fully Equipped, hosts Tim Briand from True Spec Golf and GOLF’s Jonathan Wall follow up on the controversy surrounding Xander Schauffelle’s driver, discuss the potential impacts of testing aftermarket driver shafts for the amateur golfer, and in a new weekly segment, answer questions submitted directly by the Fully Equipped audience. They then are joined by the winner of last week’s Barracuda Championship, Collin Morikawa, to discuss winning in his sixth professional start, being a TaylorMade staffer, and what it's like to have obtained his tour card in rapid fashion.
Fully Equipped | Xander Schauffelle’s Driver and a Major Announcement from True Temper’s Don Brown
July 23, 2019
In this week’s episode of Fully Equipped, hosts Tim Briand from True Spec Golf and GOLF’s Jonathan Wall take a deep dive into the controversy surrounding Xander Schauffelle’s driver, while also taking a look back at equipment at the Open. They also discuss the potential impact of Dustin Johnson’s shaft testing in Memphis this week before being joined by True Temper’s Don Brown for a major acquisition announcement.
Fully Equipped | Tiger's Changes For The Open & Charles Howell III Pt 2
July 18, 2019
In the second episode of Fully Equipped, hosts Tim Briand from True Spec Golf and GOLF’s Jonathan Wall let you know what equipment to look out for at the Open Championship. Highlighted by breaking down the putters Tiger has been experimenting with and the potential impact of the addition of a 2-iron to his bag. They conclude their interview with PGA Tour winner Charles Howell III, where they discuss how course conditions and layout can impact changes tour professionals make to their bag.
British Open Preview with Shipnuck and Bamberger
July 15, 2019
Senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger are back to help prep you for the week in Northern Ireland. They explain why this Open is particularly important, the history behind it, how an Open in Northern Ireland came to be and how Graeme McDowell is the man to keep an eye on this week. Enjoy!
Fully Equipped | Debut Episode With Charles Howell III Pt 1
July 12, 2019
In the debut episode of GOLF’s Fully Equipped Podcast presented by True Spec Golf, Hosts Tim Briand and Jonathan Wall dive right into Tony Finau’s recent change in driver shaft length, Scotty Cameron’s upcoming release of a new T22 Teryllium putter line, while being joined by PGA Tour Winner Charles Howell III for part one of a two part interview on equipment, his favorite clubs, and the mindset behind his recent move to Titleist.
Cristie Kerr on Equal Pay, "Total Domination," and the Solheim Cup
July 11, 2019
2-time major champion Cristie Kerr joins us for a hearty discussion on spirits, her lengthy career, the difference between the men's and women's games, and explains why golf is so behind the times in paying female golfers what they are worth.
News | U.S. Open 2019 Recap
June 17, 2019
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger recap the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. GOLF Magazine's senior writers tackle Gary Woodland's impressive victory, Brooks Koepka's dominant run, the state of Tiger's game and mindset, and the ideal U.S. Open rota.
News | U.S. Open Moving Day Recap
June 15, 2019
The final day of the 2019 U.S. Open is upon us and Gary Woodland is on the verge of his first major victory at 11-under par. Sean Zak and Michael Bamberger discuss the top players nipping at his heels to hoist the U.S. Open trophy.
News | U.S. Open Round 2 Recap
June 14, 2019
Sean Zak and Alan Shipnuck breakdown the major so far: Gary Woodland shot 6-under and stands atop the leaderboard at 9-under. But round one's leader, Justin Rose, is only 2 shots back while 29 players remain under par. Plus, Tiger and Lefty are still very much in the mix.
News | U.S. Open Round 1 Recap
June 13, 2019
Dylan Dethier and Luke Kerr-Dineen react to all of Thursday's action which included an impressive leaderboard, underwhelming course conditions, Jordan Spieth calling out his caddy, and Tiger's 1-under performance.
News | Brooks Koepka, Press Conference King
June 11, 2019
Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier discuss Brooks Koepka's outspoken press conference from Tuesday at Pebble Beach. The four-time major was the talk of the media center and we hear his best bites from his time at the Podium.
Gear | Picking The Brain of Phil's Personal Club Builder
June 11, 2019
GOLF.com Managing Editor of Equipment, Jonathan Wall, spoke with Callaway’s Gerritt Pon about how he became a club builder, how he gets late night calls from Lefty and what makes his clubs so unique.
News | U.S. Open Preview
June 9, 2019
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger discuss the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and why players' criticisms regarding the USGA seem excessive. They also dive into the idea of narrowing the host list to have a more frequent rotation of the classic five or six U.S. Open courses.
News | Will the 2024 Ryder Cup be a disaster?
May 23, 2019
The PGA Championship at Bethpage Black showcased the fan frenzy that comes with hosting a major golf tournament in New York. But was it an indication that crowds are becoming too mean spirited? Instruction Editor, and Team Europe super fan, Luke Kerr-Dineen wrote an article claiming the event has him "terrified." Host Dylan Dethier asks important questions regarding who's to blame, how it can be fixed, and why it matters.
News | Brooks Koepka's Major Statement
May 19, 2019
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger host their PGA Championship recap - during the final few holes of the major! The senior writers discuss Brooks Koepka's career and the statement he's made by winning his fourth major in his last eight tries, where he goes from here, and his relationship with long-time friend Dustin Johnson.
News | What's so special about Bethpage Black?
May 15, 2019
The first public course to host a major championship is also known as 'The Peoples' Country Club'. Dylan Dethier hosts as magazine writer Paul Rogers speaks to the magic of Bethpage Black.