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Logan Olson with with Scottie Scheffler at Pebble beach

Ryan Barath

Welcome to Wall-to-Wall Equipment, the Monday morning gear wrap-up in which GOLF equipment editor Jonathan Wall takes you through the latest trends, rumors, and breaking news. This week’s Wall-to-Wall is brought to you by Jonathan’s partner in gear nerdiness, GOLF senior equipment editor Ryan Barath, who was on the ground at Pebble Beach for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Wyndham Clark makes several club swaps — and wins

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Titleit’s JJ Van Wezenbeeck working with Wyndham Clark at Pebble Beach Ryan Barath

Wyndham Clark shot an impressive Saturday 60 at Pebble Beach, and after weather forced Sunday’s final round to be canceled it turned out to be the difference in securing him the win by one over Ludvig Aberg. Although Clark’s new Odyssey Ai-One putter was the buzziest club in his bag, Clark had several other notable new additions to his arsenal, too.

They include a new TaylorMade Qi10 3 wood, a 2024 Mizuno Pro FliHi driving iron and new Vokey SM10 wedges by Titleist.

Another quieter change for Clark last week: After working with Titleist’s JJ Van Wezenbeeck, Clark switched from his previous Titleist TSi3 to the newer TSR3. When asked about the swap on the range, Wezenbeeck said that Clark was seeing more consistent speed with the TSR3 but just needed to get everything dialed before commiting — well, I guess they got everything dialed!

Titleist Vokey SM10 Raw Custom Wedge

For every shot, every lie, every course, there’s a grind fit for your swing. Finding the right grind to match your swing and playing conditions will give you the best turf interaction, contact and shot performance. Master Craftsman Bob Vokey has spent decades crafting, developing and improving his tour proven grinds to fit players of all levels. Anyone can manufacture a wedge, but it takes a master to turn a piece of high-performance technology into an instrument of creative control. Bob’s six tour-proven grinds are designed to offer maximum creativity, versatility and consistency, all meticulously developed through years of working with the best players in the world. PROGRESSIVE CENTER OF GRAVITY SM9 features a progressive center of gravity (CG) throughout the lofts, which optimizes ball flight, accuracy and forgiveness. Using tapered top lines and varied hosel lengths, the Vokey R&D team has raised the height of the CG in the higher lofts, which promotes a lower, more controlled flight. The CG is also forward of the face, resulting in increased MOI, exceptional feel and a club face that simply wants to square up at impact. SPIN MILLED GROOVES SM9’s patented Spin Milled grooves are meticulously engineered through a new cutting process to maximize spin and durability. The process starts by cutting the face perfectly flat with a high-speed saw. Then every groove is individually cut based on loft and finish; low lofts (46°-54°) are designed with narrower, deeper grooves, while higher lofts (56°-62°) have wider, shallower grooves. Micro-grooves are individually cut in between grooves, which maximize spin on partial shots. A proprietary heat treatment is applied to the impact area which doubles the durability of the groove without impacting feel, making it the most durable groove in golf. The process is only complete when every Vokey wedge is 100% inspected for utmost quality and performance.
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It’s no secret that Ping has new S159 wedges out on the PGA Tour, and to be fair it’s hard to keep a secret when almost all of your staff players have quickly made the switch.

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New Ping S159 wedges have been very popular with players since their release Ryan Barath

Much like their Blueprint S and T irons, which saw quick adoption by many players and immediate wins by Sahith Theegala and Louis Oosthuizen, the S159s can be found in a majority of Ping players’ bags, which shows that players are liking the new models.

It’s probably not going to be long until we see these at retail.

PING Blueprint S Custom Irons

Developed following extensive testing with PING’s top tour pros to meet their “must haves” — control and precision — Blueprint S delivers the score-lowering performance demanded by the best players in the world. COMPACT SHAPE The compact shape fits the discerning eye with a thin top line and minimal offset. The 8620 carbon steel head boasts a clean cavity design, distinguished by an eye-catching forged textured pattern and hydropearl 2.0 chrome finish. PRECISION POCKET FORGING This patented forging technique allows PING to forge a pocket into the cavity of the 3, 4 and 5 irons. The pocket saves 10 grams of weight, which is re-allocated to increase the MOI and optimize the center of gravity position for more distance and trajectory control.
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Center-shafted putter trend

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Center-shafted putters found on the practice green at Pebble Beach Ryan Barath
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This putter style is making a surprising comeback on the PGA Tour
By: Ryan Barath

It wasn’t long along that center-shafted putters had almost grown extinct from retail shelves and on the PGA Tour save for a few holdouts. But, be it because of the surge in center-shafted long putters or players just looking to find something that better helps with alignment, center-shafted putters are trending again on the PGA Tour.

Almost every manufacturer had at least one option available at Pebble, with Ping, Bettinardi and Odyssey having the most models. When you add in the long putter options, I’d expect to see a few more center-shafted-putting winners like Matthieu Pavon before the end of the year.

New Mitsubishi putter shafts

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New Mitsubishi Chemical putter shafts Ryan Barath

Driver and iron shafts aren’t the only things that can get fit for flex and profile, and Mitsubishi proved that with two new putter shafts out for testing at Pebble Beach that offered various flex options to help fit players for stroke type.

Scheffler testing Olson putters

We’ll continue to follow this story, but the development above paired with Olson Manufacturing’s official mailing address now being directed to the same address as TaylorMade’s HQ, confirms the putter maker’s relationship with the brand and their continued efforts to help Scottie Scheffler on the greens.

Rory talks new golf ball

Rory McIlroy hits drive in front of sign at 2024 Dubai Desert Classic
Rory McIlroy has been playing well with his new TaylorMade golf ball Getty Images

Rory McIlroy had a typically lengthy press conference at Pebble, and although most of the focus was on LIV, yours truly was able to ask the important stuff gear nerds want to hear about when it comes to his recent play and switch to a soon-to-be released TaylorMade ball.

Barath: You played the same golf ball for a number of years now. How do you find the new ball has performed for you, and what was it like going through the testing process like?

Rory McIlroy: Yeah, I thought it was a good opportunity to at least test it in Dubai. You’ve got desert conditions, there’s not a ton of wind, it’s a place that I’m comfortable with. I obviously tested it a little bit at home and liked that it was a touch of a lower launch than the golf ball I was previously playing, then a touch lower spin as well.

It was a great test — it was two weeks in Dubai, because the greens got pretty firm at the weekend on both courses, so it was a good test to still make sure that the mid-irons were spinning enough going into greens and still being able to hold greens. And it’s fast, it’s a really, really fast golf ball. Definitely feel like I’ve picked up a little bit of speed with it, especially off the tee.

And it’s a little funny, it’s a lower spinning ball, but it feels a touch softer to me around the greens, so I like that feel of it. I think the sort of lower launch with the short irons and then a little bit more of a softer feel around the greens was sort of the big selling point to me.

Barath: Is that mid-iron control — other than the short game — one of the most important things for you?

Rory: Yeah, I like to play a low spin ball but not so low spin that when you’re hitting a 6-iron or something into the green you can’t hold it. But I also like that — a very comfortable shot for me at the minute is sort of hitting this hold-off sort of cut. The fact that it doesn’t spin too much when I hit that shot I really like because I’ve always had this fear with whatever golf ball that I’ve played that if I hit that shot, there’s a tendency to come up short because it spins a little too much. But I don’t really have that fear with this golf ball, which is a really nice feeling.

TaylorMade Qi10 LS Custom Driver

Qi10 LS delivers a lower spin and lower launch that is engineered to optimize performance for fast swing speed players. With a deep face and a more compact overall head shape, it is the preferred driver for Team TaylorMade Tour athletes including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. NEW INFINITY CARBON CROWN An Infinity Carbon Crown covers 97% of the total crown area, creating a strategic advantage for mass redistribution and enhanced forgiveness. At address, it delivers a sleek and clean view that pairs with subtle alignment cues, setting the stage for confidence and success. REIMAGINED SLIDING WEIGHT DESIGN A new, more efficient moveable weight features an 18g steel sliding weight housed by an innovative track system. The redesigned structure allows the adjustable weight to move farther forward and lower compared to Stealth 2 Plus, resulting in a more forgiving low-spin experience. 
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Sure sounds like Rory has found a new TaylorMade ball for 2024, and it likely won’t be long before we’ll have more info to share for everyone else.

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Ryan Barath

Golf.com Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.