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TOUR REPORT: American Express Championship

We are back on the mainland for the Amex and the #gorogue train is off to a strong start in 2022.

We had a packed truck with Head of Tour Tim Reed, Tour Manager Jacob Davidson, Kellen Watson, Simon Wood, Dean Teykl, Greg Shaw, and Odyssey’s Joe Toulon all on-site.

Mr. Roger Cleveland was also with us Monday/Tuesday.

Jon Rahm 3-wood testing

JR tested the new Rogue ST 💎💎💎 3HL (16.5@16, 43.25, D4)

Rahm was looking for a 3-wood that would hit not only his desired yardage (which is about 265-270 stock) but also a club that would turn over easily without taking the spin-down too far.

With 3-wood, Jon doesn’t want the spin ever dipping below 3000RPM. When it does, the numbers live closer to his Driver, which is not the goal.

After a few weighting tweaks by Kellen Watson (a few grams of rat glue in the back), I think we found a winner.

It’s interesting to see a player that wants to slow a club down; in this case, that’s sort of what happened.

Svenny tests some new whips

Canadian ball hitter Adam Svensson hit the range this week with a new Rogue ST 💎💎💎LS driver and a new caddy with veteran Tim Tucker on the bag. It speaks volumes that a caddy like Tim would hop on the bag of a rookie after caddying for BAD. Svenny is a raw talent and in my opinion will be the best Canadian player in the world come EOY.

Adam put the new driver in play at the Sony but is still in the process of tightening up his flight a bit from a spin and downrange perspective. He has been in an Aldila Rogue Black 130MSI 60TX for some time but wanted to test the LAGolf low spin profile. The first combo had no tipping and satisfied the flight but spin was still a bit high on cutters, the plan was to test one with an inch of tipping and go from there.

I’ll keep you posted on this one.

BTW, the un-tipped shaft, landed in my car to test LOL. Thanks Joey (LAGolf Rep)

The “Rahmbo Grind”

It’s funny to watch how much influence the world #1 has, LOL. Late last year Jon Rahm was at ECPC working with the team and asked Mr. Cleveland to watch him a bit and then build a wedge that he thought would elevate the bag. Jon is a player that uses all parts of the wedge, so the bounce profile needs to be spot on. He was in a Jaws Forged 60/10 (C Grind) for most of the year and did switch into a Jaws Full Toe for one tournament.

Roger went into the shop and came out with a Jaws MD5 60/08W with leading edge relief and some meat taken out of the heel. JR fell in love instantly, and the rest is history.

The story at Amex was the volume of players wanting to test that grind based on seeing Jon use it. Truth be told, the only player that even played that grind last year was Tyler McCumber, but at the Amex, there were multiple orders for this exact grind, and since RC was on-site, these wedges were a hot item. I wouldn’t be surprised if this “Rahmbo grind” finds itself in the next line. It’s that good.

AMEX PHOTO GALLERY

RC Grinded some testing wedges for Abe Ancer both with leading edge relief
Tyler McCumber had a Raw TCB 3-iron built up with some meat taken out of the leading edge and back. TMac comes in a bit steep and prefers a bit of bounce on his irons to speed up interaction with the turf.
Alex Noren had the crew build up a club for his son, in pure Noren style the club came equipped with a cut down X100. “He will grow into it” -Alex Noren
Callaway Tour rep Dean Teykl and Fujikura Pat McCoy tested some Ventus with new staffer Danny Lee.
There aren’t many Callaway bags left on that table for a reason…our new ball is on fire and we are seeing a bunch of players wanting to test:)
Fran Molinari has the most 🔥Tri-Hot 5K I’ve seen…
Big Cat dot is a must

Next week its a Callaway home game at Torrey with a HUGE field. Xander and Burns will be back in action so there will be a ton to report.

LFG

JDub

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