They've taken it too far this time - it's a real shameJune 16, 2018 Golf Equipment
With rules and course set-up controversies raging, equipment editor James Savage takes a light-hearted look at the other big stories from Saturday's third round
Nike golf shoes, and sometimes clothing, always seems to go to the edge at major championships.
— James Savage (@JamesSavageNCG) June 12, 2018
But after seeing Brooks Koepka’s shoes on Saturday, I think they’ve gone over it this time.
Nike golf shoes have always been kind to me – great comfort and stability – but I’m just not sure where they are going any more. It’s a real shame.
I don’t know where to start with these. But if you’re reading this Nike, I’ll happily test a pair out to give them their dues.
— James Savage (@JamesSavageNCG) June 18, 2018
Rose summons the spirit of Merion
Who can forget the 72nd hole at Merion in 2013 where Justin Rose fired his second shot over the pin before nearly holing for birdie with his 3-wood from the fringe?
It makes you wonder why players don’t pull fairway woods out when around the greens more often.
And when Rose grabbed the 3-wood from the fringe on his third hole no one was surprised to see it find the back of the cup.
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 16, 2018
Stricker didn’t get the new driver memo
We’ve been bleating on about the new Titleist TS drivers all week.
All the cool kids like Justin Thomas, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Jimmy Walker have been using them at Shinnecock Hills.
Unfortunately it seems poor old Steve Stricker got left out of the WhatsApp group.
The 51-year-old was left to battle his way around with a six-year-old Titleist 913 driver.
But that’s now a record 27 consecutive cuts made at major championships so I’m sure he’ll be able to buy one of the new TS drivers when they come on sale.
Hatton showing off new Ping irons
The Englishman has been grinding hard and has already secured his best-ever US Open finish whatever happens.
And he’s done it with the new Ping i210 irons plus a mystery 3-iron which he’s using here.
We’ll have all the details over the coming weeks.
Nice shirt, Webb
What a lovely looking FootJoy polo Webb Simpson was seen sporting on Saturday.
I’m sure I’ve seen it somewhere before though…
Yep, in my wardrobe. We know Simpson is a big fan of the NCG YouTube channel so as well as picking up equipment and instruction tips, he’s clearly seeking fashion advice too.