Sabbatini carries a few TaylorMade exceptions
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
>> Byron Nelson winner Rory Sabbatini is a TaylorMade staff player and carries TaylorMade clubs – except for a distinctive 61-degree wedge from the Japanese company Fourteen and an Adams 20-degree hybrid. Sabbatini also carries a 19-degree R9 5-wood. The choice of a 19-degree fairway wood and 20-degree hybrid does not create an overlap, because fairway woods almost always fly higher and farther than hybrids.
>> Michael Allen won the Senior PGA Championship with Titleist’s Pro V1x ball, but the next three finishers (Larry Mize, Bruce Fleisher and Tom Watson) played the Pro V1. It is often said that seniors and women prefer the Pro V1, but this might be an oversimplification. Case in point: Yani Tseng won the LPGA Corning Classic using the Pro V1x. Soo-Yun Kang, who tied for second, also used the Pro V1x.
>> Paul Casey, winner of the BMW PGA Championship, mixed and matched his Nike irons (VR Forged Split Cavity, VR Forged TW blades, ProCombo OS) and wedges (VR). Casey also used a Nike prototype putter.
>> No secrets for Stewart Cink, who announced on Twitter that he is considering a wedge change. He would go from his current lineup of 49, 54 and 61 degrees to a new configuration of 47, 51.5, 56 and 61.
“It’s true,” said Nike tour rep Rick Nichols. “The long hitters commonly give up a long iron and go for more wedges. He might do it this year, but, basically, Stewart is a guy who likes to stay ahead of the curve. So he’s is looking at next year and the new groove regulations (the PGA Tour has mandated less aggressive grooves for all wedges and irons).”
Added Tom Stites, Nike’s lead club designer:, “We have received a huge amount of (groove) input from Stewart. He is very interested in the whole process. All I can tell you right now is that our wedges (for 2010) will stay really clean and well-balanced. The only thing we won’t have is a wacky wedge.”
>> As touring pros begin experimenting with TaylorMade’s new 460cc R9 driver, a few are changing over from the 430cc R9. One is Spencer Levin, who had no intention of switching until he played a Byron Nelson practice round with Jonathan Kaye and had a chance to try the R9 460 (9.5 degree).
“It’s in my bag,” Levin said.
The original R9 features interchangeable weights in the clubhead, while the 460 model does not.
Not all TaylorMade players, however, are going with the R9 family. Michael Allen used an R7 Super Quad driver (10.5 degree).
>> The SeeMore putter express continues to roll.
On the heels of Zach Johnson’s SeeMore-aided victory at Valero Texas Open, D.A. Points put a SeeMore in his bag and putted impressively to finish third at the Byron Nelson. Points had 107 putts for 72 holes.
Another SeeMore user, Briny Baird, also cracked the top 10 at the Byron Nelson.