Moore relies on unconventional iron set
Friday, January 8, 2010
Ryan Moore is known for doing things a little differently. Last year, the focus was on his fashion sense. This year, Moore is getting attention for the unique makeup of his bag. Moore’s irons don’t have traditional numbers printed on them, only the lofts.
Moore has a 5-degree gap between each iron, starting at 60 degrees of loft and descending to 20 degrees.
“I’m going to call them all wedges,” Moore joked. “That was my 20-degree wedge.”
Twenty degrees is a couple degrees stronger than a 3-iron. Irons usually have about a 4-degree gap between them. However, Moore felt like that left him with some awkward gaps in his irons, especially at the top and bottom of his set.
Moore might be onto something. As I write this Friday night, Moore has the lead 27 holes into the season-opening SBS Championship. His new set makes things a little awkward for announcers, who have to describe to viewers what club Moore hit.
“I have no idea,” Moore said, when asked how announcers will react. “I can’t wait to see, actually.”
Moore explained the setup in mid-December when I met with him for an instructional photo shoot at Scratch Golf’s headquarters in Chattanooga, Tenn. Moore became a part owner of the company late last year after playing most of the year without a club contract.
Moore said the 5-degree spacing leaves about a 15-yard gap between each club. He has nine irons in his bag, as well as a driver, two woods (13 and 18 degrees), 21-degree hybrid and putter.
The biggest benefit will come from inside 150 yards, where a Tour player must be most precise. Moore said he doesn’t mind the larger distance gap in the longer clubs, since the main objective with those clubs is hitting the green and two-putting.
“Now I have a 125-yard club,” Moore said. “That is a great number to have a nice, full swing at it. Then I have a 140-yard club, instead of having a gap from 115 yards to about 135 or 140, then 150.”