Choi relies on Miura irons
At The Players, the longest iron in K. J. Choi’s bag was a 4-iron. He carried one hybrid. He won $1,710,000.
He can thank Bill Choung for at least part of his success. In early 2010, Choi first came to see Choung, who owns a golf fitting center called CompuGolf in Carrollton, Texas.
Choung is part of the new technology movement in golf, and Choi embraced the machines and software that were analyzing his golf swing and ball flight.
Not that Choi isn’t discerning on his own. “The amazing thing about K.J. is that he can tell if a club is off by one swingweight point,” Choung said. “He has remarkable feel.”
With Choung’s guidance, Choi switched to Miuri CB-501 irons (4-PW) before the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He tied for third. His next outing was The Players.
Counting his Miura Classic 54- and 60-degree wedges Choi had nine of the company’s clubs in his bag. He used KBS Tour X 130g steel shafts.
He carried a third wedge, a Titleist Vokey Spin Milled (59 degree), along with a TaylorMade R11 driver (9 degree), Ping i15 3-wood (15.5 degree), TaylorMade 09 Rescue TP (19 degree) and an Odyssey TriHot 2 putter. His ball was a Titleist Pro V1, and he wore a FootJoy StaSof glove and FootJoy ICON shoes.
Miura is a top-of-the-line Japanese club manufacturer that does not pay any touring pros to use its equipment. A set of eight Miura irons, sold through custom fitters, typically retails for $1,800 to $2,000 in the United States.
Choi used NO1 (as in No. 1) grips from Japan. “The tread on these grips is thicker,” Choung said. “It’s like tire treads. It forces you to apply a very, very light grip on it.”
His putter grip was an original, oversized, screw-on SuperStroke.
Mahan adds new Ping wedges
Seen in Hunter Mahan’s bag: New Ping forged Anser wedges of 53 and 60 degrees. Mahan is the first player to use the wedges, which are expected to be available to consumers in mid-August.
Other than pitching wedges back in the 1960s, Ping never has sold forged wedges. The Anser wedges are clean looking, with tungsten in the sole but no weight port in the back of the clubhead.
Short shots: Darren Clarke, who won on the PGA European Tour, played the same TaylorMade driver as Choi – 9-degree R11. He also used the company’s Penta TP ball. . . . J.B. Holmes led The Players in driving distance with a 312.9 average. His driver was a Callaway FT Tour (8.5 degree). . . . Boo Weekly used Dynamic Gold steel shafts in all his irons except the 6-iron. He had KBS Tour steel in the 6-iron.
– James Achenbach