JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Lee Westwood switched iron shafts for the first time in 17 years this week, swapping Ping JZ shafts for True Temper X100 shafts. However, the change came in a roundabout way.
Westwood has been using Ping i20 irons since June 2012. But on Tuesday at Liberty National Golf Club – where he’s competing in The Barclays – he told Ping reps at the practice range that he was interested in trying a set of the company’s new S55 irons. Westwood is seeking to flatten his ball flight because he has been hitting the ball much higher and spinning it more since he started working with instructor Sean Foley this summer.
Ping had sets of the S55 irons waiting for several staff players in the company’s tour van, but didn’t have one for Westwood because as Matt Rollins, Ping’s senior PGA Tour manager, said, “Lee is an i20 guy.”
A set of the S55 irons was built for Westwood. But after testing the clubs, Westwood said he wasn’t achieving the ball flight he had envisioned.
Ping then gave Westwood a set of i20 irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts – instead of the Ping JZ shafts he’s been using since 1995. According to Rollins, the Dynamic Gold shafts launched the ball at the same angle as the Ping shafts, but with 400 rpms less spin.
Westwood played some practice holes with the newly shafted clubs on Tuesday afternoon and again on Wednesday, liked them and made the switch.