Toy Box notes: Pressel seeks distance
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The week before the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Morgan Pressel put new Callaway irons in her bag. At the Kraft, she switched to a new Callaway driver.
One of the big reasons for both changes: more distance.
Pressel, who tied for 19th at the Kraft Nabisco, is playing Diablo Edge Forged irons. Pressel said she has gained about 7 yards per club.
She also has a new Diablo Edge Tour driver (8.5 degree). This driver is 45.5 inches, longer than the 44.75-inch driver she has played during much of her pro career but shorter than the 46-inch driver she used earlier this year.
Pressel claimed she is hitting the 45.5-inch driver 10 to 15 yards farther than the 46-inch driver. A check of statistics showed a 5-yard gain. She came into the Kraft with a 243-yard average. For the week, she averaged 248 yards.
Sharp around the edges: Ernie Els, a two-time winner this year, likes his wedges razor sharp, so most of the bounce and radius (sole curvature) were ground out of his Callaway X-Forged wedges (54 and 60 degrees).
Els particularly likes the wedges for Augusta National Golf Club, where there is an abundance of tight lies.
Short shots: Aldila won the shaft manufacturer counts for woods and hybrids at Houston. Angel Cabrera, who leads the PGA Tour in driving distance (302.1 yards), played Aldila’s RIP in his Ping i15 driver. . . .
• Jeff Quinney is the newest member of the TaylorMade tour staff. . . .
• The top five finishers in the Shell Houston Open (Anthony Kim, Vaughn Taylor, Charl Schwartzel, Graham DeLaet and Shaun Micheel) used True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 steel shafts in their irons. . . .
• Pat Perez went from an 8.5-degree TaylorMade Burner SuperFast to a 9.5-degree version of the same driver. . . .
• When Michael Allen arrived in Houston, he found his 5-iron had been bent during his flight. The face was mangled and had a large indentation in it. So TaylorMade built him a new R9 TP 5-iron with his personal grind.
• Anthony Kim used Nike’s VR Tour (8.5 degree) driver in his victory, while Suzann Pettersen played Nike’s VR STR8-FIT Tour driver (9.5 degree) in her runner-up finish at the Kraft Nabisco. Kim used UST Mamiya’s Proforce AXIVCore prototype 7250 shaft (X-flex) in his driver and Proforce AXIVCore Tour Green (X-flex) in his 3- and 4-woods.