Paddy sticks with his Wilson wedge
Thursday, February 4, 2010
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – After “significant” debate, Padraig Harrington stuck with his Wilson wedge rather than using a pre-1990, Ping Eye2 wedge in the first round of the Northern Trust Open.
Harrington didn’t hide the fact that he was considering putting a Ping Eye2 pre-1990 wedge into play, and called it a game-time decision.
“Every 10 minutes it’s in the bag, it’s out of the bag,” Harrington said. “While they’re out there being used, it’s a difficult situation not to, for anybody who’s competitive not to go out there and take full advantage of what you can if somebody else is.”
In his press conference on Feb. 2, Harrington used the word “significant” eight times to characterize his opinion on the groove change.
“It’s significant,” he said. “It’s significant to distance control and that.”
He later added: “It’s a significant change to a lot of people. I know I’ve been testing during the winter and it’s quite significant.”
You get the idea.
After opening with a 1-over 72, Harrington spent a significant amount of time (sorry couldn’t help myself) practicing his wedge game in and around the bunker.
“It’s sort of the 35-, 40-yard shots out of the rough,” Harrington said. “It basically means that you’ll see a lot more conservative play, a lot more laying up and players will have to play a different way.”
In other words, he thinks it is significant.