Toy Box: Horschel wields Pings for first Tour victory

Billy Horschel during the final round of the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Billy Horschel during the final round of the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. ( Associated Press )

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Horschel wields Ping clubs for first PGA Tour victory

After earning three consecutive top-10 finishes leading to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Billy Horschel finally broke through and won his first PGA Tour event.

Here is a complete list of the clubs he used at TPC Louisiana: Ping G25 (9.5 degree, 45.25 inches, Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 63-X shaft, D4 swingweight); Ping G25 fairway woods (15 degree, Oban Kiyoshi Black 75-05 shaft, D2 swingweight; and 18 degree, Oban Kiyoshi Black 75-05 shaft, D2 swingweight); Ping S56 irons (3-PW; Ping ZZ-65 shafts, D1+ swingweight); Ping Tour with Gorge Grooves wedges (52 degree bent to 53; and 60 degree, both Standard Sole, True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts) and Ping Redwood Piper S putter with custom hosel (35 inches, 70 lie, 3.5 loft, SuperStroke midsize grip). He used a Titleist Pro V1x ball.

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Zurich Classic champion provides grip tip

For his woods and irons, Horschel used Golf Pride V55 full cord 58 ribbed grips; his wedges had Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58 round. Horschel uses ribbed grips in all his clubs except the wedges.

Why does he use round grips in his wedges? Because wedge faces are frequently opened or closed at address to hit different shots, and a rib down the back of the grip would end up in the wrong position.

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Horschel details: club specs and gapping strategy

The lie of Horschel’s 3-, 4- and 5-irons is midway between Ping’s black dot (standard) and red dot (.75 degree upright). The rest of his irons and wedges are red dot. Horschel’s gapping experiment: He is using a wider gap in his wedges than most PGA Tour players. His 52-degree Ping Tour wedge is bent to 53 degrees. His lob wedge is a Ping Tour 60, giving him a 7-degree gap.

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Oban shafts enjoy early success

Oban shafts were used in Horschel’s 3-wood and 5-wood. Earlier this season, PGA Tour winners Brian Gay and Kevin Streelman used Oban shafts in their drivers and 3-woods.

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SHORT SHOTS: Lucas Glover played with a new TaylorMade Spider Blade putter (35 inches) at New Orleans. All he did was make nine birdies during a first-round 65. He eventually tied for fourth. . . . Meanwhile, TaylorMade staffer Retief Goosen switched his putter and driver. He carried a Daddy Long Legs putter and an RBZ Stage 2 driver (9.5 degree). . . . Brett Rumford played a Titleist Pro V1x ball in winning the Ballentine’s Championship in South Korea. . . . Mitsubishi Rayon, whose Fubuki shaft was used by Horschel in his driver, won the driver manufacturer shaft count at the PGA Tour and Tour events. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.