Kaymer carrying two 3-irons at Pinehurst No. 2
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PINEHURST, N.C. – Martin Kaymer opened the U.S. with back-to-back 65s. He also carried back-to-back 3-irons.
That another way of saying that, yes, Kaymer is playing Pinehurst No. 2 with two 3-irons.
They look identical - same TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (Muscle Cavity) heads, same True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue steel shafts.
However, one of the 3-irons has been turned into a 2-iron. Its stock loft of 20 degrees was bent to 17 degrees. He's using both mainly off the tee.
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Technicians in the TaylorMade tour van received so many requests from players for long irons that the supply of MC 2-iron heads was quickly exhausted. They started bending 3-irons to 2-iron loft.
Kaymer, though, said he preferred the look of the altered 3-iron. The 3-blade, he noted, is slightly larger than the 2-iron.
Bending irons in this fashion is nothing new. Gary Player did it frequently during his career. Fred Couples once carried two Lynx 8-irons bent to different lofts. Jason Day occasionally has used a TaylorMade 2-iron bent to 1-iron loft.
The entire MC set has stock lofts that are not as strong as many other irons: 47-degree pitching wedge, 42-degree 9-iron, 38-degree 8-iron, 34-degree 7-iron, 30-degree 6-iron, 26-degree 5-iron, 23-degree 4-iron, 20-degree 3-iron, 17-degree 2-iron.
At the Players Championship, which he won in May, Kaymer carried a 17-degree TaylorMade SLDR Rescue hybrid. That club came out of his bag at the U.S. Open, making room for the 3-iron with 2-iron specs.
Kaymer is not known as a club switcher. He often has said he prefers to stay with the same clubs.
In line with that philosophy, Kaymer has used a Ping Karsten Anser 2 putter to win the 2010 PGA Championship and 2014 Players Championship, while also sinking the winning putt for Europe at the 2012 Ryder Cup.