DORAL, Fla. — TaylorMade Tour Staff professional Sergio Garcia will have made a couple significant equipment changes when he tees it up for his opening round on Thursday at the WGC Cadillac Championship, including the addition of a new R1 driver to his arsenal to take on Doral. Garcia spent the early part of the week working with a new R1 made with a Mitsubishi Diamana 103X driver shaft, which features his unique counterbalance weighting in the butt end of the shaft. Garcia has traditionally played very heavy shafts in his metalwoods and the new R1 driver shaft is 8 grams heavier than the 95-X he was playing in his RBZ 9.5 driver prior to this week.
Garcia’s week included a nine-hole practice round on Tuesday in which he was hammering the R1 with a penetrating draw and finding the fairway with consistency and ease. We fully expect the new driver build will be in the bag tomorrow for his opening-round tee time at Doral.
Finally, Garcia has spent recent weeks testing a new Ghost Tour putter shape – a half-moon mallet, the MC-72 – and this week spent a couple days working with a build featuring a plumber’s neck hosel and gray Tour-only “Forged Milled” face construction. He first tested the shape at the WGC Accenture Match Play but found the adjustments to the hosel – from single-bend to plumber’s neck – and face – from black to gray – helped him get 100 percent comfortable and confident with the new shape. He was very pleased with the way he rolled the ball in practice rounds at on the putting green this week at Doral and we expect the new putter will be in the bag on Thursday at the WGC.
Be on the lookout for Sergio’s new gear this weekend and we looking forward to watching him try for his first PGA Tour win of the season playing in a field of the world’s elite at Doral.