TOUR REPORT: HONDA CLASSICFebruary 28, 2014
The West Coast Swing ended last week on a high note for us as TaylorMade Tour Staff pro Jason Day won the World Golf Championship—Accenture Match Play in an epic 23-hole final match. While that event was in progress, the Tour Truck was making the long cross-country drive to get here in time for the start the Florida Swing here at the Honda Classic, in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. With apologies to all in the grip of the Polar Vortex, the weather was outstanding this week, low 80s and low humidity, and the Truck was parked in easy proximity to the driving range. All of that made for another great week on Tour.
Lofting up with SLDR continues as Ken Duke went up a full 2 ½ degrees from 9.5° in his old driver to 12° in his new SLDR. Like everybody else who has lofted up with SLDR, Ken is launching the ball higher, spinning it less and getting more distance.
David Lynn also added a degree to his SLDR, going from 10.5° to 11.5°, and got eight more yards of carry.
Roberto Castro has lofted up his SLDR 430 to 12° and he’s loving it, so much so that he asked for a back up to be built this week, a sure sign that a player is sold on a club.
Among this week’s numerous SLDR hybrid builds included a 24° for Carl Petterson, a 22° for Trevor Immelman and a 19° for Sean O’Hair. Sean needed something to fill the gap between his 3-wood, that he hits 260, and 4-iron that he hits 210. He’s getting 240 from his new 19°, and he’s able to do everything with it — hit it high and low and work it left and right. And yes, he put it in his bag this week.
Speaking of SpeedBlades, Brian Harman is carrying a couple (4 & 5) this week; he says he likes them because they’re easy to hit, they fly high and land soft.
Rory Sabbatini has been gaming the Tour Preferred MC irons with a 95-gram Aerotech Steelfiber shaft; this week he asked us to build another set of MCs with a heavier, 110-gram Steelfiber. Rory is one of those players who loves to tinker and experiment with his equipment in search of an edge.
In putters, Retief Goosen, who has been in a competitor’s product so far in 2014, switched this week to the new counterbalanced Ghost Spider Si, 38 inches long with double-bend shaft.
Andres Romero also put a counterbalanced Ghost Spider Si in play for the first time this week.
IN THE BAG SPOTLIGHT
SLDR 430 9.0° driver
JetSpeed 15.0° 3 wood
SLDR 19°.0 Rescue
SLDR 21.0 ° Rescue
Tour Preferred MC irons (5-PW)
ATV 52 , 56° & 60 ° wedges
Ghost Spider Si counterbalance putter
Tour Preferred X ball
adidas Golf footwear
Source: Darrell Survey
No. 1 with 66 in play
No. 1 with 88 in play
No. 1 with 31 in play
No. 1 with 38 sets in play
No. 2 with 78 in play
No. 2 with 20 in play
No. T4 with 13 in play
Source: Darrell Survey