The group of Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker tees off at 8:39 a.m. ET in Friday's second round of THE PLAYERS Championship.
You can watch every shot from that group exclusively on PGATOUR.COM (click here for details).
To get you ready to watch that threesome, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider Jonathan Wall provides an equipment update on each player. Check it out below.
Brandt Snedeker has used an older TaylorMade Superfast driver for years. (Lecka/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Brandt Snedeker's older model TaylorMade Burner SuperFast driver remained in play at the RBC Heritage, but one of the oldest clubs in the five-time PGA TOUR winner's bag could be on its way out.
Snedeker started working extensively with a new TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 driver (9 degrees with a 46-inch Aldila Tour Blue 65TX shaft) at an event on Tuesday and during Wednesday's pro-am.
Palmer goes to TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs: Ryan Palmer has tried various putters over the years, but his Odyssey Dual Force Rossie II has always found its way back into the bag. The putter has been with Palmer for almost his entire professional career and helped him win two of his three PGA TOUR titles.
Palmer may go back to the putter at some point, but for at least one week he decided to shelve his trusty sidekick for a 35-inch TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs putter. Intrigued by the counterbalanced putter -- Daddy Long Legs was released at retail this week -- Palmer decided to give it a test drive early in the week before putting it in play on Thursday.
While the putter is 35 inches, Palmer said he plans to choke down a couple inches on the grip. He also noted the high MOI and stability of Daddy Long Legs' shape and counterbalance grip (which is 130 grams) helped him keep the ball on his intended line -- especially on putts from inside 20 feet.
Callaway X-Hot 3Deep a perfect fit at Harbour Town: One of the tighter courses on the PGA TOUR schedule, Harbour Town requires pinpoint accuracy and distance control off the tee. Long hitters rarely have to pull driver out of the bag, preferring instead to use a 3-wood to keep it in play.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Callaway saw a bump in X-Hot 3Deep requests early in the week. Looking for a club with the workability of a 3-wood in a mini-driver package, a number of players, including Ryo Ishikawa and Luke List, decided to give Callaway's newest creation a try.
Ishikawa went with a 14.5-degree (actual loft 13.9 degrees) that was built for him at the Shell Houston Open. The course-dependent club has a 43-inch Graphie Design Tour AD GT-8 TX shaft with a custom Graphite Design cord grip.
Luke List had Callaway reps build him a 14.5-degree with a 43.5-inch Oban Kiyoshi Black 90x shaft. List initially went with his Mitsubishi gamer shaft but felt his spin numbers were too high. The Oban rectified the problem and allowed him to maintain the same trajectory and distance off the tee.
Daly adds Adams DHy driving hybrids: Adams' DHy driving hybrid has replaced a number of long irons on the PGA TOUR over the past several weeks. John Daly is one of the latest to added two to the bag. One is an 18-degree opened 16 degrees, specifically for tee shots at Harbour Town. The other is a 21-degree, bent to 22.5 degrees, that currently serves as a 3/4 iron replacement.
Kaymer goes with TaylorMade R1 driver: The week following the Masters is usually one where you'll see players start working with new equipment. Martin Kaymer was one of the noteworthy names after he dropped his TaylorMade RBZ Tour driver for an 8-degree TaylorMade R1 with a Graphie Design Tour AD shaft.
Kaymer noticed R1 was beating RBZ Tour in comparison testing during the week and finally pulled the trigger.
Pettersson makes 3-wood change: Carl Pettersson spent an extended amount of time on Monday testing 3-woods on the the driving range. Pettersson went with a 13-degree Nike VR_S Covert Tour with a neutral face-angle setting because he liked the club's ball flight and felt it gave him the best chance to work the ball around Harbour Town's tight layout.
Divots: Rory Sabbatini prefers to grind his own wedge, but when he switched from a 60-degree TaylorMade TP xFT (Exchangeable Face Technology) to a new 60-degree TaylorMade ATV prototype at Hilton Head, he didn't touch the sole. Sabbatini noted the performance and versatility of ATV allowed him to keep the wedge as-is ... Stuart Appleby became the latest player to change to Callaway's HEX Chrome+ ball. Appleby preferred the softer feel and quieter sound around the green ... In an attempt to close the distance gaps at the top end of his bag, Patrick Reed went from four wedges to three and added a 19-degree Nike VR_S Covert 5-wood. The 5-wood plays more like a 4-wood due to the ball flight, and Reed was able to tweak his wedge gap and go with a 54-and 59-degree Nike VR Pro setup ... A traditional muscleback iron player, James Driscoll switched to TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour following several weeks of meticulous work in comparison testing ... Robert Garrigus kept a 25-degree Adams Super LS hybrid in the bag at Hilton Head after using it at the Masters. Garrigus generally only uses a 22-degree Adams Super S but likes the versatility of the 25-degree.
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The Equipment Report will spotlight specific products throughout the course of this season. This week's Product Spotlight focuses on the new adidas adizero golf shoes. For more information from adidas, please click here.
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Brandt Snedeker's new adizero golf shoes didn't turn him into an overnight star, but based on the red-hot start he had to the 2013 season, coupled with his comments recently about adidas' latest golf shoe offering, it's worth asking the question.
Did a pair of golf shoes play a role in Snedeker starting the season with four top-10 finishes, including a win at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am?
Snedeker was a household name before this season — he was the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in 2007 and won the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and season-long FedExCup in 2012 — but as the five-time PGA TOUR winner noted at the Farmers Insurance Open, he felt his adizero shoes gave him an advantage over the field.
"I put them on straight out the box at Kapalua to play 36 holes and I could tell a marked difference in my energy levels at the end of the day, the way my feet felt at the end of the day. I definitely think it's an advantage over guys who aren't wearing them," he said.
"As light as I am on my feet this week, I feel a little bit lighter with these shoes on. It feels great to have 10 ounces less on my feet than I normally do and I can definitely tell a difference with them."
Just like new equipment, there's an adjustment period when it comes to footwear. Considering how many miles players log each year, it shouldn't come as a surprise that most take the offseason or a couple weeks at the start of the year to test new footwear before making a change.
However, adizero has taken a completely different path since the January launch. According to adidas Global Marketing Manager/Footwear Davide Mattucci, roughly 75 percent of the players on adidas' TOUR staff are already wearing adizero — and about 20 have been in the shoe since Week 1 of the PGA TOUR season.
"It's been pretty remarkable thus far," Mattucci said. "Most guys tried it on once and have been in it ever since. Brandt Snedeker is probably the best example. But in comparison to previous shoes we've built its been our most adopted style on tour in the shortest amount of time.
Having a golf shoe that’s incredibly stable and comfortable is extremely important, but if there’s one thing golf shoe manufacturers have been trying to master in recent years, it’s the weight of the shoe.
Adidas has been an industry leader in innovative, technologically advanced high-performance footwear for years, creating cutting-edge footwear that not only looks good but also performs and responds on the course.
Adizero Tour, an ultra-light shoe that weighs just 10.6 ounces and is 38 percent lighter than the popular TOUR360 ATV, is no different.
Thanks to a 1.2 millimeter Sprintframe outsole -- Adidas’ thinnest ever -- microfiber leather upper that’s light, thin and incredibly durable, and a 10-spike configuration with Thintech low-profile technology for added traction and stability, adidas was able to build a golf shoe that ticked all the necessary boxes with staffers.
The shoe is currently available in four colors with an MSRP of $180.
No need for change: Brandt Snedeker uses a TaylorMade driver that came out in 2010. (Gross/Getty Images)
Brandt Snedeker won twice in 2012 and captured the FedExCup, so it should come as no surprise that the five-time PGA TOUR winner's bag remained unchanged for his two-shot win at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Snedeker is also a prime example that you don't have to play the latest equipment to have success. His Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie is seven years old, while his TaylorMade Burner SuperFast came out in 2010.
Driver: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (8.5 degrees) with a Fujikura Motore Speeder 8.0 X shaft
Fairway wood: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 (13 degrees) with a Motore Speeder 8.1 X shaft
Hybrid: Ping Anser (20 degree) with a UST Mamiya VTS 100 X shaft
Irons: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (4-PW) with Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight S shafts
Wedges: Bridgestone J40 (52-degree, 56-degree) with True Temper X100 shafts; Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60-degree) with a True Temper DG Spinner shaft
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Brandt Snedeker, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day helped adidas introduce the adizero Tour shoe earlier this week during a media event held in conjunction with the Farmers Insurance Open.
You can buy the shoe, made in four different colors, in stores today -- the same day Snedeker, Johnson and Day put them into play at Torrey Pines. At the media event on Tuesday, the three TOUR pros piloted remote-controlled aircraft that were built in their likenesses, wearing the same clothes and adizero shoe that each will sport in the first round of the tournament.
The shoe weighs just 10.6 ounces, the lightest 10-cleated shoe adidas has ever made, and joins the adizero footwear family, made popular in football, soccer and basketball. A sprint frame and spring web help make the shoe so light.
Other players wearing the adizero shoes this week are Martin Laird, Casey Wittenberg, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink, Andres Romero, Blake Adams, Charlie Wi, Chez Reavie, Greg Owen, James Driscoll, Matt Bettencourt, Tim Petrovic, Boo Weekley, Alex Rocha, Scott Verplank and Robert Allenby.