January 21 2013
Stewart Cink used a RBZ Stage 2 TaylorMade fairway wood at the Humana Challenge. (Gross/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- After putting a Callaway X-Hot driver in the bag at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Tommy Gainey had Callaway reps build him a new X-Hot 3-wood at Humana. They bent the lie angle to 61 degrees and gave him a half-degree more loft (14.5 degrees final loft). Gainey had been hitting his 3-wood slightly right, but with the new X-Hot setup, he was able to produce a draw off the ground and tee with the new club and immediately put it in the bag.
Laird closes distance gap with RocketBladez Tour 3-iron: Brian Gay wasn't the only TaylorMade staffer who put a RocketBladez Tour long iron in the bag at Humana to close the distance gap. While Gay added a 4-iron to close the gap between his 5-iron and 19-degree rescue, Martin Laird went with a RocketBladez Tour 3-iron and 4-iron this week to bridge the gapping in the "Rescue Zone."
Laird commented that he loved the new trajectory, distance, dispersion and consistency with the new irons. He put the 3-iron and 4-iron in the bag at Humana.
Titleist Pro V1x takes top five spots at Humana Challenge: For the first time this season, Titleist's Pro V1 took the top five spots on leaderboard. Brian Gay used the new 2013 Pro V1x to secure his fourth PGA TOUR win. David Lingmerth, Charles Howell III, James Hahn and Scott Stallings also used the Pro V1x.
Glover, Cink add TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 fairway woods: Former major winners Lucas Glover (U.S. Open) and Stewart Cink (British Open), two of TaylorMade's newest additions, tested out RBZ Stage 2 fairway woods early in the week and decided to put the clubs in the bag.
Cink went with a 14.5-degree 3-wood with a Mitsubishi Diamana X shaft, while Glover opted for a 14.5-degree 3-wood with a Aldila RIP X shaft.
Josh Teater tests off-the-rack TaylorMade irons: Looking for an iron with a little more offset than his current set, Josh Teater tested out an off-the-rack set of RocketBladez irons at Humana. Teater, who primarily used a set of Tour Preferred CB irons last season, put the game-improvement irons through a rigorous testing session on Tuesday. The sound and feel kept him from putting the irons in the bag.
Divots: Ping staffer Daniel Summerhays tested out a new G25 5-wood at Humana and decided to put it in play. ... Looking for additional loft in his driver, Andres Gonzales opted for a 10.5-degree Callaway X-Hot Pro driver over his original 9.5-degree. .... Nike staffer Seung-yul Noh did some shaft testing with his VR_S Cover driver but decided to stay with his current Kuro Kage shaft. He also did some loft and lie checks on his clubs before starting the tournament. ... Patrick Reed spent some time during the early part of the week testing out a new Nike VR_S 2-iron.