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January 21 2013

12:00 PM

Gay uses new TaylorMade driver in win

Gay switched to TaylorMade's R1 driver just prior to the Humana Challenge. (Dunn/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Sometimes an equipment switch can make all the difference in the world. For Brian Gay the decision to replace his old TaylorMade R11S with the company's new R1 ended up being a game-changer.

After using the R11S at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Gay put the R1 in the bag a week later at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation and finished the week second in driving accuracy (81 percent). He also added a RocketBladez Tour 4-iron in an attempt to reduce the distance gap between his Mizuno MP-60 5-iron and TaylorMade 19-degree Rescure TP fairway wood.

Gay also notched Titleist's first PGA TOUR victory with the new 2013 Pro V1x.

What's in Brian Gay's bag

Driver: TaylorMade R1 (9 degrees) with an Oban Kiyoshi shaft

Fairway woods: Adams Super LS (13 degrees) with an Oban Kiyoshi shaft

Hybrids: TaylorMade Rocketballz Tour (16.5 degrees), Rescue TP (19 degrees) with Aldila NV shafts

Irons: TaylorMade RocketBladez (4-iron), Mizuno MP-60 (5-8 iron), Mizuno MP-32 (9-iron, PW) with Project X 6.0 shafts

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (56 degrees, 60 degrees) with True Temper DG Spinner shafts

Putter: Bettinardi BB8 TOUR prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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