February 3 2013
Ryan Moore put new TaylorMade clubs in his bag at the WM Phoenix Open. (Martin/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Testing out a new club or two prior to the start of a tournament is fairly commonplace for most players, but what Ryan Moore did prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open was almost unheard of.
Moore, who spent time testing TaylorMade's new R1 driver and RocketBladez Tour irons during a photo shoot at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, decided to put the driver and irons in play — as well as a RBZ Stage 2 Tour fairway 13-degree (Fujikura 7.2 Motore Speeder TS) and RBZ Stage 2 fairway 19-degree (Fujikura 9.2 Motore Speeder TS) to bring the count to 11 new TaylorMade clubs.
The complete bag overhaul worked wonders for Moore in his third start of the season. His fourth-place finish was his fifth top 10 in his past seven starts dating back to last year's Deutsche Bank Championship.
Gainey puts X Hot Pro Hybrid in the bag: Looking to fill a yardage gap between his 3-wood and 20-degree hybrid, Callaway Tour reps built Tommy Gainey an X Hot Pro 18-degree prior to the first round. Reps closed the face of the fairway wood to 19 degrees and went more upright to 61 degrees to obtain the exact distance Gainey wanted.
Vegas tweaks driver, tests fairway woods: One week after Jhonattan Vegas changed his Nike VR_S Covert driver from 8.5 degrees, right position to 10.5 degrees, neutral position at the Farmers Insurance Open, he made slight change in the days leading up to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. In an effort to tune his spin rate, Vegas decided to go with 9.5 degrees, neutral position.
Vegas also decided to go with a 13-degree Nike VR_S Cover Tour 3-wood set in neutral position after testing out various FlexLoft configurations. Vegas felt the new 3-wood helped him launch the ball higher without spinning it too much.
Divots: Phil Mickelson wasn't the only Callaway staffer who put a new RAZR Fit Extreme driver in play. Sang-Moon Bae put a 9.5 degree with an open face angle in the bag after dialing it in during a six-hole test session early in the week. ... Hank Kuehne and Rory Sabbatini became the latest TaylorMade Tour Staffers to switch to the company's new Lethal golf ball. ... Chad Campbell and Tim Herron both tested and decided to put TaylorMade's R1 driver in the bag at the WM Phoenix Open. ... Fredrik Jacobson switched to an Odyssey VersaB/W/B Versa #7, while Colt Knost put an Odyssey Versa 2-Ball in play.