Brendan Steele dominated the par-5s last week at TPC Scottsdale. (Martin/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Brendan Steele posted a T6 finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open — his first top-10 finish since last year's Reno-Tahoe Open (T8) — with a new Titleist 913H.d hybrid (23-degree) in the bag.
Looking to fill yardage gaps from his 3-wood to 5-iron, Steele worked on the range with Titleist Tour representatives Scott Cuppett and Jim to solve the problem.
After going through a number of options during the testing session, Steele went with a 913H.d (20 and 23 degrees) and 712U prototype 4-iron because he felt the clubs satisfied his requirements of accurate distance, proper ball flight and holding the green.
He put the 23-degree in play and said he was going to work with the 20 degree and 712U prototype iron in the weeks ahead. Steele led the Waste Management Phoenix Open field in par 5 performance (-11) and par 5 scoring average (4.08) for the week.
Released last month at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show, the 913H.d delivers distance with lower spin from low and forward weighting for a more penetrating flight. The 913H.d also has a more compact head and a slightly more offset than the 913H.
The 712U prototype iron was unveiled at the end of 2012 and is still a tour-only product that was designed to deliver consistency and control to high-ball speed players.