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February 13 2013

6:16 PM

Bradley upgrades to Classic XL driver

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Keegan Bradley has been working his way into Cleveland's latest clubs over the last few weeks. After putting two new RTX wedges (52-degree and 58-degree) in the bag at the Phoenix Open, Bradley spent time early in the week at the Northern Trust Open testing a new Cleveland Classic XL Custom driver (9 degrees with a w/ Miyazaki Indigo 61x shaft), 588 MT 3-iron (Miyazaki C Kua 83x hybrid shaft) and a set of 588 TC irons (4-P w/ X-100 .50" over length).

After giving all of the clubs a test run on the course, he decided to put the Classic XL Custom driver and 588 MT 3-iron in the bag. The three-time PGA TOUR winner grew attached to Cleveland's latest driver offering after spending some time with it at home last week in Jupiter, Fla.

Bradley noted the new driver gave him roughly 12-15 additional yards of the tee, and was incredibly accurate.

While the driver may be the most talked-about switch in Bradley's bag this week, the 588 MT 3-iron is likely the club to keep an eye on going forward.

Released late last year during PGA TOUR Qualifying School, Cleveland's Golf Director of Tour Operation Rob Waters, said eight players put at least one 588 MT iron in the bag immediately. Since then, 90 percent of Cleveland staffers have put one 588 MT iron in play, with 50 percent adding at least two 588 MT irons — including Graeme McDowell, who put a 4- and 5-iron in the bag at Riviera.

Bradley told Waters after a practice session that the iron gave him the ability to, among other things, execute a high cut, a shot he hadn't been able to hit consistently with a 3-iron.

Bradley also considered putting the 588 TC irons in play, but opted to wait a couple weeks and test the clubs out at home.

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