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February 19 2013

9:57 AM

Westwood adds loft to driver

Lee Westwood is hoping a tweak to his driver will help him this week in Arizona. (Gross/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

MARANA, Ariz. -- Lee Westwood has made a number of loft adjustments to his Ping G25 driver since he first put it in the bag at the beginning of the season. 

Two weeks after he took a half-degree of loft off the 11.5-degree driver in an attempt to reduce spin, Westwood went the opposite direction on Monday afternoon during a practice session on the Golf Club at Dove Mountain driving range.

Following last week's tie for 21st at the Northern Trust Open, Westwood told Ping Tour reps that he felt like the driver needed an adjustment to keep it in the air longer.

Ping Tour rep Matt Rollins worked with Westwood to rectify the situation, adding an extra half-degree of loft to improve the launch angle. But the loft adjustment actually caused the ball to spin too much off the tee, so Rollins went back and tipped the Aldila Tour Green 65X shaft in the driver 1 inch. 

The slight tweak seemed to work for Westwood, who was hitting the driver anywhere between 294 and 301 yards during the practice session.

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