February 23 2013
Justin Rose made big adjustments to his longer clubs ahead of Dove Mountain. (Frankln/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Justin Rose, who made his 2013 PGA TOUR debut at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, spent a considerable amount of time testing out new TaylorMade products early in the week.
Rose worked out two new RBZ Stage 2 fairway woods, including a 14.5-degree 3-wood, which was opened to 14 degrees using the loft sleeve to give Rose a "squared off" look at address. He was carrying the 3-wood 265 yards and between 288-292 yards with rollout.
He also tested a 16.5-degree RBZ Stage 2 Tour HL 3-wood that had a slightly higher launch angle — to bridge the gap between his highest iron — and some new RocketBladez Tour long irons (3-4) to promote more distance and a steeper descent angle into longer par-4s and par-5s at Dove Mountain.
After putting all of the clubs through extensive testing, Rose ended up putting the RBladez Tour long irons (KBS C-Taper) and 16.5-degree RBZ Stage 2 Tour HL 3-wood (Matrix Ozik 7m3) in the bag.
Tiger Woods tweaks lie angle on Nike VR_S Forged 2-iron: Tiger Woods' clubs haven't changed since last season, but early in the week the world No. 2 made a slight adjustment to his Nike VR_S Forged 2-iron, to make it more upright and get it back to its correct spec. Even with the tweak to the 2-iron, Woods still kept his Nike SQ II 5-wood (19-degree) in the bag for his opening-round match.
Thin air forces Rickie Fowler to change loft on Cobra AMP Cell driver: With Dove Mountain Golf Course sitting at 2,500 feet above sea level, Rickie Fowler changed the MyFly setting on his Cobra AMP Cell driver from 7.5 degrees to 8.5 degrees. He also changed his 2/3 (2) AMP Cell hybrid to the 3/4 (3+) AMP Cell hybrid so he could accurately hit the carry distance he was looking for at 225 yards.
John Senden gives TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 a try: Looking for a fairway wood with less face progression, John Senden worked with a new 15-degree TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 (bent to 13 degrees) 3-wood on Tuesday. Senden noted that he really like the performance of the fairway wood against his current RBZ 14.5-degree gamer.
Jim Furyk tests shafts in Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme 3-wood: Jim Furyk leads the PGA TOUR in driving accuracy (75.68 percent) through the first seven weeks of the season, but that didn't stop him from testing shafts in a RAZR Fit Xtreme 3-wood. Furyk tested an Aldila Tour Blue, Graphite Design DI 8, and a Fujikura 8.1. He ended up going with the Aldila Tour Blue.
Divots: Rory McIlroy swapped out his Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood for a 15-degree Nike VR_S Covert 3-wood ... Graeme McDowell put a 588 MT 5-iron in play that was 1/4" longer and at 25 degrees flew to the 205 yardage — making it a perfect 4-iron replacement ... Dustin Johnson put a new TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour HL 3-wood (16.5-degree) with a Aldila RIP 90 Alpha X shaft in the bag for his opening-round match ... Ernie Els replaced the worn grooves on his 52- and 60-degree Callaway JAWS Wedges with a new set with the same specs and KBS Tour X shafts.