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March 7 2013

7:03 PM

Moore goes back to Ping irons

Ryan Moore went back to his old Ping S56 irons this week.

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

DORAL, Fla. — Following his first start of the year at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Ryan Moore, who joined TaylorMade during the offseason, went to work testing a number of new TaylorMade products at his Las Vegas home, including the new R1 driver and RocketBladez irons.

When Moore showed up almost a month later at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, it was with a completely overhauled bag that included R1, RocketBallz Stage 2 fairways woods and RocketBladez irons.

He finished in fourth-place at Phoenix and followed it up with a T27 at the Northern Trust Open, his last stroke play start before this week’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Moore wasn't playing poorly coming into the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but when he arrived at TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral, he had a set of Ping S56 irons in the bag — the same set he used to win last year's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

"I'm going to back (the Ping S56 irons) this week," Moore confirmed on Wednesday. "I've been working with a lot of different things and had some reasonable success with RocketBladez, but I just felt like I could control my trajectory a little bit better with the (S56 irons). Coming to South Florida, you really need to control your trajectory, so that was a big key for me."

While the S56 irons are the same set he used last season, Moore made one adjustment, putting the Aerotech SteelFiber shafts he had in his RocketBladez irons in the S56 irons.

Moore also made one other equipment switch, adding a Rife Barbados center-shafted putter to the bag. The 350-gram model has 2 degrees of loft and is the same model Matt Kuchar used last season during his win at THE PLAYERS Championship victory.

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