By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
If we've learned anything during the first couple of months of the 2013 PGA TOUR season, it's that easier-to-hit long irons are making a comeback. Once considered an iron for high-handicappers, a number of notable names have swapped out their long irons for more playable versions.
Graeme McDowell shelved his Srixon Z-TX 4- and 5-irons for a pair of Cleveland's 588 MT game-improvement irons. Justin Rose did the exact same thing, dropping his TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB long irons (3-5) for RocketBladez Tour.
On Wednesday at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank, Louis Oosthuizen became the latest to make the switch when he took his PING S56 long irons (3-5) out of the bag and replaced them with PING i20 irons.
The i20 line offers a progressive set design that features high-launching long irons with a larger cavity, making them easier to hit -- especially if you're one of the best players in the world.
Oosthuizen decided to give the i20 long irons a try following the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Paired with Lee Westwood, who currently plays i20 irons, the South African was so impressed with how easily Westwood was able to get the ball in the air that he requested a couple to try in Tampa Bay.
Following a testing session on the range, Oosthuizen used the three i20 long irons (standard length with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts) during Wednesday's Pro-Am and immediately put them in the bag.