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March 17 2013

7:48 PM

Equipment Roundup: Tampa Bay

 

Trevor Immelman put a new Callaway X Hot Pro driver in his bag at Tampa Bay. (How/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Following a couple of weeks with a Callaway X Hot Pro (10.5 degrees) driver with an Aldila RIP 60x Beta (Green Eyes) shaft, Trevor Immelman finally felt comfortable enough to put the club in play at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank.

The driver has 6 grams of glue in a neutral/heel position and the balance with lead tape in heel for swing weight.

Looking for a putter with a little more weight, Immelman also tested Odyssey's counterbalanced Tank putter on the practice green at Innisbrook.
He noted the bigger #7-style head and heavier weight was a welcomed change; the back weight also allowed him to release the putter head with ease.

While Tank's shortest length is 34 inches, Immelman had the putter cut down to 33.25 inches.

TaylorMade's Daddy Long Legs putter tested in Tampa Bay: Daddy Long Legs, TaylorMade's newest addition to the Spider franchise, doesn't hit retail stores for another month (April 15), but the putter has already drawn serious interest from a number of notable players on the PGA TOUR — including Vijay Singh, who became the first to put it in play at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Early in the week at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank, Y.E. Yang, Ryan Moore, Scott Gardiner, Troy Matteson, Steve Marino, Pat Perez, John Huh and Henrik Norlander became the latest names to work with the counterbalanced model.

In addition to Daddy Long Legs, Y.E. Yang also worked with another counterbalanced putter, TaylorMade's Ghost Spider S. He ended up putting it in the bag on Thursday.

Pettersson adds Nike VR_S Covert hybrid: One week after he put a 13-degree Nike VR_S Covert 3-wood in the bag at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Carl Pettersson added a 23-degree VR_S hybrid at Tampa Bay.

Nike Tour reps built Pettersson the hybrid at the Northern Trust Open and then shortened the shaft at the WGC-Accenture Match Play. Following a few additional weeks of testing he decided to put it in play.

Furyk finishes T7 with Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver: Jim Furyk's first week with Callaway's RAZR Fit Xtreme driver produced a top-10 finish at Tampa Bay. Furyk, who also finished T8 in driving accuracy with 71.15 percent fairways hit, tested 9.5- and 10.5-degree RAZR Fit Xtreme drivers with various shaft and weight combination. He settled on a 10.5-degree with an Aldila Tour Green 70 gram shaft.

Divots: Gary Woodland worked with an Odyssey Versa #7 BWB early in the week. Currently using an original 2-ball, Woodland said the recent buzz surrounding the putter made him want to try out the new model. ... Stewart Cink put a new RBZ Stage 2 Rescue (21.5 degrees) in play. ... In an attempt to lower the launch angle in his driver, James Hahn tested a Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver (9.5 degrees) in the Open position. ... Sean O'Hair went with a RBZ Stage 2 Tour 3-wood (14.5 degrees) and RBZ Stage 2 Tour 5-wood (18.5 degrees) ... After working with TaylorMade's R1 since the Northern Trust Open, Martin Laird made the driver switch official on Thursday. ... J.J. Henry and Gardiner switched to TaylorMade's RocketBladez Tour irons.

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