March 27 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
HUMBLE, Texas — Up until this week at the Shell Houston Open, Charlie Beljan didn't have a fairway wood or hybrid in his bag — choosing instead to go from a 9-degree Cleveland XL Classic driver to a Cleveland 588 MT 2-iron that he consistently carried 265-270 yards and used as his "driving iron."
But the makeup of Beljan's bag could be changing, after he was spotted on the range Tuesday afternoon testing an Adams Golf Super 9031 Prototype. Looking for a club that went just as far as his 2-iron with a higher launch, Beljan started working with the 20-degree hybrid (bent to 18 degrees) a couple weeks ago and could put it in the bag as soon as Thursday.
Adams unveiled the Super 9031 hybrid — a slimmer version of the Super LS and Super S hybrids that were released earlier this year — and a new DHY "Driving Hybrid" iron at the Shell Houston Open.
Beljan, along with Adams staffer Jeff Overton, have been testing the Super 9031 hybrid, which has one of the smallest heads on TOUR at just 80cc, and a sole with less camber. The center of gravity was also moved further right in the head to take out the left side of the course.
The hybrid also includes a slot in the sole and crown that boosts forgiveness and ball speed. The Super 9031 is geared towards better players that are looking for smaller-profile hybrid that's playable from any lie.