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April 16 2013

6:52 PM

Pettersson testing Project X driver shaft

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Carl Pettersson has one of the more interesting driver setups on the PGA TOUR with 11.5 degrees of loft in his Nike VR Pro STR8-FIT driver, among the highest lofts in professional golf.

Not only that, his driver is 46.5 inches long, which is roughly 2 inches longer than the average driver shaft on the PGA TOUR. To put things into perspective, Bubba Watson, who's 6-feet 3-inches tall, plays a 44.75-inch shaft in his PING G25 driver. Pettersson, on the other hand, is 5-feet 11-inches.

Pettersson went with the unique setup last year because he believe the additional loft and longer-than-average shaft allowed him to increase carry with more spin. It seemed to be the perfect formula when Pettersson won the RBC Heritage last year with the driver in the bag.

As he returns to defend his title this week at the RBC Heritage, Pettersson still has the same driver in the bag, but following a range session on Monday, he decided to switch up the shaft, pulling the Fubuki Alpha 50 shaft (50-gram) for a sub-40 gram Project X PXv 39 shaft.

Weighing in officially at 39.5 grams and 46 inches raw length, PXv 39 is the first PGA TOUR-caliber graphite shaft that weighs under 40 grams and can handle high swing speeds.

Pettersson tried the shaft last year at the Northern Trust Open and liked it enough to consider putting it in his driver if he wanted to switch things up. 

According to True Temper Tour Manager Simon Wilson, Pettersson was flying the back net at Harbour Town's practice range and opted to go with the shaft because it created more swing speed. 

Assuming the shaft stays in the driver, Pettersson would be the first player on the PGA TOUR to use the PXv 39 shaft in competition.

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