April 28 2013
Jason Dufner changed putters on Saturday of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. (Graythen/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Putter changes are common on the PGA TOUR, but they usually come early in the tournament week. In Jason Dufner's case, he decided the best time to put a new putter in play was at the start of the third round.
Dufner opened the tournament with a center-shafted Scotty Cameron Select GoLo S5 putter but decided to switch to a 34-inch Scotty Cameron for Titleist Futura X prototype on Saturday — Dufner tested it early in the week on the practice green — and shot 5-under 67.
The high-MOI prototype putter is the conventional-length version of the model Adam Scott used to win the Masters.
Goosen makes multiple changes: Retief Goosen overhauled his bag at the beginning of the season and posted a top-10 finish in his first 2013 PGA TOUR at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
While his most recent equipment switch didn't produce another top 10, Goosen's new TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 driver (9.5 degrees) and Daddy Long Legs putter helped him finish T-21 and post back-to-back 68s on the weekend at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Goosen felt RBZ Stage 2 gave him an edge off the tee following lengthy testing sessions on the practice range and course.
As for Daddy Long Legs, Goosen spent time testing counterbalanced putters over the last few weeks and finally felt comfortable with the new model to put it in play.
Glover goes with TaylorMade's Spider Blade: Coming off three missed cuts in his last four events, Lucas Glover put TaylorMade's new Spider Blade putter (35 inches) in the bag.
The high-MOI putter was initially designed with a 130-gram counterbalanced grip that promotes stability and performance; however, Glover opted to go with a traditional grip and utilize Spider Blade's 5200 MOI, which is incredibly high compared to traditional blade models. Glover posted his second top-5 finish of the season with the new putter.
Colsaerts carries Callaway X Hot 3Deep: One of the longest hitters on the PGA TOUR, Nicolas Colsaerts rarely needs to tweak his driver and fairway woods for additional distance. But that didn't stop the Belgian from putting Callaway's new 3Deep fairway wood (14.5 degrees) in play at TPC Louisiana.
Looking for another option off the tee on the tight layout, Colsaerts used the fairway wood on a number of occasions during the tournament and posted his first top-10 of the season with a T-9 finish.
Points goes with stronger-lofted Rescue: Targeting specific yardage gaps, D.A. Points put a new 18-degree TaylorMade TP FCT Rescue in play. The stronger-lofted Rescue was a course-dependent club that was designed for the conditions at TPC Louisiana.
Divots: Seung-yul Noh switched from a Nike VRS_Covert driver to Nike VRS_Covert Tour. ... John Senden became the latest muscleback iron player to switch to TaylorMade's RocketBladez Tour irons. Senden spent the first few days of the week at TPC Louisiana testing the irons and liked the launch conditions and descent angel enough to carry them for the week. ... Aaron Watkins changed into Callaway's X Hot Pro driver after working with reps on the practice range. Watkins went with a 7.5-degree version that had an actual loft of 8.8 degrees. Teeing the ball lower, he was able to get an additional 5 to 7 yards off the tee with a tighter dispersion and lower trajectory.