May 9 2013
Luke Donald has been testing three drivers and might make a change soon. (Lecka/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Update (3:07 p.m.): As expected, Luke Donald swapped drivers on Thursday and went with a 9.5-degree TaylorMade R1 (Accra XC 65x shaft).
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Comparison testing on the range doesn't always lead to a quick equipment switch. Luke Donald spent that last couple of months doing driver testing between TaylorMade's R1 driver, RocketBallz Stage 2 and TaylorMade RBZ (9.5 degrees) — the model he's currently playing — but it wasn't until Tuesday at THE PLAYERS Championship that he seriously considered making a change.
Working on a launch monitor with the three driver models, Donald noticed the R1 was performing better than his RBZ driver and RBZ Stage 2. Aside from the sheer statistical advantage, he also noted he was very comfortable with R1's launch characteristics, consistency and shot dispersion.
Playing with Thorbjorn Olesen in a practice round on Wednesday, the Dane snapped a photo of Donald teeing off with the new driver. Donald retweeted the photo later in the day.
Equipment changes aren't official until a player steps on the tee for the first round of the tournament, but based on the photo and the positive feedback Donald received early in the week, it appears a driver switch is imminent.
Donald opened the 2013 season with last year's clubs in the bag before adding a 14.5-degree TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 at the Northern Trust Open. Needless to say, the Englishman is incredibly particular when it comes to his equipment.
Donald was still playing the 2005 model of Titleist's Pro V1x until late last year when he switched to the 2013 model and won the Japan Golf Tour's Dunlop Phoenix tournament.