May 16 2013
Keegan Bradley says he has received strange looks because of his two 4-irons. (Pennington/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
IRVING, Texas — Keegan Bradley's course record 10-under 60 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship was impressive for a number of reasons. Bradley managed to post the score with back-to-back bogeys on his card, and went 7 under over his last eight holes.
Another interesting tidbit about the round? Bradley had two Cleveland 4-irons in the bag during his record-setting round. You read that right: two 4-irons. We've seen players employ two drivers in the past (Phil Mickelson at the 2006 Masters comes to mind), but rarely do you see a pro carry two of the same iron.
Even though the numbers are the same, Bradley said the irons are slightly different when it comes to yardage and ball flight. The first 4-iron, a Cleveland 588 MT, has 21 degrees of loft and is a game-improvement long-iron that features a hollow head design that allows weight to be distributed for a lower, deeper center of gravity.
Even though the MT irons are sold as a set, a number of Cleveland staffers have been replacing their long irons and hybrids with the MT this season — including Bradley, who used a 3-iron at the beginning of the season before switching to a 4-iron.