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May 16 2013

7:26 PM

Bradley's unique bag at HP Byron

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.

 
"It says 4 on the bottom of the club, but it's actually a 3-iron," Bradley said. "The loft's a little stronger than my other 4-iron and I hit it as far if not farther than a 3-iron. It has a great flight and it's easy to hit."
 
Bradley's other 4-iron is a Cleveland CG7 that's part of his current iron set. It has 25 degrees of loft and a smaller cavity back for better players.
 
"I've gotten some weird looks from guys on the course when they look in my bag and see two 4-irons," Bradley said. "I doubt there are a lot of guys out there that have two of the same iron in the bag, but it works for me."
 
Bradley has been using the iron setup recently and had both in play at THE PLAYERS Championship. Aside from the 4-irons, Bradley also confirmed he's been working with a Cleveland 588 MT 2-iron that could go in play at the U.S. Open.
 
"I'm testing out some 2-irons [588 MT] for the U.S. Open just so I could maybe have one that's a bullet that I could hit. Not sure if I'm going to use it. We'll see what happen."

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