Guan Tianlang tried some new shafts in his irons and was hitting the ball 7-8 yards farther. (Pennington/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Morgan Hoffmann was spinning his wheels after two rounds at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Even-par for the tournament heading into the weekend, the PGA TOUR rookie made a mid-tournament putter change that turned the weekend into a successful one for the 23-year-old.
"The ball striking was great the whole week," Hoffmann said on Sunday afternoon. "The first two days I literally didn't make one putt. I switched after the second day, so it worked out after that."
Hoffmann started the week with a Scotty Cameron GoLo putter before going back to an old Scotty Cameron Newport. The 23-year-old shot 66-66 (8-under) over the weekend with the putter to post his first top-5 finish on the PGA TOUR.
Dufner switches putters again: Struggling with his speed on the greens this season, Jason Dufner switched to a Scotty Cameron Futura X Prototype putter for the last two rounds of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and THE PLAYERS Championship.
On Tuesday, Dufner was spotted working with another putter -- a Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 6 prototype, which happened to be the same model he used to win last year's HP Byron Nelson Championship. Dufner went back to the putter in hopes of finding his putting stroke.
Colored backline helps Gonzales' putting: Using a custom Odyssey Versa (black-white-black) #2 Longneck putter for the first time in competition, Andres Gonzales felt it needed something extra to remind him where the center of the putter face was.
To help him out, Odyssey added red paint to the backline to give Gonzales the visible reminder her was looking for. Gonzales said he aims the new putter better than his old Odyssey White Hot #6 Longneck.
Day testing new iron shafts: Jason Day made noise early in the week when he put a custom TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour 1-iron in play at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Instead of going with his standard True Temper Rifle 6.5 shaft in the iron, Day tried out a UST Mamiya Recoil 125 F5(X) shaft and liked it enough to have a whole set of RocketBladez Tour irons built with the same shafts to test in the coming weeks.
Oosthuizen tests PING G25 fairway woods: Louis Oosthuizen has changed most of his equipment over the last few years, but his PING G5 fairway woods (3- and 5-wood) have remained in the bag.
Even though Oosthuizen had the fairway woods in play at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, he started testing a PING G25 3- and 5-wood with a Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina shaft (70x in the 3-wood and 80x in the 5-wood). Oosthuizen put the same shaft (60x) in his PING Anser driver at THE PLAYERS Championship.
Adams sets hybrid record at HP Byron Nelson Championship: According to Adams Golf, the company set a new PGA TOUR record with 59 hybrids in play at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Equipment counts rarely register on a week-to-week basis, however, the figure was more than double Adams' next closest competitor.
Guan Tianlang gets additional yards with different iron setup: You're never too young (or old) to try out new golf equipment — especially if it can help you get a few extra yards. Take Guan Tianlang, for instance. The 14-year-old tested out UST's Recoil shafts — heavier weighted graphite shafts — in his irons and wedges and gained 7-8 yards with the new setup.
Divots: Ben Kohles felt his Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees) was spinning too much, so Titleist Tour reps built him a 7.5-degree 913D3 that was 44 inches instead of 44.5. The shorter shaft and lower loft combination allowed Kohles to reduce the spin coming off the driver face. ... Chris DiMarco changed shafts in his PING G25 driver, going from a Project X 6.5 to a Fujikura Speeded 6.2x. ... Justin Hicks became the latest player to switch into TaylorMade's Daddy Long Legs counterbalanced putter. ... A season-best 12 players put Adams Golf's DHy driving iron in play, including Marcel Siem (T-33). ... Looking for extra bite with his wedges, Charl Schwartzel put a new set of Nike VR Pro wedges (47, 54, 59 degrees) with fresh grooves in the bag. ... Scott Langley tried out a UST VTS 6x Red shaft in his PING G25 driver. ... Steven Bowditch (2-iron) and Cameron Percy (3-iron) had Cleveland 588 TT long-irons built.