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  • Gary Woodland is trying out a new shaft in his Callaway Big Bertha driver. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR) Gary Woodland is trying out a new shaft in his Callaway Big Bertha driver. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

LA QUINTA, Calif. — The Humana Challenge has turned into an equipment testing ground for Gary Woodland in recent years.

Last season, the two-time PGA TOUR winner opted to go with a True Temper X-100 steel shaft in his Callaway X Hot Pro fairway wood, noting at the time that the Graphite Design prototype shaft — Woodland was hitting the ball 294 yards into the wind — he'd been using was a little too long for his liking.

While Woodland didn't go back to steel this week — or ask for the clubs to be dialed back — he did spend time testing a custom Fujikura Pro prototype shaft in his Callaway Big Bertha driver and X2 Hot Pro fairway wood (15 degrees) on Monday and Tuesday.

The mid-launch, low-spin shaft is similar in look and performance to Fujikura's Pro model that's coming to retail later this year. The big difference between the retail version and Woodland's model is the weight of the shaft.

Woodland's one-off shaft — which features his initials etched into the graphite and a University of Kansas (Woodland's alma mater) blue paint scheme — is a beefy 100 grams, a weight that's significantly heavier than anything Fujikura plans to produce at retail.

Woodland wanted a shaft that was heavier in the handle, allowing him to feel where the club was at the top of the swing and keep him from going over the top on the downswing.

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