January 27, 2014
- Jason Day is one of the few PGA TOUR players still carrying a 2-iron. (Warshaw/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
After using TaylorMade's MC Forged Tour irons for the last few years, Jason Day arrived at the Farmers Insurance Open with a new set of Tour Preferred MC irons — he did keep the MC Forged Tour 2-iron — in the bag. The irons feature the company's Speed Pocket Technology in the sole of 3- through 7-iron.
Day also had a piece of lead tape added to the muscle pad of all but one iron (8-iron) in the set. The Aussie finished the week tied for second for the tournament and tied for third in greens in regulation (76.39 percent).
Along with the new irons, Day switched to TaylorMade's Tour Preferred X golf ball. The 5-piece model is similar to Lethal but has a softer feel with more spin around the greens.
New PING putter for Mahan: Hunter Mahan made one notable change to his equipment during the winter break, adding PING's new Karsten TR (True Roll) Anser 2 putter to the bag.
The decision to switch to the Karsten TR version wasn't a drastic change for Mahan, who ended the year using a Scottsdale TR Anser 2 putter. Mahan finished the week at Torrey Pines 27th (0.635) in strokes gained/putting and T35 in putts per round (1.771).
K.J. Choi's changes: It wouldn't be a new season without mentioning K.J. Choi's equipment changes. One of the biggest tinkerers on TOUR, Choi finished the week tied for second with Callaway's new Big Bertha driver (9 degrees), X2 Hot fairway wood (19 degrees), and a set of PING i25 irons.
Choi also went back to his Odyssey Tri Hot 2 — a putter that was in the bag for six of his eight PGA TOUR victories, including his most recent win at the 2011 THEPLAYERS Championship.
Putter propels Perez: It didn't take Pat Perez long to get accustomed to his new Odyssey Versa Jailbird putter. Perez posted his second top-10 finish since last July with the high MOI mallet — it debuted earlier this month at the Sony Open — that looks very similar to the Versa #7.
The big difference between the Versa #7 and Jailbird is the addition of a bar on the back of the head that gives the putter "Double Versa Technology." Perez ranked sixth in strokes gained/putting (1.789).
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