February 02, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Rickie Fowler had one of his wedges stamped with a handlebar mustache design.
The 2013-14 PGA TOUR season is still young, but for the moment, Rickie Fowler is the leader in the clubhouse for the most outlandish stamping on his wedge. One week after Morgan Hoffmann debuted Anchorman-themed Titleist Vokey Design SM5 wedges at the Farmers Insurance Open, Fowler arrived at TPC Scottsdale with a 59-degree Cobra Tour Trusty wedge that featured a handlebar mustache stamped on the back of the head.
Fowler posted a photo of the wedge on Instagram, along with a second 59-degree — the backup wedge had 6 degrees of bounce — that had his initials stamped on the head with little r's and f's.
New Callaway driver for Bae: Sang-Moon Bae added Callaway's Big Bertha driver to the bag at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Callaway reps worked with Bae on the driver, moving the adjustable perimeter weighting slide toward the draw heel side and adding a Japan-only Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue Board shaft with an ion plated paint coating.
According to Callaway reps, the shaft made a huge difference and allowed Bae to put the driver in play faster than expected for the first round. He averaged 298.4 yards for the tournament.
Westwood switched to PING i25 driver: Lee Westwood made a trip to PING headquarters on Monday to test out PING's new i25 driver. Westwood settled on a 9.5-degree head he was carrying 301-304 yards on the range.
After using it during a practice round on Tuesday and Wednesday's Pro-Am, he put it in play and averaged 299.4 yards off the tee over the first two days, before missing the cut by one shot. Before switching to i25, Westwood had been using PING's G15 driver — a model that debuted in 2009.
Stanley adds Nike driver, wedge: Former Waste Management Phoenix Open champion Kyle Stanley put Nike's new Covert 2.0 driver (9.5 degrees; Mitsubishi Diamana KaiLi 70X shaft), and a 60-degree dual sole VR Forged wedge in play at TPC Scottsdale. Stanley had been playing Nike's VR_S Covert but preferred the pear-shaped head and performance benefits of Covert 2.0.
The switch from a 60-degree VR Forged wide sole to the dual sole version was due in large part to the way the wedge performed out of the bunker, and the consistency he was seeing around the green.
Divots: Russell Henley had his Nike VR Pro Cavity (3-6) and VR Pro Combo (7-9) irons adjusted because they weren't going through the turf properly. Nike reps bent all of his irons from 1-degree to 1.5-degrees more upright. Along with the iron adjustment, Henley moved his Nike Method 006 putter 3/4 of a degree flatter. ... In search of a shaft that brought his spin rate down, Mark Wilson switched to PING's lightweight CFS shaft (X-Flex) in his i25 irons. The shaft change knocked off 400-600 rpms and flattened his ball flight in the process. ... Hunter Mahan went from 14.5 degrees to 15.5 degrees in his PING G25 fairway wood, and added Fujikura's 757 Speeder shaft.