March 02, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Phil Mickelson starting using the Odyssey Metal-X Milled Versa #9HT at AT&T Pebble Beach. (Dunn/Getty Images)
Odyssey introduced its new Metal-X Milled Versa putter at The Honda Classic. The putter line consists of three different models (Versa #1, Versa, #7 and Versa #9HT) and has the company's high contrast (black and white) alignment system that highlights the face angle through impact.
It also features Metal-X Roll Technology on the face — oval dimples were etched directly into the face to increase friction between the ball and face — that enhances roll and promotes a softer sound at impact.
The putter comes with interchangeable sole weights (10g, 15g and 20g) that can be swapped out to fine tune head weight and feel. Phil Mickelson started using the Metal-X Milled Versa #9HT at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Odyssey's Metal-X Milled Versa line will be available in April.
Duke using 12-degree driver: A total of 9 players in the Honda Classic field used a TaylorMade SLDR driver with 12 degrees of loft. One of those players was 2013 Travelers Championship winner Ken Duke, who went up a full 2 1/2 degrees from the 9.5 degrees in his old driver.
TaylorMade Tour reps noted Duke was launching the ball higher with less spin and getting more distance with the 12-degree SLDR.
New wedge for Henley: Winner Russell Henley didn't make any changes to his equipment. He did, however, put a new 59-degree Nike VR Forged wedge in play.
According to Nike Tour reps, Henley wanted a wedge with fresh grooves to battle the greens at PGA National.
Herron drops driver from 2006: Old driver models still exist on the PGA TOUR. Case in point: Tim Herron's TaylorMade r7 425 TP driver — a model that came out in 2006.
Herron decided to shelve his old driver at the Honda Classic, swapping it for a 12-degree TaylorMade SLDR 430 (Aldila Tour Green 75X shaft). Herron preferred the smaller profile of the 430 cubic centimeter model, and saw an increase in distance.
Lovemark adds driver, lob wedge: Jamie Lovemark transitioned into Nike's VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver (10.5 degrees) and VR Forged top-sweep wedge (60 degrees) with high-frequency X3X grooves.
Lovemark noticed an increase in distance and said it was easier to turn the ball over with the new driver. The new wedge was reportedly more predictable out of the rough and performed better out of the bunker.
O'Hair fills distance gap: Four-time PGA TOUR winner Sean O'Hair filled a distance gap between his 3-wood and 4-iron by adding a 19-degree TaylorMade SLDR hybrid at the Honda Classic.
O'Hair hit his 3-wood 260 yards and 4-iron 210 yards. He was hitting the ball 240 yards with the 19-degree SLDR hybrid and working it in both directions (including high and low shots).
While O'Hair didn't put the game-improvement TaylorMade SpeedBlade long iron in play, he did request a 3-iron that was bent to 2-iron loft, as an alternate to his new hybrid.
Divots: Thorbjorn Olesen switched to a new grind on his Nike VR Forged 58-degree wedge. The leading edge sits a lower to the turf, making it better off of tight lies. ... Matt Every used a new Callaway X2 Hot Pro 3-wood (Aldila Tour Blue 75x shaft) that was cut to 42 7/8 inches with 1 1/2 inches total tipping. He also carried an Odyssey White Hot Pro #9 model. ... Mark Calcavecchia became the latest to use PING's high-MOI Ketsch putter. ... Retief Goosen started using a new counterbalanced TaylorMade Ghost Spider Si (38 inches) putter with a double-bend shaft. ... Brian Harman put two TaylorMade SpeedBlade irons (4- and 5-iron) in the bag. Harman said the long irons were easy to hit and landed soft.
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