March 05, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Jonathan Wall/PGATOUR.COM
DORAL, Fla. -- Keegan Bradley isn't what you'd call a big equipment tinkerer. The major winner has been known to thrown in a fresh wedge with new stamping or add a new driver on occasion, but for the most part, the rest of the clubs in his bag bag rarely, if ever, change.
His Cleveland CG7 irons were first released in 2009; his 14-degree Cleveland Launcher FL 3-wood in 2011; and 19-degree Cleveland DST hybrid in 2010.
The same goes for Bradley's Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth belly putter -- a high-MOI model he's been using for most of his career. Bradley became the first player to win a major with a long putter when he used the 46.75-inch putter to win the 2011 PGA Championship.
While Bradley has tried different putters in the past -- including a custom Odyssey Versa Sabertooth at last year's Arnold Palmer Invitational -- he's always gone back to his trusty Sabertooth.
That could be the same case again this week at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, but for the moment, it looks like Bradley's considering the idea of putting a new Odyssey Jailbird belly putter in play this week.
According to Johnny Thompson, Odyssey Golf's Tour rep, Bradley got a glimpse of Jailbird -- a model that was unveiled at the Sony Open -- at the beginning of the year and finally decided give it a test run at Trump National Doral.
"I showed [the putter head] to him a while back and told him I could make it in a belly version," Thompson said. "I had it built and he picked it up [Tuesday morning] and has been testing it ever since."
Jailbird is a high-MOI putter -- it actually has a higher MOI than Bradley's Sabertooth -- mallet 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."
The additional line -- last year's Versa had three black-and-white lines -- gives the putter four alternating black-and-white lines that allow "the golfer's eyes to key in on linear designs on the putter that accentuate the face angle and contributes to better alignment."
After making a number of lengthy putts in a row, Bradley kept the putter in the bag on Tuesday and was spotted on the practice green working with it again on Wednesday (his old White Hot XG Sabertooth was also in the bag).
Thompson said Jailbird was about 50 grams lighter (350 grams) than Bradley's 400-gram White Hot XG Sabertooth, so a few adjustments were made to get the putter to the same weight. It also features the same White Hot insert and double-bend ski-pole shaft he's been using.