March 16, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Matteo Manassero posted his first top-10 finish of the season with a new putter. (Getty Images)
Matteo Manassero posted his first top-10 finish of the season (T8) with a new Odyssey Versa #1 (White/Black/White) in the bag. The 20-year-old, who made the switch from Titleist to Callaway during the offseason, had been using an Odyssey Versa 330 mallet.
According to Odyssey Tour Rep Johnny Thompson, it didn't take Manassero long to change putters. “He saw it on the demo bag, gave it a test on the course and liked it enough to put into play,” Thompson said.
Manassero finished the tournament 43rd in strokes gained-putting (0.171) with the new Odyssey flat stick.
Wilson Prototype irons spotted: Ricky Barnes was spotted with a Wilson Staff Prototype long-iron on the practice range at Innisbrook Resort. The cavity-back iron had what appeared to be a tungsten weight in the sole.
Wilson has yet to release details on the Prototype, but the addition of a tungsten weight to the sole typically means designers are trying to achieve a higher launch angle.
Clarke switches to more forgiving iron: Even major championship winners are willing to admit when they need extra forgiveness. Darren Clarke, a longtime muscleback iron player, switched out of TaylorMade's Tour Preferred MB model into the slightly more forgiving Tour Preferred MC (4-PW). Clarke finished T58 for the week and hit 54 percent of his greens in regulation.
Airlines lose Cabrera's clubs: One week after the airlines misplaced Victor Dubuisson's clubs at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, two-time major winner Angel Cabrera suffered the same fate at the Valspar Championship.
Cabrera arrived to the course without his clubs and was forced to play the first round with a new set of sticks that were built by PING Tour Reps. He shot 1-over 72 on Thursday before his clubs arrived on Friday morning. Unfortunately, the old set didn't help matters, as Cabrera shot 6-over 77 to miss the cut.
Choi tinkers with iron shafts: One of the biggest tinkerers on the PGA TOUR, K.J. Choi has been known to fiddle with his setup on a near-weekly basis.
Case in point: Choi put a set of soft stepped True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts in his PING i25 irons at Innisbrook Resort. When the new shafts produced a flatter ball flight, Choi had PING Tour Reps add a degree of loft to every iron.
The result? An identical ball flight to what Choi had before the shaft adjustment. As PING Tour Rep Matt Rollins noted, Choi was able to achieve the same ball flight — just in an unconventional manner.
Divots: Robert Garrigus switched from TaylorMade's SLDR 460 driver into a 10.5-degree JetSpeed. ... Tommy Gainey (20 and 23 degrees) and Pat Perez (18 degrees) added Callaway X2 Hot Pro hybrids. ... Ken Duke put a 12-degree TaylorMade SLDR driver in play for the first time this season. ... Matt Every put in a new 60-degree Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (C-Grind; 8 degrees of bounce) wedge.