March 19, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- The Srixon Z545 driver, shown during the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. (Jonathan Wall/PGATOUR.COM)
With a few weeks to go before the year's first major championship, players are already gearing up by putting clubs in the bag that suit the layout at Augusta National.
One of those players is Graeme McDowell. The 2010 U.S. Open winner has been using a 9.5-degree Srixon Z545 driver since the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and noted during his press conference on Wednesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational that the new driver sets up perfectly for the numerous right-to-left tee shots.
"It's going to suit me more at Augusta," McDowell said. "It's got more flight to it, probably shape it more right‑to‑left. My last couple of years I've been struggling with the driver, not being able to keep it in the air long enough, I'm probably moving a little bit too much the other way. That's going to help me a lot."
McDowell has never finished inside the top 10 at the Masters, but has posted two top 20s to go along with four missed cuts.
The Z545 driver McDowell's been using -- Keegan Bradley also plays a Z545 with 9.5 degrees of loft -- has flown under the radar since it landed on the USGA's Conforming Driver Heads list at the beginning of the year.
Srixon has yet to release details on the new club that has an adjustable hosel and two adjustable weight ports -- one in the sole and another in the rear-toe portion of the head.
Graeme McDowell comments before Arnold Palmer