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January 9 2013

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Equipment: Simpson finally upgrades

Webb Simpson switched to the new Titleist 913 driver for the season opener. (Petersen/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Webb Simpson rarely messes with the equipment in his bag. Going back to his win last year at the U.S. Open, Simpson was still gaming Titleist’s 909 woods -- a model that came out in 2008 -- and 680 muscleback irons. But after years of using the same woods and irons, Simpson decided it was time to overhaul his bag.

Titleist representatives traveled to Charlotte in early December to work with Simpson for a day to dial in new equipment for the upcoming season. When Simpson arrived at Kapalua for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, he had a completely new setup that included a Titleist 913D3 (10.5 degrees) driver, 913Fd (15.0/18.0) fairway woods, a 913H (20.0) hybrid, and AP2 irons (4-PW). Simpson also put Titleist’s new ProV1x prototype ball in play.

Gainey switches to Callaway’s X Hot
: Tommy Gainey, the only Callaway staffer in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions field, put the company’s new metal woods in the bag at Kapalua. Gainey opted for a 10.5 degree X Hot driver and X Hot 3-wood with an Aldila RIP NV65 shaft.

Cobra’s colors shine at Tournament of Champions: Cobra’s new AMP Cell and ZL Encore drivers, which come in a number of distinct colors, were on display at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Rickie Fowler used an orange-headed AMP Cell Pro driver (8.5 degrees) and AMP Cell fairway wood and hybrid for the week. Jonas Blixt opted for a blue-headed ZL Encore driver (8.5 degrees), while Ian Poulter used an 8.5 degree white ZL Encore driver and silver AMP Cell fairway wood.

Notables: Of the 20 players in the field at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions using a Titleist golf ball, 11 chose to play the 2013 Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype ... Scott Piercy went back to his Scotty Cameron Newport 2.7 putter from the GoLo he used at the end of 2012.

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