January 28 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Eqiupment Insider
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — With a Monday finish at Farmers Insurance Open and temperatures dipping below 50 degrees late in the afternoon, the range at TPC Scottsdale remained relatively empty for much of the day.
Ryan Palmer was one the few players who braved the wind and unseasonably cool weather to try out new equipment. The Three-time PGA TOUR winner spent about an hour testing a new set of TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour irons — bent 4-degrees flat with KBS Tour shafts — against his current set of Titleist AP2 710's.
After working with the irons last season at the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Palmer gave the set another go on Monday and mentioned during the session that he liked the ball flight. But based on his familiarity with his current set, he was still on the fence about putting new irons in play.
The same went for a 54-degree ATV Prototype wedge that's currently in the "yet-to-be-released" category. Through Tour feedback, TaylorMade got rid of the flange that was part of the 2012 version and rounded out the back. Palmer was one of the first to test out the prototype version.