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Equipment Report

March 5 2013

5:00 PM

Garcia tests new driver, putter

Sergio Garcia with the Ghost Tour MC-72 putter on Tuesday at Trump Doral.

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

DORAL, Fla. -- After testing a new TaylorMade R1 driver over the last few weeks, it appears as if Sergio Garcia could be on the verge of putting the club in the bag at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Garcia started conducting serious comparison testing between his current TaylorMade RBZ driver and R1 back at the Northern Trust Open, but it wasn't until the last two weeks that he became really comfortable with the new driver.

On Tuesday morning, Garcia put it in play during a practice round at TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral and was finding the fairway with relative ease with a slight draw and penetrating ball flight. The new driver has a 103 gram Mitsubishi Diamana 103X shaft, which is typical for Garcia, whose traditionally played heavier metal wood shafts due to the unique counterbalancing in his grips. 

Aside from the driver, Garcia also spent the last couple of days testing another Ghost Tour MC-72 putter. Garcia worked with an MC-72 half-moon shape mallet with a Tour-only “Forged Milled” face insert at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, but decided to switch to a version that included a plumber's neck and gray forged milled face.

Garcia noted that the plumber's neck helped him feel more comfortable at address. He also liked the fact that the gray insert didn't contrast as much with the white head as the black Tour-only “Forged Milled” face insert in the previous version he tested at the Accenture Match Play Championship.