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Equipment Report

April 30 2013

7:15 PM

Mahan goes back to PING S56 irons

Hunter Mahan with one of his S56 irons late in 2012. (Redington/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first four months of Hunter Mahan's 2013 season have resembled a roller coaster ride. The five-time PGA TOUR winner started off on a high note, finishing inside the top-20 in five of his first six events, including a runner-up finish at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Since the Shell Houston Open, however, Mahan's struggled to find his game, missing the cut in Houston and at the Masters, while also posting an "MDF" at the RBC Heritage. 

The lack of consistency forced Mahan to make a switch at the Wells Fargo Championship and shelve his PING Anser irons for a set of PING S56 irons. 

The S56 irons were in the bag last season when he won the WGC-Accenture Match Play and Shell Houston Open. 

Mahan had been struggling with his distance control over the past several weeks and felt a switch back to an iron he had success with last season could rectify the problem. 

The Wells Fargo Championship could be the perfect place for Mahan to get back on track. In his last five starts at Quail Hollow Club, he's posted three top-20 finishes (his best a T12 in 2008).