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Equipment Report

October 13 2013

8:08 PM

Equipment Roundup: Frys.com Open

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

The PGA TOUR's new wrap-around schedule had players donning new equipment staff bags at the Frys.com Open. Carl Pettersson, a Nike staffer through the end of the 2013 season, showed up at CordeValle with a TaylorMade bag and gear for the first event of the 2013-14 season. 

The five-time PGA TOUR winner, who missed the cut by one shot, switched to TaylorMade during the brief offseason and was spotted carrying the company's SLDR driver (10.5 degrees), RBZ Stage 2 HL 4-wood (17 degrees), RBZ Stage Tour 5-wood and Rescue (18.5 and 24.5 degrees), RocketBladez Tour irons (5-PW) and Ghost Spider S prototype putter.

Billy Horschel switches to PING S55 irons: 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans winner Billy Horschel confirmed via Twitter that he was using a new set of S55 irons for the first time at the Frys.com Open.

"Got the new @PingTour S55 all dialed in today for the @frysopengolf. The S55 feel really good little softer feel than S56. #flagsticksbeware," Horschel tweeted.

Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and Angel Cabrera switched to S55 over the last month. The iron debuted at The Barclays and features a number similar traits to the S56, including a 17-4 stainless steel body and a tungsten toe weight that provides a higher moment of inertia (MOI) for greater forgiveness and an improved CG.

S55 also includes a larger Custom Tuning Port (CTP) -- the CTP helped distribute weight to the perimeter of the club for improved forgiveness and feel -- thinner face and stronger lofts throughout the set.

Nike's VR_S Covert 2.0 driver makes an appearance: Stephen Ames, Scott Brown, Kevin Chappell and Seung-Yul Noh put Nike's new VR_S Covert 2.0 driver in play at CordeValle. 

Nike has yet to release details and specs on the driver, but based on photos of the clubhead, it appears to have a deeper face and more traditional shape compared to the original VR_S Covert. The driver also features an all black cavity. 

Stewart Cink goes with more loft in SLDR driver: Taking advantage of the low and forward CG in TaylorMade's SLDR driver, Stewart Cink became one of the first players to test out a 12-degree clubhead. The average driver loft on TOUR is around 8.5 degrees, making Cink's driver setup a rare sight. He averaged 304.4 yards off the tee for the week before recording an MDF. 

Divots: Less than a month after Justin Rose and D.A. Points became the first players to put TaylorMade's SLDR fairway wood in play at the TOUR Championship, a total of eight went in play at the Frys.com Open. Brian Harman, Brian Gay and Rory Sabbatini were a few of the notables to use the fairway wood. 

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