January 13, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Jimmy Walker made multiple changes to his bag at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Bob Parsons, founder of web domain GoDaddy and owner of Scottsdale National Golf Club, made some noise last week when he unveiled prototype irons and wedges on Twitter from his new equipment company, Parsons Extreme Golf.
Parsons' sticks generated some considerable buzz, but it was taken to another level when Ryan Moore announced he would be playing a set of PXG prototype irons (4-PW) and wedges (54 and 60 degrees) at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Moore, who did not re-up with TaylorMade and became an equipment free agent for 2015, started started testing PXG prototype irons over the winter and fell in love with Scottsdale-based equipment manufacturer.
"I basically couldn't get them out of my bag," Moore said of the new irons.
Moore finished T-20 with the irons and wedges, hitting 77.87 percent (T-22) of his greens in regulation for the tournament.
New PING products: PING's Glide wedge and Cadence TR putter line officially launched at the Sony Open, but that didn't stop Hunter Mahan and Angel Cabrera from putting the new putter in play at Kapalua.
Mahan switched to a Cadence TR Anser2 while Cabrera opted for a counter balanced Cadence TR Anser 2 CB.
The new putter line features eight models that were designed to match you stroke type and your tempo.
Jimmy Walker makes changes to the bag: Jimmy Walker, who lost on the first playoff hole to Patrick Reed, arrived at Kapalua with some new Titleist equipment in the bag.
Walker put Titleist's Pro V1x prototype ball in play for the first time at Kapalua; he also replaced his Titleist MB 714 3-iron with a Titleist 712U 3-iron, increased the loft on his 915D2 driver from 8.5 degrees to 9.5 degrees and replaced his Vokey Design SM4 sand and lob wedges with new Vokey Design SM5s.
In addition to the new gear, Walker returned to the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter he had success with from 2003-04. Walker had the putter restored to its original condition and 10-gram tungsten weights added to the sole — to provide him with the weight he prefers — at the Scotty Cameron Custom Shop.
Chris Kirk adds new Callaway driver, hybrid: Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner Patrick Reed wasn't the only Callaway staffer to have success with the new Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond driver at Kapalua.
Chris Kirk shot a course record-tying 62 during the final round with an 8.5-degree Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond driver and 20-degree Big Bertha Alpha 815 hybrid in the bag.
The driver is set to neutral directional bias and a -1 loft adjustability. It has an 8 gram weight in the toe and a 3 gram weight in the heel, with a 44.75-inch Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 62x shaft.
Ian Poulter testing Scotty Cameron: Ian Poulter's 2015 debut is still to be determined, but there's a chance he could have a new putter in the bag to start the year.
Poulter, who signed with Titleist at the end of 2014, put a Japan-only Odyssey Milled Collection 2 putter in play at the WGC-HSBC Champions. While it's unclear if Poulter will have it in the bag for his first event of 2015, he announced on Twitter that he's been testing something new during the offseason.
The putter in question is a 350-gram Scotty Cameron Tri-Sole that has "Poults" on the face and a sight line on the flange.
The German Stainless Steel (GSS) that was used to design the putter is an extremely pricey material that's costly to mill but has a very distinct feel and crisp sound at impact. Cameron has typically produced GSS putters in the past for high-profile names like McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Ernie Els.
Divots: Bubba Watson had the lie angle on his PING wedges moved one more degree upright. ... Jason Day tested a new AeroBurner fairway wood against his trusty RBZ 4-wood and loved the sound, feel and performance of the new club. Day ultimately decided to stick with his old fairway wood for the week. ... Camilo Villegas became one of TaylorMade's first staffers to put the new TaylorMade RSi 2 irons in play.