February 08, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Angel Cabrera made significant changes to his putter ahead of this week's trip to Torrey Pines. (Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Adding additional weight to the putter head is a common adjustment for slower-than-normal greens. While most choose to add lead tape or switch to a heavier putter head, Angel Cabrera decided to go the unconventional route and make some adjustments to his PING Cadence TR Anser 2 CB putter.
The two-time major winner, who switched to the putter at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, had PING Tour reps cut his 38-inch counterbalanced putter to 36 inches and replace the 17-inch grip -- the grip featured a 50-gram counterweight -- with a standard PING grip.
When reps were done with the flatstick, Cabrera had a putter than was almost standard length with a 400-gram head.
"He's always liked a heavier putter," said PING Tour rep Matt Rollins, "but with Poa annua greens, he felt like he needed a heavier putter this week for the slower greens."
Callaway Chrome Soft converts: Gary Woodland, Pat Perez, John Rollins and Scott Brown were the latest Callaway staffers to move to the company's new Chrome Soft ball at Torrey Pines.
“It’s really great with the long irons,” Perez said. “[It has] great feel around the greens ... with a lot of distance. It’s going to be a great ball.”
The three-piece, low compression ball -- it has a compression around 65 -- features a SoftFast core that works together with an intermediate mantle layer to retain more energy than previous low-compression models.
The ball also has a urethane DuraSpin cover that gives it a Balata-like feel. While the cover delivers a soft feel, it's being touted as the most durable the company has ever produced.
"Most players are seeing more distance off the tee and a higher launch with similar spin in the long and middle irons," said Callaway Tour rep Mike Sposa. "Guys are also able to flight the ball with the short irons, and the feel around the greens combined with more spin is a great combination."
All four players joined Phil Mickelson, Kenny Perry and Sam Saunders who are already using Chrome Soft.
Jason Day drops trusty 4-wood: Fairway woods rarely receive the same publicity as the biggest stick in the bag, but that doesn't mean the metalwood is any less important. In fact, some players believe it's one of the toughest clubs to find a suitable replacement for.
Jason Day is a perfect example. The Aussie has carried a TaylorMade RBZ Tour 4-wood for nearly three years, passing on new product offerings to keep his trusty fairway wood in the bag.
"When I find something I like, I tend to stick with it," Day told PGATOUR.COM. "But I'm always willing to test something new and give it a shot."
Day finally found a suitable replacement for his 4-wood at the Farmers Insurance Open in TaylorMade's 16.5-degree TaylorMade AeroBurner HL fairway wood.
According to TaylorMade Tour reps, Day preferred the higher lofted version because with the low CG properties, he was able to get a high launch and land the ball softly on the putting surface.
Dustin Johnson playing new TaylorMade driver, 3-wood: Dustin Johnson made his return to the PGA TOUR with two new clubs in the bag: TaylorMade's 9.5-degree AeroBurner TP driver and AeroBurner 3HL fairway wood.
Johnson saw increased ball speeds and distance with more consistency on misses across the entire face with the new driver. The fairway wood produced a higher ball flight from the turf while maintaining a penetrating flight off the tee. Both clubs had Aldila's popular Rogue TX shaft.
Chris Kirk adds new Callaway driver: Chris Kirk transitioned into a Callaway XR driver after seeing an increase in distance off the tee with a tighter dispersion. Kirk's 9.5-degree featured a 44.5-inch Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana shaft. He averaged 287.6 yards with the new club.
Pat Perez, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Kisner and Derek Fathauer switched into the driver the first week it was available at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Shane Lowry finds new combo: Shane Lowry was spotted using a combo set of Srixon Z 545 (3-6) and Z 745 (7-PW) irons with KBS 130X shafts at Torrey Pines.
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