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Equipment Report
  • Equipment Roundup: AT&T Pebble Beach

  • In the TOUR's 2013-14 season, Ernie Els notched seven top 25s and three top-10 finishes. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) In the TOUR's 2013-14 season, Ernie Els notched seven top 25s and three top-10 finishes. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Although Ernie Els missed the cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he still managed to make some equipment news, becoming the first PGA TOUR player to put Adams' new Red hybrid (18 degrees) in the bag. 

Unveiled at the PGA Merchandise Show, the 95cc Red hybrid has similar compact head design to classic Idea Pro with Velocity Slot Technology in the sole and Ghost Slot Technology in the crown.

The slots in the crown and sole are completely unsupported and have a "barbell" cut-thru design that produces faster ball speeds and a higher launch angle.

Engineers also added three moveable sole weights (one 25-gram and two 2-gram weights) that can be configured to promote different ball flights and maximize shot-shape options

Along with a new hybrid, Els put TaylorMade's R15 430 (10.5 degrees; Fujikura Motore X shaft) driver and AeroBurner 3-wood in play. 

Hagy leads field in driving distance with low-spin G30: Brandon Hagy made the most of his sponsor's exemption, posting a T-34 finish — the best finish of his professional career — at Pebble Beach. The recent Cal graduate led the field in driving distance (324.5 yards) with a 9-degree PING G30 LS Tec driver. 

The low-spin model was recently added to the G30 lineup and offers a center of gravity that's still low and back in the head but slightly more forward due to a sole weight in the rear portion of the sole.

By adding a sole weight to the clubhead, PING engineers were able to design a driver with low, controlled spin that's approximately 400 rpm lower spinning than the standard G30 model.

Iron change for Noh: Nike's Vapor Speed is considered a game-improvement iron model, but that didn't stop 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans winner Seung-Yul Noh from adding a Vapor Speed 2-iron — the long-iron offered additional forgiveness — to the bag early in the year. 

Preferring the 2-iron over the 5-wood at Pebble Beach, Noh opted to replace the game-improvement long-iron with a Vapor Pro Combo that matched his 4-iron. Noh noted the Speed was hanging right on him and the Pro Combo corrected the issue. 

Jason Day tests RSi TP: Jason Day didn't make any changes to his bag setup at Pebble Beach following his victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, but that didn't stop him from doing some testing on the range with TaylorMade's RSi TP irons. 

The Aussie spent time working with a set that had True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shafts in an attempt to lower his spin rate. The X7 is the stiffest, lowest trajectory shaft in the Dynamic Gold family.

Michael Thompson switches driver shafts: Looking to eliminate the miss to the left with his PING i25 driver, Michael Thompson worked with PING Tour rep Christian Pena to find a solution to the problem. 

The fix? A new Matrix White Tie shaft that helped straighten out the miss. The 2013 Honda Classic winner averaged 291 yards and hit 61 percent of his fairways over the first three days before missing the cut. 

Divots: Patrick Reed switched to Callaway's Chrome Soft ball. ... Matt Bettencourt added a 19-degree AeroBurner hybrid (17 degrees actual loft). ... Jason Gore returned to a PING G30 driver. ... Derek Ernst switched putters to a PING Karsten TR Anser 2. ... David Lingmerth put a Fujikura