September 21, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Jordan Spieth used a different version of the Scotty Cameron 009 putter last week at the BMW Championship. (Jordan Spieth/Getty Images)
Jordan Spieth made big equipment news at The Barclays when he swapped his Titleist 714 AP2 irons for the new 716 AP2 prototype version. At the BMW Championship, the two-time major winner made a more subtle change that flew under the radar when he shelved his Scotty Cameron 009 putter for his backup 009 during the final round.
According to Titleist, there isn't much of a difference between Spieth's trusty putter and the understudy. The backup putter has a dark finish and the exact same SuperStroke Flatso Ultra grip he's been using for the last few years.
In other words, Spieth was hoping a fresh putter could provide a spark on the greens. While it wasn't a significant improvement, Spieth managed to produce his best putting round — from a statistical standpoint – of the week with his backup 009 putter.
He picked up more than a stroke on the field (plus 1.240) during the final round and finished the tournament 36th in strokes gained putting.
TaylorMade's M1 makes a big impact: TaylorMade promised the M1 would become the most used driver on the PGA TOUR in its first week. The company not only made good on its promise at the BMW Championship — M1 tied Titleist's 915 for the most used model last week — it also saw Jason Day use the new driver to win his fourth TOUR title in his last six starts.
Day was one of 16 staffers in the field to use M1 the first week it was available. Along way Day, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Ryan Palmer switched into the 460cc M1. Steven Bowditch, J.B. Holmer and Rory Sabbatini opted for the smaller-headed 430cc model.
Justin Rose uses "Jason Day putter": Players are taking notice of Jason Day's equipment during his torrid six-tournament stretch — especially his TaylorMade Ghost Spider Itsy Bitsy Prototype putter.
Hoping to channel his inner Jason Day, Justin Rose used an exact replica of the Aussie's putter at the BMW Championship. The only difference between the two putters was the addition of a short alignment line on the leading edge of Rose's model.
Rose finished T13 at the BMW with the high-MOI putter in play, while losing .541 strokes on the greens (T43).
Ryan Moore's PXG prototype irons: Ryan Moore has been using PXG's 0311 irons since the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. At the BMW Championship, Moore was spotted with a new set of PXG "0311T" irons that had a slightly more compact head, less offset, and a thinner top line and sole.
Aside from the the shaping and offset changes, the prototypes appear to have a similar look and design to the original 0311 irons that are forged with an open face body. The internal cavity of the forging is then CNC milled before a thin, high-strength HT1770 maraging steel face is plasma welded to a hollow space between the between the body and face insert. A thermoplastic elastomer is then injection molded into the core that provides structural stability to the entire clubhead.
High-density tungsten alloy and titanium screws — which give the irons a unique look — are then positioned around the heel and toe of the head to provide extreme perimeter weighting and maximum forgiveness.
Sergio Garcia's custom TaylorMade putter: Sergio Garcia arrived at Conway Farms with a custom Kia Ma-designed TaylorMade Daytona prototype putter that featured a torched finish and a steel PureRoll insert. Garcia had a steel insert in the last putter Kia Ma created for him the week prior to THE PLAYERS Championship.
Garcia ended the week T39 and ranked 25th in the field in strokes gained putting (plus 1.588) with the new flatstick.
Divots: Phil Mickelson made an intriguing tweak to his Odyssey Versa #9 with the addition of lead tape to the neck of the putter head. ... Danny Lee swapped his Callaway XR driver — a driver he used to win the Greenbrier Classic — for the company's new Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond (9 degrees; Aldila Rogue shaft).