February 29, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Adam Scott ranked eighth in driving distance for the week at PGA National, averaging 311 yards off the tee. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
Adam Scott has been using Titleist's 915 Series driver since the 2014 Barclays, but over the course of the last few months, he's gone through three different versions of the driver.
Following a year-plus run with a TOUR-only 915D5, Scott swapped the smaller-headed driver for the more forgiving 440cc 915D3 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
But the driver only lasted two starts, as Scott shelved the club in favor of the 460cc 915D2 model at The Honda Classic. The pear-shaped head is slightly forgiving and has more draw bias than 915D3.
Scott's driver still has 9.5 degrees of loft and Mitsubishi Rayon's Kuro Kage Silver TiNi XTS 70X shaft.
He averaged 311 yards (8) and hit 46 percent of the fairways at PGA National (T54) en route to his 12th PGA TOUR win.
GARCIA GOES M2: Sergio Garcia became the latest TaylorMade staffer to trade the company's M1 driver for the more forgiving M2 (9.5 degrees; Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi XTS 80X shaft).
Along with Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson, Garcia found benefits in a more forgiving driver head. Compared to the M1 Garcia had been playing since last year's BMW Championship, the M2 is geared for players that want a larger sweet spot.
TaylorMade removed the T-Track system from the sole — the adjustable weight system in the sole made it possible to change face angle and launch — which saved 15 grams of discretionary weight that was redistributed low and back in the head for a higher moment of inertia (MOI) and launch angle.
OOSTHUIZEN’S CROSSOVER: Louis Oosthuizen win at the Perth International came with PING's G 3-Crossover (18 degrees) in the bag. The South African has relied on the company's Rapture driving iron and a traditional 5-wood in the past, but he found performance benefits in the new Crossover — a club that's geared for players who want hybrid ball speeds with mid-launch, spin, and iron-like workability and control.
The club has extreme toe weighting for a low and back center of gravity (CG) that expands the club's perimeter weighting for a high MOI with hybrid-like forgiveness.
A tiered internal sole maximizes face bending for higher ball speeds, thanks to a design that engages the entire structure in the bending process, creating a hinge that results in a hotter spring-like effect.
NOTES: Gary Woodland swapped TaylorMade's M1 driver for M2. The reason for the change? His misses with M2 were less costly.