May 08, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- James Hahn won at Quail Hollow Club using Parsons Xtreme Golf irons. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)
With his win on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship, James Hahn picked up his second PGA TOUR victory in the last two years. But the victory was significant for another reason as well: It marked the first time Parsons Xtreme Golf — the manufacturer of 11 of Hahn's clubs — has made it to the winner's circle on TOUR.
The Scottsdale-based PXG was launched by Bob Parsons, the founder of web domain GoDaddy and owner of Scottsdale National Golf Club, in 2015. However, it wasn't until this year that PXG made a major splash, inking Hahn, Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk and Charles Howell III to equipment deals.
Winning on TOUR doesn't determine the long-term success of an equipment manufacturer. It does, however, add a level of validation to the high-tech clubs and TOUR staff Parsons assembled five months ago.
Hahn made one significant change to his bag setup at Quail Hollow, altering the grind on his PXG 0311T irons. Up until this week, Hahn employed a grind with very little bounce that allowed his irons to set tight against the turf.
Following eight straight missed cuts, Hahn decided it was time for a change, replacing the aggressive grind with additional bounce that made the irons more playable on the turf.
Along with changing the grind, Hahn opted for True Temper's Project X LZ 6.5 shafts. Currently used by Adam Scott, PX LZ has a similar design to True Temper's Hand Crafted LZ graphite with a loading zone in the middle of the shaft that improves clubhead speed by transferring more energy to the golf ball at impact.
The shaft still features the same low-to-mid launch and spin that Project X is known for, but the butt and tip sections are stiffer than the original PX, allowing for more stability during the downswing with a consistent trajectory and low spin.
Here's a look at the rest of the equipment in Hahn's bag.
Driver: PXG 0811X Prototype (Aldila Rogue Max 65TX shaft), 9 degrees
3-wood: PXG 0341 (Aldila NV 2KXV 80X shaft), 15 degrees
Hybrid: PXG 0317 (Aldila NV 2KXV 85X shaft), 17 degrees
Irons: PXG 0311T (3-iron; Aldila Rogue 110X shaft), (4-9; True Temper Project X LZ 6.5 shafts)
Wedges: PXG 0311T Milled (47 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shaft), Titleist Vokey SM5 (54-10S degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shaft), Titleist Vokey Prototype (60J degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shaft)
Putter: Odyssey Works 2-Ball
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
James Hahn news conference after winning Wells Fargo