Winner's Bag: Billy Horschel, AT&T Byron Nelson
May 21, 2017
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Billy Horschel switched putters last week to a face-balanced PXG Bat Attack mallet. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)
Coming off four consecutive missed cuts and ranked 113th in Strokes Gained: Putting, Billy Horschel figured it was time for a putter change at THE PLAYERS Championship. The former FedExCup champion switched to a face-balanced PXG Bat Attack mallet that proved to be a difference maker one week later at the AT&T Byron Nelson, where Horschel defeated Jason Day on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Playing the role of pursuer for most of the final round, Horschel jarred an impressive 59-foot bomb on the 14th that moved him into a tie for the lead at 11 under. Horschel would make a number of key putts over the next few holes, including a two-putt birdie from 46 feet on the 16th, and another from 98 feet on the 17th.
For the week, Horschel ranked second in the field in Strokes Gained: Putting, picking up a combined 8.412 eight strokes on the field over 72 holes.
Horschel's 350-gram Bat Attack putter was introduced earlier this year and comes equipped with weighted stainless steel wings that are set exactly one golf ball width apart to assist with alignment.
Each putter is constructed with a aircraft-grade aluminum body and soft billet milled 304 stainless steel face. Behind the face is a TPE insert that produces a soft, solid feel at impact for consistency across the entire face.
Here's a look at Horschel's entire PXG bag setup.
Driver: PXG 0811X (Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Black 6X shaft), 9 degrees
3-wood: PXG 0341X (Project X HZRDUS Black 75X 6.5 shaft), 15 degrees
5-wood: PXG 0341 (Project X HZRDUS Black 75X 6.5 shaft), 18 degrees
Irons: PXG 0311T (3, 5-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: PXG 0311T Milled (52-10, 56-10 and 60-07 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
Putter: PXG Bat Attack
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x