February 18, 2018
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Watson switched to PING's Glide 2.0 wedges and iBlade 2-iron at the end of 2016, but the S55 irons have been a staple since 2013. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)
Known for his prodigious length off the tee than his wedge play, Bubba Watson leaned on his short game to secure his third win at the Genesis Open.
Tied with Patrick Cantlay on the par-3 14th hole, Watson pulled ahead by two shots — Cantlay would bogey the hole — with a hole-out from the greenside bunker using a PING Glide 2.0 Thin Sole lob wedge with 62.8 degrees of actual loft. For the week, Watson ranked 5th in Strokes Gained: Around the Green (plus-4.456) with three Glide 2.0 wedges.
Watson also enjoyed a strong week with a mixed set of PING iBlade and S55 irons that saw him hit 64.79 percent of the greens in regulation at Riviera while picking up nearly 4.8 shots on the field with the irons and wedges.
Watson switched to PING's Glide 2.0 wedges and iBlade 2-iron at the end of 2016, but the S55 irons have been a bag staple going back to the 2013 BMW Championship.
It should also be noted Watson inserted a PING G400 LST driver and returned to Titleist's Pro V1x golf ball following a brief one-year run with Volvik. The combination of a low-spin head and familiar ball helped Watson reduce his spin rate from 2,918 rpms during the 2016-17 campaign to 2,773 this season. Coming into the week, Watson was averaging 313.3 yards, ranked 11th on TOUR.
Here's a look at Watson's entire equipment setup.
Driver: PING G400 LST (Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Rocket Pink X shaft), 8.5 degrees
Hybrid: PING G (Matrix Altus Red X shaft), 19 degrees
Irons: PING iBlade (2-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), PING S55 (4-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: PING Glide 2.0 (52SS, 56SS and 60TS degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
Putter: PING PLD Anser Prototype (34.25 inches)
Ball: Titleist Pro V1X