Winner's Bag: Jason Day, 2018 Wells Fargo Championship
May 06, 2018
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
Jason Day interview after winning Wells Fargo
Jason Day said after the third round at Quail Hollow Club on Saturday that he'd much rather have a great short game than "be the best ball-striker on the planet."
The Aussie's short game wound up being the difference en route to a two-shot victory at the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday — the 12th PGA TOUR title of his career.
Day led the field in strokes gained: around the green (plus-4.962) and got up-and-down from the bunker an impressive 15-of-16 times (93.75 percent) with three TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges, including a 60-degree Hi-Toe model that features grooves in the extreme toe.
With the grooves positioned higher on the face, flop shots will still spin and check even if the ball catches the toe at impact. Engineered from 8620 carbon steel, the wedge boasts a higher, more centrally-located center of gravity location, producing a lower launch with more spin.
While the wedges have been in Day's bag for most of the season, his TaylorMade P730 irons were recently added at the Masters. Wanting to decrease spin, Day switched from a one-off set of milled P750 irons to the muscleback model and noticed a reduction in spin and launch for the high-ball hitter.
"I would hit it and it would launch high and just spin out of the air," Day said. "So I just needed something where — because I already hit it high enough and I don't need the extra spin because I spin a lot already.
"Switching to the blades definitely lowered it a little bit. I'm still hitting it high where I can stop it and there's six less spin. So instead of hitting a 5-iron from 205, I'm hitting a 5-iron from 220 now."
Day's blades actually have slightly more offset than his P750's, giving them a similar look to his old RSi TP irons. When Day had his P750 set built, he requested practically no offset — something recreational golfers wouldn't think about asking for on a cavity-back set.
Day also ranked second in strokes gained: putting with a TaylorMade Spider Tour Red mallet that's been in play since THE PLAYERS Championship in 2016.
Here's a look at Day's entire TaylorMade equipment setup.
Driver: TaylorMade M3 (TPT Golf Prototype shaft), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade M4 HL (Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage TiNi 80TX shaft), 16.5 degrees
Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shaft), TaylorMade P730 (4-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shafts)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (50 and 56 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts), TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Ball: TaylorMade TP5X
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