PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — For whatever reason, a Genesis Open has incited into a unchanging apparatus contrast belligerent for Dustin Johnson. Drivers, irons, putters, grips — Johnson has literally put something new from any difficulty in a bag over a final several years.
It’s really probable Johnson could continue a strain after he was speckled contrast a 2019 TaylorMade Spider Tour mallet and TP Black Copper Juno blade on a use immature during Riviera. Johnson recently won in Saudi Arabia with an all-black chronicle of Spider Tour that’s been his go-to prosaic hang for some-more than a year, though struggles with pulled putts led him to take a demeanour during other options.
Working with TaylorMade Tour repute Chris Trott, Johnson rolled a Juno with a red PureRoll insert (white line on a flange) and countless versions of a new Spider Tour though a steer line — his elite demeanour during residence — and opposite weight configurations, including a 12-gram weight in a toe and 2-gram weight in a heel to block adult a face during impact. Trott also attempted a pretence Retief Goosen used years ago, fixation some-more weight in a heel, with a somewhat lighter pitch weight, to assistance with toe release.
When conjunction weight setup constructed a conspicuous improvement, Trott returned to a strange setup, fixation a 2-gram weight in a heel and toe of a Spider. The one change that did seem to work during a use eventuality was a cross-handed grip, though Johnson was speckled after in a day putting with a required hold — a Anser-style Juno in his hands.
As is a box with many intensity apparatus changes, Johnson’s dabble conditions stays impossibly fluid. But if Trott had to guess, there’s still a probability Spider Tour could get a curtsy on Thursday.
“He likes a approach [Spider Tour] lies and sits,” Trott said. “From operative with him, he wants to get into a new Spider. We only need to find something he’s gentle with.”
As for a hold Johnson skeleton to use this week, it will be SuperStroke’s CounterCore Pistol GT 1.0, a same hold he started regulating during a 2017 Genesis Open — an eventuality he’d go on to win. Although, as Trott pointed, Johnson’s hold has one conspicuous disproportion compared to a sell version.
“The leather is wrapped tighter,” Trott said, “so if we feel them side-by-side, a edges are sharper. That’s how he likes a hold to feel in his hands.”