Even yet it was a U.S. Open, a satisfactory series of big-name players—including World Nos. 1 and 2 Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas—made some vital tweaks to their bag for a year’s second major. Whether it was new drivers, putters or simply a opposite missile or dabble loft, a game’s best attempted to make certain their 14 clubs stood a best possibility to take on Shinnecock Hills.
Titleist denounced its new TS2 and TS3 drivers during a U.S. Open and found a series of evident takers. Chief among them was Justin Thomas, who put a 9.5-degree TS3 in a bag. “I initial tested it during a Players,” pronounced Thomas. “We were means to do some contrast off-site and strike some balls with it. we like a feel of it. Kind of tweaked it a small bit to get a small bit opposite feel off a bar to get it accurately where we wanted. It has a small bit some-more spin, that is good for me. … It only gives me that small bit of a turn staying in a air, and I’m means to control it a small bit more. It’s a small bit faster, that is always good.” Others changing into a new motorist enclosed Adam Scott (MC), Cameron Smith (TS2), Webb Simpson (TS3), Rafa Cabrera Bello (TS3) and Chesson Hadley (TS2).
Dustin Johnson didn’t change his driver, though had a new missile in his TaylorMade M4. Johnson substituted out of a Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 he used during his win during a FedEx St. Jude Classic and in a place was a 75-gram Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5. Johnson also uses a same indication missile in his 3-wood.
Another actor tinkering with a motorist was Hideki Matsuyama, who has been bouncing around drivers all year. In fact, early in a week during a U.S. Open Matsuyama used with a Callaway Great Big Bertha, a motorist he has used in a past. By Thursday’s opening round, however, a Japanese star was in Ping’s G400 LST indication (8.5 degrees). The LST is Ping’s low-spin chronicle of a newest driver.
At a other finish of a bag, Sergio Garcia altered putters, switching to an Odyssey EXO Rossie S. Garcia tested a dabble heading adult to a U.S. Open, and favourite a Rossie conduct figure since of a rounder profile, that works good with his backstroke, where he’s looking to supplement a small some-more arc and move it behind some-more to a inside. The S-neck hosel also matched his eye as did a feel of a White Hot Microhinge insert.
Two former vital champions altered a loft on their dabble in a bid to fight a bentgrass/poa annua greens. Jason Day upped a loft on his dabble from 2.5 to 3 degrees while Louis Oosthuizen had a new Ping Vault 2.0 Voss built with an additional grade of loft (bringing it to 4.5 degrees) to test.