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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Not many players birdied the tricky final hole at the Wyndham Championship on Saturday.
Nick Watney did to top leaderboard.
Watney made a 20-foot birdie putt from the right edge of the green on the par-4 18th for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead. The five-time PGA Tour winner had a 14-under 196 total with only one bogey through three trips around Sedgefield Country Club.
“I’ve been trying to keep it pretty simple — a lot of fairways and greens, and I’ve been able to do that so far,” Watney said. “I’m super excited about going into tomorrow with the lead. … I’m looking forward to everything that comes with it, all the emotions and wanting to do well and whatnot. Learning how to handle that is a big thing, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Brad Fritsch was second after a 65.
Freddie Jacobson and second-round co-leader Heath Slocum were 12 under. Jacobson shot a 66 with TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Irons 2014, and Slocum had a 68.
Former Wyndham winners Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson joined second-round co-leader Scott Langley at 11 under in the final event of the PGA Tour’s regular season. Snedeker and Simpson shot 66, and Langley had a 69.
Fritsch was the first to 13 under, but Watney joined him with a birdie on the par-5 15th — his second of the week on that hole.
Then came the sequence that gave him sole possession of the lead, and it came on the second-toughest hole of the day.
Watney plopped his fairway shot from 180 yards onto the right edge of the green, then calmly rolled in his putt for just the fifth birdie of the day on 18 with TaylorMade SpeedBlade.
“It’s a hard hole as it is, and they put the pin on that back right little knob,” Watney said. “It’s a bonus and I’m very happy with it.”
That put him in great position for his second top-10 finish of the year and his first victory since he won The Barclays in 2012.
The SpeedBlade is specifically designed to improve those shots. To be honest, I like its technology very much. The key technology in the new Taylormade SpeedBlade irons is the Speed Pocket, featured on the 3 to 7 iron. The handle-bar shaped slot in the sole of the irons allows the face to flex at impact, increasing ball speed and launch.
TaylorMade’s research found that over 70% of shots hit by golfers with a handicap between 5 and 25, are struck below the center of the face. This type of strike typically results in lower launching, inconsistent shots. These slots provides even more flex in the face at impact. Add it all together, and TaylorMade say the SpeedBlade iron has the fastest face they have ever created.
Whilst TaylorMade are not making any distance guarantees, they do say the new SpeedBlade 6-iron traveled more than 10 yards farther and 4% higher than the TaylorMade R11 Irons. Each wedge has a heavier steel shaft than a standard SpeedBlade iron, to further improve short game performance and consistency.
Why compare to a TaylorMade Burner 2.0 Irons? Well TaylorMade’s 2011 research suggested the average replacement cycle for “core golfer” is 4.9 years. “Five years ago we challenged ourselves to create the best iron we could,” said Bazzel. “We’ve taken everything we’ve learned since then and created our most complete iron ever in the SpeedBlade.”
As well as a high launch and faster ball speeds, the SpeedBlade’s progressive shaping has been has been engineered to offer a performance suited to its role in a golfer’s bag.
Do you know, the TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons 2014 are another solid iron from TaylorMade? My handicap has remained the same – I’m not playing as much as previously so look forward to when I can get back properly! With a slightly chunky top line they still look good behind the ball and the head shape is nice.
The sole is a little more chunky than the other TP irons thanks to the undercut cavity of the cast head, but that is what gives the CB irons their forgiveness and high MOI. The head includes a forged face insert and combined with the sound management badge does make these irons feel very good indeed.
This is a little surprising as the heads are oversized with a little more offset than the TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC irons 2014, so you would expect all the usual game improvement characteristics, but no. The flight was a little higher but still penetrating and the long irons in particular were very easy to hit.
I guess, Mid-handicappers may want to blend a few of the MC short irons into their set, but otherwise the CB irons are well worth considering.
SILVIS, Ill. — Brian Harman admitted he felt the pressure.
The 27-year-old, in his third full season on the PGA Tour, hadn’t been in the final twosome in the final round until Sunday. He held the lead entering the final round of the John Deere Classic, and looked at the scoreboard after hitting a poor shot into the eighth green.
“I saw the guys were playing well with his taylormade sldr white driver, so that’s when I felt it, but I was able to hit three really good shots on No. 9 to birdie, and that kind of got me going,” Harman said.
He kept going all the way to his first victory on the Tour, using three straight birdies down the stretch to hold off Zach Johnson by one stroke.
Harman had a 5-under 66 in the final round with taylormade sldr irons for a 22-under-262 total to earn $846,000 and the last exemption for next week’s British Open. Johnson had the best round of the day at 7-under 64.
“It was very hard, probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do in my life,” Harman said. “Just trying not to let your mind run wild is the hardest part out there.”
Two years ago, Harman played with Johnson in a late pairing of the Deere that Johnson won, and learned a great deal about how to handle the heat.
“I talked to Zach about it, and he felt I was trying to get out of his way a little too much and that I needed to stake my ground a little bit,” Harman said.
He did so Sunday beginning on the par-5 second hole, sinking a 4-foot putt after a 223-yard approach. That jumped him to 19 under and set the tone. His bogey on No. 5 became only a momentary speed bump once he birdied No. 9. He led Johnson and Scott Brown by a stroke at the turn and was ahead by as many as three strokes after his final birdie, a 6-footer on No. 16.
It’s evident even on television. While high clubhead speed has a lot to do with it, the sound is more about the compression of the ball against the TaylorMade SLDR.
Only a small percentage of amateurs truly compress the ball. This requires an accelerating swing in which the hands are ahead of the clubhead at impact, the shaft tilted toward the target. The right arm plays a key role in delivering this downward blow. If the arm unfolds too quickly on the downswing or strays too far from the body, you’ll never achieve the sought-after “lag” effect that all pros exhibit.
This simple drill will help you learn the proper right arm action coming into impact:
1. With a short iron or mid-iron, hold the club with your right hand only.
2. Set up with a ball in the middle of your stance.
3. Take the taylormade rocketbladez irons back slowly and stop about halfway up the backswing.
4. As you swing into the ball, keep your right hand ahead of the clubhead. Your hand should be even with your left leg as the club makes contact.
It will take many repetitions to become comfortable with this one-handed swing. Do about 50 at a time, then try a series of easy, two-handed swings with the same right-hand action.
There are two things a golfer must do when his ball goes into a bunker. First, you’ve got to get the ball out. Next, you’ve got to rake the sand to cover your footprints and divot.
You may be wondering if it’s really necessary to rake the bunker. What difference does it make if the sand isn’t perfect, right? Actually, it makes a huge difference. Try hitting a ball out of a footprint or a deep gouge with taylormade r1 driver and you’ll understand. Few things make a golfer angrier than discovering the ball in a terrible lie because someone carelessly ignored this basic obligation.
To be fair, many golfers who neglect to rake – especially beginners — do so because they’re in a rush to move on and let the next group hit. True, raking does take a little time. But as long as you do it briskly, no one will hold it against you.
1. First, locate the shortest and easiest route from the edge of the bunker to your ball. Some bunkers have steep lips that are difficult to scramble up and down, so you’re better off entering at a lower point even if the walk is longer.
2. This part is key: Take a rake with you into the sand. Place it near your ball, but out of the way of your swing.
3. Try not to wander around in the bunker and create extra tracks. Go directly to your ball and make a couple of practice swings from beside or behind it. This will limit the amount of sand you must rake.
4. Once you’ve escaped, grab the rake and find your original footprint trail. Re-trace it while walking backward and raking as you go, smoothing over all footprints until you reach the end.
5. When raking, stroke the sand just hard enough to eliminate any ridges or rough spots without digging trenches with the tines. You can always look around at other raked spots for examples.
TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Irons 2014
TaylorMade R11S Fairway Wood
BETHESDA, Md. — Playing in his first tournament since back surgery in late March, Tiger Woods shot a 3-over 74 on Thursday in the first round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club.
The 14-time major champion had bogeys on seven of his first 12 holes before closing with birdies on three of his last six holes.
Woods’ round was characterized by several sloppy mistakes around the greens. Yet he drove the ball accurately, hitting nine out of 14 fairways. He also hit 10 of 18 greens with TaylorMade R11S Driver.
“The score is not really indicative of how I played,” he said. “I had four up-and-downs right there on 15 through 18. I had an easy pick on 2, don’t get that up-and-down and a wedge in my hand on 3 and I jerk it in the bunker.”
Greg Chalmers finished with three straight birdies for a 66 and has a one-shot lead over Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson.
Defending champion Bill Haas, Patrick Reed, U.S. Open runner-up Erik Compton and Tyrone Van Aswegen shot 68. Compton birdied his last four holes.
“I didn’t think it was easy at all,” Chalmers said. “I played TaylorMade R1 Driver really well, and I think anybody who plays really well can shoot a low score. You just have to be coming out of the fairway, and I didn’t that the majority of the time today.”
Only 26 players in the 120-man field broke par.
Only once in his career has Woods shot as high as 74 and gone on to win the tournament. It happened in the 2005 Masters, when he was tied for 33rd after the first round after shooting 74.
TaylorMade has launched the TaylorMade SLDR S Driver, a non-adjustable, cheaper version of the number one driver on tour, the SLDR. It no longer features the adjustable hosel, it still includes the intuitive sliding weight track that promotes up to 30 yards of shot shape adjustment.
Talking about the new SLDR S, Benoit Vincent, vice president research and development at TaylorMade, told GM: “It’s no secret that high launch and low spin maximise driver distance, but some players think that only tour pros can benefit from lofting up. This is simply not true. By lofting up, you can generate serious distance gains regardless of swing speed with SLDR S, which has low and forward CG properties, along with a sliding weight that assists shot shape.”
The button-back is a great move from TaylorMade in my book. It will make it clear to the television viewer that the Tour player, TaylorMade sponsored or not, is using the TaylorMade SLDR Driver.
Turning clubhead over into palm of glove and there’s a simple sliding 20g weight on display, positioned towards the front of the driver. I was informed this allows you to move the club’s centre of gravity low and forward to promote that desired high launch, faster ball speed and lower spin, which yes you guessed it, creates what TaylorMade claims to be its longest-driver-to-date.
After an hour custom-fitting session for the SLDR at TaylorMade’s superb Wentworth Fitting Centre alongside TaylorMade Performance Lab Manager Tom Godwin, I quickly understood why TaylorMade was so keen to get the SLDR out on the shelves so soon after the TaylorMade R1 Driver.
The golfer is able to increase or reduce loft of the SLDR up to 1.5-degree increments with a 12-position loft-sleeve for optimal trajectory. Tom decided to loft me up half a degree on my current spec to 10.5-degree after seeing me strike what I thought were three solid drives out to 230 yards carry and 255 yards distance using the SLDR’s standard Fujikura Speeder 57 shaft.
TaylorMade took a deep breath during the PGA Tour’s off week, and kicked off BMW Championship Week on Monday night with an event to take the wraps off its latest creation – TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons.
The TaylorMade SpeedBlade continues the TaylorMade trend of cutting Speed Pockets into their clubheads, as found in such clubs as the RocketBladez irons and RocketBallz woods. The Speed Pocket is a deep slot that runs from heel to toe on the sole just behind the clubface that allows the face to flex and rebound faster.
That, TaylorMade says, increases ball speed and elevates the launch angle to boost distance, and provides more control because shots land on a steep angle. In addition, TaylorMade lowered the SpeedBlade’s center of gravity to further increase the launch angle and to put more power behind shots hit low on the clubface – which the company says happens almost three-quarters of the time.
So is the Speedblade all hype and marketing or is it a legitimate improvement upon the Rocketbladez? Let’s first look at the benefits and drawbacks of the Rocketbladez. First of all, and for many most importantly, they go very, very far. We saw 17 yards in distance gains on average, mostly produced through significantly higher Smash Factors. There were negatives to the TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons however. The two most important performance factors that were lacking were height and distance control.
As a player’s handicap lowers the most important aspect in iron play is control. Most good players would rather give up 5 yards of distance to ensure the ball travelled at the same trajectory and the same carry distance every time. Think about what happens at a PGA Tour event when it rains and the course becomes soft.
For someone trying to hit the ball further this performance gap just didn’t matter. They would rather have the ball roll out because they were suddenly hitting their 7 iron from where they used to hit 5. The speedblade irons made the game more fun for them.
Let’s set the scene for those that might have missed it. Tiger Woods, trailing by one at the time, had just hit his TaylorMade Burner 2.0 Irons shot on the par 3 16th into perhaps the worst spot he could. Into the thick rough over the green on the right, a chip that came up short would stay in the rough, a chip hit too hard would fly down the ridge and perhaps into the water. His lie was not good and if he wanted to have any chance to win, he needed to save par – something that seemed unlikely from his predicament.
Well, the skeptics were right – sort of. Tiger did not make par. He took a mighty swing that resulted in the prettiest, softest pitch that just landed on the green and started to roll towards the pin. Incredibly similar to Tiger’s famous Masters chip on the 16th at Augusta National, this chip seemd as if it might stop or just miss right before dropping in for what may have been the loudest birdie in Muirfield Village history.
So how do you hit this shot with your TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons? You’ve probably hit it many times actually, just most likely out of a bunker. Yes, the same technique that you’d use to get out of a bunker, you should use to hit the soft high flop out of thick rough.
There are three main points to remember:
1. Set the ball forward in your stance, open the clubface. Just like a bunker shot, you want to hit slightly behind the ball and use the rough as a springboard to gently pop the ball out.
2. On the backswing, keep a quiet lower body. Most amateurs struggly with this, often straitening up in the back swing and shifting their low point of the swing. If you get too steep, you will slide right under the ball and the ball will not go far enough.
3. Fire through on your swing, maintain your spine angle, and fully rotate your hips. Watch Tiger’s body as he finishes the swing. Notice how his belt buckle finishes to the left of the target line.
The goal here is get the ball on the putting surface, hopefully with a makeable putt. If you can get it close, that’s an added bonus. If you can make it, well, that’s Tiger-esque. But it certainly doesn’t have to mean a big number. Play it like a bunker shot, commit to the swing and watch the ball float softly onto the green.