Brandt Snedeker primarily with Bridgestone equipment scored 59, the 10th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history, on day one of the Wyndham Championship and then went to win by three with rounds of 67, 68 and 65 for a -21 total.
His bag is mostly Bridgestone including the Tour B X ball which along with the Tour B XS are the company’s entry in the tour ball category. Both sell for $45 per dozen. Designed to be played by better players, those with over 105 mph driver swing speed, the 85-compression X and 75-compression XS have covers made with a softer urethane than the previous B330 model and better aerodynamics from a new lower drag version of Bridgestone’s 330 Dual Dimple. Due to the characteristics of the construction the X works best for those wanting lower driver spin and the XS gives more ball speed and therefore distance.
For those with more moderate swing speed Bridgestone has the RX and RXS also a 3-piece construction and priced the same as the Tour B X and Tour B XS. The cover is firmer urethane formulation with a new 338 Dual Dimple design covering more of the ball’s surface for a more penetrating trajectory.
Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR prototype 9.5° (Graphite Design IX-6X)
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 15° (Fujikura Pro 73 Tour Spec) & 19° (Fujikura Pro 85 Tour Spec)
Irons: Bridgestone J15 Cavity Back 4-9 iron (Aerotech SteelFiber i95 S)
Wedges: Bridgestone J40 48°; Bridgestone J15 52° & 56° and Titleist Vokey Design proto 60° (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X
In Case Anyone Should Ask
Club and Ball Counts: The Pro V1 or Pro V1x by Titleist were played by 123 of the 156 in the Wyndham field. In second place was Callaway Chrome Soft/Chrome Soft X with 13 players. Titleist hybrids was also the most played with 25 and iron sets with 45. Vokey Design wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (224) category and Scotty Cameron putters are the choice of more players than any other brand with 61 in play.
At the U.S. Amateur in Pebble Beach, Calif. TaylorMade M3 and M4 drivers were the most played in the 312-man field and their Spider Tour putter was the top single model while Titleist was the most played golf ball with 237.
Yellow Pro V1: They said good golfers didn’t want it and besides the cast urethane used in the Pro V1 and Pro V1x cover required added expense to allow it to be colored. Well, times change and the 2019 Pro V1 and Pro V1x models soon to be formally introduced will be available in yellow at least in part from what was learned producing the thermoset urethane cover used in the AVX brought to market last spring. Odds are it won’t be long before one of the Titleist players on the PGA Tour will tee up a yellow.
New Truvis: Callaway Chrome Soft’s popular Stars & Stripes Truvis pattern is being joined by the Chrome Soft X in the same red, white and blue pattern. Plus, with the Ryder Cup coming in September a European Truvis pattern in white, blue and yellow will be available. Each will at retail on August 24 and sell for $44.99.
King to Honma: Mark King former president and CEO of TaylorMade Golf who left his position as president of Adidas North America in April with plans for retirement has been named as a strategic advisor to Liu Jianguo chairman of premium Japanese clubmaker Honma Golf. The company is looking to expand its presence in the North American market.
Titleist TS models: Two months after showing up in the bags of PGA Tour players the newest model TS driver continues to gain converts. In Greensboro this week of the 36 players teeing it up with a Titleist driver 21 had either the TS2 (9) or TS3 (12). Each week, more players are also switching the TS2 and TS3 fairway woods. Of the 59 using Titleist fairway woods 11 had the TS2 and 9 the TS3. The TS driver and fairway woods will not be officially announced until this fall.
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