The 2016 PLAYERS competitors endured a rollercoaster ride of course conditions and weather at TPC Sawgrass but Jason Day, the 28 year old from Beaudesert, Queensland, conquered both and the best players in the world with a four shot win. The march towards the wire to wire victory was a strong confirmation of Day’s number one player in the world ranking. Some commentators were wondering why former number one Jordan Spieth had ever attracted so much attention while lamenting the missed cut by defending champion Rickie Fowler and making animal comparisons…specifically a Tiger and a Golden Bear. There’s no doubt Day is the game’s dominant player. The PLAYERS is his tenth Tour win and seventh in his last 17 starts since the Canadian Open last July, a streak that includes a major, the PGA Championship.
His bag is entirely TaylorMade Golf starting with an M1 driver that he put in play the first week it was available at last September’s BMW Championship which he won and attributed much of his success to being able to hit it a long way but in the fairway. Day’s normal set makeup varies on requirements of the particular course and the club many were asking about, his RSi 2 2-iron rotates with a TaylorMade UDI driving iron and an RSi TP 2-iron. The RSi 2 2-iron (a model that was introduced in 2014) was the go-to club when Day needed to hit a fairway this week as on the difficult 18th the final round when he hit a gentle draw 308-yards. The RSi/PSi have slots in the sole and face leaving much of the clubface unsupported and allowing for additional flex at impact helping Day achieve such remarkable distance.
His M1 driver is a 10.5 degree model dialed to 9.5 degrees and has a MRC Kuro Kage TiNi 70X shaft tipped 1 inch. There are two sliding weight tracks on the sole so launch trajectory can be precisely adjusted. Day’s other club that had a lot of people talking was his putter, a TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Ghost Spider prototype but the same design as he used to be number two in putting last year but with a twist. It’s a matte red that Day requested to mimic the color of the Redback Spider, a well-known Australian venomous arachnid.
Day also wowed the crowds off the tee hitting a M2 Fairway Wood set at 17 degrees which he used to advantage without sacrificing much in the way of distance—still in the range of 285-yards and occasionally well over 300. It has a carbon composite crown and an open channel slot which TMaG calls it a Speed Pocket, for reducing spin. The shaft is a MRC Kuro Kage TiNi 80x tipped 1.5 inches.
The balance of Day’s clubs:
- RSi TP irons, 4- through pitching wedge with True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shafts which is also the shaft his 2-iron
- Tour Preferred EF Satin Chrome Wedges–47 degree bent to 48 degrees, a 52 degree bent to 54 degrees (both with Tour Grind), a 58 degree (ATV grind) bent to 60 degrees all with Temper DG Tour Issue S400 shafts
- Tour Preferred X Golf Ball #87 (Day’s year of birth)