Thiry-four-year-old Kevin Na captured just his second career PGA Tour victory and first since 2011 at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier on Sunday highlighted by a final round 64 and 19-under-par total. Na bested second place finisher Kelly Kraft by five strokes and in the process took home 500 all-important FedEx points.
One big difference is the addition of a new four-model structure with Tour (T) Players (P) Extreme Forgiveness (XF) and Super Game Improvement (SGI) now offered. But the real design difference has to do with the a new material used in the clubs that produces more speed and distance among other things.
I ended up putting him in extra-stiff shafts steel in his 5-iron through wedges and graphite in his woods. I traded his bladelike 4-iron for a Ping G400 hybrid and replaced his one-piece forged irons with TaylorMade P790s both of which produced superior performance: 10 yards of extra carry with his new graphite-shafted hybrid and nearly 14 extra total yards with his new stiffer-shafted irons.” — Andres Victoriano True Spec certified fitter
In addition the new Cleveland wedges are designed with the company’s next gen Feel Balancing technology which utilizes redistributed weight in the clubhead to move the CG closer to the center of the clubface for improved feel and accuracy. Three different finishes are available including Tour Raw Black Satin and Tour Satin.
As is the case with all Srixon models the Soft Feel features an Energetic Gradient Growth Core that produces low spin and high launch for outstanding distance. The Ionomer cover on the new Soft Feel is softer and thinner than in the previous model allowing for improved spin rates on short shots around the green as well as an overall more pleasing short-game feel.
Phil has always favored heel-shafted putters like the old 8802 and his current Odyssey Versa putter is no exception. A heel-shafted flange blade that offers more MOI and stability than a standard blade the Versa also features a white-black-white alignment aid White Hot insert and SuperStroke grip.
To decide which Titleist model if right for you I recommend reviewing the company’s fitting guidelines which suggests strongly that you start on and around the green when selecting a golf ball model.
The AVX is a premium priced (same as Pro V1 and Pro V1x) multi-layer model with a cast urethane cover meaning it’s what would commonly be referred to as a “Tour” model.
Enter Andres Victoriano a certified True Spec fitter at the company’s shop at Trump National Doral Miami who gave Montoro a custom fitting and made a couple of interesting changes to his bag including swapping a hybrid for one of his long irons and getting him into a new iron model altogether to combat his spin.
Today’s RTX 4 model ($140 each) carries on the tradition exceptionally well with fourth generation Rotex face technology which features the most aggressive face milling and sharpest grooves of any Cleveland wedge to date.
Dustin Johnson captured his third victory of the season (and the 19th of his career!) at the RBC Canadian Open with four rounds in the sixties and a 23-under-par total.
This is the third consecutive year that DJ has won three tournaments in a single season which now puts him squarely in the sights of the World Golf Hall of Fame. For his trouble the world’s top ranked player took home 500 FedEx points and a winner’s check for $1116000.