A forged carbon steel clubhead further enhances feel at impact while an internal face perimeter cut-out design increases the effective hitting area on the face by about 15%. This provides more forgiveness on off center hits and better ballspeed retention overall.
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.
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.
Although a lot was made of DJ’s switch from his Scotty Cameron blade to the Spider Tour Black Jason Day was already playing almost the exact same putter in Red. DJ evidently expressed interest and the rest is history. Day’s model is basically identical except for a slightly softer Surlyn face insert.
Koepka who was a Nike player before the company stopped making clubs won with a mixed bag consisting of TaylorMade woods Mizuno irons and Titleist wedges putter and golf ball.
Stenson’s been a machine on the greens for the last few years. He was one of the early PGA Tour adopters of the high-MOI fang-style mallet design and he continues to use it to his advantage. His current Odyssey White Hot Pro model also features the company’s soft-feeling White Hot insert.
The Spider Tour Black mallet putter that DJ has been gaming features a flow hosel and isn’t face-balanced since most pros prefer a putter that releases freely. The Pure Roll Surlyn insert provides a firmer feel than that in the Red version.
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.
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.
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
We love to check out the clubs and balls that Tour players use and we occasionally wind up adding similar models to our own bags. Of all the gear that pros put into play putters are the ones that weekend players can best wield without effort.
In case you’re wondering the Pro V1 offers a slightly higher launch angle off the tee with medium compression while the Pro V1x produces the highest launch with the firmest compression of the group.