2016 The Honda Classic
Capping off the West Coast Swing with 3-top ten finishes by Team TaylorMade at Riviera, the Tour truck packed up and hit the road. Destination: Palm Beach Gardens – 2,600 miles to the east and home to the Honda Classic and the beginning of the Florida Swing.
M1 and M2 adoption doesn’t show any signs of slowing as 9 more PGA pros put a new M driver in the bag at PGA National. Darrell Survey reports 41% of drivers in play to be TaylorMade with more M1 and M2 drivers than any other brands total driver count.
Sergio Garcia posted a 65 to best the field on Thursday. The last time Sergio led after the first round on the PGA Tour was the 2008 PLAYERS Championship – which he went on to win. Garcia put his PSi irons to work early, holing out from 148 yards for eagle on the second hole. He followed his eagle on Friday by falling half a rotation short from an ace at the 220 yard par-3 7th. All signs point to Sergio being dialed-in at PGA national where we should see him in the hunt on Sunday.
Brian Harman added a new M2 driver to his bag this week. The lefty likes to hit high, long draws that stay in the air a long time, and he is able to hit them more consistently and more naturally with the M2 in his hands.
Sean O’Hair also made the switch to the M2 driver after having played the R15 since its launch. Until now, he preferred the R15 because his right miss wasn’t as costly. Sean is a player who absolutely hates missing left, so the R15 was good for him because his misses would tend to be to the right. However, after testing the M2, he noticed he was able to increase ball speed on both solid and off-center hits. His shot pattern is now more consistent, and he’s still able to set up for the right miss with hosel adjustability.
Ryan Palmer is experimenting with a new M1 3HL fairway this week. He loves the M2 3-wood we built for him a few weeks ago, but his yardages were a bit too long for optimal gapping. Ryan also wanted to do a little shaft testing this week after liking a few things he tried at our photo shoot in Los Angeles. He ended up liking the new NV shaft from Aldila, so we built his M1 with the new shaft model. The added height he gets with the 3HL allows him to land the ball softly into par 5s while still traveling far enough to use as a driving club if needed.
One of the longest hitters on tour, Gary Woodland also put a new M2 driver into his bag this week. His reasons were rather straightforward: better misses. If you’ve never seen Gary hit golf balls in person, it’s a sight to see. He smashes both the M1 and M2 drivers, but his misses with the M2 were less costly and after testing this week, he decided to put the M2 in play.
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