2016 Wells Fargo Championship
Following a wet week in New Orleans, the PGA Tour headed to Charlotte, NC for the Wells Fargo Championship. While many players approach this week as their final preparation before The Players Championship, Quail Hollow Club offers a test of its own as competitors navigate the course’s 7,442 yards.
With well-protected greens and Quail Hollow Country Club Lake providing a scenic obstacle for much of the back nine, players need to score early before they face Quail Hollow’s daunting final three holes, known as the “Green Mile.” Ranked among the toughest finishing stretches on the PGA Tour, the Green Mile is sure to bring heartbreak and triumph come Sunday.
Working closely with their caddies, coaches, and Tour Truck staff during practice rounds, TaylorMade Tour staffers made some final modifications to their bags heading into Thursday’s tee times.
Jim Herman was on the range Tuesday testing a mixed bag of RSi and PSi irons. Currently gaming RSi, Herman went through his routine alternating between the two sets to compare feel, flight, and performance with Trackman.
Jim Herman working with our Tour Team
As he moved on to hitting driver, Herman requested to give M2 a test as well. Although he has been hitting M1 driver well since he first put it in play, he was looking for slightly higher launch off the tee. As opposed to requesting certain specs, Herman simply requested the Tour Truck to “make him something else” so he could blindly compare the drivers to each other. As a player more reliant on feel and the look to his eye, he tested the drivers without knowing what specs went into them. Based on feel and data gathered from Trackman, he took his gamer and the better performing of his two M2’s out for a quick practice round.
Justin Rose on the range
Justin Rose was grinding hard on the chipping range Tuesday afternoon to perfect his craft with his EF Wedges. Working on squaring the face through impact and developing a limited series of swing paths that he can routinely pull off, his effort seems to have paid off—he is currently T-9 for the tournament.
Justin Hicks spent a portion of Wednesday afternoon working with an M1 Rescue in an effort to improve his gapping. After making slight adjustments to the loft sleeve, he was able to send the Rescue 15 yards farther than his 3-iron—making for an ideal gap between clubs. The adjustability of TaylorMade’s loft sleeve enabled him to easily dial in gapping, spin, and ball flight without requiring any physical changes to the club. He currently has the M1 Rescue in play at Wells Fargo.
Jamie launches one on 14 during the practice round
Jamie Donaldson spent some time experimenting with his M2 fairway that he recently put in play. Formerly playing an RBZ, he noticed significant improvements with the M2. While his M2 fairway was carrying a similar distance as his RBZ, the launch was noticeably higher and the spin was lower, which will enable him to land the ball softer coming into par 5’s without sacrificing carry distance. Donaldson also worked with his M2 driver, making minor adjustments to the loft sleeve to tweak performance characteristics to his ideal preferences.
Steve Wheatcroft took a new M1 Rescue out to the range and adjusted it from 19 to 20 degrees. His Rescue was flying higher than his current UDI and could be a valuable tool on narrower driving holes like the par-4 12th if he puts it in the bag on the weekend. Wheatcroft is in the clubhouse and is currently T-4 as he preps for moving day.
Henrik Norlander asked to be built an M2 3-wood to test against his Aeroburner. As soon as he held it in his hands, he proclaimed, “Damn, this looks so much better.” With Trackman capturing the data, he quickly discovered that M2 was recording 500rpm less spin than his gamer. He also noted, “it feels like it’s staying in the air longer.” Immediately impressed with appearance and performance, Norlander has the new M2 fairway in his bag and currently sits at -1 midway through his 2nd round.
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