Ping?s new G10 range will be hitting the shelves in September and is already seeing plenty of action out on tour. I?ve spotted a 9 degree driver in Angel Cabrera?s bag and understand Chris DiMarco, Mark Calcavecchia and Mark Hensby have all been trying the club and could be putting it into play this week. Meanwhile Lee Westwood has switched to a new 14 degree G10 3-wood after just a few hits.
Sergio Garcia has created a few headlines following his switch to a belly putter in the ongoing effort to send his putting stats tumbling. He wielded a belly version of TaylorMade?s Rossa Corzina in his top-20 finish at Loch Lomond last week, averaging just 28 putts a round and ending up 4th for putts per green in regulation. So maybe a corner has been turned?.
At Callaway?s pre-tournament get-together, I spotted an interesting-looking utility iron in Nick Dougherty?s bag. The 18 degree club looked like a chunkier version of the X-Tour model and was marked up with a distinctive U on the sole. Whether this prototype long iron will eventually make it into production remains to be seen, but the concept would, in theory, mirror the progression you can make in Mizuno?s MP ranges by moving to the wider-soled Fli-Hi 2, 3 and 4-irons.
Justin Leonard has also been seen using an iron-style Nike utility with a low profile face in an attempt to master the links and recapture some of his former Open glory this week. He?s been using it quite a lot off both tee and fairway in his warm-up rounds, using it as a kind of go-to club for shots of around 240 or so yards. But I?ve been unable to find out anything more about this particular club just yet.