AUSTIN, Texas — The fantastic thing about being knowledgeable golfer, other than the celebrity, first-place checks and personal jets, is entry to custom-made gear. It doesn’t matter what it takes, most producers will pull out all of the stops to get one thing in play, together with personalized putters you received’t discover on the rack at your native golf store.
For the final eight weeks, TaylorMade Tour rep Chris Trott has been engaged on a mission for among the finest golfers on the planet. He hopes that a putter might sway Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama, amongst others, into giving a TaylorMade flatstick a tough have a look at the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play.
“I determine in the event that they’re going to alter, it’s going to be across the match play occasion,” Trott stated.
Trott has been working intently with two engineers at TaylorMade to get the putters constructed and famous that the method hasn’t been straightforward.
“I wish to be there after we do it,” Trott stated. “Principally, I name again, the boys get them organized up. We’ve obtained Kia and Marty, our two engineers, and there’s loads of backwards and forwards. There’s loads of enjoying round. We’re a fairly small operation with putters in comparison with others. We run very lean, so it takes me just a few weeks. Therefore, why it is a lengthy course of that began weeks and weeks in the past.”
Dustin Johnson had 4 putters with various alignments in a TaylorMade workers bag on the follow inexperienced and examined a few of them final week on the Valspar Championship, together with a Spider X with no alignment on the crown. Jason Day and Jon Rahm additionally had Spider X putters made with the identical clear crown.
“We held off on that,” Trott stated of eradicating the crown’s True Path system. “The white [alignment] line is what it’s all about, so we actually didn’t need to do it with out. However they’ve held fairly sturdy with not wanting to make use of the white line. So this week we’ve obtained some choices with out the road. We’ll see what they are saying.”
Hideki Matsuyama and Brooks Koepka had been the one high-profile names who didn’t have a Spider X within the workers bag. Trott and group constructed Matsuyama a one-off, center-shafted TP Juno and a brand new TP Mullen mallet, which is similar putter he used to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2017.
Apart from the totally different head shapes, Trott identified that Matsuyama has a special insert within the putters.
“That’s obtained a metal insert in it now,” he stated. “[Hideki] tried aluminum final week and it wasn’t loud sufficient, so I put metal in. The issue is the swing weight has gone by means of the roof. It’s not an issue on the blades, however the mallet, the swing weight is kind of excessive on these. So I want to talk to him and see what he thinks, as a result of they’ve obtained a metal insert in them, however then they’ve obtained a plate behind them to make it loud.”
Whereas Matsuyama and Koepka have one-off merchandise, Trott hinted that an up to date model may very well be within the pipeline for retail down the street.
“The Brooks and the Hideki Juno [putter], you might even see that transferring ahead,” he stated. “But it surely was achieved in the identical batch because the Tiger one. Tiger has a Juno that’s so much shallower. He and Brooks obtained a Juno based mostly off that, but it surely’s not the identical mildew as Tiger’s.”
Justin Rose and Bryson DeChambeau additionally possess personalized TaylorMade Spider X putters. It’s unclear if both participant will take a look at his new creation this week, but when they do, Trott is prepared.