Pat Perez’s Gear at the OHL Classic
Last year the CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur was the kickoff for Justin Thomas’ fantastic year with his first win of five for the season which included the PGA Championship. Unfortunately Thomas couldn’t muster a three-peat (he also won in 2015) and finished the no cut event in a tie for seventeenth. Journeyman pro Pat Perez won handily over a resurgent Keegan Bradley who has finally begun to score better after a frustrating time transitioning from the long putter. Perez, 41, claimed his third career win, the second after reconstructive shoulder surgery and the first after signing a contract to endorse PXG clubs in February 2017.
Perez’s club inventory when he won his second career event, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November 2016, was a mixture of TaylorMade woods, a Callaway hybrid, Callaway irons, an Odyssey putter and Titleist Pro V1 ball. Since February the only clubs remaining are the TMaG driver and the Pro V1 ball.
His wedges are from PXG’s 0311T family including the Sugar Daddy which has a medium amount of bounce at the leading edge transitioning to high bounce in the sole’s center. All 0311T wedges are fabricated from a solid block of soft carbon steel with prices starting at $650 each and are sold through custom fitters only.
Perez carries the PXG Gunboat putter, a heel shafted mallet which has high MOI weighting giving additional stability when impact with the ball is slightly off center. There’s a thermoplastic elastomer insert behind the face to improve both feel and sound and PXG offers two shaft offset options. Selling price is $600 with a choice of either 370 gram or 400 gram head weights.
Pat Perez’s Winning Gear
Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 9.5 degree (Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 70TX shaft)
3-wood: PXG 0341X 15 degree (Tensei White 70x shaft)
Hybrid: PXG 0317X 19 degree (Aldila Rogue 85-x shaft)
Irons: 3- & 4-irons PXG 0311XF, 5-iron through pitching wedge PXG 0311 Xtreme Dark (KBS S-Taper 130 Black shafts)
Wedges: 54-degree PXG 0311T Milled Sugar Daddy & 60-degree PXG 0311T Milled Zulu (KBS 120 Tour Black shafts)
Putter: PXG Gunboat; 35″
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
CIMB by the Numbers: Fifty players chose the Pro V1 or Pro V1x by Titleist in Malaysia compared with 12 for the next most frequently used ball brand. Titleist also was tops in irons with 25 sets in play and their Vokey sand, lob and approach wedges led that category with 42. Another division, Scotty Cameron, led in putters with 35. The winning driver was again a TaylorMade M2 2017, so after two weeks of the 2017-2018 season both the TMaG M2 and Titleist Pro V1/Pro V1x have two victories to their credit.
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
CIMB Field was composed of the top 60 of the first 125 in 2016-17 FedExCup points who chose to play plus the Asian Tour’s top 10 available money leaders and eight sponsor’s exemptions. There was no cut.
Bettinardi Golf: The new Antidote putter series comes in a choice of three shapes and each has a kit with additional weights (340, 350, and 360 grams5-gram, 10-gram & 15-gram) for use in the heel and toe ports of the carbon steel head to adjust putter weight from 340 to 360 grams. This design Bettinardi says produces a soft feel and immediate top spin due to the putter head center of gravity being above the center line of the ball. Available now and priced at $550 each.
OnCore: First talked about at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show, OnCore Golf has released additional information about the Genius Ball which has a GPS chip and swing sensors inside the unique steel core of the ball. Besides such data as carry and ball speed, the ball’s location will link with a smartphone app so it can’t ever be lost. Price of the Genius is expected to be $25 per ball, yes, that’s per ball not dozen.
Callaway: Two new better-player iron models from Callaway will hit stores Nov. 3. Input from Tour staffers for the Apex Musclebacks was a factor for the shaping and design of the soft feeling 1025 carbon steel forgings. Grooves are cut to reduce fliers and give more control. The new X Forged model is made using a triple net forging process with particular attention paid to the sole profile to allow for smooth interaction with the turf. The classic-look uses similar grooves to the Apex Musclebacks and heads have a progressive center of gravity. Pricing for a set of either model is $1,300.
Wilson Duo: Wilson was an early proponent of super soft golf balls and with a compression rating of 29 the updated two-piece Duo is about the same as the original. However, Wilson says the new Duo directly addresses the most often cited knock on low compression balls, namely they don’t go as far. The company says they got around this not by raising the compression but by making the core firmer and refining the dimple pattern of the ionomer cover. Available in Nov. selling for $20 per dozen.