Many focused on the new irons and putter, but I was struck by his unusual wedge selection. The World No 3 uses Ping’s Tour-W model in two lofts – 54 and 58˚- but has his 54˚ cranked to 52.5˚.
I spoke to Ping and found out why. I initially expected the reason to be bounce-related, but it turns out Westwood prefers how the wider sole on the higher-lofted head works on chips and pitches, but still needs it to go far enough so a large distance gap isn’t left to his pitching wedge.
Apparently, Lee prefers the head shape of the 54˚, too.