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WITB 2020

How do players adjust their equipment with Covid-19 restrictions?

The PGA Tour stars are back on our screens but they're not allowed in their equipment manufacturers' trucks. Hannah Holden explains how it works and who's making big changes
 

If you’re like me you probably spent most of the weekend glued to your TV as the PGA Tour resumed and brought with it some well-missed live professional sport.

While it was nice to get back to some sort of normality, we’re still not quite there yet, of course.

Behind the scenes manufacturers have had to make changes, meaning the stars can’t just pop in and out of the tour trucks as they please anymore – so I spoke to TaylorMade to find out how players are getting their gear tweaked during tour events.

There are currently no players allowed on the manufacturers’ tour trucks, so any new kit or clubs that need changes made have to go through special drop-off zones where they are sanitised following each interaction.

Club fittings are still taking place but only in designated zones with face coverings worn at all times. Each player has a pass allowing one guest on the range at any one time, be this their coach or an equipment rep.

So who made changes at Colonial?

A quick glance at the top of the leaderboard shows the difference a big equipment change has made to Justin Rose’s game. In his first tournament since officially splitting with Honma Rose was back to old ways with a T3 finish that opened with a bogey-free 63.

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After a quick fitting Rory McIlroy made some small tweaks to his setup, swapping his SIM driver head for a SIM Max to increase his spin numbers back into his optimal range.

As you can imagine lots of players needed new wedges after the lay-off. Jon Rahm was one of them but this time he couldn’t sit and watch as the tour team checked his loft, lies, and swing weights. The rest of his clubs stayed the same but he did have a fresh set of grips as well as having a full assessment of his clubs to make sure the loft and lies hadn’t been knocked out of place during lockdown.

Perhaps the most obvious equipment change came from Dustin Johnson and it was no surprise at all that it comes in the form of a new putter.

The greens at Colonial were slower than usual tour conditions due to Covid-19 restrictions not giving them their usual months of preparation. DJ felt the Truss TM1 putter helped him keep the ball on line as a result.

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If you have any questions let me know in the comments below or you can tweet me and I’ll be happy to answer.

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Hannah Holden

hannah holden

Hannah Holden is the Equipment and Instruction Editor here at National Club Golfer. If you’re looking to improve your game, by changing your golf swing or upgrading your golf equipment she’ll have the answers.

As well as writing lots of features and reviews you can find her on our YouTube channel giving you insights on the latest rules, clubs and tips to improve your golf game.

Hannah is a member at Alwoodley golf club. You will either find her here or driving up and down the country playing in a variety of elite amateur events.

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