Staring down Chambers Bay’s 18th hole with a share of the lead at the U.S. Open, Jordan Spieth knew the moment called for power and precision – specifically, a perfect driver-3-wood combo to reach the 604-yard par-5 in two shots.
The tee shot required pinpoint accuracy to one of the narrowest fairways on the course, a diagonal landing area guarded by severe bunkering. Less than half (49 percent) the field hit the 18th fairway Sunday.
Jordan steadied his focus and developed his plan of attack.
“I knew I needed to fade the ball off the tee,” he said. “The wind was down and a little off the right, which is a perfect opportunity for me to try and play a nice, just soft fade.”
He pulled his 915D2 driver, teed up his Pro V1x, and went to work.
“I struck it right on the middle of the face,” Jordan added. “I said put it in the fairway, give yourself a chance. It got right up there on the upslope, I couldn't have placed it in a better spot.”
After calming his nerves and executing the tee shot he’d envisioned, Jordan was in the fairway with an uphill lie and what he called a “perfect number – 250 yards to the front edge (of the green), 282 hole adjusted.” Still, the 18th green boasted the most severe undulations on the entire course.
Once again, staying in the moment, he worked through the details, the numbers and the options he had for his next shot. The club of choice for this pivotal approach? His 915F 15º 3-wood.
“For my 3-wood that flies typically 265 yards or so," Spieth said. His goal was to "try to land it on about that number."
Jordan visualized his shot and made an aggressive pass at the ball.
“Very, very pure… In midair I was going to be pleased anywhere on the green. And then with the roar I knew it stayed on the top ledge,” Jordan said.
Spieth's Pro V1x came to rest 20-feet from the hole. He two-putted for birdie to cap off a perfectly executed hole of golf and ultimately secure a one-shot victory at the 115th U.S. Open.
Last November at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, Jordan put the 2015 Pro V1x golf ball and his 915D2 driver in play for the first time. He’s played 1,300 stroke-play holes since in 157 under par, breaking par in 57 of 72 rounds and breaking 70 a total of 42 times.
As for Jordan's thoughts on the overall performance of his 915 metals...
"It’s effortless distance. It’s distance without needing to force it through your swing and therefore your swing stays consistent through the bag for 18 holes," said Jordan.
"You’re going to be able to carry that bunker with the same swing you’ve had before and therefore, you’re going to stay more consistent throughout the bag."
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