Rick Nelson with Tom Pernice, Jr.

One of the things that Steve Mata and I have been working with Tom on is a new driver. He's been hitting a Titleist 907 prototype driver and having difficulty drawing the ball in a left to right wind. I just built him a driver whose head design will allow him to spin the ball more so he can work it left and right. We're also increasing the loft by a 1/2 degree from his prototype. He hit two different lofted 907D2 drivers; an 8.5° and 9.5° both with a 45" Graphite Design YS Power 65x shaft. The 9.5° driver's ball flight was a bit too high for Tom. Tom was hitting the 8.5° great on the range and is now going to take it out on the course and give it a test drive. Tom is one of the lowest maintenance players we work with so once he gets comfortable with his new driver or any new equipment, he won't make too many changes. Like most good players, he sticks with products that give him confidence. -- Rick Nelson

Bob Vokey with Prom Meesawat

I worked with Prom Meesawat today. What a nice kid. He is a 22-year old from Thailand who finished 3rd on the 2006 Asian Tour Order of Merit in just his second full year as a professional. Keep an eye out for this guy. His nickname is the "Big Dolphin" for the combination of his burly physique and the fact that he grew up in a coastal town in Thailand. He won the SK Telecom Open in Korea last year for his first victory as a professional. I am confident that there will be more to come. It was good to see him because I don't get to work with many of the Asian Tour players on a regular basis. I had sent him a SM60 degree prototype about a month ago but he felt it had a little too much bounce, so he brought it with him and we ironed that out in the trailer. Prom has a naturally shallow swing, so the SM60 with a bounce that is effectively 5 degrees gives him the ability to slide the club underneath the ball for those delicate finesse shots around the green, as well as to hit full shots from a square position. I've built similar wedges for Tom Pernice and Adam Scott among others. I also made Prom replacement wedges for his 252.08, and 256.10 that he likes bent to 54 degrees that he can take back with him. He prefers the Black Nickel finish. -- Bob Vokey

Bob Vokey with Arron Oberholser

I also worked with Arron Oberholser. He is playing again after suffering a back injury early in the season. He was disappointed he couldn't defend his AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title, especially on what he considers his home course. Arron has never really played Spin Milled wedges because he prefers a bigger profile, and the Spin Milled is a little smaller than the regular Vokey Design 200 Series. I made a replacement for his regular 260.08, but he also asked me to make him up a SM60, so it will be interesting to see if and when he decides to put it in play. -- Bob Vokey
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