From the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Posted: August 3, 2007

We were able to catch up with a lot of players this week at Firestone Country Club as they prepared for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. It's an important stretch right now on the PGA Tour, with the PGA Championship next week at Southern Hills and the FedEx Cup playoffs beginning two weeks later at the Barclays Classic in New York. Everyone's working hard to make sure they're on top of their game. Be sure to check out the photos of the action from earlier this week.


Titleist ambassador Adam Scott pulls some ProV1s from his bag to use on the putting green.

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Evman1023


What distance does Adam Scott usually hit his 8-iron?

Evman1023


Stock 8-iron distance for Adam is 160 yards.

Evman1023


The 50° Vokey wedge that Adam uses effectively serves as his pitching wedge.  Voke recommends a 4° - 6° gap between wedges, and with Adam's 9-iron at 44°, he achieves this with the 50° pitching/gap wedge, a 55° sand wedge, and a 60° lob wedge.  For more on Titleist's wedge fitting methodology, developed with Bob Vokey, visit <a href="www.fittingworks.com/.../WedgeFitting.aspx" rel="nofollow">FittingWorks.com</a>.

Evman1023


Most of our Tour players replace their wedges every six months, on average.  Resharpening grooves is not recommended as wear to the wedge affects the face as well as the grooves. Groove depth is probably more important than the sharpness of the groove in imparting spin on the ball from the rough or sand. Wear on the face decreases the effective depth of the grooves and, as such, wedges should be replaced when the faces get worn.

Evman1023


Adam often alters his set composition depending on the types of shots he will need to hit at a particular venue.  Don't be surprised to see the <a href="www.titleist.com/.../585h.asp" rel="nofollow">585.H utility</a> back in his bag at some point.  The <a href="www.titleist.com/.../905R.asp" rel="nofollow">905R</a> is an extremely good driver that Adam has achieved a lot of success with and has a lot of confidence in. Additionally, we are able to optimize Adam's launch conditions and driver performance with both the the 905R and the <a href="www.titleist.com/.../907D2.asp" rel="nofollow">907D2</a>, so he is able to choose the driver that he feels most confident with on any given week.

Evman1023


What is Adam's launch angle and spin rate with his driver combination as well as his rough swing speed?

Evman1023


Does Nick Watney use a cross-handed grip (left hand low) for his putting?

Evman1023


As shown in the slideshow picture, Nick does, in fact, use a cross-handed grip to putt.

Evman1023


Could you provide all of Adam's yardages for this entire set of clubs?  Thanks for the input!  Just curious as this is fun info for us amateurs as to how far they are hitting their irons and wedges!

Evman1023


Adam's approximate yardages throughout the set:

2-iron - 240 yards

3-iron - 230 yards

4-iron - 215 yards

5-iron - 200 yards

6-iron - 185 yards

7-iron - 170 yards

8-iron - 160 yards

9-iron - 145 yards

50° wedge - 130 yards

55° wedge - 115 yards

60° wedge - 100 yards