From the Bank of America Championship

Posted: June 21, 2007


Jay Haas hits a drive during his Pro-Am round. Click here to check out more photos from the Bank of America Championship...

It was a beautiful day at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, Massachusetts today, site of this week's Bank of America Championship. The weather update is notable only because last year it became just the second event in Champions Tour history to be completely washed out due to weather. The BOA is the longest running 54-hole event on the senior circuit, with this being the 27th year.

We caught up with Jay Haas during today's Pro-Am. He was very positive about the PT 585.H utility metals. He said he put the 21° in his bag a little over a year ago to replace his 3-iron. He also has a 585.H 17° that he puts in to replace a 19° fairway metal depending on wind and course conditions. He loves the straight ball flight he gets off the tee and from the fairway with the 585s. And he isn't the only one. Check out the 585s in the staff bag photos of Haas, Peter Jacobsen and Curtis Strange. Jake only has one in this image because he was practicing with the other. His caddie pointed it out and said, "that's his new favorite toy."

In addition to adding a couple of hybrids to his set composition, Peter Jacobsen said he also switched to Project X shafts in his irons. He said he went to the new shafts to help with his ball flight after returning from his hip replacement surgery.

Jay, who hasn't played in any PGA TOUR events this year, said he is committed to the Champions Tour. He loves it out here, but has set a goal to still try and qualify for the majors by winning events on the Champions Tour (Senior PGA, Senior PLAYERS Championship, Senior U.S. Open, Senior British Open).

Nearly 70 percent of all players on the Champions Tour play either the Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball. Even more impressive is the fact that Titleist players have won 11 of the first 14 events this year. Note the photo with buckets of Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls on the practice range ... they're the only practice balls on the range this week.

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Jerry


What shafts are in Peter's and Curtis' woods?

Jerry


I noticed that Peter Jacobsen's driver is a 907D4. I haven't seen this model in golf shops, where has this come from?

Jerry


I have a couple of questions: What is the difference, other than color, between Jay's black dampening chip and the red chip in the production model 755 irons? Also, besides Jake and Ryuji Imada, what other Titleist players are working with the 907D4?

Jerry


The 907D4 is a prototype driver that is not available in golf shops.

Jerry


There is no difference between the black and red dampening chips. The black chips were used in the prototype 755 irons with chrome finish. Other players currently using the 907D4 prototype driver include <a href="www.titleist.com/.../playersequipment.asp rel="nofollow">Tommy Armour III</a>, <a href="www.titleist.com/.../playersequipment.asp rel="nofollow">Andrew Buckle</a>, and <a href="www.titleist.com/.../playersequipment.asp rel="nofollow">Robert Gamez</a>.

Jerry


As the Pro V1 and Pro V1x are used on the practice range during tournaments, when the tournament closes, where do all of the balls go? Are they used in other tournaments, given away to members of the host club?

Jerry


Please see the comment <a href="/2007/03/28/shell-houston-open-update/#comment-170" rel="nofollow">here</a> about what is done with the practice Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls.