Jason Day Takes a 1-Iron To WGC
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/1/13
Australian golfer Jason Day is an emerging talent, although he has only won once on the PGA Tour (2010 Byron Nelson). The 25-year-old Queenslander has tried several tactics in order to bag another win, including mid-day siestas. It might be working; Day finished solo 3rd at The Masters, T-2 at the U.S. Open, and also has a T-9 at Torrey Pines, a solo 6th at Pebble Beach, and was third at the WGC Match Play in February.
But this is different: At the 7,360-yard Firestone Country Club for this week's WGC-Bridgestone, Day has decided that driving accuracy is more important than distance, given that he currently ranks 139th on tour in driving accuracy. So he has done what this writer has done:
Put a 1-iron in the bag.
"I am probably going to hit a lot more irons off the tee than I have in the past, especially on the back nine, because in previous years the woods and driver have put me into trouble in a few spots and I have made bogeys. The one iron has been a good club to put in the bag, it's going a long way."Earlier this year, Day had his TaylorMade tour rep bend a TaylorMade RocketBladez 2-iron down to 16.5° and add ½-inch to the shaft. The club is equipped with a UST Mamiya Recoil 125-gram graphite shaft.
As someone who carries a circa-1989 Hogan Edge 1-iron with a stock Apex steel shaft, this writer finds his heart warmed by Day's strategic move — and openly hopes that Day wins at Firestone on Sunday.
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I keep pondering picking up the 0 iron I keep seeing at the local golf shop...
joe jones says:
I have put a 16* hybrid rescue in my bag and it has helped me a lot. I find I can get a lot of roll with the club and even if I don't get home it enables me to get close enough to give me a chance to get up and down.
I never heard of a 0 iron. I do know of a guy who got so accustomed to cheating on the scorecard, that when he finally got a hole in one , he wrote down a Zero.
Torleif Sorenson says:
@falcon... the etching on calls it a "0/driving iron"... I had never seen or heard of it before I saw it in the shop...
Duke of Hazards says:
lol @ falcon. nice.
Haha - that's the same loft as my 4 wood. Good on him if he can hit it well.
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