Golf in the California desert is often referred to as “Golf in a dome” or “Groundhog day,” and this week certainly fits the bill. It’s literally perfect every day this time of year out here – 70 degrees, no wind, and not a cloud in the sky – so look for quite a few really low rounds this week.
The Humana Challenge, still called the Bob Hope by many in reference to its long-time host, gave itself a serious shot in the arm this year by partnering with President Bill Clinton and his foundation. President Clinton, as a result, now serves as the tournament’s host. His influence and strong humanitarian efforts, coupled with a revised pro-am format, brought one of the strongest field’s the desert has seen in some time.
I’m happy to report it was a relatively mild week in our Tour trailer. This generally means the majority of our players are really happy with their gear. In addition, this tournament is played on three different golf courses, making practice rounds a significant portion of the players’ preparation.
After gaming the Classic Driver for the first time at last week’s Sony Open in Hawaii, Jerry Kelly realized it wasn’t “perfect”. He prefers a relatively flat flight that allows the ball to run out on firm fairways, and he felt his gamer last week just launched a bit too high. After testing a couple of different loft and tipping options, he now has the one he needs going forward.
We also did some great testing with Jeff Overton and the Classic Driver. Granted, he currently plays the Launcher Ultralite TL310 and loves it, so a switch for him will not be easy. But on Tuesday at the driving range, he put on an absolute show with the Classic (see monitor numbers below). At its peak, we achieved an increase of 3mph more ball speed and increased his launch angle without sacrificing any spin. This is a club engineer’s dream scenario! On that note, as much as we love the Classic Driver, it may not be the best option for every single player. Check out the Driver Series Guide to help you figure out which driver best fits your game!
We were also joined by Graeme McDowell on Tuesday. G-MAC was kind enough to make the special trip to the desert and do filming for upcoming Cleveland/Srixon commercials before he starts his season in Abu Dhabi. Honestly, commercial shoots aren’t always a barrel of laughs, but this one was an absolute blast. Just call Graeme “one-take” next time you see him. We were also able to do some testing with the Classic Driver post-shoot and it went quite well. He was excited about the two he is taking home to test this week and we’re looking forward to the results.
Next, we’re headed to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA, where we look forward to another great venue and phenomenal weather.
‘Til next week…