It seems like I say this every week, but yet again, the setting for this week’s PGA Tour event is truly something special. The courses and cities where our Cleveland Golf/Srixon staffers start their season are phenomenal, and Pebble Beach may just be the crown jewel. Golf on the Monterey Peninsula is as visually spectacular as you’ll find anywhere in the world.
This week’s event is played on three courses on the Monterey Peninsula–Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course (MPCC). The two latter courses are fantastic in their own right, with Spyglass heralded as a superb test by all the players and MPCC sporting ocean views on 14 of 18 holes.
We usually do a lot of wedge work in the Tour Trailer for this event, and this year was no different. While the courses this week were as firm as we’ve seen them in some time, they’re still softer and just altogether different than anywhere else the guys have played thus far.
This creates an interesting challenge.
With softer turf conditions, players will often want to game a wedge with a bit more overall bounce, making it less prone to digging. But the greens here are also softer this time of year, and the last thing you want with soft greens are super fresh, sharp grooves. We know our Tour Zip Grooves really do spin the golf ball more than any other grooves out there. So we as reps, along with the players, have to weigh the pros and cons of putting a new wedge in the bag this week. If someone does opt for a new wedge, he’ll often hit a lot of practice greenside bunker shots just to take that initial groove sharpness off for the soft greens of Pebble and avoid over-spinning the ball. As you watch this week, keep an eye on who controls their spin the best on wedge and short-iron approaches. The player that does this best will have a great chance to win at week’s end.
The 588 Forged wedges continue to impress CG/Srixon staffers and are drawing more and more interest from players outside our staff. The most common question we get from players is, “So it’s a 588, but it feels way better?” The answer is YES! The classic 588 look, combined with the feel of our advanced Precision Forged process and the best grooves on the market, is making many tour players very happy!
Staffers in this week’s field include: Steve Flesch, Steven Bowditch, Troy Kelly, Russell Knox, Chris Stroud, George McNeill, Vijay Singh, Jason Kokrak, Roland Thatcher, Charlie Beljan, Ted Potter Jr., and Kevin Stadler.
For more pictures from this week, check out this photo gallery!
‘Til next week…