This week we’re at PGA National’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for the beginning of the PGA Tour’s Florida swing. Many of the world’s best players are in the Honda Classic field, and whenever they show up, it creates a special environment.
The story this week is really about holes 15-17 at PGA National, affectionately known as “The Bear Trap” after course designer Jack Nicklaus. This is certainly one of, if not the most difficult trio of holes on any course all year. It was really fun listening to Cleveland Golf/Srixon staffers discuss their various plans of attack for that stretch. Be sure to watch how they perform there, as the holes will get a ton of television coverage (look for our new commercials on both NBC and Golf Channel).
This week is a home game for some of our staffers, such as Keegan Bradley and Robert Allenby, who live in nearby Jupiter and West Palm Beach, respectively. It makes for a fun week for them since they get to hang out with all of their family and friends.
Equipment-wise, we couldn’t be more excited about the start to our year. The Classic driver has been adopted more quickly by our PGA Tour players than any other driver I can remember. It’s received a great deal of attention for its good looks, but it performs as well as anything I have seen. The overwhelming majority of Cleveland wedges in bags now are the new 588 Forged. The most common comment has been, “They just feel better than everything else.” That feel combined with the classic 588 shape has made them a home run on Tour to this point. We’re having more fun working with this current product line than any I can remember.
Check out a quick gallery of pictures from this week’s Honda Classic.
Again, be sure to tune in to this week’s coverage. Check out our staffers playing this week and our new commercials that will be airing over this weekend.
Also, there is a nice article in this week’s Golf World about Jason Kokrak, his prodigious length, and his Classic driver. It’s a great read. Jason put a Miyazaki Kusala Black 83X shaft in his 15-degree Launcher FL fairway wood this week, and it will be interesting to see how it performs for the bomber.
Srixon staffer Robert Allenby is coming off of a tough finish at last week’s Mayakoba Classic in Mexico, losing in an eight-hole playoff. Allenby is in good spirits this week, and at No. 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings, he’s looking to contend more on the Florida Swing so he can crack the top 50 and earn an invite to the Masters in April.
‘Til next week…