TOUR REPORT — 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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Last week at the Farmers Insurance Open, 22-year-old Jon Rahm put the golf world on notice with his 60-foot eagle putt on hole No. 18 to take home his first victory. Jon heads back to his adoptive hometown of Phoenix this week to try and re-create some magic and win back-to-back titles on the PGA TOUR.

 

Coming into the year, Jon put an entire new bag of 2017 TaylorMade gear together, first teeing them up in competition at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

One significant change he made—to the surprise of many—was switching from ProV1x into the new TaylorMade TP5x.

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Jon had played ProV1x for over a decade, but when he was introduced to TP5x at a recent photoshoot and he experienced performance gains with every club, it was a "no-brainer" for him to switch as soon as possible.

The only reason I birdied No. 17 last week is because of the ball, that’s it. I didn’t have that shot before, I could never control it like I did.

Jon Rahm

Jon elaborated on his 2nd shot into No. 17:

I had 145 yards and hit a knock-down 9-iron that stopped instantly after landing. What people can’t see on TV is that the pin was only 3 or 4 paces on top of a big slope, so if I had any backspin on that shot at all, it would have come down the hill.

Jon Rahm
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Jon went on to discuss the performance difference he sees and how it was a huge factor for him taking home his first PGA TOUR title.

Titleist doesn’t do that, I would have had to hit a soft 8-iron because a 9-iron would’ve spun off the slope and maybe off the green. Honestly, who knows what would have happened if I didn’t play this ball, it would’ve been a different shot and different week.

Jon Rahm

Keith Sbarbaro, VP of Tour Operations, talked about the new benefits not only Jon, but other players are seeing with TP5 and TP5x:

The dispersion is just so tight and controlled. Almost every player who has tested the ball is hitting it higher, spinning it less, and landing it softer. This ball is the real deal, new guys are switching every week because it's that good.

Keith Sbarbaro, VP Tour of Operations

Here’s a full breakdown of Jon’s WITB at TPC Scottsdale:

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2017 M2 Driver 10.5°

Settings – 1-click lower, plays at 10.25°

Shaft - Aldila Tour Green TX 75g

Length - 45.25 inches

SW – D3

Grip – New Decade MC Midsize, logo up

 

2017 M1 3-wood 15°

Shaft – Aldila Tour Green TX 75g

Length – 43.25 inches

SW – D4

Grip – New Decade MC Midsize, logo up

2017 M1 5-wood 19°

Shaft – Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8x

Length – 42.25 inches

SW – D4

Grip – New Decade MC Midsize, logo up

 

2017 P750 Tour Proto irons (5-PW)

Shaft – True Temper Project X 6.5

Loft – 4-6 (standard), 7-P (1.5° strong)

Lie – 4-6 (0.5° flat),  7-P (1° flat)

 

Milled Grind Wedges

Shaft – True Temper Project X 6.5

Loft – 52°, 56°, 60°

Lie – Standard

Spider Tour Red

Take a behind-the-ropes look from TPC Scottsdale as TaylorMade staffers prepared for the Waste Management Phoenix Open:

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Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, TaylorMade Golf is a leading manufacturer of high performance golf equipment and golf balls and a major force on the PGA TOUR. With industry-leading innovative products like M1/M2 metalwoods, M1/M2 irons and TP5 golf balls, TaylorMade has one of the strongest athlete portfolios in golf, with six players in the current Top 15 in the world. Key athletes include Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Masters champion Sergio Garcia, Olympic champion Justin Rose and PGA TOUR rookie Jon Rahm.