Just north of Chicago, the remaining top 70 PGA TOUR athletes of 2017 are reporting for battle. The BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club will be the final stop for 40 golfers. The remaining top 30 will move on to the TOUR Championship for a shot at winning $10 million.
Considering the stakes, equipment changes are not top of mind for the world’s best. That said, a fraction of improvement could mean shaving a stroke off your 72 round total and the PGA TOUR has 10 million reasons for guys to obsess over that potential stroke.
Justin Rose, Jason Day, and Xander Schauffele weren’t afraid to roll the dice kicking off the 2017 BMW Championship with new TaylorMade P790 long irons in the bag. A pretty strong indication they feel the latest addition to the P·700 series could help them potentially capture that said stroke. Dustin, Rory, and Rahm all had a P790 long iron in the bag for practice rounds. Their feedback was shockingly good, but the tight, firm, and winding fairways of Conway Farm’s called for maximum carry and minimal roll; something the trio felt more suited tackling with a 5-wood.
Dustin didn’t completely dismiss his new P790 2-iron seeing some action this week. Here’s what he had to say about the matter when we caught up with him after his Wednesday practice round.
“I’m not worried about losing control of my 5 [wood] in these [calm] conditions, but if the wind picks up or the course softens I might put the  iron in play so I can flight it better. The fairways are really firm so the 2-iron has been chasing out into the thick stuff and the 5 wood is just doing a better job of hitting and sticking.”
Justin Rose has a 2017 M1 5-wood in play as well but worked a P790 4-iron in his bag by replacing his P730 4-iron. The best P790 testimonial of the week was when a non-TaylorMade athlete (who ranks in the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking) pulled out Rose’s P790 4-iron on the range and said, “How good is this thing? I hit Jason’s the other week and the face is a trampoline. I can’t believe how hot it is for how good it looks.”
This could just be the start for P790 as parts are still limited on TOUR. The FedExCup fields are getting smaller and more elite by the week. Once the wraparound season kicks off later this month and the fields get back to 150+ players, we should see some full sets going in play.
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