Patrick Reed was the prime example. He was spotted practising at Castle Stuart using his PXG 0311 3-iron, a likely candidate for use off the tee on certain holes at Royal Troon.
What’s more, Reed has installed a UST Pro Force 105X shaft – normally a metalled shaft – into his 3 irons to adjust the launch and performance characteristics, as well as getting more distance.
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Reed was also spotted using it in the short game area, too. Perhaps he is considering a strategy similar to that of the last champion at Royal Troon. Todd Hamilton famously used a Sonartec Md hybrid from the tee and around the green en-route to victory.
The American wasnâ€™t the only one making preparations for the Open, either, as Justin Thomas posted a picture of his new 1-iron as he heads to Royal Troon.
â€” Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) 7 July 2016
Donâ€™t forget the others, either. Rory McIlroy and Jason Day both used 2-irons at the US Open and both hinted it could be a tactic they employ at the Ayrshire venue.
McIlroy is expected to use a Nike Vapor Fly Pro 2-iron, while Day may put his TaylorMade RSi 2-iron back in the bag.
Another big name making preparations for the Open last week was Phil Mickelson. Before he took part in the Scottish Open, he had to make sure his gear was just right. So, Phil being Phil, he decided to grind his wedges by himself.
“Yeah just a little more off the toe for me, Phil.”
â€” Callaway Golf (@CallawayGolf) 6 July 2016
Last weekâ€™s Scottish Open at Castle Stuart signalled the start of Titleist 917 driver seeding for the brandâ€™s European Tour staff.
â€” Titleist Europe (@TitleistEurope) 6 July 2016
All Titleist players got the chance to try out the new driver with a view to putting it in the bag, but Stricker couldnâ€™t quite get it to work how he wanted in his 45 minute testing session on the range.
â€” Craig Dennett (@Craig_Dennett) 5 July 2016
A very particular person with his gear, the American opted to stick with his 8.5Ëš Titleist 913D3 driver for the time being, and even still has the original Titleist AP2 irons (circa 2010) in his bag according to Titleistâ€™s tour reps.
â€” Callaway Golf Europe (@CallawayGolfEU) 4 July 2016
Many of Callawayâ€™s staffers could use his skills again this week as the brand rolls out these limited edition tour bags to its players ahead of the Open.
Justin Rose, meanwhile, was on hand to unveil TaylorMade’s world-class effort! We’re big fans of both!
â€” Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) July 10, 2016
While we have no further details from Mizuno at the moment, we expect them to arrive soon.
SuperStroke published a throwback of epic proportions on its social media account. Itâ€™s the SuperStroke Flatso Ultra grip Jordan Spieth used for an eight-month period that included his first win on the PGA Tour.
â€” SuperStroke (@SuperStrokeGolf) 7 July 2016
Take out the big slice down the middle for it being removed and you still have a massive amount of wear and tear.
Originally published on bunkered on July 11, 2016.