Golf equipmentMarch 14, 2016

New clubs for Bill Haas at Valspar

Driver, putter key in runner-up finish
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Bill Haas had a new driver at the Valspar Championship.

Bill Haas spoke openly during the week about how his father, former PGA Tour player and Ryder Cupper Bill Haas, helped him with his game prior to finishing second in a playoff in the Valspar Championship. What he didn’t say was that Jay was instrumental in an equipment switch as well. Bill has used both a Titleist 915D2 and 915D4 during the 2015-16 season, but after nine holes of the Wednesday Pro-Am Jay went to the Titleist tour trailer and had a new 915D2 built for his son. The new driver was a different loft (9.5 instead of the 10.5 he had in his 915D4), had a new shaft (Mitsubishi Tensei 60x as opposed to Aldila Rogue) that was ¼-inch shorter than the 45-inch shaft Haas had been using. The adjustable hosel was set in the B-2 position (slightly upright).

Haas’ putter also well at Innisbrook’s Copperhead course (1.501 strokes gained/putting, including a clutch six-footer at the 15th to save par and maintain the lead). The club is a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X mallet putter. The club was built for him at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by Cameron tour rep Kelly Moser and is 35 inches in length with 3.5 degrees loft. The putter is a little different visually as it boasts a black shaft and what the company refers to as a “honey-dipped” finish.

Titleist 915D2/D3 driver