Winner's Bag
May 14, 2019

Inside Tony Romo's bag (including a new putter he played) at the AT&T Byron Nelson

Tony Romo didn’t play the weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but the NFL star turned broadcast analyst acquitted himself well on his home course, where the man with the +0.4 Handicap Index shot eight over par for the two rounds at Trinity Forest G.C. For the event Romo had a new putter in his bag as well as a mix of other clubs while Padraig Harrington—a Wilson staff player for some 20 years—had a set of the company’s irons in play. Beau Hossler and Thomas Pieters were among other players making equipment changes, too, as the tour paid homage once again to Lord Byron’s legacy.

AT&T Byron Nelson - Round Two

AT&T Byron Nelson - Round Two

DALLAS, TEXAS - MAY 10: Former NFL Player and amateur Tony Romo of the United States looks over a putt on the 11th green during the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club on May 10, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Photo by: Michael Reaves

Michael Reaves

Tony Romo used a Nike putter at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but at the AT&T Byron Nelson he switched to a mid-length Cleveland Classic blade with a long grip. Rounding out the former quarterback’s bag were a wide array of clubs from various manufacturers: a 10.5-degree TaylorMade M5 driver, Callaway Rogue 3-wood, Titleist 818H2 hybrid, Mizuno MP-18 irons and Titleist Vokey SM6 and SM7 wedges. Romo also used a Titleist Pro V1x ball.

AT&T Byron Nelson - Preview Day 1

AT&T Byron Nelson - Preview Day 1

IRVING, TEXAS - MAY 06: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits a shot on the driving range prior to the start of the AT&T Byron Nelson on May 06, 2019 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Photo by: Stuart Franklin

Stuart Franklin

Padraig Harrington has played Wilson irons for a number of years, but often uses a mixed set of different models. At the AT&T Byron Nelson the Irishman had a full set of Wilson FG Tour V6 irons—a cavity-back design forged from 8620 steel throughout, that uses multiple materials to selectively enhance performance. The long and middle irons both make use of 20 grams of tungsten, albeit differently. The 3-, 4- and 5-irons fuse tungsten into both the low toe (12 grams) and low heel (8 grams) to improve the off-center hit stability of the irons that are most difficult to hit squarely. On the 6- and 7-iron, all 20 of the grams of the tungsten is centered low in the sole, helping to increase launch without increasing spin by lowering the center of gravity. The 8-iron through gap wedge do not use tungsten in the design at all.

AT&T Byron Nelson - Round One

AT&T Byron Nelson - Round One

DALLAS, TEXAS - MAY 09: Beau Hossler of the United States plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club on May 09, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Photo by: Michael Reaves

Michael Reaves

TaylorMade provides golfers with a pair of options in its flagship driver line, although each carries with it the company’s Injected TwistFace technology where the face is selectively curved in the high toe and low heel to assist mishits and the face springiness is brought into conformance by injecting a resin behind the face. There are differences, however. The M6 is an easier to launch, slightly more forgiving club while the M5 boasts more adjustability. At the AT&T Byron Nelson, Beau Hossler benched the former in favor of the latter, using the 10.5-degree driver to rank 11th in strokes gained/off-the-tee and fifth in driving accuracy.

AT&T Byron Nelson - Round Three

AT&T Byron Nelson - Round Three

DALLAS, TEXAS - MAY 11: Thomas Pieters of Belgium looks over a putt on the first green during the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club on May 11, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Photo by: Michael Reaves

Michael Reaves

European star Thomas Pieters made a switch at the Nelson to an Odyssey Toulon Stroke Lab Las Vegas mallet putter. The putter features a shaft made mostly from graphite, with steel near the head and extra weight in the grip so the balance point is closer to your hands. The idea being having that balance point in that position promotes a more stable stroke.

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