A day after Tyler Duncan gained the RSM Basic, the first-time PGA Tour winner spoke with Golfweek’s David Dusek about his golf gear and the adjustments he made this season.
David Dusek: From an gear standpoint, you made just a few adjustments to your bag in 2019. Would you contemplate your self somebody who’s open to altering issues up or do you favor to stay with what you realize?
Tyler Duncan: It was a little bit of a coincidence. It wasn’t actually deliberate, it simply sort of occurred that method. After final season I used to be virtually planning on going with no contract and simply enjoying what I wished, after which I examined the Titleist driver and that was the promoting level for me. I’ve at all times performed the Titleist ball, and I used to be not prepared to provide that up. I examined the driving force and it was superior. It match me completely, so we had been off from there.
DD: Halfway via the season you become a TS3 fairway wooden that’s listed at 13.5 levels. There are many execs who use just one fairway wooden, however sometimes it’s round 16.5 levels. Have you ever at all times carried just one fairway wooden, and had it been so strongly lofted?
TD: It most likely has a little bit extra loft on it than that, however I’ve at all times been making an attempt to make use of one that matches the numbers that I’m on the lookout for. I can hit roughly 255 yards within the air with that membership. That’s actually the hole that I’m on the lookout for, however right into a par 5, the way in which that it’s arrange, I can launch right into a inexperienced with a excessive reduce with some spin or a tough draw with no spin. It’s simply very versatile.
DD: You additionally carry a U500 2-iron. Is that membership course particular? Additionally, there’s a giant hole between a robust Three-wood to a 2-iron to your Four-iron. There should have been a variety of tinkering to make that setup work.
TD: Yup. The two-iron is bent to 19 levels, so it’s a level weaker, and the Four-iron is a level stronger. That’s narrowed these gaps on both facet just a bit bit. I switched to the U500 simply earlier than the Korn Ferry Finals. It has rather less offset, and I used to be in a position to launch it a little bit bit increased however hit it only a bit farther with out an excessive amount of spin.
DD: So you’re going to have the ability to cease that shot.
DD: Have you ever at all times performed a graphite shaft in your driving iron?
TD: Sure, I’ve at all times performed graphite within the driving iron as a result of it permits me to launch it with the spin that I need and in addition get extra distance out of it after I must.
DD: So in case your Three-wood goes about 255, what are the inventory yardages on your driving iron and your subsequent iron, the Four-iron.
TD: 230 and 210, principally.
DD: To a leisure participant, these gaps might sound fairly large, however you realize them. In the event you want roughly, you possibly can hit a reduce or flip a shot from proper to left with a draw. Have you ever performed this setup for some time?
TD: Sure, I used to play a Three-iron, however that is now my third season enjoying 4 wedges. I felt that including that further wedge was going to be a greater assist than a Three-iron. More often than not you aren’t going to make many birdies with a 2-, Three- or Four-iron, however you can also make a variety of birdies along with your wedges. Having the ability to slender these gaps and get my numbers dialed in with the wedges, I felt, was rather more vital than 5 or so yards on the different finish of the bag.
DD: I observed that you just, together with a variety of different Titleist gamers, added some SM8 wedges to your bag final week. Did you’re employed with Aaron Dill (Titleist’s PGA Tour rep for wedges) or Bob Vokey to make that transition, and what did you want in regards to the new sand wedge and lob wedge?
TD: I labored with each of them. When Bob’s round he’s at all times an ideal individual to speak to. I see Aaron virtually each week. He comes and checks in to ensure that now we have every part that we’d like. The SM8s are superior; they went straight within the bag. That speaks for itself, however for me they had been launching the ball a little bit decrease, which is one thing that I’ve been engaged on. However I used to be in a position to hold the spin up, or increased, which was actually useful.
DD: Lastly, I do know that you just play a Professional V1. Have you ever at all times been a V participant, or did you turn over from the Professional V1x in some unspecified time in the future?
TD: I performed the Professional V1x till 2015, and that’s after I converted to the Professional V1. I observed that the Professional V1, particularly with the irons, was permitting me to launch it a little bit bit decrease and spin it a little bit bit much less. I’m a fairly high-spin participant, particularly with the irons, so having the ability to launch it decrease and with much less spin was one thing that I wanted.
Winner’s Bag: Tyler Duncan, RSM Basic
Tyler Duncan wins RSM Basic with birdie at 18