Q: How much experimenting do you do with your club set-up?
A: I’ve been doing a little bit with my lies this year. Because I’ve been working on my swing I’ve needed to change them: I’ve gone from 2° flat to a standard lie at the moment.
Q: What 3-wood do you use?
A: It’s been as little as 12°, but at the moment it’s 14°.
Q: Do you see that club as an alternative to your driver or do you use it from the fairway too?
A: I do a lot of driving with my 3-wood, generally as an alternative to the driver. My 3-wood is pretty strong and I use it on tight holes or when there’s a bit of pressure on.
Q: Which other fairway woods do you carry?
A: A strong Wilson Staff 5-wood.
Q: What hybrids do you carry?
A: a 3-hybrid bent to a 2-hybrid loft, the equivalent of my 2-iron, and, depending on conditions, a 4-iron hybrid. Apart from windy courses, I use them everywhere. I don’t use a hybrid that replaces either my 5- or my 3-wood because I’m very comfortable and happy with those clubs. There are more and more stronger hybrids coming out and, to be honest, I’ll probably try them over time and see what they are like. If they beat the club I have, I’ll switch.
Q: What impact have hybrids had on your game?
A: Wilson Staff hybrids have certainly made it easier to hit the high shots. They are easier to hit from the rough too. But I tend to go back to an iron when it’s windy.
Q: There is an argument that belly putters are cheating. Do the top Pros think replacing a 3-iron with a hybrid is also cheating?
A: I have never really thought of it like that. My basic theory on the rules is that it’s up to the legislators to keep things on track. You know the players, they’ll take all the advantages they can within the rules.