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Gainey’s driver tweaks pay off big at The McGladrey

by   |   October 22, 2012
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It’s no surprise that The McGladrey Classic champion Tommy Gainey isn’t the most technical golfer on the PGA Tour.

The former baseball player wears “Two Gloves” when he plays, which is how he earned his nickname in the golf world. And it’s fitting that the former Big Break Champion also has a swing that looks more geared for home plate than it does for the first tee. But that doesn’t bother the 37-year-old former assembly line worker.

“I look at it as it’s what I’ve got,” Gainey said after winning his first Tour event on Sunday. “It’s what I’m working with. I mean I don’t need to change it. I mean it works for me.”

While Gainey is generally content with his swing mechanics, one thing he has been tinkering with is his Callaway Razr Fit driver. Before the first round of the PGA Tour’s Playoffs for the FedExCup, Gainey wrenched his 9.5-degee driver to the upright setting. He also changed the adjustable weights in the head, adding 3 grams of weight to the toe of his driver and removing 3 grams from the heel (his setup became 8 grams in the toe, 6 grams in the heel). This allowed Gainey to hit his preferred hard-cut shot and added 100 rpms of spin to his drives, which increased his carry distance.

Before Gainey’s breakthrough performance at The McGladrey Classic, Callaway Tour representatives built him an 10.5 degree driver. They added 10 grams of glue inside the head, increasing the center of gravity in a way that could not be done with only adjustable weights. Since the extra weight inside the head made the club heavier, lighter weights had to be used in the adjustable weight ports to keep the swingweight consistent. The higher loft and extra weight, which was located on the crown of the driver and toward the heel, added 250 rpms more spin to Gainey’s drives, which increased his carry distance as much as 15 yards.

What else was in Gainey’s bag:

Driver: Callaway RAZR Fit Driver (10.5-degree) with Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft

Fairway wood: Callaway FT-I Tour FW (15-degree) with Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft

Hybrid: Adams Idea Pro a12 Proto (20-degree) with an Aldila RIP Hybrid shaft

Irons: Callaway RAZR X Forged Irons (4-PW) with Royal Precision Project X shafts

Wedges: Callaway Forged Wedges, 50, 54 and 60 with Royal Precision Project X shafts

Putter: Callaway Odyssey Backstryke Blade Putter

Ball: Callaway HEX Black Tour golf ball

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2 Comments

  1. jerry bollinger

    October 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I was thinking that someone is going to think that the two gloves might be a gained advantage over one glove ?

  2. Adam

    October 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Jack Nicklaus is probably on the phone right now telling Tim to ban the use of two gloves by players of all skill levels.

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