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Driver changes for Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas at the 2021 Phoenix Open

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Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas both shot under par on day one of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and both men did so after a change of driver for the event.

Koepka began the year with his TaylorMade M5 in the bag but was spotted on Thursday at TPC Scottsdale using a TaylorMade SIM2 driver.

Check out Koepka hitting the SIM2 in Phoenix in the video below.

 

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The 30-year-old did marginally lose strokes off the tee on day one, but equipped with the SIM2 his opening round of 68 is the lowest score of Koepka’s 2021 thus far.

The change of driver is probably less surprising for those who witnessed this mind-boggling shaft bend of his M5 driver when frustrated last week at Torrey Pines.

As for Justin Thomas, the 27-year-old began the year by putting Titleist’s new TSi3 driver straight into play, but in Phoenix on Thursday, JT was back playing his old faithful TS3 driver.

 

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We’ll keep an eye on the changes and if these drivers remain in the bags of BK and JT throughout the week.

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  1. geohogan

    Mar 5, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    It is no surprise that Brooks is causing injury to his left knee and lower back.

    If we dont release the big toe, there is tremendous stress on the left knee and lower back

    There has to be eversion, allowing left big toe to lift.

    Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus did it best… eversion; not for style points but to save their bodies. Too bad the young guru teaching today, doesnt have a clue.

  2. Daniel Whitehurst

    Feb 8, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Anyone else shocked that that shaft didn’t snap across Brooks’ back?

  3. ChristianR

    Feb 6, 2021 at 2:55 am

    JT rolled back after all that advertising it was super pleased with the new one?
    Fire the marketing guys.

  4. Jack Nash

    Feb 5, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    I like JT’s choice. TS3 for me too.

  5. Andrew Ranaudo

    Feb 5, 2021 at 9:01 am

    DJ back in SIM in Saudi

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