Can the pros tweak their adjustable drivers during a tournament?
ou might have seen Rory McIlroy taking a wrench to his driver during the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March like he was ratcheting a lug nut o a 2016 HyundaiVeloster. He doesn’t own a Hyundai; we just like sayingVeloster.Anyway, Rory could do that because he had a screw loose – on his club. Rule 4-3 states that a club can be repaired during a round if it is damaged during the normal course of play, and the repair can be done without holding things up.What Rory could not do was change the club’s setting to, say, favour a tee shot that would curve away from the water (Rule 4-2). Nearly every driver has adjustable settings, so this got us thinking that the pros must be adjusting their equipment constantly.Turns out, they don’t
Ydo it that often. Chris Tuten of Titleist says most players adjust the driver until they get it right. Then they leave it alone. Isn’t every error in golf an “unforced error?” I wish announcers would drop this expression. ▶ ▶▶ What if it was the opposite? Mistakes are made by virtue of our actions, right? So when you screw up, you cause or “force” the error to happen. Say what? While you mull that over, understand that the expression you loathe in
ltrated golf telecasts after much success on the pro-tennis circuit. Players such as Evonne Goolagong (best name in tennis history) would do something such as double fault when serving, and the announcer would proclaim that she made an “unforced er- ror.”After all, her opponent didn’t cause her to double fault. If you ask us, mistakes are neither forced nor unforced in golf.They’re just mistakes.And you might not even concede that if you listen to Rudyard Kipling. (Who doesn’t?) He once wrote,“I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn’t explain away afterwards.” What’s the deal with the fairway bunker on No 10 at Augusta? I never see anyone hit into it during the Masters. ▶ ▶▶ The massive bunker on the 453-metre 10th hole does seem to be in an odd spot. Even the biggest drives on this downhill, doglegleft hole usually don’t even come close to rolling into it.The pros then re their approach shots right over the top of it, like it metaphorically represents a fth-grader listening to a lecture on quantum physics. So why is it there, you ask? “When the course was rst built, it was a greenside bunker,” says our Architecture Editor Ron Whitten. “But Perry Maxwell relocated the green to a hilltop beyond the spot of the original. He retained that bunker because it was so attractive, and as a salute to his late partner,Alister MacKenzie, who had designed the original course and had died in 1934.” OUR FAVOURITE CHEMS ▶ Mosquitos? DEET (C12H17NO) ▶ Sunscreen? Zinc Oxide (ZnO) ▶ Hunger? C7H8N4O2 (rhymes with bocolate)