SAN DIEGO — After shooting 72-69 in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, Davis Love finds himself near the top of the leaderboard at a major for the first time since the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol.
Love tore tendons in his left ankle when he stepped in a hole during a non-competitive round in September. He's still coming back from the injury, and I asked him if he'd been forced to make any adjustments to his equipment.
"Nope, I came right back to the same old stuff I was using," he said Friday afternoon. "I've hit up at TPI [Titleist Performance Institute in Carlsbad, Calif.] to see if I'm doing the right things, hitting it good and my numbers are all the same, but there weren't any changes."
Love said he expected the computers and 3D models at TPI to show that he was keeping his weight over his right side and falling back slightly as he made his swing. He was right; they did. Jack Lumpkin, a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher and Love's coach, helped him correct the problem on the range at Torrey Pines on Wednesday. "He said, 'You've got to go ahead and plant it, your left foot, no matter how it feels,'" said Love.
When asked about his set makeup for the U.S. Open, Love lowered his voice and coyly said, "Actually, starting this week, I went back to my old, old irons. So yeah, this week I've got almost the exact same set I had when I got hurt. Except for the putter."
Love's irons of choice are Titleist 680s. "I had a new set of 680s that I had broke out over the winter. I've got a bunch of new stuff to play with, and I tried the AP2s in Los Angeles [Northern Trust Open at Riviera], but ..."
Love would not elaborate on why he chose to use the older set of irons instead of the new set, but players often talk about liking clubs that are slightly broken in before putting them into play in a big event. Maybe, under U.S. Open pressure, he simply wants to go with the clubs he knows best. Davis Love's ClubsDriver Titleist Pro Titanium 905R (7.5°)Fairway woods Titleist prototype (13°, 18°)Irons Titleist 680 (3-9)Wedges Titleist Vokey Design 200 series (50°, 55°, 60°)Putter Titleist by Scott Cameron 009Ball Titleist Pro V1x (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)