MARANA, Ariz. -- Adam Scott has made two subtle adjustments to his set makeup that he hopes will give him an edge this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play.
The 28-year-old Australian has decided to switch from Titleist's 909D2 driver to the company's 909D3 (9.5°). According to Scott, the reason for the change has to do with spin and control.
"I'm using the new Pro V1 (2009)," he told me outside the locker room Monday at the Ritz-Carlton Course at Dove Mountain. "I'm just finding with the D2 that I'm turning it over a little too easily."
Scott told me that the 909D2, like the driver he used for most of 2008, Titleist's 905R, has a slight draw bias. With the previous version of the Pro V1 ball, it wasn't a problem. But the new Pro V1 spins a little more off the tee for Scott. "With a little bit softer golf ball, a little bit spinnier golf ball, I should say, it's easier to turn it over."
That means Scott was drawing the ball too much and too often with the D2 driver. With the D3, Scott started producing the ball flight he wants to see more easily. (To learn more about the 909 driver series, click here.) The other change for Scott is his putter. He has recently switched from a Newport-style blade putter to a mallet.
"When I was a kid, I putted with a mallet until I was about 17," he said. "I was just sitting at home this winter and I took a mallet back down to the putting green and really liked it. I decided that I had to call Scotty [Cameron] and have him make me something like it. He whipped one up in about a week!"
The putter is based on a design that Cameron made from a collector's convention. On his Web site, he calls the design a Tour SSS Coupe. It features a double bend shaft and is designed to be swung on an arc like a blade putter. Along the crown there are eight white lines and one red line to help Scott take dead aim at his target. Click on the photo for a better look.
"I mean, the alignment aid is probably the biggest thing," Scott says. "It's so easy to line up. It's like it just swings itself, which is a nice feeling. I don't have to do anything with the shoulders and hands."
At the only PGA Tour event where Scott has used the putter, the Sony Open, he finished tied for second and averaged only 27 putts per round.