Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Camilo-Villegas-TaylorMade-Irons_600x450 La Jolla, Calif. — Camilo Villegas is so detail-oriented that after he finished his collegiate career at the University of Florida, the Gators starting using his old yardage books and course maps. From his clothing to his fitness routine, he's impeccably orderly.
So when I had a chance to chat with the Colombian superstar on the back range at Torrey Pines Monday morning, I wanted to know how he went about switching from a bag full of Cobra clubs to his new TaylorMade gear. After all, for a guy who likes control, changing his golf ball, driver, irons and wedges all at once could have meant painstakingly hitting balls for days under the watchful eye of a launch monitor to get everything just right.
Not really.
"The first thing that we did was try the new ball [TaylorMade Penta TP] with my previous equipment ... and I love it, plain and simple," he said.
"Once we figured that out we knew the change wasn't going to be that hard. Then I tried the new TaylorMade equipment with my old ball [Titleist's Pro V1] and the equipment was performing great."
Villegas is playing a custom set of TaylorMade's new Burner 2.0 irons (above), but he is using the same Project X 7.0 shafts that he had in his old forged Cobra Pro CB irons, and the Burner 2.0s have the same lofts and lie angles the Cobra irons had.
Villegas did tell me that the Penta TP feels like his old ball, but its faster.
"I knew they were going to make stuff that performs great, but it was really more of a matter of getting the look right," Villegas said. "Every club in the industry has a slightly different look. Once I gave them my input and they did what I wanted, they created the perfect clubs."
Villegas's Burner 2.0 irons have a chrome finish instead of the dark finish that comes standard on the clubs you'll find in your local pro shop. The other modifications that Villegas requested were pretty slight.
"I've always played a little more bounce than the options they showed me, so we created clubs with a little more bounce," he said. "Also, the clubs that they showed me at first had a little more offset than I would like, so they fixed the offset."
Villegas says that his stock distances are the same. A guy as methodical as Camilo would have it no other way. See-Try-Buy: Learn more about TaylorMade clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith. Related: Follow David Dusek on Twitter | Facebook

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