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March 08, 2009

Y.E. Yang's Honda Classic Winning Clubs

Posted at 9:33 PM by David Dusek | Categories: Nike, Odyssey, TaylorMade, Winner's Bag, Y.E. Yang

Yeyang_600 You don't see a lot of pros that have five head covers sticking out of their golf bag. But Y.E. Yang made the most of a very unique set to win his first PGA Tour event.

Earlier this season at the Buick Invitational, Yang was using TaylorMade's new R9 driver. In this win, he switched to the company's final r7 model, the Limited, which was released at the end of last summer. The r7 Limited features three ports that are designed to hold interchangeable weights, just like the new R9. According to TaylorMade, adjusting the weights can promote a side-to-side ball flight change of up to 35 yards.

But why would a professional player want to carry an 18° fairway wood, a 19° hybrid and a 21° hybrid? In a word: versatility.

An 18° fairway wood (a 5-wood) is designed to hit high shots either off the tee or from the fairway. Hybrids handle those shots well, but also shine in the rough and from awkward spots on the course. And it would not surprise me to learn that Yang's 5-iron (typically 25°-27°) had been strengthened to decrease the gap between it and the 21° hybrid.

Yang used a hybrid magnificently from the left rough Sunday on the 16th hole after his drive hit a tree. He was able to hit under a tree branch and still get his ball into the left fringe, where he went up-and-down to save par. Hitting a long iron out of the deep rough would have made the shot much more difficult.

Carrying two hybrids instead of a 3- and 4-iron helped Yang hit 72% of the greens in regulation, ranking him third in the category for the week. It also gave him more versatility — and would likely do the same for you.

According to TaylorMade, this is a complete list of the clubs Y.E. Yang used this week:

Driver:                      TaylorMade r7 Limited (9.5°)
Fairway woods:      TaylorMade Burner (13°), TaylorMade V Steel (18°)
Hybrid:                     TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°, 21°)
Irons:                        TaylorMade r7 TP (5-PW)
Wedges:                   TaylorMade rac (48°), Nike SV (58°)
Putter:                      Odyssey White Hot Two-Ball
Ball:                          TaylorMade TP Red

Take a look inside more PGA Tour winners' bags.

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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