Lexi Thompson has some new sticks in her bag that could juice up her tee-to-green game
Lexi Thompson started her 2019 campaign with a top 10 finish at the LPGA‘s inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.
Thompson, America’s top-ranked woman golfer, needed no time to return to form. She was averaging 271+ yards off the tee, which puts her among the top five long bombers on the Tour at the start of the 2019 season.
But length is only a part of Thompson’s game – well, anybody’s game. She was hitting close to 77% of the fairways and racked up an impressive 80% GIR stat for her opening tournament. In other words, Lexi was dialed in, tee-to-green.
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Although her putting average – 32 putts per round – was less impressive, she still averaged a subpar 69.75 strokes per round. It was a very fine start to what Thompson fans hope will be a standout season.
Given that Lexi – like practically every other player on the Tour – had been ‘resting’ for the six weeks prior to the TOC, it was a very promising start to a women’s golf season that’s going to culminate in the iconic biennial Solheim Cup battle.
At the PGA Merchandise Show last week we got a peek at the new driver in Thompson’s bag that was delivering those dazzling tee shots. It’s a Cobra KING F9 SPEEDBACK Driver with 8 degrees of loft and an extra stiff Fujikura shaft, and it was working as good on the demo range – she was edging up on 290 yards in her demo shots – as it had at Tranquilo.
Lexi disclosed she’s been using the new club since the CME Group Tour Championship and is liking the way it performs.
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I’ve gained some distance off the tee and I can’t complain with that. And the consistency has helped me out a lot. That’s really what I was looking for off the tee because I love to bang driver around the golf course.
Thompson also has some new irons, Cobra’s King Forged irons. She’s using a prototype that’s designed specifically for her game. Lexi reports the irons are delivering superb ball control and that probably helps account for that eye-popping GIR stat.
Lexi Thompson is scheduled to join the Tour’s spring Asia swing at the Honda LPGA Thailand at the end of February. Then we’ll get a chance to see those new sticks in action!
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