It’s not unusual these days to see players use hybrids, or even a high-lofted fairway wood, around undulating greens. But a driver? World No. 1 Luke Donald has practiced with a nine-degree TaylorMade RocketBallz driver to prepare for the tricky green complexes of Augusta National Golf Club at this week’s Masters.
“In the morning it’s dewy. The ball tends to skip through and it’s a little bit easier. When it gets drier, the grass becomes very sticky around the greens.,” Donald said today at Augusta National. “ A lot of people use Rescues, 3‑woods sometimes, putters. But I just found the driver had the perfect loft – that it was able to go through the grass a little bit. “
Donald, who plays Mizuno irons, said he chokes up on the driver and uses it much like a putter.
“Whether I’ll use it this year or not, I’m not sure, but certainly something I’ve been playing around with,” Donald said.