Tour Report | 2-Irons Out, SIM Max Rescues In. It's BMW PGA Championship Week!

Kirsty Robertson October 9, 2020

The dates might have changed but the BMW PGA week at Wentworth is still the busiest week of the year for the Team TaylorMade Sports Marketing team. Seen as the European Tour’s Major, it truly is a dusk-til-dawn approach as the players look to make an impact with the spotlight of the golfing world centred on Surrey.

A lot of time was spent the week before going over all the equipment. Our team look through the entry list and go through player by player to ensure all players grips, shafts, gloves, balls etc are on board the truck should they need anything.

As one of the longest courses on the European Tour, there is a huge benefit for the long hitters of Team TaylorMade, however with the very damp conditions the course is playing much longer than usual!

You will see plenty of SIM Max Rescues hitting the West Course as players look to flight their ball a bit higher and gain carry over roll given the course conditions. Switching out their 2-irons for a hybrid or a 5-wood has been the preferable equipment change. Finding the fairway is a must and it’s possibly a week where it’s beneficial to be hitting a 7-iron from the fairway over a wedge from damp thick, rough.

Gavin Green - (c) Getty Images
“Sub-Air system on the greens means the greens will still be reasonably firm and fast- they were running at 12 on the stimp on Tuesday which is incredible given the wet conditions. The winner will need to position the ball in the fairway to score well! I wouldn’t expect to see the usual -18/-20 winning number it will likely be closer to -12/-14.”
- Mark Thistleton, TaylorMade Tour Representative

Sitting in second place for Strokes Gained: Total and in the Top-10 for Greens in Regulation, Gavin Green is one to look out for this week. He’s got a new SIM Max Rocket 14° Fairway in play and heads into the weekend at 6-under par.

Sami Välimäki has the all-new P7MC irons in his bag but felt his ball flight was a little lower than he wanted. He didn’t need more spin, so the team changed his iron shaft to a lighter weight shaft which enabled him to gain 0.5°-1°higher launch angle and overall a 6-10 feet higher peak flight. With opening rounds of 72-67, Sami’s 5-under par heading into the weekend.

Sami Välimäki - (c) Getty Images
Lucas Herbert - (c) Getty Images

Gaming P7TW’s, Lucas Herbert expressed an interest to test P7MB’s this week as the different sole and geometry caught his eye. Currently gaming P7TW’s, Mark Thistleton commented that "He loves the TW Irons and he’s in great form, another win is coming soon! We’ll look to test the new irons in the off season, but I feel like the P7TW’s will be hard to get out of his bag".

The Latest
  • Screen Shot 2021 01 27 at 1 55 06 PM
    Building Rory McIlroy's SIM2 Driver on the Tour Truck!
    January 27, 2021
  • Screen Shot 2021 01 21 at 6 36 08 PM
    Team TaylorMade's FIRST LOOK at the all-new SIM2 Driver
    January 22, 2021
  • Screen Shot 2020 11 09 at 12 44 47 PM
    "Equipment, Intimidation and Major Championship Golf" with Tiger Woods
    November 9, 2020
    View Podcast
  • AC3 A7933
    Winter Home Practice Tips with Chris Ryan
    February 1, 2021
  • Getty Images 1297572124
    Tour Report | Tommy Fleetwood & Rory McIlroy Put SIM2 Driver in Play in Abu Dhabi
    January 21, 2021
  • TMC21 Select Fit 09701
    SIM2 Player Testing | Chris Trott Leads Test of SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D Drivers
    January 19, 2021
  • Screen Shot 2021 01 17 at 4 20 56 PM
    Driver Comparison | SIM2 vs. SIM2 Max vs. SIM2 Max•D
    January 19, 2021
  • TM21 FAM SIM2 Irons LYD OSN 09440 v1
    Comparison | SIM2 Max Irons vs. SIM2 Max OS Irons
    January 19, 2021
  • TM21 MWF SIM2 Fwy LYD OSN 05189 v1
    Comparison | SIM2 Titanium vs. SIM2 Max Fairways
    January 19, 2021
  • TM21 FAM SIM2 Rescue LYD OSN 05750 v1
    Comparison | SIM2 Rescue vs. SIM2 Max Rescue
    January 19, 2021