Wyndham Championship Tour Truck Tours
At the 2019 Wyndham Championship, we were fortunate enough to get tours of 4 different Tour Trucks, Cobra, Wilson, Mizuno, and Titleist.
As the tech reps prepped clubs for their players in the field this week, they gave us brief tours around the truck, showed us whose clubs they were working and answered questions for us.
Come along as we take you through what the day was like; what we saw, talked about, and more.
Cobra Golf – Our First Stop
Our first stop of the day was with Cobra Golf. Our host James was working on a set of clubs for Jason Dufner when we arrived, which gave us a few moments to take in all the decorations of the truck.
After finishing with Dufner’s clubs, James talked about working with Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau, and other staff members. We asked about how it was building one-length clubs for Bryson and James said it was easier than others because you only have to worry about 1 length…makes sense.
Next Up: Wilson Staff
We moved on to the Wilson Staff truck next, where we met with Ron and Don. Don drives the truck and does most of the handy work, bringing his extensive knowledge to serve the Tour staff at over 30 Tour events each year.
When we arrived, the duo was working on a prototype wedge for Padraig Harrington, grinding more leading edge bounce into the sole. Ron said players will do that based on changes in course and turf conditions from week to week, especially coming from The Open Championship.
Meeting with Mizuno
We had a lot of anticipation leading up to our visit with the Mizuno truck. Pictures of the company’s new irons and wedges, the MP20 and T20 respectively, had recently surfaced and we couldn’t wait to see them in person.
Jeff, who has been with Mizuno for years, walked us through the different MP20 models, explaining the features and benefits of each. He even showed us the set that they were building for Luke Donald, former World #1!
Touring the Titleist Tour Truck
Last, but certainly not least, we toured the Titleist Tour truck. Inside, Pete walked us through all of the machines and tools the tech reps have at their disposable to serve their staff players. He also showcased the amount of stock they have of components they carry, including a plethora of grips. In fact, they have so many grips in stock that others often come to them if they are looking for a particular grip.
Pete also showed us the new irons that Titleist is releasing in the late-summer of 2019. They include the U-series driving irons, T-series irons, and 620 MB and CB irons. Most guys on Tour, he said, are leaning towards the T100 irons, which are the equivalent of the AP2 irons. The 620 MB irons did look amazing though.
Our time with Titleist ended with a real treat when Aaron Dill, the company’s other wedge guru, chatted with us in his personal wedge workshop at the back of the truck. This is where he builds, adjusts, grinds, and stamps the wedges you see in the hands of guys like Jordan Speith and Justin Thomas. His Instagram account (@vokeywedgerep) showcases some of his amazing work!
Walking the Course
After a morning filled with tours, we walked some of the back 9 holes to see what test the players will be facing this week as they finish their rounds.
The highlight for us (and definitely the spot to sit and watch) is by holes 15, 16 and 17.
Hole 15 is a medium par 5 that players can reach in 2 with a quality shot after the tee shot finds the fairway. Hitting in the rough makes the task of finding the small green much more difficult. The front of the green is guarded by bunkers with water right of the bunkers.
Hole 16 is a downhill par-3 to a big horseshoe-shaped green. The difficulty here depends on where the pin is placed. Two big bunkers swallow up any shots hit short.
The 17th hole plays just over 400 yards. Players are tasked with hitting a narrow fairway that slopes left to right. An uphill approach to the smallest green on the course is what players will contend with as they make their way to the final hole.
The other reason we love that 3-hole stretch is because of Club Wyndham Beach. The beach area to the right of the 16th green (as you face it) has music, sand volleyball, beach chairs, and more, making it a truly unique way to watch a golf tournament.
The Tour is Ending
That wraps up our tour of the 2019 Wyndham Championship Tour trucks. If you’re in the Greensboro, NC area this week, you’ll want to go check out this fantastic Donald Ross course for some great golf and a fun, relaxing atmosphere.