This week marks the 4th edition of the Maybank Championship and homegrown talent Gavin Green will give the local fans plenty to cheer about as he looks to continue his great start to the 2019 season.
Known as one of the toughest in the world to play on, The Palm Course, nicknamed ‘The Cobra’ is a daunting course for any golfer. The numerous bunkers and dense clusters of palm trees which line the fairways can prove costly for any wayward shots. The 2nd hole is considered to be the most demanding par 3 of the course due to the distance players need off the tee. Not reaching the green leaves players in the steep and heavy rough. The two-tier green has the front half lower than the back, so it's imperative that players land on the correct tier.
One big factor this week is the heat and humidity, this course requires precision and distance but having to generate long drives off each tee it can take its toll on players. You would expect the range to be busy in the lead up to the tournament, players have been testing their equipment in shorter sessions, so they aren’t out in the heat for too long and they are conserving their energy.
Gavin Green can use this to his advantage as the Malaysian temperature is something he’s accustom to. Favouring a lower lofted driver, Green switched into M6 driver this week as his M5 was spinning slightly more than he was used to. Mark Thistleton, TaylorMade Tour Representative had taken a 8° head out to Malaysia for Green to test, taking it down to 6.5° worked well in practice and it’s gone in the bag this week.
Green was one of the first players to switch into our 2019 TP5x golf ball after testing it in Dubai. After a practice round, Green made the switch immediately and commented on the softer feel in the short shots particularly.
Green favours the monster 605-yard Par 5, the tee shot plays downhill where you may be joined by some surprise guests (Monkeys), the green is elevated which makes the approach shot difficult and once you’ve found the green don't let the magnificent look and feel deceive you, double-tiered with subtle slopes makes putting even more demanding.
Picking up 1.532 shots per round at the Magical Kenya Open (27th), Guido Migliozzi looks to continue his fine form and capitalise on this week’s 7135-yard course. Powered by M5 driver, Kurt Kitayama will also look to capitalise and let rip around ‘The Cobra’ as he sits 21st in the driving distance standings, averaging 318.8-yards. Finding it easier to hit from the tee, Kityama has replaced his P790 3 iron with GAPR and will test M6 fairway and Spider X in the upcoming weeks.
It was a weekend sweep for Team TaylorMade as Rory McIlroy lifted the trophy across the pond and Guido Migliozzi secured his first European Tour win both gaming M5 drivers. 7 of the Top 8 and ties played M5 or M6 drivers including 4 non-contracted athletes at The Players Championship and this week on the European Tour saw 5 non-contracted players game M5 or M6 drivers due to the players noticing the good performances of TaylorMade athletes. Speaking to Mark on this he stated;
“This is always massive for creating momentum with a new product. Really, we couldn’t have had a better start to the season with all guys improving their driver stats and already 6 driver wins on tour in the 2019 season! This will always get the players attention more than any technology talk we can give them.”
- Mark Thistleton, TaylorMade Tour Representative
Just about all players asked for extra gloves this week because of how much the hands sweat. Usually players have 4 gloves per week, but most took 6-8 with Lucas Herbert taking 10!