Summerhays’ call to adjust clubs paying off at U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Daniel Summerhays, who found himself among the leaders on the second day of the U.S. Open, made an unusual equipment decision heading into the year’s second major championship.

He shortened 13 clubs in his bag – everything but the putter – by a full inch. He went from standard length to one inch below standard.

Summerhays explained that he had been experimenting for several weeks, choking down on all of his clubs by roughly an inch.

At the start of U.S. Open week, he asked Ping technicians to build him a new set of clubs, all one inch shorter than his previous clubs. He uses S55 irons, Glide wedges and G30 metalwoods from Ping.

According to Summerhays, tests on a TrackMan launch monitor revealed no loss in speed, distance or trajectory. However, his dispersion pattern was tighter.

With three holes to play in his second round, Summerhays was tied for the lead at 5 under par. However, he stumbled with a double bogey on the difficult seventh hole (his 16th) and finished 36 holes at 3 under.

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