When Lucas Glover won the 2021 John Deere Classic, it ended a 10-year winless drought. He didn’t need to wait that long for his next PGA Tour victory.
Glover put on the definition of a ball-striking clinic and got some help from Russell Henley down the stretch to capture the Wyndham Championship and deny Henley once again from winning at Sedgefield Country Club. (Henley suffered a disappointing defeat in 2019 as well).
The 43-year-old Glover ranked first in driving accuracy, strokes gained/approach and strokes gained/tee-to-green. Glover’s driver is a 9.5-degree Srixon Z785 with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 7X shaft. Into the greens he uses a split set of Srixon irons, utilising the more forgiving ZX5 Mk II for the 4-iron and more player-ish ZX7 Mk II for the rest of the set.
Glover was handy on the greens as well with his L.A.B. Mezz.1 Max mallet putter that he put into play at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, ranking 16th in strokes gained/putting – a vast improvement over his season rank of 181st.
Glover uses a broomstick version of the putter with a long shaft and split grip. “I needed a whole new idea,” Glover told pgatour.com last month in Detroit. “A whole new brain function. The other one obviously wasn’t working. I’ve been struggling with short putts for so long. I just thought I needed to teach myself to do something else and it’s been working… Once you learn how to stand there and address it, it pretty much works itself. It’s been a nice change.”
Winning usually is.
What Lucas Glover had in the bag at the 2023 Wyndham Championship:
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV
Driver: Srixon Z785 (Fujikura Ventus Blue 7X), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: Ping G430 Max, 15 degrees
5-wood: Ping G430 Max, 18 degrees
Irons (4): Srixon ZX5 Mk II; (5-PW): Srixon ZX7 Mk II
Wedges: Cleveland RTX 6 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Putter: L.A.B. Mezz.1 Max