Spotted on Tour: Cameron Smith’s record-setting driver at Kapalua
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It was a very bad week to be a golf ball in Maui. For those dimpled spheres with the misfortune of winding up on or around the premises of the Plantation Course at Kapalua, what lay ahead was a long (and tortured) smothering at the hands of the very best players in the world.
The PGA Tour made light work of the Plantation Course, putting forth a dizzying array of ballstriking and scoring prowess in the opening event of the 2022 calendar year. The last-place finisher in this week’s 38-person, no-cut field was Jason Kokrak, who ended the week a measly seven under. On the other end of the leaderboard was Cameron Smith, who posited a PGA Tour-record 34 under 72-hole score en route to his first win of 2022.
Smith recorded birdies on 43 percent of his holes for the week in Kapalua, 31 of them in total. Thirty-one. He also outlasted World No. 1 Jon Rahm, who posted a course-record 61 on Saturday afternoon in Maui.
In short, the Sentry Tournament of Champions was a scoring bonanza. A scoring bonanza aided by some of the latest-and-greatest tech in the golf gear space, like Smith’s Titleist TSi3 driver.
The TSi3 is Titleist’s latest offering in the driver space, and though it launched in early 2021, has remained a favorite of Titleist staffers up-and-down the professional tours well into 2022. Titleist heralds the TSi3’s ATI 425 face — which is made from unique, aerospace-grade titanium — with helping players produce better ballspeeds and improved distances off the tee. A unique, bubble-like head shape also improves aerodynamics and reduces drag on the club, allowing players to swing at higher speeds.
The end result was a star performer at GOLF’s ClubTest last year, and a club that helped Cam Smith produce a tournament-best 4.02 strokes gained: off-the-tee for the week in Maui.
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Titleist TSi3 Driver