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At The Open with Wilson Staff

July 22, 2014

Chris Murphy

The Tour truck is an integral part of any professional golf event today and most importantly the Majors. During the recent British Open I was invited by the team at Wilson Staff to take a look round their truck and get an understanding of what goes on behind the scenes in order for their pros to perform as best they can.

The ultra-modern, 18-ton Mercedes Tour truck is over eleven metres long and houses all the latest club-making technology and custom-fit facilities needed for its line-up of top Tour players, led unsurprisingly by double Open Major champion Padraig Harrington.

Branded in the striking Wilson Staff red, grey and white colours, the truck proves support for other Staff players such as 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie, three-time European Tour winner Marcel Siem, Englishman Anthony Wall, Dane Andreas Hartø and, during the Open week, PGA Tour star Kevin Streelman.

The man who makes it all work is Wilson Staff's European Tour Manager Phil Bonham. Phil was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule, and trust me at an Open Championship it is very busy, to show me around the truck and explain some of the things that go on.

Phil arrived on site for the Open the Thursday before the event began, and in total would spend 12 days beside the range at Royal Liverpool. Each time one of their players would have a practise round or hit balls they might want modifications to any of their clubs, and Phil would have to be there ready to do it.

Phil Bonham making some changes
Phil Bonham making some changes

'Things can get very last minute' Phil said, 'before the first round of the 2013 Open Padraig Harrington was warming up on the range and was not totally comfortable with his driver, he sent it back to the truck for some changes'. Now that is pressure.

What seemed the major theme at this Open for the Wilson Staff players was the importance of getting the right bounce on their wedges to tackle the tight fairways of Hoylake, and the inclusion of a 2-iron or driving iron in the bag. As I arrived Phil was working on a longer iron for Harrington, making sure he had the lie and loft perfect.

There was also a set of Padraig's Wilson Staff FG Tour TC wedges in the truck that had been slightly modified. Wedges are extremely important at the Open and probably where Phil spends most of his time making changes. The first sand wedge ever used was in fact a Wilson club, it helped Gene Sarazen win the Open Championship in 1932.

Thanks to Phil Bonham and the Wilson Staff team!

What was Padraig Harrington using at the Open?

The New Wilson Staff FG Tour TC Wedges

The New Wilson FG Tour TC wedges
The New Wilson FG Tour TC wedges

The new FG Tour TC wedges are designed to help golfers of all abilities play a variety of shots around the green and they compliment the FG Tour and FG Tour V2 irons used by Major winners Paul Lawrie and Harrington respectively. The wedges feature a brand new groove crafted with laser-etched micro-spin enhancers for increased spin and control and designed using feedback from leading Tour players.

The Wilson Staff FG Tour V2 Irons

The Wilson FG Tour V2 Irons
The Wilson FG Tour V2 Irons

Aimed at the highly-skilled golfer, the new Wilson Staff FG Tour V2 irons are the latest addition to the brand's historic forged iron legacy and have were put into tournament play by Staff Advisory Players Padraig Harrington, Ricky Barnes and Kevin Streelman within weeks of their testing them.

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