Sneds finally changes irons, shoots 68 at Bay Hill

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Brandt Snedeker doesn’t like to change equipment – this is a guy who has used the same putter and driver for more than five years.

Keeping the variables to a minimum lets Snedeker know that he is to blame, not his clubs, but this week he finally broke down and switched out his irons. That he did so only a month after snapping an 18-month winless drought was even more surprising.

“They’re just better,” said Snedeker, so gone are his Bridgestone J40 irons, and in the bag are the new J15CBs. 

Those new sticks worked well Thursday at Bay Hill, as Snedeker hit 15 greens en route to a 4-under 68 that left him just one shot off the early lead.

“Best I hit my irons all year long,” he said, adding that he's hitting his new clubs higher and longer. Straighter too, apparently.

A new set of irons isn’t the only change for Snedeker. Before breaking through at Pebble, he planned to play every week before the Masters until he locked up an invite. He’s in the major field now, and so he’s planning to back out of next week’s Valero Texas Open – where he has only played once, in 2011 – in order to get some much-needed rest after a run of eight events in nine weeks. 

“My body needs a rest,” he said.