MELBOURNE, Australia – Part of the pairings process for any captain is trying to mix and match players who use the same, or similar, brand of golf ball, as well as combining similar games and compatible personalities.
When International captain Greg Norman decided to team Jason Day and Aaron Baddeley he had to consider the Australian tandem’s golf ball choice. Day plays the TaylorMade Penta TP ball while Baddeley uses the Titleist Pro V1x.
Early Wednesday at Royal Melbourne Day spent some extra time testing the Titleist ball and played it during his practice round with Baddeley.
“We’re going to go with my ball. My ball suits his game more than his ball suits my game,” Baddeley said.
Although it is a consideration, both captains said it wasn’t a deciding factor in any of their foursome pairings.
“In San Francisco we were worried about marrying up the ball, and at the end of the day, the guys can make the adjustment or adapt to that golf ball very, very quickly,” Norman said.
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