Jay Choi, was in 6th place after the 2nd round and at one point was in first place at the Token Homemate, and looked like he may have a chance for his first win or a top 5 finish in Japan’s opening tour event for 2012. Jay finished 32nd and was somewhat satisfied with his finish despite how he hit the golf ball.
In a telephone conversation with his coach, George Pinnell, Jay explained that the first two round’s were “smoke and mirror’s” in that he had not hit the ball that solid and got “up and down” 11 out of 11 chances. Jay was particularly concerned about why the had lost 30 yards on his driver from 2 weeks ago when he played in the New Zealand Pga Championship. Jay’s normal driver average on tour is in the 297 yard range. At the Token Homemate, Jay averaged 265! Although Jay commented that he had not hit the ball as well as he normally does, he was super surprised at the 30 yard difference.
Jay contacted the Titleist rep to discuss ball performance differences between the 2011 Pro V1/ Pro V1x and the 2009 and 2007 ball flight and spin characteristics. Jay had changed to the 2009 model because he was not getting enough spin to control his flight and landing performance.
Jay will continue to test ball performance prior to the Tsuruya Open at the Yamanohara Golf Club, Hyogo, Japan. This event will be played 4/19-4/22. Hopefully he will solve the mystery and get back to his standard of performance.