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BMW PGA選手権での勝利に貢献したマキロイの新ウェッジ // Golf Digest

マキロイの新しいウェッジが話題になっているのかどうかよく分かりませんが,Golf Digest にインタビュー記事があったので,訳してみます。



Golf Digest "The new club in Rory's bag that helped him win at Wentworth"
http://www.golfdigest.com/blogs/the-loop/2014/05/the-new-club-in-rorys-bag-that.html
When Rory McIlroy signed his mega deal with Nike last year, everyone had an opinion on his choice of bats and ball. Of course, the only opinion that really matters is that of McIlory himself. In a conversation with GolfDigest.com on Monday, McIlroy discussed some of the key clubs in his bag during his win at the BMW PGA Championship.
昨年,ロリー・マキロイがナイキと大型契約を結んだとき,みんなが彼のボールとクラブの選択に意見を持っていた。もちろん,唯一意味のある意見は,マキロイ自身のものではあるが。月曜日,GolfDigest.comのインタビューの中で,マキロイはBMW PGA選手権での勝利に貢献してくれたクラブについて,語ってくれた。
You put the new Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep wedge in this week, a 59-degree (pictured). What appealed to you about that club to make the change?
The Toe Sweep is something I've been messing around with for a while and I felt like last week was a good time to put it in play. The one thing I really like about it is how well it goes through the rough. Some of those shots on the way in Sunday were key up and downs. The chip-in on 10 and the flop shot that I played on 14, those two were out of the rough. The way the club is designed it feels that it slides through that longer grass really easily and the ball comes out that much better for me. If there was one area of my game that I needed to improve this year it was probably scrambling, and this wedge helped a lot this week with that.
今週,59度のウェッジ Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep wedge をバッグに入れてたね。そのウェッジのどこが気にって?
Toe Sweep は,しばらくいじり回していたもので,先週は実際に使うのにいいタイミングかなと思った。いちばん気に入っている点は,ラフでの振りぬきの良さ。日曜日は,こいつのおかげでいくつか寄せワンがとれた。10番でのチップインとか,14番でのフロップショットとか,どっちもラフからのショットだったね。長いラフでも簡単に滑ってくれて,ボールが出てくれるように設計されてるよ。今年,僕が向上させるべき点を挙げるとすれば,たぶんスクランブリングってことになると思う。で,今週はこのウェッジにいっぱい助けられたよ。
Getting the right ball/driver combination is a big key and you've done some experimenting. What is it about the VRS Covert 2.0 and RZN Black pairing that works for you?
This driver, the Covert 2.0, actually spins a little more than the original Covert, and that's a good thing for me. With how I like to shape the ball from right to left I want to see that ball stand in the air for a bit so it was good to get a little more spin. I know some guys like to be on the lower side of spin, 2,100, 2,200 [rpms]. That's great on TrackMan and great on the range and everything, but when you're out on the golf course it never hurts to have a little more spin. It's nice to hit it long and maximize your distance, but I like to be on the higher side of spin because I feel like I can keep my ball flight a little tighter. Out on the golf course with the length that I'm hitting it, it's key for me to hit fairways. But I have picked up some ball speed with this ball-and-driver combination that I've been using for about eight months now. Driving the ball well is the foundation for my game, and whenever I'm driving it well I generally tend to produce good results. It's been a huge improvement.
ボールとドライバーの適切な組み合わせは大事で,あなたはちょっとした実験をしている。VRS Covert 2.0 ドライバーと RZN Black の組み合わせはうまくいってる?
VRS Covert 2.0 ドライバーは,前のCovertよりちょっとスピン量が多くて,僕には合っている。ボールを右から左に曲げたいとき,ボールの滞空時間を長くしたいから,スピン量が多いのはいいね。スピン量が2100とか2200(rpm)とか少な目がいいっていう人らがいるのは知ってるけど。TrackManとかドライビングレジとかだとそれでもいいけど,実際にゴルフコースでプレーしてるときは,スピン量が増えて困ることはない。このドライバーとボールとの組み合わせは8か月ぐらいになっているけど,そのおかげで,ボールのスピードがちょっと上がったね。いいドライバーショットは僕のゲームの土台だから,ドライバーがよく打ててるときは,基本的にいい結果が出せてる。かなり良くなったよ。
How key is the driver shaft in that equation?
I'm using a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage shaft. The thing about shafts is that it really is a process of elimination. You try a lot and you trust the guys you work with that they're going to come to you with some good options that will produce what you like to see with your ball flight. I used the Diamana for a while and that worked well, but I felt like that shaft with the new driver head was spinning a little too low for me so we went to the Kuro Kage and I saw the spin rate come up just slightly, which I felt was more playable. Obviously shaft is very important and there are so many shafts out there that there's a lot of trial and error, but eventually you're going to find the right one that fits you and this one does.
その中で,シャフトの重要性はどれぐらい?
三菱レイヨンのクロカゲを使ってる。シャフト選びっていうのは,「何を選ばないか」というのが大事。いろんなシャフトを試して,望んでいるボールの軌道を生み出してくれるヤツを信じる。しばらくDiamanaを使っていてうまくいってたけど,新しいドライバーヘッドと組み合わせると,ちょっとスピン量が少ないなと感じたので,クロカゲにしてみたら,スピン量がちょっと増えてくれて,これならいけるなと思った。明らかにシャフトはとても重要で,世の中にはいろんなシャフトがあって,その中から選ぶ過程には多くのトライアル&エラーがあるけど,最後には自分に合ったのが選べるよ。

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