At the Presidents Cup, this piece of equipment might cause mayhem in the short game

The Presidents Cup has returned after a three-year absence, bringing with it the thrilling spirit of team golf between the Americans and the Internationals.

Observing the captains, in this case Davis Love III and Trevor Immelman, pair their players for different forms is one of the most captivating aspects of this competition. The golf ball is one piece of equipment that needs be taken into consideration in the alternate-shot format, even if sophisticated metrics have become a significant factor as both sides try to combine players to create super duos.

Every shot, from the driver off the tee to high spinning pitches around the green, only uses the ball. This is a constant, and many players are reluctant to change it.

Similar to the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup has chosen not to implement the PGA Tour local “one ball” rule, allowing players to use a different ball model for each hole.

A difference in feel might mean everything around the greens, but with today’s launch-monitor technology, it’s not too difficult to spend time fine-tuning on the range to nail down driver numbers.

Most pairings will choose to use the preferred ball of the player hitting the approach shot rather than the drive off the tee because of how well-tuned players’ carry distances and iron trajectory are. However, this still leaves some players not using their regular ball for any shots that miss the green, and that’s where things could get interesting.

Here are the balls that each player on Team USA and the Internationals used.

Team USA

Sam Burns – Callaway Chrome Soft X

Patrick Cantaly – Titleist ProV1X

Titleist ProV1 Left Dot – Tony Finau

Max Homa – Titleist ProV1

Billy Horschel – Titleist ProV1

Kevin Kisner – Titleist ProV1X

Collin Morikawa – TaylorMade TP5

Xander Schauffele – Callaway Chrome Soft X

Scottie Scheffler – Titleist ProV1

Titleist ProV1X – Jordan Spieth

Titleist ProV1X – Justin Thomas

Cameron Young – Titleist ProV1 Left Dot

International Team

Callaway Chrome Soft X – Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Corey Conners – Titleist ProV1

Cameron Davis – Titleist ProV1

Sunjae Im – Titleist Prov1X

Si Woo Kim – Callaway Chrome Soft X

Tom Kim – Titleist ProV1X

K.H Lee – Titleist ProV1X

Hideki Matsuyama – Srixon Z Star XV

Sebastian Munoz – Titleist ProV1

Taylor Pendrith – Srixon Z Star XV

Mito Periera – Titleist ProV1

Adam Scott – Titleist ProV1

Can you identify any possible pairings for the alternate-shot matches?


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