Jason Day reveals the biggest change in golf equipment over the past 18 years

Jason Day PGA Championship

Jason Day was recently asked to reflect on the biggest changes in golf equipment across his 18-year career.

Day identified the advancements in driver technology as being the biggest difference in the game.

He feels the driver is now the most forgiving club in the bag for most players.

“[The] driver head is definitely a lot bigger,” Day said. “I think the driver is the most forgiving club in the bag, and that’s why you see more guys hitting driver than ever before. Back then, even though it was metal, and it was still forgiving back then, but if you mishit one, you could get a quacker going left, a little duck hook – it was kind of one of those things if you didn’t hit it, it was still good, but wasn’t as good as what we have today, and that’s why the game has changed.

“Driver head is a little bit bigger I would say. Irons, kind of the same. Can’t really – there is advancements in irons, but I would say that I’m playing more of a game-improvement iron these days, which is tough to hear. I need all the speed I can get, and get it up in the air. I used to have a lot of the speed. It’s not like that anymore.

“The wedges – everything is so much more dialed these days,” Day said. “The parameters on like having a wedge the same every single time. Granted, back then I would play – if I had a 60-degree wedge that I loved, because you’re playing out of the rough, bunker and the fairway, I would change maybe once a year. … Now these days, guys change wedges probably once every tournament or once every two tournaments. I know Tiger (Woods) changes every tournament. But because everything is, like, so advanced in how they make a golf club, you can reproduce the same club over and over again.”

As for personal changes, Day has found that he recently needed to make the shift to a lighter shaft on his clubs.

“I’ve had to go to a little softer shaft,” Day said. “It kicks a little bit easier for me, so I can actually turn the ball over. I think I was playing the wrong shaft – I shouldn’t say I was playing the wrong shaft. I was playing the shaft I thought would take enough spin off for me, which it did, but I just couldn’t really work the ball, because it’s a big heavy shaft; a 136 gram shaft. It’s like swinging a crowbar, and I loved that. That what I was playing when I was No. 1 in the world, but also had 10 more miles-an-hour speed. So I think it’s time to stay in the softer shaft.

“At the end of the day, the good thing about golf is you got to get the ball in the hole with the least amount of strokes,” Day said. “If you can still do that, that’s all that matters.”