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Henley’s Hunger: How Russell Henley Claimed the 2022 Mayakoba World Wide Technology Championship

Russell Henley came out victorious this week! Henley not only broke his winless streak of over 5 years but also smashed several scoring records along the course on his way to hoisting up the trophy at Mayakoba at 23-under par. Both the 36 and 54-hole marks were broken by Henley at Mayakoba, which ultimately allowed him to hold the tournament trophy as well.

Henley entered the final round with a huge lead. His final-round 70 capped off his four-shot win over Brian Harman.

Coming in third place were names including Scottie Scheffler, recent winner Seamus Power, and three others at 18-under par.

Henley won $1,170,000 out of the total 8,200,000 purse.

Henley’s victory earned him about 40 OWGR points, which will put him comfortably inside the top 50 in the world.

Henley’s victory at Mayakoba also earned him 500 FedEx Cup points.

The PGA Tour continues with the Cadence Bank Houston Open coming up next.

Russell Henley Press Conference Clips

Q. In terms of your 54-hole leads, obviously you haven’t been able to convert one in a while, but you did this week obviously. Did you feel like this was a bit of a monkey off your back scenario?

RUSSELL HENLEY: I do. I’ve just choked, you know. The nerves have gotten to me and I’ve made bad mistakes, bad mental mistakes and just haven’t gotten it done on Sunday. So put myself in position a decent amount, just haven’t gotten it done. So to come out and kind of do everything pretty well today tee to green and keep it pretty clean and just play steady was what was nice. I think — I don’t think I would have done it unless I had kind of failed so many times.

Q. When that final putt dropped on 18 and you won, what was the emotion like for you? What was kind of running —

RUSSELL HENLEY: Yeah, I mean, kind of walking up 18 I kind of felt like I wanted to cry a little bit. It was almost like just a little bit of emotion, just so much happiness looking back at the times where I kind of choked. I remember at Greensboro a couple years ago, just should have easily won the tournament, was just playing great and didn’t get it done. It was such a tough feeling because I put in a lot of work like we all do and just, you know, choked. So it was just a lot of emotion thinking about how those moments have kind of — I’m still here, I’m still fighting and I just can’t believe that I got it done. I don’t know, I don’t know if that helps

Russell Henley – What’s In The Bag This Week

Driver: Titleist TSi3 10° (Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 70 6.5 TX)

3 Wood: Titleist TS3 (Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 80 TX)

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2 21° (Mitsubishi MMT Hybrid 100)

Irons: Titleist T100 4-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT 4-6, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 7-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 48°-10F, 50°-08F, 54°-10S, 58°-08M (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Timeless Long Neck tour prototype

Mayakoba Final Leaderboard and Payouts

1. Russell Henley -23 $1170000

2. Brian Harman -19 $893800

T3. Scottie Scheffler -18 $375560

T3. Joel Dahmen -18 $375560

T3. Troy Merritt -18 $375560

T3. Seamus Power -18 $375560

T3. Will Gordon -18 $375560

T8. David Lingmerth -17 $248050

T8. Sam Ryder -17 $248050

T10. Maverick McNealy -16 $190650

T10. David Lipsky -16 $190650

T10. Taylor Montgomery -16 $190650

T10. Viktor Hovland -16 $190650

T10. Patton Kizzire -16 $190650

T15. Aaron Wise -15 $129150

T15. Collin Morikawa -15 $129150

T15. J.J. Spaun -15 $129150

T15. Henrik Norlander -15 $129150

T15. Martin Laird -15 $129150

T15. Thomas Detry -15 $129150

T21. Ryan Armour -14 $82683

T21. Jason Day -14 $82683

T21. Nick Hardy -14 $82683

T21. Danny Willett -14 $82683

T21. Davis Riley -14 $82683

T21. Matthias Schwab -14 $82683

T27. Matt Kuchar -13 $58630

T27. Eric Cole -13 $58630

T27. Patrick Rodgers -13 $58630

T27. John Huh -13 $58630

T27. Austin Cook -13 $58630

T32. Harris English -12 $45783

T32. Adam Hadwin -12 $45783

T32. Dean Burmester -12 $45783

T32. Scott Piercy -12 $45783

T32. Harry Higgs -12 $45783

T32. Brandon Wu -12 $45783

T38. Lucas Glover -11 $36490

T38. Beau Hossler -11 $36490

T38. Austin Eckroat -11 $36490

T38. Lee Hodges -11 $36490

T42. Emiliano Grillo -10 $28290

T42. K.H. Lee -10 $28290

T42. Robert Streb -10 $28290

T42. Alex Noren -10 $28290

T42. Charley Hoffman -10 $28290

T42. Greyson Sigg -10 $28290

T48. Ryan Moore -9 $21271

T48. Russell Knox -9 $21271

T48. Philip Knowles -9 $21271

T48. Andrew Putnam -9 $21271

T48. Justin Suh -9 $21271

T53. Brendon Todd -8 $19489

T53. Nick Taylor -8 $19489

T53. Carson Young -8 $19489

T56. Billy Horschel -7 $18942

T56. Sebastián Muñoz -7 $18942

T56. Justin Lower -7 $18942

T59. Ben Griffin -6 $18368

T59. Hayden Buckley -6 $18368

T59. Dylan Frittelli -6 $18368

T59. Ben Taylor -6 $18368

63. Joseph Bramlett -5 $17958

T64. Danny Lee -3 $17712

T64. Chris Kirk -3 $17712

T66. Rory Sabbatini -2 $17384

T66. MJ Daffue -2 $17384

68. Francesco Molinari 2 $17138

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What Average Golfers Need To Know About 5 Piece Golf Balls

5 Piece Golf Balls – What Are They?

Five-piece golf balls are the latest innovation in golf ball technology. They have been around since 2010, but still haven’t really taken off. In fact, many people don’t even know what a five piece ball is. But it’s important to understand how they work because they do make a difference.

The biggest advantage of a five piece ball is that they give you better feel and control. They are designed to help you hit longer drives and shorter irons with less spin. So why aren’t they everywhere? Well, most manufacturers make four-piece golf balls balls because it is cheaper. If you’re looking for a great game improvement ball, try a five piece.

Five-piece balls were introduced by TaylorMade with the ‘Penta’ model, but in over a decade the best brand of golf balls still don’t use it. Srixons are usually two or three-piece golf balls, and the Titleist Pro V1 are 3 piece.

What Do The Extra Layers Do?

The main benefit of each layer of the golf ball is to add more spin separation and performance benefits to your golf shot. While it will be the most costly item in the pro shop, the five-piece golf balls will provide the best, Tour-quality performance.

A five-piece golf ball will usually include three mantle layers, sandwiched between a high-tech core and a soft outer layer. Every mantle layer reacts differently depending on the shot speed and angle. They’re designed to be the best they can be at each situation.

The layers between the core and the outer shell are where control is given to the short iron shots. It also provides the ammo to give the longer clubs more distance. The outer shell is what makes contact with the golf club and provides control. This is also where the backspin is created.

If hit well, a multi-layered ball can provide great spin. It will also feel softer off the clubface You can see the difference between hard and soft golf balls here.

Compression is a hot topic today and many think that more layers equal more compression, this is wrong.

Key Differences Between 4 and 5 Piece Golf Balls

The main difference between a four-piece ball and a five-piece golf ball is that the latter adds one extra layer to the solid core, which is usually used to increase ball speed while maintaining high spin rates with the long iron clubs. This extra layer allows the ball to fly further because it gives the golfer more momentum to carry over into the follow-through.

This extra layer can also make the balls feel a little softer. However, it does add weight to the ball, which makes it harder to launch. As such, the 5-piece ball generally performs better off the tee.

Golf ball creation is largely a question of compromise: If you want to keep the ball flying straight and true, you sacrifice distance. Conversely, if you want to increase distance, you sacrifice accuracy. There are many different types of materials, shapes, and sizes that can be put together to form a golf ball.

As a general rule, the softer the ball feels, the better the feel and response you’ll receive from the ball. Most pro golfers prefer the soft cover balls.

I remember watching an interview with a guy named Steve Flesher who worked at Snell Golf. He was talking about how he did ball testing with Jim Furyk. Whenever Jim would hit his 3 wood with a 4-piece, he could barely keep the ball in the air – even though he was hitting the ball really well. When Jim played with a 5-piece, however, he kept the ball up there much longer. Apparently, the extra layer gave him more control and stability.

The 3 Piece Golf Ball

A three piece golf ball is a type of golf ball that has a solid center surrounded by a durable outer core. Three piece golf balls are designed to provide maximum distance while maintaining control and accuracy. They are typically used by better golfers because they offer greater forgiveness than a one-piece ball. However, they do require a little extra skill to use properly.

Three piece golf balls come in many different types and styles. Each style offers a different set of characteristics that suit a specific player’s needs. There are some three-piece golf balls that are specifically designed for beginners, others for intermediate golfers, and some for high handicap golfers. Some three piece golf balls even have a special design to help improve the feel and playability of the ball.

Should The Average Golfer Use a Ball with 5 Pieces?

A professional golf player or your buddy who is scratch might benefit from using a 5 piece ball. However, the same benefits do not apply to the average golfer.

A high-speed swing is required to take full advantage of a 5 piece ball, and the results are just too eratic in the case of a high handicapper. Those with double-digit handicaps would do best with a 3 piece ball.

Compared to two-piece balls, a three-piece ball should provide better distance, increased forgiveness and good control. It also costs less than a typical 4 or 5 piece ball, but the choice will largely depend on what you personally enjoy.

All in all, I definitely prefer three-piece balls to two-piece golf balls, adding additional layers may improve things at first but they will eventually become redundant as you get to a 4 or 5 piece.

Our Picks for 5 Piece Golf Balls

I read a study recently which looked at which types of golf ball brands professional golfers use. It found that nearly 70% of the best PGA Tour players use Titleist Pro V1 (3-piece) and Pro V1x (4-piece), but some do use a 5-piece ball.

More than 25 percent of the players who aren’t using Pro V1 or Pro V1x use a TaylorMade TP5 or Tp5x. These eight golfers have won eight major championships between them. If I’m a bettor, I will be looking at this.