Toy Box notes: Tiger uses Nike Method putter
During his tenure as Nike Golf’s marquee endorser, Tiger Woods gradually has filled his bag with Nike clubs. For much of the time he has stuck with 13, the only exception being his prized Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.
But he experimented again with a Nike Method putter at the Australian Masters, which ended Nov. 14. Woods used the Newport 2 for the first three rounds and switched to a Method 003 in the last round. He was 6 under par for the final six holes and finished solo fourth.
At the 2010 British Open, Woods used a Method 001; after three rounds with the Nike putter, he returned to the Cameron for the final round at the major.
The Method 001 is an Anser-style putter, and the 003 is a mid-mallet. Woods cited the same reason for using these putters – the greens were too slow for his Cameron.
“It was fun to make a couple of putts,” Woods said after the finish of the Australian Masters. “It’s amazing what happens when you get a putt to the hole. It actually does go in.”
The Nike Method putters (there are five models) commonly sell for $249. Nike is rumored to be rolling out a more affordable line of Method putters for 2011, but the company hasn’t confirmed such additions.
Odyssey putters are on a roll: Stuart Appleby used an Odyssey White Hot XG 330 mallet to win the Australian Masters. Ben Crane putted with an Odyssey White Hot No. 5 in his CIMB Asia Pacific victory. Troy Merritt, winner of the $1 million Kodak Challenge, had an Odyssey White Hot No. 2 in his bag.
Scoring leaders use Bridgestone ball: Matt Kuchar and Fred Couples, both using Bridgestone golf balls, finished 2010 with the lowest scoring averages on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, respectively.
Kuchar averaged 69.61 with the Bridgestone B330-S, while Couples compiled an impressive 67.96 average with the Bridgestone B330.
Titleist’s 910 drivers hit retail: Titleist’s new 910 adjustable drivers (D2 and D3 models) began shipping to retail outlets on Nov. 15. Already these drivers have been used by a dozen tournament winners around the globe.
The most recent was Ben Crane, who carried a 910D2 (9.5 degree, C-2 setting) while winning the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic.
Short shots: Ryan Moore, although he is one of the owners of Scratch Golf, switched from Scratch AR-1 Tour irons to Ping S56 irons during a recent tournament swing through Asia. ... Sean O’Hair is using Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts in his TaylorMade wedges. These shafts, with a dramatically reduced shaft diameter near the bottom of the grip, are designed to produce a lower trajectory with more spin. ... When Francesco Molinari won the HSBC Championship in China, he used a Kai’li 70X shaft in his Nike VR STR8-Fit Tour driver (10.5 degree), a JavlnFX M7 shaft in his Nike SQ II 3-wood (13 degree) and a JavlnFX M9 shaft in his Nike SQ Sumo hybrid (18 degree). All three are from Mitsubishi Rayon, maker of the popular Diamana. ... Who needs a 45-inch driver? Not Bob Estes, who played in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic with a 43-inch TaylorMade R9 460 driver. He also used a 42-inch TaylorMade R9 3-wood.