Toy Box: All Titleist for Manassero

Matteo Manassero with the trophy after winning the 2011 Maybank Malaysian Open.

All Titleist for birthday boy

Two days before his 18th birthday, Matteo Manassero celebrated early by winning the Maybank Malaysian Open with full Titleist gear.

In an age when many players carry four wedges (counting the pitching wedge), the teenage Manassero only had two in Malaysia – 50 and 58 degrees. Both were Titleist Vokey Design wedges.

The rest of Manassero’s bag: Titleist 910D2 driver (9.5 degree), 910F 3-wood (13.5 degree), 909H hybrids (17 and 20 degree), AP2 irons (3-9), Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter and a Titleist Pro V1x ball.

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Steele tames Texas

Brendan Steele won the Valero Texas Open with 11 Titleist clubs in his bag, four of them wedges: MB pitching wedge, Vokey Design (52 and 62) and Vokey Design TVD (58).

Steele also carried a 909D2 driver (9.5 degree), MB irons (5-9) and a 909H hybrid (21). His other clubs were a Bridgestone J33 3-wood (14 degree), a Callaway X-Tour 3-iron and a TaylorMade Rossa Monza Corza belly putter.

Like Manassero, he used a Pro V1x ball. Nationwide Tour winner Daniel Chopra played the same ball.

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Cobra adds S3 driver in white

Cobra has chosen the Aldila RIP Beta shaft as the stock offering in its new white S3 driver. The S3, selling for $299, also is available with a black clubhead.

This is Cobra’s second white driver. Late in 2010, it released a limited-edition white ZL model, and Ian Poulter won the Hong Kong Open with the club.

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Short shots: Worldwide ball victories so far in 2011 on the major professional tours: Titleist 36, Nike 8, Callaway 5, Srixon 5, TaylorMade 3, Bridgestone 2. . . . Arjun Atwal played a new TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 driver (8.5 degree) with an Aldila RIP 60X shaft. . . . Jhonattan Vegas switched to Nike’s new 20XI X golf ball at the Texas Open. Justin Leonard is using the same ball, while Anthony Kim is playing the slightly softer 20XI S model.

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