Toy Box notes: Fowler’s focus on wedges
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Rule of thumb in professional golf: If you hit a lot of shots inside 130 yards or so, or if the greens are unusually small, think about adding wedges.
Thus Rickie Fowler came to the Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, South Korea, with two things on his mind: 1. winning his first professional title; 2. wedges, wedges, wedges.
Mission accomplished. He won by six over U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, and he did it with an extra Titleist Vokey Design wedge in his bag.
Before Korea, Fowler’s wedge lineup had these lofts: 47, 53 and 59. This strategy gave him 6-degree gaps.
At the Korea Open, he switched to these lofts: 47, 51, 55 and 60. Except for 5 degrees between the 55 and 60, this provided him with 4-degree gaps.
The actual loft numbers on the wedges read 48, 50, 54 and 60, but three of them had been bent to provide his new configuration.
The 22-year-old Fowler, who shot 67-70-63-68 for a 268 total, is proving rapidly that he is his own man.
His complete bag: Titleist 910D3 driver (8.5 degree), Titleist 910F 3-wood (13.5 degree), Adams Idea hybrid (18 degree), Titleist 712 MB irons (4-9), Titleist Vokey wedges (47, 51, 55, 60 degree), Titleist Scotty Cameron Circa 62 Deep Milled putter and Titleist Pro V1x ball.
How many Puma golf shoes does the colorful Fowler take on the road?
Eight or nine pairs, generally.
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Callaway’s new driver: Callaway will introduce an adjustable driver called RAZR FIT for 2012. With weight ports in the toe and heel, the driver easily can be altered for overall weight, swingweight and flight patterns.
Furthermore, the sound produced by the driver appears to change along with the adjustability.
With Stuart Appleby promoting it, there isn’t any way to keep the RAZR FIT a secret. Here is an excerpt from Appleby on Twitter: “It’s a Razar (RAZR) and is designed to fit your game, it’s getting/is being presented to USGA for compliance, so I’m waiting for one later in Oct.”
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New Nike fairway woods: Nike has new fairway woods coming in November. Called VR Pro Limited Edition, the woods were used by Tiger Woods at the Frys.com Open.
Woods played a 15-degree 3-wood and 19-degree 5-wood. The word from Nike insiders: The new fairway woods launch the ball higher without any loss in distance.
Strong players such as Woods and Paul Casey, both Nike staff members, are carrying 5-woods rather than 2-irons. At the Frys.com event, Casey had Nike SQ 2 fairway woods: 3-wood (15) and 5-wood (19).
Question of the day: What ever happened to the “stinger” 2-iron shot perfected by Woods?
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On the feet of winners: Bryce Molder won the Frys.com Open with FootJoy ICON shoes. Yani Tseng wore FootJoy Women’s DryJoys to capture the Hana Bank Championship. Brad Faxon took the Insperity Championship on the Champions Tour with FootJoy Classics shoes.
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Molder wins Frys.com Open: Bryce Molder won his first PGA Tour title at the Frys.com Open with a full bag of Titleist products: 909D3 driver (9.5 degree), 909F2 3-wood (13.5 degree), 910H hybrid (20 degree), 712 CB irons (3-9), Vokey Design PW (48 degree), Vokey TVD SW (54 degree) and LW (60 degree), Scotty Cameron Newport 2.7 SS putter and Pro V1x ball.
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Diamana wins: Rickie Fowler and Bryce Molder played Mitsubishi Diamana shafts in their drivers and 3-woods.
Fowler had a White Board 73 in his driver and an ‘Ahina 80 in his 3-wood. Molder chose a Diamana Prototype for his driver and a White Board 83 for his 3-wood.
Meanwhile, Aldila won the driver shaft count and wood shaft count at the Frys.com Open.
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TaylorMade titles: TaylorMade putters claimed two victories last week: Yani Tseng on the LPGA (Ghost TM-110) and Sun-Ju Ahn on the JLPGA Tour (Ghost Raylor CO-72, which is sold in Asia only).
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Lighter and lighter: Driver shafts keep getting lighter: Joe Ogilvie went to a 60-gram version of the Aldila VS Proto in his TaylorMade Burner 2.0 SuperFast driver.