Toy Box: Donald seeks consistent feel in club shafts
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
When Luke Donald signed with Mizuno in 2004, he wasn’t among the top 100 players in the world. Now, after eight years with Mizuno, he is a solid No. 1 – No. 1 in the world, No. 1 on the PGA Tour money list, No. 1 at the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
Donald’s bag: Mizuno MP-62 irons (3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 steel shafts), Mizuno Fli-Hi CLK hybrid (17 degree with Aldila NV 85X shaft), Mizuno MP T-11 wedges (54 degree with Dynamic Gold S300 shaft and 60 degree with True Temper DG Spinner shaft), TaylorMade R11 driver (9 degree with Accra XC 65 shaft), TaylorMade R9 3-wood (13 degree with Accra XC 75 shaft), Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7H putter and a Titleist Pro V1x ball.
The True Temper X100 is the most popular Dynamic Gold flex on the PGA Tour, but Donald elects to use the softer S300 shafts.
By using the same Accra XC shafts in his driver and 3-wood (10 grams heavier in the 3-wood), Donald establishes a consistent feel in his longest clubs.
The DG Spinner has ripples in the steel that are designed to increase spin in the wedges. Donald has used the shaft all year. Among more than two dozen PGA Tour players to use the Spinner in ’11 are Bill Haas, Jonathan Byrd, Jason Dufner, Brian Gay and Carl Pettersson.
Donald and several other players use the Spinner shaft in a lob wedge, while matching a lower-lofted sand wedge with the irons (in this case, a 54 for Donald).
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Sergio Garcia uses all TaylorMade gear
Sergio Garcia, who won the Castello Masters by 11 strokes on his home course, had a bag full of TaylorMade equipment. His clubs: R11 driver (9 degree), Burner SuperFast 2.0 3-wood (15 degree), Burner SuperFast 2.0 5-wood (19 degree), Tour Preferred MB irons (3-PW), TP xFT ZTP wedges (50 and 58 degree), Maronello 8-01 Ghost putter and a Penta TP ball.
Garcia uses the same model of shaft in his driver, 3-wood and 5-wood. The shaft is an Aldila RIP 90X, which weighs about 100 grams.
Most players go lighter in the driver and then use slightly heavier shafts in the fairway woods. A 100-gram driver shaft is extremely rare in today’s world of lightweight graphite.
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In two weeks since switching to an Odyssey 2-Ball belly putter, Trevor Immelman has finished solo fifth and tied for sixth. At Disney, Immelman tied for first in greens in regulation. His irons: Callaway Razr X Tour (3 and 4), Callaway Razr X Muscle Back (5-PW). . . . Retief Goosen went back to his belly TaylorMade Ghost Spider. . . . After an opening 75 at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Ryan Palmer switched to a TaylorMade Ghost 770 putter. He shot 64 in the second round, then added two 70s to tie for 20th.
– James Achenbach