Toy Box Notes: Mahan rolls with Nome putter

Hunter Mahan
Hunter Mahan ( Associated Press )

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ping sometimes names putters after cities around the globe. Last August, for example, Ping introduced the Sydney putter.

Now it has unveiled the Nome – as in Nome, Alaska.

While Nome often is identified with cold, Ping staffer Hunter Mahan was quite hot using the club en route to winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Mahan switched to the putter only two days before his first match.

The Nome, a mallet with an MSRP of $270, is scheduled to be in golf shops in early April. It is made of high-grade aluminum with dense tungsten sole weights. It is available in three configurations, or stroke types: Straight, Slight Arc and Strong Arc.

Mahan’s bag: G20 driver (9.5 degree), G20 3-wood (15 degree), i15 hybrid (17 degree), S56 irons (3-PW), Anser Forged wedges (56 and 60), Nome putter with Straight configuration. He uses a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.

The G20 3-wood was new to Mahan’s bag.

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Huh wins without club deal

John Huh, who outlasted Robert Allenby in an eight-hole playoff at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, won a PGA Tour event without a contract with a major golf equipment company.

Last week, the Tour rookie carried a Ping G10 driver (7.5 degree), TaylorMade Burner 3-wood (15 degree), Titleist 910H hybrid (17 degree), Ping S57 irons (3-PW), Ping Tour-W (52 degree) and Tour-S Rustique (58-degree thin sole) wedges and Ping Scottsdale Wolverine C (center-shafted) putter. He played a Titleist Pro V1 ball.

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Stanford continues Ping win streak

Angela Stanford won the HSBC Women’s Champions for Ping’s third victory Feb. 26 on a major golf tour.

Stanford’s bag (all Ping except ball): i20 driver (10.5 degree), G20 3-wood (15 degree), G15 7-wood (21.5 degree), G20 hybrid (23 degree), i20 irons (5-9), Tour-S wedges (47, 52, 56 degree and a 60-degree thin-sole model) and Scottsdale Anser2 putter. She used a Titleist Pro V1 ball.

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Short shots: Alvaro Quiros, who describes himself as a “feel” player, had his Callaway clubs regripped at the Match Play – twice. Quiros said they didn’t feel quite right the first time. . . . Charles Howell III experimented with three Odyssey putters at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, finally choosing a 35-inch Odyssey ProType 2-Ball. . . . The two PGA Tour winners, Mahan and Huh, wore FootJoy Icon golf shoes. . . . Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer switched to the TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour driver (8 degree) at the WGC-Match Play.