Toy Box: Wilson wins with new Ping gear
Golf club manufacturers love players who quickly and decisively fill their golf bags with new models. On the PGA Tour, Mark Wilson is among them.
In winning the Humana Challenge, Wilson used a Ping i20 driver (8.5 degree, 45.25 inches, Grafalloy Tour X shaft) and Ping i20 irons (4-PW, True Temper CS Lite shafts). How new are these clubs? They won’t be available at retail until the second week of February.
Other clubs in Wilson’s bag: Cleveland HiBore XLS 3-wood (13 degree, Aldila NV 95 X shaft), Ping i15 hybrids (17 and 20 degree, Graphite Design YS 85 X shafts), Ping Tour wedges (52 and 60 degree, True Temper CS Lite shafts tipped to make them stronger), Ping Karsten Anser putter (69-degree lie, 3-degree loft) and a Titleist Pro V1x ball.
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Garrigus goes long with putter
Humana Challenge runner-up Robert Garrigus has switched from a 28.5-inch Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Squareback to a 50-inch Titleist Scotty Cameron Big Sur long putter.
The new Big Sur has not yet been released to the public. Titleist sold a previous version of the Cameron Big Sur long putter in 2003.
Fond of nicknames, Garrigus christened his new putter “Dr. Evil.”
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Two-time winner Grace relies on Callaway
Branden Grace, a back-to-back winner of the PGA European Tour, has cracked the top 100 in the World Rankings. Two weeks ago, he was 285th.
Grace’s bag (all Callaway): FT Tour driver (8.5 degree), Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood (13 degree), Diablo Edge Tour hybrid (18 degree), X-Forged irons (3-PW), X-Series Jaws wedges (52 and 60 degree), Odyssey Black Series TD No. 1 Wide putter and a Callaway Tour i(s) ball.
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Club specs from Villegas’ TaylorMade test session
Camilo Villegas tested new TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour fairway woods (14.5 and 17.5 degree). After some bending, he wanted to know the exact specs of the clubs.
So TaylorMade tour reps grabbed a Sharpie and wrote the precise specs on the clubheads. His 4-wood, for example, was measured at 16.75-degree loft and 57.5-degree lie.
After he selected a TaylorMade Ghost Manta Belly putter, he wanted to know all the measurements. They are: length 42.5 inches, grip 17 inches, total weight 694 grams, loft 3 degrees, lie 72.5 degrees, putter insert: Surlyn.
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The Titleist Pro V1x has been used by the winner of all three PGA Tour events in 2012. Dan Forsman also used the Pro V1x to win the Champions Tour’s Mitsubishi Electric Championship. . . . Kevin Chappell put Nike’s new VR_S driver (9.5 degree with Fujikura Motore VR 7.2 shaft) into play at the Humana. . . . Yani Tseng, the top-ranked women’s golfer, re-signed with Adams Golf for an undisclosed multiyear agreement. She has won 17 times around the world since switching to Adams in 2009. Adams also signed Caroline Hedwall, the 2011 LET Player of the Year, to its staff. . . . . Dustin Johnson, recovering from offseason knee surgery, switched irons (3-PW) from TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB to TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC. . . . Ernie Els has switched to Callaway’s new Razr Fit driver (9.5 degree).