Toy Box Notes: A TaylorMade victory for Rose
Justin Rose captured his fourth PGA Tour victory, with a come-from-behind win over Bubba Watson at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Rose carried all TaylorMade gear except for his Cleveland 588 lob wedge (60 degree). The rest of his bag: R11 driver (8 degree), RocketBallz 3-wood (15 degree), Rescue 11 (19 degree), Tour Preferred MB irons (4-PW), ATV wedges (52 and 56 degree) and a Ghost Tour Corza putter. He used a Penta TP5 golf ball.
Rose used True Temper Project X 7.0 graphite shafts in his driver and 3-wood.
He had KBS C-Taper steel shafts in his Rescue, irons and wedges. The KBS C-Taper is a 125-gram shaft. The flex used by Rose is called S Plus, meaning it is between an S and an X.
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Another shaft switch for Lefty: Phil Mickelson, paying close attention to his club shafts in 2012, switched shafts once again in his Callaway driver (Razr Fit, 9.5 degree) and 3-wood (Big Bertha Diablo, 15 degree). At Doral, he played the Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana ’ahina 70x in both.
In other shaft news, Fujikura won the manufacturer driver shaft count at Doral, while Mitsubishi Rayon led at the Puerto Rico Open.
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When a 5-wood is a 3-wood: Former Open Championship winner Paul Lawrie added a Callaway Razr Fit 5-wood for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but it wasn’t your average 5-wood.
Stock loft for the Razr Fit 5-wood is 18 degree. By the time Callaway technicians were finished adjusting, tweaking and bending Lawrie’s 5-wood, the loft was 14.8 degree. He used it as his 3-wood.
There is no doubt the 5-wood has made a strong comeback on the PGA Tour, with stars such as Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods carrying a 5-wood at Doral. Most of these modern 5-woods have lofts in a range of 17 to 19 degrees.
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Stronger 3-wood for Yang: TaylorMade technicians report that Y.E. Yang, who on occasion has carried as many as five Rescue clubs, received a new strong-lofted RocketBallz 3-wood at Doral.
Yang went down from 15 degrees to 13 degrees, explaining that he wanted to keep his ball under the swirling South Florida winds as much as possible.
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Short shots: Dustin Johnson has switched irons – again. In the offseason, Johnson went to TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred MC irons. At Doral, he went back to Tour Preferred MB irons, albeit with some personal touches. Johnson likes the leading edge as straight as possible, so TaylorMade engineers performed some grinding on the irons. They also flattened the rounded soles. . . . Darren Clarke (TaylorMade Ghost Spider) and Thomas Bjorn (Odyssey White Hot No. 1 Prototype) used belly putters for the first time in competition. . . . Alex Noren put an 18-degree Callaway Razr X Tour hybrid (18 degree) in his bag, while Thomas Bjorn went up in loft with a new Callaway Razr Hawk driver (9.5 degree).