Toy Box: Furyk fine with new putter, driver
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Jim Furyk fine with new driver, putter
PGA Championship runner-up Jim Furyk requested a new Odyssey Versa No. 1 Wide (white-black-white) putter on Monday and received it at Oak Hill the next day.
It had a single-bend shaft rather than a standard double-bend shaft (Furyk prefers the single-bend look). It had some extra offset to fit his eye, and it was 35 1/2 inches (an increase of one-half inch for Furyk).
Furyk also continued to play with a Callaway FT Optiforce driver that he added to his bag two weeks earlier at the RBC Canadian Open. It was the 440cc version with a Fujikura Speeder VC 6.2X shaft tipped one inch with a finished length of 44 1/2 inches. The measured loft was 10.1 degrees.
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SHORT SHOTS: With Jason Dufner using an ’ahina 60X driver shaft from Mitsubishi Rayon, it meant that 14 of the last 40 majors have been won with Mitsubishi driver shafts. Mitsubishi captured the driver shaft count at the PGA. . . . Not only did TaylorMade win the driver count at the PGA Championship, but the company’s new SLDR driver was the No. 1 model in play with 31. . . . Dufner and Jim Furyk putted with oversized SuperStroke putter grips. . . . One-hundred-twenty-one of 156 players used Golf Pride grips (winner Jason Dufner played Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord). . . . A total of 117 players used True Temper shafts . . . . Nicolas Colsaerts, the PGA Tour’s longest driver (306.7-yard average) joined Phil Mickelson in the driverless category. Colsaerts removed his driver and went with a Callaway X Hot 3Deep off the tee. His specs: 12.7-degree actual lofts, 43 3/8-inch length after 1.5 inches of tipping. His shaft was an Aldila Tour Green ATX 85x. . . . Aldila took the overall wood and hybrid manufacturer counts at the PGA Championship. Aldila totaled 47 Tour Green and Tour Blue shafts in play at the PGA. . . . Andrew Svoboda won the Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Web.com Tour with a Fujikura Fuel 2.0 shaft in his TaylorMade R1 driver. . . . U.S. Open winner Justin Rose changed his 3-wood for the PGA Championship. At Merion for the U.S. Open, Rose used a TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour 16.5-degree model. At Oak Hill, he went down 2 degrees to a 14.5-degree RBZ Stage 2 Tour.
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By the numbers: Equipment category leaders from the PGA Championship
Golf balls: Titleist 87, TaylorMade 24, Callaway 15, Nike 13
Drivers: TaylorMade 57, Titleist 40, Callaway 19, Ping 13, Nike 13
Fairway woods: TaylorMade 63, Titleist 45, Callaway 34, Ping 24
Irons: Titleist 41, TaylorMade 32, Callaway 20, Ping 15
Utility irons: Titleist 15, Mizuno 7, Callaway 6
Hybrids: Adams 32, Titleist 24, TaylorMade 17, Ping 14
Wedges: Titleist 142, Cleveland 48, TaylorMade 48, Callaway 44
Putters: Odyssey 53, Titleist 50, Ping 17, TaylorMade 15
Gloves: FootJoy 52, Titleist 25, TaylorMade 25, Callaway 17
Shoes: FootJoy 83, Adidas 29, Nike 19