Toy Box notes: All Titleist gear for McIlroy

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy’s putter was a Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS (German Stainless Steel) prototype with a chromatic bronze finish. Cameron gave it to McIlroy at the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play, although McIlroy had used it strictly in Europe and never before in the United States. It is an Anser-style putter, considerably smaller than the mallet-style Cameron putters used previously by McIlroy.

The rest of McIlroy’s all-Titleist bag included 910D2 driver (8.5 degree), 906F2 fairway woods (13 and 18 degree), MB irons (3-9), Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges (48, 54 and 60 degree). He used a Pro V1x ball.

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Major wins for Fujikura shaft: The same driver shaft model, the 6-year-old Fujikura Rombax 7V05, has won the Masters and U.S. Open this year.

The shaft is used by Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy. After it was designed in late 2005, it was more aggressively promoted on the PGA European Tour than the PGA Tour.

Meanwhile, Fujikura has moved on to newer shafts – namely the Motore Speeder and the Blur – so the 7V05 largely was forgotten until this year.

The 7V05 has never been sold at retail, although its double success has encouraged Fujikura officials to rethink the shaft’s future. “We definitely will review this,” said Pat McCoy, Fujikura’s director of technical services.

The shafts used by Schwartzel and McIlroy have different paint and graphics. Schwartzel’s is black with a South African flag, while McIlroy uses the original green 7V05.

The shafts are in short supply.

“I have one of them left for Rory if anything ever happens,” McCoy said. “That’s it.”

The X-flex 7V05, used by Schwartzel and McIlroy, weighs 69 grams with 3.5 degrees of torque. It is a midlaunch, midspin shaft.

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True Temper in wide use at Open: Dynamic Gold and Project X iron shafts, both from True Temper, were used by 135 players in the U.S. Open. On the PGA Tour, the Dynamic steel shaft (in several iterations) has been the most popular iron shaft for more than 50 years.

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and 37 others played Project X in their irons.

For all the recent talk about special wedge shafts, such as True Temper’s popular new DG Spinner, all McIlroy’s irons and wedges had the same Project X 6.5 shafts.

Tour players such as McIlroy, who possess high clubhead speed, can use stiffer shafts in their wedges. However, wedges for ordinary golfers normally are assembled with slightly softer shafts.

Speaking of the DG Spinner, 11 U.S. Open players used the shaft in wedges.

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Titleist balls earn worldwide wins: Titleist has won the U.S. Open golf ball count every year since 1949.

While Rory McIlroy was winning the U.S. Open with a Pro V1x, several international players also triumphed with Titleist balls.

Australia’s Matthew Zions (Pro V1) won the Saint Omer Open on the PGA European Tour. Another Australian, Mathew Goggin (Pro V1x) captured the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open for his second Nationwide Tour title this season.

On the Asian Tour, Chawalit Plaphol (Pro V1x) won the Queen’s Cup.

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19 turn to KBS shafts: Meanwhile, 19 players used KBS steel iron shafts – KBS Tour or KBS Tour C-Taper. Included among those 19 were Robert Allenby, K.J. Choi, Johan Edfors, Ernie Els, Robert Garrigus, Peter Hanson, Geoff Ogilvy, Ryan Palmer, Chez Reavie, Adam Scott, Rory Sabbatini and Steve Stricker. The new KBS shafts are the invention of Kim Braly. In the past, Braly and his father,Joe Braly, introduced the Rifle, Flighted Rifle, Rifle Lite and Project X shafts.

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Garcia adds Aldila shafts: Sergio Garcia switched to Aldila RIP 90 shafts in his R11 driver (9 degree), Burner SuperFast 2.0 3-wood (15 degree) and Burner SuperFast 2.0 5-wood (18 degree).

Touring pros use a wide variety of weights in their driver shafts, as exemplified by the RIP shaft. Graeme McDowell plays a RIP 60, and Louis Oosthuizen uses the same shaft. Meanwhile, Angel Cabrera played a RIP 80. Garcia’s RIP 90 is one of heaviest driver shafts on Tour.

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Prez gets personalized wedge: President Barack Obama’s Callaway X-Forged wedges, handmade by Roger Cleveland, were presented to him by Phil Mickelson. It was no coincidence they are just like those used by Mickelson: left-handed, one-half inch extra length, Golf Pride MultiCompound grips. The lofts were 56, 60 and 64.

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A good bend for Lefty’s putter: Callaway putter designer Austie Rollinson bent additional offset into the hosel of Mickelson’s Odyssey White Hot XG No. 9 putter. Why? So Mickelson could move the ball back in his stance and putt with less forward press.

Mickelson’s U.S. Open putter had 5 degrees of loft.

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Glover checks lies, lofts: Before the U.S. Open, Lucas Glover did something all golfers should do more often. Glover had the lofts and lies checked on all his Nike clubs.

Good news: The lofts and lies matched the specs of Glover’s clubs when he won recently at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Sometimes, particularly with forged irons, lofts or lies can change through everyday use and travel.

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Short shots: Hiroyuki Fujita played an unnamed prototype Fubuki driver shaft from Mitsubishi Rayon. This is the next-generation Fubuki shaft, following the Fubuki Alpha. . . . Ernie Els switched to a 7.2 Motore Speeder driver shaft from Fujikura. . . . Driver shaft manufacturer numbers from the U.S. Open: Mitsubishi Rayon 43, Fujikura 20, True Temper 19, Aldila 18, UST Mamiya 17, Graphite Design 15. . . . Mitsubishi Rayon leads the PGA Tour in driver shaft victories this year with seven. Those winners: Aaron Baddeley (’ilima), Johnson Wagner (Diamana White Board), Rory Sabbatini (Fubuki Alpha), Nick Watney (Diamana White Board), Martin Laird (Kai’li), Phil Mickelson (Fubuki Alpha) and Harrison Frazar (Diamana Blue Board). . . . Fred Funk, worried about long par 3s at Congressional, played with a new TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 fairway wood (18 degrees bent to 17). Funk’s distance with the club: 225 to 235 yards. . . . Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen played with a shorter driver, down a 1/2 inch to 45 inches. Goosen used an R11 driver (8 degree) with a Project X graphite shaft (Project X8A4). . . . Y.E. Yang carried four hybrids at the U.S. Open: TaylorMade Rescue 08 TP models with lofts of 17, 19, 21 and 23 degrees.

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