Showing resolve in recovering from a stunning loss a week earlier at Torrey Pines, Kyle Stanley forged his first PGA Tour victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
He accomplished the feat with a full bag of Titleist equipment: 910D3 driver (8.5 degree with Mitsubishi Rayon’s Diamana Kai’li 70X shaft), 910Fd 3-wood (13.5 degree with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 83X shaft), 712 MB irons (4-PW), Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges (52, 56 and 60 degree) and a Scotty Cameron Timeless GSS putter. He played a Pro V1x ball.
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Odyssey’s new putter
Odyssey’s Metal-X putters made its debut in Phoenix and Qatar. At the Qatar Masters, 13 players used a Metal-X putter. . . . Dustin Johnson switched to a TaylorMade Ghost Spider Prototype putter at Phoenix. The putter was 35 inches with 2.5 degrees of loft and a 70.5-degree lie angle. . . . Former PGA champion Y.E. Yang put a new TaylorMade Ghost Manta putter in his bag. Yang likes it heavy, so the swingweight of his Manta is E6.
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Snedeker’s quick switch
It’s not often that a PGA Tour winner switches a club immediately after a victory, but that’s exactly what Brandt Snedeker did. Following his triumph at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, Snedeker used a new Callaway Razr X Black 3-wood (15 degree) at Phoenix.
Why? He said he wanted a higher launch with more spin.
Meanwhile, Snedeker was testing a new TaylorMade R11S driver (9 degree) at Phoenix, although he didn’t use it in the tournament. His gamer at this point is a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (10.5 degree).
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TaylorMade’s new RocketBallz line of clubs is making an impact on the PGA Tour. At Phoenix, RocketBallz emerged as the No. 1 fairway wood model, with 27 in play. . . . Stanley and Paul Lawrie, winner of the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, wore FootJoy ICON golf shoes. . . . Aldila won the wood and hybrid shaft manufacturer counts at Phoenix. Heath Slocum led the field in driving accuracy (76.8 percent) at Phoenix using a Ping G20 driver with an Aldila Phenom 70 shaft. . . . Through the first five events on the PGA Tour, the top two players in driving distance are using the 20XI-S ball from Nike. Jamie Lovemark is averaging 314.5 yards, and Carl Pettersson is at 313.8 yards.