Mickelson uses new Callaway ball
Phil Mickelson won his fourth AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am title with all Callaway gear. Mickelson used a Razr Fit driver (9.5 degree, Fujikura Motore Speeder VC.2 shaft), Big Bertha Diablo 3-wood (15 degree), X-Hybrid (19 degree), X-Forged 4-iron, Prototype 5-iron, Razr X Muscle Back irons (6-PW), X-Series Jaws wedges (52, 60 and 64), Odyssey White Hot XG PT 82 putter and Hex Black Tour ball, which hits retail March 2. The Razr Fit driver will be available at retail Feb. 17.
Mickelson switched his driver and 3-wood shafts on Monday at Pebble Beach, going with two Fujikura shafts – the Rombax 80b in his 3-wood along with the Motore Speeder VC.2 in his driver.
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Early adopters for RBZ
TaylorMade’s official PGA Tour launch of the RocketBallz line of clubs for 2012 isn’t scheduled until Doral next month.
That didn’t stop Matt Bettencourt from trying to get a jump on his fellow players. The fairway woods had been available to Tour players, but they were waiting on drivers. So a week before the clubs became available in the TaylorMade tour van, Bettencourt visited a “big box” retailer and found a RocketBallz (or RBZ) driver that was part of an early shipment. He bought it.
For the record, Bettencourt played the driver (9.5 degree, Fujikura Motore Speeder VC.2 shaft) at Pebble Beach.
He wasn’t alone. Blake Adams, Joe Ogilvie and Rory Sabbatini also used 9.5-degree RBZ drivers (the standard heads, not the deep-faced Tour model), although they obtained their clubs from the tour van.
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Cabrera-Bello carries all Titleist
Rafael Cabrera-Bello, winner of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the PGA European Tour, relied exclusively on Titleist gear: 910 D3 driver (8.5 degree, Project X 10A2-X shaft), 910Fd 3-wood (13.5 degree), 910H hybrid (20 degree), 712 MB irons (3-PW), Vokey Design SM4 wedges (54 and 60 degree), Scotty Cameron Button Back Newport 2 putter and Pro V1x ball.
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Jessica Korda, 18, quickly established herself on the LPGA by winning the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. She used TaylorMade equipment: R11 driver (10.5 degree), R11 3-wood (15 degree), Burner SuperFast 2.0 5-wood (21 degree), Tour Preferred MC irons (4-PW), xFT wedges (50, 54 and 58 degree), Ghost-880 putter and Penta TP ball.
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Short shots: Dustin Johnson cut a half-inch off his TaylorMade R11S driver (10.5 degree), to 44.5 inches. He said the shorter shaft enabled him to feel that he was swinging down the line. . . . A couple of Odyssey putters debuted at Pebble Beach. Danny Lee used a new Odyssey Metal-X No. 1, while Stuart Appleby putted with a FlipFace No. 5. The FlipFace features a two-sided face, one with a Metal-X insert and the other with a White Ice insert. They can be switched by removing a single screw. Both putters will be available at retail in April. . . . The bag of Tiger Woods (all Nike): VR Tour driver (8.5 degree, Graphite Design Di6-X shaft), VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood (15 degree), SQ II 5-wood (19 degree), VR Pro Blades (3-PW), VR Pro wedges (56 and 60 degree), Method 001 putter and One Tour D ball.