Rory McIlroy uses new Titleist driver
PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy became the first PGA Tour player to win using Titleist’s new 913 driver. McIlroy led the field at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course in driving distance, with a 311.5-yard average.
McIlroy carried all Titleist clubs: 913D3 driver (8.5 degree, with Mitsubishi Diamana prototype 70X graphite shaft), 906F2 (13 degree, with Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 graphite shaft) and 910F (17 degree, with Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 graphite shaft) fairway woods, 712 MB irons (3-9, with True Temper Project X 7.0 steel shafts), Vokey Design SM4 wedges (46, 54, 60 degree, with Project X 6.5 steel shafts) and a Scotty Cameron GSS putter. He played a Titleist Pro V1x ball.
Although the 913 driver won’t be available at retail until Nov. 9, here are a few facts: It uses the same SureFit adjustable hosel as the 910; it has a new forged face with a new variable thickness design; it will cost $399.
The differences between the 913D2 and 913D3: the D2 retains its 460cc, full pear shape while the D3 has a 445cc volume with a smaller pear shape. The D2 has a slight draw bias, while the D3 does not.
McIlroy also completed the “FootJoy Slam” in 2012 majors, wearing FootJoy Sport shoes. Masters champion Bubba Watson, U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson and British Open king Ernie Els all wore FootJoy Icon shoes.
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Mitsubishi gets 10th driver win
With McIlroy’s victory, Mitsubishi driver shafts have been used by 10 winners on the PGA Tour in 2012. That ranks first among shaft manufacturers, with Fujikura second at eight.
Eight of the 10 Mitsubishi victories have come in Titleist drivers. On the amateur level, a popular combination is Titleist metalwoods and the Mitsubishi Bassara Series W (Wyvern) shaft, introduced in 2011.
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Keegan Bradley relies on ‘new’ putter
Keegan Bradley broke his Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth putter (nicknamed “The Tooth”) during a Tuesday practice round at Kiawah. At the time, he was using the putter as a cane. It snapped at the connection between the head and shaft. Callaway technicians fixed the problem by securing the old shaft to a new head (“Tooth 2”), and Bradley tied for third in his PGA title defense.
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Blake Adams’ late putter switch
Blake Adams switched putters Sunday, in between the completion of the third round and the start of the final round, and finished with a no-bogey 67.
Adams went to a TaylorMade Ghost Spider S belly putter, a new model that will be available at retail on Nov. 1. The cost will be $179 for conventional length and $199 for belly length.
Five players at the PGA Championship used the Ghost Spider S. In addition to Blake, the group included Martin Laird, Peter Hanson, Pat Perez and Chez Reavie. Blake and Laird went with the belly version.
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By the numbers
Here are the equipment category leaders from the PGA Championship:
Golf balls: Titleist 92, TaylorMade 21, Callaway 17, Srixon 13, Nike 9, Bridgestone 4
Irons: Titleist 48, TaylorMade 31, Callaway 22, Ping 14, Nike 10
Drivers: TaylorMade 56, Titleist 44, Callaway 19, Cleveland 10, Ping 10
Fairway woods: TaylorMade 74, Titleist 45, Callaway 33, Nike 15, Ping 13
Hybrids: TaylorMade 34, Titleist 31, Adams 28
Utility irons: Callaway 9, Mizuno 9
Wedges: Titleist 151, TaylorMade 55, Callaway 45, Cleveland 34, Ping 26
Putters: Titleist 52, Odyssey 49, TaylorMade 20, Ping 13, Nike 10
Gloves: FootJoy 53, Titleist 34, TaylorMade 19, Callaway 17
Shoes: FootJoy 88, Adidas 29, Nike 15, Callaway 8, Ecco 7
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Short shots: Nike engineers built Paul Casey a new backup VR Pro Limited Edition driver (9.5 degree). Why? Because Lucas Glover is playing with Casey’s former backup. Glover “borrowed” the driver from Casey in late July at the Telus World Skins Game in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and it’s still in his bag. . . . While Rory McIlroy uses a fairway-wood combination of 13- and 17-degree Titleist clubs, Tiger Woods employs a 15-19 combo of Nike fairways. The 15-degree is a VR Pro Limited Edition model, while the 19-degree is an SQ II. . . . Darren Clarke switched from a TaylorMade RBZ driver to an R11S (8 degree). He also replaced his TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB 3-iron with a Rescue 11 hybrid (19-degree). . . . At the PGA Championship, Aldila won the wood-shaft manufacturer count and the hybrid-shaft manufacturer count. Aldila captured these two counts at three of the four majors this year. . . . On the Web. com Tour, Chris Wilson won the Price Cutter Charity Championship with two Miyazaki shafts in his bag – a C Kua 59X in his driver and Blue 83X in his 3-wood.