Lewis, Mizuno triumph on the Old Course
Mizuno staff player Stacy Lewis won the Ricoh Women’s British Open at the Old Course in St. Andrews, earning her second career major championship.
Her complete bag: TaylorMade R1 adjustable driver; Mizuno MP-650 3-wood (15 degree); Mizuno JPX 825 hybrid (19 degree); Mizuno JPX 825 Pro irons (4-PW); Mizuno MP T-11 white satin wedges (52, 56 and 60 degree); and a TaylorMade Raylor Ghost DA-12 putter. She played a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.
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Woods sticks with Covert Tour prototype
Tiger Woods dismantled the field at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for his fifth tournament title of the year. No surprise, the club in his bag that’s generating quite a bit of attention is his driver: a Nike VR_S Covert Tour prototype driver (9.5 degree). It’s the latest addition to his arsenal; he first put it in play at the Open Championship in Muirfield. The prototype has a slightly more pear-shaped clubhead than either of its commercially available counterparts, the VR_S Covert or the standard VR_S Covert Tour. Woods’ driver was equipped with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft.
The rest of his bag: Nike VR_S Covert fairway woods (15 and 19 degree, with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103X shafts); Nike VR Pro Blade irons (3-PW, with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts); Nike VR Pro wedges (56 and 60 degree, with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts) and a Nike Method 001 putter. He used a Nike One Tour D golf ball.
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New Tight Lies make Champions debut
The updated Tight Lies fairway wood is one of the centerpieces of the “new” Adams Golf, still fresh off a transformation engineered by TaylorMade, which acquired Adams in March 2012. Returning to its “easiest-to-hit-clubs-in-golf” heritage, Adams has reintroduced the low-profile Tight Lies club that initially propelled the company to fame. The revised model features “Velocity Slots” – channels in the crown and sole designed for greater clubface flex – and has the lowest center of gravity of any stainless-steel fairway wood in the market, according to Adams. Five Tight Lies fairway woods were in play on the Champions Tour, three of them with the stock Mitsubishi Bassara Eagle shaft (weighing 55 to 60 grams, depending on flex). Though he was coming off two major-championship victories, Kenny Perry nevertheless changed his bag to add a 14-degree Tight Lies. Lofts for the new fairway woods are 14, 16, 19 and 22 degree.
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Woodland scores victory for Callaway
Gary Woodland, runaway champion of the Reno-Tahoe Open, used the following gear: Callaway Razr Hawk Proto driver (8.5 degree); Callaway Razr Fit Xtreme 4-wood (16.5 degree); Callaway X-Tour 2 utility iron (18 degree); Callaway Razr X Muscleback irons (3-9); Titleist Vokey Design wedges (48, 54 and 61 degree); and an Odyssey Versa No. 1 Wide putter. He played a Callaway Hex Chrome+ golf ball.
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SHORT SHOTS: Woodland used an Oban prototype shaft in his Callaway Razr Hawk Proto driver. . . . Titleist Pro V1x ball racked up victories around the world this past weekend, with wins by Lewis at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, Tom Pernice (3M Championship, Champions Tour), Ben Martin (Mylan Classic, Web.com Tour) and Tae Hoon Kim (Bosung CC Open, Korean Tour). . . . At the Women’s British Open, 94 of 144 women played Titleist golf balls. . . . At WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, TaylorMade ranked No. 1 in three categories: drivers, fairway woods, and tied for the top spot in irons. A total of 12 new TaylorMade SLDR drivers were in play. Among those making the switch: Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Boo Weekley, Stephen Gallacher and David Lynn.