Toy Box: Tour players feeling the Ping
>> After 13 LPGA events, Ping is riding high.
When Jiyai Shin cruised to a seven-stroke victory in the Wegmans LPGA, it marked the ninth time this year that the winner used a Ping driver. Furthermore, it was the eighth victory for a Ping putter.
Shin played a Ping G10 driver (7.5 degree) and a Ping Redwood Piper S putter.
On the PGA Tour, Kenny Perry used a Ping G2i Craz-E putter while winning the Travelers Championship.
>> Perry mixed and matched his wedge configuration, adding two TaylorMade Z TP wedges (54 and 64 degree) and a Cleveland CG14 (60 degrees). Technically, including the pitching wedge (48-degree TaylorMade r7), he became the latest player to win on the PGA Tour with a four-wedge setup.
Long-hitting Dustin Johnson (third on the PGA Tour with a 307.2-yard average) also has converted to four wedges. At the Travelers, he carried three TaylorMade RAC prototype wedges (48, 52 and 56 degree) and a Titleist Vokey Spin Milled lob wedges (60 degree).
>> Perry, a 14-time PGA Tour winner, had Fujikura shafts in his driver (TaylorMade R9 460, 9.5 degree) and 3-wood (TaylorMade Burner, 14.5 degree). His driver shaft was a Fujikura Motore F1, and his 3-wood shaft was a Fujikura 3 Reax TP 75.
Perry used KBS Tour steel shafts in his TaylorMade r7 irons (4-PW).
He used TaylorMade’s yet-to-be-released Raylor hybrid (17.5 degree). The Raylor name first appeared in the early 1980s as a TaylorMade fairway wood and now is being resurrected as a hybrid (Toy Box, June 27).
>> On the Champions Tour, Rife achieved a hat trick with the top-3 finishers at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open used Rife putters. Winner Lonnie Nielsen used an Aussie model followed by Ronnie Black (IMO model) and Fred Funk (Barbados model).
>> Nationwide Tour winner Tom Gillis averaged 299.9 yards with a Nickent 4DX driver (9 degree) and Aldila VooDoo XPPS shaft.
Gillis is a member of the growing two-hybrid fraternity. He carried hybrids of 16 degrees (Adams Idea Pro Gold) and 20 degrees (Adams Idea Pro).
>> Travelers Championship, overall wood shaft count: Aldila 113, Fujikura 95, Mitsubishi Rayon 58, True Temper 56, Matrix 52, UST Mamiya 46, Graphite Design 37.
>> Travelers Championship, driver shaft count: Fujikura 29, Mitsubishi Rayon 26, Aldila 25, Matrix 20, True Temper 16, UST Mamiya 15, Graphite Design 10.
>> Wegmans LPGA, overall wood shaft count: Fujikura 156, Mitsubishi Rayon 114, Graphite Design 88, Aldila 75, True Temper 31, Nippon 27, Ping 23, UST Mamiya 21.
>> Wegmans LPGA, driver shaft count: Fujikura 52, Mitsubishi Rayon 37, Graphite Design 21, True Temper 8, Aldila 7, UST Mamiya 6, Matrix 4.
Short shots: Titleist golf balls were used by winners on the PGA Tour, LPGA and Nationwide Tour. Kenny Perry played the Titleist Pro V1x, while Jiyai Shin and Tom Gillis played the Pro V1. . . . On the Champions Tour, winner Lonnie Nielsen used a TaylorMade LDP TP Black ball. . . . Ryan Moore played the same KBS Tour shafts as Kenny Perry, although 146 of 156 iron sets at the Travelers had True Temper steel shafts. . . . Morgan Pressel carried a “new” old putter at the Wegmans LPGA. It was an Odyssey White Hot Tour No. 2, a putter she had used in the past and then abandoned. . . . Ryo Ishikawa, 17, who won his second title on the Japan Golf Tour and qualified for the British Open, used Graphite Design’s Tour AD EV 8 shaft in his Yonex driver and 3-wood. . . . Nielsen, the Champions Tour winner, used the same TaylorMade R9 460 driver (9.5 degree) and shaft (Fujikura Motore F1) as Perry.