What’s in the bag: Deutsche Bank
>> At the Deutsche Bank Championship, Aldila came out on top in two categories – graphite shafts (all woods combined) and graphite driver shafts, specifically.
Another interesting observation at TPC Boston was the high number of brands appearing in the graphite shaft counts. For example, nine companies had at least four players using their driver shafts.
Graphite shafts, all woods: Aldila 74, Fujikura 56, Mitsubishi Rayon 43, True Temper 40, UST Mamiya 36, Matrix 25 and Graphite Design 22.
Graphite shafts, drivers: Aldila 19, Fujikura 16, Mitsubishi Rayon 14, Matrix 12, True Temper 12, UST Mamiya 11, Graphite Design 6, Miyazaki 4 and Oban 4.
>> Had Monday’s finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship gone to a three-way playoff at 16 under, it still would have guaranteed a victory for the Titleist Pro V1 ball, which was played by Steve Stricker, Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank. Stricker avoided the playoff with his birdie-birdie finish.
>> Champions Tour winner Jeff Sluman used Fujikura shafts in his driver, 3-wood and hybrid. Sluman’s TaylorMade Tour Burner driver (10 degree) had a REAX TP 55 shaft. His Burner 3-wood (14.5 degree) had a ZCOM Six shaft and his Rescue TP (17 degree) had a Hybrid Motore F1 shaft.
>> During her victory at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, Suzann Pettersen used a Nike SQ Dymo driver and a Nike One Tour D ball – a combination that yielded an average drive of 274 yards for the week. Pettersen’s win was the first by a Nike Golf staff player on the LPGA this season.
>> Following Heath Slocum’s victory at The Barclays with a new Ping G15 driver (9 degree), several other PGA Tour players switched to the G15 driver or Ping’s other new driver, the i15.
Long-hitting Bubba Watson (7.5 degree) played the G15 driver at the Deutsche Bank, while Kevin Sutherland (11 degree), Mark Wilson (8 degree) and Masters champion Angel Cabrera (8 degree) used the i15 driver.
In the not-so-distant past, a Tour player wouldn’t think about using an 11-degree metal driver, but times have changed. With drivers and balls producing less spin, Sutherland is one example of a player seeking a higher trajectory by using more loft in his driver.