Toy Box notes: Ping revives Scottsdale
The name Scottsdale is part of Ping lore. The original Ping Scottsdale Anser putter is one of the most highly sought golf clubs in the world.
On July 26, Ping unveiled a new line of Scottsdale putters at The Greenbrier Classic. The Scottsdale, available in 14 models, will sell for $140 to $180, depending on the model (available in mid-September).
The concept behind the new putters: Provide a soft-yet-solid feel with an insert (thermoplastic elastomer), and feature expanded perimeter weighting and longer sightlines.
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Canadian Odyssey: The top three finishers at the Canadian Open carried Odyssey putters. Winner Carl Pettersson used a White Hot XG No. 7 Long, runner-up Dean Wilson had a White Ice No. 5, and third-place finisher Luke Donald putted with a White Hot XG 7H.
Elsewhere, Bernhard Langer, 52, used an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Long in winning the Senior British Open, while 15-year-old Alexis Thompson tied for second in the Evian Masters with a White Hot XG 330 Mallet.
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Pettersson turns up loft: Who says a skilled golfer needs to use a low-lofted driver?
Pettersson shot a third-round 60 at the Canadian Open while using an 11.5-degree Nike VR Tour driver.
Pettersson hit every fairway during that round and went on to win his fourth PGA Tour title.
Changing his driver six weeks earlier, Pettersson noted that higher loft often is synonymous with increased accuracy, even among Tour players.
For the week, he averaged 285.4 yards off the tee and hit 73.1 percent of fairways.
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Short shots: Richard S. Johnson won the Scandinavian Masters with TaylorMade’s SuperFast driver (10.5 degree) in his bag.The SuperFast, available to consumers in a stock version for $249 or an open-faced TP version for $299, is gaining plenty of converts on the pro tours. According to TaylorMade, Fred Couples picked up 2 mph in ball speed when he tested the SuperFast (8.5 degree). . . . U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin used his trusty old Titleist Bullseye putter at the Senior British Open. Pavin began using the putter in 1984, and it has been his mainstay for 26 years. . . . Bernhard Langer and Corey Pavin, who finished 1-2 at the Senior British Open, used the Titleist Pro V1 ball at Carnoustie. . . . British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen used True Temper/Rifle Project X graphite 6.5 shafts in his Ping Rapture V2 driver and his Nike SQ Sumo 3-wood and 5-wood. Oosthuizen changed the shafts between his missed cut at Pebble and win at St. Andrews. . . . While Ping’s S series of irons have gone through S59, S58, S57 and S56 variations, Bubba Watson has remained an S59 loyalist. Watson says he likes the way he can work the ball, particularly when hitting a shot that is lower or higher than normal.