Toy Box notes: Furyk’s diverse golf bag
Jim Furyk is fond of experimenting with golf equipment.
Like ordinary golfers, Furyk will try almost anything. He won the Transitions Championship on March 21 with a new driver and a resurrected 10-year-old putter.
According to the Darrell Survey, he used clubs from six manufacturers, including one (Nickent) that is no longer in business.
Let’s make it clear: Furyk is a Srixon guy; he is the centerpiece of the company’s touring staff. At the Transitions, he was listed by the Darrell Survey as playing Srixon I-506 Forged irons (3, 5-PW) and a Srixon Z-Star X golf ball.
Also listed in Furyk’s bag were three Cleveland CG-15 wedges (50, 56 and 60 degree), a Callaway FT Tour driver (9.5 degree), a TaylorMade Burner 3-wood (14.5 degree), a Nickent 3DX hybrid (20 degree) and a Titleist Scotty Cameron Laguna prototype putter made for Furyk a decade ago.
In the wake of the Furyk celebration, Srixon claimed Monday that Furyk used Srixon’s new Z-TX irons and a Srixon hybrid.
Actually, both parties appear to be partially correct. Furyk told Golfweek he was using the new irons, but the model name was impossible to see because of lead tape on the back of the irons. Both iron sets look similar.
Meanwhile, several observers saw the Nickent hybrid in Furyk’s bag. The Darrell Survey is taken on Thursday, so players are free to change clubs for the next three rounds.
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Upside down grip: So what’s with Furyk’s putter grip? Furyk put the putter in his bag in February. But the putter came with a provision: An upside-down Lamkin paddle grip. This was the idea of Furyk’s golf professional father, Mike. After cutting a hole in the butt end of the grip, it was installed with the fat part of the grip at the bottom.
The concept here is the same as the Full Release reverse-taper grips from Feel Golf. The Full Release, which is bigger at the bottom than the top, is made for irons and woods.
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Hot streak: For Callaway’s FT Tour driver, it was the third victory in two weeks, following Ernie Els (WGC-CA Championship) and Derek Lamely (Puerto Rico Open). Furyk’s driver was 44 1/2 inches with an Oban Devotion X-flex shaft, tipped 3/4 of an inch.
The 2010 FT Tour is identical to the 2009 FT-9 Tour Authentic. It has a 440cc multi-material clubhead (composite body, titanium face) with a slightly open face. Furthermore, it features a full-length hosel, which initially was a radical departure for Callaway after a decade of S2H2-inspired drivers without a full-length hosel.
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Fat Lady sings again: Putter designer Bobby Grace waved a putter in front of a few interested observers March 17 on the putting green at The Transitions Championship.
“You know, this here putter, second place last week,” he said, beaming with pride.
Except Grace, who is selling putters independently after stints with Cobra and MacGregor, wasn’t bragging about his latest invention. He held the Fat Lady Swings, the same mallet-head model used so effectively by Nick Price in the early 1990s.
Charl Schwartzel, who “borrowed” the putter from his father’s bag, was second at the WGC-CA Championship with the Fat Lady.
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Short shots: Padraig Harrington switched back to the Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade from the 2-Ball Backstryke. . . . John Daly is still using a TaylorMade R9 SuperTri driver (9.5 degree). His anti-left setup for this interchangeable-weight driver: 12 grams in the toe slot with the driver shaft set in the “R” (right) position. Daly also added a TaylorMade Tour Burner 3-wood at the Transitions. . . . Although it wasn’t planned this way, TaylorMade is accumulating several putter grinds named after players. For example, Sean O’Hair has his own grind. Andres Romero received a new Rossa Monza Corza center-shafted putter with the O’Hair grind. . . . J.B. Holmes ordered a backup for his Rossa Daytona Classic, otherwise known as the “Stockton putter” for two-time PGA champion Dave Stockton.