Toy Box notes: Popular putter’s new look
Valero Texas Open winner Adam Scott used his favorite Titleist Scotty Cameron putter, a Studio Select Newport 2, but with a new finish called Experimental Black PVD.
No, the putter with this black finish is not yet available to the public.
Meanwhile, Dan Forsman also used a Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 – with the stainless-steel finish – to win the Regions Charity Classic on the Champions Tour.
The rest of Scott’s bag (all Titleist): 909D3 driver (10.5 degree), 909F2 3-wood (13.5 degree), 909H hybrid (21 degree), 2010 MB irons (3-9), Vokey Spin Milled wedges (48, 54 and 60 degree) and Pro V1 ball.
The rest of Forsman’s bag (all Titleist): 909D3 driver (9.5 degree), 909F3 3-wood (15 degree), 585H hybrid (19 degree), ZM irons (3-PW), Vokey Spin Milled wedges (56 and 58 degree) and Pro V1x ball.
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Ping Anser irons in play: Daniel Chopra and Ted Purdy used Ping’s new Anser Forged irons at the Texas Open. These irons, already being sold in Japan and Korea, are not expected to be available in the United States until August.
The Anser Forged is a cavity-back, multi-material iron. The large back cavity is machined into the iron after the forging process is complete. The sole of the iron features a large tungsten section.
Why a cavity-back iron rather than a pure blade? Because consumers in the Far East prefer easy-to-hit forged irons, and this iron was designed primarily to allow Ping to claim a bigger share of the Asian market.
During the process of designing the Anser, it became clear that several of Ping’s touring pros were keenly interested. Why? A big reason is the feel, as the Anser design team focused on creating a super-soft feel throughout the set.
From address, the Anser looks a lot like Ping’s i15 iron, and Ping designers say the performance is similar to the i15.
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Daly’s putter tweaks: How about these specs on John Daly’s new Rossa Ghost TP by Kia Ma putter? Daly had been battling the pulls, so he decided to knock the loft down to 2 degrees while loading the putter with toe weight.
Did it work? In the first three rounds, he had 28, 27 and 27 putts. In the final round, he played four holes (double bogey, bogey, par, double bogey) before withdrawing.
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Short shots: TaylorMade drivers were used by LPGA winner Se Ri Pak and Nationwide Tour winner Justin Hicks. Pak carried a Burner driver (10.5 degree), while Hicks had an R7 Super Quad (10.5 degree). Both players also won with Odyssey putters, Pak using a White Hot No. 4 and Hicks favoring a Black Series Tour Designs No. 9. . . . Fredrik Jacobson, second at the Texas Open, put a new set of Callaway Diablo Forged irons in his bag in late February. Since then, he has five top-25 finishes and three top 10s. Jacobson used an Odyssey Black Series i No. 1 putter at Texas. . . .. . . An interesting development for TaylorMade was the company’s ascension to the No. 2 spot in the wedge count at the Texas Open. Titleist dominated the category with 167 wedges overall, while TaylorMade edged Cleveland 81-80 for the runner-up position. . . . TaylorMade had 20 Burner SuperFast drivers in play at Texas. New to the SuperFast: Blake Adams, Guy Boros, Kevin Johnson, J.L. Lewis, Andrew McLardy and Josh Teater.
– Adam Schupak contributed