Toy Box Notes: Browne rolls behind putter tweak
Browne rolls behind putter tweak
Olin Browne made several crucial putts in the final round of the U.S. Senior Open, including a 12-footer to save par on the 17th hole and a 30-footer for birdie on the 18th hole.
His secret: Callaway Golf technicians added loft – from 4 degrees to 6 degrees – to his Odyssey Black Series i No. 1 putter (with White Hot insert).
Normally golfers who use that much loft on their putters (Phil Mickelson is a good example) use a forward press or make some movement during the stroke to decrease the effective loft.
“I don’t know what I’m doing,” Browne said, “but I love the way the ball is rolling.”
The rest of Browne’s bag (all Callaway): Razr Hawk Tour driver (9.5 degree), Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood (15 degree), Razr X Tour hybrids (18 and 21 degree), Razr X Muscle Back irons (4-PW), X-Forged wedges (54 and 58 degree) and Tour i(z) ball.
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Slight changes land O’Meara top finish
Mark O’Meara, the U.S. Senior Open runner-up, switched his irons, driver and putter for the championship.
He went from one Titleist 910D3 driver (9.5 degree) to another, electing to use a slightly stiffer shaft.
O’Meara returned to his old Titleist AP2 710 (3-PW) irons after playing the Open Championship and Senior British Open with Titleist’s new AP2 712s.
Remaining in his bag through all three tournaments were a Titleist 910F 3-wood (13.5 degree), a Titleist 910H hybrid (17 degree), Titleist Vokey wedges (54 and 58 degree), along with his Pro V1x ball.
His putter, which he received on Wednesday afternoon just hours before Thursday’s opening round, was a new Ping Anser Milled 2.
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Stallings relies on Titleist
The playoff at the Greenbrier Classic matched two Titleist Pro V1x users (Scott Stallings and Bob Estes) against one Pro V1 user (Bill Haas). Stallings won with a birdie on the first extra hole.
Stallings’ all-Titleist bag: 910D3 driver (8.5 degree), 909F2 3-wood (13.5 degree), 910H hybrid (19 degree), AP2 712 irons (4-9), Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges (48, 52, 56, 60 degree) and Titleist Scotty Cameron 009 putter.
Shafts used by Stallings: Mitsubishi Diamana ’ahina 70 (driver), Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83 (3-wood), Matrix Ozik Altus (hybrid), True Temper Project X 6.5 (irons and wedges).
It was Mitsubishi’s 10th driver win of the year on the PGA Tour.
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Barnes gets ‘new’ clubs
Ricky Barnes, a member of the Wilson touring staff, had his mixture of Wilson and Callaway clubs stolen on July 25 before the Greenbrier Classic. Barnes had an outing at Olympia Fields south of Chicago. After his round, he put his clubs in the trunk of his car and went into the clubhouse for a shower. When he returned to the car, the trunk had been popped open and the clubs were gone.
Club manufacturers came together to supply Barnes with “new” sticks. Here’s what he played at Greenbrier: TaylorMade R11 driver (9 degree), Callaway Squareway Tour (15 degree) and Callaway Diablo Edge Tour (18 degree) fairway woods, Wilson FG Tour irons (3-9), Wilson FG Tour pitching wedge, Callaway Vintage Slate Jaws wedges (56 and 60 degree), Odyssey White Ice No. 9 putter and a TaylorMade Penta TP ball.
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Dyson wins with Nike square driver
Lucas Glover and Simon Dyson have tried other Nike drivers, but they always seem to return to their faithful square-headed models. Why? Studies have shown that square drivers provide slightly better accuracy off the tee. However, many touring pros simply prefer a more traditional, more rounded look.
In winning the Irish Open on the European Tour, Dyson used his Nike SQ Sumo2 driver (10.5 degree with a UST Mamiya Attas Prototype shaft). Other Nike equipment in Dyson’s bag: SQ Sumo2 3-wood (15 degree) and VR STR8-FIT 5-wood (19 degree), VR Pro Combo irons (3-PW), VR Pro wedges (52 and 60), Rife Barbados putter and a Nike One Tour D ball.
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• Bill Haas (T-2) went from a standard Kombi mallet to a new black Del Mar Prototype deep-face, milled putter from Scotty Cameron. Jimmy Walker (T-4) used the same putter
• Golfers using Odyssey putters have captured three senior majors in 2011. Browne joins Tom Watson in the Senior PGA Championship (White Hot XG No. 7) and Russ Cochran in the Senior British (Backstryke Marxman)
• Retief Goosen had TaylorMade engineers flatten his putter 1 degree, add 1.5 degrees of loft, and add a new composite insert
• Bob Estes, who lost in a playoff at Greenbrier, used a new TaylorMade R11 driver (9.5 degree). Previously, he had used an R9 460 for almost two years
• Aldila won the wood and hybrid shaft manufacturer counts at The Greenbrier Classic. Aldila had 22 more wood shafts and 10 more hybrid shafts than the next leading competitor. This marks the 25th time in 29 weeks that Aldila has won both counts on the PGA Tour
• The most accurate driver at the Greenbrier Classic (Michael Connell, hitting 87.5 percent of the fairways) played a Titleist 910D3 driver (8.5 degree) with Aldila’s RIP NV 65 shaft
• The longest driver at the Greenbrier Classic (Gary Woodland, 331.6-yard average) used Aldila’s RIP 90 in his Titleist 910D3 driver (7.5 degree)
• Colored golf balls were prominent in the U.S. Senior Open, but spectators witnessed one unusual sight. In the first two rounds, one threesome featured two yellow balls – Srixon players Peter Jacobsen and Steve Schaff
• Not only did Corey Pavin use a 30-year-old Bulls Eye putter in the U.S. Senior Open, but he also played without a glove in hot, steamy weather. His grips: green Victory, which are no longer available to consumers but are custom made by Golf Pride for Tour players.