Toy Box notes: Titleist rules Simpson's bag
Webb Simpson, winner of the Wyndham Championship, is a Titleist staff player. Known for his precise short game, Simpson uses Dynamic Gold S400 steel shafts in his two Vokey Design wedges – as opposed to Dynamic Gold X100 steel shafts in his Titleist 680MB irons.
What’s the difference? Feel. The S400 is slightly softer, and Simpson can feel the difference.
There is no stock flex for Dynamic Gold wedge shafts, and manufacturers often use different flexes for different models and different designs.
Simpson uses UST Mamiya AXIVCore graphite shafts in his driver, 3-wood and 5-wood and a Graphite Design Tour AD for his hybrid.
Simpson’s bag: Titleist 909D3 driver (10.5 degrees) with a UST Mamiya Proforce AXIVCore Tour Black 69 shaft; Titleist 909F3 3-wood (13.5 degrees) with a UST Mamiya Proforce AXIVCore Tour Black 79 shaft; Titleist 910F 5-wood (17 degrees) with a UST Mamiya Proforce AXIVCore Tour Black 89 shaft; Titleist 910H hybrid (21 degrees) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 shaft; Titleist 680MB irons (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts; Titleist Vokey Design TVD wedges (54 and 58) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts; Ping G5i Craz-E B putter; Titleist Pro V1x ball.
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Pettersen’s, Fisher’s bags: No golfer in the world has had more success with Nike’s new 20XI ball than Suzann Pettersen. She has won three times, including the LPGA Safeway Classic, where she overcame a nine-shot deficit with a final-round 64.
Pettersen’s last two victories have came with a Nike High-MOI Method prototype. This putter will be available at retail on Nov. 1.
Also winning for Nike was 22-year-old Oliver Fisher in the Czech Open. Both Pettersen and Fisher carried 14 Nike clubs.
Both Pettersen and Fisher played the 20XI-X ball, which is slightly firmer than the 20XI-S ball.
The rest of Pettersen’s bag: Nike VR STR8-FIT driver (9.5 degrees); Nike SQ Dymo 3-wood (13 degrees); Nike VR hybrid (18 degrees); Nike VR Pro Combo irons (4-P); Nike VR Blade wedge (48); Nike VR wedge (53, 59).
Fisher’s bag: Nike VR Pro Ltd (8.5 degrees) driver; VR Pro prototype 3-wood (15 degrees); VR Pro hybrid (18 degrees); VR Pro Combo Irons (3-9); VR Pro wedges (46, 52, 59); Nike Method prototype putter.
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Couples hits greens: The most impressive statistic from the victory of Fred Couples in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship? He hit 84.7 percent of the greens in regulation.
His iron are Bridgestone J38 Dual Pocket Cavity. He also played Bridgestone’s Tour B330 ball.
While TaylorMade white-headed drivers are prominent in 2011, Couples used an older R9 460 TaylorMade driver with a Fujikura Speeder 665 graphite shaft.
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• Three PGA Tour winners in a row have used long putters – Adam Scott, Keegen Bradley and Webb Simpson. Following Bradley’s victory in the PGA Championship, Odyssey reported that several players were experimenting with new longer putters. The list included Blake Adams, Stuart Appleby, Steve Flesch, Jim Furyk, James Driscoll, Colt Knost, Richard S. Johnson, Tag Ridings, Chris Stroud, Josh Teater and Jerod Turner.
• James Nitties won the Midwest Classic on the Nationwide Tour using a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 driver (10.5) with an Aldila RIP 70 graphite shaft.
• Two victorious women, Pettersen and Catriona Matthew in the Ladies Scottish Open, played Nippon steel shafts in their irons. Pettersen used the N.S. Pro MODUS3 Tour 120, and Matthew had the N.S. Pro 950GH R.
• Camilo Villegas, who secured his spot in the playoffs with a top 10 finish at Wyndham, regripped all his clubs with Iomic grips.
• Lucas Glover switched to the Nike 20XI-X ball.
• Who says all touring pros want irons without offset? Before the Wyndham started, Carl Pettersson added offset to his Nike VR Pro Combo irons.