Toy Box notes: No yips in win for Langer

Bernhard Langer
Bernhard Langer ( Associated Press )

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Who would ever guess that Bernhard Langer, a runaway winner in the ACE Group Classic, has battled a severe case of the yips during his career?

Langer was a putting ace in Naples, Fla. Using an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball long putter, he led the field in putts per greens in regulation, averaging 1.578. He also tied for fourth in putts per round with a 27.7 average.

Langer’s 2-Ball is customized, with an alignment line etched through both balls

on top of the putter.

A member of the Adams Golf touring staff, Langer used a new Adams Speedline F11 driver (8.5 degree) for the first time. Although he was testing new irons before the tournament, he used his standard mixed set – Adams Idea Pro Black (6-PW) and Ben Hogan Apex (3-5). His bag also included: an Adams Insight 3-wood (12.5 degree), Adams Idea Pro hybrid (18 degree) and Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges (56 and 60 degree). He plays a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.

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Adams drivers earn triple: Aaron Baddeley and Yani Tseng also played Adams drivers, giving the company a driver sweep of the three major U.S. tours. Baddeley carried an Adams Speedline Fast 10 (10.5 degree) at the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open, while Tseng used an Adams Speedline 9032 LS (9.5 degree) in her LPGA victory in Thailand.

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Club gives Romero shot variety: Andres Romero replaced his 19-degree Burner 09 TP hybrid with a TaylorMade Burner 2.0 5-wood (18 degree), saying he could hit a greater variety of shots with the fairway wood. He requested the 5-wood cut down to hybrid length. The club had to be bent upright to ensure the proper lie angle.

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TaylorMade adds to list of players using its white clubs: From the TaylorMade tour van: 28 new white TaylorMade clubs were put into play at Rivera. This included nine new drivers, 14 fairway woods and five hybrids. The Northern Trust was the first tournament at which the tour van was fully stocked with all the parts for all the new white R11 and Burner SuperFast 2.0 clubs.

Retief Goosen, seeking new metalwoods, personally went through all the clubhead drawers in the TaylorMade tour van, looking for heads that fit his eye. He ended up with a Burner SuperFast 2.0 driver (9.5 degree) plus two SuperFast 2.0 fairway woods (13 and 18 degrees). All three new clubs, which he used the tournament, were shafted with Project X graphite.

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Short shots: In addition to Langer’s win with the Pro V1, Titleist had three other ball victories: Aaron Baddeley (PGA Tour), SSP Chowrasia (European Tour) and Yani Tseng (LPGA) used the Pro V1x. . . . Baddeley won the Northern Trust Open with a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter, becoming the third player on the 2011 PGA Tour to win with a Cameron putter (joining Jonathan Byrd and Jhonattan Vegas). . . . Matt Kuchar switched to a TaylorMade Corza Ghost at the Northern Trust Open. . . . J.B. Holmes, who joined Callaway’s tour staff this year, led the field in driving distance at Riviera, averaging 309.9 yards using a Callaway FT Tour driver (8.5 degree). Holmes is third in driving distance on the PGA Tour, averaging 310.5 yards for the year. . . . Ben Curtis was the most accurate driver at the Northern Trust Open, hitting 82.1 percent of the fairways with his Titleist 910D2 driver (8.5 degree). Curtis used an Aldila RIP 70 driver shaft. Furthermore, he had a RIP 80 in the Titleist 910Fd 3-wood (15 degree). His two hybrids (Titleist 910H, 17 and 21 degrees), had Aldila NV Hybrid 85 shafts. . . . Aldila won the overall wood (drivers, fairway woods, hybrids combined) and hybrid shaft counts at the NTO. Meanwhile, Baddeley used an I’lima 80 shaft from Mitsubishi Rayon in his driver and 3-wood (Adams Speedline F11, 15 degree). Mitsubishi Rayon won the driver shaft count at Riviera. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.