ToyBox: Watney wins with Titleist irons
Specs on the sticks of a champion
Nick Watney won the AT&T National with Titleist’s 712 AP2 prototype irons. Here’s a look at Watney’s specs: 3-PW, standard length, 1 degree upright. The 3-, 4- and 5-irons are 2 degrees weak, and the 6- through 9-irons are 1 degree weak. All have True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 steel shafts.
Also in Watney’s bag: Titleist 910D3 driver (10.5 degree ), 910F 3-wood (15 degree), 910H hybrid (21 degree), Vokey Design wedges (54 and 60 degree) and Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback putter. He played a Titleist Pro V1x ball.
In the bag of Publinks finalists
The final of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship was an equipment showcase for Ping and Titleist.
Winner Corbin Mills of Clemson carried two Titleist 710 CB irons (4 and 5), five 710 MB irons (6-PW) and a Ping Rapture 2-iron. He also had three Titleist Vokey wedges (51, 55 and 60 degree).
His driver was a Titleist 909D3 (8.5 degree), and his 3-wood was a 910Fd (13.5 degree). He putted with a Titleist Scotty Cameron Kombi-S.
Mills’ Kombi-S putter was given to him before the event by former Clemson player Ben Martin, the 2009 U.S. Amateur runner-up.
“It had a little more loft on it,” Mills said. “It worked really well.”
Meanwhile, runner-up Derek Ernst of UNLV carried Ping S56 irons (2-PW) and two Ping Tour-S wedges (54 and 58 degree).
His driver (9.5 degree) and 3-wood (14 degree) were Ping i15 models, and his putter was a Scottsdale B60.
Both golfers played a Titleist Pro V1x ball.
Cook relies on mostly Nike
Looking in the bag of John Cook, who won the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship: Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour driver (8.5 degree), TaylorMade Burner 3-wood (13 degree), Nike VR 5-wood (18 degree), Nike VR Pro Blades (3-PW), Nike VR Blade sand wedge (53 degree), Nike VR V-Rev lob wedge (59 degree), Nike Method prototype putter and a Nike One Tour ball.
Levet carries Titleist gear
The bag of Thomas Levet, who won the French Open on the PGA European Tour: Titleist 910D3 driver (8.5 degree), 910F 3-wood (13.5 degree), 910H hybrid (18 degree), 710 MB irons (3-PW), Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges (54 and 60 degree), Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter and a Pro V1 ball.
Short shots: Four players used Odyssey putters at the AT&T National and finished among the top six and ties: K.J. Choi (TriHot No. 2), Jeff Overton (white Hot 2-Ball Center Shafted), Charles Howell III (Dart Mallet Mid) and Chris Stroud (Dart Mallet Mid). . . . TaylorMade has won every driver count this year on the PGA Tour. The company has two popular white-headed drivers for 2011, the R11 and the Burner SuperFast 2.0. Here was the TaylorMade driver breakdown at the AT&T: Of 40 total drivers, 20 were R11, 11 were Burner SuperFast 2.0 and nine were models introduced before 2011. . . . Hybrid or fairway wood? Tim Herron added a TaylorMade Rescue R11 (21 degree), while Brian Gay put two Rescue R11s (16 and 19 degree) in the bag. Meanwhile, Mike Weir went with a new Burner SuperFast 2.0 fairway wood (22 degree). William McGirt added a Burner SuperFast 2.0 fairway wood (18.5 degree). . . . For the 22nd time in the last 25 PGA Tour events, Aldila won the total wood shaft and hybrid shaft manufacturer counts. Watney played an Aldia VooDoo XVS9 shaft in his hybrid club, a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 93 in his 3-wood and a Graphite Tour AD DI-7x in his driver.
– James Achenbach