Toy Box Notes: Two in a row for R11
Two in a row for R11
Darren Clarke (Open Championship) and Sean O’Hair (RBC Canadian Open) have won the last two weeks using TaylorMade’s R11 drivers.
TaylorMade led the driver count at the Canadian Open with 59 in play, which included 45 white (2011 models) and 14 black (older models).
Of the white drivers, 23 were the R11 model and 22 were the Burner SuperFast 2.0. Although much of the attention has been focused on TaylorMade’s R11 arsenal, the SuperFast 2.0 driver has been steadily gaining converts.
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O’Hair relies mainly on TaylorMade
Sean O’Hair’s bag included 13 TaylorMade clubs: R11 driver (9 degree), Burner 3-wood (15 degree), r7 5-wood (17.5 degree), Rescue 11 hybrid (21 degree), Tour Preferred MB Forged irons (4-PW), Tour Preferred xFT ZTP wedges (52, 60 degree) and a Penta TP ball. He also carried a Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Fastback putter.
Wedges with 52 and 60 degrees? An 8-degree gap is extremely unusual for a touring professional. This setup demands that O’Hair hit a variety of shots with the 60-degree wedge.
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Callaway, Odyssey score overseas wins
Alexander Noren and Russ Cochran used identical drivers to win the Nordea Masters and Senior British Open, respectively. Both used Callaway’s new Razr Hawk (9.5 degree).
Both used an Odyssey putter as well. Noren’s putter was a Black Series i No. 1, while Cochran’s magic wand was a Backstryke Marxman.
Odyssey picked up a third win at the Evian Masters where Ai Miyazato used a White Hot XG Teron putter.
Short shots: Titleist won the count for golf balls, irons, putters and wedges (sand, lob and approach) at the RBC Canadian Open. . . . Titleist ball users also captured four titles around the world – Russ Cochran in the Senior British Open (Pro V1), Kyung-Tae Kim on the Japan Golf Tour, Joonas Granberg on the Asian Tour, and amateur Harris English on the Nationwide Tour (Pro V1x). . . . Evian Masters winner Miyazato used a golf ball not sold in the United States – the Bridgestone Tour Stage X01-Solid. The ball is similar to Bridgestone’s B330-S. Except for the putter, all of Miyazato’s clubs were Bridgestone Tour Stage. . . . Nippon steel irons shafts were used by Miyazato and Cochran. Miyazato used the Nippon N.S. Pro v90 in her irons, while Cochran played the N.S. Pro Modus3 shafts. . . . Geoff Ogilvy and Woody Austin, both among the top 10 finishers in the Canadian Open, used KBS Tour steel iron shafts with different flexes. Most touring pros, including Ogilvy, use X-flex iron shafts. Austin, however, plays a S flex for better feel. . . . Nordea Masters winner Noren used a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X in his driver and a Diamana Blue Board 83X in his 3-wood. . . . Tom Lewis, who was low amateur at the Open Championship, played Ping’s soon-to-be-released G20 driver with an Aldila VooDoo shaft.