Toy Box notes: Winning weekend for Odyssey

Luke Donald

All three winners on the major men’s tours rolled to victory with Odyssey putters.

Keegan Bradley, champion of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, carried an Odyssey XG Sabertooth Mid into the winner’s circle. Ryan Palmer, who lost to Bradley in a playoff, also used an Odyssey putter – the Dual Force Rossie II.

Across the pond, World No. 1 Luke Donald won the BMW PGA Championship with an Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7H in his bag.

To complete the sweep, Tom Watson putted with an Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7 in his Senior PGA Championship victory.

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Mostly Mizuno for Donald: Along with the Odyssey putter and a Titleist Pro V1x ball, Donald used an arsenal of 11 Mizuno clubs: MP-62 irons (3-PW), MP T-11 wedges (54 and 60 degree) and a CLK Fli-Hi hybrid (17 degree). Donald’s driver was a TaylorMade R11 (9.5 degree), and his 3-wood was a TaylorMade R9 (13 degree). He used Accra graphite shafts in both woods – AXIV XC65 in the driver and AXIV XC75 in the 3-wood. His Fli-Hi was shafted with an Aldila NV 85 hybrid graphite shaft, and his irons had True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 steel shafts.

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Watson carries Adams in major way: Tom Watson is nothing if not loyal to Adams Golf.

Except for the putter, he had 13 Adams clubs in his bag: Speedline F11 driver (9.5 degree), Insight 3-wood (14.5 degree), Idea Pro a12 hybrid (18 degree), Idea Pro a12 irons (3-PW) and Puglielli wedges (52 and 56 degree). He used a Titleist Pro V1 ball.

While the world in general has switched to 60-degree lob wedges, the 56-degree sand wedge was the highest loft in Watson’s bag.

“That’s the way I’ve played my whole life,” Watson said.

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Watney goes light with driver shaft: Nick Watney, who tied for eighth at the Byron Nelson, recently switched to a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 in his Titleist 910D3 driver (10.5 degree). It’s clear the weight of driver shafts is going down. The Tour AD DI-6 shaft (X flex) used by Tiger Woods at The Players Championship weighed 67 grams. Watney’s Tour AD DI-7 shaft (also an X flex) weighed 75 grams.

We also are seeing further acceptance of nano shafts. The Tour AD DI, manufactured in Japan, is integrated with Nanomaterial technology from the Toray Co. This Nanomaterial can be found in the tip section of the Tour AD DI shafts, meaning the tip is made with tiny, lightweight nano-sized particles that are known for their strength and durability.   

These shafts are not inexpensive. They retail for about $375 apiece.

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