Toy Box notes: Donald sticks with his sticks
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Perhaps Luke Donald, winner of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, should inspire amateur golfers to adopt his philosophy when it comes to golf equipment.
When Donald finds something he likes, he sticks with it. His Mizuno MP-62 irons, for example, are old enough to be out of normal production but are still available to consumers through Mizuno’s custom department.
Donald, who signed with Mizuno in 2004, played MP-32 irons for several years before migrating to the MP-62s (3-PW). Now, some three years later, he is testing MP-63 irons but has given no indication he will switch.
Donald also carries a Mizuno Fli-Hi CLK hybrid (17 degree) that is no longer being manufactured. His two wedges (54 and 60 degree) are MP T-11s.
It is somewhat odd, then that Donald, a Mizuno staffer, became the first player to win on the PGA Tour with a new TaylorMade R11 driver (9 degree). He has shown no reluctance to change drivers during his career.
Donald’s other non-Mizuno clubs are a TaylorMade R9 3-wood (13 degree) and an Odyssey White Hot XG 7 heavy putter. His ball is a Titleist Pro V1x.
Donald’s shafts: UST Mamiya Accra XC65 (driver) and UST Mamiya XC75 (3-wood), Aldila NV Hybrid 85 (hybrid) and True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 (irons and wedges).
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Titleist dominates Wagner’s bag: Johnson Wagner had a bag loaded with Titleist equipment in winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Wagner used a 909D3 driver (8.5 degree), 904F 3-wood (13 degree), AP2 3-iron, CB irons (4-9), Vokey Spin Milled wedges (47, 53 and 60 degree), Scotty Cameron Prototype putter and a Titleist Pro V1x ball. He also carries an Adams Idea hyrbrid (18 degree). Wagner had Nippon’s N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120X steel shafts in his irons.
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Short shots: It was another good week for shaftmaker Mitsubishi Rayon, as Wagner had a Diamana White Board 73X in his driver and WGC-Match Play runner-up Martin Kaymer had a Fubuki Alpha 70X in his TaylorMade R9 SuperTri driver (8.5 degree). . . . Kaymer carried a new TaylorMade R11 Rescue (18 degree) at the Match Play. Sean O’Hair used the 21-degree version. . . . LPGA winner Karrie Webb used N.S. Pro 1050GH steel shafts in her Srixon I-701 Tour irons (4-PW). Webb also played N.S. Pro Regio graphite shafts in her Srixon ZRW driver (8.5 degree) and Cleveland Launcher 3-wood (15 degree). Webb also used Ping Tour-S wedges (52 and 58 degree) and a TaylorMade Rossa Daytona RS putter. She used a Srixon Z-Star Dash golf ball.