Toy Box notes: All Nike for Lucas Glover
As evidenced by his bushy beard, Glover likes to do things his way. He is one of only a few professional golfers using a square driver (Nike SQ Sumo Squared Tour, 9.5 degree). Better yet for his sponsor, Glover carried 13 additional Nike clubs and used a Nike ball in winning the Wells Fargo Championship.
Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open with a blade-like Nike Method 001 putter, but decided to putt his way out of a post-U.S. Open slump by switching to a mini-mallet Method 003 (the same putter used recently by Tiger Woods).
Make no mistake: Glover is one of best putters on the planet. He won the Wells Fargo despite tying for 26th in greens in regulation and tying for 49th in driving accuracy. He was first in putts per GIR (1.588) and third in putts per round (26.5).
The rest of Glover’s bag: SQ II 3-wood (13 degree) and 5-wood (19 degree), VR Pro Combo irons (3-PW), VR wedge (54 degree), VR Pro wedge (60 degree) and One Tour D ball.
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Lowdown on Byrd’s driver: Jonathan Byrd, who lost to Glover in a playoff, has a bag full of Mizuno equipment, but uses a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 driver.
Here’s the story of how the driver was bent and assembled in Charlotte to Byrd’s specifications: The head started out with 10.5 degrees of loft. Then it was flattened to a lie of 57 degrees, with the face measuring perfectly square. In the bending process, the loft ended up at 9.5 degrees, exactly what Byrd wanted.
Byrd tried the driver for the first time in Wednesday’s pro-am, then decided to use it in the tournament.
Although the TaylorMade R11 is fully adjustable, the Burner SuperFast 2.0 has a sizable hosel that can accommodate even more extreme bending, particularly to make it flatter or more upright.
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The great wedge debate: Insiders say a handful of key R&A officials still want to ban wedges with more than 60 degrees of loft, although the U.S. Golf Association appears to have backed off this pursuit.
Adding fuel to the fire: Bubba Watson played a 64-degree Ping Tour-S Rustique TS (Thin Sole) wedge when he won May 1 in New Orleans.
Watson’s wedge was delivered to him at 4 p.m. that Wednesday, and he immediately added it to his bag (along with Ping Tour-W wedges of 52 and 56 degrees). At this week’s Players Championship, the two poster boys for the 64-degree wedge are Watson and Phil Mickelson.
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Short shots: J.B. Holmes had a complaint that sets him apart from most golfers: His 3-wood was going too far. So he switched at the Wells Fargo to a 2008 model Callaway X Tour 15-degree model. He said the length was perfect: 280 yards off the tee. Previously he had been hitting a Callaway Diablo Octane Tour (15 degree) that approached 300 yards. . . . Pat Perez played new KBS Tour C-Taper steel iron shafts at the Wells Fargo. The KBS Tour has gained popularity on the PGA Tour, and now designer Kim Braly has a companion shaft, the C-Taper, which produces less spin and a more penetrating ball flight. . . . Lightweight driver shafts have garnered much attention lately, but Tom Lehman won the Regions Tradition on the Champions Tour with a Fujikura REAX TP 95-gram shaft in his driver. Speaking of being “old school,” Lehman played a TaylorMade R7 SuperQuad driver (9.5 degree), which is two generations removed from the company’s current driver model, the R11.