Toy Box: TaylorMade's Garcia goes back-to-back

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia

There is no truth to the rumor that Sergio Garcia will buy the PGA European Tour and hold all future tournaments in Spain.

Although it’s not a bad idea. After a three-year winless streak, Garcia has won two straight European Tour events, both played in Spain. The most recent, the Andalucia Masters at the Club de Golf Valderrama, was achieved with the same club configuration as the first with 14 TaylorMade clubs in his bag.

Garcia used a 9-degree R11 driver, along with 15- and 19-degree Burner SuperFast 2.0 fairway woods.

The obvious question for consumers is this: Garcia has access to a tour van full of TaylorMade equipment, but how do amateur golfers choose between the R11 and Burner SuperFast 2.0 lines?

It isn’t necessarily a simple choice.

TaylorMade’s Burner SuperFast 2.0 lineup of clubs was designed – following the Burner tradition – to provide as much distance as a golfer’s swing allows.

Guess what? Touring professionals like extra distance, too. As a result, many TaylorMade staff players selected Burner drivers and fairway woods.

On the other hand, the R11 offers adjustable weights, making it easier to change trajectory and direction. Precise spin control is another asset of the R11.

The Burner driver is lighter (279 grams)and longer (46.5 inches) with a bigger head (460 CCs) than the R11. The corresponding numbers for a stock R11 driver are 295 grams, 45.75 inches and 440 CCs.

Obviously the overall weight of any club depends on the weight of the shaft, and several choices are available with the R11 driver. The Fujikura Blur 60 (59 grams in stiff) is the stock R11 driver shaft. The Matrix X-Con 4.8 (45 grams in stiff) is the stock shaft on the Burner SuperFast 2.0 driver.

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Van Pelt relies on Titleist: Slowly and steadily, Bo Van Pelt has become one of the best golfers in the world. He finished 29th on the 2011 PGA Tour money list, and Sunday he won the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic with a 23-under-par 261 total.

That would be 66-64-67-64. Jeff Overton was second, six back.

What was in Van Pelt’s bag? Except for the putter, it was all Titleist: Pro V1 ball, 909D2 driver (8.5), 910Fd 3-wood (13.5), 910H hybrids (17), CB 4-iron, MB irons (5-PW), Vokey Design SM4 wedges (52, 56, 60).

Van Pelt’s putter was a TaylorMade Corza Ghost.

How about his shafts? He had a Mitsubishi Fubuki Tour 73X in his driver and a Mitsubishi Kaili 80X in his 3-wood. His hybrid shaft was a UST Mamiya Proforce V2 104. His iron and wedge shafts were Nippon steel NS Pro.

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McIlroy’s bag: Which brings us to Rory McIlroy, winner of the Shanghai Masters.

McIlroy’s bag (all Titleist): Pro V1x ball, 910D2 driver (8.5) with Fujikura Rombax 7V05 shaft, 906F2 3-wood (23) with Fujikura Pro 95 shaft, 906F2 5-wood (18) with Fujikura Pro 95 shaft, MB 712 irons (3-9) with Project X Rifle 6.5 steel shafts, Vokey Design SM4 wedges (46, 54, 60) with Project X Rifle 6.5 steel shafts, Scotty Cameron GSS putter.

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Shoe parade: Garcia wore Adidas TOUR360 ATV, Van Pelt wore FootJoy DryJoys Tour, McIlroy had FootJoy FJ Sport shoes, Ken Duke (winner of the Nationwide Tour Championship) wore FootJoy FJ ICON, and Yani Tseng (winner of the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open) wore FootJoy Women’s DryJoys.

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