Toy Box Notes: Thompson powered by Cobra

Lexi Thompson hits her drive from the third tee during the final round of the Navistar LPGA Classic golf tournament at Capitol Hill at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville, Ala., on Sunday.

Thompson powered by Cobra

Cobra is launching a LetLexiPlay campaign in an attempt to persuade the LPGA to grant membership to Lexi Thompson, who won the Navistar LPGA Classic and became the youngest LPGA winner in history.

Thompson had mostly Cobra clubs in her bag: S2 driver (8.5 degree), S3 3-wood (15 degree), Baffler 2H hybrid (17 degree), S2 Forged irons (3-PW), Callaway X-Forged C-Grind wedges (52 and 60 degree), Odyssey White Hot XG 330 mallet putter and Callaway Tour i(z) ball.

Want to know how your driver shaft compares with that of a 16-year-old winner on the LPGA? Thompson uses a Fujikura Fit-On ZCom Six driver shaft, S flex, which in a man’s world is considered a reasonably strong shaft.

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Rose head-to-toe TaylorMade

Justin Rose, winner of the BMW Championship, doesn’t have flat feet or blistered feet, but he does have something called stiff feet.

Battling discomfort, Rose switched to the new Adidas golf/street shoe called adiSTREET. Rose has been working with a trainer to increase the flexibility of his feet. He was complimentary about the shoes, which combine elements of a running shoe with those of a golf shoe.

TaylorMade clubs in Rose’s bag: R11 driver (8 degree), R9 3-wood (13 degree), R11 5-wood (17 degree), Tour Preferred MB Forged irons (3-PW), TP xFT ZTP wedge (54), Corza Ghost putter and Penta TP ball.

Rose’s only non-TaylorMade club was a Cleveland 588 wedge (58 degree).

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Senior champion relies on long putter

Winner Louis Lee, who beat Phil Pleat, 1 up, in the final of the USGA Senior Amateur: “The long putter just turned my game around.”

Lee used an Odyssey White Hot No. 7 long putter, anchored at the chest. He defeated Pleat by sinking a tricky downhill 4-foot putt on the 18th green.

Lee’s bag: Callaway X-Forged irons (3-PW), Titleist Vokey sand wedge (54 degree), Callaway Forged sand wedge (56 degree), TaylorMade Rescue hybrid (17 degree), Nike T40 3-wood (14 degree), TaylorMade r7 driver (8.5 degree), Odyssey putter and Titleist Pro V1 ball.

Lee’s r7 driver is two generations removed from TaylorMade’s newest R11 model, but he said he’s not ready to switch.

Pleat’s bag: Titleist 710 CB irons (4-PW), Titleist Vokey sand wedges (52, 58 degree), Titleist 909H hybrids (19, 21 degree), Ping Ti 3 5-wood (17 degree), Adams Speedline driver (10.5 degree), Yes! Callie putter and Titleist Pro V1x ball.

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Ping designer uses his creations

Marty Jertson, a Ping golf club designer, was the only unbeaten, untied member of either team as he led the U.S. squad to a convincing victory over Great Britain & Ireland in the PGA Cup.

In a Sunday singles victory, Jertson made two eagles at CordeValle Golf Club. The first came after he hit a G20 4-iron to a par 5 and sank a 20-foot putt. The second was on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 129-yard shot with a G20 pitching wedge.

Jertson designed the entire set of G20 irons for Ping.

“I love these irons,” he said, humbly. “There was a backstop behind the hole. It was uphill. I hit a low shot with a lot of spin. It landed about 25 feet long and sucked back and disappeared.”

Jertson’s bag: G20 driver (9.5 degree), G20 3-wood (15 degree), i15 hybrid (20 degree), G20 irons (4-PW), Tour-S wedges (52, 56, 60 degree), C10 long putter (48 inches). He plays a Titleist Pro V1x.

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Short shots: Lucas Glover, who has been switching drivers almost weekly, played a new Nike VR Pro Limited driver (9.5 degree) at the BMW Championship. The driver was bent 1 1/2 degrees upright to promote a draw. . . . Matt Kuchar played two new Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide wedges (52 and 58 bent to 57) at the BMW. . . . At the suggestion of teacher Dave Stockton Jr., Chez Reavie reduced the bounce on his 58-degree TaylorMade wedge to 6 degrees with a classic C-grind sole. This was done to allow him to make more aggressive swings from greenside bunkers and deep rough around the greens. . . . Reavie used KBS Tour C-taper steel shafts in his irons, while Rose had KBS Tour steel shafts. The C-Taper produces a lightly lower trajectory. Altogether six of the 30 players who qualified for the Tour Championship are using KBS shafts in their irons. . . . Spencer Levin switched from a TaylorMade Corza Ghost putter to a Stingray Ghost. His new putter is a mallet not yet available to consumers. . . . International winners with Titleist golf balls: Jay Don Blake, Champions Tour, Pro V1x; Oliver Bekker, South African Tour, Pro V1x; Kurt Barnes, Japan Tour, Pro V1; Matthew Griffin, Australasian Tour, Pro V1x. . . . Blake, who captured the Songdo IBD Championship, wore Dry Joys Tour golf shoes from FootJoy and used a FootJoy SciFlex glove.

– James Achenbach

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