Toy Box notes: Bill Haas’ $11.4M club
Call it a water wedge, not a lob wedge.
At the Tour Championship, Bill Haas played his amazing shot out of the water with a Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 60-degree lob wedge.
The wedge is designated as a 60E Raw wedge. Haas wanted it slightly stronger than 60 degrees, so it was bent to 59. The sole bounce is 7 degrees, the lie is 64 degrees and the shaft is a Dynamic Gold X100.
Consumers have three choices among 60-degree wedges in the new Vokey Design Spin Milled SM4 family. The sole grinds are L (4-degree bounce), S (7-degree bounce) and M (10-degree bounce).
The 60S is a modified version of the 60E used by Haas. The S-grind is an E-grind with some additional heel relief.
The rest of Haas’ all-Titleist bag: 910D2 driver (8.5 degree), 910F 3-wood (13.5 degree), CB 2-iron (712 model), CB irons (3-PW, 710 model), Vokey Design wedges (54 and 60 degree), Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid putter and Pro V1x ball.
Chris Tuten, Titleist tour rep and master fitter, on Haas: “Bill changes into new product very easily, but his specs rarely change. He has played the Fujikura Speeder 757 (in his driver) for as long as I can remember.”
Bradley gets gold: August and September have seen the two biggest late summer tournaments won by golfers with belly putters – Keegan Bradley in the PGA Championship and Haas at the Tour Championship.
Bradley is a Cleveland Golf staff member, but that didn’t stop Odyssey from presenting him with a gold-plated replica of the White Ice Sabertooth he used to win the PGA Championship.
The gold-plated putter tradition was originated by Ping, which in 52 years has awarded more than 2,700 of these putters to winners on the various major tours around the world.
Mahan relies on Ping: Hunter Mahan, who lost the Tour Championship playoff to Haas, plays mostly Ping products: G20 driver (9.5 degree), G20 3-wood (15 degree), i15 hybrid (17 degree), S56 irons (3-PW), Anser Forged wedges (56 and 60 degree), Anser 1 Milled putter and a Titleist Pro V1x ball.
Ferrie’s bag full of Titleist: Kenneth Ferrie, winner of the Austrian GolfOpen on the PGA European Tour, plays all Titleist equipment: 910D2 driver (9.5 degree), 910F 3-wood (13.5 degree), 910H hybrid (19 degree), CB irons (712 model, 3-9), Vokey Design wedges (48, 54 and 60 degree), Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter and Pro V1x ball.
Rose testing belly putter: Justin Rose tried a belly putter in practice before the Tour Championship, but elected to stay with his standard-length Corza Ghost. He has won all three of his PGA Tour titles with the conventional Corza Ghost.
Rose said he would work with the belly putter over the winter.
“You’re seeing guys who are good putters using it,” Rose said. “So obviously it is a good way to putt, and as a professional I figure until it’s outlawed you should be giving yourself every opportunity to use it if it is a better method.”
Short shots: Dustin Johnson has signed a contract extension with TaylorMade through 2015. At the Tour Championship, Johnson received a set of backup Tour Preferred MB irons from TaylorMade. . . . FootJoy scored a footwear hat trick as Tour Championship winner Bill Haas, PGA European Tour winner Kenneth Ferrie and Nationwide Tour winner Ted Potter Jr. wore FJ Icon shoes. Meanwhile, two new shoes from Adidas have made appearances on the PGA Tour: First Sergio Garcia attracted attention with his new orange-accented TOUR360 ATV shoes, and then Justin Rose began wearing the spikeless Adidas GolfSTREET shoes.