Toy Box: Mickelson tests "high-toe" Odyssey

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

Mickelson testing ‘high toe’ Odyssey

For the final three rounds of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Phil Mickelson used an Odyssey prototype putter. In tour van jargon, the putter was a “high toe” version of his normal Odyssey No. 9 blade.

“It’s a takeoff on the No. 9, but it’s got a low-profile heel and a raised toe that gives it kind of a hook roll,” Mickelson said. “I was making a lot more 15- to 30-footers because it was holding such a tight roll.

“But I just didn’t want to change from my blade because that’s kind of been my identity, but I feel really good with this thing, and I’ll probably go back and forth. This is something we’ve been working on for a while, and it just is fabulous.”

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Kohles relies on Titleist

Ben Kohles is undefeated as a professional using Titleist equipment. He’s 2-for-2 on the Web.com Tour, winning his debut and following with a victory at last week’s Cox Classic.

His bag: 913D3 driver (9.5 degree), 910F 3-wood (13.5 degree), 910H hybrid (17 degree), CB irons (3-PW), Vokey Design SM4 wedges (52 and 58 degree) and Scotty Cameron Select GoLo putter. He played a Pro V1x ball.

In shooting a final-round 9-under-par 62 at the Cox Classic, Kohles hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation. For 72 holes, he averaged 294.6 yards off the tee and 27.5 putts per round. He made 26 birdies and only two bogeys. The bogeys came back-to-back on Nos. 8-9 in the second round.

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Odyssey rolls to 3 wins

For the week, Odyssey claimed three victories: Keegan Bradley (White Hot XG Sabertooth Belly) at WGC-Bridgestone, J.J. Henry (White Hot XG No. 1 Belly) at the Reno-Tahoe Open and Bernhard Langer (White Hot 2-Ball Long) at the 3M Championship on the Champions Tour.

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Resurgence of the 4-wood

Two prominent players are carrying TaylorMade RBZ 4-woods in place of 3-woods.

At the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Martin Laird used a TaylorMade RBZ 4-wood (18.5 degree). Originally, the club had a loft of 17.5 degrees, but it was bent slightly weaker.

Meanwhile, Robert Garrigus has an 18-degree RBZ 4-wood in his bag.

It should be noted, of course, that both are long hitters. In driving distance on the 2012 PGA Tour, Garrigus is third (310.4 yards) and Laird is tied for 25th (298.3 yards).

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Short shots: Although True Temper’s Dynamic Gold steel X100 is the most popular iron shaft on the PGA Tour, there continues to be a trend toward softer iron shafts. Bridgestone Invitational champion Keegan Bradley had the X100 in his irons, but the top-two finishers at the Reno-Tahoe Open, winner J.J. Henry and runner-up Alexandre Rocha, had the more flexible Dynamic Gold S400 in their irons. . . . Matt Kuchar has switched to a BB Zero prototype putter from designer Bob Bettinardi.

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