Toy Box Notes: Mahan rolls with Nome putter

Hunter Mahan

Ping sometimes names putters after cities around the globe. Last August, for example, Ping introduced the Sydney putter.

Now it has unveiled the Nome – as in Nome, Alaska.

While Nome often is identified with cold, Ping staffer Hunter Mahan was quite hot using the club en route to winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Mahan switched to the putter only two days before his first match.

The Nome, a mallet with an MSRP of $270, is scheduled to be in golf shops in early April. It is made of high-grade aluminum with dense tungsten sole weights. It is available in three configurations, or stroke types: Straight, Slight Arc and Strong Arc.

Mahan’s bag: G20 driver (9.5 degree), G20 3-wood (15 degree), i15 hybrid (17 degree), S56 irons (3-PW), Anser Forged wedges (56 and 60), Nome putter with Straight configuration. He uses a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.

The G20 3-wood was new to Mahan’s bag.

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Huh wins without club deal

John Huh, who outlasted Robert Allenby in an eight-hole playoff at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, won a PGA Tour event without a contract with a major golf equipment company.

Last week, the Tour rookie carried a Ping G10 driver (7.5 degree), TaylorMade Burner 3-wood (15 degree), Titleist 910H hybrid (17 degree), Ping S57 irons (3-PW), Ping Tour-W (52 degree) and Tour-S Rustique (58-degree thin sole) wedges and Ping Scottsdale Wolverine C (center-shafted) putter. He played a Titleist Pro V1 ball.

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Stanford continues Ping win streak

Angela Stanford won the HSBC Women’s Champions for Ping’s third victory Feb. 26 on a major golf tour.

Stanford’s bag (all Ping except ball): i20 driver (10.5 degree), G20 3-wood (15 degree), G15 7-wood (21.5 degree), G20 hybrid (23 degree), i20 irons (5-9), Tour-S wedges (47, 52, 56 degree and a 60-degree thin-sole model) and Scottsdale Anser2 putter. She used a Titleist Pro V1 ball.

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Short shots: Alvaro Quiros, who describes himself as a “feel” player, had his Callaway clubs regripped at the Match Play – twice. Quiros said they didn’t feel quite right the first time. . . . Charles Howell III experimented with three Odyssey putters at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, finally choosing a 35-inch Odyssey ProType 2-Ball. . . . The two PGA Tour winners, Mahan and Huh, wore FootJoy Icon golf shoes. . . . Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer switched to the TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour driver (8 degree) at the WGC-Match Play.

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