Toy Box: Wagner wins with mixed bag
Sony winner Wagner relies on mixed set
Here’s something we don’t often see on the PGA Tour: A winner with a truly mixed bag of clubs.
Johnson Wagner, winner of the Sony Open in Hawaii Jan. 15, used metalwoods from one company, a hybrid from another, irons and wedges from a third.
Wagner recently signed with TaylorMade. For 2012, he also has a ball-shoe-glove contract with Titleist/FootJoy.
Wagner’s bag included a TaylorMade R11S driver (8 degree with Aldila RIP NV 65 shaft) and Burner SuperFast 2.0 3-wood (13.5 degree with Aldila NV 75 shaft), Titleist 712 CB irons (3-9 with Nippon N.S. PRO Modus3 Tour 120 steel shafts) and Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges (48, 54 and 60 degree with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts).
In Hawaii, he also carried an Adams Idea Pro a12 Proto hybrid (18 degree with Graphite Design Tour AD UT 85 shaft) and a Scotty Cameron Mid Slant prototype putter.
Wagner’s victory was the first for TaylorMade’s new R11S driver. Both 2011’s R11 and 2012’s R11S have adjustable white heads, although the R11S is 460cc, up 20cc from last year’s model.
Wagner played a Titleist Pro V1x ball. This ball is now 2-for-2 on the 2012 PGA Tour with Steve Stricker using the same ball to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
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Every’s putter garners attention
How much buzz will surround Matt Every’s large-headed BlackHawk putter at next week’s PGA Merchandise Show and how soon will consumers be able to get their hands on the putter?
The BlackHawk was the talk of the Sony Open, where Every held the lead before tying for sixth.
The high-MOI putter is balanced to stand by itself (great for practicing alignment). It was created by engineer David Kargetta, a highly regarded automotive engineer and a skilled golfer (he has attempted local qualifying for the U.S. Open).
Kargetta has promised that details about the putter will be forthcoming. Testing and validation have so far been confined to touring pros and a select group of amateurs.
Two models have been developed, with prices at approximately $250 to $300 range.
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Grace carries Callaway to victory
Branden Grace, the 23-year-old winner of the European Tour’s Joburg Open Jan. 15, used 14 Callaway clubs and a Callaway ball.
Grace’s bag included FT Tour driver (8.5 degree), Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood (13 degree), Diablo Edge Tour hybrid (18 degree), X Forged irons (3-PW), X-Series Jaws wedges (52 and 60 degree), Odyssey Black Series Tour Design No. 1 putter and a Tour i(s) ball.
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Justin Leonard is playing the new RocketBallz 3-wood (15 degree) from TaylorMade. . . . . Rory Sabbatini used one of TaylorMade’s new ATV wedges (56 degree) after having it reshafted with a KBS steel shaft.