Toy Box Notes: Woods lands flop shot with Nike

Tiger Woods celebrates after chipping in for birdie on the par 3 16th hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 3, 2012 in Dublin, Ohio.

Tiger Woods celebrates after chipping in for birdie on the par 3 16th hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 3, 2012 in Dublin, Ohio.

That amazing flop shot by Tiger Woods on the 16th hole at the Memorial was holed with a 60-degree Nike VR Pro wedge.

Golf observers don’t talk about it much, but the players who are able to hit high, soft, miraculous lob shots in critical situations are often the ones with very high swing speeds (Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, for example).

Although wedge swings around the green tend to have a lazy or rhythmic look, fast swing speed is often a key ingredient in hitting a high shot without much roll.

Woods had his Nike Method 001 putter tweaked, making some minor top line and face angle adjustments to better fit his eye.

Otherwise, his all-Nike club lineup remained unchanged: VR Tour (8.5 degree, with a Graphite Design DI-6X shaft), VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood (15 degree), SQ II 5-wood (19 degree), VR Pro Blades (3-PW), VR Pro wedges (56 and 60 degree). He played a Nike One Tour D ball.

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Lewis relies mainly on Mizuno

With her victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, her second in three starts, Stacy Lewis laid claim to top American golfer among the world’s best women. The former Arkansas standout, who still cherishes her collegiate allegiance, relies mostly on Mizuno gear. Her bag: Mizuno JPX-800 driver (9 degree), MP-650 3-wood (15 degree), MP-650 hybrid (17 degree), JPX-800 Pro irons (4-PW) and MP T-11 wedges (52, 56 and 60 degree). She uses a TaylorMade Ghost TM-110 Tour putter.

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Callaway Razr Fit wins twice

The Callaway Razr Fit driver was used by winners Thongchai Jaidee on the PGA European Tour (9.5 degree) and James Hahn on the Nationwide Tour (8.5 degree).

Jaidee also used a new set of Razr X Muscle Back irons (4-PW).

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Putter switches lead to top finishes

Matt Every, who has become one of the PGA Tour’s most frequent putter switchers, played the Memorial with a new Odyssey ProType Series No. 7. He tied for sixth.

Meanwhile, J.B. Holmes changed to an Odyssey Metal-X No. 7 putter and tied for 13th.

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Short shots: Titleist Pro V1 models landed five victories last week. The Titleist Pro V1x was used by the LPGA’s Stacy Lewis, the Nationwide Tour’s James Hahn, Korean PGA’s Jin Ho Choi and South African Tour’s Jake Roos. Jay Haas won on the Champions Tour with the Pro V1. . . . TaylorMade staffer Dustin Johnson returned from injury. At Memorial, he used a new R11S driver (10.5 degree, with a Fujikura Motore 2.0 X shaft). . . . Meanwhile, Robert Garrigus used a new TaylorMade RBZ driver (8.5 degree) after extensive testing early in the week. . . . Mike Weir, still battling back after a career-threatening elbow injury, went to prototype UST graphite shafts in his irons. . . . On the footwear front, Woods continued to wear his TW ’13 shoes, which are inspired by Nike’s popular Free running shoes and hit retail on June 8. Lewis wore Women’s FootJoy Sport MyJoys with BOA lacing, and Haas (Sport) and Hahn (Icon) also wore FootJoy shoes.

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