Toy Box Notes: Fowler carries mixed bag to victory
Rickie Fowler earned his long-awaited first PGA Tour victory at the Wells Fargo Championship and accomplished the feat with a mixed bag of clubs. His arsenal: Cobra AMP driver (8.3 degree, actual loft), Ping i20 3-wood (15 degree), Adams Idea Black 9031 hybrid (20 degree), Cobra AMP Pro prototype irons (4-9), Vokey Design wedges (48, 50, 55 and 59 degree) and a Titleist Scotty Cameron Select GoLo putter.
Fowler’s golf ball was a Titleist Pro V1x. A Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 73X shaft was Fowler’s choice in his driver. The 45.5-inch club was tipped 1½ inches.
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Putter physics attract Tour players: Welcome to the age of physics in putter design. Two putters designed by successful engineers from other scientific fields have attracted attention this year on Tour.
The first was a huge black-headed putter used by Matt Every. Designed by David Kargetta, who has spent his career designing cars as well as nuclear components, the putter is available in two versions – Black Hawk and Black Swan. Kargetta, under the banner of Orion Golf, says his putters roll a golf ball just as far on offcenter hits as they do on center hits.
The second putter was seen at the Wells Fargo Championship and used by Aaron Baddeley. It’s from Yar Golf and is sold in two models – Yar GX1 and Yar GX1-WB (Wide Body). The putters were designed by aerospace engineer Essay Anne Vanderbilt, who maintains that the face-balanced concept seen in many putters is all wrong. Yar putters, if balanced on someone’s finger, will point almost toe up.
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LPGA winner carries Callaway: Winner Pornanong Phatlum at the HSBC LPGA Brazil Cup was all Callaway. Her bag: Razr Hawk Tour driver (8.5 degree), Big Bertha Diablo fairway woods (15 and 18 degree), Razr X hybrids (21 and 24 degree), Legacy irons (5-9), X-Forged wedges (48, 54, 58 degree), Odyssey White Ice 330 Mallet putter. She used a Callaway Tour i(z) golf ball.
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Funk finds victory with TaylorMade: Fred Funk used mostly TaylorMade products en route to victory at the Champions Tour’s Insperity Championship.
His bag included: R11S driver (9 degree), RBZ Tour 3-wood (14.5 degree), Rescue hybrid (16 degree), Rescue 11 hybrid (19 degree), Rescue Burner hybrid (19 degree), Tour Preferred MC irons (5-PW), TP xFT wedge (54 degree), ATV wedge (58 degree), Yes Golf! C-Groove Sandy-12 putter. He used the three-piece Penta TP 3 golf ball.
Two 19-degree hybrids? Yes. The Rescue 11 is stronger because the FCT (Face Control Technology) is set on low. Furthermore, the Rescue 11 has a longer shaft, producing more distance.
Funk used an Oban Kiyoshi purple shaft in his driver.
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Short shots: Mike Weir, looking for a higher shot off the deck with his 3-wood (RBZ, 14.5 degree), asked TaylorMade tour van technicians for help. Here’s what they did: bent the club slightly open (to an effective loft of 15.5 degree). This created more spin for a higher trajectory with softer landing. Weir put the club in play, but missed the cut. . . . Titleist was the runaway winner in the sand, lob and approach wedge category (with 132) at the Wells Fargo Championship. Titleist also dominated golf balls (106) and putters (63). TaylorMade was first in driver (63), fairway woods (82) and irons (39). . . . One reason for the new ATV wedges from TaylorMade is to boost the company’s wedge count on the PGA Tour. At the Wells Fargo, TaylorMade made new ATV wedges for Jason Day, Billy Mayfair, Matthew Goggin, Troy Matteson, Pat Perez and Hank Kuehne. Justin Rose was the first PGA Tour player to switch to the ATV. . . . In the final round, Rickie Fowler wore his signature orange apparel from Puma, including a Golf Duo Swing Mesh Polo, five-pocket Tech Pants, Super Cell Fusion Ice shoes and Monoline 210 cap. . . . J.B. Holmes (Callaway FT Tour driver, HEX Black ball) averaged 330.8 yards off the tee at the Wells Fargo, but did not finish No. 1 in the distance category. Rory McIlroy (Titleist 910D2 driver, Pro V1x ball) averaged 300.9 yards. . . . Ryan Moore put new Adams Golf clubs in his bag at Wells Fargo: Adams Speedline Fast 12 LS driver (7.5 degree), Adams Speedline Fast 12 3-wood (13.5 degree), Adams Idea Super XTD hybrid (17 degree). . . . Concerned with the tight lies at Quail Hollow, Trevor Immelman bent his 64-degree Callaway X-Series Jaws wedge to 60 degrees; this reduced the bounce angle from 12 degree down to 8 degree.