Toy Box Notes: Dufner relies on Titleist
Dufner relies on Titleist: Jason Dufner’s putter was on fire in the HP Byron Nelson Championship, but his clinching 72nd-hole birdie was set up with another club – his Titleist 910D2 driver, which he skillfully maneuvered between a fairway bunker and a water hazard, leaving himself a wedge shot to the final green.
Flying under the PGA Tour’s distance radar, Dufner clearly fits into the “sneaky long” category. At the Nelson, he finished ninth in driving average at 316.6 yards.
Dufner’s bag (all Titleist): 910D2 driver (9.5 degree, with Mitsubishi Diamana ’ahina 60x shaft), 910F 3-wood (13.5 degree, with Mitsubishi Diamana ’ilima 80x shaft), 906F2 5-wood (18 degree, with Grafalloy Prolite shaft), 910H hybrid (19 degree, with Project X hybrid shaft), AP2 712 irons (4-PW), Vokey Design SM4 wedges (54 and 60 degree), Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 2 prototype putter. He played a Titleist Pro V1 ball. He wore FootJoy XPS-1 shoes
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Makeshift bag for Snedeker: So what if Brandt Snedeker’s clubs were lost by an air carrier and didn’t show up for the start of his first-round match at the Volvo World Match Play Championship?
All Snedeker did was gather a collection of 10 mix-and-match clubs and build a quick 3-up lead over Thomas Bjorn.
Snedeker, a Bridgestone staff player, received J40 Cavity Back irons and wedges from the company’s international distributor. He borrowed a TaylorMade R11S driver (9 degree) from fellow player John Senden and bought a TaylorMade Corza Ghost putter from the pro shop.
Senden’s driver provided an easy adjustment for Snedeker, whose normal driver is a TaylorMade RBZ Tour (9 degree). After his own clubs were delivered during the match, Snedeker was able to add four clubs under the Rules of Golf to reach the limit of 14. He chose a fairway wood, hybrid, lob wedge and putter. This gave him two putters; he continued to use the new one, made six birdies, and dispatched Bjorn, 5 and 4.
According to Bridgestone PGA Tour rep Todd Corum, the replacement irons and wedges were three-quarters of an inch shorter than Snedeker’s gamers. The shafts were steel; Snedeker normally uses Aerotech SteelFiber graphite shafts.
Using his own clubs, Snedeker advanced to the quarterfinals before losing, 4 and 3, to eventual winner Nicolas Colsaerts.
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Colsaerts wins with mixed bag: Nicolas Colsaerts won the Volvo World Match Play Championship with a combination of Callaway and Titleist gear.
His bag: Callaway Razr Hawk driver (9.5 degree, Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.1 X flex shaft), Titleist 910Fd 3-wood (15 degree, Fujikura Rombax 8X07 X flex shaft), Callaway Prototype irons (2-PW), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges (54 and 60 degree, bent to 53 and 59 degree), Odyssey Black Series i No. 1 putter. He played a Titleist Pro V1x ball.
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Munoz carries Ping: Azahara Munoz won her first LPGA event at the Sybase Match Play Championship using all Ping clubs. Her bag included: G20 driver (8.5 degree), i20 3-wood (15 degree), i20 5-wood (17 degree), i20 hybrid (20 degree), i20 irons (4-PW), Anser Forged wedges (52 and 58 degree), Karsten Series My Day putter. She used a Titleist Pro V1 ball. She wore FootJoy FJ Sport BOA shoes.
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Mickelson’s rotating irons: There is no keeping up with Phil Mickelson’s and his irons. At the Nelson, Mickelson added three new Razr X Muscle Back irons: 5, 6 and 8. The week before at The Players Championship, he used a new Razr X Muscle Back 9-iron. Meanwhile, the Muscle Back 7-iron and pitching wedge are holdovers from an earlier set.
Mickelson, Ernie Els and J.J. Henry all used a prototype Callaway X Utility 4-iron at the Nelson. The club was developed as a U.S. Open club, but these Callaway staff members used it immediately.
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Short shots: Although Titleist Pro V1x usage has slightly outpaced Pro V1 usage on the professional tours, Dufner won with the Pro V1. Also using the Pro V1 were winner Azahara Munoz and runner-up Candie Kung at the LPGA’s Sybase Match Play Championship. . . . Long-hitting Hank Kuehne added a 64-degree TaylorMade ATV wedge at the Nelson, removing a 5-wood from his bag to make room for the new wedge. Kuehne reported he was hitting the 64-degree wedge 90 yards. His wedges for the week: 48, 52, 60 and 64 degrees. . . . Jason Day, whose first PGA Tour victory came at the 2010 Nelson, experimented with two new TaylorMade drivers early in the week – an RBZ (9.5 degree) and an RBZ Tour (9 degree), both with Matrix Ozik TP7HD shafts. Ultimately, he decided to use the deeper-faced RBZ Tour in the tournament. . . . J.J. Henry, who led the Nelson until being derailed by a double bogey on the 71st hole, used an unusual assortment of irons. His 3-iron was a Callaway X Tour, his 4-iron was the X Utility prototype, and his irons were Callaway Razr X Forged (5-PW).