Toy Box: Lee sticks with what works
Defending USGA Senior Amateur champion Louis Lee of Heber Springs, Ark., is as polite as can be. He also doesn’t tinker with a winning lineup.
Asked if he had any new clubs in his bag, Lee, who qualified for match play with rounds of 71-69 in this year’s Senior Amateur, replied: “No, sir. I haven’t changed a thing since last year.” Some of his gear is even more dated: His TaylorMade r7 driver is three generations removed from the company’s newest R11 model, but he said he’s not ready to switch.
Lee uses a mix of equipment from five companies. In addition to his driver, Lee’s bag includes: Nike T40 3-wood (14 degree), TaylorMade Rescue hybrid (17 degree), Callaway X-Forged irons (3-PW), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled sand wedge (54 degree), Callaway Forged sand wedge (56 degree) and an Odyssey White Hot No. 7 long putter. He uses a Titleist Pro V1 ball.
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Henley wins with Nike: Russell Henley won his second Web.com Tour event at the Chiquita Classic in North Carolina.
Henley relied on a full set of Nike clubs: VR_S driver (9.5 degree), SQ II 3-wood (13 degree), VR Pro hybrid (18 degree), VR Pro Cavity irons (3, 5-6), VR Pro Combo irons (7-9), VR Pro wedges (47, 51, 55 and 59 degree) and a Method 006 prototype putter. He played a 20XI X ball.
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10 putt with Odyssey at Medinah
In the Ryder Cup, patriotic team bags tend to attract more attention than the clubs that are in them.
But the number of Odyssey putters in the event was hard to overlook. A total of 10 players – five on each team – used Odyssey putters. The breakdown of Odyssey users:
Americans: Keegan Bradley (White Hot XG Sabertooth Long), Jim Furyk (White Hot XG No. 7), Phil Mickelson (ProType iX 18), Brandt Snedeker (White Hot XG Rossie), Steve Stricker (White Hot No. 2).
Europeans: Nicolas Colsaerts (Black Series i No. 1), Luke Donald (White Hot XG No. 7 Heavy), Paul Lawrie (White Hot 2-Ball Blade), Graeme McDowell (White Hot No. 7) and Ian Poulter (White Hot XG No. 7).
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Players attracted to Aldila RIP
Aldila’s RIP shaft, available in several versions, has an enviable record of maintaining its popularity among touring pros. At the Ryder Cup, for example, Dustin Johnson used a RIP Alpha 70 in his TaylorMade R11S driver (10.5 degree) and RIP Alpha 90 shafts in his R11S 3-wood (15.5 degree) and R11S 5-wood (19 degree).
Meanwhile, other tour players carry Aldila’s Beta version. Robert Garrigus uses a RIP Beta 90 in his TaylorMade R11S 7-wood (22 degree).Luke Guthrie, the No. 1 money winner of the Web.com tour, plays a RIP Beta 80 in his Ping i20 3-wood (14 degree).
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Senior Amateur carries custom-made Bettinardi
Former U.S. Amateur and U.S. Senior Amateur champion Vinny Giles arrived at this year’s Senior Amateur with a custom long putter (anchored against his chest) made for him by designer Bob Bettinardi.
“I’ve got a bunch of ’em (long putters),” Giles said. “They’re interchangeable. Every once in a while, when one of them misbehaves, I send him to the penalty box.”
Giles (74-79) missed qualifying for match play.