Toy Box notes: McIlroy wins with Titleist
Rory McIlroy won his second big title in a month, with his one-shot victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Last month, McIlroy won the PGA Championship with the new Titleist 913D3 driver. At Boston, he won carrying the new 913 fairway woods.
McIlroy’s bag included: 913D3 driver (8.5 degree), 913Fd 3-wood (13.5 degree), 913Fd 5-wood (18 degree), 712 MB irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 wedges (46, 54 and 60 degree) and a Scotty Cameron GSS putter. He played a Pro V1x ball.
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Oosthuizen goes low with blade: Golfers who switch putters often get a bad rap. Observers might say they are searching for a magic bullet.
Sometimes, though, it takes a new putter to generate enthusiasm. On the eve of the Deutsche Bank, Louis Oosthuizen changed putters from a Ping Scottsdale ZB-S to a Ping Scottsdale Anser 2.
In the third round, Oosthuizen converted seven birdie putts on the front nine for a 7-under 29. He finished the event with 110 putts (ranked T-7).
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Woods, Furyk tweak wedges: Tiger Woods went for fresh grooves with a new 56-degree Nike VR Pro wedge at the Deutsche Bank Championship. At the PGA Championship in August, he replaced his VR Pro 60-degree wedge with a new one.
Meanwhile, Jim Furyk was testing seven Callaway wedges before the Deutsche Bank. Each had a different grind. The winning grind in the Furyk Sweepstakes was dubbed the “Cork Screw” by Callaway technicians. It has 14 degrees of bounce in the heel, 10 degrees in the center of the sole and 8 degrees in the toe. However, he did not use this grind in the tournament.
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New Callaway irons coming to retail: Official confirmation has come from the recent Callaway Golf national sales meeting: The X Utility Prototype irons will be available Dec. 1 to consumers.
Ernie Els won the Open Championship using three of the X Utilities (18, 21 and 24 degrees).
The X Utilities, featuring a hollow construction, have been available at this point only to touring professionals. Callaway will sell them to the public with steel and graphite shafts. No word on price.
Furthermore, Roger Cleveland, who created the X Utilities, has said that a 27-degree model also will be available in early 2013.
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Els increases swingweight: Ernie Els played in the Deutsche Bank Championship with lead tape on the back of all his irons (Callaway Razr X Muscleback 5-PW, X Utilities 2-4) except the 8- and 9-iron. The reason: Els had Callaway clubmakers put larger grips on his irons, but the larger grips weighed more and thus reduced the swingweight. So, to increase clubhead feel and bring up the swingweight, the lead tape was installed.
So what is the swingweight? “I’m like a D6,” Els said.
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Ramsay relies on mostly TaylorMade: Richie Ramsay, who scored a four-shot victory in the Omega European Masters, used mostly TaylorMade gear.
His bag: R11S driver (9 degree), RBZ Tour 3-wood (14.5 degree), RBZ Tour Rescue hybrids (16.5 and 21.5 degree), Tour Preferred MC irons (4-PW). He played a TaylorMade Penta TP5 ball.
His non-TaylorMade clubs: Cleveland 588 wedges (55 and 60 degree) and a Titleist Scotty Cameron SS Kombi belly putter.
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Streb breaks through with Titleist: Robert Streb, who won the Mylan Classic on the Web.com Tour, played all Titleist gear. His bag: 913D3 driver (8.5 degree), 913F 3-wood (13.5 degree), CB irons (2-iron, 4-PW), Vokey Design SM4 wedges (52, 56 and 60 degree), Scotty Cameron Laguna 2.5 putter. He played a Pro V1 ball.
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Short shots: Robert Garrigus once used the shortest putter on Tour (28.5 inches). Later he switched to a long putter (46 inches). At Boston, he compromised, using a new 32.5-inch Odyssey 2-Ball V-Line putter. . . . How precise are Tour measurements? Callaway reports that J.B. Holmes used a new Razr Fit 3-wood (15 degree). However, it was bent to 13.9 degrees. . . . Rory McIlroy, winner of the Deutsche Bank Championship, was wearing FJ Sport golf shoes from FootJoy. Robert Streb, who captured the Web.com Tour’s Mylan Classic, wore FootJoy FJ Icon golf shoes. . . . Carl Pettersson is still trying to replace his broken Nike VR Pro driver (10.5 degree). He went with a 10.5-degree VR Pro backup at Boston, but not before seriously testing an 11.5-degree Nike VRS driver. . . .Clubmakers at the TaylorMade tour van report that several players received new clubs and immediately put them into play at TPC Boston: Dustin Johnson used a new R11S 3-wood (15.5 degree); D.A. Points played a new Rescue 11 hybrid (18 degree), and Spencer Levin and Greg Owen played with new 9-degree R11S drivers.