Toy Box: Scott proves clutch with Cameron prototype
Adam Scott delivered two pressure-packed putts on Sunday – one that earned him a spot in a playoff, the other a Masters title – courtesy of a new Scotty Cameron putter.
“I’ve worked pretty hard with Scotty Cameron on a putter this year,” said Scott, referring to his 49-inch Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X prototype. “I had a kind of backyard garage prototype in my bag for a couple of tournaments, but now it looks more like a production model.”
The Futura is a high-MOI putter designed to be resistant to twisting. It includes eight-way adjustable weights. The geometric head is a mallet style with large metallic circles on the heel and toe.
Scott also used a Titleist 913D3 driver (9.5 degree); the Masters was the first time he had used the club in competition. His driver is 44.75 inches and equipped with a Graphite Design Tour AD Di8 X shaft.
The rest of Scott’s bag: Titleist 910Fd fairway wood (15 degree, with Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 shaft); Titleist 712U (2-iron) and 710 MB (3-9 irons, with KBS Tour X flex 130-gram shafts); Vokey Design SM4 (48 degree), Spin Milled (54 degree) and SM4 TVD (60 degree) wedges – all with KBS Tour 130-gram shafts. Scott played a Titleist Pro V1 ball.
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Ping rolls on with adjustable-length putters: It is clearly the age of adjustability in golf clubs, yet no other major equipment maker besides Ping has introduced adjustable-length putters. The length of Ping’s new Scottsdale TR line putters can be changed between 31 and 38 inches. TR stands for True Roll, and Ping is using variable-depth grooves to increase the rollout on putts that are hit off-center.
Twelve TR blade and mallet models are available. At the Masters, three Ping staff members used putters from the TR family: Angel Cabrera (Shea H model, 37 inches), Hunter Mahan (ZBS, 34.5 inches) and Lee Westwood (Anser 2B, 38 inches).
Westwood’s putter had a heavier head and was counterbalanced with additional weight in the grip area, similar to the setup used by Cabrera when he won the 2009 Masters.
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No plans to commercialize Phrankenwood: Mickelson generated a lot of buzz at Augusta National with his new Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood driver, which essentially is a driver disguised as a fairway wood. The volume of the clubhead is about 260cc, the size of a large 3-wood, but the loft is 8.5 degree, common for a driver.
“The ball comes off (the clubface) fast, as well as low spin. It’s running, which is exactly what I wanted here.” Mickelson said. “My tee shots on 10 are going another 15 to 20 yards, giving me a club or two less than I’ve had in years.”
Ordinary golfers, however, shouldn’t get their hopes up.
“We do not currently have plans to commercialize Phrankenwood. This was a specialized concept specifically developed for Phil,” said Luke Williams, Callaway’s global director of woods and irons.
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Teenager makes Masters history: Tianlang Guan, 14, the youngest player in Masters history, was the only amateur to play the weekend.
His gear: TaylorMade R1 driver, Callaway X Hot fairway woods (15 and 17 degree), Callaway X Hot hybrids (20 and 23 degree), Nike VR Pro Combo irons (5, 6) and Nike VR Pro Blade irons (7, 8, 9), Scratch wedges (48, 54 and 60 degree) and an Odyssey White Hot Pro No. 7 Belly putter. He played a Callaway Hex Black Tour ball.
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Masters numbers: Equipment leaders from the Masters
Balls: Titleist 52, TaylorMade 12, Callaway 9, Nike 8, Srixon 8, Bridgestone 4
Drivers: TaylorMade 35, Titleist 19, Callaway 10, Nike 8, Cleveland 7, Ping 7
Fairway woods: TaylorMade 43, Titleist 21, Callaway 20, Nike 14, Ping 10
Hybrids: TaylorMade 19, Titleist 15, Adams 14, Ping 9, Callaway 8, Cleveland 7, Royal Collection 4
Irons: Titleist 19, TaylorMade 16, Callaway 11, Nike 10, Ping 10, Cleveland 7
Wedges (sand, lob and approach): Titleist 83, Cleveland 25, TaylorMade 22, Callaway 22, Nike 20, Ping 17, Bridgestone 8
Putters: Odyssey 32, Titleist 20, TaylorMade 13, Ping 10, Nike 8
Shoes: FootJoy 48, Adidas 16, Nike 11, Ecco 6, Puma 4, Callaway 3
Gloves: FootJoy 28, Titleist 19, TaylorMade 13, Nike 9, Callaway 8, Srixon 8
– Golfweek research
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Short shots: Phil Mickelson’s new golf ball, formerly called a Callaway Prototype, now has a name: Hex Chrome ++ . . . . Former Masters and Open Championship winner Sandy Lyle drew stares as he wielded a Black Swan putter, which features one of the largest putter heads in golf. The huge rectangular black head – large enough to hit three balls simultaneously – is the creation of David Kargetta, a longtime automotive engineer. . . . The Titleist Pro V1x ball was used by winners Alex Aragon (Web.com Tour) and Wen-Tang Lin (Asian Tour). . . . Aldila won the overall manufacturer wood shaft count and the manufacturer hybrid shaft count at the Masters. . . . Fujikura was No. 1 in the driver shaft brand count at the Masters.