Toy Box: U.S. Open champ Park rolls with Odyssey
Equaling Babe, Park goes 3-for-3
At the U.S. Open, Inbee Park finished third in total putts on Sebonack’s wild greens en route to her third major title this year.
Her weapon of choice: an Odyssey White Ice Sabertooth.
The rest of her bag: Srixon XXIO 7 driver (10.5 degree), TaylorMade RBZ Tour 3-wood (14.5 degree), TaylorMade RBZ Tour 5-wood (18 degree), TaylorMade RBZ Tour hybrid (21.5 degree), Srixon XXIO Forged irons (5-PW), Cleveland TA 588 TZG wedges (47, 51 and 57 degree). She played a Srixon Z-Star with SpinSkin golf ball.
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Haas trusts Titleist, takes title at Congressional
Titleist staff member Bill Haas captured his first win since the 2012 Northern Trust Open with a final-round 66 at the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club. He used the following: 913D2 driver (8.5 degree, with an Aldila Tour Blue 75 TX graphite shaft), 913 F.d 3-wood (15 degree, with a Fujikura Fuel 85X shaft), 913H hybrid (17 degree, with a UST Mamiya VTS 100X shaft), 712 CB irons (3-PW, with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts), Vokey Design Spin Milled (54 degree) and SM4 (60 degree) wedges with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts and Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Midslant putter. He played a Pro V1x golf ball.
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Paul Casey called an audible just before the Irish Open, switching from a Nike Method 001 putter to a Method 006. It was a good play, considering Casey won the tournament. Meanwhile, Lucas Glover changed from a conventional grip to a counterbalanced grip in his TaylorMade Spider Blade putter. His explanation: He had been watching Justin Rose, who used the counterbalanced Spider Blade to win the U.S. Open.
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Couples puts SteelFiber irons shafts in play
Fred Couples notched a familiar second-place finish at the Senior Players. Couples always attracts attention, but the spotlight was even brighter last week because he used a new set of iron shafts.
On Monday, Aerotech SteelFiber iron shafts (a combination of graphite and steel mesh) were air-shipped to Couples. Three days later, they were in his bag. For the tournament, he hit an impressive 90.28 percent of the greens.
There is a Bridgestone connection here as well. On the PGA Tour, Bridgestone staff members Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker use AeroTeach SteelFiber shafts (i95 X). Couples, also a Bridgestone staffer, elected to play heavier shafts (i110 X).
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SHORT SHOTS: Park at the U.S. Women’s Open and Casey at the Irish Open used steel iron shafts from Nippon. Park played N.S. Pro 950GH shafts, while Casey had N.S. Pro Prototype Ora shafts. . . . Eight players at the AT&T used Titleist’s new 714 irons, which will not be available at retail until November: Ben Curtis (AP1), Jason Bohn (AP2), Brendon de Jonge (AP2), Jordan Spieth (AP2), Greg Chalmers (CB), Tom Gillis (CB), Ben Kohles (CB), Jimmy Walker (MB)…. Chris Kirk was swinging a new Callaway driver at the AT&T. It was a Razr Fit Xtreme (9.5 degree), replacing the Razr Hawk Prototype driver he has been using all year. The new driver had 13 grams of adjustable weight in the toe and 2 grams in the heel. Amateurs should note that the standard weight configuration is almost the opposite – 13 in the heel, 1 in the toe.