Toy Box: Kuchar mixes it up for Memorial

Matt Kuchar after winning the 2013 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Kuchar wields array of clubs

Matt Kuchar’s winning bag at the Memorial was full of surprises. Following his victory earlier in the year at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Kuchar has changed three clubs: 3-wood, hybrid and putter.

He went from a Ping Anser 3-wood (14.5 degree) to a Ping G25 3-wood (15 degree, with Aldila Tour Series X shaft). He switched from a Fourteen 4-utility iron to a Ping Anser hybrid (23 degree, bent to 22, with Aldila Hybrid Tour Series X shaft). He is now putting with a Matt Kuchar Signature Series Model 1 putter from designer Bob Bettinardi.

The rest of his arsenal: Bridgestone J40 430 driver (9.5 degree, with Accra M4+ 55 shaft), Ping Anser hybrid (20 degree, bent to 19, with Graphite Design Tour AD Di 85 X hybrid shaft), Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back irons (5-PW, with Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight S shafts), Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide wedges (52, 56 degree bent to 57), Titleist Vokey Design SM4 wedge (62 degree, bent to 63). All wedges have True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts. He played a Bridgestone Tour B330-S golf ball.

Worth noting: Because of his arm-locking putting stroke – Kuchar delofts the putter with a forward press – his Bettinardi putter has 7 degrees of loft. Standard loft for most putters is in the 2- to 3.5-degree range.

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Graphite iron shafts win again

Consecutive PGA Tour victories by Boo Weekley and Kuchar might be the first time in the history of the Tour that back-to-back winners have used graphite iron shafts.

Golfers should be meticulous in determining the shaft weight that best fits their swing. Aldila’s RIP prototype iron shaft, played by Weekley, weighs about 27 grams more than Kuchar’s Aerotech SteelFiber shafts – approximately 122 grams to 95 grams.

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SHORT SHOTS: It was a double-win week for Bridgestone golf balls, as Karrie Webb joined Kuchar in the winner’s circle. Webb played a B330-RX in her ShopRite LPGA Classic victory. . . . Paul Lawrie is playing Wilson’s new FG Tour M3 prototype hybrid (19 degree). . . . Less than a month after Justin Rose started using a custom counterbalanced TaylorMade Spider Blade putter, he switched to a longer version of the same putter at the Memorial. Rose went from 34 inches to 37 inches, saying he liked the feeling of standing taller. He also talked about releasing the putter more consistently. Like Rose’s first custom Spider Blade, the 37-inch version has a short slant hosel and a tour-only black steel shaft. The putter’s Winn grip weighs 130 grams. . . . Kevin Chappell, runner-up at the Memorial, had two Nike VR_S Covert fairway woods in his bag: a 3-wood (15 degree) and 5-wood (19 degree). Tiger Woods often uses this same 15/19 VR_S Covert setup. . . . Movement in the Odyssey putter camp: Chris Kirk into an Odyssey Versa No. 1 (black-white-black color scheme), and Nicolas Colsaerts into an Odyssey White Hot Pro 2-Ball Blade. . . . Ken Duke switched to TaylorMade’s RBZ Stage 2 driver at the Memorial, and Roberto Castro added a TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 5-wood.

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