Toy Box: Streelman relies on popular wedge configuration

Kevin Streelman blasts out of a bunker during his 2013 Tampa Bay Championship win.
Kevin Streelman blasts out of a bunker during his 2013 Tampa Bay Championship win. ( Associated Press )

Monday, May 6, 2013

Kevin Streelman used a 54-60 wedge configuration to win the Tampa Bay Championship, the 54 being a Wilson FG Tour TC with a True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 steel shaft and the 60 a Cleveland 588 PF Rotex with the same shaft.

Streelman’s third wedge was a 48-degree Wilson FG Tour TC with a Project X 6.5 shaft.

Streelman’s irons were all Wilson: a Ci11 3-iron and a FG Tour V2 set (4-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts.

Oban graphite shafts are hot on the PGA Tour, and Streelman played an Oban Kiyoshi shaft in his Ping G20 driver (9.5 degree) and an Oban Devotion shaft in his Ping G25 3-wood (15 degree).

The rest of Streelman’s bag: TaylorMade Rescue TP hybrid (17.5 degree, with an Aldila NV 105X shaft) and a Titleist Scotty Cameron GoLo putter. He played a Titleist Pro V1x (2013) ball.

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Lewis carries mostly Mizuno to top: Stacy Lewis captured the World’s No. 1 spot with back-to-back LPGA victories. Lewis’ bag: TaylorMade R1 driver (adjustable loft, with Graphite Design Tour AD shaft); Mizuno MP-650 3-wood (15 degree); Mizuno JPX-825 hybrid (19 degree); Mizuno JPX-825 Pro irons (4-PW, with Fujikura Orochi graphite shafts); Mizuno MP-T11 wedges (52, 56 and 60 degree) and a TaylorMade Raylor Ghost DA-12 putter. She played a Titleist Pro V1x ball.

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Leonard rolls with new putter shaft: Justin Leonard used a putter shaft that is not available to consumers. Leonard, who played 14 TaylorMade clubs and a TaylorMade Lethal ball, challenged for the Tampa Bay title with a Ghost Tour MA-81 putter and black Tour-only steel putter shaft.

Golfweek has received several inquiries about this shaft. TaylorMade said the shaft is unavailable at this time.

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4 victories for Titleist golf ball: Like Streelman, Lewis used a Titleist Pro V1x to win the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Thomas Aiken won the European Tour’s Avantha Masters with a Titleist Pro V1x, and David Frost won the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic with a Titleist Pro V1 ball.

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Weekley carries new Aldila shafts: Runner-up Boo Weekley played Aldila’s new graphite RIP iron shafts in his Cleveland 588 PF muscleback irons (4-9). In his four wedges, he used Dynamic Gold S400 steel shafts. The RIP iron shafts will be available to consumers in July or August.

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Bright colors dot desert landscape: The flashiest golf ball at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup came from Volvik, which used the tournament to announce its goal of proving that colored golf balls can offer high performance.

Volvik colored balls were used by 10 players. Jee Young Lee, who held the 36-hole lead, finished in the top five with an orange Volvik. That feat was duplicated by Lindsey Wright, also known as Ms. Orange. Meanwhile, Pornanong Phatlum used a pink Volvik. The balls are sold in the United States in four colors: yellow, green, orange and pink.

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A sticky job for Callaway reps: Trevor Immelman put a new 44.5-inch Callaway X Hot Pro driver (10.5 degree) in play, and its description made it sound like a high school science project. It had, according to Callaway reps, 6 grams of glue in a neutral/heel position along with several strips of lead tape.

Tommy Gainey’s X Hot driver (10.5 degree) also received some attention from tour reps, who changed the glue location from the heel to a more central/neutral position. This helped reduce the amount of draw.

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Grip offers stability in Daddy Long Legs putter: TaylorMade, looking ahead to the April 15 launch of the mid-length, high-MOI, counterbalanced Daddy Long Legs putter, is experimenting with the same weight concept (a 15-inch, 130-gram grip intended to add stability to the stroke) in the Ghost Spider S and other putters.

Y.E. Yang used the counterbalanced Ghost Spider S at Tampa Bay.

New TaylorMade clubs in play: Stewart Cink, RBZ Stage 2 Rescue (21.5 degree); Martin Laird, R1 driver; Sean O’Hair, RBZ Stage 2 Tour 3-wood (14.5 degree) and 5-wood (18.5 degree); J.J. Henry and Scott Gardiner, RocketBladez Tour irons.

In his Champions Tour victory, David Frost used a TaylorMade R1 driver (set at 9.5 degree, with a Matrix Ozik HD6 shaft).

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Short shots: TaylorMade captured official driver, fairway wood and iron counts at the Tampa Bay Championship, while Titleist won the golf ball and wedge categories. . . . At Tampa Bay, Aldila took the top spot in the wood shaft manufacturer count and the hybrid shaft manufacturer count. . . . Carl Pettersson played a new Nike VR_S Covert hybrid (23 degree) at Tampa Bay. The previous week, Pettersson added a VR_S Covert 3-wood (15 degree) to his bag. . . . Gary Woodland switched Odyssey putters, from an original 2-Ball to a Versa No. 7 with a black-white-black color scheme. It was something of a triple play when Streelman (PGA Tour), Aiken (PGA European Tour) and Frost (Champions Tour) all won with FootJoy FJ Icon golf shoes. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.