Toy Box: Garcia uses new Ghost Tour putter
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Garcia uses new Ghost Tour putter
At the Deutsche Bank Championship, Sergio Garcia used for the first time the Ghost Tour Maranello 81, a heel-shafted mallet. Garcia has used this putter shape before, but the Ghost Tour Maranello 81 has an updated alignment feature: dominant black parallel lines on the trailing edge of the putter. Furthermore, the putter has TaylorMade’s new combo surlyn/aluminum Pure Roll insert. The new model became available at retail shops Sept. 1. The rest of Garcia’s bag: SLDR prototype driver (9.5 degree), RBZ Stage 2 3-wood (15 degree), RBZ Stage 2 5-wood (19 degree), RocketBladez Tour irons (3-PW) and ATV wedges (50 and 58 degree). He played a Lethal golf ball.
Speaking of TaylorMade putters: Jason Day carried a new Ghost Tour Monte Carlo 12 at the Deutsche Bank.
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On the Champions Tour, Rocco Mediate – who plays without an endorsement contract for golf clubs – won the Shaw Charity Classic with a mix-and-match bag configuration. His gear: TaylorMade RBZ Tour driver (8 degree), RBZ Tour 3-wood (14.5 degree), RBZ Tour hybrid (18.5 degree), Ping i20 irons (3-PW), Titleist Vokey wedges (52 and 56 degree) and a Titleist Scotty Cameron prototype putter. He used a Titleist Pro V1x ball.
Meanwhile, Callaway staff player Gary Woodland is known to be quite particular when it comes to his equipment. He uses a Razr Hawk prototype driver (8.5 degree) that is at least three generations removed from Callaway’s latest drivers. He is among a few Tour players without a 3-wood, relying instead on a Razr Fit Xtreme 4-wood (16.5 degree). He also is one of only a handful of Tour players to use a 2-iron (X-Tour, 18 degree). And his iron shafts are Project X 7.0 – few golfers are strong enough to swing this model.
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Pettersen wins with Nike gear
During an 11-hole stretch of the final round of the Safeway Classic, Suzann Pettersen made eight birdies using a Nike Method Core 3i putter. The Nike staff player’s complete bag: VR_S Covert driver (9.5 degree), VR_S Covert 3-wood (15 degree), VR_S hybrid (18 degree), VR Pro Cavity irons (4-5), VR Pro Combo irons (6-PW) and VR Pro wedges (48, 52 and 59 degree). She used a Nike 20XI X golf ball.
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At the Deutsche Bank, Aldila captured the manufacturer counts for all wood shafts, driver shafts and hybrid shafts. . . . Mike Small, the men’s coach at Illinois, won his 10th Illinois PGA Championship title. A Wilson endorser, Small used the company’s FG Tour prototype irons (3-9) and FG Tour TC wedges (48 and 52 degree). . . . Top-Flite has become the official ball of the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship. A special ball with the LDA (Long Drivers of America) logo will be used. Art Sellinger, LDA founder and chief executive, says the ball conforms to U.S. Golf Association standards.