Toy Box: 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.
At the Deutsche Bank Championship, Sergio Garcia used for the first time the Ghost Tour Maranello 81, a heel-shafted mallet. ( Getty Images )

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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Do-it-your-own-way department

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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Short shots:

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.