Toy Box: Spieth’s all-around game pays off
Jordan Spieth’s all-around game pays off
At the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, Jordan Spieth ranked in the top 20 in driving distance, accuracy and strokes gained-putting. He also was T-34 in greens in regulation, underscoring an all-around game that has no apparent weakness. That goes a long way in explaining Spieth’s victory and stellar play this season. His bag: Titleist 910D2 driver (8.5 degree, with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 63X shaft), TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 3-wood (14.5 degree, with Mitsubishi Diamana White Board), Titleist 913 H.d hybrid (18 degree, with Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 95X), Titleist 714 AP2 irons (4-9, with Project X 6.0), Titleist Vokey Design SM4 wedges (46, 52, 56 and 60 degree, with Project X 6.0) and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist 009 prototype putter. He played a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.
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Kenny Perry’s 8 degrees of separation
Kenny Perry, winner of the U.S. Senior Open, has an unusual three-wedge setup, using 8-degree increments among his 48-degree pitching wedge, 56-degree sand wedge and 64-degree lob wedge. How far does he hit his 64-degree wedge? On the ninth hole of the final round, he was 85 yards from the flagstick and hit a full lob wedge shot to 6 feet. His bag included: Adams Speedline Super LS driver (10.5 degree), Adams Super LS 3-wood, TaylorMade RBZ Tour 5-wood (18 degree), Adams Super 9031 hybrid (20 degree), Adams Redline irons (4-PW), TaylorMade ATV wedges (56 and 64 degree) and TaylorMade Ghost Spider Vicino 02 prototype putter.
He played a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.
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SHORT SHOTS: TaylorMade’s new prototype SLDR driver, designed with a sliding weight to change fade bias or draw bias, already is making its presence felt. Nine players, including Boo Weekley and Lucas Glover, used the driver at the John Deere Classic, while four players, including Darren Clarke and Raphael Jacquelin, switched to the SLDR at the Scottish Open. . . . All three players in the John Deere playoff – Zach Johnson, David Hearn and Spieth – used Pro V1x golf balls. . . . Callaway’s new FT Optiforce driver was the company’s No. 1 model on the PGA Tour and European Tour. At the Scottish Open, 15 players used the Optiforce driver, including runner-up Branden Grace. . . . KBS steel iron shafts were used by U.S. Senior Open winner Kenny Perry (KBS Tour S) and Scottish Open winner Phil Mickelson (KBS Tour V2 X) . . . . Nike made two clubs for David Duval to use at the Open Championship. The first was a VR_S Forged 2-iron that is a quarter-inch longer and 2 degrees stronger than his previous VR_S Forged 2-iron. The second was a VR_S Covert 3-wood set to 13 degree. He had been using a 15-degree 3-wood. . . . Jordan Spieth wore Contour Casual golf shoes from FootJoy, while Kenny Perry wore FJ Sport shoes. . . . Aerotech’s SteelFiber shafts were played at the U.S. Senior Open by Fred Couples and low-amateur Doug Hanzel.