Flagstick Gear Report

Watney’s Winners

Nick Watney relied on a full bag of Titleist product for his win at The Barclay’s.

Watney is the 2nd player to win on the PGA Tour with the company’s prototype 913 driver.  Rory McIlroy had the first at the PGA Championship


What’s In Nick Watney’s Bag?:
Ball:
Titleist Pro V1x
Driver:
913 prototype driver 10.5º (Diamana White 83) B•2 SureFit Tour setting
Fairway Metal:
Titleist 910F 15º (Diamana Blue 93) A•1 SureFit Tour setting
Fairway Metal: Titleist 910F 19º Motore Speeder VC 8.2 A•1 SureFit Tour setting
Irons:
Titleist AP2 3-PW (Dynamic Gold)
Wedge:
Vokey Design SM4 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold)
Putter:
Scotty Cameron Newport GSS prototype

Canadian Graham DeLaet, also a player in the Titleist stable, tied for 5th at The Barclay’s using  a variety of the company’s gear – (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 913F prototype fairway metal, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 approach, sand and lob wedges).

In the Callaway/Odyssey camp there is plenty of news to share from The Barclay’s:

J.B. Holmes Adds Callaway X Utility Prototype

J.B. Holmes, who has been using an 18° X UtilityPrototype iron for the past several weeks, has now added the 21° to his bag after testing it earlier this week. Holmes, who finished T19 this week at The Barclays and carded an impressive 19 birdies along the way, said that it was much easier to consistently control his desired distance with the X Utility Prototype irons compared to his long-time hybrid gamer (that was replaced by the 21°).

Tommy Gainey Makes Driver Adjustments

Tommy Gainey made some adjustments to his Callaway RAZR Fit gamer in hopes of adding spin at Bethpage Black. Callaway reps were able to get 100 more RPMs of spin by changing his upright COG setting and adjusting the weight positionsfrom 5g in the toe, 9g in the heel to 8g in the toe, 6g in the heel. This late change allowed Tommy to hit his desired hard cut shot while also increasing the spin. Gainey played his way into the Fedex Cup Top 100 this weekend and earned a spot at next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

Ernie Makes Changes to Odyssey Putter

While watching PGA Championship coverage, which aired multiple “down the line” shots of Ernie putting, he noticed that he was missing putts to the right, even though his alignment was great, stroke was repeating and mechanics were solid. This was caused by his more upright posture and the high heel, which produced an open face. During his off week last week, Odyssey Reps sent Ernie a new version of his Open Championship winning Odyssey XG #1 Proto Belly but with a lie angle adjustment. Ernie’s old gamer was at 70.5° lie and the new version is at 73.5°. This change should help the putter sitflush and will allow Ernie to return the putter face back to square much easier and the ball should leave on the line he is seeing. After using it the first time, Ernie immediately thought it felt better and started the ball on a very good line.

Odyssey Rep Makes Last Minute Adjustment For Luke Donald

Luke Donald and his famed White Hot XG #7H gamer showed up to Bethpage Black with a significant bend in the shaft due to travel. Odyssey Tour Reps were able to match his specs and offset perfectly during a re-shaft and when they gave it back, Luke said it was “as good as new.”

Luke finished at -2 at The Barclays and was 5th at strokes gained – putting.

Lots of people have been asking about the equipment selections for Lydia Ko, the 15 year-old amateur winner of the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open.

The Tour Van Report lists the following as her In The Bag:

Driver: Fourteen (9 degree; Graphite Design Tour AD DI 5 shaft)
Fairway Woods: Fourteen 3-wood (14 degree; Graphite Design Tour AD BB 5 shaft) and Fourteen 5-wood (17 degree; Graphite Design Tour AD BB 5 shaft)
Hybrids: Adams Idea a12 (20 and 22 degree; Mitsubishi Fubuki shafts)
Irons (5-GW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (56 and 60 degree)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Del Mar California
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Footwear: FootJoy LoPro Collection