When Equipment Matters
A winner seldom wins on the PGA Tour with a round of 77 on any of the four days but Jason Dufner did it in the third round to win the The Memorial, Jack Nicklaus’ event at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.
Of course Dufner was -14 with back to back 65s in rounds one and two but even so the five over Saturday score made it look like the 2013 PGA Champion has lost all his momentum. However, Sunday’s 68 four under par round was just good for a three stroke win over Anirban Lahiri and Rickie Fowler.
Dufner’s predominantly Titleist equipment:
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (10.5 degrees), with Project X HZRDUS Yellow 6.5 shaft
Fairway woods: Callaway X2 Hot (15 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 75 TX shaft; Titleist 915F (21 degrees), with Aldila Rogue Silver 80 TX shaft
Irons: Titleist 716 AP2 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue AMT S400 shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper DG Spinner shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura 5S
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Equipment Counts: Under the heading of the more things change the more they stay the same, the TaylorMade Spider Tour putter was the most played single model at the Memorial and the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls were played by 78 players out of the 120 man field. The driver count was also again dominated by TaylorMade with 55 versus Titleist with 25, Callaway 20 and Ping nine.
Scotty Cameron: After the initial models were introduced in 2016 there are now four new Cameron & Crown putters for 2017. As were the first ones, each is made at 33 inches length and specifically weighted for the player whose setup requires a shorter putter. Included are familiar head shapes from the Select and Futura lines–Select Newport, Select Mallet 1, Futura 5MB and Futura 6M. All are priced at $379.
KING OS Hybrids: Cobra Golf has announced a complementary line of King OS hybrids to go with their King Oversized irons. The new hybrids have a wider clubhead and lofts offered are 3-4H (19-22 degrees), 4-5H (22-25 degrees) and 5-6H (25-28 degree). With a graphite shaft each is priced at $249.
Hayate Driver: Muira Golf has introduced the 460cc Hayate driver—pronounced “hi yaw tay” and meaning “the sound of the wind”–with Floating Weight Structure Technology, a 35-gram arch that floats above the sole to optimize the location of the center of gravity. Heel weights in 2-gram increments may be used to adjust ball launch. Available in lofts of 9.5 and 10.5 degrees for $639, there are also accompanying fairway woods for $539.
Lefty’s Epic Sub Zero: An item on PGATour.com says Callaway Golf has received USGA approval for a new driver and it appears to be just for Phil Mickelson. The Great Big Bertha Epic Sub Zero PM440 is only approved in a left-handed version and likely has a 440cc clubhead. This isn’t the first time the company has stepped to make a club to Lefty’s particular specifications with previous models including the Phrankenwood, the XR 16 Sub Zero driver and Mack Daddy PM Grind wedges.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?