Everything Tiger Woods does draws attention but the too-numerous-to-count stories prior to, during and after the Quicken Loans National at the TPC Potomac analyzed ad nauseam the dropping of his trusty Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter for a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Collection Ardmore 3. Presumably the reason was outside of Woods and Ricky Fowler the field lacked all the other big names and could boast just three of the FedEx Points top 20 so there were evidentially no other stories worth covering.
The mallet-style Ardmore 3 has a polymer insert with 45-degree grooves that TMaG calls Pure Roll and the old Scotty Cameron did not have an insert which means the feel of the new Ardmore is drastically different. Going in to this week for the year Woods strokes gained putting was 89th and he was 37th in putts per round. For the four rounds of the Quicken Loan National, were he finished in a tie for fourth 10 shots behind the winner, he was 7th in strokes gained putting.
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Molinari Wins with TaylorMade
Francesco Molinari took in first win on the PGA Tour with a course-record tying 62 on Sunday for an eight-stroke margin over Ryan Armour. The clubs he used were:
Driver: TaylorMade M4 (8.5 degrees), Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 60X shaft
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees) and M4 (18 degrees), Aldila Xtorsion Green 70X shafts
Irons: TaylorMade P790 (4) and P750 (5-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (50 & 56 degrees) and Hi-Toe (60 degrees), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: Bettinardi DASS BB0
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Quicken Loans Equipment Tallies: 95 of the players in the field of 120 or 79% played either the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x with 12 using the Callaway Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X. Molinari’s win in week 35 of the season was the 15th for a TaylorMade driver and 23rd for the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x.
Former TaylorMade Golf CEO Ben Sharpe has been hired by Topgolf to head up the Toptracer Range division and charged with selling the Toptracer technology to traditional driving ranges. Toptracer tracks and analyzes every ball hit displaying its path and data on video monitor.
Bentley Golf, makers of ultra-premium priced clubs, has introduced the BP1 model milled from a single block of forged S25C carbon steel with engine milling of the face to provide a soft but responsive feel. Available at usa.bentleygolf.com and priced at $650.
Previously we reported Titleist had revealed the new TS drivers to their Tour players at the U.S. Open and this past week at the Quicken Loans National Tour players got a look at the complimentary fairway woods. Following the pattern seen in the TS2 and TS3 drivers the TS3 fairway wood, replacing the 917F3, still has the reversible weight cartridge in the sole but the 917F2 replacement TS2 does not. More information and pricing should be released in the fall. At the Quicken Loans 15 players put the TS2 and TS3 fairways in play with 15 also putting either the TS2 or TS3 driver in the bag.
Japanese club maker Miura Golf has added new irons to their lineup, the IC-601, billed as being the next generation of the design seen in the ICL-601 driving iron. Targeted for use by mid- to high-handicap players the IC-601 have a high coefficient of restitution, higher ball launch and better ball speed. Priced at the $280 per club, purchase is available only through Miura authorized dealers.