Gear Notes: Anthony Kim's Nike Putter, Phil Mickelson's Callaway Irons, Steve Stricker's Titleist Hybrid
Phil Mickelson decided not to go with the Ping Eye2 wedge at Riveria, but he did carry a Callaway Tour Authentic X Forged 4-iron instead of one of his prototype hybrid clubs. Mickelson uses Callaway's X-Proto irons with Project X shafts. The main difference between the two irons is the X Forged has perimeter weighting that helps get the ball airborne more easily while the X-Proto is a muscleback blade that allows players to shape shots more easily.
When Anthony Kim had his breakout season in 2008, he did it using 12 Nike clubs. The two non-Nike sticks were an Adams hybrid and a customized Scotty Cameron putter that said "Boomer Sooner" on the flange as a nod to Kim's alma mater, Oklahoma.
According to the company,
his 54° and 60° wedges were bent in two areas of the hosel to create
offset. An e-mail from TaylorMade said, "We bend it extremely strong at
the lowest point of the hosel—like 6°. Basically as much as we
can without damaging or ruining the look of the hosel. Then we go to
the highest point of the hosel and bend it back to its original loft.
The result is a wedge that has a lot of offset."
TaylorMade reps say the wedges with added offset look similar to Ping Eye2s in the playing position and help Goydos get under the ball.
TaylorMade also reports that Rory Sabbatini added a 19° TP Rescue with FCT to his bag at Riviera. The South African also switched to TaylorMade's new 10.5° Burner SuperFast driver.
Steve Stricker won the soggy Northern Trust Open at Riviera on Sunday with a slightly different set makeup. While the game's new No. 2 player still used a set of Titleist 755 irons and his 19° Titleist 909H hybrid club, he took out the 3-iron from his set and put in another hybrid, a 21° Titleist 909H with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 shaft.
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