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June 2 2013

8:46 PM

the Memorial: Equipment Roundup

Justin Rose, seen here at THE PLAYERS Championship with a 34-inch Spider Blade putter, switched to the
37-inch model at the Memorial Tournament. (Lyons/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Less than a month after Justin Rose started using a custom counterbalanced Spider Blade putter at THE PLAYERS Championship, the four-time PGA TOUR winner went to a longer version of the putter at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.

Rose, who had been using a 34-inch inch Spider Blade, switched to a 37-inch version and noted that he really liked the taller posture the longer model put him in. He also felt it allowed him to release the putter more easily and consistently than his traditional-length model. 

Like Rose's first custom Spider Blade, the 37-inch version has a short slant hosel, Ghost Tour-only black steel shaft, and a red 130-gram counterbalance Winn grip

Colsaerts switches to Odyssey 2-Ball: Nicolas Colsaerts switched putters at the Memorial and started working with an Odyssey White Hot Pro 2-Ball Blade putter that features a crank-heck hosel and full-shaft offset. 

Colsaerts used a similar Odyssey DFW 2-Ball Blade when he was growing up and decided to give the updated version a try. The White Hot Pro 2-Ball Blade shared the same basic specs as the Odyssey Black Series-i #1 he'd been using. 

Lawrie shows off Wilson prototype hybrid: Paul Lawrie took to Twitter on Wednesday to show off Wilson Staff's new FG Tour M3 prototype hybrid. The 19-degree club features what appears to be an adjustable weight in the bottom of the club and an adjustable shaft. 

Lawrie put the club in play at the European Tour's Nordea Masters and finished T21 for the week. 

Kirk goes with Odyssey Versa: Intrigued by the shape and toe hang on the Odyssey Versa #1 Wide (black-white-black), Chris Kirk became the latest the try out the new model.

Unlike the standard Versa #1, the wide version features a larger flange and double-bend shaft. Jim Furyk's been using the same model since the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

Divots: Ken Duke switched to TaylorMade's RBZ Stage 2 driver for the first time at the Memorial. Duke liked the penetrating left-to-right flight, launch and consistency of the trajectory he was seeing into the wind. ... Looking to be more aggressive into the par 5s at Muirfield Village, Roberto Castro replaced his 2-iron with a TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 5-wood. 

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