June 16 2013
Justin Rose uses two different models of TaylorMade irons. (Hallowell/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Thanks to a couple key pars on the 17th and 18th holes, Justin Rose became a major champion on Sunday at the U.S. Open, firing a final-round 70 to best Jason Day and Phil Mickelson by two shots.
Rose made one notable equipment adjustment in the run-up to the U.S. Open, lengthening his counterbalanced TaylorMade Spider Blade putter from 34 inches to 37 inches at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. Rose noted 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.
Rose is one of the notable players currently playing a mixed set of irons — RocketBladez Tour, 3-6; Tour Preferred MB, 7-PW — on TOUR. He was also the first to start using TaylorMade's Lethal ball at the end of last season — Rose insisted the ball he played under the code name "Project 5" — and became the first player to win a major championship with the ball.
Justin Rose's bag
Driver: TaylorMade R1 (Matrix 6m3 shaft)
3-wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour HL (Matrix 7m3 shaft), 16.5 degrees
Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour (3-6, KBS C-Taper shafts); TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (7-PW, KBS C-Taper shafts)
Wedges: TaylorMade ATV (52, 56, 60 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Blade putter (37 inches)
Ball: TaylorMade Lethal