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July 28 2013

10:26 PM

Roundup: RBC Canadian Open

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Dustin Johnson has tinkered with a few of putters this season. After opening 2013 with Scotty Cameron Newport 2 prototype and posting a win in his first start at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the 29-year-old went through two other putters -- Odyssey's Versa No. 7 WBW and a Scotty Cameron Notchback prototype -- before going back to the Newport 2 prototype.

Unimpressed with his putting of late, Johnson decided to test out a TaylorMade Spider Mallet putter on Tuesday during the week of the British Open and liked the look, feel and performance of the newest counterbalanced model. However, he didn't feel comfortable making the change on Muirfield's slippery greens. 

This week at the RBC Canadian Open, Johnson decided to once again give the putter a try and put a 37-inch Spider Mallet 12 (position 1 hosel) with a counterbalance Ghost putter grip and aluminum PURE ROLL insert in play. 

Johnson finished the week T2 and 30th in strokes gained-putting (0.513). 

Callaway's FT Optiforce moves to the top: Callaway's FT Optiforce has only been on the PGA TOUR since The Greenbrier Classic, but on Thursday at the RBC Canadian Open, it became the company's No. 1 driver model. 

Jim Furyk and Ernie Els became the latest players to put the driver in play. Furyk went with a 440cc model (9.5 degrees with a Fujikura Speeder VC 6.2x shaft tipped 1 inch) that was set at square / neutral.

Because Callaway didn't bring the equipment truck across the border, the shaft Furyk used in his driver came off one of the demo clubs Callaway reps brought with them to Glen Abbey Golf Club. Furyk averaged 270 yards off the tee and finished the week T7. 

Els went with a 9.5-degree 440cc model and averaged 301.1 yards (19th in the field), which was nearly 14 yards farther than his driving distance average of 287.8 yards for the season. He also hit 50 percent of his fairways (T38). 

TaylorMade SLDR continues to pick up steam: A total of 15 players put TaylorMade's latest prototype driver, SLDR, in play at the RBC Canadian Open, including Y.E. Yang, Rory Sabbatini and Greg Owen. 

Brandt Snedeker and Dustin Johnson, who used the driver for the first time at the British Open, finished the week in the top two spots on the leaderboard. According to TaylorMade, the driver is projected to be the No. 1 model on the PGA TOUR next week at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Adam Hadwin's custom Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver: Even though he missed the cut at the RBC Canadian Open, Adam Hadwin made some noise over the first two days with a flashy custom Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver.

Using the company's UDesign program, that allows golfers to customize the crown and sole color of the driver, Callaway reps were able to build Hadwin a RAZR Fit Xtreme model that was candy apple red and had a maple leaf alignment aid. Reps also built the 25-year-old a second custom red driver without the alignment aid.

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