August 11 2013
Jim Furyk used a new putter at this week's PGA Championship -- the Odyssey Versa #1W.
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Jim Furyk's first week using a new putter nearly produced his second major championship win at the PGA Championship. Furyk had been using an Odyssey Versa #1W (WBW) since the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, when he walked into an Orlando, Fla.-based Edwin Watts and bought the putter.
He kept the same model but went from a double bend to a single bend — the putter still maintained the same amount of toe hang as the double bend version — for aesthetic purposes.
Odyssey reps delivered the new Versa #1W putter to Furyk on Tuesday and he immediately put it in play. The new putter also featured some extra offset to fit his eye, and was a 1/2-inch longer — 35.5 inches instead of 35 inches — than the previous model.
Rose carries Adams Golf Super 9031: Justin Rose typically carries only one fairway wood in his bag — a 16.5-degree TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 HL.
But with the rough posing a problem, the U.S. Open champion added an Adams Golf Super 9031 hybrid because he liked how the club cut through the rough. Rose also noted the hybrid gave him another option to reach Oak Hill's par 5s in two shots.
Johnson's Scotty Cameron putter: The long list of putters Dustin Johnson has used this season — it was up to four different models coming into the PGA Championship — increased by one, after the seven-time PGA TOUR winner switched to a Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 early in the week.
Johnson had been using a 37-inch TaylorMade Spider Mallet 12 (position 1 hosel) with a counterbalance Ghost putter grip and aluminum PURE ROLL insert for the past few weeks.
Mahan gets new hybrid: Hunter Mahan retired the oldest club in his bag at the PGA Championship, dropping his 18-degree PING i15 hybrid for a PING Anser hybrid (Aldila Tour Blue 85X shaft).
According to PING reps, Mahan felt it was finally time for a change.
Day goes back to old putter: Jason Day made a number of interesting equipment changes at the PGA Championship. The Aussie went with two 2-irons — one of the irons was bent to 16.5 degrees and lengthened a 1/2-inch to 1-iron specs — and pulled his pitching wedge for a 47-degree TaylorMade ATV wedge.
Day also went back to his trusty TaylorMade Ghost Spider S putter, noting he felt more comfortable with the model on Oak Hill's greens.
Els' TOUR-only Callaway ball: In search of a new ball for the year's final major, Ernie Els started using Callaway's HEX Chrome++ ball for the first time on Thursday.
The ball featured a softer cover and more spin. Callaway reps said the Chrome++ ball is currently a TOUR-only model.
Austin's 15th club: Prior to his second-round tee time, Woody Austin spent some time on Oak Hill's range contemplating the idea of replacing his Cleveland 588 PF MB 3-iron with a 21-degree Adams DHy driving iron.
While Austin never officially made the switch, he forgot to take the club out of the bag and had his clubs covered as the rain fell for most of the morning. It wasn't until later in the round that he realized the club was still in the bag, incurring a four-stroke penalty — the maximum penalty — for the 15th club in the bag.
To make matters worse, Austin ended up missing the cut by one shot.
"I can't say I was angry," Austin said. "It was more shock. Pretty bummed and just disappointed in myself that I was that stupid."
Kaymer's significant changes: Martin Kaymer rarely makes changes to his equipment. However, this week at Oak Hill, the 2010 PGA Championship winner made two notable changes, adding TaylorMade's SLDR driver and RocketBladez Tour long irons (2-5) to the bag.
Kaymer was one of seven players to put the new driver in play. His new RocketBladez Tour long irons gave him a combo set with his TP MB short irons (6-PW). The iron setup mirrored Justin Rose's strategy in utilizing a combo iron set with RocketBladez Tours in the long irons and more of a traditional blade in the scoring irons.
Fresh wedges: Oak Hill's penal rough, along with the coarse sand in the bunkers, forced a large number of players in the field to request new wedges with fresh grooves for additional bite around the greens.
Rickie Fowler (59-degree Vokey Design prototype), Billy Horschel (60-degree PING Gorge) and Hunter Mahan (53- and 60-degree PING Tour WS) were just a few of the big names adding new wedges to the bag.
Divots: Angel Cabrera went back to his old 36-inch PING TR Shea H putter after spending one week using a 37-inch PING Scottsdale TR Piper. ... Nicolas Colsaerts dropped his driver and went with two 3-woods — Callaway's X Hot 3Deep (12.7 degrees of actual loft) and a higher lofted Titleist 910F. ... Jason Dufner tested a 16-degree (14.5 degrees effective loft) Adams Golf Tight Lies fairway wood, but ended up sticking with his Titleist 913F. ... Carl Pettersson used a new Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter. ... Marcus Fraser switched into TaylorMade's SLDR driver with a new True Temper Project X LZ prototype 6.5 shaft. ... Luke Guthrie transitioned from PING's G20 driver into G25 (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6X shaft; tipped 1 inch). He noted the new G25 spun less than his G20. ... Sergio Garcia started using a TaylorMade Ghost Tour MA-81 putter on Thursday. … Chris Kirk used Callaway's FT Optiforce 440cc (9.5 degrees; Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 62x shaft) driver for the very first time.