September 6 2012
By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
As Titleist keeps putting new metalwoods into PGA TOUR players’ hands, Rory McIlroy is quickly winning with them.
McIlroy won the PGA Championship in August with Titleist’s new prototype 913D3 driver, just a few weeks after it debuted on pro tours, and at last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship became the first player to win with Titleist’s new 913 prototype fairway metals.
The company began putting the fairways into players’ hands at the FedExCup Playoffs opener, and McIlroy immediately put a 913Fd 13.5- and 18-degree model into play at The Barclays. He had played 906F fairway metals for most of his professional career.
The new metals are the 913Fd and 913F, with the Fd having a bigger head and less spin.
“He liked the Fd products … it produced the ball flight he was looking for, a flat ball flight with not too much spin, but enough spin to hit some different shots, some cuts, some draws. And when he wanted to keep it down, he could keep it down as well,” Titleist tour rep Chris Tuten said on the company’s blog. “He was very happy with it, and so are we.”
One would imagine so, with how McIlroy is piling up wins.
LONG BALL: Dustin Johnson finished T4 at TPC Boston with a new 3-wood, a TaylorMade R11S. He was looking for a weapon to better attack the par 5s and found it in a 15.5-degree model, playing the par 5s in 9 under for the week including three birdies and an eagle at the remodeled 18th hole.
WEDGE WORK: Jim Furyk has been seeking a better wedge, one with versatility to chip and pitch while also working out of bunkers and as a flop-shot go-to. In recent weeks, Callaway reps built seven different wedges for the 2010 FedExCup champ, all with different sole grinds and the extreme hosel offset he prefers.
The keeper turned out to be a Vintage X Forged 54/14 with the sole flattened, moving the bounce to the trailing edge in order to keep as much bounce in the heel as possible. The sole has three different bounces with the heel at 14 degrees, the center of the sole having 10 degrees and the toe having 8 degrees. This combination has been coined the "Cork Screw" grind.
Furyk is sixth on TOUR in scrambling and third in sand save percentage.
WINNER’S BAG: McIlroy at the Deutsche Bank
Driver: Titleist 913D3 (Mitsubishi Diamana proto 70X, 8.5 degrees)
Fairway woods: Titleist 913Fd (13.5, 18 degrees)
Irons: Titleist MB (3-9)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (46, 54, 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x