The Clubs Justin Rose Used To Win The HBSC Championship
In another limited field event of 78 players minus last week’s winner Justin Thomas, Justin Rose again showed his world class talent by making up eight shots on 54 hole leader and world number one Dustin Johnson to win at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
It was Rose’s first win since taking the gold medal in the 2016 Olympics. After his loss in sudden death to Sergio Garcia at the Masters last April, Rose has made several key substitutions in his TaylorMade Golf equipment most notably his driver and irons.
In the bag now is a M1 rather than the M2 model he used at Augusta. The M1 has the carbon crown and T-track sliding weights on the sole while the M2 is similar construction but without the sliding weights for ball flight bias adjustment. His irons are the Rose Proto, basically the new P730 forged blade model meant for tour players but slightly tweaked for Rose’s particular preference. This is a normal procedure and similar to what the company did to make the Rors P730s carried by Rory McIlroy and the DJ Proto P730s in Johnson’s bag.
Rose is in the habit of switching putters and made numerous changes since his victory in the 2013 U.S. Open. For the Shanghai win he putted with the Ardmore 2 model from TMaG’s TP Red Collection though recently he has had the Chaska from the same series in his bag. The second place finish in last April’s Masters was accomplished with the TaylorMade Arc1 Tour putter, a model first released in Japan and never available in the U.S.
Justin Rose’s Winning Gear
Driver: TaylorMade 2017 M1 9.5 degrees
Fairway woods: TaylorMade 2016 M2 15 degrees, TaylorMade 2016 M1 19 degrees
Irons: 4-iron TaylorMade P790, 5-iron through pitching wedge TaylorMade Rose Proto P730
Wedges: 52, 56 and 60-degree TaylorMade Milled Grind
Putter: TaylorMade TP Red Collection Ardmore 2
Ball: TaylorMade TP5
WGC-HSBC by the Numbers
TaylorMade was first in the driver count with 34 out of the 78-man field with Callaway at 17, Titleist 14 and Ping 5. Titleist had 54 players using their ball and the nearest competitor had 10. Titleist hybrids with 12 led that category and Vokey Design Wedges with 98 were the choice in the approach, sand and lob wedges.
In Case Anyone Should Ask
Dustin Johnson switched putters 20 minutes before teeing off in the second round picking up a TaylorMade Spider identical to the one he had been using but with a firmer insert. It didn’t work out too badly as he was able to post a 63 to take the lead. Unfortunately the magic didn’t hold and DJ went on to score 68-77 finishing tied for second behind Rose.
The PGA Tour-China restarts next year after a one-year break. It joins the two other developmental circuits, the Mackenzie Tour-Canada and PGA Tour LatinoAmerica. The latest “Class AA” tour run by the PGA Tour will award the season’s top five finishers with status on the Web.com Tour.
Armour’s First is the Sanderson Farms
Ryan Armour and Tiger Woods may be the same age, 41, and both are PGA Tour winners but the hero of the week is Armour who took the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss. after 105 PGA Tour starts. The tournament was the first opposite field event of the 2017-2018 season and had 132 players vying for a purse of $4 million. Armour’s first place check was for 18% or $774,000.
The Ohio State graduate is one the journeyman pros that do not have an exclusive to one manufacturer equipment endorsement contract and carries a mixed bag with clubs from TaylorMade, PXG and Acushnet.
Driver: TaylorMade 2017 M1 10.5 degrees Fairway wood: TaylorMade 2017 M1 2017 15 degrees Hybrid: TaylorMade 2017 M2 22 degrees Irons: 4-iron through pitching wedge PXG 0311 Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 46-degree (F Grind), 52-degree (F Grind) and 58-degree M Grind Putter: Scotty Cameron Concept 1 GSS Super Rat Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Sanderson Farms by the Numbers
Titleist as usual was the most played ball with 107 competitors putting either a Pro V1 or Pro V1x into play. The brand also led in the hybrid count with 26, sets of irons with 41 and sand, lob and approach wedges with 179.
Callaway Golf Continues to Dominate Club Sales: Callaway’s sales in the 2017 third quarter were up $56 million to $244 million, 30% over 2016. Interestingly, all segments of the company were up: clubs 21%, golf balls 20% and gear, accessories and other 72%. Sales increased in every region around the world. The success of the Epic line of clubs and the Chrome Soft golf balls was given as the reason plus the acquisition of the OGIO bag and TravisMathew apparel brands.
Spider Tour Black Halloween: The second biggest retail holiday after Christmas may be over but TaylorMade Golf has a neat looking Halloween version of their bestselling Spider Tour Black putter. Besides the black putter head, a grim reaper Super Stroke Pistol GT 2.0 grip is stock. Price is $320.
Vokey SM7: Reports from Las Vegas at the TPC Summerlin prior to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open say Vokey SM7 wedges are being tried by Titleist staff pros. This “seeding” of the seventh “Spin Milled” is in the wedge series which is already the most used on Tour.