On the LPGA Tour Lexi Thompson won the final tournament of the year, the CME Group Tour Championship, for her 10th career win playing Cobra clubs including their latest driver the KING F9 Speedback.
The F9 Speedback driver features the unique combination of a super-slippery low drag shape and a lower center of gravity. The configuration includes a carbon fiber crown that wraps the rear of the head and skirt and has PWR Ridges or raised fins to direct air flow. The sole has replaceable weight that lowers the center of gravity.
The E9 CNC Milled face has added curvature in the upper half and less on the lower half to add loft the ball when is hit high on the face and decrease loft if low on the face. Priced at $449 the KING F9 Speedback also has COBRA Connect, the Arccos swing data collection system at no extra cost.
The KING F9 Speedback driver was also used by Bryson DeChambeau to win the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open earlier this month.
Thompson’s Cobra clubs:
Driver: KING F9 SPEEDBACK 9° (Mitsubishi Diamana 50x)
Fairway Wood: KING LTD 3wd 13.5° (Graphite Design GP 6s)
Hybrid: FLY-Z 2/3 18° (Aldila Green NV 85 Stiff)
Irons: S2 Forged 3, 6-PW (Rifle Project X 5.0 shafts)
Wedges: KING V Grind 48°, 52°, 56°, 60° (Dynamic Gold S200)
The appearance of Charles Howell III on the PGA Tour in 2001 held lots of promise after an amateur career that included a NCAA championship and the Jack Nicklaus award to his credit. Winning in his second season and then in 2007 was followed by a stretch of over ten years when he couldn’t seem to the find the winner’s circle again. That changed at the RSM Classic on St. Simons Island, Ga. when he got his third Tour victory beating Patrick Rodgers with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.
The native of Augusta, Ga. is on the Titleist staff and plays all their equipment except for his putter a TaylorMade Spider Tour.
Driver: Titleist TS3 10.5° (Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65 X)
Fairway Woods: Titleist TS2 15° (Fujikura ATMOS Black 8); 21° (Fujikura ATMOS Black 9)
Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 4-iron, 718 AP2 5-7 iron, 718 CB 8-PW (Project X LZ)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 52°, 56°, 60° (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Danny Willett, Masters champion in 2016, won the season-ending European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai beating the current Masters champion Patrick Reed and Matt Wallace by two strokes.
Willet’s putter was the new Odyssey Prototype called Stroke Lab which he started using at last week’s Nedbank Challenge. It features a new Odyssey shaft to help improve the consistency of the putting stroke, and a new weighting system. Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia are among the players who have already used this prototype shaft on Tour.
Here’s a look at all of the Callaway/Odyssey equipment he used this week.
Driver: Rogue Driver 9° (Mitsubishi Diamana Chemical 60x)
Fairway Wood: Rogue 15° (Mistubishi Rayon)
Utility Irons: Callaway X Forged 18, 21°, 24° (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Superlite)
Irons: X Forged 18 5-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Superlite)
Wedges: Mack Daddy Forged PW 48° (True Temper Dynamic Gold); Mack Daddy 4 54°,58° (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Odyssey Prototype Stroke Lab
Ball: Chrome Soft X
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Equipment Counts this Week: By more than four out of five those competing at the RSM Classic teed up Titleist golf balls—Pro V1 or Pro V1x—with 129 in the 156-man field playing them. Titleist also had the most hybrids (24) in play and set of irons (44). Vokey Design Wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (211) category and Scotty Cameron putters are the choice of more players than any other brand with 52 in play.
Callaway Golf’s Rouge Sub Zero drivers were the most played driver at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero have been the top driver model on the European Tour all year.
Wilson Cortex: Driver vs Driver Season 2 resulted in the winner being the Cortex design featuring almost half the titanium in the clubhead being replaced by carbon fiber. The resulting skeleton Wilson calls a Fast Cage, certainly from appearances an apt name. For launch and spin control the Cortex has a sliding 8-gram sole weight in the longest channel Wilson says they have ever made. There are two reversible weights (8g and 2g) for left/right curvature control and a six setting adjustable hosel. They also offer a choice of three stock shafts. The Wilson Staff Cortex is now in retail stores priced at $500.
PGA Tour Takes a Break: Eight tournaments of the 2018-2019 season have been played and with the exception of a couple of exhibitions the Tour doesn’t resume until the Tournament of Champions January 3-6, 2019. The PGA Tour is working hard to convince fans the revamped 46-event schedule changes including the 6-week holiday hiatus is a good idea.
There’s no question moving the The Players Championship to March is being well received by Tour pros as is moving the PGA Championship to The Players former slot in May. Reducing the number of FedExCup playoff events from four to three so the season can wrap before football starts has been softened for the players by the addition of a $10 million Wyndham Rewards Top 10 bonus for regular season play and the bumping of the FedExCup money. If you’re doing the math bonus money has gone from $35 million to $70 million.
After eight events the driver brand with the most wins is TaylorMade who can boast three—Kevin Tway at the Safeway, Bruce Koepka in the CJ Cup and Xander Schauffele at the WDC-HSBS. As usual Titleist golf balls are not only the most played but played by the most winners, again three of the eight events: Tway, Koepka and Charles Howell III at the RSM Classic.
Off again on again in the world number one slot Justin Rose has made it all but official his equipment next year will be Honma not TaylorMade. We can expect some other changes as endorsement contract typically are renegotiated at the end of the year.