Is it just me, or does it seem that Titleist golf club players constantly win on the PGA Tour? Apart from Fredrik Jacobsen two weeks ago, winning with Callaway golf clubs, it has been Titleist taking the spoils for the other four weeks.
Last week we saw Nick Watney claim his second big victory of the year using Titleist prototype golf clubs and the latest woods, while this week Steve Stricker showed his veteran skills by using old generation Titleist golf clubs en route to his third consecutive John Deere Classic.
Stricker's not-so-long, but trusted 1-wood
Steve used a Titleist 909D3 8.5° driver with a UST Mamiya Proforce V2 shaft. This is in fact quite an old generation shaft and yet Stricker uses it in all of his woods and hybrids, which just goes to show that it’s not always the latest technology that works best for every player.
Steve is not the longest or straightest off the tee for that matter, but he certainly makes up for it with his short game.
Older generation golf club that produces consistent results
Titleist fairway woods
Stricker used a Titleist 906F2 13° 3-wood again with a Mitsubishi UST Mamiya Proforce V2 shaft. The shaft is slightly heavier than his driver giving him more control. Again you can see that this is all older generation golf equipment, but Steve has used it for years and trusts it, which is why he has been a multiple-winner almost every season for the past few years and is always a threat when he tees it up.
The 'go-to' club
As Stricker is not one of the longer hitters, he needs a 'go-to' golf club when looking to find the green from further out. This golf club is his Titleist 909H 19° hybrid also with a Mitsubishi UST Mamiya Proforce V2 shaft.
The use of the same shaft in all three woods just shows how much Stricker trusts his swing and can therefore get the same trajectory and control out of all of his longer golf clubs.
Stricker staying with what he trusts most, for now
Titleist golf irons
Steve used the Titleist 710 AP2 golf irons (3 – PW) with KBS Tour Prototype shafts. Stricker has been testing the new Titleist prototype golf irons, but being the trustworthy man that he is, he decided to stay with his old set and the results go to show that this was the right decision for him. And it really showed when he hit the shot of the day on the final hole. After finding the fairway bunker off the tee, Stricker hit a perfect 6-iron just over theback of the green and drained a lengthy putt for the win.
Steve's scrambling machines
Titleist Vokey Design wedges
Stricker is currently No 1 when it comes to scrambling on the PGA Tour and he is also known to be lethal from 100 yards away from the green. For these shots he uses Titleist Vokey Design 54° (bent to 53°) and 60° (bent to 59°) wedges. By changing the lofts, Steve has been able to optimise the perfect distance gaps necessary when hitting full shots with the clubs.
The reason why Stricker is the No 1 putter on the PGA Tour
Odyssey White Hot #2 putter
Stricker is recognised as the best putter on the PGA Tour and his final putt from off the green on the 18th hole backed that up once more. Steve used an Odyssey White Hot #2 putter; the same flat-stick he has had for many seasons now and it was successful time and time again this last week.
You don’t just get to 22-under-par by hitting good drives or second shots. It’s the putter that counts for 45 percent of your game and Stricker makes it count every time.
The most trusted ball on all tours
Titleist Pro V1X
Stricker used the Titleist Pro V1X ball, taking the total wins for the ball to 85 in 2011, with the nearest competitor clocking in at 12. World No 1 Luke Donald also used the Titleist Pro V1X ball to win the Barclays Scottish Open yesterday, making him a definite favourite for this week’s Open Championship.