Dustin upgrades his RocketBallz

While Mickelson and Dufner switch putters and Lawrie bags new Wilson wedges


Posted: 24 January 2013

Dustin has switched to new RBZ Stage 2 fairways
Johnson expects to put the 14.5-degree in play
Mickelson has bagged the new Odyssey Versa #9

Dustin Johnson may have been nursing the flu with new girlfriend Paulina Gretzky but that did not prevent him from stopping by the TaylorMade Tour truck at the Humana Challenge last week to pick up some new fairway woods.

The seven-time PGA Tour champion, who used TaylorMade R11S (15-degree) and R9 (19-degree) fairways en route to victory at the season opener in Hawaii, has been built three new RocketBallz Stage 2 Tour fairways with Aldila RIP 90 Alphia X shafts to accompany his new R1 driver.

Johnson has been testing the RBZ Stage 2 fairways in 14.5-degree, 16.5-degree with high loft and 18.5-degree ahead of this week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He will also use the Lethal golf ball for the first time.

New TaylorMade staff players Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover have also added the RBZ Stage 2 fairways to their bags this week. Cink has opted for the 14.5-degree 3-wood with a Mitsubishi Diamana X shaft, while Glover has bagged the 14.5-degree 3-wood with a Aldila RIP X shaft.

Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson switched to the Odyssey Versa #9 (white/black/white) putter en route to a tie for 37th at the Humana Challenge.

After working with the putter during the off-season, Mickelson noted that everything seemed to click with the putter when he started using it at night on the green in his backyard.

“It's the same model that I have, but it's got white, black contrast as opposed to lines,” said the four-time major champion. “I didn't think much of it until I was putting at night and I just started making everything in my yard.

“And it kind of dawned on me that I wasn't looking at the line and getting so line conscious at the ball I was more worried about kind of rolling the putt and I just knew where I was aimed instinctively from the contrast on the putter and I thought that, gosh, this might, this actually might have something to it.”

American Jason Dufner also transferred putters last week at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, switching from the Scotty Cameron Circa '62 to the centre-shafted Scotty Cameron Select GoLo S5 putter.

Following a credible tie for ninth at the immaculate Abu Dhabi Golf Club, the two-time PGA Tour champion said his new blade felt much easier to make a consistent stroke and achieve a consistent centre strike.

And on the European Tour this week, defending Qatar Masters champion Paul Lawrie has put the brand new Wilson Staff FG Tour Traction Control (TC) wedges into his bag.

“The new FG Tour TC wedges are fantastic,” said the 1999 Open champion. “I’ve been really impressed with the control they give me when attacking the flag and had no hesitation when putting them into the bag.”

Click here to see Dustin testing out the new RocketBallz Stage 2 fairway woods. 

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