Rose is just gr-eight for TaylorMade

The winning sticks used by Rose

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Tue, 20 Sep 2011

Rose is just gr-eight for TaylorMade

Justin Rose drove the TaylorMade R11 across the line for its eighth win on the PGA Tour this season.

The 31-year-old Englishman, sporting a new pair of adidas STREET spikeless golf shoes, strolled home for his third career title at the BMW Championship with a two-shot victory over fellow TaylorMade staff pro John Senden.

Despite some errant tee shots coming home, Rose appeared to have every asset of his game under control at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club.

The newly-promoted World No.17 ranked fourth in driving accuracy with his white R11 (75%), featuring 3D Tuning to adjust loft, face angle and flight path for maxmium distance, and third in greens in regulation with his TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Forged irons (70.8%).

He also finished fifth in putts per greens in regulation with his TaylorMade Corza Ghost putter, missing just two putts from inside ten-feet for the week.

But the South African-born star saved his best stroke for the par-4 17th - a shot which elevated him to No.3 in the FedExCup standings heading into this week’s Tour Championship.

Short of the green, some 35-feet from the pin with no rough to navigate, Rose thought about using the flatstick.

Several seconds later, following some words of wisdom from his caddie Mark Fulcher, the 2007 Order of Merit champion put the putter cover back on and opted to go with his 54-degree Tour Preferred MB wedge.

Five practice swings before visualising the shot, Rose stepped in for real and delightfully popped his Penta TP up onto the dancefloor and into the hole.

Though, it didn’t surprise the three-time PGA Tour champion too much.

“It was an easy chip,” Rose told the PGA Tour. “It just needed committing to, just not wimping out. It was just lovely to have that sort of dialogue with yourself and then see it play out in your favour.

“It was just nice to have made the right decision and then executed it. That's a great lesson to learn down the stretch - it does come down to one moment sometimes and you just need to be ready for it.”

And Rose was also streets ahead in the footwear department this week, showcasing adidas golf’s latest adiSTREET shoe - featuring spikeless traction technology to enable players to walk on the course, in the bar and out on the town.

What’s in Rose’s Bag

Driver: TaylorMade R11 TP (8-degree; Project X 6A4 shaft)
Fairway woods: TaylorMade R9 (13-degree; Shaft Project X 7A3), TaylorMade R11 (17-degree; Shaft Project X 7A3)
Irons (3-9):
Tour Preferred MB Forged (Project X satin Proto 7.0)
Wedges: Tour Preferred MB Forged
Putter: TM Corza Ghost
Ball: PENTA TP
Shoe: adidas STREET (available Spring 2012)
Apparel: adidas 

Golfmagic caught up with Rose earlier this season to see what he thought of Wentworth's TaylorMade Performance Lab.