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Oct. 03, 2011
Oct. 03, 2011

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Oct. 3, 2011

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
MLB PLAYOFF PREVIEW
PRO FOOTBALL
  • The Bills are a shocking 3--0—take that, Pats!—thanks to a Harvard-bred quarterback and a spirit of togetherness that reflects their city

PRO HOCKEY
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
WALTER PAYTON
  • One of the game's true icons, a player so esteemed that the NFL's Man of the Year Award bears his name, Walter Payton retired in 1988 as pro football's alltime leading rusher. But even to those closest to him, he had always been an enigma, and in his final years the mysteries deepened

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This is an article from the Oct. 3, 2011 issue

Scott Stallings

FOR THE JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN OPEN

"My favorite club is the driver. It gets me going. For me it's about consistency more than distance."

1. DRIVER

Titleist 910 D3 (8.5°)

Titleist.com

SHAFT: Mitsubishi

Diamana 'ahina 70 (X flex)

Mitsubishirayongolf.com

2. FAIRWAY METAL

Titleist 909 F2 (13.5°)

SHAFT: Mitsubishi

Diamana White (X flex)

3. HYBRID

Titleist 910 H (19°)

SHAFT: Matrix

Ozik Altus (X flex)

Matrixshafts.com

4. IRONS

Titleist

AP2 712 (four- through nine-iron)

SHAFTS: Project X

6.5 (X flex)

Royalprecision.com

5. WEDGES

Titleist

Vokey Design (48°, 52°, 56° and 60°) Vokey.com

SHAFTS: Project X 6.5 (X flex)

6. PUTTER

Titleist Scotty Cameron 009 Scottycameron.com

7. BALL

Titleist Pro V1x

8. SHOES

FootJoy Icon FootJoy.com

GRIPS

Lamkin Crossline Tour Black

Golfpride.com

TECH TALK

LIGHT MOMENT

Wilson's new DXi Superlight taps the relationship between weight, speed and distance

LIGHT IS the new size when it comes to drivers. Clubmakers ran up against the USGA's 460-cc size limit years ago, which means they can no longer get more distance by getting bigger. Instead manufacturers have reduced weight throughout the club, which produces greater swing speed and translates into more distance. Wilson's standard DXi driver weighs 320 grams, but the new version is 270 grams, making it one of the lightest drivers on the market.

The eight grams saved in the head are moved into a weight that is positioned low and deep in the 10.5° and 12° models to help get the ball up, and slightly farther forward in flatter versions to reduce backspin.

The hollowed areas in the crown are .55 mm thick, compared with the base crown sections that are .7 mm, saving weight while maintaining strength.

A lighter shaft saves about 20 grams, and a superlight grip takes away 26 more.

The face features five zones of varying thickness, with the thinnest sections at the heel and the toe to provide a greater rebound effect on off-center hits.

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TWO PHOTOSFRED VUICH (BAG, BALL)PHOTODAVID WALBERG (STALLINGS)PHOTOCOURTESY OF FOOTJOY (SHOE)ILLUSTRATIONCOURTESY OF WILSON (ILLUSTRATION)THREE ILLUSTRATIONS