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May 19, 2008

Ryuji Imada's Winning Clubs

Posted at 8:45 PM by David Dusek | Categories: Ryuji Imada, Titleist, Winner's Bag

Imadaputter_600 There are two interesting things to note about the clubs Ryuji Imada used to win the AT&T Classic last weekend.

First, Imada was not using the Titleist 907D4 prototype driver he had in his bag at the end of last season and this spring. Instead, he switched to a Titleist 905R, a model that has been available for a few years. For the week, in soggy conditions, the former University of Georgia star hit 75% of the fairways.

Second, Imada's putter has some serious customization. It started its life as a Scotty Cameron Del Mar 3, but the circular areas on the face near the heel and the toe are tungsten weights added especially for Imada. To see them more clearly, click on the photo on the right. Increasing the weight in these spots makes a putter more stable on off-center hits, but Imada's weights also reduce the effective hitting area on the putter face.

Given Imada's skill, reducing the hitting area on his putter might not matter. For the week he ranked first in both major putting stats, averaging just 27.3 putts per round and 1.636 putts per green in regulation.

Driver  Titleist 905R (9.5°)
Fairway Woods  Titleist 906F2 (13°, 18°)
Hybrid  Nickent 4DX (20°)
Irons  Titleist 695 CB (3-9)
Wedges  Titleist Vokey Design (53°, 60°)
Putter  Scotty Cameron Del Mar 3 prototype
Ball  Titleist ProV1x

(Photos by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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