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March 01, 2009

Geoff Ogilvy's prototype putter and winning clubs

Posted at 9:17 PM by David Dusek | Categories: Geoff Ogilvy, Putters, Titleist, WGC-Accenture Match Play

Geoffogilvytitleistputter Geoff Ogilvy is one of the most down-to-Earth and approachable major champions around. Instead of a having high-end courses or an exotic resort's logo on his bag, you'll find the logo of Mojo Pies, a meat pie business he is involved in with fellow Scottsdale-based tour pro Tim Clark. Enough said.

During my 20-minute conversation with him on the range at the Ritz-Carlton Course at Dove Mountain this week, we talked at length about his equipment. I wondered if he would be willing to discuss his prototype Scotty Cameron for Titleist putter — the same putter he used to win the 2006 U.S. Open — and as it turned out, he was very open about it.

"Scotty [Cameron] made me two or three that are exactly the same from black carbon steel, so they won't rust," he said as he chewed a protein bar. "The one I won with at Winged Foot got a big rusty and manky, and by the end of the year [2006] it got a few rusty patches on it that I didn't like. I got him to refinish it, so I now have three. Placing it next to the other two, I can't tell which is which."

The putter itself is a Newport, and while Ogilvy says that he sometimes tries other putters, he never strays from that shape.

"It's always been a Newport of some sort," he said. "I have varied the metals sometimes just to get a different look, a different feel. I used stainless steel for a while, I tried a charcoal mist for a while."

He notices a slightly different feel from metal to metal but said, "After a day or two it feels like your putter again because they all look so similar."

In Ogilvy's mind, putting with a slightly different flat stick is a way to stay enthusiastic. He is a believer in the "new putter theory" — everyone putts great with a new putter.

"Your central nervous system enjoys change," he told me. "The new putter theory is not BS, that's a fact and it works for everyone. So sometimes if my putting feels a bit flat, I'll change putters, but it's not like I'm completely changing putters. I just want to look at something new, something fresh. People might think you are just trying to escape all the bad karma in your other putter, but your brain likes change and it gets you excited about putting again."

Results like he enjoyed in Arizona should help him stay excited about his putting for a long time.

Here is a complete list of the clubs in Ogilvy's bag this week:

Driver:                         King Cobra S9-1 Pro D (10.5°) with Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft
Fairway woods:          King Cobra S9-1 Pro (15°, 20°) with Fujikura Sapphire shaft,
Irons:                           King Cobra Pro MB (3-9) with Royal Precision FCM Rifle 7.3 shafts
Wedges:                     Titleist Vokey Design (50°, 55°), Spin Milled (60°)
Putter:                         Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport prototype
Ball:                             Titleist Pro V1 (2009)

Take a look inside more PGA Tour winners' bags.

(Photo by Chris Carlson/AP)

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