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April 20, 2009

Brian Gay's Winning Clubs

Posted at 8:31 AM by David Dusek | Categories: Brian Gay, Mizuno, TaylorMade, Titleist, Winner's Bag

Brian Gay Driver Brian Gay used clubs from four different companies last week to win the Verizon Heritage on Hilton Head Island.

Gay switched from a TaylorMade r7 425 TP driver early this season to a TaylorMade R9. The move has not transformed Gay into the second coming of Bubba Watson (the Tour's perennial leader in driving distance), but it has made Gay, always a straight shooter, even straighter. In 2008 he hit 71.74% of the fairways; this year he's up to 74.26%, the fourth best percentage on the PGA Tour.

Gay uses three different types of Mizuno irons, all of which have been on the market for a few years. His MX 900 3- and 4-irons are classic perimeter-weighted, game-improvement clubs. His MP 60 middle irons were a Testers' Top Pick in GOLF Magazine's 2005 ClubTest. The "Cut Muscle" design and moderate perimeter weighting move the center of gravity slightly lower, creating blade-like feel and a mid-trajectory ball flight. Finally, Gay's MP 32 short irons are blades designed for maximum control and feel.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Brian Gay had in his bag at Harbour Town Golf Links:

Driver:                 TaylorMade R9 (9.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamona Blue Board shaft
Fairway wood:   Tour Edge Exotics CB2 (13°) with Mitsubishi Diamona Blue Board 83 shaft
Hybrid:                Mizuno CLK Fli-Hi (20°) with Aldila NV Hybrid 85 shaft
Irons:                  Mizuno MX 900 (3,4); MP 60 (5-8); MP 32 (9, PW)
Wedges:             Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (56°, 59°)
Putter:                 Mizuno Bettinardi prototype
Ball:                     Titleist Pro V1 (2009)

If you want to learn more about the hottest new golf equipment, be sure to check out the 2009 GOLF Magazine Buyer's Guide.

Take a look inside more PGA Tour winners' bags.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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