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May 08, 2009

Harrington still searching for the perfect driver

Posted at 5:25 PM by David Dusek | Categories: Callaway, Drivers, Players Championship, TaylorMade, Titleist, Wilson

Padraig Harrington Callaway Players So far this season, Padraig Harrington has not played like a guy who has won three of the last seven major championships.

"When you win something, especially when you have success, I see that as a reason to stop and start changing things to get better," Harrington said in a press conference earlier this week. "I'm not trying to play as well as I played last year to win the two majors. I'm trying to play better than that."

To that end, Harrington is not just tinkering with his game; he's also continuing his search for a new driver.

During much of 2008, Harrington used a Wilson Dd6+. In January and February, he was swinging a Wilson Smooth. But as we reported, he switched to a TaylorMade R9 with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft at the Shell Houston Open.

That club was pulled out of the bag in Augusta the following week, when Harrington put a Titleist 909D3 (9.5°) into play. Last week at Quail Hollow, he used a Titleist 905TR (9.5°), and in a practice round this week he tried a Callaway FT-9 (photo).

When it came time to tee it up on Thursday, the  Wilson Smooth Harrington used through much of 2008—including at Royal Birkdale and Oakland Hills—was once again in his bag.

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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