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July 27, 2009

Nathan Green's 2009 RBC Canadian Open Winning Clubs

Posted at 5:19 PM by David Dusek

Nathan-Green-Canadian_600x450 Here are the club that Australia's Nathan Green used at Glen Abbey Golf Club to win his first PGA Tour event, the RBC Canadian Open.

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 460 (10.5) with Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 63 shaft
FAIRWWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Tour Burner (14.5°, 17.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 83 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (3-PW)
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Odyssey Tour White Hot XG #3
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Retief Goosen's Canadian Open Clubs

Posted at 5:01 PM by David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs used by Retief Goosen, runner-up in the 2009 RBC Canadian Open:

DRIVER: TaylorMade r7 SuperQuad (8.5°) with Fujikura RE AX TP 85 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:
TaylorMade Tour Burner (14.5°) with Fujikura ROMBAX TP75 shaft, R9 (19°) with a Fujikura Motore F1 shaft
IRONS:
TaylorMade Tour Preferred (3-9)
WEDGES:
TaylorMade RAC (50°, 54°, 64°)
PUTTER:
Yes! Tracy
BALL:
TaylorMade TP Red LDP

July 26, 2009

A crafty and legal plan to handle new groove rules

Posted at 8:34 PM by David Dusek

In the August issue of Golf Magazine, Rob Sauerhaft, Managing Editor (Equipment), gave a simple explanation of the upcoming groove rule changes:

"The cross-sectional area must have a smaller width and depth, and groove-edge sharpness must be rounder than current U-grooves."

Notice that Rob did not say that grooves must be V-shaped. Many manufacturers will likely continue to make U-shaped grooves in clubs with more than 25 degrees of loft, but the "new" U-grooves will simply be smaller with edges that are less sharp.

Rob went on to explain that starting in 2011, companies will only be able to make clubs with the new grooves. Companies can continue to sell wedges with current grooves through the end of 2010 as long as the wedge was introduced to the market by the end of 2009. For this reason, several brands are expected to hurry and get new wedges — with the larger, sharper groves — to the marketplace by the end of this model year so they can continue to sell them in 2010.

Rob offered several options for casual players: "Stick with your current wedges; stock up on wedges that feature existing U-grooves; or switch to wedges with new-for-2010 grooves that produce less 'bite' on shots from the rough."

I can use all the help I can get around the greens, so I plan to test lots of different wedges in the coming months. I'm going to ask friends what they like, go through a wedge fitting on a launch monitor ... everything! Then, while the selection should still be good, I'll buy two new gap, sand and lob wedges and stash all six clubs in a closet.

Money is tight for everyone (trust me, my wife and I just celebrated the arrival of our second child, I know), but I figure with relatively new wedges in my bag now, and two sets of back-ups, I'll be set with big-grooved, sharp wedges until 2012 or 2013.

Are you planning to buy a few wedges before the rule changes go into effect? Let me know in the comments area below.

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July 21, 2009

Jamie Lovemark Signs Endorsement Deal with Nike

Posted at 11:25 AM by David Dusek

In a release on Tuesday, Nike Golf announced that Jamie Lovemark, the University of Southern California All American, has signed an endorsement deal with the company.

According to Nike, Lovemark will be competing this week at the RBC Canadian Open using an SQ Sumo 5000 driver, SQ 2 3-wood (13°), the Victory Red Forged Blades (3- PW), as well as 52°, 56°, and 60° Victory Red Forged wedges. Lovemark will also play with Nike's ONE Tour D ball.

Lovemark was the 2007 NCAA National Player of the Year and went 3-0 during the 2007 Walker Cup competition. He has competed in several PGA Tour events as an amateur, with his best finish being a tie for 39th at the 2007 Buick Invitational. He finished second after losing in a playoff at the Nationwide Tour's 2007 Showdown at Somerby.

“Jamie is a solid player who has all of the ingredients to be a force on the PGA Tour,” Kel Devlin, Global Sports Marketing Director for Nike Golf, said in the release.  “He’s such a natural athlete and is a terrific ball-striker.  We are confident that he will shine as a Nike Golf athlete and are thrilled to have him join the Nike family.”

In 2007 during the telecast of the U.S. Amateur, Lovemark proved to Gary Koch (and everyone else) that he's got plenty of talent and versatility in his game.

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Video: This Week in Gear - July 21, 2009

Posted at 10:27 AM by David Dusek

In this eisode of This Week in Gear, learn all about the clubs that Stewart Cink used to win the 2009 British Open, as well as Mark Calcavecchia's new Ping driver, the Ping G15.


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July 19, 2009

Tom Watson's British Open Clubs

Posted at 7:13 PM by David Dusek

Tom-Watson-Sun-BritHere is a list of the clubs Tom Watson used at the British Open at Turnberry:

DRIVER: Adams Speedline (9.5°) with Aldila Voodoo SVS6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Adams Insight (14.5°) with Aldila Voodoo SVS7 shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro Gold (18°, 20°) with Grafalloy Hybrid We Trust shafts
IRONS: Adams Idea Pro (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Adams Puglielli (52°), Tom Watson (56°)
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

Stewart Cink's 2009 British Open Winning Clubs

Posted at 4:32 PM by David Dusek

Stewart-Cink-Sun-Brit Stewart Cink, winner of the 2009 British Open, has been using Nike's CCi Forged irons for several seasons. When I spoke to him earlier this season and asked if he was planning to switch to a newer model, Cink explained that finding time to make changes can be challenging.

"After I won in Hartford [June, 2008], I didn't want to change anything up," he said. Then, after the FedEx Cup playoffs in September, when the Nike Victory Red irons were released, Cink was busy testing new golf balls with Nike's Rock Ishii.

"I ended up using a new ball for about five months. I didn't want to use a new ball, and then change irons or my driver, because if you change everything you don't know what's happening," he said. "Or what's giving you the benefit."

Although Cink is now using Nike Victory Red wedges—he used to play the Nike SV wedges—the most significant equipment change he has made this season happened in Texas at the Crowne Plaza Colonial. As GOLF.com reported, having played a Never Compromise Sub 30 M3 belly putter for more than six seasons, Cink switched to a traditional-length Nike prototype putter.

Stewart Cink Putt Close Up Featuring a traditional Anser-style look, and heel-toe weighting, the milled face of the putter has a series of red ribs. The ribs are designed to reduce skidding and help get the ball rolling faster.

Cink's Nike prototype has more cosmetic details than the early Nike prototype putters seen on the PGA Tour (like Paul Casey's). There is a waffle pattern on the heel and toe, similar to the pattern on the back of the Nike Victory Red Half-Cavity irons. There is a sight line on the back flange of Cink's putter, and where Casey's putter has red paint-fill, Cink's is trimmed in black. Finally, on the bottom of Cink's putter there is a reference to The Oven, Nike's club building and testing facility in Ft. Worth, Texas.

I've seen five different versions of Nike's prototype putter with similar cosmetics to Cink's. Although nothing has been officially announced by Nike Golf, with this much detailing—and now two major wins by Cink and Lucas Glover—it would be surprising not to see these putters made available fairly soon. 

Here is a list of the clubs Stewart Cink used to win the 2009 British Open at Turnberry:

DRIVER: Nike SQ Sumo² Tour (9.5°) with UST ProForce AxivCore Tour Red 79 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:  Nike SQ 2 (15°) with UST ProForce AxivCore Tour Red 79 shaft
IRONS: Nike Pro Combo OS (2, 4), CCi Forged (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES:  Victory Red (52˚, 56˚, 60˚)
PUTTER: Nike prototype
BALL:  Nike One Tour D

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(Top photo: Robert Beck/SI; Putter:Jon Super/AP Photos)

Chris Wood's 2009 British Open Clubs

Posted at 12:05 PM by David Dusek

Chris-Wood-Sun-Brit Last year at Royal Birkdale, Chris Wood, then an amateur, thrilled the crowds and nearly won the claret jug. After finishing fifth, Wood turned pro and earned his European Tour card in November 2008.

Now 20, he is yet another player who has chosen to go with cavity-back long irons and muscle-back mid- and short irons. Other players who employ the same strategy include Paul Casey, Geoff Ogilvy and Phil Mickelson.

Earlier this season, Wood used a putter cover  designed with yellow submarines, an homage to The Beatles. (Click on the photo for a better look.) However, at Turnberry, Wood is using the Scotty Cameron 2009 British Open commemorative headcover we wrote about earlier in the week. It is adorned with red scooters covered with Union Jacks.

Although Wood doesn't wear a hat (would one fit over that hair?), his bag at Turnberry is nearly full of Titleist equipment. Below is a list of his clubs at the 2009 British Open.

DRIVER: Titleist 909 D3 (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana 73 X Shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Taylor Made R9 (15°) with  Mitsubishi Diamana 83 X shaft
IRONS: Titleist 735 (2-3), ZM (4-PW) with Royal Precision Rifle 7 X shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design prototype (53°, 60°) with Royal Precision Rifle 7 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Design Newport 1.5
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo: Wood/GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images; Bag/Titleist European Tour blog)

July 18, 2009

Lee Westwood's 2009 British Open Clubs

Posted at 4:35 PM by David Dusek

Lee-Westwood-Saturday-Brit The key to playing well at Turnberry is to find the fairways, and through three rounds of the 2009 British Open, England's Lee Westwood has done a great job of that. Finding the short grass on nearly 76% of his drives has helped him hit almost 81% of the greens in regulation.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Westwood is using at Turnberry:

DRIVER:
Ping G10 (9°) with Aldila prototype XNV6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping Rapture V2 (14°) with UST V2 76 X shaft
IRONS: Ping i10 (2-PW) with Ping JZ shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour W (54°, 58°) with Ping JZ shafts
PUTTER: Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Bob Martin/SI)

Matthew Goggin's 2009 British Open Clubs

Posted at 3:58 PM by David Dusek

Matthew-GogginAustralia's Matthew Goggin finished the third round of the 2009 British Open at three under par, one shot off the lead. He will play with Tom Watson on Sunday in the final pairing.

According to TaylorMade, this is a complete list of the clubs he is using at Turnberry.

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 460 TP (9.5°)
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade V Steel (16.5°)
IRONS: TaylorMade r7 TP (2), RAC MB (3-PW)
WEDGES: TaylorMade Z TP (50°, 56°)
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Monza Itsy Bitsy Spider
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Ross Fisher's 2009 British Open Clubs

Posted at 3:06 PM by David Dusek

Ross Fisher Golf Clubs

The most unique thing about Ross Fisher's clubs? He plays without a fairway wood. Instead, the Englishman, who ranks fourth in the European Tour's Order of Merit in 2009, simply carries a driver and a hybrid.

At 17°, Fisher's Titleist 909H has the loft of a 4-wood.

Here is a complete list of Fisher's clubs as he goes into the final round of the 2009 British Open one shot off the lead.

DRIVER: Titleist Pro Titanium 905R (9.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H  (17°) with Fujikura Speeder 904HB shaft
IRONS: Titleist 695MB (2-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Design Newport
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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July 17, 2009

Mark Calcavecchia's 2009 British Open Clubs

Posted at 4:31 PM by David Dusek

Mark-Calcavecchia-Fri-Turnberry_600x450 Mark Calcavecchia is using one of Ping's new drivers, the G15, while competing at Turnberry. As GOLF.com reported earlier this week, the G15 maintains ball speed on off-center hits more effectively then its predecessor, the Ping G10. The G15 also spins the ball less and launches it at a slightly higher angle for more carry distance.

It's also interesting to note that Calcavecchia is caring two hybrid clubs, each a yet-to-be released Ping i15.

DRIVER: Ping G15 (7.5°) with Grafalloy ProLaunch Red X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Steelhead III (13°) with Accra SE80 X shaft
HYBRIDS: Ping i15 (17°, 20°) with Accra XH85 X shafts
IRONS: Ping i5 (4-PW) with Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping M/B (56°), Eye2 (60°) with True Temper X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Anser 2
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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(Photo by Bob Martin/SI)

Steve Marino's 2009 British Open Clubs

Posted at 1:54 PM by David Dusek

Steve-Marino-Fri-British Here is a complete list of the clubs that Steve Marino has used at the British Open.

DRIVER: Cleveland Hi-Bore XLS (9.5°)
FAIRWAY WOODS: Cleveland Hi-Bore XLS (15°), Launcher Comp (19°)
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro (20°)
IRONS: Cleveland CG Tour (4-9)
WEDGES: Cleveland CG14 (48°, 56°, 60°)
PUTTER: Never Compromise NCX-Ray Full Mallet
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x (2005)

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(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Retief Goosen's 2009 British Open Clubs

Posted at 1:14 PM by David Dusek

Retief-Goosen-Turnberry_600x425 While many competitors at the 2009 British Open have chosen to add a 2-iron to their bag and remove their 5wood, it's interesting to note that two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen is carrying both at Turnberry.

The popular thinking has been that shots hit with a 5-wood, which would naturally fly high, would be pushed around by the wind. A 2-iron, while not as good from light rough, can more easily be hit low, beneath the wind.

Goosen, who carries a 5-wood in his standard set, removed his 3-iron to make room for the 2-iron.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Goosen, who shot 67-70, is using at Turnberry.

DRIVER: TaylorMade r7 SuperQuad (8.5°) with Fujikura RE AX TP 85 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Tour Burner (14.5°) with Fujikura ROMBAX TP75 shaft, R9 (19°) with a Fujikura Motore F1 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (2, 4-PW)
WEDGES: TaylorMade rac (54°, 64°)
PUTTER: Yes! Tracy
BALL:  TaylorMade TP Black

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(Photo bySam Greenwood/Getty Images)

July 16, 2009

Miguel Angel Jimenez's 2009 British Open Clubs

Posted at 4:27 PM by David Dusek

Miguel-Angel-Jimenez-Thur-Brit_450x600 In the days leading up to the 2009 British Open, player after player came into the media center and said it would be critical to hit the fairways at Turnberry. The combination of deep round a nasty pot bunkers would make scrambling tough.

On Thursday, en route to scoring a 64, Miguel Angel Jimenez hit 12 of 14 fairways, 13 of 18 greens in regulation and needed just 27 putts to complete his round.

According to Ping, here are the clubs The Mechanic used Thursday at Turnberry:

DRIVER: Ping Rapture (7.5°) with Accra AXIV XC65 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping TISI TEC (14°) with UST ProForce 75 X shaft, (18°) with UST V2 86 X shaft
IRONS: Ping S57 (3-PW) with True Temper Superlite X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-W (52°), Tour-W TS (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping JAS Tess

(Photo by Bob Martin/SI)

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