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August 30, 2009

Heath Slocum's Barclays Championship Winning Clubs

Posted at 7:53 PM by David Dusek

Heath Slocum Barclays Sunday Here is a complete list of the clubs that Heath Slocum used to win the 2009 Barclays Championship at Liberty National:

DRIVER: Ping G15 (9°) with Aldila RIP 70X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Adams 9032 (14.5°) with Aldila VS Proto 70X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro (18°) with Aldila Proto Hybrid 95X shaft
IRONS: Ping i15 (3-PW) with Ping zz65 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour W (54°), Cleveland CG14 (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold wedge shafts
PUTTER: Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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August 27, 2009

Yang Switches to TaylorMade's 5-Piece Penta Ball

Posted at 7:02 PM by David Dusek

TaylorMade Penta Golf Ball JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- At the 2009 PGA Championship, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen tried out the yet-to-be-released, five-piece TaylorMade Penta golf ball. Last week at the Wyndham Championship in Charlotte, Matt Bettencourt, James Driscoll, Justin Rose, Jay Williamson and Casey Wittenberg also started using the ball.

Now, according to TaylorMade representatives, Y.E. Yang, the man who walked away with the Wanamaker Trophy at Hazeltine, has put the Penta into play at the Barclays Championship. Yang had previously been using the TaylorMade TP Red LDP.

As we reported in early August, the Penta has been designed to optimize its performance in five key areas: with the driver, long-irons, middle irons, short irons and partial wedge shots. The ball will be available to the public starting December 1.

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Vijay Singh Turning to Training Aids to Improve Putting

Posted at 6:53 PM by David Dusek

Vijay Singh Putting Ruler JERSEY CITY, N.J. — When Vijay Singh was paired in the final group with Tiger Woods Saturday at Hazeltine, his putting, specifically his short putting, proved to be his downfall. The Fijian missed several critical putts and fell from contention.

On Wednesday at Liberty National, Singh, using his traditional-length Never Compromise Milled Series 1 putter, hit several putts along a metal yardstick. He was not aiming at a hole, but instead trying to make the ball smoothly roll down the 1-inch wide, 3-foot-long stick. When he was successful, Singh knew that his putter's face was square at impact. (Click on the top image for a better look.)

A short time before, Sean Vijay Singh Putting StickO'Hair had shown Singh a training aid, a Putting Stick, that is designed to help players practice the same drill. O'Hair's caddie, Paul Tesori (who used to be on Singh's bag), told me that O'Hair had recently started using the devise because he'd had good results with it as a junior. (Honestly, it's a 46-inch piece of 3/8-inch thick Plexiglas.)

Chad Reynolds, Singh's caddie, borrowed the devise after Singh had putted on the yardstick for about 10 minutes. The winner of last season's Barclay's Championship seemed to like it. (Click on the lower images for a better look.)

If Singh is going to successfully defend his Barclays crown, as well as his FedEx Cup title, he may need to log some serious hours with these training aides.

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Ping's New Tour Van Arrives at Liberty National

Posted at 3:04 PM by David Dusek

Ping Tour Van Jersey City, N.J. – After helping players prepare for the Arnold Palmer Invitational in late March, Ping's tour van was on the road to the next event when it was hit from behind in a rainstorm. No one was hurt when a truck carrying timber hit the van, but just days before the Masters, Ping's van was totaled.

Ping, like many other manufacturers, depends on its tour van to act as a model warehouse and club building facility for PGA Tour pros. Vans typically carry scores of shafts, grips and dozens of driver, iron and wedge heads.

While competition in the marketplace is fierce, the people who work in tour vans are often good friends. There is a certain comradeship that develops on the road, and in the weeks that followed, several other manufacturers allowed Ping reps to do basic work in their vans.

Five months later, the company has unveiled it's new truck and parked it alongside the driving range at Liberty National. Click on the top image for a better look.Inside Ping Tour Van

It's just four feet longer than it's predecessor, but slightly taller. An expandable side section opens to create a larger work area. For players like Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Angel Cabrera and Chris DiMarco, the van's sofa's and satellite TVs can provide a respite from the heat of the practice area.

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August 26, 2009

Ernie Els Searching for Putter and Magic at Liberty National

Posted at 7:26 PM by David Dusek

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- In 2004, Ernie Els contended at all four majors, but didn't win any. That season the Big Easy ranked ninth on the PGA Tour in putting average, needing only 1.74 putts per green hit in regulation. This year, he's tied for 153rd in that category, averaging 1.801.

So it was no surprise that I saw him spend an hour on the speed practice green at Liberty National Wednesday in preparation for Thursday's start of the Barclays. With the help of his caddie, Ricky Roberts, as well as an assist using a video camera, Els hit putt after putt with an Odyssey putter made especially to his specifications and preferences (below). The stainless steel design is shaped like a classic heel-toe weighted Anser.

Ernie Els Blade Putter

However, halfway through his practice session, Els started putting with a custom finished Odyssey White Hot XG #5 (below). Els has used this putter on several occasions this season, including at the PGA Championship two weeks ago.

Ernie Els OWH6 Putter 

Els did not appear happy with his putting Wednesday afternoon, so it will be interesting to see which putter goes in the bag Thursday. The greens at Liberty National have plenty of contours and are running fast, so regardless of which putter he uses, Els will need to find his 2004 magic is he's going to contend.

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Camilo Villegas' New Putter Shows Gator Pride

Posted at 2:03 PM by David Dusek

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Camilo Villegas has covered his driver with a University of Florida gator for years, but Scotty Cameron recently made a special California Series putter for the Colombian star. Villegas had been using a Titleist by Scotty Cameron GSS Circa '62 #6, a model not currently set to be included in the California line, which debuts in late September. However, Cameron created one especially for Villegas and decorated it in Florida colors.

Camilo Villegas Putter

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Cobra Players Trying New ZL Driver at Liberty National

Posted at 2:01 PM by David Dusek

Cobra ZL Driver JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Several top Cobra Golf staff players are currently testing the company's new adjustable-face ZL driver here at Liberty National. Among them are Geoff Ogilvy, Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas and J.B. Holmes. In fact, Ogilvy and Villegas have both Tweeted about trying the club.

According to Brian Parker, Cobra's manager of tour promotions, Ogilvy saw the club as a prototype, but Tuesday was given the final product for the first time. The Aussie had been using a Cobra S9-1 Pro D (10.5°), but after just one afternoon's practice with a ZL (9.5) set 1° open with an Aldila RIP 80X shaft, he is planning to use the club this week in the Barclays Championship.

(Alidla's RIP shaft will be available in 2010.)

"The club is easier to draw and easier to fade [than the S9-1]," he said during his practice round this morning. "But it's harder to hit it really wide."

The ZL driver has a titanium face and body, but the crown is made from weight-saving carbon fiber. A weight plug—which is not adjustable—has been positioned on the lower-back portion of the club to increase the moment of inertia, lower the center of gravity and create a higher initial launch angle. Using an included torque wrench, the ZL driver will allow golfers to set the head into one of three different face angles – 1° open, square or 1° closed.

Cobra's ZL driver will be available to the public November 1.

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August 24, 2009

The Most Important Golf Club in Your Bag

Posted at 5:01 PM by David Dusek

During the PGA Championship, I wrote about the new Nike Method family of putters and the new Scotty Cameron California line of putters. Several readers wrote that $250 or $300 is too much money for a putter. Others pointed out that during a typical round, an amateur player might use his or her putter 28-35 times per round.

I e-mailed several GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teachers and asked them the following question: What is the most important/valuable club in a weekend player’s bag? 

Here's what they wrote:

Brian_mogg_74x106Brian Mogg, coach of Y.E. Yang and director of the Brian Mogg Performance Center at Golden Bear Golf Club at Keene's Point in Windermere, Fla.
The putter is the most important/valuable club in the bag. However, the actual cost to the manufacturer to build a putter is much less than a large-headed driver with a graphite shaft. Your putter is vital and important and worth every penny if it works, but proportional to what it costs to make it should also be looked at.  This is why $250 seems high-priced for a putter.

Mike_bender_74x106 Mike Bender, coach of Zach Johnson and master instructor at the Mike Bender Golf Academy at Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary, Fla.
Without a doubt, the most important club in the bag is the driver.  Have you ever heard of a golfer incurring a penalty on a putter? If the average amateur golfer hit to his typical distance, but you put him in the middle of every fairway, he'd better his handicap by a mile.

When I was playing the PGA Tour, officials had just started to keep detailed stats, and the No. 1 putter was Morris Hatalsky. For being the best putter, he was nowhere near the top of the money list. But guys like Greg Norman, Tom Kite, Bruce Litsky, Nick Faldo, and Mark O'Meara were, and none of them could be considered great putter like Ben Crenshaw, Lorin Roberts and Brad Faxon.

The saying should be putt for show and drive for dough.

JohnElliottJr_66x80 John Elliot, director of golf instruction at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla.
The question can be answered a couple of different ways depending on the word valuable. Valuable can mean most expensive, which would be your driver, or most valuable can mean the club that has the most influence on your score, which is your putter.

MikePerpich_66x80 Mike Perpich, River Pines Golf Club in Alpharetta, Ga.
"For the weekend golfer, the wedges are the most important clubs. The 52°, 56°, and 60°. Stats show that even the best putters in the world only make about 15% of their putts from 15 feet, so pitching and chipping the ball closer when you miss the green is a big deal. Since most club players are only going to hit four to six greens per round, pitching and chipping the ball well is absolutely critical."

Steve_boshdosh_74x106 Steve Bosdosh, The Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md.
A 24° hybrid is the answer for average golfers. They will putt about the same regardless of putter and slice drives with a $500 titanium driver or an old persimmon model. But get them to use a 24° hybrid in place of fairway woods and long irons and most golfers will get down the fairway faster and near the green in fewer strokes. All else being equal, that will help them shoot lower scores.

So as you can see, while no one disputes the importance of good putting, there is plenty of debate over which club is the most important in your bag, even among the experts. So what's your view? What is the single most important golf club to you? Write your answer in the comments area below.

Ryan Moore's Winning Clubs

Posted at 11:55 AM by David Dusek

Ryan-Moore-2009Wyndham_600Endorsement contracts can be very lucrative, and golf fans are used to seeing players, their bags and their apparel covered in logos and insignias. Often these contracts pay professional players a flat rate for using a certain number of clubs, and contain incentive clauses, which can add tens of thousands of dollars to the player's bank account if he wins a PGA Tour event. Win a major and those numbers go up a lot more.

But Ryan Moore, in an attempt to get back to his pure love of the game, walked away from several endorsement deals before winning the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.,Sunday.

Forsaking the dollars, Moore plays the clubs he prefers, including his S59 irons, which are the same clubs he used to dominate fields in college and amateur events about five years ago.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Ryan Moore used to win the 2009 Wyndham Championship:

DRIVER: Adams Speedline 9032LS (8.5°) with Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech 65 shaft
Adams Speedline 9032 Ti (14.5°)
Adams Idea Pro Gold (18°, 22°)
Ping S59 (4-PW)
Ping MB (54°), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°)
Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport 303
Callaway Tour i

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August 17, 2009

Acushnet wins new trial in Titleist ProV1 patent case

Posted at 4:40 PM by

In a new development in the long-running patent dispute between Acushnet, the parent company of Titleist, and Callaway over the ProV1 golf ball, a court of appeals today granted Acushnet's request for a new trial. The press release from Acushnet is below: 

"Acushnet Company, the golf business of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE: FO), announced that on August 14, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted the company’s request for a new trial and issued other favorable decisions in its patent dispute with Callaway Golf.

In its opinion, the Court of Appeals’ three-judge panel found that the inconsistent jury verdict holding one patent claim invalid and others not invalid was irreconcilable and could not stand. As a result, the Court of Appeals overturned the judgment and injunction entered by the District Court in November 2008 and sent the case back to that court for a new trial. The court also found that the trial court erred in rejecting an important Acushnet defense before the trial and in not allowing certain evidence supporting that defense. Acushnet now will be able to assert that defense and the supporting evidence, in addition to its other significant defenses, in a new trial before the District Court. The ruling also confirms that all Titleist Pro V1 products can be sold, bought and played with confidence and without any threat of disruption in service."

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August 16, 2009

Y.E. Yang's 2009 PGA Championship Winning Clubs

Posted at 7:00 PM by David Dusek

Yang-resave Here is a complete list of the clubs that Y.E. Yang used to win the 2009 PGA Championship:

Driver: TaylorMade r7 Limited (8.5°) with Aldila NV 75X shaft
Fairway woods: TaylorMade Burner (13°), TaylorMade V Steel (18°) with Honma ARMRQ shafts
Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°, 21°) Alida NVS 105 hybrid shaft
Irons:  TaylorMade r7 TP (5-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade rac (48°), Nike SV (58°)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Two-Ball
Ball:  TaylorMade TP Red LDP

(Paul Sancya/AP Photo)

August 15, 2009

Golf Pride's Patriot Grip Supports Folds of Honor Foundation

Posted at 6:02 PM by David Dusek

GR200-3 CHASKA, Minn. – I had a chance to eat lunch today in the media center with Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard and a PGA professional. Major Rooney is also the tireless face of Patriot Golf Day (Sept. 4-7) and the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships to the children and spouses of members of the military disabled or killed in service.

Rooney is an inspiring guy who, after serving a few tours in Iraq, said he's looking forward to not only playing more golf this fall but also to watching football from his sofa.

"It's like I missed the whole season last year," he said with a laugh.

Golf Pride recently created a special red, white and blue grip, the Patriot (right), and will donate a percentage of the sale of each all-rubber grip to the Folds of Honor Foundation. Buying them will give you good feel on the course, and a good feeling off it.

Click here for more information about the Patriot grip, and to make a tax deductible contribution to Folds of Honor, click here.

Tiger Woods's 2009 PGA Championship Golf Clubs

Posted at 3:22 PM by David Dusek

Tiger-Woods-Irons-PGA_600 CHASKA, Minn. – If it ain't broke, why fix it?

Having won the last two PGA Tour events, the Buick Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods has not made any equipment changes this week at 2009 PGA Championship.

Here is a complete list of the clubs in his bag at Hazeltine:

Driver:  Nike SQ Dymo (10°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83x shaft
Fairway woods:
  Nike SasQuatch Sumo (15°, 19°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103g shafts
  Nike Forged Blades (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
  Nike Victory Red (56°), SV (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
  Titleist by Scotty Cameron Newport 2
  Nike One Tour

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August 14, 2009

Ross Fisher's 2009 PGA Championship Clubs

Posted at 8:09 PM by David Dusek

Ross Fisher 2009 PGA Clubs CHASKA, Minn. -- With all the attention paid to champion Stewart Cink and near-winner Tom Watson after the 2009 British Open, it's easy to forget that Ross Fisher nearly stole the show at Turnberry. He had the lead on Sunday until he made a quadruple-bogey 8 on the par-4 fifth hole.

At Turnberry, Fisher swapped out his Cobra S9-1 3-wood in favor of a 2-iron, but at Hazeltine National, the fairway wood is back in the bag.

Here is a complete list of clubs in Ross Fisher's bag at the 2009 PGA Championship:

DRIVER: Titleist Pro Titanium 905R (9.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cobra S9-1 (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 93X shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H  (17°) with Fujikura Speeder 904HB shaft
IRONS: Titleist 695MB (3-9) 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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Padraig Harrington's 2009 PGA Championship Clubs

Posted at 8:06 PM by David Dusek

Padraig-Harrington-Wilson-PGA_600 Here is a complete list of the clubs that Padraig Harrington is using this week at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 460 (9.5°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner (13°), Wilson Staff FYbrid  (18°)
HYBRID: Wilson Staff (3, 4)
IRONS: Wilson Staff Pi5 (5-PW)
WEDGES:  Wilson Tw9 (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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