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December 31, 2009

Bag of the Day: Ernie Els

Posted at 6:41 AM by David Dusek

Ernie Els, who finished the season ranked No. 17 in the world, has been playing Callaway's yet-to-be-released FT-iZ driver in recently events. The three-piece, triangular-shaped head features a lightweight carbon composite body that is fused to a titanium face and a high-density rear weight.

You'll be able to read a lot more about the Callaway FT-iZ, and 26 other drivers, next week when Golf.com brings you ClubTest 2010: Drivers.

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DRIVER: Calaway FT-iZ (8.5˚) with Project X shaft
FAIRWAY: Callaway X Tour (14˚, 19˚) with Royal Precision Rifle shafts
IRONS: Callaway Tour Authentic Proto X (3-PW) with KBS Tour shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged (54˚, 59˚)
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #5
BALL: Callaway Tour (i)s

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December 30, 2009

Bag of the Day: Tiger Woods

Posted at 8:14 AM by David Dusek

Tiger Woods, who has taken an indefinite leave from competitive golf since admitting to marital infidelity, turns 34 today.

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Here is a list of the clubs that Tiger Woods used to win the 2009 Australian Masters, less than two week before his automobile accident and the subsequent sex scandal.

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
IRONS:
Nike Forged Blades (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES:
  Nike Victory Red (56°), SV (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER:
  Titleist by Scotty Cameron Newport 2
BALL:
  Nike One Tour

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December 29, 2009

Bag of the Day: J.B. Holmes

Posted at 10:28 AM by David Dusek


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DRIVER: Cobra ZL (8.5°) with Aldila RIP 80X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cobra Speed LD-X Pro (13°) with Fujikura Sapphire X
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with UST Mamaya AxivCore Green X shaft
IRONS: Cobra S2 Forged (3), Pro CB (4-PW) with Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (56°, 60°)
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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Bag of the Day: Retief Goosen

Posted at 9:54 AM by David Dusek

Duriong the 2009 season, South Africa's Retief Goosen switched from TaylorMade's Tour Preferred irons to the company's new R9 TP irons. He also switched from TaylorMade's TP Red golf ball to the five-piece Penta ball before the start of the PGA Championship.On the putter front, he continued to use his trusty YES! Tracy, the putter he used to win the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, but also used a TaylorMade Isty Bitsy Spider with a double-bend shaft.

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Here is a list of the clubs that Retief Goosen has been using recently:
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 R9 TP (3-9) with Project X shafts
WEDGES:
TaylorMade RAC (50°, 54°, 64°) with Project X shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Spider
BALL:
TaylorMade Penta

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December 27, 2009

Bag of the Day: Davis Love

Posted at 9:52 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 909 D3 (8.5°) with a UST Mamaya Proforce V2 75X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist F3-05 prototype (13°) with a UST Mamaya Proforce V2 85X shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (17°) with UST Proforce V2 Hybrid 104X shaft
IRONS: Titleist Forged MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design 200 Series (50°, 55°), Vokey Special Grind 60-E (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist 009 Newport
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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Bag of the Day: Richie Ramsay

Posted at 9:20 PM by David Dusek

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Here is a list of the clubs that Richie Ramsey used to win the South African Open on December 20.

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 (9.5°)
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Tour Burner (14.5°)
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue TP (21°)
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (4-PW)
WEDGES: TaylorMade rac (52°, 56°, 60°)
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Itsy Bitsy Spider
BALL: TaylorMade TP Red LDP

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December 23, 2009

Bag of the Day: Kenny Perry

Posted at 10:15 AM by David Dusek

Kenny Perry was one of the first players to start using TaylorMade's Raylor rescue club when he put it into play at Bethpage during the 2009 U.S. Open. With a V-shaped sole, it helped him get the ball out of the wet, thick rough. But as the PGA Tour veteran prepares for the 2010 season he has pulled the club out and gone back to using the TaylorMade Rescue TP with FCT he'd previously been using. Like the Raylor, the Rescue TP has a weight screw in the back to help launch the ball high, but the Rescue TP also allows golfers to adjust the face into one of eight different settings to encourage specific ball flights.

According to TaylorMade, Perry also replaced his 14.5° TaylorMade Burner 3-wood with an older 13° TaylorMade V Steel in some post season events.

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Here is a list of the clubs that Kenny Perry has been using recently:

DRVIER: TaylorMade R9 460 (9.5°) with Fujikura Matore F1 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade V Steel (13°) with a Graphite Design Tour GAT 75 shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue TP w/FCT (19°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD UT 95 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade r7 (4-PW) with FST KB Tour shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade rac (54°, 60, 64°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Ping G2i Craz-E
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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December 22, 2009

Bag of the Day: Vijay Singh

Posted at 9:42 AM by David Dusek

According to a source at Cleveland Golf, Vijay Singh has been testing a few of the companies newest woods, as well as a previous-released ball, as he gets ready for the 2010 season.

He is experimenting with a new Launcher DST driver, which designed to be lighter than almost every other driver on the market, so it should increase Singh's swing speed and add yards off the tee. Cleveland says Singh is also trying the DST fairway woods too.

But what is most interesting is that Singh seems to be practicing with a different ball. He played with the Srixon Z-Star X through the end of the 2009 season, but has been using a slightly-softer Srixon Z UR ball recently. With the new groove rule changes ready to go into effect for the pros on January 1, many of the game's best players are switching to softer golf balls to help them compensate for the reduced spin they will get around the greens with their new wedges.

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Here is a complete list of the clubs that Singh is using now:

DRIVER: Cleveland Launcher DST (7.5°)
FAIRWAY WOODS: Cleveland Launcher DST (13°, 16°)
IRONS: Cleveland CG Tour (4-PW)
WEDGES: Cleveland CG15 (54°, 60°, 64°)
PUTTER: Never Compromise NCX Ray Sigma Belly
BALL:
Srixon Z UR

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December 21, 2009

Bag of the Day: Angel Cabrera

Posted at 8:59 AM by David Dusek

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Here is a list of the clubs that 2009 Masters champion Angel Cabrera has been playing with recently:

DRIVER: Ping i15 (8°) with Aldila RIP 80X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G15 (15.5°) with Aldila prototype 95X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with Aldila prototype 95X shaft
IRONS: Ping S57 (3-PW) with Rifle 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour W (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping iWi 1/2 Craz-E with a 21" Winn Belly putter grip
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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December 18, 2009

Bag of the Day: Robert Allenby

Posted at 10:42 AM by David Dusek

Robert Allenby has long been known as one of the best iron players in the world. This year the Australian worked hard to improved his putting, and his hard work was rewarded late in the season. Although he lost his singles match to Anthony Kim, Allenby played well in the Presidents Cup in September and won 2 1/2 points for the International team. He then won the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa on December 6 and  the Australian PGA Championship for the fourth time by shooting a 66 on December 13.

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Here is a list of the clubs that Robert Allenby is using:

DRIVER: TaylorMade Tour Burner (9.5°) with a Royal Precision Saber 65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Srixon W 403 (14.5°, 18.5°) with Royal Precision Saber 65 shafts
IRONS: Srixon I-701 Tour (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (56°, 60°)
PUTTER: Bobby Grace M1
BALL: Srixon Z Star

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December 17, 2009

Bag of the Day: Steve Stricker

Posted at 2:41 PM by David Dusek

Steve Stricker teamed with Jerry Kelly to win the Shark Shootout on Sunday, ending a fantastic season that saw Stricker rise to No. 3 in the world rankings. He won the Deutsche Bank Championship, John Deere Classic, and the Crowne Plaza Colonial and won four points in Presidents Cup play.

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DRIVER:  Titleist 909 D3 (8.5°)  with UST Proforce V2 86 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:  Titleist 906F2 (13°)  with UST Proforce V2 95 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (19°) with UST Proforce V2 104 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 755 (3-PW) with Royal Precision Project X shafts
WEDGES:  Titleist Vokey Design (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Sensicore shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #2
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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December 16, 2009

Bag of the Day: Jerry Kelly

Posted at 10:53 AM by David Dusek

For the second time in his career, Jerry Kelly was a member of the winning team at the Shark Shootout, an annual scramble competition hosted by Greg Norman in Naples, Fla. Kelly won playing alongside Rod Pampling in 2006,but this year he was paired with fellow Wisconsin-native Steve Stricker.

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DRIVER: Cleveland Launcher DST (7.5°) with Miyazaki prototype X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:   Titleist 906 F4 (13°) with Graphite Design Pershing 85g X shaft
HYBRID: Cleveland HiBore XLS (16°) with Graphite Design YS Hybrid 85 X
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour (3-9) with True Temper Black Gold X shafts
WEDGES:
Cleveland 588 (47°, 53°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts
PUTTER: Cleveland Classic #3
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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December 15, 2009

Bag of the Day: Pablo Martin

Posted at 9:08 AM by David Dusek

By winning the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa on Sunday, the first event on the European Tour's 2010 schedule, Spain's Pablo Martin became the first golfer to win on that tour as both an amateur (2007 Estoril Open de Portugal) and as a professional. Martin's ranking jumped from No. 488 to No. 276.

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DRIVER: Nike SQ Dymo STR8-Fit (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Kai 'Li 80X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike SQ Dymo (13°, 17°) with Mitsubishi Kai 'Li 80X shafts
IRONS: Nike Victory Red Full Cavity (3-7) and Victory Red Forged Blades (8-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 SuperLite shafts
WEDGES: Nike Victory Red Forged (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Nike Method 003
BALL: Nike ONE Tour

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December 14, 2009

Bag of the Day: Phil Mickelson

Posted at 9:07 AM by David Dusek

Phil Mickelson is on the cover of the January, 2010 issue of GOLF Magazine. Not only is there an excellent story inside by Michael Bamberger about how Dave Stockton helped Mickelson get his putting touch back, but there's also a detailed instruction article from Stockton on his five secrets for holing more putts.

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Here is a list of the clubs that Phil Mickelson used to win the last event he played, the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai:

DRIVER: Callaway FT-9 (7.5°) Tour hosel with Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:  Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
HYBRID: Callaway PM prototype (18°, 22°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Thump X shaft
IRONS: Callaway X Proto (5-PW) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Tour Forged (56°, 60°, 64°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #9 PM Blade
BALL: Callaway Tour ix

December 12, 2009

Tiger Woods's Indefinite Leave from Golf Supported by Sponsors

Posted at 12:19 PM by David Dusek

With Tiger Woods taking an indefinite leave from golf, companies that have endorsement deals with him will have to evaluate whether staying with Tiger is in their best interests.Nikegolf_logo_2

Gillette announced Saturday that it would "phase the world's most valuable athlete out of its advertisements while he takes time off to repair his personal life," according to the Associated Press.

Nike, Woods's biggest corporate partner, issued a statement Friday  night that said, "Tiger has been part of Nike for more than a decade. He is the best golfer in the world and one of the greatest athletes of our era. We look forward to his return to golf. He and his family have Nike's full support."

For Woods, it was yet another sign that Nike is going to stay by his side. The company had previously released three statements in support of Woods.

However, Tiger's image has been removed from the homepage of Accenture, a financial services company and another of Woods's main sponsors. Visitors to the site had previously been greeted with an image of Tiger standing in a desert behind a cactus. The caption read: "Opportunities are not always obvious." In its place are alternating images of speedskaters and a skier jumping from a cliff.

Tag-Heurer_600 On Friday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that watchmaker Tag Heuer was removing signs featuring Woods from stores in Australia. But according to the article, Tag Heuer's Australia general manager said the move was unrelated to recent events. "We change out campaigns probably four or five times per annum," he said.

In New York, behind the cash register at Tourneau in the Time Warner Center, a large sign of Woods pensively staring over an expensive chronograph was still hanging on the wall.

CNBC's Darren Rovell reported that EA Sports, maker of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010 video game, released a statement Friday saying, "At this time, the strategy for our Tiger Woods PGA TOUR business remains unchanged."

I was asked Friday night during a radio interview which of Woods's sponsors would be most likely to walk away. I don't think any will, but AT&T would seem the most likely candidate. The company, which doesn't use Woods in advertising (no signs and billboards to remove) or feature him on its Web site, is evaluating its relationship with Woods, according to the Associated Press. In exchange for having the company's logo on his bag, it's reported that AT&T makes a substantial donation to the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Even if AT&T and Woods were to part ways, the telecommunications company would still have significant ties to golf. The company is the title sponsor the PGA Tour's annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, as well as the AT&T National, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Mark Steinberg, Tiger's agent, said in a statement: "Although there has been considerable inquiry about Tiger’s sponsorships, it would be both premature and inappropriate to comment on the status of specific business relationships. Suffice it to say, we have had thoughtful conversations and his sponsors have been open to a solution-oriented dialogue. Of course, each sponsor has unique considerations and ultimately the decisions they make we would fully understand and accept."




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