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July 26, 2010

Winner's Bag: Carl Pettersson at The Canadian Open

Posted at 10:01 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Nike Victory Red Tour (11.5°) with a Fujikura Six shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner (14.5°) with a Graphite Design YS6 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Fli-Hi CLK (20°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Nike Pro Combo (4), Victory Red Split Cavity (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
WEDGES: Nike Victory Red (49°, 55°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7 Long
BALL: Nike ONE Tour

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July 22, 2010

Time to buy new wedges, even if you don't need them

Posted at 3:02 PM by David Dusek

Old-Wedge-Grooves_600 With much of the United States now sizzling in the dog days of summer, only a fool would be thinking about his plans for New Year's Day. Yet here I sit, grateful to the genius who invented air conditioning, thinking about Jan. 1, 2011. And if you need all the help you can get pitching, chipping and blasting the ball from greenside bunkers, you should be thinking about Jan. 1 as well.

Golf club manufacturers will not be able to produce, sell or ship wedges—or any other club with a loft of 25° or greater—with large volume grooves after Dec. 31, 2010.

Players on the PGA Tour have already been banned from using the large-volume grooves in competition. Top-level amateurs will need to switch by 2014. But the vast majority of recreational players can continue to use the old, large-volume groove clubs until 2024, including in rounds posted for used for handicap purposes.

Golf Magazine and its equipment-testing partner, Hot Stix, recently compared the performance differences between the new grooves and the old grooves. If you are a player who tends to miss greens, the findings might induce goose bumps.

Wedges with pre-2010 grooves generate, on average, 48 percent more spin from the rough than 2010 wedge grooves.

So, as I wrote in this blog one year ago, I'm planning to create a stockpile of wedges that have those wonderfully big, razor-sharp grooves and stash them in my closet. The way I see it, USGA officials are more concerned with limiting the pros' bomb-and-gouge tactics than curtailing my weekend enjoyment. They created a loophole for golfers like you and me, so we should legally exploit it to the fullest.

Take a look at the results of ClubTest 2010: Wedges again, talk with your local PGA professional, and then meet with a good clubfitter. This summer you'll be able to buy a wedge with any loft and bounce combination you like; in December, as supplies dwindle, getting the exact club you want might be harder.

If you have the financial means, buy at least two sand wedges and two lob wedges. With wedges ranging from $80 to $125 each, this is not an insignificant investment, and if you can't spend that much, consider buying one or two 58° wedges. It's a versatile loft that a clubfitter can easily bend to 56° or 60° later.

So ignore the rising thermometer and listen to the clock ticking, because as surely as winter will come, spin-enhancing wedges will be gone.

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(Photo Robert Beck/SI)
July 20, 2010

My Bag: Jonathan Byrd at the Canadian Open

Posted at 11:45 AM by David Dusek

"I have this new hybrid. It has 17 degrees of loft and is like a 2-iron. I hit it about 235 yards. It's great out of the rough." — Jonathan Byrd

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DRIVER: TaylorMade r7 Limited (9.°5) with a UST Mamiya V2 86X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Mizuno MX700 (15°) with a UST Mamiya V2 86X shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno MP CLK (17° ) with a UST Mamiya V2 Hyrbid X shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES:
Nike Victory Red Forged (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Newport Tour prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

July 18, 2010

Paul Casey says more loft has helped him conquer St. Andrews

Posted at 11:01 AM by David Dusek

Nike-Victory-Red-Tour_600x450 ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- In their never ending quest for more distance off the tee, most professional golfers try to reduce the spin imparted to the ball by the driver. Backspin does help get the ball airborne, but too much spin makes drives balloon, decreasing yards. The trick is to find the combination of loft, shaft and ball that creates the ideal spin rate and launch angle.

For Paul Casey, that meant a Nike Victory Red Tour driver with 9.5° of loft, an 83 gram Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board shaft and a Nike One Tour golf ball. With that combination he has averaged 290 yards off the tee in PGA Tour events this season and 298 yards per drive on the European Tour.

But this week Casey decided to increase the loft of his driver. Here's his rationale for the move:

I went up about three quarters of a degree. The reason being the squalls we were getting coming through this week, the rainstorms. My spin rate is pretty low, I'm low 2,000s RPM off the driver which is great when it's nice and hot and sunny, and tricky when water gets between the ball and the clubface. So I had a couple of drives slip off the driver face and not go in the desired direction in practice. So I changed that, got through it on Thursday, played pretty good, but went into the van and [Nike Tour rep] Pete Powell in the truck went from a 9.5° to a 10.5°, same head, VR Tour, same shaft, same everything. I said I just want more spin. He said that the easiest way of doing it is more loft. 


I haven't had a problem keeping it down if I want to keep it down. We're just getting our numbers, but if it just gives another 100 or 200 rpm, that's the difference between middle one that slides off the face, and one that goes down the middle of the fairway. That's given me the confidence this week.

The adjustment certainly seemed to pay off, because through the first three rounds he hit 81 percent of  fairways and averaged 314 yards per drive.

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Tiger Woods switches back to his Scotty Cameron putter

Posted at 6:23 AM by David Dusek

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After a disappointing 1-over 73 on Saturday that included three three-putts and a handful of near misses for birdie, Tiger Woods said his new putter wasn’t the problem.

"No, no," he said when asked if his new flatsick was the reason for his uncharacteristically poor putting day. "I just need to have better speed."

However, when Woods turned up on the practice green Sunday morning, his new Nike Method 001 putter was nowhere to be seen. Instead, Woods stroked practice putts with his trusty Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport 2 putter, which he used in 13 of his 14 major wins. Ninenty-nine putts — Woods' total number of putts in the first three rounds with the Method putter — was apparently enough.

Woods had raised eyebrows this week when he said he’d be using a Nike Method putter at the British Open. Woods, who had been using the Scotty Cameron putter since 1999, said he made the switch because he always had trouble on slower British Open greens. Woods didn’t say it was a permanent switch, only that he thought the Method putter would help him this week.

"This putter does come off faster with the new groove technology," Woods said when explaining his switch to the Nike putter on Tuesday. “I've had to make very little adjustment in how hard I'm hitting it compared to if I had my older putter. That's something Stevie and I have been talking about over the years together, is what can I do on slower greens? I always seem to struggle on them and can't wait to get to the fastest greens that we play on Tour."

Through three rounds Tiger has taken 99 putts, including two three-putts on Friday and three three-putts on Saturday. — Mike Walker

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(Photo by Angus Murray/GOLF)

My Bag: Lee Westwood at the 2010 British Open

Posted at 5:56 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G10 (9.0°) with a Aldila PGA Tour Only Prototype XNV6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping i15 (14°) with a UST Mamaya V2 76X shaft, Rapture V2 (19°) with Aldila NV75 X shaft
IRONS: Ping i10 (3-PW) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-W (54°, 58°) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
PUTTER: Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

My Bag: Martin Kaymer at the 2010 British Open

Posted at 5:47 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki shafts
FAIRWAY WOODS:
TaylorMade R9 (13°) and with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade RAC TP (2-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC (54°), TP with xFT (58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser 2
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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(AP Photo/Tim Hales)
July 17, 2010

My Bag: Paul Casey at 2010 British Open

Posted at 4:30 AM by David Dusek

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Driver:
Nike Victory Red Tour (10.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 83X shaft
Fairway woods: Nike SQ II (15°, 19°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103X shafts
Irons: Nike Pro Combo OS (3) and Victory Red Forged Split Cavity (4, 5) with Project X 7.0 shafts, Victory Red Forged Blades (6-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
Wedges: Nike Victory Red (52°, 59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
Putter: Nike Method 001
Ball: Nike One Tour

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(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

My Bag: Mark Calcavecchia at the 2010 British Open

Posted at 3:34 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G10 (7.5°) with Fujikura Motore F3 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead (13°, 17°) with Accra SE 80X shafts
IRONS: Ping Anser Forged (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour S (54°), EYE2 (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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July 15, 2010

Winner's Bag: Louis Oosthuizen at the 2010 British Open

Posted at 4:03 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping Rapture V2 (9°) with a Project X 6B7 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike SQ II (13°, 19°) with a Project X shafts
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour S (47°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Andrew Reddington/Getty Images)

My Bag: Rory McIlroy at the 2010 British Open

Posted at 11:06 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 909D2 (8.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax 7V05 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 906 F2 (13.5°) with a Project X 7A3 shaft, (18.5°) with a Fujikura FitOn 11 Pro 95 shaft
IRONS: Titleist AP2 (3-4), Titleist MB (5-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (48°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback Select prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

July 14, 2010

Scotty Cameron 2010 British Open commemorative putter headcover

Posted at 3:23 PM by David Dusek

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland —Titleist staff players like Davis Love, Geoff Ogilvy and Rickie Fowler are being presented with a special British Open putter headcover, designed by Scotty Cameron. The headcovers will also be available this week in the Club Cameron section of scottycameron.com.

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TaylorMade's 2010 British Open commemorative logo

Posted at 3:20 PM by David Dusek

TaylorMade-2010-British-LogoST. ANDREWS, Scotland — You'll see a unique logo on the golf bags of TaylorMade staff players like Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and Kenny Perry this week. Once again, the company's designers gave created a symbol-rich logo to celebrate the championship.

Here is what each piece of the logo represents:

The two towers on the top depict St. Andrews Cathedral, which is located about a mile away from the Old Course. Legend has it that the bones of the apostle Andrew, lost in a shipwreck, washed ashore at the settlement that came to be called St. Andrews.

The clock in the center of the logo matches the clock on the top of the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse, one of the most iconic structures in golf. The hands on the clock are set to 11:30, matching the date when the town of St. Andrews was thought to be named (November 30).

The fleur-de-lis, located just above the clock, is a prominent element in the Royal coat of arms of Scotland.

"NF 90" stands for Nick Faldo, who won the British Open at St. Andrews in 1990.

Below the word "Open" is a small stone arch, representing the Swilcan Bridge. Located in the 18th fairway, golfers must walk over the bridge to cross the burn to reach their drives. Over the years, thousands of golfers have had their photos taken on the bridge.

The red ribbon bearing the year "2010" at the bottom represents the Champions Belt, the prize awarded to early Open Championship winners. It was not until 1872, after Young Tom Morris won his third Open Championship (and permanent ownership of the belt), that the claret jug became the prize.

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July 13, 2010

Stewart Cink using Twitter-covered bag at British Open

Posted at 2:20 PM by David Dusek

Stewart-Cink-BO-Nike-Bag1_450x600 ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Golf's most popular Twitter personality also happens to be the defending champion of the British Open. Stewart Cink was into Twitter well before his win last year at Turnberry, but as his fame grew, so did the number of people following him on the social networking site. As of Tuesday morning, more than 1.2 million people around the world were getting 'Tweets' (140-character-or-less messages and photos) delivered to their computers and mobile phones from Cink.

To wish Cink good luck in his tournament defense, Nike, one of his main sponsors, recently encouraged Cink's Twitter followers to send him inspirational messages and words of encouragement. Hundreds did, and a select group of those messages now cover the golf bag that Cink will use this week at St. Andrews. (Click image for a closer view.)

Here is a sample of some of the messages that Cink received:

@parshooter9471: You can't spell St. Andrews without S-T-E-W!

@bobdiercksmeier: Win jug #2 @ Open #150.

@JonGPRoRosa: Drive it! Attack it! Cink it!! Play your heart out CHAMP!!

At the end of the week, Nike plans to ask Cink to pick a message, and that Twitter follower will then receive a bag of Nike goodies identical to the ones handed out to each staff player at this year's British Open. (The included hoodie and customized Nike Air Max 360 shoes will not be made available at retail.)

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Tiger Woods switches to Nike Method 001 Putter at St. Andrews

Posted at 9:12 AM by David Dusek

Tiger-Nike-Method-1_600x450 ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Tiger Woods has been using the same Scotty Cameron Newport putter since 1999, winning 13 major championships with it. But Tiger confirmed in his press conference on Tuesday that he is making a switch this week at the Open Championship.

Woods said that this week he is going with a Nike Method 001 putter. It is the same model Stewart Cink used to win the 2009 British Open at Turnberry and Lucas Glover used to win the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage.

"I have always struggled on slower greens," Woods said. "This week I have not had to make that much of an adjustment because the ball is coming off the face a little quicker."

Woods's Method 001 was built to match the specifications of his Cameron putter, with an identical lie angle, single alignment dot on the head and a Ping grip.
 
But according to Rick Nichols, Nike Golf's tour field manager, the putter has the standard loft for a Method putter, 2.5°. That's about 1° less loft than Woods's Cameron putter.

Tiger-Nike-Method-2_600x450Nichols also said that Woods has given Nike input on the Method putters since their inception almost two years ago. In fact, he said that Tiger's back-up putter—to be used if his Cameron was damaged—has been a Method 001.

The grooves in the face of the Method putters are partially filled with a polymer to soften feel. However, the exposed metal area within the grooves is designed to grab the ball and get it rolling on the ground more quickly.

"I've always been tempted to change my putter on slower greens," Woods said. "I've always experimented with other putters throughout the years, but I never put one in play."

Until this week.

In the video below, Tom Stites, Nike Golf's director of product innovation, explains the technology behind the Nike Method putters.

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