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April 10, 2011

My Bag: Geoff Ogilvy at the 2011 Masters

Posted at 6:44 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (9.5°) with an Aldila RIP 80 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F (15°) with an Aldila RIP 90 X shaft, Cobra S9-1 Pro (18°) with a Fujikura Saphire shaft
IRONS: Titleist Forged 710 MB (3-9) with KBS Tour X shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (50°, 54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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My Bag: Adam Scott at the 2011 Masters

Posted at 5:52 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (9.5°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910Fd (15°) with a Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 X shaft
IRONS: Titleist Forged 710 MB (3-PW) with KBS Tour X shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (54°, 60°) with KBS Tour X shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Stainless Kombi (49")
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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(Photo by John Biever/SI)

My Bag: Tiger Woods at the 2011 Masters

Posted at 4:28 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
  Nike Victory Red Tour (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73x shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:
  Nike VR Pro (15°), SQ Sumo (19°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103g shafts
IRONS:
 Nike Victory Red Blades (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES:
  Nike VR Pro (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER:
  Nike Method 003
BALL:
  Nike One Tour

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Winner's Bag: Charl Schwartzel at the 2011 Masters

Posted at 3:28 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Nike VR Tour (8.5°) with a Rombax 7V05 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike SQ Sumo (13°, 19°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 83 shafts
IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blade (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Nike VR Pro (54°,  60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Nike Method 004
BALL: Nike ONE Tour D

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(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

April 08, 2011

For Choi and Yang, hybrid clubs are helping to tame Augusta

Posted at 7:42 PM by David Dusek

KF-Choi-Fri-Masters_600 AUGUSTA, Ga. – The most famous hybrid club in golf history is Todd Hamilton's Sonartec MD, which he used all over Royal Troon en route to winning the 2004 British Open. A close second would be Y.E. Yang's TaylorMade Rescue TP, the club he used to stiff his approach shot on the 72nd hole at Hazeltine and win the 2009 PGA Championship.

This week at Augusta National, there are plenty of hybrids in K.J. Choi's bag that could become just as famous if he can win the Masters. Choi, who finished third in the 2004 Masters, used four in the opening round on Thursday.

"Three weeks ago, I felt that to contend at major championships, I had to be able to get the ball up in the air, higher, and to stop the ball on the greens better," Choi said through his interpreter Friday afternoon. "That's why I put the hybrids in the bag. When I tried it, it made playing the par 3s much easier. I still don't feel that I'm 100-percent comfortable with those hybrids, but I still plan to continue using them."

The longest iron in Choi's bag Thursday was a 7-iron, but on Friday he put his 6-iron back in the bag and went with only three hybrids.

YEYang-Masters-Fri_600x450 Yang, who shot an even-par 72 Friday to finish at five under par, carries four hybrid clubs all the time. The longest iron in his bag is a 6-iron.

Yang's coach, Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brian Mogg, said Yang had a lot of confidence in the clubs after his PGA Championship win, adding a 4-hybrid to the 2- and 3-hybrids he already carried. Then, at last season's Byron Nelson Championship, a 5-hybrid was added.

"We started calling him grandpa," Mogg said Friday, "because his bag looked like something an old man would carry."

But Mogg quickly pointed out that Yang grew up on Jeju-do Island, South Korea, which is a really windy place. His inclination is to keep the ball low. The hybrids, along with the hard work Yang and Mogg have put in on the range over the last few seasons, have helped him develop a higher ball flight that is helpful on the PGA Tour.

When I asked Yang if he thought about using an iron instead of a hybrid this week because the course is playing firm and fast, he said no.

"I've tried it a few times, especially when it's dry," Yang told me through his interpreter. "But even if it's a logical decision, sometimes it's a confidence issue. I'm just more confident with a hybrid than an iron right now. I've thought about it, but in the end I think I hit my shots very well with my 5-hybrid rather than my 5-iron, which would have been the logical choice if I was going to take one out. So, I'm going to stick with the hybrids for now."

Mogg said that while he can't think of any other pros that carry more than four hybrids, no one is snickering or laughing about Yang's set make-up behind his back.

And if Yang or Choi makes another hybrid famous en route to winning a green jacket, they never will.

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(Photos: Choi, John Mabanglo/Getty Images; Yang, Harry How/Getty Images)

My Bag: Jason Day at 2011 Masters Tournament

Posted at 6:48 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (10.5°) with a Matrix OZIK TP7HD shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R11 (17°) with a Matrix OZIK TP7HD shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue (21°) with a True Temper Project X Rifle Hybrid shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (4-5), R9 TP (6-PW) with True Temper Project X shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP xFT (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Project X shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Spider
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

April 07, 2011

My Bag: Rory McIlroy at the 2011 Masters

Posted at 4:14 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D2 (8.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax 7V05 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 910F (13.5°) with True Temper Project X X7A3 shaft; (17°) with a Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shaft
IRONS: Titleist MB (3-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (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 John Biever/SI)

April 06, 2011

Scotty Cameron 2011 Masters commemorative putter headcover

Posted at 8:44 AM by David Dusek

Each year at the majors, Titleist's putter guru, Scotty Cameron, designs a special putter headcover. Take a look at his handiwork for the 2010 Masters, 2010 U.S. Open and the 2010 British Open.

The commemorative putter headcover shown below celebrates the Masters and will be available to Club Cameron members for $116 starting very soon. A representitive for Scotty Cameron couldn't confirm an exact time, but said it would likely appear in the next 24 hours.

 

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April 05, 2011

Mickelson going with two drivers again at the Masters

Posted at 2:26 PM by David Dusek

Phil Mickelson Masters Tuesday AUGUSTA, Ga. — Phil Mickelson is known for changing the clubs in his bag based on the course setup and the conditions. This week, he's planning to go back a strategy that helped him win the 2006 Masters—two drivers.

When asked on Tuesday if he planned to make any adjustments to his bag after winning last week's Shell Houston Open, Mickelson said, "Nothing that really stands out. Other than I am going to have two drivers this week."

Right, that's not unusual at all.

"Because it's going to be warm, I won't need a 3-iron or a hybrid, so the longest iron I'll have is a 4-iron," Mickelson said. "But really, into the par 5s, I won't need anything less than that, or more than a 4-iron into the par 3s."

Mickelson added that if the temperatures stay cool that he might need a 3-iron to reach the 240-yard par-3 fourth hole, but he noted that the forecast is for the heat to return later in the week.

The three-time Masters champion said that the strategy behind carrying two drivers is not about working the ball left or right. "They both draw and fade the same, that's not the purpose of it," Mickelson said. "One has an inch longer shaft and a different loft."

Mickelson said that carrying a second, longer driver would allow him to carry the fairway bunkers on the two front-side par 5s, the 575-yard second and 570-yard eighth. Last week in Houston, Mickelson used a Callaway RAZR Hawk Tour (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki A70 shaft.

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(Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

April 04, 2011

TaylorMade's 2011 'Season Opener' Masters Logo Deciphered

Posted at 9:13 AM by David Dusek

For seveal years, TaylorMade has designed a special logo to put on golf bags and hats worn by the company's staff players. You can see a collection of them on TaylorMade's FaceBook page.

In keeping with tradition, the 2011 Masters logo is themed, Season Opener, and it's filled with sybolic meaning. Here's a look at it, along with a rundown of what each part of the image represents.

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The building in the logo doesn't look like the clubhouse at Augusta National, but according to TaylorMade it pays homage to the Georgian-style of architecture that was once very popular in the South.

The "FN" near the top of the building stands for Fruitland Nurseries, which originally was located on property where Augusta National is located. In 1931 the land was purchased for $71,000 and in 1934 the first Masters was played.
 
The shield represents Gary Player. Known as the Black Knight, Player won his first Masters 50 years ago, in 1961. Knights carry shields ... get it?

The two green swaths to the sides of the shield are holly leaves, not fairways. Each hole at Augusta National is named for a tree or plant grown at Fruitland Nurseries—the 18th hole is called Holly. The arrows in the leaves’s veins point up and down to represent Player’s sand save that helped him clinch his '61 win.
 
In the center of the shield is a magnolia flower with "61" that represents Magnolia Lane. There are 61 magnolia trees lining the famous drive which leads from Washington Road to the clubhouse at Augusta National. They were planted before the Civil War.

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April 03, 2011

No course puts wedges to the test like Augusta National

Posted at 10:00 PM by David Dusek

Mickelson-Masters-2010-Beck_600x450 Instead of hacking chips and greenside pitch shots out of long, gnarly rough, as they do in a U.S. Open, the competitors at the Masters are forced to perform acts of short-game heroism off tight lies.
 
Really tight lies.
 
"Augusta National and the Masters put more of a premium on technique than a U.S. Open," says Roger Cleveland, who as chief of golf club design at Callaway Golf makes the wedges for three-time champ Phil Mickelson (right) and 2008 Masters winner Trevor Immelman, among others.
 
Cleveland notes that under U.S. Open conditions, the ball sometimes buries in the rough and other times sits up. Regardless, pros can swing steeply with a high-lofted wedge and pop it out like a bunker shot.
 
That technique won't work at the Masters, where tight lies make it hard to get under the ball. Only crisp, in-the-grooves contact will produce the spin a player needs to control the ball on Augusta's legendary greens.
 
Equipment preparations for the Masters usually begin in Florida several weeks before the tournament.
 
Bob Vokey, who designs wedges for Titleist and works with many of the company's staff players, was busy two weeks ago at Bay Hill. "[The pros] think it's going to be firm greens, so I switched out some [wedges] of staffers like Zach Johnson and Ricky Fowler and Charlie Hoffman," he says.
 
According to the man they call "Voke," the rule of thumb is to use wedges with slightly less bounce at Augusta National. The less bounce a wedge has, the easier it is to slide under a ball resting on a tight lie. But taking too much bounce off a wedge has a downside at the Masters.
 
"Sometimes I'll be working with the player and we'll talk about taking the bounce off,” Vokey says. "But the sand there, you know, it gets kind of fluffy. If you take too much bounce off to make the club work from the tight lies, you're going to take away from the benefits you get in the soft sand.”
 
Brandt Snedeker, who tied for third at the 2008 Masters, recently asked Cleveland Golf's Rob Waters to make him a new 60
° wedge with reduced bounce in both the heel and the toe.
 
Reducing the bounce in the heel allows Snedeker to open the face more while still being able to slide the club under the ball. Taking bounce out of the toe means Snedeker's wedge won't rebound off the turf as much as it swings through the hitting area. The bounce remaining in the middle of the head is helpful when Snedeker hits square-faced bunker shots. It's a subtle detail, but an important one.
 
Roger Cleveland also says that he gets many requests from Callaway staff players for Augusta-specific wedges in the weeks leading up to the Masters. He notes that both Mickelson and Ernie Els made modifications to their wedge setups, with the tournament in mind, a few weeks ahead of time.
 
Like playing a series of practice rounds at Augusta before Masters week, Cleveland says it's one of those things that veterans simply know to do, but some rookies don't.
 
Mickelson-Masters-2010-Biever_600x450 Another strategy to increase spin and control at Augusta is to add a super-high lofted wedge. Mickelson used a 64
° wedge to get up and down several times at Winged Foot in 2006 during the U.S. Open, and a few players now carry one all the time. Cleveland warns that it's not a magic wand.
 
"You have to practice with it,” Cleveland says. “You can't just put in a 64
° wedge. I mean, these guys are incredible, but it still takes a big commitment to swing as hard as you need to swing with that club. You've got to get used to it, especially under pressure. It's difficult, which is why I think a lot of guys are reluctant to use it.”
 
Vokey notes that adding a 64
° wedge also presents another challenge: What club is the player going to take out to make room?
 
One thing that Waters, Vokey and Cleveland all agree on is the necessity of fresh grooves. Regardless of the sole grind or the loft, the USGA's recent groove rule changes make sharp grooves critical to generating spin and control.
 
Reps and club builders from all the major manufacturers will be on-site in the days leading up to the opening round of the Masters. If players need last-minute tweaks, complete back-up sets of clubs are waiting in each company's tour van across the street.
 
They can work a lot of magic on wedges in those trucks, and they’d be happy to do some tailoring too if one of their players ends up with a new green jacket.

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(Photos: top, Robert Beck/SI. Bottom, John Biever/SI)

April 01, 2011

Course of Style: Shoes Pay Homage to Augusta

Posted at 10:28 AM by David Dusek

MyJoys-Masters-Shoe To commemorate this year's Masters, golf's leading shoemaker FootJoy is offering 150 pairs of limited edition MyJoys, beginning Monday. These special FJ Icons feature an exclusive dark green crocodile print produced for FootJoy tour players to wear in the Masters Tournament.

The leather can be ordered on all FJ Icons and FJ Professional (spikeless) styles, including the traditional saddle, the sport thin saddle, the asymmetrical, and the shield tip. Cost is regular price for FJ Icons ($275) and the limited edition shoes will be sold on a first come, first served basis starting April 4th at 8am (ET) on MyJoys.com. Consumers can order through the website or any shop that carries FootJoy products.

Also check out the FootJoy sweepstakes in which one pair of FJ Icons per tournament day (four pairs total) will be given away on FootJoy.com. The sweepstakes also commences Monday. Winners will be drawn on April 11th.
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Nike's special edition Lunar Control shoe

Nike Golf has worked up a special edition of its new Lunar Control golf shoes—comfortable, stable, and very light weight—with green soles to celebrate the Masters. Nike pro likely to wear the shoes include Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Anthony Kim, Francesco Molinari, Carl Pettersson, and Jhonattan Vegas.

Beginning on Thursday morning, April 7, a limited number of these special Masters Nike Lunar Control shoes will be available at regular price ($150) at nikestore.com. — Woody Hochswender

March 31, 2011

President Dwight D. Eisenhower's golf equipment

Posted at 10:55 AM by David Dusek

President Dwight D. Eisenhower didn't start playing golf until he was in his 30s, but he fell hard for the game. During his eight years in office he played more than 800 rounds. Over his lifetime Ike's handicap very between 14 and 18, and he broke 80 on a handful of occasions. When it came to equipment, the President was a Spalding man, in deference to his good friend Bobby Jones, says Art Kennel, a former superintendent of Gettysburg (Pa.) Country Club, where Ike was a member. Kennel became Ike's personal Gettysburg caddie from 1955 to '66. Upon his death in 1969 Eisenhower left two sets of clubs to Kennel. The set pictured below dates from the '50s and is one that Kennel gifted Ike's golf buddy Arnold Palmer, who loaned the clubs to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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DRIVER: Spalding Model 15. According to Kennell, when Ike was in his prime, he could hit his driver 250 to 260 yards.

FAIRWAY WOODS: Spalding Model 15. "Ike liked all of the fairway woods," Kennell says. "But the 4-wood was his favorite club. A lot of times he teed off with it."

IRONS: Spalding Robt. T. Jones Executive. Ike would carry as many as 18 clubs, as long as they said BOBBY JONES. "Once, a new set came," Kennell says. "I said, 'Ike, these don't say BOBBY JONES on 'em.' He said, 'Pet 'em back then. I'll play with the old ones.'"

10-IRON: Ike's 10-iron was the equivalent of a pitching wedge. His clubs always had GENERAL IKE or five stars or both engraved on them.

Ikes 10 Irons

PUTTER: "That putter was a 'personal' gift from Arnold," Kennell says, "but the Bulls Eye was Ike's favorite."

Ikes Putter

BALLS: Spalding Dot. In 1968 at El Dorado Country club in Palm Desert, Calif., Ike accomplished a longtime dream—a hole in one. He sent the ball to Spalding president Edwin Parker as a thank you.

Ikes Golf Balls
HEAD COVERS: "When Ike went to Augusta after Arnold's Masters win in 1960," Kennell says, "they gave him head covers with the club's logo and his name on them."

Ikes Headcovers

GLOVE: Ike wore a red glove to match his unbrella.

  Ikes golf glove

GAUZE: "Ike had very big hands," says Kennell, "and he used tape to build up his grips."

  Ikes gauze

CART: "When he was in office, Ike used a motorized cart to play fast, in two or three hours. But later he usually walked. Still, he always had a cart that he would let guests or Secret Service agents ride in.

Ikes golf cart

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(Photos by Fred Vuich/SI)

 




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