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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)

 

March 28, 2011

My Bag: Boo Weekley

Posted at 4:21 PM by David Dusek

Boo Weekley

DRIVER: Cleveland HiBore XLS Tour (9.5°) with a Project X 7A3 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland XLS (15°) with a Grafalloy ProLaunch Red FWY X shaft, Launcher Comp (19) with an Aldila NV 85 shaft
HYBRID: Cleveland Mashie (20.5°) with an Aldila NV 85 Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG Tour (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG14 (48°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
PUTTER: Never Compromise Gambler Straight
BALL: Srixon Z-Star X

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(Photo by Brad Barr/Getty Images)

March 27, 2011

Winner's Bag: Martin Laird at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Posted at 7:50 PM by David Dusek

Martin Laird TaylorMade Bay Hill

DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (10.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li 83 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade R11 (17°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li 83, R9 (19°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 83 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (3-4), R9 TP (5-PW)
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (56°), TVD (60°)
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Daytona Ghost midsize
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by David Walberg/SI)

March 24, 2011

My Bag: Anthony Kim at Shell Houston Open

Posted at 4:29 PM by David Dusek

Anthony Kim is the defending champion at the Shell Houston Open, but he's returning with a lot of new clubs in his bag.

Last year Kim used a Nike Victory Red Tour driver, but this year he's switched to the company's updated model, the Nike Victory Red Pro. A Victory Red Pro hybrid takes the place of Kim's Nike SQ Dymo 5-wood, and he's decided to go with Pro Combo long irons this season; last year he carried Victory Red Blades. And finally, Kim has switched from Nike's ONE Tour ball to the soon-to-be-released 20XI-s.

Here's a complete list of the clubs Kim is using now.

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DRIVER: Nike Victory Red Tour (8.5°) with a FujiKura Motore VC7 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike Victory Red Pro (15°) with a UST Mamiya AXIV Core 89X shaft
HYBRID: Nike Victory Red Pro (18°) with a Matrix OZIK HM2 shaft
IRONS: Nike Victory Red Pro Combo (3-4), Victory Red Pro (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Nike Victory Red Forged (54°), Nike Victory Red Pro (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Nike Method 001
BALL: Nike 20XI-s

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(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)
March 23, 2011

My Bag: Charles Howell for the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Posted at 10:03 AM by David Dusek

"The lob wedge is mys most important club. It can save a round or it can make a round." — Charles Howell

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 7 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Fabuki Tour 80 X shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (19°) with an Aldila Voodoo NV8 X shaft
IRONS: Mizuno JPX-800 Pro (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP-T11 (52°, 56°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Mizuno, TaylorMade and  Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Kohjiro Kinno/SI)

March 20, 2011

Winner's Bag: Gary Woodland at the Transitions Championship

Posted at 7:16 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (7.5°) with an Aldila RIP 90 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F3 (15°) with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 96 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 503i (2), 710 MB Forged (3-9) with Project X shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (48°, 54°, 60°) with Project X shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

March 15, 2011

Heath Slocum: My Bag for the Transitions Championship

Posted at 12:04 PM by David Dusek

"My favorite club is the driver—I'm the most accurate with it—so if I had to pick just one, that would be it."—Heath Slocum

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DRIVER: Ping G15 (9°) with an Aldila RIP 70X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Adams 9032Ti (14.5°) with an Aldila VS Proto 70X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro Gold (18°) with an Aldila VS Proto 95X shaft
IRONS: Ping i15 (3-PW) with Ping Z-Z65 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-S (52°), Fourteen MT28V5 (58°)
PUTTER: Ping Redwood Anser 
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Kohjiro Kinno/SI)


March 13, 2011

Winner's Bag: Nick Watney at the WGC-Cadillac Championship

Posted at 8:31 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (10.5°) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 83 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F (15°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 93 shafts
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21°) with an Aldila Voodoo XVS9 shaft
IRONS: Titleist AP2 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°), TVD (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

March 11, 2011

My Bag: Hunter Mahan at the WGC-Cadillac Championship

Posted at 11:04 AM by David Dusek

Hunter Mahan Putter cover

DRIVER: Ping G15 (10.5°) with a Fujikura Motore VC61 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping i15 (15.5°) with Grahite Design DJ 8X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with UST Mamiya ATTAS 85 Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping IWI D66
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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March 09, 2011

Johnson and Kim: Different approaches to finding the ideal golf ball

Posted at 12:55 PM by David Dusek

Zach-Johnson_600 MIAMI — After a pro hits a ball, it sounds like a bottle rocket whizzing through the air. It hisses, spinning between 1,500 and 2,500 times a minute. Big hitters can smash drives at speeds of more than 175 miles per hour, with some golfers exceeding even that number.

But around the greens those same pros need the ball to feel as soft as a marshmallow off the face of a sand wedge. Too much spin can steal precious yards off the tee, but players need that spin and feel when confronting firm, fast greens.

Zach Johnson, who has a locker with his name on it at Augusta National, talked with Titleist representatives before the start of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship about changing from the 2009 version of the Titleist Pro V1x to the just-released 2011 model.

According to Titleist, the dimples on the new Pro V1x are shallower and arranged in a new pattern that helps it fly higher and reach its highest point farther down range. On paper that would be good for Zach because it would make his approach shots come down more vertically and stop faster on the famous greens at Augusta.

"It's not easy to make a ball change, but I don’t think it's difficult either," Johnson said that day in Marana, Ariz. "I think it's just a matter of practicing with it."

But with the Ryder Cup concluding in October, post-season commitments and a much-needed vacation scheduled before Johnson took off for Hawaii and the winners-only Hyundai Championship in early January, finding practice time was tough.

"When it comes to ball testing, to me, it's all about the spin I'm getting on full shots," Johnson said. "I'd say more so with irons. After that, it's your driver. I mean, you can always manipulate the loft of your driver or the shaft, but with irons it's a little more difficult. After that pitching and chipping around the greens becomes the next more important thing."

Johnson famously laid-up on all the par 5s at Augusta in 2007 en route to winning the Masters, yet made plenty of birdies because his distance control with his irons and wedges was impeccable.

Anthiny-Kim_450x600 Anthony Kim, the player who holds the Masters record for the most birdies made in one round—11 in 2009's second round—has a different approach.

Kim, who missed a good portion of the 2010 season due to injury, switched to Nike's 20XI-s ball at the 2010 HSBC Champions in Shanghai last October.

"I wanted a golf ball that spins around the greens," Kim said recently. "That's the most important thing to me, really, because the [new] grooves are affecting how the ball is coming out of the rough around the greens and how the ball is checking up—or not checking up. So for me, it was just if I could putt with it and the feel I had with the longer putts and how I could spin it around the greens."

"I got the ball Wednesday afternoon and put it into play on Thursday," he said.

Kim's switch was fast; Johnson's was  methodical. He had Titleist reps send several boxes of the new Pro V1x balls to his home and practiced with them before coming to this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship.

"The new ball is in the bag, as of yesterday," Johnson said Wednesday morning on the driving range at Doral.

According to Fordie Pitts, a Titleist rep, Johnson tailors all of his equipment for major championship conditions. It may have taken a little longer than other players, but with just four weeks before the start of the Masters, maybe Zach thinks he's found a ball that can help him win a second green jacket.

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 (Photos: Johnson by Kohjiro Kinno/SI; Robert Beck/SI)

March 06, 2011

Winner's Bag: Rory Sabbatini at the Honda Classic

Posted at 10:18 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (10.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fukubi 60 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (13°), R9 (19°) with Aldila RIP 80 shafts
HYBRID: Adams 9031 Pro Black proto (20°) with an Aldila RIP 105 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Forged MC (4-PW) with KBS Tour shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP with xFT (56°, 60°) with KBS Tour shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost 770 Tour prototype
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

March 04, 2011

This Week in Gear: Adams Idea Pro Black CB1, Mizuno JPX-800

Posted at 5:22 PM by David Dusek

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about ClubTest: Irons, Adams and Mizuno clubs, and schedule your fitting with  GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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