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July 18, 2014

Rory McIlroy's Winning Gear at The British Open

Posted at 1:32 PM by Robert Sauerhaft
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Rory McIlroy tees off the 4th hole during the second round of the 2014 Open Championship. (Getty Images)

 

DRIVER: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver X TS 70 shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike VRS Covert (15°) with Fujikura Rombax 95 X shaft

IRONS: Nike MM Proto (2), Nike VR Pro Blade (3-9) with Project X 7.0 steel shafts

WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (47°, 54°, 59°) with Project X 6.5 steel shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

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July 15, 2013

Ping shows off prototype Rapture driving iron at British Open

Posted at 12:35 PM by Mark Dee

PING driving ironPing unveiled its new multi-material Rapture driving iron on Monday, just in time for the British Open (and the Sanderson Farms Championship!), making it the latest equipment company to offer an iron-style hybrid for Tour use.

The 17º driving iron, stamped as a 2-iron, is composed of a thin 455 Carpenter steel face welded to a 17-4 stainless steel body. By slimming down the face, Ping was able to move more mass to the low, rearward parts of the clubhead. Heavy tungsten weights in the heel and toe (plus a tungsten-polymer plug in the sole to tweak swingweight) mean a very low CG club that's more forgiving than your standard iron, but more playable than a meaty modern hybrid.

Despite all that low CG talk, Ping promises that it produces a workable, flat trajectory ideal for windy conditions—and perfect for a week when pros want to keep their Rapture out of the Heavens. It's too early to tell who will put the new tool in play, but Ping staffer/Birdie specialist/Octo-pants enthusiast Billy Horschel is already hyping the club on Twitter:

Of course, @BillyHo isn't the first pro to mess with the new wave of driving irons. Ernie Els played three Callaway X Utility prototypes to win last year's British Open, and Adam Scott had Titleist's hollow-bodied 712U utility iron in his bag at this year's Masters. Check out our a full rundown of driving iron options from the July issue of Golf Magazine, and keep your eyes open to see who's punching the Rapture around Muirfield this week.

Still, you'll have to wait to get your hands on the Rapture. Expected availability for weekend warriors is early 2014.

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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(Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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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July 21, 2009

Video: This Week in Gear - July 21, 2009

Posted at 10:27 AM by David Dusek

In this eisode of This Week in Gear, learn all about the clubs that Stewart Cink used to win the 2009 British Open, as well as Mark Calcavecchia's new Ping driver, the Ping G15.


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