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May 15, 2012

My Bag: Camilo Villegas' TaylorMade equipment

Posted at 1:12 PM by David Dusek

"I always start with the sound [when picking clubs]. Sound gives a lot of feedback on how a club feels." — Camilo Villegas

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DRIVER: TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour (10.5°) with a Matrix Ozik TP7 XX shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RocketBallz (15°, 18°) with Matrix Code 8 X shafts
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue (23.5°) with a True Temper Project X 6.0 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade RBZ Milled (5-PW) with True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP w/xFT (54°, 58°, 60°) with True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Spider
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP5

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

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

January 25, 2011

Switching from Cobra to TaylorMade's been no trouble for Camilo Villegas

Posted at 12:04 AM by David Dusek

Camilo-Villegas-TaylorMade-Irons_600x450 La Jolla, Calif. — Camilo Villegas is so detail-oriented that after he finished his collegiate career at the University of Florida, the Gators starting using his old yardage books and course maps. From his clothing to his fitness routine, he's impeccably orderly.

So when I had a chance to chat with the Colombian superstar on the back range at Torrey Pines Monday morning, I wanted to know how he went about switching from a bag full of Cobra clubs to his new TaylorMade gear. After all, for a guy who likes control, changing his golf ball, driver, irons and wedges all at once could have meant painstakingly hitting balls for days under the watchful eye of a launch monitor to get everything just right.

Not really.

"The first thing that we did was try the new ball [TaylorMade Penta TP] with my previous equipment ... and I love it, plain and simple," he said.

"Once we figured that out we knew the change wasn't going to be that hard. Then I tried the new TaylorMade equipment with my old ball [Titleist's Pro V1] and the equipment was performing great."

Villegas is playing a custom set of TaylorMade's new Burner 2.0 irons (above), but he is using the same Project X 7.0 shafts that he had in his old forged Cobra Pro CB irons, and the Burner 2.0s have the same lofts and lie angles the Cobra irons had.

Villegas did tell me that the Penta TP feels like his old ball, but its faster.

"I knew they were going to make stuff that performs great, but it was really more of a matter of getting the look right," Villegas said. "Every club in the industry has a slightly different look. Once I gave them my input and they did what I wanted, they created the perfect clubs."

Villegas's Burner 2.0 irons have a chrome finish instead of the dark finish that comes standard on the clubs you'll find in your local pro shop. The other modifications that Villegas requested were pretty slight.

"I've always played a little more bounce than the options they showed me, so we created clubs with a little more bounce," he said. "Also, the clubs that they showed me at first had a little more offset than I would like, so they fixed the offset."

Villegas says that his stock distances are the same. A guy as methodical as Camilo would have it no other way.

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January 03, 2011

Camilo Villegas's new TaylorMade driver

Posted at 4:44 PM by David Dusek

In case you've been wondering which TaylorMade driver Camilo Villegas will use this season, there's a clue on the cover of the February issue of Golf Magazine.

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Yes, that's the new TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 in Villegas's arms.

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McDowell signs with Srixon, Villegas and Furyk to TaylorMade

Posted at 12:33 PM by David Dusek

Srixon Maybe Graeme McDowell never got the memo that you're never supposed to change a winning game plan.

The Belfast Telegraph reported on Jan. 1 that the 2010 U.S. Open winner signed a multi-year deal with Srixon worth about $3 million per year.

McDowell's name did not appear when I checked the list of Callaway's staff professionals on the company's Web site Monday morning.

McDowell OdysseyThere had been rumors of a deal brewing between McDowell and Srixon for a few weeks. However, in mid-December when I spoke with a Callaway representative, I was told that there was still a chance that McDowell, whose contract expired on Dec. 31, might stay with the company.

Sure, business is business, but this will be an especially bitter loss for Callaway. The company awarded McDowell with a sterling silver belt buckle, trimmed in gold, to commemorate his win at Pebble Beach. He was also flown to Carlsbad, Calif., in September, where he spoke to Callaway employees at their annual sales meeting and talked about how much he liked his equipment—and the products he'd tried that were on the way for the 2011 season.

While McDowell's accountant will certainly be happy with his new deal, it does come with a certain level of risk. The Northern Irishman had a dream season in 2010, and if his level of play falls off in 2011, a lot of people will say that he simply chased the money instead of sticking with the equipment that helped him achieve so much in 2010.

It's unclear exactly which Srixon clubs McDowell will use, but I will publish a complete list of his equipment later this week—McDowell is in the field at the season-opening event at Kapalua.

Srixon may have found some money to sign McDowell after Jim Furyk, whose contract also ended on Dec. 31, decided to sign an endorsement deal with TaylorMade.

Another player who has switched to TaylorMade is Camilo Villegas. In August, Acushnet and Cobra Golf sued TaylorMade and Villegas after TaylorMade announced that the Colombian star, who won last season's Honda Classic, had signed an endorsement deal with the company while Villegas was under contract to play a Titleist ball and use Cobra clubs.

This week at Kapalua, look for Villegas to use a bag full of TaylorMade gear, a Penta TP ball, and display the company's logo on his hat and bag.

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August 09, 2010

Cobra Golf suing TaylorMade-Adidas Golf and Camilo Villegas

Posted at 3:22 PM by David Dusek

HAVEN, Wis. — The legal wrangling over the recent announcement that Camilo Villegas plans to become a TaylorMade staff player and use Adidas footwear and accessories got more complicated on Monday. Cobra Golf is suing Villegas and TaylorMade to stop any additional announcements about the new relationship.

Acushnet, the parent company of Titleist and FootJoy, announced a similar suit again Villegas and TaylorMade on Thursday. (In March, Acushnet sold Cobra to Puma.) Both suits allege that TaylorMade interfered with the Colombian star's contracts with the companies. Villegas is currently under contract to use Cobra clubs, Titleist Pro V1 golf balls, and FootJoy shoes and gloves.

A copy of the media release issued by Cobra is below:

Carlsbad, California (August 9, 2010) — Cobra Golf Inc. announces that on August 5, 2010, the company filed a suit in the Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against TaylorMade-adidas Golf (TMaG) and PGA Tour Player Camilo Villegas. The preliminary injunction filed by Cobra Golf seeks to enjoin TMaG and Villegas from any additional announcements concerning future partnerships between the two parties.

Villegas, who is ranked 25th in the world, is contracted to play with Cobra golf clubs and for exclusive use of name and likeness in golf club products.

The suit alleges that TMaG interfered with Villegas’ agreement with Cobra Golf by issuing a press release on August 3, 2010 stating that Villegas will join the TMaG Golf Tour Staff, approximately five months prior to the expiration of Villegas' agreement with Cobra Golf. The company will also seek damages in addition to its claim for a preliminary injunction.

"Camilo is under contract to Cobra Golf until the end of 2010 and we object to a competitor announcing its intentions to work with Camilo during his contract term with Cobra Golf," said Bob Philion, President of Cobra-PUMA Golf. "This lawsuit aims to prevent TMaG and Camilo from making any additional statements about the relationship between the parties."

PUMA AG, the parent company of Cobra Golf, is not involved in the legal case.

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August 05, 2010

Acushnet suing TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Camilo Villegas

Posted at 4:28 PM by David Dusek

Acushnet has filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Massachusetts against TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Camilo Villegas.

Villegas, the 28-year-old Colombian star, had been playing Cobra golf clubs, wearing FootJoy shoes and playing the Titleist ProV1, but TaylorMade announced this week that Villegas was switching to its products. Acushnet claims in its suit that Villegas is still under contract with Acushnet, and that TaylorMade "intentionally interfered with Villegas’ current contract nearly five months before the end of its term." In March, Acushnet sold the Cobra brand to Puma.

The suit seeks a preliminary injunction that would prevent Villegas and TaylorMade from speaking about the new deal, as well as damages.

The complete release from Acushnet is below:

Fairhaven, MA (August 5, 2010) - Acushnet Company, the golf business of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE: FO), and manufacturer of Titleist, the #1 ball in golf, and FootJoy, the #1 shoe and glove in golf, filed suit today in Superior Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against TaylorMade-adidas Golf (TMaG) and professional golfer Camilo Villegas.  Acushnet Company is seeking a preliminary injunction against TMaG and Villegas regarding any future comments pertaining to a potential future relationship between them.  Villegas, ranked No. 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is exclusively under contract with Acushnet to play the company's Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, and wear FootJoy golf shoes and gloves, and is prominently featured in the advertising and promotion of those products.  The suit claims TMaG intentionally interfered with Villegas' current contract nearly five months before the end of its term.  Acushnet will seek damages in addition to injunctive relief.

In a press release distributed on August 3, TaylorMade's president and CEO announced that Villegas will join the TMaG tour staff beginning in 2011, and stated that more information will be revealed on September 9, 2010.  It further noted that Villegas will join "other members of the renowned TaylorMade Tour Staff," including Kenny Perry and Mike Weir, both of whom are under contract with Acushnet Company to play Titleist golf balls and wear Titleist or FootJoy golf gloves.

"It is unconscionable that this competitor would interfere with a player's contract by publicly announcing its intentions with that player during his contract term with another company," said Joe Nauman, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal, Acushnet Company.  "The timing of TMaG's press release was obviously calculated to harm Acushnet Company and diminish the value of Camilo's endorsements.  The behavior of TMaG and Camilo's agent is reprehensible, causing Acushnet Company irreparable and significant damage.  Camilo is under contract with Acushnet Company through the end of the year and we expect the agreement to be honored throughout the term.  We fully expect the Court to act quickly in granting the preliminary injunction and providing the other relief being sought."

August 03, 2010

Camilo Villegas signs deal with TaylorMade

Posted at 3:15 AM by David Dusek

Camilo-Villegas-TaylorMade-FW_600x450 copy Rumors that have been swirling on golf equipment message boards and chat sites can now be put to rest—Camilo Villegas is leaving Cobra Golf and has agreed to become a TaylorMade staff player starting in 2011.

Currently ranked No. 24 in the world, the Colombian has won three PGA Tour events in five years, the most-recent coming in March at the 2010 Honda Classic.

Plenty of equipment junkies noticed that Villegas used a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 3-wood at the British Open. (Click the image for a better look.) That touched off speculation that Villegas was considering a major equipment change.

Villegas will use TaylorMade golf clubs, and as part of his agreement, he will carry them in a TaylorMade bag and use a TaylorMade ball next season too. He will also begin wearing Adidas golf shoes.

Here is a complete list of the clubs that Villegas used to win the Honda Classic:

DRIVER: Cobra S9-1 (10.5°) with a Matrix TP7 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Cobra Speed LD (15.5°, 18°) with Grafalloy Prolite X shafts
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (24°) with True Temper Project X HC1 shaft
IRONS: Cobra Pro CB (5-PW) with Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°, 58°, 60°) Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Circa 62 No. 6 prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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March 07, 2010

Winning Clubs: Camilo Villegas at 2010 Honda Classic

Posted at 11:22 PM by David Dusek

Camilo Villegas Honda Classic Putter
 

Here is a complete list of the clubs that Camilo Villegas used to win his third PGA Tour event, the 2010 Honda Classic:

DRIVER: Cobra S9-1 (10.5°) with a Matrix TP7 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Cobra Speed LD (15.5°, 18°) with Grafalloy Prolite X shafts
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (24°) with True Temper Project X HC1 shaft
IRONS: Cobra Pro CB (5-PW) with Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°, 58°, 60°) Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Circa 62 No. 6 prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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December 09, 2009

Bag of the Day: Camilo Villegas

Posted at 9:03 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cobra S9-1 (10.5°) with a Matrix TP7 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Cobra Speed LD (15.5°, 18°) with Grafalloy Prolite X shafts
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (24°) with True Temper Project X HC1 shaft
IRONS: Cobra Pro CB (5-PW) with Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (52°, 58°, 63°) Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Circa 62 No. 6
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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(Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP Getty Images)

August 26, 2009

Camilo Villegas' New Putter Shows Gator Pride

Posted at 2:03 PM by David Dusek

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Camilo Villegas has covered his driver with a University of Florida gator for years, but Scotty Cameron recently made a special California Series putter for the Colombian star. Villegas had been using a Titleist by Scotty Cameron GSS Circa '62 #6, a model not currently set to be included in the California line, which debuts in late September. However, Cameron created one especially for Villegas and decorated it in Florida colors.

Camilo Villegas Putter

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Cobra Players Trying New ZL Driver at Liberty National

Posted at 2:01 PM by David Dusek

Cobra ZL Driver JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Several top Cobra Golf staff players are currently testing the company's new adjustable-face ZL driver here at Liberty National. Among them are Geoff Ogilvy, Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas and J.B. Holmes. In fact, Ogilvy and Villegas have both Tweeted about trying the club.

According to Brian Parker, Cobra's manager of tour promotions, Ogilvy saw the club as a prototype, but Tuesday was given the final product for the first time. The Aussie had been using a Cobra S9-1 Pro D (10.5°), but after just one afternoon's practice with a ZL (9.5) set 1° open with an Aldila RIP 80X shaft, he is planning to use the club this week in the Barclays Championship.

(Alidla's RIP shaft will be available in 2010.)

"The club is easier to draw and easier to fade [than the S9-1]," he said during his practice round this morning. "But it's harder to hit it really wide."

The ZL driver has a titanium face and body, but the crown is made from weight-saving carbon fiber. A weight plug—which is not adjustable—has been positioned on the lower-back portion of the club to increase the moment of inertia, lower the center of gravity and create a higher initial launch angle. Using an included torque wrench, the ZL driver will allow golfers to set the head into one of three different face angles – 1° open, square or 1° closed.

Cobra's ZL driver will be available to the public November 1.

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September 30, 2008

Camilo Villegas' Tour Championship Winning Clubs

Posted at 2:57 PM by David Dusek

Camilovillegastrophy600x600 Camilo Villegas broke through and won his first PGA Tour event at the BMW Championship in St. Louis. While many of the top players from the United States and Europe battled in the Ryder Cup, the Columbian superstar rested and worked on this game. Sunday he won his second Tour event, the season-ending Tour Championship, in a playoff over Sergio Garcia.

Here's a complete list of the clubs in Villegas' bag:

Driver:             Cobra L4V X (9°)
Fairway:          Cobra Speed LD (15.5°, 18°)
Irons:               Cobra Carbon CB (3), Cobra Pro CB (5-PW)
Wedges:          Titleist Vokey Spin Milled (54°, 58°, 60°)
Putter:             Titleist by Scotty Cameron GSS Circa '62 #6
Ball:                 Titleist Pro V1

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

September 08, 2008

Camilo Villegas's BMW Championship winning clubs

Posted at 12:29 PM by David Dusek

Ever since his runner-up finishes in 2006 at the FBR Open and the Ford Championship at Doral, a lot has been expected of Colombia's Camilo Villegas. Blending power and creativity, pundits and competitors alike saw him as a potential force on the PGA Tour.

On Sunday, he put everything together and earned his first PGA Tour win at the BMW Championship. Villegas is primarily known for his bulging biceps and enormous drives, but his putting sealed the deal in St. Louis. He averaged a tournament-best 27 putts per round and just 1.608 putts per green in regulation despite a four-putt on the ninth hole during his second round.

Villegas_putter_600x450Camilo's putter of choice is a specialized version of the Titleist by Scotty Cameron Circa '62 #6. The putter is heel-toe weighted with a back flange that is shaped like a B. (Click on the image for a closer look.)

His is unique because it is made from German stainless steel, which should make it feel softer than the standard model, which is made from carbon steel. Villegas also had lead tape on the bottom of the putter; many players prefer to use a heavier putter on wet, slow greens. Heavier putters can also help golfers develop a more rhythmic stroke.

According to Cobra Golf, here's a complete list of the clubs in Villegas' bag:

Driver:             Cobra L4V X (9°)
Fairway:          Cobra Speed LD (15.5°, 18°)
Irons:               Cobra Carbon CB (3), Cobra Pro CB (5-PW)
Wedges:           Titleist Vokey Spin Milled (54°, 58°, 63°)
Putter:             Titleist by Scotty Cameron GSS Circa '62 #6
Ball:                 Titleist Pro V1

(Photo by Jaime Squire/Getty Images)

July 18, 2008

Camilo Villegas's British Open clubs

Posted at 2:49 PM by David Dusek

Villegasfri_450x600 SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND -- The rain was not coming down in sheets, and the wind was not howling quite as much, but Camilo Villegas' 65 Friday is the round of the tournament so far.

One of the most interesting things about the British Open is learning what clubs players are using to hit certain shots in extreme conditions. Invariably the numbers get comical.

"Downwind you can hit a driver here that goes 370 yards," Villegas said in his post-round press conference, "and then you get into the wind and you hit it 230. I mean, on the sixth hole I believe, I had 205 to the front, and I killed a 3-wood, perfect, and it pitched two yards on. My 3-wood normally goes 260."

Villegas drew laughter when he told reporters about what he did on the 18th. "I believe I had 176 to the pin and I hit a pitching wedge. That tells you how funky it is to play around here."

According to the Cobra Golf's Web site, these are the clubs Villegas has in his bag:

Driver:         Cobra L4V X (9°)
Fairway:      Cobra Speed LD (3, 5)
Irons:           Cobra Carbon CB (3), Cobra Pro CB (4-PW)
Wedges:      Titleist Vokey Spin Milled (54°, 58°)
Putter:         Titleist by Scotty Cameron GSS Circa '62 #6
Ball:             Titleist Pro V1

(Photo by Nick Potts/AP Photos)




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