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July 16, 2012

Solving the riddles of TaylorMade's 2012 British Open logo

Posted at 12:59 PM by David Dusek

At the majors, TaylorMade's staff players are presented with new bags, hats, and accessories that are adorned with a commemorative logo. I always ask players what the various components of the logo mean, but they usually have no idea. Below is the logo you'll see on the bags of players such as Justin Rose, Darren Clarke and Dustin Johnson this week, along with its hidden meanings.

British-Open-Logo_600There is a violet on the top of the crown at the top of the logo. It represents Violet Talbot, who, being a close friend of Her Majesty Queen Mary, was able to help the course obtain its royal designation in 1926.

The 10 beads adorning each side of the crown symbolize the 10 previous British Opens that have been played at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. The three stars at the base of the crown are from the Clifton family's coat of arms. Several members of the Clifton family have been presidents of the club and Lady Eleanor Cecily Clifton donated a gold medal in 1889 to be presented each year to the club champion.

The red banner running through the logo represents the Challenge Belt, the original prize for winning the British Open until it was given permanently to three-time champion Young Tom Morris in 1870.

The main image within the logo is the Lytham Windmill, and the life preserver in the center of the windmill represents the Royal National Lifeboat Institution of St. Anne’s. It was founded in 1824 and according to TaylorMade, the lifeboats have saved more than 137,000 lives through November 2006.

The windmill’s three windows in the windmill  represent the first hole of Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s, the only par-3 opening hole among the courses in the British Open rota.

The TL at the base of the windmill stands for Tom Lehman, who won the tournament at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s in 1996.

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July 16, 2011

Winner's Bag: Darren Clarke at the 2011 Open Championship

Posted at 12:35 PM by David Dusek


DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9°) with a Project X 8A4 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade R9 (13°) with a Project X 8A4 shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°) with a Project X HA1 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Forged MB (4-PW) with Project X Monaco prototype shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP w/xFT (50°, 54°, 60°) with Project X Monaco prototype shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Tour Rat prototype
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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July 12, 2011

Darren Clarke's winning putter to get a makeover

Posted at 5:06 PM by David Dusek

SANDWICH, England -- Last May, Darren Clarke used an 11-year-old Scotty Cameron for Titleist Teryllium Santa Fe putter to win the Iberdrola Open Golf Championship in Son Servera, Spain. It was the Northern Irishman's first win since 2008. Clarke brought the putter to Royal St. George's this week so Titleist representatives could send it to Cameron's studio in San Marcos, Calif., to be restored. Rust will be removed and the club will be repainted and bent back to its original specifications.


While Clarke continued to use the putter for a while after his win in Spain, he now plans to retire the Santa Fe to his home trophy case, according to the Titleist reps. He’s now using a black-finished Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport prototype putter.

Clarke says that Scotty Cameron gave him the Santa Fe putter at 4 p.m. on the Monday of the 1997 Open Championship at Royal Troon. He loved it from the start and stayed on the practice green until 8 p.m. that night, and he went on to tie for second that week.

Clarke continued to use the putter after that Open, but eventually the love affair cooled and he put it in the closest. It stayed there until Clarke brought it out in the days leading up to this year’s win in Spain.

The putter is especially unique because it is one of the first Cameron putters made with a Teryllium insert. The copper-colored alloy is extremely soft and extremely expensive. The Teryllium insert Cameron subsequently used is set in an elastomer membrane to dampen vibration. But in Clarke’s putter, the insert is set directly into the head and held in place by four small screws. You can see them in the photo below, set among the white dots in the back of the putter. (The screws would normally be covered by white dots as well.) On early Cameron putters like this, the number of white dots matched Cameron's age when the club was made, in this case, 32.


If you want to see what Clarke's putter will look like when the restoration is complete, click here.

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