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June 17, 2011

Barack Obama presented with Scotty Cameron putter, Ping driver and Callaway wedges

Posted at 7:08 PM by David Dusek

President Barack Obama met earlier this week with United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson. In addition to inviting the commander in chief to attend the Ryder Cup next year at Medinah, Love gave the President a uniquely stamped Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter.



Mickelson gave President Obama, who is a fellow left-hander, three Callaway X Forged wedges and a 9.5° Callaway Diablo Octane driver. Each of the wedges (a 56°, 60° and 64°) was made by Roger Cleveland personally and was stamped PREZ "44" on the back. Cleveland jokingly said, "I weighted them so they wouldn't go any further left."


Watson presented President Obama with an exact replica of his driver, a Ping G15 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft. Maybe Obama will use the clubs when he plays Saturday with Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

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December 27, 2009

Bag of the Day: Davis Love

Posted at 9:52 PM by David Dusek


DRIVER: Titleist 909 D3 (8.5°) with a UST Mamaya Proforce V2 75X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist F3-05 prototype (13°) with a UST Mamaya Proforce V2 85X shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (17°) with UST Proforce V2 Hybrid 104X shaft
IRONS: Titleist Forged MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design 200 Series (50°, 55°), Vokey Special Grind 60-E (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist 009 Newport
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

November 12, 2009

Davis Love on Grooves, Spin and the Golf Equipment Pecking Order

Posted at 11:52 AM by David Dusek

Davis-Love-TurningStone_450x600 Last season's victory at the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Orlando was huge for Davis Love, who has been a professional golfer since 1985. Not only did he earn a check for $828,000, but the win was also the 20th of his career and gave him a lifetime exemption on the PGA Tour.

Before Love was forced to withdraw from this year's event, he spoke to the media about the pending groove rule changes and his equipment needs. You can read a complete transcription of his interview here, but the most interesting highlights are below:

Love on the groove rule changes and whether they will require players to be more skilled.

I believe it's much adieu about nothing score wise, and you know, is it going to change the PGA Tour—no, because Tiger Woods is still going to be really, really good and everybody else is going to be trying to chase him.

You know, everybody has the same equipment. If they said the long hitters have to use this and the short hitters have to use this, then it would be something that would change the way the game is played. But is it going to be an adjustment, yes. 

A lot of guys have started making that. This is my third start with the new, conforming groove, and I only had to change two wedges. But I stole an extra thousand balls out of the Titleist box in the locker room because I'm hitting a lot of wedges today, and I hit a lot of wedges at Turning Stone [in October], and I hit a lot at Las Vegas. Obviously not enough at Vegas because I didn't play good. But I've really been working more on the wedge game, just to get used to them.

But it's the same thing as, you know, Titleist saying, 'All right, here's the new ball that we're going to bring out next year. Maybe you guys want to get an early start with it,' and you start at Vegas with it. 
 And you know, several times I've come out with a new ball or new set of irons and played well because I've spent some time, adjusted to it. It's a new toy.

But anyway, it'll be a change, but it's not like you're going to watch something different next year. It's like watching Talladega with a tiny bit smaller restrictor plate. To us fans it looked like the same race. It was just a little bit slower, but it looked like the same race. 
It's going to look like the same race next year. You just might see one ball roll a little bit farther on a chip and it'll just be because a guy played a different shot.

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June 09, 2009

High-Spinning Davis Love weighs in on grooves issues

Posted at 12:57 PM by David Dusek

Davis Love irons It's always interesting to talk with a Tour player who relies on older, battle-tested equipment. Davis Love is that kind of player.

"I'm trying to hit it lower, and with less spin, on everything," he told me recently.

For that reason, Love uses a classic muscle-back blade, the Titleist Forged 680. The old-school clubs are about as forgiving as a Rottweiler, but they give the pure-hitting Love the ability to shape shots and control his ball flight effectively.

"I test stuff for [Titleist] all the time because they want my feedback," he said. "But the guys are honest, and don't say to me, 'Hey Davis, we could sell more AP2s if you would play them.'"

Like every other pro on Tour, the looming rule changes on grooves are on Love's mind these days. He has started testing clubs to see how his game will be affected, but the winner of the 1997 PGA Championship is in a unique situation. 

"I'm going to lose less [spin] than a lot of other guys," he said. "I don't play with the Vokey Spin Milled wedges, I play the regular wedges. And in fact, Vokey grinds mine down to make the edges less sharp. My wedges produce about 20% less spin than in most guys'."

For this reason, Love will not have to make as large an adjustment as lower-spinning players who have relied on U-grooves to help them.

"It'll be like when I first came out, when everybody had V-grooves," he said. "It's hard for the USGA to look back, but what we're doing is going back about 20 years."

Because Love spins the ball so much, it might seem odd that he chooses to carry a 17° hybrid club. Hybrids and rescue clubs typically launch shots higher than irons. But Love said that his Titleist 909H is the first hybrid that he can hit either high or low, so it has earned a spot in his bag.

Here is a complete list of Davis Love's golf clubs:

DRIVER: Titleist 909D3 (8.5°) with UST ProForce V2 X 76 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist F305 Prototype (13°) with UST ProForce V2 X 86 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (17°) with UST ProForce V2 Hybrid X 104 shaft
IRONS: Titleist Forged 680 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (55°, 60°)
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist 009 Newport
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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November 10, 2008

Davis Love's Winning Clubs

Posted at 4:20 PM by David Dusek

Davislove_400x600 Along with a nice check for $828,000, Davis Love's win last weekend in Orlando gave him permanent job security in the form of a lifetime exemption on the PGA Tour.

For the week, the 44-year-old Love ranked fifth in greens in regulation (83.3%), seventh in putting average (1.65) and 14th in driving distance (289.9 yards).

For years, Love has had one of the widest, most powerful swings on the PGA Tour. He recently switched from a Titleist 905R (7.5°) driver to a 909D3 (8.5°) driver. The D3, which has a 440-cc titanium head, is designed for players who generate a lot of spin and want a slightly lower launch angle. The shaft Love uses, a 75-gram UST Proforce V2, is also designed for players who are seeking a flatter ball flight.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Love used to win the Children's Miracle Network Classic at Disney World.

Driver:                  Titleist 909D3 (8.5°)
Fairway wood:      Titleist 909F3 (13°, 18°)
Irons:                    Titleist Forged 680 (3-9)
Wedges:               Titleist Vokey 200 Series (50°, 56°), Vokey E Grind (60°)
Putter:                  Titleist by Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport
Ball:                      Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

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