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February 26, 2013

In My Bag: Geoff Ogilvy's Titleist's clubs

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Ogilvy_337DRIVER: Titleist 913D2 (9.5°), with Aldila RIP Phenom 70X shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913F.d (15°), with Aldila RIP Phenom 80X shaft

Cobra S9-1 Pro (18°), with Fujikura Fit-On Sapphire shaft

IRONS: Titleist MB 712 (three through nine), with Nippon N.S. Pro proto shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (50°, bent to 49°; 55°; 60°), with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3

PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron 009 prototype

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x


GRIPS: Grip Master Kangaroo

(Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/SI)

April 10, 2011

My Bag: Geoff Ogilvy at the 2011 Masters

Posted at 6:44 PM by David Dusek


DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (9.5°) with an Aldila RIP 80 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F (15°) with an Aldila RIP 90 X shaft, Cobra S9-1 Pro (18°) with a Fujikura Saphire shaft
IRONS: Titleist Forged 710 MB (3-9) with KBS Tour X shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (50°, 54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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February 04, 2011

My Fitting: Geoff Ogilvy gets custom fit for a new Titleist 5-wood

Posted at 12:15 PM by David Dusek

Geoff Ogilvy didn't play last week at Torrey Pines. In fact, before his white Porsche 911 GT3 pulled into the parking lot at the Titleist Performance Institute in nearby Oceanside, Calif., on Jan. 25, the Aussie hadn't done more than chip or putt after cutting his finger on some coral in Hawaii before the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

After taping up his finger, Ogilvy let me watch (and videotape) his warm-up and custom-fitting session with Titleist reps. The winner of the 2006 U.S. Open wanted to find a new 910F 5-wood to replace his old Cobra fairway wood.

In the video below, Ogilvy explains how adjustable clubs are making it easier to find just the right equipment, and he shares his thoughts on what fairway woods should offer a player.

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December 10, 2010

Video: Geoff Ogilvy on custom fitting his Titleist 910D3 driver

Posted at 10:06 AM by David Dusek

The video below, produced by Titleist, features 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy talking about the custom fitting process he went through to optimize his new Titleist 910D3 driver.

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February 17, 2010

New Grooves Mean Less Loft for Geoff Ogilvy

Posted at 4:23 PM by David Dusek

Geoff Ogilvy Lob Wedge When the USGA's new groove rule changes were first announced, some people assumed that every PGA Tour player would immediately start carrying a 64° wedge. The thinking was that if players were not going to be able to spin the ball as much with the new grooves, they'd need more loft in order to stop the ball with trajectory. Right?

Wrong—at least in the mind of defending WGC-Accenture Match Play champion Geoff Ogilvy.

"I think the way that things were going, with grooves getting so sharp and company's getting so good at making them, a lot of guys were grabbing a 64° wedge," he told me Tuesday evening. "But when I was younger, the idea of a 64° wedge was laughable. I mean, you just wouldn't use it. But it became usable."

But the smaller, duller grooves that players must compete with today have made using a super-high lofted wedge tricky again. In fact, Ogilvy feels that he can't get enough spin out of his 60° any more, so he pulled the club out of his bag this week and is going with a 58° Vokey Spin Milled C-C wedge instead.

"If I think back to when I was a kid, I never liked hitting pitch shots with a lob wedge off short grass because the ball seemed to roll up the face and create a loopy flight," he said. "But hitting with my 56 sand wedge, or a stronger wedge, it would grab onto the face and spin."

This year, at the season's first event in Hawaii, the ball started rolling up the face of Ogilvy's lob wedge, just as it did when he was a junior player.

"I had probably not done enough practicing with it," he admitted. "But you can practice on the range but there is no substitute for being in a tournament. Then, in Abu Dhabi, I was just like, 'This is not right.' I was shying away from playing this club, and you don't want to have a club in the bag that you don't want to hit. And arguably, for a lot of guys out here, it's the most important club in the bag."

A loft difference of two is almost impossible to see, but the difference allows the top grooves on the club to grab more of the ball and impart more of the spin that he needs around the greens. And for Ogilvy, who defeated Alexander Noren 7 and 5 on Wednesday, it makes all the difference.

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January 10, 2010

Winning Clubs: Geoff Ogilvy at 2010 SBS Championship

Posted at 10:32 PM by David Dusek

As we told you last week, Geoff Ogilvy left Cobra Golf in the off-season and is now a Titleist staff player. In round on Sunday he used his Titleist 909D3 driver especially well, hitting 87% of the fairways and averaging 290 per drive. Ogilvy also hit 94% of the greens in regulation using his new irons, Titleist Forged MBs.


Here is a list of the clubs that Geoff Ogilvy used to win his second-consecutive SBS Championship:
DRIVER: Titleist 909 D3 (9.5°) with an Alidila RIP 80X shaft
FAIRWAYS: Cobra S9-1 (15°, 20°)  with Fujikura Sapphire X shafts
IRONS: Titleist MB (3-9) with Royal Precision FCM 7.3 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (50°), Spin Milled C-C (55°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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(Photo by Kohjiro Kinno/SI)

January 07, 2010

Geoff Ogilvy Switches from Cobra to Titleist

Posted at 10:48 AM by David Dusek

Geoff-Ogilvy-Titleist-Equipment_600x400 After winning the season-opening Mercedes Championship last year, and then winning another WGC-Accenture Match Play title, Geoff Ogilvy was a trendy pick to win the 2009 Masters.

If the 32-year-old Australian is going to have another hot start to his season, he will need to get the most from a lot of new equipment. Ogilvy has moved within the Acushnet family from Cobra to Titleist, and will now use that company's clubs, wear a Titleist hat and carry a Titleist bag.

Ogilvy has also changed footwear and apparel sponsors, switching from Puma to FootJoy.

"I was one of those guys who grew up with Titleist," Ogilvy said Wednesday evening during a phone conversation. "There's a lot of business involved, but this was a deal that I always hoped would work out. It's sort of like coming home."

Ogilvy played most of his junior golf using Titleist equipment, so he is used to the look of his new MB irons. He began tinkering with a new set of irons several months ago, when he realized that he would definitely be playing Titleist equipment in 2010.

"Titleist just made me a set of irons to the exact specification of the Cobras I had been playing [Pro MB]," he said. "And, because of the close relationship between Cobra and Titleist, they can get similar, if not the same people, to build my clubs. They came out exactly right."

On a few occasions last season Ogilvy chose to pull out his Cobra S9-1 5-wood and put in a Cobra Pro CB 2-iron. While Ogilvy admits that his 5-wood is valuable ("I'm having a harder and harder time taking it out of the bag"), on the occasions when he wants to go with a 2-iron, he'll use a Titleist Forged CB.

Getting fitted for a new set of irons was pretty easy, but putting a third new driver in his bag in less than a year was a bit more challenging.

"It's a record-setting change for me," he said. "I've usually played one kind of driver for a couple of years and skip the model before getting a new one."

At Kapalua last year Ogilvy put a Cobra S9-1 driver with an Aldila Voodoo shaft into play for the fist time and felt it was the best driver he ever played. Then, at the Barclays Championship in August, he began testing Cobra's adjustable ZL driver. That club, with an Aldila RIP shaft, found its way into his bag the next week at the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston.

This week Ogilvy will be playing a Titleist 909 D3 with an Aldila RIP shaft.

"I think drivers are getting better and better, and I think that I'm getting better at changing," he said. Ogilvy says that the Aldila RIP shaft has certainly helped the transition from one driver to the next because it seems to match his swing and needs almost perfectly.

For now, Ogilvy is sticking with his Cobra S9-1 fairway woods, Scotty Cameron Newport putter and Pro V1 balls, but he is testing some Titleist fairway woods now. The Aussie will be taking three to four weeks off before defending his title at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in late February because his wife, Julie, will be giving birth to the couple's third child. He expects the new fairway woods will debut after that break.

Like other pros on the PGA Tour, Ogilvy will be using wedges with smaller grooves that are less sharp this season. While he feels there will be some difference in the way the ball reacts on certain shots, Ogilvy does not feel the new groove rules will dramatically change the way the game is played.

"I don't think it's going to be any better or any worse, it's just going to be an adjustment," he said. "On certain firm-green golf courses you're going to have to be aware of where you will lay up to on a par five."

Partial wedge shots, which players could previously hit with lots of spin and stop on a dime, will now likely release and roll more on slick greens. At Augusta National, Ogilvy thinks the new grooves could actually help on certain shots.

"It has always been easy to spin the ball back off the green [and into the pond] if you laid up on the par-5 15th hole," he said. "That shot has always been very awkward, so I think there is a good element to not having as much spin on your wedges. It would be very desirable in that situation."

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(Photo by Eric Risberg/AP Photos)

January 06, 2010

Bag of the Day: Geoff Ogilvy

Posted at 2:05 PM by David Dusek

The final bag in the Bag of the Day series features the equipment used by the 2006 U.S. Open winner. Geoff Ogilvy, who is also the defending champion at the SBS Championship (last year it was the Mercedes Championship), it will competing for the first time as a Titleist staff professional. Ogilvy, who also won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship last year, had previously endorsed Cobra, Titleist's sister brand in the Acushnet family.


Here is a list of the clubs that Ogilvy is expected to have in his bag when he tees off at Kapalua:
DRIVER: Titleist 909 D3 (9.5°) with an Alidila RIP 80X shaft
FAIRWAYS: Cobra S9-1 (15°, 20°)  with Fujikura Sapphire X shafts
IRONS: Titleist MB (3-9) with Royal Precision FCM 7.3 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (50°), Spin Milled C-C (55°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

August 26, 2009

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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(Photo by David Dusek)

March 01, 2009

Geoff Ogilvy's prototype putter and winning clubs

Posted at 9:17 PM by David Dusek

Geoffogilvytitleistputter Geoff Ogilvy is one of the most down-to-Earth and approachable major champions around. Instead of a having high-end courses or an exotic resort's logo on his bag, you'll find the logo of Mojo Pies, a meat pie business he is involved in with fellow Scottsdale-based tour pro Tim Clark. Enough said.

During my 20-minute conversation with him on the range at the Ritz-Carlton Course at Dove Mountain this week, we talked at length about his equipment. I wondered if he would be willing to discuss his prototype Scotty Cameron for Titleist putter — the same putter he used to win the 2006 U.S. Open — and as it turned out, he was very open about it.

"Scotty [Cameron] made me two or three that are exactly the same from black carbon steel, so they won't rust," he said as he chewed a protein bar. "The one I won with at Winged Foot got a big rusty and manky, and by the end of the year [2006] it got a few rusty patches on it that I didn't like. I got him to refinish it, so I now have three. Placing it next to the other two, I can't tell which is which."

The putter itself is a Newport, and while Ogilvy says that he sometimes tries other putters, he never strays from that shape.

"It's always been a Newport of some sort," he said. "I have varied the metals sometimes just to get a different look, a different feel. I used stainless steel for a while, I tried a charcoal mist for a while."

He notices a slightly different feel from metal to metal but said, "After a day or two it feels like your putter again because they all look so similar."

In Ogilvy's mind, putting with a slightly different flat stick is a way to stay enthusiastic. He is a believer in the "new putter theory" — everyone putts great with a new putter.

"Your central nervous system enjoys change," he told me. "The new putter theory is not BS, that's a fact and it works for everyone. So sometimes if my putting feels a bit flat, I'll change putters, but it's not like I'm completely changing putters. I just want to look at something new, something fresh. People might think you are just trying to escape all the bad karma in your other putter, but your brain likes change and it gets you excited about putting again."

Results like he enjoyed in Arizona should help him stay excited about his putting for a long time.

Here is a complete list of the clubs in Ogilvy's bag this week:

Driver:                         King Cobra S9-1 Pro D (10.5°) with Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft
Fairway woods:          King Cobra S9-1 Pro (15°, 20°) with Fujikura Sapphire shaft,
Irons:                           King Cobra Pro MB (3-9) with Royal Precision FCM Rifle 7.3 shafts
Wedges:                     Titleist Vokey Design (50°, 55°), Spin Milled (60°)
Putter:                         Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport prototype
Ball:                             Titleist Pro V1 (2009)

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(Photo by Chris Carlson/AP)

February 28, 2009

Ogilvy Successful With His New 3-Wood

Posted at 11:05 AM by David Dusek

Geoffogilvycobragolf MARANA, Ariz. — Four months before he won the 2006 U.S. Open, Geoff Ogilvy defeated Davis Love 4 and 3 to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The following year, the Aussie advanced to the final before losing 3 and 2 to Henrik Stenson. On Friday, Ogilvy defeated Camilo Villegas 2 and 1 to advance to the quarterfinals of this season's event.

When I spoke with him this week on the range, Ogilvy said he made a tough equipment change last week at Riviera and started carrying a new Cobra S9-1 3-wood.

"The 3-wood is the hardest club in your bag to get right," he said. For most Tour players, the 3-wood is the only wood that needs to create the same launch conditions, and fly the same distance, both off the tee and from the fairway.

Ogilvy had been using a King Cobra X-Speed 3-wood. "It was awesome, and I could choke down on and do different stuff with it," he said. "It was quite versatile. The new one is very good, too."

For Ogilvy, who said he tends to create a lot of spin with his swing, finding just the right 3-wood is especially tough. "I tend to hit the ball high, but if I find a 3-wood that creates the flight that I want to see it tends to go too far because it doesn't have enough loft," he said.

That may sound like a nice problem to have, but for Ogilvy, it genuinely is cause for concern.

"I would be hitting it 300 with a driver, 280 with a 3-wood and 225 with a 2-iron. That's not right," he explained. That large distance gap between the 3-wood and 2-iron could put him in a bind on the course. "The balance for me is finding one that goes far enough for me to be happy, but not go too far."

Ogilvy had been testing the S9-1 on the range since the Mercedes Championship in January, an event he won. He admitted its performance has always been a little better than his old 3-wood, but, as he repeated, "It's just changing a club that is hard to change."

This week, Ogilvy also swapped out his King Cobra Pro CB Forged 2-iron and put in a 5-wood. The 5-wood's loft has been bent from 18° to 20° to help Ogilvy make the ball stop faster on the undulating greens of the Ritz-Carlton Course at Dove Mountain.

Here is a complete list of the clubs in Ogilvy's bag this week:

Driver:                       King Cobra S9-1 Pro D (10.5°) with Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft
Fairway woods:        King Cobra S9-1 Pro (15°, 20°) with Fujikura Sapphire shaft,
Irons:                         King Cobra Pro MB (3-9) with Royal Precision FCM Rifle 7.3 shafts
Wedges:                    Titleist Vokey Design (50°, 55°), Spin Milled (60°)
Putter:                      Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport prototype
Ball:                          Titleist Pro V1 (2009)

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(Photo by Chris Carlson/AP Photos)

January 12, 2009

Geoff Ogilvy's Winning Clubs

Posted at 12:56 PM by David Dusek

Geoffogilvyputternew Geoff Ogilvy won the PGA Tour's season-opening event, the Mercedes-Benz Championship, by six shots using a few clubs that were recently added to his bag.

Ogilvy put King Cobra's S9-1 Pro S driver into his bag for the first time. The Australian had previously been using a King Cobra Speed Pro D (9.5°). The S9-1, which will start appearing in pro shops in March, is based on the company's popular LD driver, but it is slightly shorter from front to back, as well as from heel to toe.

Ogilvy had been using a Scotty Cameron Newport putter with two 10-gram weight screws in the sole. But at Kapalua, Ogilvy used a prototype Scotty Cameron Newport that Titleist says is identical to the model he used to win the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in 2006. It is darker in color and does not have weights. Like his previous putter, it has a plumber's neck and traditional heel-toe weighting. Click on the image for a better look.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Ogilvy used during the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Driver                     King Cobra S9-1 Pro S (9.5°)
Fairway wood        King Cobra X-Speed (15°)
Irons                       King Cobra Pro CB Forged (2), Pro MB (3-9)
Wedges                  Titleist Vokey Design (50°, 55°), Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°)
Putter                     Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport prototype
Ball                         Titleist Pro V1 (2009 edition)

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Photos: Ogilvy by Stan Badz/Getty Images; putter image provided by Titleist)

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