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August 10, 2010

Tiger Woods says he played Monday's practice round with training putter

Posted at 11:10 AM by David Dusek

Editors' Note: At his press conference on Tuesday, Woods said that he had not changed putter grips Monday, as we reported earlier today. He said that his caddie, Steve Williams, accidentally put a training putter in the bag for Monday's practice round. Both the putter and the grip were different from the Scotty Cameron he uses in tournaments.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Tiger Woods, who took 128 putts in four rounds last week en route to a tie for 78th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, missed out on some much-needed practice with his tournament putter on Monday.

His caddie, Steve Williams, accidentally put a training putter in the bag for Monday's round. Woods said they were "too lazy" to go back and get the Scotty Cameron model that he usually uses in tournaments.

In the photos below, Woods is shown during Monday's practice round at Whistling Straits, left, and during Sunday's final round at the Bridgestone.


His normal putter, with the black Ping grip, was back in the bag on Tuesday.

Tiger-Woods Putter-Grip-Tues

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(Photos: top left, John Biever/SI; Carlos M. Saavedra/SI; Below: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

January 28, 2010

Grip it and play it: Pure grips

Posted at 3:49 PM by Gary Van Sickle

Pure-grips ORLANDO, Fla.--The biggest innovation I've seen thus far at the 2010 PGA Merchandise Show? You'll laugh. It's about golf grips. Yeah, I know. Wake you when I'm done writing this item.

I'm serious. Pure Grips has a line of excellent and tacky rubber golf grips, but the true innovation is how you put them on and take them off. There's no glue or tape, it only takes a few seconds, and you can begin using the clubs immediately.

The secret is compressed air. The company's gun-shaped attachment connects to an air compressor on one side and the grip on the other. (See the video below.) A shot of air makes the Pure grip expand enough so you can slip it onto the shaft -- even over a layer or three of tape. Once you slide the grip into place (a two-second job once you've done a few), turn the air off and the grip contracts around the shaft like a vise. It's ready for play. Removing the grips with the air-gun is even easier and quicker. Unlike all current grips, which have to be cut off with a knife because they were glued on, Pure grips come off intact and can be reused.

It's going to be a great incentive for club pros to stock Pure grips because they'll be able to change them so quickly.The process is so easy, I'm considering doing my own grips now. I already scored a Pure grips applicator gun. After that, all I need are the grips (suggested price $8) and a little air compressor that I can pick up cheap at Wal-Mart or any hardware store.

Instant regrips, no muss-no fuss, and they're reusable. A Pure golf spokesman told me about a woman player he knows who changes her different colored grips to match her wardrobe before each round. Now that's innovation.

PURE Grips Tapeless Golf Grip Installation Video from Wes Brasher on Vimeo.

Photo: David Walberg/SI

August 15, 2009

Golf Pride's Patriot Grip Supports Folds of Honor Foundation

Posted at 6:02 PM by David Dusek

GR200-3 CHASKA, Minn. – I had a chance to eat lunch today in the media center with Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard and a PGA professional. Major Rooney is also the tireless face of Patriot Golf Day (Sept. 4-7) and the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships to the children and spouses of members of the military disabled or killed in service.

Rooney is an inspiring guy who, after serving a few tours in Iraq, said he's looking forward to not only playing more golf this fall but also to watching football from his sofa.

"It's like I missed the whole season last year," he said with a laugh.

Golf Pride recently created a special red, white and blue grip, the Patriot (right), and will donate a percentage of the sale of each all-rubber grip to the Folds of Honor Foundation. Buying them will give you good feel on the course, and a good feeling off it.

Click here for more information about the Patriot grip, and to make a tax deductible contribution to Folds of Honor, click here.

May 21, 2008

Secretive putter grips

Posted at 2:40 PM by David Dusek

Tiger Woods is synonymous with Nike's swoosh. Thirteen of his 14 clubs are made by Nike, and he's outfitted by the company from head to toe. The lone exception is his Scotty Cameron putter. But the grip on King Arthur's Excalibur isn't made by either company, it's made by Ping. (Woods used a Ping Anser for years as a junior golfer.) 

While going through images of Ernie Els recently, I noticed the Big Easy, who uses an Odyssey putter, is also using a Ping grip. (Click on either image for a closer look.).

If you want to get the same look on your flat stick, consider buying a Ping Blackout. As the name implies, the logo on this replacement grip matches the black color of the grip itself, so it's barely visible.

At $4.99 on, the price of this grip is well within your reach. 

(Photos: Travis Lindquist/Getty Images (Woods), Jerome Delay/AP (Els))

January 18, 2008

PGA Show: K.J. Choi's magic grip

Posted at 11:18 AM by

Choigross2_450x600 Super Stroke Putter Grip

K.J. Choi won the Memorial and the AT&T in 2007 using a super-oversized putter grip. After winning the 2008 Sony Open in Hawaii last week, Choi has climbed to No. 7 in the world, and he's still using that massive grip.

It's the SuperStroke Classic, and the company's booth at the PGA Show has been very busy. The grip's designers claim that it requires 32% less hand pressure than traditional grips, which is supposed to enhance your sense of touch. The size also helps you lock your wrists in place during your stroke, which increases your chances of squaring the face properly.

The grip has certainly help Choi--he went from averaging 29.51 putts per round in 2006 (ranking 151st on Tour) to 28.84 (39th). -- David Dusek

January 17, 2008

PGA Show: Pretty and tacky

Posted at 7:35 PM by Anne Szeker


Iomic Grips come in a wide array of colors to match any player's style or outfit. But the company says they aren't just fashion statements: they're waterproof, shock-absorbent and have a soft feel.

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