Category: Hunter Mahan
While most fans expected the duel at Congressional to be between Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan shot a 62 on Sunday, matching the course record that Kim set on Thursday. Here are the clubs Mahan used at the AT&T National.
DRIVER: Ping Rapture V2 (10.5°) with a Ping prototype 824 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G10 (15.5°) with a Fujikura ZCom 84 X shaft
HYBRID: Ping Rapture V2 (17°) with a UST V2 89 X Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Ping S-57 (3-PW) with True Temper X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (54°), Ping Eye2 (59°) with True Temper S-300 shafts
PUTTER: Ping IWI D66
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Eight golfers at this year's Masters were given new golf bags that commemorate Ping's 50th anniversary. Angel Cabrera, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson and other members of Ping's staff will carry the bags for the rest of the season.
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Mahan's putter, a Ping iWi D66, features removable weights in the sole plate that allow customization. It also has a two-piece 304 stainless steel and elastomer face insert. The steel portion provides the "click" sound that many players prefer, while the elastomer absorbs shock and softens the feel. Mahan made a switch to the putter just before the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla last September.
Here is a list of the club he used.
Driver: Ping Rapture V2 (10.5°) with Ping prototype 824x shaft
Fairway wood: Ping G10 (17° bent to 15°) with Fujikura TW84x shaft
Hybrid: Ping Rapture V2 (17°) with Aldila VS Proto Hybrid 80x shaft
Irons: Ping S58 (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°, 59°)
Putter: Ping iWi D66
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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Anytime you hole a sand wedge from 98 yards for eagle on a par 4, it's a good day. When you do it on your very first hole, as Hunter Mahan did Thursday at Ridgewood, you know the golf gods are with you.
Mahan took advantage of near-perfect conditions to post a course-record 62 in the first round at the Barclays. He hit 79% of the fairways and 83% of the greens in regulation, but his most impressive stat was total putts -- he took only 23.
After a disappointing performance at the PGA Championship two weeks ago, Mahan put the new IWI B60 putter in his bag.
"As soon as I grabbed it, put it down, it just looked good to me," he said Thursday. "I liked the feel and have been using it the last couple of weeks. It's been feeling great. Got a pretty good feeling on these greens."
According to Matt Rollins, a Ping Tour representative, the new putters "are cast [produced in a mold] and the face has a milled 304 stainless steel piece that is set with a polymer behind it."
By setting the face in the polymer, Ping is trying to soften the feel for players who use a hard golf ball. (For a better look at the face, click on the top image.)
Rollins does not think golfers will use the weights to set up a left or right bias, as some do with drivers that have similar systems. "But you could do that if you wanted to," he said. (For a better view of the weight system, click on the lower image.)
In addition to the B60 model, look for Ping IWI putters in the Anser, Zing, Craz-E and Half Craz-E head designs to arrive in pro shops later this fall. And if Hunter Mahan keeps putting the way he did on Thursday, look for him on the United States Ryder Cup team in September.