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September 29, 2012

My Bag: Ian Poulter at the 2012 Ryder Cup

Posted at 7:45 PM by David Dusek

Ian-Poulter

DRIVER: Cobra ZL Encore white (8.5°) with an Aldila RIP Phenom 50X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Cobra AMP (14°) with Project X 7B3 shafts
HYBRIDS
: Cobra Baffler Rail (17.5°) with Matrix Ozik 85X shaft, Titleist 909H (21°) with Aldila NV 85X shaft
IRONS: Cobra S3 Pro CB (4-6), Cobra S3 Pro MB (7-PW) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (54°, 62°) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by David Dusek)

August 12, 2012

My Bag: Ian Poulter at the 2012 PGA Championship

Posted at 4:43 PM by David Dusek

PoulterDRIVER: Cobra ZL Encore white (8.5°) with an Aldila RIP Phenom 50X shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Cobra AMP (14°) with Project X 7B3 shafts

IRONS: Cobra S3 Pro CB (4-6  iron), Cobra S3 Pro MB (7-pitching wedge) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

HYBRIDS: Cobra Baffler Rail (17.5°) with Matrix Ozik 85X shaft, Titleist 909 (21°) with Aldila NV 85X shaft

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (54°, 62°) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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Gallery: Pros' bags at Kiawah

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(Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

May 13, 2011

Ian Poulter's prototype Cobra putter

Posted at 3:08 PM by David Dusek

Cobra Golf is not in the putter business, but by the look of things that could change sometime in the future.

Before the start of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, Ian Poulter switched from a heel-toe weighted Rife Antigua putter to a Scotty Cameron Newport putter. But shortly after that he switched again, to a custom putter made for him by Cobra, the company that makes his woods and irons.

According to a Cobra tour rep, the company made Poulter four different heads and this the one, which he has been using in tournament play, was his favorite. But the testing continues; at TPC Sawgrass, Cobra was working on a putter with a slightly deeper face than the one you see in the photos below.

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April 15, 2011

Cobra releasing limted edition white S3 driver

Posted at 4:12 PM by David Dusek

Ian Poulter won the Hong Kong Open last fall using a very unique driver, a white Cobra ZL Limited Edition. The company made 500 of them, and Poulter, after being presented with one, decided that instead of putting it on his wall, he'd put it into play.

Today, Cobra Golf announced the release of a white S3 driver. Like the ZL last year, there will be a limited number available. Read what Golf Magazine ClubTesters think of the S3 driver or go to Cobra's Web site for more information on the club.

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The driver will come standard with a white Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip, and white Aldila RIP Beta shaft, for  $475 when it becomes available in early May. Right-handers will be able to chose between 9.5° and 10.5° lofts, while the 9.5º model will be the only choice for lefties. The 9.5° model will only be available in stiff flex; the 10.5° model will come with either a stiff or regular-flex shaft. 

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February 24, 2011

Many pros create blended sets—maybe you should, too

Posted at 4:39 PM by David Dusek

MARANA, Ariz. — I've been snooping around the golf bags of the game's best players for about three years. As a group, the pros are demanding, exacting and almost always open to anything that can help them play better. With the money that's on the line, why wouldn’t they want any edge they can get?

Before I started to really pay attention to their irons, I assumed that all pros played a uniform set, but that's not the case. Players like Phil Mickelson, Anthony Kim and Stewart Cink mix and match different types of irons to create their sets.

For example, Mickelson uses a Callaway X-Forged 4-iron, but his 5-iron through pitching wedge are prototype Callaway RAZR Muscle Back blades.

Paul-Casey-Nike-Accenture_600 There are two main reasons why lots of pros choose to go with more forgiving cavity back long-irons. First, they're simply easier to hit.

"Sometimes you stand there and you get an awkward lie and you just go, 'I know I'm a great player, but I just can't pull off this shot because the ball is sitting in a divot or a ball mark or whatever," Paul Casey said before the start of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

The Englishman, who is ranked No. 6 in the world, uses Nike VR Pro Combo long irons and VR Pro Blade mid- and short irons. Until recently, he carried an old Nike Pro Combo OS 2-iron. You can see his irons in the photo on the right.

"If that situation costs you one shot at a tournament, that's one shot too many," he said. "That could be the difference."

Just as they do for weekend players, cavity back long irons offer the pros larger sweet spots and more forgiveness than blades. Awkward shots like Casey described are simply easier to handle with the help of a little technology.

More reasons the pros consider dropping a cavity back iron or two into their bag: those firm, fast greens they face on tour.

Ian-Poulter-Cobra-Accenture_600x600 "I used blades for a long time," Ian Poulter told me in the practice area at the Ritz Carlton Course at Dove Mountain. "But then I just wanted to hit my long irons a little higher, so going from a blade to something with a cavity just made a lot of sense."

Poulter, who is currently ranked No. 12 in the world, uses Cobra Pro CB irons (4-7) and Pro MB irons (8-PW). You can see his irons in the photo at right.

Hitting higher long irons helps stop the ball faster on the firm greens of par 5s and long par 3s. Generally speaking, hybrids and fairway woods don't stop the ball as quickly as irons do.

There has never been a better time to mix and match clubs for amateur players who want to create their own composite set of irons. Lots of manufacturers sell clubs individually, and in many cases, different clubs look very similar to one another in the address position.

Poulter told me the transition within his set has not been a problem, and at address his irons all look the same.

That said, the transition from an oversize iron to a cavity back, or from a cavity back to a blade, can create problems if you try to create a composite set by yourself. Without the help of a good club fitter and a launch monitor, significant distance gaps between your irons can inadvertently be created. To avoid this problem, a good club fitter might adjust your lofts or suggest slightly different shafts to blend two or more types of clubs into an effective set.

"I think it would help amateurs way more than it helps us pros," Casey said.

Assuming you don't practice as often as a tour pro, Casey's advice could well be worth heeding.

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November 21, 2010

Winner's Bag: Ian Poulter at Hong Kong Open

Posted at 8:02 PM by David Dusek

Ian Poulter Hong Kong

DRIVER: King Cobra Limited Edition ZL (9.5°) with a Fujikura 6.0 Motore Speeder X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F3 (13.5°) with an Aldila RIP 70X shaft; Titleist 906F2 (18°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: King Cobra Pro CB (4-7), Pro MB (8-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Rife Antigua
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

November 04, 2010

Cobra to release all-white Limited Edition ZL driver

Posted at 10:06 PM by David Dusek

Ian-Poulter-White-Cobra-Driver_600x450 Ian Poulter has never been one to shy away from a fashion statement, so it should come as no surprise that he loves his new all-white, Limited Edition Cobra ZL driver.

In a statement released Thursday night by Cobra Golf, Poulter said:

"I like the visual of the new all-white ZL. It's really very cool. It's really very unique and different than any driver I've seen — plus it's performance is great too. It has the identical performance to the driver I've won with twice."

Poulter has decided to put his Limited Edition ZL in play this week at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai (above).

From a technical standpoint, Poulter should be enamored with his white driver because the Limited Edition ZL has a carbon composite crown and sole, along with a titanium body and clubface, just like the original ZL. And both the original and Limited Edition models feature Cobra's adjustable hosel that allows golfers to position the face in either a neutral, open or closed position using a torque wrench.

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But what sets the Limited Edition driver apart is the white head, the white Golf Pride Tour Wrap grip and the white Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.0 shaft. According to the release, the shaft alone has a value of $399, which helps to explain the $625 price of the Limited Edition ZL.

The 500 Limited Edition ZL drivers will be available in lofts of 9.5° and 10.5° with a stiff shaft starting December 15, but Cobra is welcoming pre-orders for the club beginning November 15 at participating retailers. To see a list of those dealers, visit cobragolf.com.

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(Photo of Poulter, AP Photos)
October 04, 2010

Ryder Cup Bags: McDowell, Westwood, Fisher, Kaymer, Poulter, Donald

Posted at 11:33 AM by David Dusek

Graeme McDowell Ryder Cup Callaway Graeme McDowell:
DRIVER:Callaway FT Tour (8.5°) with an Aldila Voodoo SVS 6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway FT-i Tour Squareway (15°) with an Aldila RIP Beta 60 shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Pro (18°) with an Aldila NVS 85 shaft, (21°) with an Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft
IRONS: Callaway X Forged (4-9) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged Vintage (48°, 52°, 58°) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #7
BALL: Callaway Tour ix

Lee Westwood Ryder Cup Ping Lee Westwood:
DRIVER:
Ping G10 (9.0°) with a Aldila PGA Tour Only Prototype XNV6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:
Ping i15 (14°) with a UST Mamaya V2 76X shaft, Rapture V2 (19°) with Aldila NV75 X shaft
IRONS:
Ping i10 (3-PW) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
WEDGES:
Ping Tour-W (54°, 58°) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
PUTTER:
Ping Redwood Anser
BALL:
Titleist Pro V1x

 

Ross Fisher Ryder Cup Titleist

Ross Fisher:
DRIVER: Titleist 909D3 (8.5°) with a True Temper Project X X7A3 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 (13.5°) with a True Temper Project X X8A4 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (17°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 710MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport GSS
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

 
Martin Kaymer Ryder Cup TaylorMadeMartin Kaymer:
DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 70 Alpha shafts
FAIRWAY WOODS:
TaylorMade R9 (13°), Burner (17.5°) and with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Tour shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade RAC TP (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC (54°), TP with xFT (58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser 2
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

Ian Poulter Ryder Cup Cobra Ian Poulter:
DRIVER: King Cobra ZL (9.5°) with a Fujikura 6.0 Motore Speeder X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F3 (13.5°) with an Aldila RIP 70X shaft; Titleist 906F2 (18°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: King Cobra Pro CB (4-7), Pro MB (8-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Rife Antigua
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

 Luke Donald Ryder Cup MizunoLuke Donald:
DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (9.5°) with a ACCRA XC65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R9 (13°) with an ACCRA XC75 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Hi Fli CLK (17°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP T-10 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL:
Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photos: McDowell, Westwood, Fisher, Kaymer, Donald/Robert Beck; Poulter/Fred Vuich)
April 09, 2010

Masters Bag: Ian Poulter

Posted at 5:56 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: King Cobra ZL (9.5°) with a Fujikura 6.0 Motore Speeder X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 (13.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax 7X07 shaft, Titleist 906F2 (18°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: King Cobra Pro CB (4-7), Pro MB (8-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Rife Antigua
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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February 21, 2010

Winning Clubs: Ian Poulter at WGC Accenture Match Play Championship

Posted at 7:47 PM by David Dusek

Ian Poulter Cobra Clubs

Here is a complete list of the clubs Ian Poulter used to win the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship:

DRIVER: King Cobra ZL (9.5°) with a Fujikura 6.0 Motore Speeder X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 (13.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax 7X07 shaft, Titleist 906F2 (18°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: King Cobra Pro CB (4-7), Pro MB (8-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Rife Antigua
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by David Dusek)

November 17, 2009

Bag of the Day: Ian Poulter

Posted at 10:49 AM by David Dusek

Although most of the attention Ian Poulter gets is due to his loud clothing and twittering, he has quietly and steadily risen in the official World Golf Rankings. As of Monday, the 33-year-old is up to a career-high No. 12 with his recent win at the 2009 Barclays Singapore Open.

While there was controversy over Poulter being selected to join the 2008 European Ryder Cup, no one will be surprised if he earns a spot on the team competing at Celtic Manor next October.

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Here is a list of the clubs Poulter currently has in his bag:

DRIVER: King Cobra ZL (9.5°) with a Fujikura 6.0 Motore Speeder X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 (13.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax 7X07 shaft, Titleist 906F2 (18°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (19°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: King Cobra Pro CB (4-7), Pro MB (8-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Rife Antigua
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Ian Walton/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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June 12, 2009

Ian Poulter tweets about groove changes

Posted at 2:10 PM by David Dusek

Ian Poulter Here is an interesting steam of Tweets from Ian Poulter's Twitter page:

Ianjamespoulter i tested the new grooves with vokey in feb. what a difference no spinnnnnn. the usga are insane to make us change so quickly.

Ianjamespoulter i guess they were all bored sitting around that table drinking coffee and smoking cigars... get a life let us have fun on the course.

Ianjamespoulter it will cost the manufacturers millions to develop and distribute to all the stores global, so you AMs can get them before open qualifying.

Ianjamespoulter Our irons already comply, but wedges need to change for start of the year. all the best... thanks R&A and USGA softer balls here we come.

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September 21, 2008

Ian Poulter's Ryder Cup clubs

Posted at 8:25 PM by David Dusek

Poulterryder_450x600 LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- There was controversy when Nick Faldo decided to use a captain's pick on Ian Poulter, instead of selecting Darren Clarke or Colin Montgomerie. However, his decision was vindicated by Poulter's outstanding and inspired play. In fact, Poulter's four points were the most earned by any player on either team.

Here are the clubs he had in his bag:

Driver:                     Cobra Speed Pro S (8.5°)
Fairway woods:       Cobra Speed Pro (15°, 18°)
Irons:                       Cobra Pro MB (3-PW)
Wedges:
                   Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°, 60°)
Putter:                     Odyssey Tri Force 3

(Photo by Bob Martin/SI)




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