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June 12, 2009

John Daly's Golf Clubs

Posted at 1:15 PM by David Dusek

John-Daly_450x600 It's interesting to note that John Daly does not carry a traditional fairway wood. Instead, he uses two wood-style hybrid clubs. A few other PGA Tour players have chosen to go with hybrids instead of fairway woods. For example, Anthony Kim carries a 14° hybrid instead of a 3-wood.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Daly is using at the St. Jude Classic:

DRIVER: Adams Speedline (9.5°) with UST AXIVCore Tour Red 79 XX shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Prototype (15°, 18°)
IRONS: Adams Idea Pro Black (3-9)
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (48°), Spin Milled (52°, 60°)
PUTTER:  Heavy Putter Mid-Weight K4
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

May 08, 2009

John Daly Making More Fashion Statements in Italy

Posted at 10:15 AM by David Dusek

While most of the game's top players are at TPC Sawgrass this week, competing in The Players, the BMW Italian Open is being played in Turin, Italy. John Daly says he is losing five pounds a week and has now lost 60 pounds total.

And once again, he is wearing some, uh, how can I saw this nicely ... unique trousers from Loud Mouth Golf. Daly shot a pair of 69s, so we can look forward to more lovely offerings this weekend.

Friday's Second Round (below):

John Daly Italian Open Friday

Thursday's Opening Round:

John Daly Thursday Italian

Wednesday's Pro-Am:

John Daly Wednesday Italian

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(Photos by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

November 05, 2008

What's in John Daly's Bag?

Posted at 3:01 PM by David Dusek

Johndaly Long John goes through golf clubs, and relationships with manufacturers, almost as fast as he chugs Diet Cokes. John Garrity highlighted one incident that led to a parting of the ways between Daly and a manufacturer in a recent column.

But that wasn't half as bad as Daly's corporate backstab at the 2005 PGA Championship. On that occasion, an angry Daly whacked his golf bag with his Dunlop putter, damaging the club so badly that he had to putt with his lob wedge for seven holes. After the round, however, Daly put the blame squarely on ... the people who signed his endorsement checks! "My putter came loose again," he groused. "That's happened a few times this year, where the head has fallen off. Dunlop has been trying really hard to make a putter, and it just keeps coming off."

Having established that the engineers at Dunlop Sports, after nearly a century manufacturing golf and tennis gear, didn't know how to use epoxy, Daly delivered the coup de grace: "I've had it. I'm just going to putt with my L-wedge."

Companies have looked at Daly as a double-edged sword for years. He has a huge fan base that seems to love him unconditionally, and many of those fans gravitate to golf specifically because of John. His affable charisma comes through on television commercials, and he's been willing to pitch just about anything. But signing Daly means associating your brand with a player who has been more likely to end up in the police blotter than the winner's circle.

Recently I spoke with a representative from a major manufacturer that used to be endorsed by Daly. "He just does not represent our brand image anymore," he said. You have to believe that other companies feel the same way.

Using recent photographs, as well as information from John Daly's official website, we came up with a list of the  equipment we believe he is currently using. By the time you read this, any and all of the information may have changed, but that's just another part of John Daly's world.

Driver:                  TaylorMade Burner (10.5°)*
Fairway wood:     TaylorMade V Steel (13°)
Hybrid:                 TaylorMade TP Rescue (17°)
Irons:                    Mizuno MP 67 (3-PW)
Wedges:               Titleist Vokey Spin Milled (52°, 60°)
Putter:                  Titleist by Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2
Ball:                      Callaway i Tour
*Daly has also recently used the TaylorMade r7 Limited.

(Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

July 16, 2008

Daly, Rose, O'Hair using TaylorMade's new Itsy Bitsy Spider

Posted at 1:35 PM by David Dusek

Taylormade_itsy_bitsy SOUTHPORT, England — There were plenty of fireworks in John Daly's press conference Wednesday at the British Open, but one tidbit was especially interesting from an equipment standpoint.

When Daly was asked about his putting, he said, "I'm still one of those guys that's not scared to knock it three feet past the hole. If find that if I start lagging putts, it gets worse. But I'm going to try the new TaylorMade Spider, the small Spider putter, this week. I was working with the guys from adidas TaylorMade yesterday, just something totally different that I'm not accustomed to. I'm not used to seeing anything that big behind the putter face. But it's something different, and maybe it's time I look at something different."

The putter Daly is referring to is the TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Spider, a smaller version of TaylorMade's RossaTaylormade_ibs_above Monza Spider, which was released earlier this season.

According to Matt Blackey, a TaylorMade Golf representative, whether you strike the ball in the center of the face or near the heel or toe areas of the Itsy Bitsy Spider, the club transfers the same amount of energy into the putt. This means that off-center hits roll as far as well-struck putts for better distance control.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is 30 percent smaller than the original Spider, and the interchangeable weight ports are inside the face line of the Itsy Bitsy instead of outside the face line as they are on the original Spider. (Maybe they should call the bigger putter the Tarantula?)

Justin Rose was the first player to start using the Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Sean O'Hair has put it in the bag this week at Royal Birkdale. According to Shawn Mullin, a TaylorMade Tour representitive, the Itsy Bitsy Spider will be available this fall.

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