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October 04, 2010

Ryder Cup Bags: Overton, Fowler, Mickelson, Watson, Woods

Posted at 1:41 PM by David Dusek

Rickie Fowler Ryder Cup Titleist Rickie Fowler:
DRIVER: Titleist 909D2 (7.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F2 (13.5°) with a Mitsubishi 'ahina 80 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 710 MB (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (47°, 53°, 59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Circa '62 No. 3 GSS
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Phil Mickelson Ryder Cup Callaway Phil Mickelson:
DRIVER:
Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic (7.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
HYBRID: Callaway Prototype (22°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Thump X shaft
IRONS: Callaway X-Forged (4), X Proto (5-PW) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway JAWS (53°, 60°, 62°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Blade
BALL: Callaway Tour ix 

Jeff Overton Ryder Cup Mizuno Jeff Overton:
DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (10.5°) with Fujikura Motore F3 60 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Mizuno F-60 (13.5°) with a Fujikura ROMBAX 8X07 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Hi Fli CLK (20°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904 shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-33 (2), MP-68 (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts<
WEDGES: Mizuno MP T-10 (5°2), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Bubba Watson Ryder Cup Ping

Bubba Watson:
DRIVER:
Ping G15 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy prototype shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G15 (17°) with a Project X 8A1 shaft
IRONS:
Ping S59 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-W (52°, 56°, 63°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts>
Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

 

Tiger Woods Ryder Cup Nike Tiger Woods:
DRIVER:  Nike Victory Red Tour (10°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:
  Nike SasQuatch Sumo (15°, 19°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103g shafts
IRONS:
 Nike Victory Red Blades (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES:
  Nike Victory Red (56°, 62°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER:
  Titleist by Scotty Cameron Newport 2
BALL:
  Nike One Tour

(Photos: Mickelson, Watson, Woods/Robert Beck; Fowler, Overton, Thomas Lovelock)

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)
July 26, 2010

Winner's Bag: Carl Pettersson at The Canadian Open

Posted at 10:01 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Nike Victory Red Tour (11.5°) with a Fujikura Six shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner (14.5°) with a Graphite Design YS6 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Fli-Hi CLK (20°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Nike Pro Combo (4), Victory Red Split Cavity (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
WEDGES: Nike Victory Red (49°, 55°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7 Long
BALL: Nike ONE Tour

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(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

July 20, 2010

My Bag: Jonathan Byrd at the Canadian Open

Posted at 11:45 AM by David Dusek

"I have this new hybrid. It has 17 degrees of loft and is like a 2-iron. I hit it about 235 yards. It's great out of the rough." — Jonathan Byrd

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DRIVER: TaylorMade r7 Limited (9.°5) with a UST Mamiya V2 86X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Mizuno MX700 (15°) with a UST Mamiya V2 86X shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno MP CLK (17° ) with a UST Mamiya V2 Hyrbid X shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES:
Nike Victory Red Forged (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Newport Tour prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

November 25, 2009

Bag of the Day: Luke Donald

Posted at 10:22 AM by David Dusek

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Here is a list of the clubs that Luke Donald is currently using:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 460 (9.5°) with with an Accra XC 65 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Tour Edge Exotics CB2 (15°) Accra XC 75 X shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno CLK Fli-Hi  (17°) with an Aldila NV 85 X Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP R Series (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Tour XG #7
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

September 14, 2009

Mizuno Releasing New MP-68 and MP-58 Irons for Better Players

Posted at 11:36 AM by David Dusek

Among players who demand workability and feel, Mizuno's forged irons have always been well regarded. This fall, the company is set to release irons that not only cater to purists, but to golfers looking for more forgiveness and game-enhancement features too.

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Chuck Couch, Mizuno's director of marketing, says of the MP-68 forged blades: "This is a club that golfers expect from Mizuno."

By studying the vibrations and sound created at impact, Mizuno has tried to make a muscleback blade with even better sound and feel. Made from milled carbon steel, weight has been removed from non-critical areas of the MP-68 near the heel, toe, and top of the hosel, then repositioned in the back-toe area. The result, according to the company, is a sweetspot that's lower in the face along with a neutral ball flight preferred by many accomplished players. And yes, the grooves in the MP-68 irons conform with the new USGA regulations.

The MP-68 irons will be available with several different custom shafts, but come standard (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts ($899) or Project X shafts ($999).

MP-58
TMP58 ironhe new MP-58 irons were designed to combine the forgiveness of a full cavity back with the workability, feel and compact size of a classic muscleback.

To achieve that goal, Mizuno engineers got crafty. They positioned a lightweight piece of titanium in a pocket behind the hitting area of the forged carbon steel heads. During the forging process, as the steel cools, it contracts around the titanium to create the feel of one solid piece of metal. Because only 11 grams of titanium are required to fill the area that would have needed 20 grams of steel, Mizuno could then reposition nine grams of discretionary weight to make the MP-58 irons more forgiving and slightly more stable on off-center hits.

A standard set of MP-58 irons (3-PW) will retail for about $1,000 and come with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts.

June 14, 2009

Brian Gay's St. Jude Classic winning clubs

Posted at 8:39 PM by David Dusek

Brian-Gay-Memphis Here is a complete list of the clubs Brian Gay used to win his second PGA Tour event of 2009, the St. Jude Classic, and earn a spot in the U.S. Open at Bethpage.

Driver: TaylorMade R9 (9.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamona Blue Board shaft
Fairway wood: Tour Edge Exotics CB2 (13°) with Mitsubishi Diamona Blue Board 83 shaft
Hybrid: Mizuno CLK Fli-Hi (20°) with Aldila NV Hybrid 85 shaft
Irons: Mizuno MX 900 (3,4); MP 60 (5-8); MP 32 (9, PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (56°, 59°)
Putter: Mizuno Bettinardi prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (2009)

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April 20, 2009

Brian Gay's Winning Clubs

Posted at 8:31 AM by David Dusek

Brian Gay Driver Brian Gay used clubs from four different companies last week to win the Verizon Heritage on Hilton Head Island.

Gay switched from a TaylorMade r7 425 TP driver early this season to a TaylorMade R9. The move has not transformed Gay into the second coming of Bubba Watson (the Tour's perennial leader in driving distance), but it has made Gay, always a straight shooter, even straighter. In 2008 he hit 71.74% of the fairways; this year he's up to 74.26%, the fourth best percentage on the PGA Tour.

Gay uses three different types of Mizuno irons, all of which have been on the market for a few years. His MX 900 3- and 4-irons are classic perimeter-weighted, game-improvement clubs. His MP 60 middle irons were a Testers' Top Pick in GOLF Magazine's 2005 ClubTest. The "Cut Muscle" design and moderate perimeter weighting move the center of gravity slightly lower, creating blade-like feel and a mid-trajectory ball flight. Finally, Gay's MP 32 short irons are blades designed for maximum control and feel.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Brian Gay had in his bag at Harbour Town Golf Links:

Driver:                 TaylorMade R9 (9.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamona Blue Board shaft
Fairway wood:   Tour Edge Exotics CB2 (13°) with Mitsubishi Diamona Blue Board 83 shaft
Hybrid:                Mizuno CLK Fli-Hi (20°) with Aldila NV Hybrid 85 shaft
Irons:                  Mizuno MX 900 (3,4); MP 60 (5-8); MP 32 (9, PW)
Wedges:             Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (56°, 59°)
Putter:                 Mizuno Bettinardi prototype
Ball:                     Titleist Pro V1 (2009)

If you want to learn more about the hottest new golf equipment, be sure to check out the 2009 GOLF Magazine Buyer's Guide.

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(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

January 28, 2009

Quest for a driver at the PGA Merchandise Show

Posted at 5:24 PM by Golf.com

By Gary Van Sickle

ORLANDO, Fla. -- I once wrote that Demo Day at the PGA Merchandise Show was the greatest day of the year. Maybe I exaggerated, but it's definitely in the top five and well ahead of Groundhog Day, Bring Your Dog to Work Day and Arbor Day.

Demoday At Demo Day, nearly all the major golf manufacturers set up stations around a gigantic 360-degree range at Orange County National. I was here to check out what's new in golf equipment for SI's Golf Plus, but I was also on a more selfish mission. My Cobra driver, which I've had for the last five or six years, passed away recently. The cause of death was a cracked face, and now I'm looking to make a new hire.

Over the years, I've developed a few rules for Demo Day. First, only three swings per club: I don't want my swing to adjust to a new club, and I need to pace my aging body so I can get around the whole circle. Second, don't make snap judgments. I've fallen in love with clubs at Demo Day only to be disappointed when I bought them. My search for a new driver is not over, but thanks to Demo Day, the field is narrowing.

Callaway was my first stop, where I picked up the new Big Bertha Diablo 9.5-degree neutral model and bashed three straight beauties without so much as a warmup, a pleasant surprise. The club has kind of an odd-looking back end, but that's OK. I also tried the FTiQ, which has a squarish, carved-out look, but no luck there.

Cobra_s91 Cobra and Titleist returned to the Show for the first time in several years. They were sorely missed. I thought maybe I could find a great-great-grandson of my late Cobra SZ440, which I liked because it felt like the ball jumped off the face. The Cobra S9-1 fit the bill. It had a nice look, not unlike the muscled top ridge of my old club. It's big, but the head's thickness tapers off at the back and looks less like a flying saucer than some previous models.

At the Titleist bays, I wore out the turf trying various versions of the 909 D2, 909 D3 and DComp. The D2 is a mid-launch club, the D3 is a low-launcher for high-ball hitters, and the DComp the highest launching version of the three. I liked the extra hang time on the DComp. I think that could be a winner.

PowerbiltThe Mizuno MX 700 made me think of John Daly. I mean, heads are limited to 460 cc, but this thing just looks like it's been on a bacon-burger-and-beer diet. I clouted it pretty well, however, and I noticed it has a quieter sound than some previous Mizunos I've hit.

Powerbilt isn't a big player in golf, and I probably wouldn't have stopped there if it hadn't introduced a new Air Force driver, right, that features a chamber filled with nitrogen gas. The pressurized gas adds strength, allowing thinner walls and less weight. I tried two models. The rounder one, the PV (as in Player Version), wasn't bad. You can work the ball a little better if you're one of those few players who knows what direction the driver is headed.

Adams_speedline But no three shots felt any better than the sleeve I pounded with the Adams Speedline. It's got a more traditional head shape and some interesting grid lines around its edges. This one definitely advances to the playoff round.

My last stop was Nike. The buzz at this year's show will likely revolve around Nike's new SQ Dymo S2 STR8-Fit driver, which can be adjusted to eight different loft-and-lie positions. This idea is the next innovation after last year's interchangeable-shaft clubs. I hit it reasonably well, and the adjustability makes a lot of sense. TaylorMade started this trend with its successful movable weights. Now we've evolved to adjustable loft and lie.

It's like buying the characteristics of eight different drivers. TaylorMade has a similar new driver but didn't attend Demo Day, so I didn't get a chance to try it out.

What's going to end up in my bag? I don't know yet, but I'm encouraged. In the past few years, I haven't been all that excited about the trend toward bigger and squarer heads. Nothing had proven itself superior to my old Cobra. But I could easily put any of these clubs in my bag and be happy. Thanks to Demo Day, I was able to check them all out in one afternoon.

(Photos: David Walberg/SI)




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