DRIVER: Cleveland Launcher DST (10.5°) with an Aldila Rip 60 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher DST (15°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Silver 83 X shaft
HYBRIDS: Cleveland Launcher DST (18°, 20.5°) with Project X HC1 shafts
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour (4-PW) with Project X 6.0 shafts
WEDGES: Clevland CG16 (54°, 60°) with Project X 6.0 shafts
PUTTER: Never Compromise Dinero Tycoon
BALL: Titleist Pro V1
Category: Never Compromise
DRIVER: Cleveland HiBore XLS Tour (9.5°) with a Project X 7A3 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland XLS (15°) with a Grafalloy ProLaunch Red FWY X shaft, Launcher Comp (19) with an Aldila NV 85 shaft
HYBRID: Cleveland Mashie (20.5°) with an Aldila NV 85 Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG Tour (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG14 (48°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
PUTTER: Never Compromise Gambler Straight
BALL: Srixon Z-Star X
(Photo by Brad Barr/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — When Vijay Singh was paired in the final group with Tiger Woods Saturday at Hazeltine, his putting, specifically his short putting, proved to be his downfall. The Fijian missed several critical putts and fell from contention.
On Wednesday at Liberty National, Singh, using his traditional-length Never Compromise Milled Series 1 putter, hit several putts along a metal yardstick. He was not aiming at a hole, but instead trying to make the ball smoothly roll down the 1-inch wide, 3-foot-long stick. When he was successful, Singh knew that his putter's face was square at impact. (Click on the top image for a better look.)
A short time before, Sean O'Hair had shown Singh a training aid, a Putting Stick, that is designed to help players practice the same drill. O'Hair's caddie, Paul Tesori (who used to be on Singh's bag), told me that O'Hair had recently started using the devise because he'd had good results with it as a junior. (Honestly, it's a 46-inch piece of 3/8-inch thick Plexiglas.)
Chad Reynolds, Singh's caddie, borrowed the devise after Singh had putted on the yardstick for about 10 minutes. The winner of last season's Barclay's Championship seemed to like it. (Click on the lower images for a better look.)
If Singh is going to successfully defend his Barclays crown, as well as his FedEx Cup title, he may need to log some serious hours with these training aides.
(Photos by David Dusek)
Last week in Akron, Ohio, during the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Singh had a Never Compromise NCX-Ray SFT belly putter in his bag. But this week he's wielding a standard-length Never Compromise Milled Series 1 putter.
When Vijay was asked whether or not he brought his belly putter with him to Hazeltine, he smiled and said, "Yeah, I have it in my locker. It's not too for away."
Singh has also decided to put his old Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead fairway wood into play this week instead of his Adams hybrid.
"There is a big gap between my 3-iron and my 3-wood," he told me. "I need a middle club. And 5-wood, I can hit it up to 230, 250. And from the rough, it's a great club."
Here is a complete list of the clubs he is using this week in the 2009 PGA Championship:
DRIVER: Cleveland Launcher (7.5°) with Miyazaki 72X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Cleveland Launcher Steel (13°) with Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83X shaft, Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead (19°)
IRONS: Cleveland CG Tour (4-PW) with Rifle 7.5 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG12 (54°, 60°, 64°) with Rifle 7.5 shafts
PUTTER: Never Compromise Milled Series 1
BALL: Srixon Z-Star X
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Vijay Singh is competing this week with a new belly putter in his bag, a Never Compromise X-Ray. Singh, the 2000 Masters champion, had been using a Never Compromise GM2 Exchange #7 as recently as last week at the Shell Houston Open.
The X-Ray is a high-MOI mallet, which is designed to help players improve their alignment and remain steady at impact for improved distance control. There are five metallic "ribs" embedded in a soft insert to create a cushioned feel and help the ball start rolling faster.
Unfortunately for Singh, even with his caddie bending down to ground level to get a better look at the greens, he needed 30 putts to complete his first round at Augusta.
You can read more about the X-Ray, and other new mallet putters, in the GOLF Buyer's Guide.
(Photo by Schecter Lee)