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February 25, 2010

Gear Notes: Padraig Harrington's New Putter, Retief Goosen's New Driver, Robert Karlsson Bending Irons

Posted at 12:38 PM by David Dusek

Padraig Harrington Odyssey Putter Odyssey
Ireland's Padraig Harrington won three major championships using an Odyssey 2-Ball Blade putter, but he has switched to Odyssey's yet-to-be-released Odyssey Backstryke 2-Ball (right).

What's unique about the Backstryke 2-Ball? The shaft goes from the golfer's hands straight to the center of the putter, then bends into the back of the head. This puts not only the face but nearly the entire putter in front of the point where the shaft enters the head. (Get it? Back-strike.)

According to Odyssey reps, Harrington said, "It goes right where I am aiming it." When the rep started describing the putter's design, Harrington stopped him and said, "I don't want to know anything about it. All I know is that the ball goes right where I am aiming, and that is good for you."

Retief Goosen had been using a TaylorMade r7 SuperQuad driver for about four years before he recently made a switch. While he has tried different versions of the company's R9 driver, he told me, "Because I have long arms, I'm struggling to get one that can be made flat enough for me."

Retief Goosen TaylorMade Driver While visiting TaylorMade's truck two weeks ago at Pebble Beach, Goosen was shown the new Burner SuperFast driver. Intrigued, the South African took a few and started practicing. According to TaylorMade, Goosen doesn't want a driver that misses left, so after every left-side miss, a TaylorMade rep manually bent and adjusted the face, loft and lie angle of the driver. Unlike TaylorMade's R9 family of drivers, the Burner SuperFast does not have movable weights or a head that can be unscrewed and re-attached using a torque wrench.

By the time Goosen walked away with his new driver, it had been bent 4° flatter than standard. At the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, he added a 15° TaylorMade SuperFast 3-wood and also and switched to a TaylorMade Rossa Spider belly putter as well.

Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia (who recently switched to a TaylorMade R9 SuperTri driver), spent about an hour grinding the bottom of his new TaylorMade TP wedges with xFT in the company's tour van. The 54° and 58° clubs feature TaylorMade's removable face plate design, so Garcia will not have to repeat the exercise when the grooves on the clubs start to dull.

In Tucson, both Rory McIlroy and Geoff Ogilvy pulled 60° Titleist Vokey Spin Milled wedges out of their bags and replaced them with 58° wedges. Sweden's Robert Karlsson, who won the European Tour's Qatar Masters on Feb. 2, took things even further.

According to a Titleist rep, Karlsson had been using a 47° pitching wedge, a 50° gap wedge, a 55° sand wedge and a 60° lob wedge. He ditched the 50°, 55° and 60° clubs in favor of a 53° and 58° wedge and a 21° 3-iron. Karlsson then had Titleist reps weaken the lofts in his MB irons by 1° so he would not have any gaps in his set.

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(Photos: Harrington, Stuart Franklin/Getty Images; Goosen, David Dusek)

August 14, 2009

Padraig Harrington's 2009 PGA Championship Clubs

Posted at 8:06 PM by David Dusek

Padraig-Harrington-Wilson-PGA_600 Here is a complete list of the clubs that Padraig Harrington is using this week at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 460 (9.5°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner (13°), Wilson Staff FYbrid  (18°)
HYBRID: Wilson Staff (3, 4)
IRONS: Wilson Staff Pi5 (5-PW)
WEDGES:  Wilson Tw9 (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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April 07, 2009

Padraig Harrington switching drivers, again

Posted at 11:43 AM by David Dusek

Padriag Harrington AUGUSTA, Ga. — Padraig Harrington played last week with a TaylorMade R9 driver, but he said in his Masters press conference on Tuesday morning that it won't be in his bag this week.

"It looks like it's got the sack now," he said as the assembled reports laughed.

Harrington won the 2007 British Open, 2008 British Open and 2008 PGA Championship using 8° Wilson drivers, but because he has been making subtle swing changes, he has needed to add loft.

"At the moment, the driver I used here two years ago is going into the bag," Harrington said. That driver is a Wilson Dd6+. "I actually don't think I ever had as good a driving tournament as I did two years ago, so hopefully I can replicate that."

April 04, 2009

Padraig Harrington testing a new driver

Posted at 9:41 AM by David Dusek

Padraig Harrington TaylorMade R9 Just a few days before the Masters, Padraig Harrington appears to be doing some driver testing. At last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, the winner of the 2008 British Open and PGA Championship used a Wilson Spine driver, but this week at the Shell Houston Open he is playing a TaylorMade R9 with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft.

Through the first two rounds on Redstone Golf Club's Tournament Course, Harrington had hit 50% of the fairways and averaged 293 yards per drive. For the season on the PGA Tour, he is hitting 52% of the fairways and averaging 279 yards per drive.

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

August 10, 2008

Padraig Harrington's PGA championship winning clubs

Posted at 8:47 PM by David Dusek

Harrington_driver_450x600 You might think that after winning a major championship the last thing you would want to do is make an equipment change.

But after successfully defending his British Open championship by winning at Royal Birkdale, Padraig Harrington was spotted tinkering with a new driver two weeks ago at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. It was a new Wilson prototype called the Smooth, but at the PGA Championship he was once again swinging a Wilson Dd6.

Here is a list of the clubs that Harrington used to win the PGA Championship.

Driver:                          Wilson Dd6+ (9°)
Fairway woods:           TaylorMade Burner (13°), Wilson Staff Fybrid  (18°)
Irons:                           Wilson Staff Ci7 (3-4) Wilson Pi5 (5-PW)
Wedges:                       Wilson Tw9 (54°, 60°)
Putter:                          Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade
Ball:                             Titleist Pro V1x

August 04, 2008

Wilson Staff Tw9 Tour Milled wedges

Posted at 9:58 AM by David Dusek

Wilson_wedges_600_3 Padraig Harrington won his second British Open championship using prototype 54° and 60° wedges made by Wilson. The company just announced in a media release that those prototypes, the Wilson Staff Tw9 Tour Milled wedges, will be available later this month.

According to Wilson, the Tw9 wedges are designed to increase spin, and therefore distance control and stopping power on the greens.

"I saw them for the first time two weeks ago and put them straight in the bag," Harrington said at the press conference after his win. "The Tw9 wedges were superb, a lob wedge and a sand wedge, so they worked great."

The Tw9 Tour Milled wedges have a grooved face and will be offered in both a satin finish and a black chrome finish. Both finishes will be available in 48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60° lofts.

July 30, 2008

Padraig Harrington's British Open clubs

Posted at 11:37 AM by David Dusek

July19_g_padraig1_399x600 At the beginning of the week, Padraig Harrington was battling a wrist injury, and there were whispers that he might not be able to defend the title he won last year at Carnoustie.

However, after 54 holes he's found himself in the final pairing with Greg Norman. And at the end of the tournament, Peter Dawson, the R&A Chairman, called his name as the Champion Golf of the year.

Here are the clubs he that he had in his bag this week during his successful British Open title defense:

Driver:                          Wilson Dd6+ (9°)
Fairway woods:        TaylorMade Burner (13°), Wilson Staff Fybrid  (18°)
Irons:                           Wilson Staff Ci7 (3-4) Wilson Pi5 (5-PW)
Wedges:                       Wilson Tw9 (54°, 60°)
Putter:                          Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade
Ball:                             Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo by Bob Martin/SI)

July 20, 2008

Ian Poulter's British Open clubs

Posted at 2:55 PM by David Dusek

Poultersun_bieverSOUTHPORT, England -- The birdie at 16 and the par at 18 made Birkdale quake. Ian Poulter, whose clothing often overshadows his formidable game, was rolling on the back nine Sunday.

He fell short of winning by four strokes, but his runner-up finish was his best in a major and likely earned him a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

Here is a list of the clubs he used this week at Royal Birkdale.

Driver:                   Cobra Speed Pro S (8.5°)
Fairway woods:     Cobra Speed Pro (15°, 18°)
Irons:                    Cobra Pro MB (3-PW)
Wedges:               Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°, 60°)
Putter:                  Odyssey Black Series i #1
Ball:                      Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo by John Biever/SI)

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