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July 08, 2009

Hybrids Ruled at Bethpage, but Irons Could Be Back at Turnberry

Posted at 10:23 AM by David Dusek

Paul Casey Golf Clubs Before the start of U.S. Open at Bethpage, many players put hybrid clubs in their bags and pulled out long irons. With several long par 4s and wet conditions to contend with, they were looking for a way to hit high-flying, soft-landing shots from 220 to 230 yards out.

Now, as the best players in the world get ready to take on Turnberry's Ailsa Course in Scotland in the British Open, those long irons may be going back in the bag.

On Tuesday, Paul Casey said on Twitter:
"Thinking the 5 wood will be coming out and the 2 iron will be making a guest appearance for the Open. No other changes."

I asked him which model and he wrote back, "Still the Nike Pro Combo OS. I have 2 or 3 of them that I'm hanging on to."

Turnberry is located on the western coast of Scotland, so players can expect windy conditions. Since hybrids are designed to hit the ball high, irons would seem to be a better choice.

Here is a list of the clubs that Casey used to win the blustery 2009 Shell Houston Open:

Driver: Nike SQ Tour (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board shaft
Fairway woods: Nike SQ II (13°)
Irons: Nike Pro Combo OS (2), Victory Red Forged Split Cavity (3, 4), Victory Red Forged Blades (5-PW)
Wedges: Nike Victory Red (52°, 59°)
Putter: Nike Prototype
Ball: Nike One Tour

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April 09, 2009

Paul Casey waiting to switch drivers

Posted at 10:28 AM by David Dusek

Paul Casey AUGUSTA, Ga. – I had a chance to talk with Paul Casey in the locker room this week, and the winner of last week's Shell Houston Open told me he's just about ready to switch drivers.

Casey began testing a new Nike Dymo 380 (9.5°) at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February, but he has continued to use a Nike SQ Tour (8.5°) in competition. In tests, Casey has continued to use the Mitsubishi Diamana White Board shaft that is in his current driver.

Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim have already made the switch to the 380cc model, which Nike's Rick Nichols says has a lower moment of inertia (MOI) that should allow the pros to carve the ball left and right more easily. Most amateur players need a high MOI in order to hit straighter drives.

Aside from being smaller, the Dymo 380 looks identical its sibling, the Dymo and STR8-Fit Dymo, but according to Nike it is not going to be available to consumers.

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

April 05, 2009

Paul Casey's winning clubs

Posted at 11:14 PM by David Dusek

Paul Casey's ClubsHere is a list of the clubs that Paul Casey used to win the 2009 Shell Houston Open.

Driver:                   Nike SQ Tour (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard shaft
Fairway woods:     Nike SQ II (13°)
Irons:                    Nike Victory Red Forged Split Cavity (2-4), Victory Red Forged Blades (5-PW)
Wedges:                Nike Victory Red (52°, 59°)
Putter:                   Nike Prototype
Ball:                      Nike One Tour

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

April 02, 2009

Kostis says Casey will swap 3-woods at Augusta

Posted at 4:34 PM by David Dusek

Paul Casey 3-Wood I spoke with Peter Kostis this morning and learned that Paul Casey—whom Kostis coaches—will be making a small equipment adjustment at next week's Masters.

Casey, who uses a 13° Nike SQ Sumo II 3-wood, will use a lower-lofted 3-wood at Augusta National.

Kostis says that for Casey, who averages 295 yards off the tee on the European Tour, there really are not going to be any shots at the Masters that would require him to play a 3-wood from the fairway. However, Kostis says that Casey hits his strong 3-wood almost as far as his driver, but he can shape the ball off the tee much more easily with it.

Specifically, Casey will likely hit a 3-wood off the tee on the 5th hole, the 10th, the 13th and the 14th. Kostis said that the only place where Casey and big hitters might play a 3-wood off the turf would be on the second shot, up the hill, on the par-5 eighth hole. (To see an interactive course map of Augusta National, click here.)

Be sure to check in frequently next week to learn more about the equipment being used at Augusta National by the game's best players.

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

September 17, 2008

Paul Casey's new secret Nike putter

Posted at 4:08 PM by David Dusek

Casey_putter_face_600x450 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — We recently told you that Paul Casey switched to the new Nike Victory Red TW blade irons. This week at the Ryder Cup, the Englishman will also be using a Nike prototype putter.

When I had a chance to speak to Casey about it, he was excited to tell me how well he was putting with his new flatstick, but did not want to go into the details or discuss the technology incorporated in it. He wouldn't even give me its name.

The putter, which is a traditional heel-toe weighted blade, looks similar to Casey's former putter, the Nike Unitized Leo. However, the face of the putter, which appears to be milled stainless steel, has a series of small red grooves that Casey says allowed the ball to start rolling more quickly on the putting surface. Click on the top image for a better look.

On the sole of the putter there is a small cut which appears to be filled with a polymer. That cut would likely be designed to enhance feel and alter the sound of the ball striking the face.Casey_putter_sole_600x450

Although Rick Nichols, Nike's Tour field manager, would not answer questions about the putter, he did say that the Texas design and code etched into the sole are essentially a serial number so Nike knows exactly which prototype it is. The FW part of the code stands for Ft. Worth, where Nike's golf design headquarters are located. Click on the bottom image for a closer look.

Stay tuned for more information about this new Nike putter soon in The Shop.

August 25, 2008

Nike Victory Red Irons will be available Nov. 1

Posted at 4:57 PM by David Dusek

Nike_vr_irons Last week in The Shop, we told you how excited Paul Casey is about his new Nike Victory Red irons. Today, Nike e-mailed an official release detailing the new Victory Red family of irons. There will be three different sets of Victory Red irons available starting on November 1 — Victory Red Forged TW Blades, Victory Red Forged Split Cavity and the Full Cavity Victory Red irons. Click on the image for a better look.

As the name implies, the TW Blades ($999, 3-PW, $125 individually) are inspired by the clubs that Tiger Woods plays. Notice the little TW on the blade at far right.

They are forged from 1025 carbon steel and feature a CNC milled face and traditional muscle-back design. According to Nike, the Forged TW Victory Red Blades have a slightly thicker toe line than the original Nike Forged Blades. Woods was quoted in the release as saying, "I hope to have these new irons in my bag upon my return to competition."

If you don't have quite enough game to make Tiger's sticks work for you, Nike is also offering the Victory Red Forged Split Cavity ($999, 3-PW, $125 individually). The Split Cavity set, made from the same materials as the TW Blades, will have a slightly thicker topline and sole, as well as more offset and perimeter weighting to make them more forgiving on off-center hits.

For golfers seeking the most game improvement, Nike offers a full cavity-back version of the Victory Red irons. With a wide sole, thick topline and plenty of offset, the Full Cavity Victory Red irons are designed to help players get the ball off the ground more easily and compensate for mis-hits.

The Full Cavity Victory Red irons will be $799 in steel and $999 in graphite (4-AW). Individual clubs will be available from 2-iron through lob wedge for $135. The women's version of the Full Cavity (5-SW) will be $999 in graphite and $135 individually from 3-iron through lob wedge.

Look for more details on Nike's new irons here and in an upcoming issue of GOLF Magazine.

August 20, 2008

Casey's keen on Nike's new Victory Red irons

Posted at 3:09 PM by David Dusek

Caseys_victory_red_irons Nike is set to release its new Victory Red line of irons in November. The Victory Red family will include a set of blades for better players as well as at least one set of game-improvement cavity-backed irons.

Paul Casey started using the new irons at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. "I rarely change," he said Wednesday at Ridgewood Country Club. "The blades I had in before the VRs were the exact same blades I'd been using since I joined Nike back in 2005."

The irons that Casey has in his bag this week at the Barclays Championship were made especially for him. "They are ground especially for me, and the sole is ground so that it cuts through the turf the way that I like," he said.

Going with the Victory Reds was not a difficult choice for Casey. "In terms of my switch, it was pretty much nothing, which is a nice thing. And I'm not changing anything else. I've still got the same golf ball, the same shafts, the same lofts and lie angles."

Casey said he gained about three yards with each club. When he mentioned the change to Nike's Rick Nichols in Akron, Ohio, he got a pleasant surprise. "Rick said, 'When Tiger tested them earlier in the year, he felt the exact same thing.' So that made me feel really good!"

Going forward, Casey plans to put more and more Victory Red clubs into his bag. "When we start to bring out some of the half-cavity and full-cavity stuff, I can start to think about putting some of that stuff in as my long irons." Many Tour pros carry cavity-back long irons and blade short irons.

"I still carry an old Pro-Combo oversized 2-iron, which I love. I think it's one of the best clubs they've ever made. That is hard to get out of my hands, but at some point I think that it's going to go and be replaced with some Victory Red cavity stuff."

Look for more information on Nike's new Victory Red irons here and in an upcoming issue of GOLF Magazine.

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