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May 12, 2014

Martin Kaymer's winning clubs at the Players Championship

Posted at 11:42 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off on the fifth hole at TPC Sawgrass during the final round of the Players Championship. (Credit: Getty Images)

DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR (9.5°) with Graphite Design Tour AD shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade SLDR (14°) with Graphite Design Tour AD shaft

HYBRIDS: TaylorMade SLDR  (17°) with Graphite Design Tour AD Shaft

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: TaylorMade TP XFT (54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: PING Karsten Series Anser 2

BALL: TaylorMade Lethal

SHOE: Adidas adicross gripmore

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May 13, 2013

Nike unveils Tiger Woods' new shoe, the TW'14

Posted at 5:06 PM by Mark Dee

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The key to winning The Players Championship? It's gotta be the shoes. Just ask Tiger, who took the title the same week he debuted his newest signature kicks, the TW'14s.

Nike officially announced the line on Monday. Coincidence? Few things in Beaverton are. Regardless, fans of sneaker-like, natural motion golf shoes such as last year's Nike "Free"-inspired TW'13, should enjoy a few new features on this year's model. For the uninitiated, the TW'14 is based off of Nike's flagship running shoe. The idea here is that a lighter, more flexible golf shoe is more comfortable to wear and allows the player to transfer energy more efficiently through the swing. The result, says Nike, is more power.

Tiger agrees. He should. After all, the shoe was originally his idea: "I train with Nike Free technology all the time," he told Nike. "I love training in it, running in it, lifting in it. So I asked, why can’t I play golf in it?” Sure, Tiger. Why not.

Weekend warriors may not train, run or lift, but starting June 7th they can play golf in the TW'14s. Improvements over the '13s include improved ventilation in the upper shoe, and increased stability through "Flywire" technology, which Nike claims helps to hold the shoe to your foot. The new shoe will also be more customizable: A TW'14 iD version allows players to select color combos, choose between "waterproof" leather or "breathable" mesh uppers, select either soft-spike or spikeless soles, and add a name or inspirational monogram to the shoe. Fair guess none will say "Rory."

Both the TW'14 and the TW'14 iD are scheduled to drop June 7th. Expect to pay $225 for the customized version and $180 for the off-the-rack model, which comes in first-run colors of "Black/Reflective Silver-Varsity Red" and "White/Metallic Dark Grey-Varsity Red." On August 1st, they'll add a "Cool Grey/Black-Vivid Blue-Venom Green" shoe to the line. If those sound more like X-Men villains than actual colors — well, we'll defer to the photos.

(Photo: Courtesy of Nike)

May 09, 2010

Winning Clubs: Tim Clark at 2010 Players Championship

Posted at 8:35 PM by David Dusek

Tim Clark Players Sunday

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri (9.5°) with a Fujikura Motore F1 1.0 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner (14.5°) with a Grafalloy ProLite shaft; Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead Plus  (17°) with an Aldila RCH 36 shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue Dual (19°) with a UST Mamiya Irod X shaft
IRONS:  Srixon I-404 (4-9) with Rifle 6.0 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG14 (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot Two-Ball Long
BALL:  Srixon Z-Star

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Cleveland, Srixon, TaylorMade,  and Callaway/Odyssey clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

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May 06, 2010

Ping Debuts Tour-S Wedges at The Players

Posted at 3:08 PM by David Dusek

Ping-TourS-Wedges-Mistique-Face_600x450 PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Ping's PGA Tour staff players got their first chance to use the company's newest wedges—the Tour-S wedges—in the days leading up to the 2010 Players Championship.

According to Ping's Matt Rollins, the copper-colored Tour-S wedges are made from 8620 stainless steel (right), which is softer than the material Ping has used to make previous wedges. Designed to reduce glare, Rollins says that golfers should expect the finish to wear off with time and use, but rust will naturally develop to keep the coloring fairly consistent.

The chrome-finished Tour-S wedges (below) have the same head design as their copper-colored counterparts but are made from 1704 stainless steel, the material Ping has used in the past to create wedges.

"The wedges made from 8620 stainless steel are going to wear out a little bit quicker," Rollins said. "We are going to have to replace them a little bit quicker for the guys on tour. The 1704 wedges are like the ones we've always had."

Ping-TourS-Wedges_600x450 The hosel of the Tour-S is slightly longer than the hosel of the other Ping wedges, which moves the club's center of gravity closer to the heel. According to Rollins, that should produce a flatter ball flight.

The first groove of the Tour-S wedges runs nearly parallel with the leading edge, and because it painted white, it's extremely easy to see. "That's something that our Tour pros prefer," Rollins said. For amateur players, it should make aligning the club much easier.

Like the S-57 irons and the Tour-W wedges, a polymer insert behind the face of the clubs softens feel at impact and allows Ping club builders to adjust the swing weight of the Tour-S wedges easily.

Since the clubs are new this season, they come with 2010 USGA conforming grooves; manufacturers are no longer able to bring new clubs to market that contain the old grooves.Look for the Tour-S wedges to start appearing in pro shops this summer.

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More TaylorMade Ghost Putters Spotted at TPC Sawgrass

Posted at 3:04 PM by David Dusek

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — TaylorMade debuted the new Ghost line of putters last week in Charlotte, N.C., during the Quail Hollow Championship. In a release sent to members of the media, only one model—the Rossa Corza—was highlighted, but several Ghost putters could be found at the practice green at TPC Sawgrass this week.

One of the most interesting was the Kia Ma Daytona shown below. A classic Anser-style blade, it features three adjustable weight ports in the heel and toe areas, a single sightline and a plumber's neck.

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Also available was this Kia Ma Fontana (below), a mid-size mallet with two adjustable weight ports in the heel and toe areas and a single-bend neck.

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The Daytona Ghost (below) has three sight lines and golf-ball size hole in the rear section like the Corza Ghost to help with aiming the face properly.

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TaylorMade plans to have the Ghost line of putters in pro shops starting in June.

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May 05, 2010

My Bag: Henrik Stenson for TPC Sawgrass

Posted at 2:57 PM by David Dusek

"I'm trying to get a little piece of everybody. Actually, I have a contract with TaylorMade for my driver and the bag, and a ball-shoe-glove deal with Titleist FootJoy. I stick with what I like. The way I'm playing lately, I might have to start looking around. You can see the dings on my putter from where I've pounded on it I'm very happy and proud to have won at Sawgrass. I'm going to try to come back and be in decent shape so I can put up a strong defense. It feels as if I have been hit-or-miss for the last couple of years. It gets frustrating. In the past, in 2005 or '06, I was consistent, but I didn't win. I've win the last two years, but the consistency hasn't been there. You can't have everything."

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 (10.5°) with a Grafalloy Blue X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway Big Bertha (12.3°, 16.6°) with Grafalloy Blue X shafts
IRONS: Srixon I-506 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (51°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Yes! C-Groove Donna
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Stenson keeps plenty of other interesting things in his bag:

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Banana Case: "I found it in a  supermarket in Japan. I had been complaining to my caddie, Fanny [Sunesson], about the squashed bananas in my bag. It was more of a fun thing when I bought it, but then we realized it isn't bad. It's practical, and it works."

Key Chain: "It says KISS MY ASS in Gaelic. That's the only phrase I've learned from Padraig [Harrington]. A few years ago I played a pro-am with a couple of Irish guys, and I repeated the saying. I saw them at the dinner table this year, and they gave me the key chain. They found it in the Dublin airport, so they bought it and gave it to me. I put it in the bag and kind of forgot about it. It's for good luck, but it hasn't been working too well so far."

Energy Bars: "I like BumbleBar, and the other I use is Green+. They're good for energy and come in lots of flavors."

Swedish Coins: "I've been marking  y golf balls with one-krona coins for the last few years. It's the coin you usually end up with when you get change back, so I chucked a few in the bag."

Tees: "I just use tee pegs to repair greens instead of a divot tool. I'm a master craftsman with a peg. Plus, you can always find one. I don't like walking around with a bog metal thing in my pocket."

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Srixon, TaylorMade, Titleist, and Callaway clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

(Photos by Fred Vuich/SI)
August 16, 2009

Y.E. Yang's 2009 PGA Championship Winning Clubs

Posted at 7:00 PM by David Dusek

Yang-resave Here is a complete list of the clubs that Y.E. Yang used to win the 2009 PGA Championship:

Driver: TaylorMade r7 Limited (8.5°) with Aldila NV 75X shaft
Fairway woods: TaylorMade Burner (13°), TaylorMade V Steel (18°) with Honma ARMRQ shafts
Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°, 21°) Alida NVS 105 hybrid shaft
Irons:  TaylorMade r7 TP (5-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade rac (48°), Nike SV (58°)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Two-Ball
Ball:  TaylorMade TP Red LDP

(Paul Sancya/AP Photo)

August 14, 2009

Ross Fisher's 2009 PGA Championship Clubs

Posted at 8:09 PM by David Dusek

Ross Fisher 2009 PGA Clubs CHASKA, Minn. -- With all the attention paid to champion Stewart Cink and near-winner Tom Watson after the 2009 British Open, it's easy to forget that Ross Fisher nearly stole the show at Turnberry. He had the lead on Sunday until he made a quadruple-bogey 8 on the par-4 fifth hole.

At Turnberry, Fisher swapped out his Cobra S9-1 3-wood in favor of a 2-iron, but at Hazeltine National, the fairway wood is back in the bag.

Here is a complete list of clubs in Ross Fisher's bag at the 2009 PGA Championship:

DRIVER: Titleist Pro Titanium 905R (9.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cobra S9-1 (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 93X shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H  (17°) with Fujikura Speeder 904HB shaft
IRONS: Titleist 695MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Design Newport
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

May 11, 2009

Henrik Stenson's Winning Clubs

Posted at 10:23 AM by David Dusek

Henrik-Stenson It's a tradition at the Players Championship for the winner to donate a club to be mounted on the wall inside the Sawgrass clubhouse. After leading the field in driving accuracy last year, Sergio Garcia handed over his TaylorMade Burner driver.

The most appropriate club for Henrik Stenson to donate would be his 2004 Big Bertha 3-wood. He used the club frequently off the tee and hit 73% of the fairways.

"It’s a course that sets up nicely for my 3-wood," Stenson said.  "I didn't hit many drivers here this week, and I don't think I really had to."

One of the longest hitters on the European Tour, Stenson hit several 3-woods more than 300 yards. On the par-4 15th hole Sunday, he hit the 3-wood 302 yards — without a tee.

"It's 13 degrees, and I hit it far," he said jokingly Sunday evening. "I hit a good one down 18 the other day, and I think [ShotLink] said 318 or 313 or something like that. When you get one going on these fast, firm fairways, it can run on."

Stenson said his stock 3-wood typically flies 270.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Stenson used ton win the Players:
DRIVER:                      Callaway FT-3 (9.5°) with Grafolloy Blue shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:     Callaway Big Bertha (13°, 19°) with Grafolloy Blue shafts
IRONS:                        Srixon I-506 (3-PW)
WEDGES:                    Callaway X Tour Vintage (52°, 58°)
PUTTER:                      Yes! Donna
BALL:                          Srixon Z-Star

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(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

May 08, 2009

Harrington still searching for the perfect driver

Posted at 5:25 PM by David Dusek

Padraig Harrington Callaway Players So far this season, Padraig Harrington has not played like a guy who has won three of the last seven major championships.

"When you win something, especially when you have success, I see that as a reason to stop and start changing things to get better," Harrington said in a press conference earlier this week. "I'm not trying to play as well as I played last year to win the two majors. I'm trying to play better than that."

To that end, Harrington is not just tinkering with his game; he's also continuing his search for a new driver.

During much of 2008, Harrington used a Wilson Dd6+. In January and February, he was swinging a Wilson Smooth. But as we reported, he switched to a TaylorMade R9 with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft at the Shell Houston Open.

That club was pulled out of the bag in Augusta the following week, when Harrington put a Titleist 909D3 (9.5°) into play. Last week at Quail Hollow, he used a Titleist 905TR (9.5°), and in a practice round this week he tried a Callaway FT-9 (photo).

When it came time to tee it up on Thursday, the  Wilson Smooth Harrington used through much of 2008—including at Royal Birkdale and Oakland Hills—was once again in his bag.

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Alex Cejka's Players Championship Clubs

Posted at 1:47 PM by David Dusek

Alex Cejka Friday Players After hitting all 14 fairways in the first round of the Players and shooting 66, Alex Cejka blistered TPC Sawgrass again Friday morning. He made six birdies and just one bogey en route to a 67 that required just 23 putts.

Here is a complete list of Cejka's clubs:

DRIVER:                   Callaway FT-5 (8.5°) with Oban 75X Devotion shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:   Callaway Steelhead Plus 3+ (15°) with Oban 75X Devotion shaft
HYBRID:                  Adams Idea Pro Gold (21°)
IRONS:                    Callaway X-Prototype (3-PW) with True Temper DG X-100 Super light shafts
WEDGES:               Callaway X Forged (52°, 62°) with True Temper S-100 shafts
PUTTER:                 Rife Hybrid Two-Bar
BALL:                     Callaway Tour i

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Ben Crane's Players Championship Clubs

Posted at 11:35 AM by David Dusek

Ben Crane Thursday Sawgrass Ben Crane held the first-round lead at TPC Sawgrass after shooting 65 Thursday afternoon. Here is a list of the clubs in his bag:

DRIVER:                    Titleist 909D2 (10.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:  TaylorMade V-Steel (15°, 19°)
IRONS:                     Titleist AP2 (3, 5-PW)
WEDGES:                 Titleist Vokey design prototype (52°), Spin Milled (56°, 60°)
PUTTER:                  Odyssey White Hot #5
BALL:                       Titleist Pro V1x (2009)

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

May 07, 2009

David Toms Players Championship Clubs

Posted at 3:32 PM by David Dusek

David Toms posted a five-under 67 Thursday at the Players Championship, and after his round Toms talked about his new flat stick.

David Toms Putter Players"I put another putter in the week of New Orleans," he said, "because I felt like I needed something that would have a little more, how do you say, a little more flow to the toe. I was kind of shutting my putter coming back, so I needed a little more face rotation. That's why I changed putters. It's been pretty good."

Toms' new putter is a yet-to-be-released Scotty Cameron for Titleist Modern Classic #1. It has a honey-dipped finish and a channel cut out of the sole to adjust the feel and sound at impact. Titleist's Megan Morgan said the retail versions of the putter will have weights in the sole instead of the channel.

Here is a complete list of the clubs in his bag this week:

DRIVER:                     Cleveland Launcher (10.5°) with Grafalloy X 6A3 shaft
FARIWAY WOODS:   Cleveland HiBore XLS (15°) with True Temper BiMatrix Fwy S shaft
HYBRID:                     Cleveland Launcher (18°) with True Temper Grafalloy X HC1 shaft
IRONS:                       Cleveland CG7 Tour (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts
WEDGES:                   Cleveland CG14 (48°, 56°, 60°) with Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts
PUTTER:                     Scotty Cameron prototype
BALL:                         Titleist Pro V1 (2009)

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

May 06, 2009

Photos released of new Scotty Cameron 'Honey Dipped' putters

Posted at 1:23 PM by David Dusek

Fastback SoleplateA few weeks ago, in one of my first Twitter posts, I tweeted that Scotty Cameron and another high-ranking Titleist employee told me a new family of putters was going to be released this summer. They would not show me anything or give away any details, but I learned that the putters would have a new, amber-colored finished.

Say hello to the 'Honey Dipped' putters.

Titleist Fastback Picture Marc Turnesa is currently testing this Studio Select Fastback putter.  Notice that the putter on the top is labeled 'For Tour Use Only - Xperimental Prototype.'

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 (Photos by Megan Morgan/Titleist)

A Year Later, Garcia's Using Another New Putter at Sawgrass

Posted at 10:00 AM by David Dusek

Sergio Garcia Players Tuesday Sergio Garcia's biggest win came last year at the Players Championship. Although he led the field that week in driving accuracy and greens in regulation, he kissed his putter after defeating Paul Goydos in a one-hole playoff on the famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

Garcia went on to tie for second at the PGA Championship last year and won the European Tour's Castello Masters in Spain and the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. In fact, Garcia rose to No. 2 in the world rankings using that putter, a Scotty Cameron Newport.

But this season has been rough for Garcia on the greens. He's still one of the best ballstrikers around—hitting 67% of the greens in regulation—but poor putting has sent his scoring average up 2.56 strokes per round, to 71.68. Garcia ranks 173rd in average number of putts per round (30.17) and 155th in putts per green in regulation (1.812)

"I obviously am not feeling 100 percent with my game at the moment, and it shows," Garcia said in his press conference Tuesday. "I'm just not having a great time on the course."

At the Masters, Garcia arrived wielding a 44-inch TaylorMade Spider belly putter. He tied for 38th that week and was never a factor in the tournament. In fact, he made more news with his derogatory remarks about the course and subsequent retraction.

Garcia, still trying to break out of his putting funk, has now switched to a unique new putter. It is 42 inches long, and the head is from an extended-length TaylorMade Rossa Monza Corza.

Sergios-putters-merged The standard-length version of the Corza has slots cut out of the frame (top right), but the extended-length model is solid to add weight (bottom right). TaylorMade reps say that Kia Ma, the company's putter guru, ground the sides to make the shape more pleasing to Garcia's eye.

The grip on the putter also extends farther down the shaft than normal, making it look a little like Angel Cabrera's extended-length i Series 1/2 Craz-E B.

"It's similar in a way, I guess," he said Tuesday. "I saw his last week, and I think it's a little bit different because he grips it pretty much from the top. I grip it pretty much normal and kind of let a little bit of the putter stick out."

Garcia also said, "By the grip being a little longer, it's harder for me to make the top part of the grip move, so I'm working with the clubface instead of that. So that's usually what happens to me when I start putting badly. So I'm just trying to see if I can get some confidence and feel good with something."

While Garcia is hopeful that this putter will provide the spark he's looking for, it's clearly on a short leash.

"Unfortunately I can't predict the future," Garcia said. "So I don't know. At the moment I'm staying with it. We'll see how it goes."

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Photos - Garcia: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images; Putter: GlobalGolf (top), TaylorMade (bottom)




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