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October 06, 2011

Sun Mountain outfitting United States Presidents Cup team

Posted at 11:24 PM by David Dusek

Matt-kuchar-rc_300x341 Sun Mountain announced Wednesday that it has been chosen as the official outerwear provider for the 2011 United States Presidents Cup team. This is the second consecutive time Sun Mountain has been chosen to outfit the team.

Last year, the company provided the 2010 United States Ryder Cup team with outerwear that became a big story at soggy Celtic Manor in Wales. After heavy rains on the first day, the American players abandoned their leaky rain suits and purchased another brand's suits in the merchandise tent.

After the Ryder Cup, Rick Reimers, Sun Mountain's founder and owner, said it was "highly unlikely that water came through the fabric." He suggested that the suits stuck to players during the heavy rain, making them feel wet; that water had run down players' necks and entered through the suits' cuffs; and that players had taken the suits on and off, exposing the inside to water.

Taking no chances, Sun Mountain says that it worked with the United States team to design jackets and pants that will protect players from wind and rain while remaining breathable. The new woven material being used also stretches in four directions so players can make an unencumbered swing. Sun Mountain says it is fully waterproof and has a water-repellant finish.

Members of the U.S. team will each get a full-zip rain jacket, short- and long-sleeve rain pullovers, short- and long-sleeve wind pullovers, rain pants and a bucket hat.

Like its agreement with the PGA of America for the Ryder Cup, the official gear made for the Presidents Cup team will not be made available to the public.

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(Photo: Matt Kuchar in his Sun Mountain raingear at the 2011 Ryder Cup; Angus Murray/Golf Magazine) 

October 11, 2009

Tim Clark's Presidents Cup Clubs

Posted at 2:16 PM by David Dusek


Here is a complete list of the clubs that Tim Clark used at Harding Park:

DRIVER: TaylorMade r7 Limited (9.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax TP 55 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5°) with Grafalloy Prolite shaft and Callaway Steelhead + (17°) with an Aldila RCH 36 X shaft
HYBRIDS: TaylorMade Rescue Dual (19°, 25°) with UST Irod X shafts
IRONS: Srixon I-404 (5-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG 14 (48°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey 2-Ball long (45")
BALL: Srixon Z-Star

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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

October 10, 2009

Sean O'Hair's Presidents Cup Clubs

Posted at 1:14 PM by David Dusek


Here is a complete list of the club that Sean O'Hair is using this week at Harding Park:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 (10.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 74 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade TP Burner (15°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 83 shaft; r7 TP (17.5°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki Tour shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (4-9)
WEDGES: TaylorMade Z TP (48°, 50°, 54°), Cleveland CG 12 (60°)
PUTTER: Rossa Daytona
BALL: Penta TP

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Phil Mickelson's Presidents Cup Clubs

Posted at 1:12 PM by David Dusek


Here is a list of the clubs that Phil Mickelson is using at Harding Park Golf Club:

DRIVER: Callaway FT-9 (7.5°) Tour hosel with Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:  Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
HYBRID: Callaway PM prototype (18°, 22°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Thump X shaft
IRONS: Callaway X Proto (5-PW) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Tour Forged (56°, 60°, 64°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #9 PM Blade
BALL: Callaway Tour ix

October 09, 2009

Hunter Mahan's Presidents Cup Clubs

Posted at 5:25 PM by David Dusek

Hunter Mahan Presidents Cup Clubs

Here is a complete list of the clubs that Hunter Mahan is using this week at Harking Park Golf Course:

DRIVER: Ping Rapture V2 (10.5°) with a PING Prototype 824 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G10 (15.5°) with a UST Mamiya ATTAS 8X shaft
HYBRID: Ping Rapture V2 (17°) with a UST V2 89 X hybrid shaft
IRONS: Ping S-57 (3-PW) with True Temper  X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°), Ping  EYE2 (59°) with True Temper S-300 shafts

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(Photo by David Dusek)

October 08, 2009

Adam Scott's Presidents Cup Clubs

Posted at 7:22 PM by David Dusek


Here is a complete list of the clubs Adam Scott is using this week at Harding Park Golf Course:

DRIVER: Titleist 909D2 (9.5°) with UST ProForce V2 85 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 (13.5°) with UST ProForce V2 95 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with UST ProForce V2 100 shaft
IRONS: Titleist MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (48°), Spin Milled (54°), TVD (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

(Photo by Jeff Chiu/AP Photos)

October 07, 2009

PGA Champ Yang Bumming Golf Balls from College Players

Posted at 5:52 PM by David Dusek

SAN FRANCISCO – Like many other TaylorMade staff players, 2009 PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang has switched to the company's new five-piece Penta TP golf ball.

However, at a recent corporate outing at The Institute Golf Course in San Marin, Calif., Yang noticed that he only had one ball in his golf bag.

Because the Penta TP is not in stores yet, Yang considered buying a few sleeves of his old ball, the TaylorMade TP Red, in the pro shop. However, the shop only carried Titleist and Callaway golf balls, so Yang was stuck.

According to his interpreter, Brian Park, a pro shop worker told Yang to wait a moment and then returned with six TaylorMade balls he'd collected from members of the UCLA golf team who were practicing at the facility.

Ironically, Yang played at the outing with Jamie Lovemark, a former All-American at USC who recently turned pro. "Y.E. tossed him a ball on the tee," Park said, "and he simply tossed it back."

No word on whether Lovemark remarked about the Trojans' 28-7 win on the football field last season.

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Anthony Kim Says Golf Balls Are Not an Issue

Posted at 5:17 PM by David Dusek

SAN FRANCISCO – During a press conference after the pairings were announced for Thursday's Presidents Cup foursomes matches, Anthony Kim was asked if equipment would be an issue in the alternate-shot format.

"We are going to use Phil's ball [Callaway Tour ix]," he said. "I have got no problem with it. When I was little, I used all different kinds of golf balls because those were the used golf balls you had to buy in a bag. I'm used to playing with whatever. We'll go out there and have a good time."

Kim's normal ball is a Nike ONE Tour.

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Golf Balls Give Hints to Foursomes Pairings

Posted at 3:02 PM by David Dusek

SAN FRANCISCO — In the foursomes (alternate-shot) matches this week, the players who are paired together will often play different brands of balls. The prevailing wisdom is that the teams should tee off with the ball preferred by the player who will hit the approach shot. Performance of most low-spinning, multilayer balls is fairly similar off the tee, the thinking goes, but the players would notice a different feel when hitting irons and wedges. Since distance control from the fairway is critical to setting up birdies, you want the player who is going to hit the approach shot to use his preferred ball. The rules allow the teams to switch balls after completing a hole.

Anthony Kim Callaway BallOn Wednesday morning, as the American team practiced on the back nine at Harding Park, I snuck a peek at the balls the players used off the tee, and I used that information to make a guess as to Thursday's pairings, which will be announced later this afternoon.

1. Jim Furyk and Justin Leonard: Furyk was teeing off on the even-numbered holes using a Nike ONE Tour ball. He typically plays a Srixon Z-Star X.

2.  Anthony Kim and Phil Mickelson: Kim, who plays a Nike ONE Tour, used a Callaway Tour ix ball off the tee on the even-numbered holes (photo).

3. Zach Johnson and Kenny Perry: They both use a Titleist Pro V1x, but Perry asked Zach if he could use one of his balls on the tee at 13. "His is a little bit different than mine," Perry told a bystander. It's very possible that they use a Pro V1x ball from different model years.

4. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker: Woods teed off on the odd-numbered holes using a Titleist Pro V1  instead of his Nike One Tour.

5. Hunter Mahan and Sean O'Hair: After hitting O'Hair's TaylorMade Penta TP off the tee on 13, Mahan said, "Wow! It spins a lot." Mahan uses a Titleist Pro V1x.

6. Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover: Both players use a Nike ONE Tour D ball.

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October 01, 2009

Nike's SQ Machspeed Driver Uses Better Aerodynamics to Add Yards

Posted at 3:23 PM by David Dusek


Nike Golf has announced that the square-headed SQ Machspeed driver will be in pro shops in March, 2010. But company representatives say Justin Leonard doesn't want to wait that long and might put the driver in his bag next week at Harding Park Golf Course during the Presidents Cup.

The company says a system it developed called Total Swing Aerodynamics helps the Machspeed increase a player's clubhead speed and add yards to tee shots.

Tom Stites, Nike Golf's director of product innovation, said in a release: "The number one thing that makes the ball go farther is faster ball speed. We've accomplished that through looking at the orientation of aerodynamics throughout the total golf swing, not just a portion of the swing."

Stites compares a club swinging toward a ball to a parachute. "The wider the parachute is, the slower it comes down because air separates around the parachute and causes drag. The same thing applies to the golf club."

By rounding certain areas of the clubhead and designing it to allow air to move more smoothly across it, Nike says the square head of the Machspeed actually has reduced drag.

For shot-shaping flexibility, Nike equipped the Machspeed with the adjustable STR8-Fit system introduced last year in the SQ Dymo drivers. Using an included torque wrench, golfers can unscrew the head and reattach it in one of eight different settings to change the face angle, loft and lie angle of the club. 

The Nike Machspeed driver will retail for about $360.

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