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September 21, 2010

Reader Question: Should I add a hybrid or a wedge?

Posted at 3:13 PM by David Dusek

Answering a reader's golf equipment question on Twitter is tough because a good, thoughtful explanation usually requires more than 140 characters. So here is a video I created to answer a question I was sent by a 16-handicap player who can't decided whether to add a hybrid or a gap wedge to his bag ...

If you have a question that you'd like me to answer, send it to me on Twitter.

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February 09, 2009

Reader Question: Does Perry really play game-improvement clubs?

Posted at 5:41 PM by David Dusek

Kennyperrygolfclubs_450x600 Sean, a Shop blog reader, recently wrote:

"There is no way Perry uses the R7s, those are for mid handicappers.  He has got to play the R7 TPs.  Anyone able to confirm this?"

As surprising as it might seem, Kenny Perry does use TaylorMade's standard r7 irons. The r7 TP irons have a small "TP" logo near the toe; Perry's clubs do not have it. Click on the photo to enlarged it and get a better look. I magnified one club to give you a close-up look.

In GOLF Magazine's 2007 ClubTest, comments about the r7 irons included:

Superior distance and distance control; minimizes mistakes; hit it anywhere on face and expect a reasonable result; delivers subtle information to hands; could use more feedback on good and bad shots; acceptable playability.

Reader Question: David Toms returns to Cleveland Golf

Posted at 3:13 PM by David Dusek

Davidtoms A reader of the Shop Blog recently asked:

When and why did David Toms switch back to endorsing Cleveland? I looked on the TaylorMade Web site, and it still has a photo of Toms as a Staff Member. -- Jose

Toms, winner of the 2001 PGA Championship, battled injuries in 2008 and had just one top-10 finish, a tie for eighth at the Viking Classic played over the same week as the Ryder Cup.

In January, Cleveland Golf sent a press release saying:

"Cleveland Golf/Srixon is pleased to announce that PGA Tour professional David Toms has re-signed with the company after a two year hiatus and will once again be carrying Cleveland clubs in his bag. Toms, who signed a multi-year contract with Cleveland Golf/Srixon, will be wearing a Cleveland hat, carrying a Cleveland bag and playing Cleveland woods, irons and wedges.

"I'm excited to be back with Cleveland and involved with the company I've had so much success with in the past," said Toms. "Eleven of my 12 wins were achieved when I was playing with Cleveland equipment and now that I'm back, I hope to add to that number in the future."

"We're thrilled to have David back representing Cleveland Golf," said Greg Hopkins, President/CEO of Cleveland Golf/Srixon. "When a player has the success that David has had using our equipment, it brings to mind that old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." We all believe that David is fixed on having a big year in 2009."

According to Cleveland, here are the clubs Toms is currently using:
Driver:                       Cleveland Launcher (10.5°)
Fairway woods:       Cleveland Hibore XLS (15°, 19°)
Hybrid:                      Cleveland Launcher Hybrid 3i
Irons:                        Cleveland G7 Tour (4-9)
Wedges:                   Cleveland CG14 (48°, 56°, 60°)
Putter:                       Never Compromise GM2 Exchange #4
Ball:                           Titleist Pro V1

(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

February 05, 2009

Reader Question: What ever happened to the Futura?

Posted at 5:46 PM by David Dusek

Scottycameronfutura Chuck, a Shop Blog reader, posted a question asking about a putter that made waves when it was first spotted on the PGA Tour:

Does anyone use the Scotty Cameron original Futura or one of the newer Futura mallets? I remember when Phil Mickleson used the original and he seemed to play well with it. Next thing you knew, it disappeared.

I recently spoke with Scotty Cameron and the topic of the Futura came up. Cameron says he never intended to let the Futura outside his studio, but when Phil Mickelson saw it there and tried it, he loved the putter so much he put it into his bag.

Cameron claims the putter was made as an experiment to learn more about the effects of extreme perimeter weighting and design. But in 2003 it was made available to the public.

TompernicecameronfuturaLike Mickelson, some players love the odd-looking Futura. Others likened to a "potato masher on a stick." 

"There were a lot of negative things said about the Futura," Cameron recalled. "The sound was a little hollow — some people liked it and some people didn't. I wanted it to be cushier, softer and give more control. It looked bizarre with that weight, but it did a lot of good things."

According to Titleist, there are only a few Futuras still in use. On the PGA Tour Tom Pernice, Jr. (right), Colt Knost, Rick Price and Jason Duffner each use one. On the Champions Tour, the Futura is the putter of choice for Scott Hoch and Joey Sindelar.

(Pernice photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

February 04, 2009

Reader Question: What's Up with Sergio Garcia's Putter

Posted at 3:50 PM by David Dusek

Sergio_garcia_bag_dubai_2009_400x60 Ernest, a Shop Blog reader, recently posted a comment about Sergio Garcia's putter.

If you look up Sergio Garcia's Winning Clubs you will notice that he is, according to Golf Magazine, playing a Taylor Made putter. Everyone knows that Sergio has gone back to a Scotty Cameron Prototype that he used many years ago.

That was true Ernest, but not any longer.

After getting some putting advice from Stan Utley, a newly-named GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher, Garcia switched to a vintage Scotty Cameron Newport 2 to win the 2008 Players. In fact, it was the same putter he'd used in the late 90s, including at Medinah during the 1999 PGA Championship.

Garcia continued to use that putter until last November, when he took a TaylorMade Rossa Daytona putter and ground areas of the heel and toe in a TaylorMade truck. He sent that putter to TaylorMade and the company made Garcia a Daytona to his exact specifications (right down to the stainless steel finish).

The image on the right is of Garcia's clubs and was taken two weeks ago in Dubai. I've enlarged the putter in the photo. If you click on the image you'll get a closer look.

It shows just how fast the world of golf equipment changes. If you look closely at the photo, you might also notice that Garcia has switched to TaylorMade's new R9 driver, having played last season with the Tour Burner. He said this week, "Not only do I feel like I can shape this driver [the R9] both ways but I have easily gained 10 yards."

I'm pointing this out to show that yes, I do read every comment posted in the blog. I encourage you to ask questions about any club or manufacturer you like in the comments section below the posts. Whenever I can, I'll do my best to get the answers and post them in The Shop.

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