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April 12, 2011

TaylorMade releases new Ghost Series putters

Posted at 4:27 PM by David Dusek

The R11 and Burner SuperFast 2.0 drivers were not TaylorMade's first forays into the world of white golf clubs. The Rossa Corza Ghost putter, a mallet that featured a triangular head and a hole in the back to aid in alignment, was available last season. Today, TaylorMade is adding three more putters to the Ghost family, two more mallets and a blade.

The Ghost putters stand out sharply at address against greens, which the company says helps with alignment. The three black lines on the top of each putter should also help to ensure that your aim is true.

But it's the face of the Ghost putters that might make the biggest impact on golfers. Whereas the original Ghost Corza featured TaylorMade's red AGSI+ face insert, these Ghost putters come with a new Pure Roll insert that is designed to get its grooves in contact with the ball to reduce skidding and help the ball start rolling even faster. TaylorMade says the grooves also help to soften the feel of the insert. The photo below shows the insert in detail.

Pure Roll Face
In addition to an updated Corza Ghost, golfers can now also try the Ghost TM-Tour 110. This heel-toe weighted blade is the putter that Paula Creamer used to win the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, and it has adjustable weight ports in the back to customize feel.

The Ghost TM-Tour 770 is the mid-size mallet Rory Sabbatini used to win the 2011 Honda Classic in March. It features a single-bend neck and small weight ports in the heel area. The TM-Tour 880, a small mallet design, has the same weights but a slightly different hosel and neck shape.

TaylorMade Ghost Putters

All four putters should be available now in pro shops for about $160.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about TaylorMade clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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March 06, 2011

Winner's Bag: Rory Sabbatini at the Honda Classic

Posted at 10:18 PM by David Dusek


DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (10.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fukubi 60 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (13°), R9 (19°) with Aldila RIP 80 shafts
HYBRID: Adams 9031 Pro Black proto (20°) with an Aldila RIP 105 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Forged MC (4-PW) with KBS Tour shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP with xFT (56°, 60°) with KBS Tour shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost 770 Tour prototype
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about TaylorMade and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

January 11, 2010

Gear Notes: Sean O'Hair, Paul Casey, Stewart Cink and Others Swing New Clubs

Posted at 12:05 PM by David Dusek

YE-Yang-TaylorMade-Equipment_600 TaylorMade
During the off-season, Sean O'Hair switched from TaylorMade's Tour Preferred irons to the company's new R9 TP irons.

Martin Laird, Nathan Green, Retief Goosen and SBS Championship runner-up Rory Sabbatini are all playing TaylorMade's new TP wedges with XFT, which have interchangeable face plates that allow golfers to replace old and worn grooves without having to switch clubs.

2009 PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang (top) asked TaylorMade to build him a new 3-wood that produced a lower ball flight and would keep his shots below the winds swirling in Hawaii. Yang used a 13° TaylorMade Burner TP at Kapalua.

Paul-Casey-Nike-Driver_600 Nike
All four Nike staff players who competed last week at Kapalua—Stewart Cink, Paul Casey (right), Stephen Ames and Lucas Glover—used one of the company's Method putters. The Method line of putters should begin arriving in pro shops around Feb. 1.

Casey and Cink both used Nike's new Victory Red STR8-Fit Tour drivers, but stuck with their trusty SQ II fairway woods.

I was well documented that SBS Championship winner Geoff Ogilvy is now a Titleist staff player, having switched from another Acushnet brand, Cobra. Bo Van Pelt also competed at Kapalua as a Titleist player for the first time. Van Pelt used:

DRIVER: Titleist 909 D2 (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
FAIRWAY: Titleist 909 F3 (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73 X shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (17°) with a UST Mamiya Proforce V2 104 shaft
IRONS: Titleist Forged MB (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold SL shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (51°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold SL shafts

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(Photos: Yang/Eric Risberg/AP; Casey/Robert Beck/SI)

May 24, 2009

Rory Sabbatini's HP Byron Nelson winning clubs

Posted at 9:55 PM by David Dusek

Rory-Sabbatini Rory Sabbatini has played with golf equipment made by several manufacturers over the past few seasons, but on March 13 he signed a new endorsement deal with TaylorMade. His win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship was his first using the company's gear.

The win was also the first for the new UST ProForce AXIVCore green shaft. The shaft was released last week and is designed for players who want a lower launch angle and penetrating ball flight. Like other AXIVCore shafts, it has high-modulus graphite woven in different directions within the shaft for a more consistent feel and greater stability.

Here is a complete list of the clubs in Sabbatini's bag:

DRIVER:                   TaylorMade R9 (9.5°) with UST ProForce AXIVCore Green 66X shaft
FARIWAY WOOD:    TaylorMade Tour Burner (14.5°,19°)
HYBRID:                    Adams Idea Pro Gold (21°)
IRONS:                     TaylorMade Tour Preferred (4-PW)
WEDGES:                 TaylorMade RAC (56°, 60°)
PUTTER:                   Rossa Monza Daytona Kia Ma
BALL:                       Callaway Tour i

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(Photo by Marc Feldman/Getty Images)

April 07, 2009

Rory Sabbatini Testing New Hybrids

Posted at 10:00 AM by David Dusek

Sabbatini-Rescue-Clubs AUGUSTA, Ga. – Rory Sabbatini, who recently signed an endorsement deal with TaylorMade, asked the company's Tour reps to make him two new hybrid clubs on Monday.

The two clubs TaylorMade created were both R9 Rescue TP clubs, a 22° version that was de-lofted to 20° and a 19° was de-lofted to 18°. Both heads were set in the Neutral (N) position and featured Fujikura Motore F1 X-stiff shafts.

In 2007 Sabbatini finished tied for second place at the Masters, his best performance in a major to date. Although there were rain showers in Augusta Monday morning, the sun and wind appeared in the afternoon. The drier the course plays, the harder it will be to stop long irons on the greens. For many players like Sabbatini, that means replacing long irons with higher-flying, easier-to-stop hybrids.

(Photo by David Dusek)

March 13, 2009

Rory Sabbatini is swinging TaylorMade

Posted at 9:50 AM by David Dusek

Rory_sabbatini After parting ways with Nike Golf at the end of the 2007 season, Rory Sabbatini signed an endorsement deal with Adams Golf. It seemed like a natural fit for the South African, who now lives in Southlake, Texas, which is about 30 miles from the Adams Golf headquarters in Plano.

But a little more than a year later, Sabbatini's name is nowhere to be seen on the Adams Golf Web site, and his bag continues to have a large Nerf logo on it. (That's right, the company that makes foam footballs and the mini basketball hoop you hooked over your door as a kid.)

At the end of 2008, and earlier this season, Sabbatini had a mixed bag of clubs, including a Callaway FT-9 driver. But this week, prior to the start of the WGC-CA Championship, he agreed to a deal with TaylorMade.

On Thursday Sabbatini wore a TaylorMade hat and used 10 of the company's clubs. The Burner driver he played with does not have movable weights, but don't be surprised if he starts using an R9 driver in the coming weeks after he has a chance to find the ideal weight and face-angle settings. Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Darren Clarke, Sean O'Hair and Pat Perez have all recently made the switch and are using the R9 this week.

Here is a complete list of the clubs in Sabbatini's bag this week at Doral:
Driver:                  TaylorMade Burner (9.5°)
Fairway woods:    TaylorMade R9 (13°)
Hybrids:                Adams Idea Pro Gold (18°, 20°)
Irons:                     TaylorMade Tour Preferred (4-PW)
Wedges:                TaylorMade rac (56°, 60°)
Putter:                   Odyssey Black Series I #9
Ball:                       Callaway Tour i

(Photo: Stan Badz/Getty Images)

January 10, 2008

New Season, New Clubs for Notable Pros

Posted at 12:27 PM by

Plant_02_2Phil Mickelson surprised many golf fans in 2004 when he decided to switch clubs shortly before the Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills, going from Titleist and Callaway Golf.

Professionals typically change clubs in the off-season when there is time for proper fitting and so they can develop some confidence in their new gear before the important tournaments are played.

Charles Howell III (left), who defeated Mickelson in a playoff to win the 2007 Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club, went that route in December by switching from Callaway to Bridgestone. The In the Bag portion of Howell's official Web site still says, "To Be Announced Soon," but according to Bridgestone representatives he is now playing the soon-to-be-released J36 Cavity Back 3- through 6-iron and J36 Blade 7-iron through PW, as well as the Bridgestone WC Design Sand Wedge (54°). Howell also switched to the Bridgestone Tour B330-S golf ball. Interestingly, he did not have Bridgestone woods in his bag at the Mercedes-Benz Championship last week; Howell used a TaylorMade r7 SuperQuad TP driver, TaylorMade Burner fairway wood and a Ping Redwood putter.

78666196_2The No. 11-ranked player in the world, Rory Sabbatini (right), got under the skin of Tiger Woods at the Wachovia Championship and again at the Target World Challenge. This season Sabbtini will be swoosh-less, having parted ways with Nike Golf and started a new relationship with Adams Golf.

According to a media release on Sabbatini's Web site, he is now playing the Adams Insight driver, Idea Pro hybrid and Idea a3 irons. Sabbatini appeared to be using the yet-to-be released Odyssey Black Series i#9 putter.

While Sabbatini may have switched clubs, he's still wearing skull belt buckles -- David Dusek (Photos: Howell/Jonathan Ferrey/; Sabbatini/Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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