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October 28, 2013

Winner's Bag: Ryan Moore's clubs at CIMB Classic

Posted at 11:03 AM by Michael Chwasky

Ryan-MooreDRIVER: TaylorMade SuperFast (8.5°) with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 (15°) with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 shaft; TaylorMade RocketBallz (19°) with Fujikura Motore Speeder shaft

IRONS: PING S55 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Lite X100 shafts

WEDGES: PING Tour Gorge (54°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shaft; Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (60°) with KBS Tour shaft

PUTTER: Yes! Sandy-12

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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October 08, 2012

Winner's Bag: Ryan Moore at the Justin Timberlake Shiners Hospital for Children Open

Posted at 9:21 AM by David Dusek


DRIVER: TaylorMade RocketBallz (8.5°) with a Fujikura Motore shaft 
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RocketBallz (15°, 19°) with Fujikura Motore shafts
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 (20°) with a Fujikura Motore shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (4-PW) with Dynamic Golf Lite X100 shafts
WEDGES: Cobra Trusty Rusty (55°); Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (60°) with Dynamic Golf Lite X100 shafts
PUTTER: YES! Sandy-12 White 
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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April 16, 2012

My Bag: Ryan Moore at the Valero Texas Open

Posted at 11:00 AM by David Dusek


DRIVER: Adams Speedline Fast12 LS (7.5°) with a Fujikura Motore Speeder 6.2 X shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Super XTD (15°, 17°) with Matrix Radix HD8 X shafts; Idea Pro a12 (20°) with a Fujikura Speeder X shaft
IRONS: Adams Idea MB2 (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Lite X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey ProType 2 
BALL: Titleist Pro V1 

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(Photo by David Walberg/SI)

December 13, 2010

My year in golf shoes

Posted at 12:51 PM by Gary Van Sickle

Join me, please, for a look back at My Year in Shoes as I reflect on what I test-drove in 2010…

P1-dawgs_200x160 This year, I decided, "let there be light," and that’s what prompted me to try Dawgs golf shoes. The Dawgs Spirit model is the world’s lightest golf shoe, according to its website, weighing in at less than seven ounces for the men's model. I used the Dawgs Ultralite, which seemed as light as a pair of slippers.

There was a lot I liked about Dawgs. I felt like I was wearing sprinters’ shoes, they were so lightweight. At $50 suggested retail, they’re also ultra-inexpensive. (The even-lighter Spirits are $40.)

At first, I thought the lack of weight might lead to balance problems, as I’m prone to occasional bouts of happy feet during my perfectly smooth -- not -- swing. (In fact, in the '90s I favored Foot-Joy Classics, the handmade leather models, because they were heavy and kept my feet stable, or so I thought.) The Dawgs were no problem, and they were a pleasure to wear. The rubber outsoles are also easy to clean. They have Velcro straps -- no laces -- which is perfect for the lazy man like me who tends to slide his golf shoes on and off without tying or untying the laces. The insides are antimicrobial so you can supposedly play sock-less but I confess, I didn’t try that. The Dawgs are comfortable but seem to offer a little less support than the regular heavyweight shoes. I had no problem going 18 holes with them while riding in a cart, but if I had to walk 18 holes on a hilly track like, say, the Yale Golf Club, I might go with more support.

My favorite category of golf shoes is spikeless, which in my opinion has been overlooked in recent years. I need something to wear on the golf course when I'm reporting at tournaments for Sports Illustrated, but I don't want to trip on clubhouse carpeting or in press centers while wearing plastic spikes. Since I want to travel light and usually take my golf clubs, I don't want to carry two pairs of golf shoes. One spikeless pair of shoes does it all.

Since my current inventory was near the end of its life expectancy — a pair of Etonic GSOK shoes, black and brown saddle, and a pair of Foot-Joy closeouts with an odd dimple-like pattern that I scored really cheap -- I was in need of replacements.

P1-spalding_200x121 First came True Linkswear from a company I hadn’t heard of but has Tour player Ryan Moore as a spokesman. My True Tour shoes ($159 suggested retail) have the look and feel of bowling shoes -- very simple and lightweight, like Dawgs, but with laces. Mine are black with a white saddle design and white laces. The soles have nine rows of raised, square nubs -- kind of a mini-Maginot Line -- and traction bars around the perimeter.

Hey, don’t turn up your nose at spikeless. I've played a lot of spikeless golf in the last decade and it's great. I may have one or two slips a year and when it happens, it's never the shoe; it's because my balance sucked. In that sense, they may help you the same way as Sam Snead. When Snead wasn’t playing well, he used to hit balls barefoot on the range to regain his balance and stop over-swinging. In fact, True's advertising includes a line about being "the closest thing to a barefoot golfing experience."

The True Tour shoes worked great for me. I played cart golf in them and it felt like they have enough support to walk 18, too.

P1-ecco_200x162 The new king of the hill in spikeless, though, is the Ecco Street Premiere. Remember when Fred Couples started wearing those blue spikeless shoes that sort of resembled the old boat shoes? Well, the Street Premiere shoes ($140 suggested retail) have thick, spongy soles that are super-comfortable. I wasn’t able to get my hands on any until the fall because they've been in short supply and I can see why. Since Fred wore them, they’ve become trendy and stylish. Again, the nubs on the bottom supply more than enough traction. If you’re spinning out during your swing, it's not the shoes, it's you.

The best part: you can just wipe your feet and head on into the clubhouse, convenience store or anywhere. These aren't just golf shoes. You can wear them all day, even if you’re just going to the mall. Ecco did a great job in making traditional golf shoes more comfortable and brought that same concept to spikeless shoes. It's a shoe that makes you say, "Wow."

My shoe year ended with my December appearance at the Scottsdale Media Classic, an outing that enables assorted golf writers to compete on a smorgasbord of Phoenix- and Scottsdale-area courses while based at one of the great places to be during any winter month -- the Xona Resort Suites in Scottsdale.

P1-adidas_200x160 I mention this so you’ll understand that the apparent vitriol directed at my snazzy golf shoes was really one part needling, one part fear of the unknown and one part envy. The object of my fellow media types' ridicule were my Adidas Powerband shoes, which I designed all by myself on the website,

The comments included, "Hey, do those come in men's models, too? ... I bet you've got a skirt to match that ... When did the circus come to town, buddy?" There were a few others not fit for print. All meant in good fun ... I think.

My shoes are the colors of the San Diego Chargers -- a white base, a large swirl of electric powder blue, bright yellow trademark adidas stripes, blue shoelaces, yellow lining and a yellow sole-plate. No, there's no Chargers logo but that's only because adidas so far has only NBA teams, a handful of college logos and national flags as choices for customization.

I plead guilty to the charge of wearing brightly-colored shoes (not to mention comfortable and durable ones) but isn't anyone else bored to death by plain old black or white or saddle-shoe golf shoes? If so, you really need to check out, where you can concoct a color scheme of your choice. The golf shoes go for $180 a pair. If nothing else, the site is a great time-wasting addiction. Trust me, you go there and start designing shoes (you don't have to buy anything to play with the design program) and the next thing you know, you've lost half an hour. You can design running shoes and sneakers, too, and those categories have twice as many color options and far-out patterns as the golf shoes.

Then you, too, can trade barbs with your golfing friends. Colorful shoes, I discovered, make for lively conversation. This year, anyway.

April 07, 2010

Ryan Moore Had Scratch Irons Custom Made for Augsuta National

Posted at 11:30 AM by David Dusek

 AUGUSTA, Ga. — Ryan Moore made headlines last August not only for winning the Wyndham Championship, but also for doing it as a professional who didn't have an equipment contract or clothing endorsement deal. His bag didn't have a logo, and neither did his shirt, shoes or hat.

A few months after that win, Moore signed an endorsement deal with Scratch Golf, a small manufacturer based in Chattanooga, Tenn., that proudly custom-grinds every set of irons it sells. When I talked with company reps at the 2010 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in January, I was told the company can produce about 10 sets of irons in a week.

Ryan Moore Masters Clubs_600x600But instead of getting paid big bucks to use the company's wedges and irons, Moore now has an equity stake in the company. In an article that appeared in Bloomberg, Ari Techner, Scratch Golf’s chief executive officer, said "We’re obviously not in a position to be giving him millions of dollars. We’re definitely looking at this as a long-term deal and hoping to have Ryan using our clubs for the rest of his career"

Moore had been playing Scratch Golf's SB-1 irons (inset) this season, a forged blade with classic lines and a thin topline. But Tuesday evening I got an e-mail from Scratch explaining that Moore had a set of oversized, cavity-backed Scratch EZ-1 irons (larger image at right) made to his specs especially for the Masters. The game-improvement clubs are not only more forgiving, but they also hit the ball higher than the SB-1 irons, which should allow Moore to stop the ball more quickly on Augusta's legendary greens. The photo above shows one of Moore's EZ-1 irons with an inset image of his regular SB-1 6-iron.

Related: SI Golf+: Ryan Moore Winning His Way | ClubTest 2010: Irons

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November 09, 2009

Callaway Debuts New Tour i(s) Golf Ball at HSBC Champions

Posted at 12:22 PM by David Dusek

Ernie-Els_600 Ernie Els got a little help from Callaway Golf in Shanghai at the HSBC Champions, where he finished second after shooting 63 on Sunday.

"I started playing a new golf ball that Callaway made," Els said. "This is what I've been looking forward to, is this golf ball. It would have been unbelievable if I could have won with this ball. It would have been great for Callaway and myself. I'm looking forward to the future now, and I think my equipment is now spot on."

Els was referring to the new Callaway Tour i(s). Ryan Moore, who finished third, also used it.

The Callaway Tour i(s) is a four-piece ball that Steve Ogg, Callaway's vice president of ball R&D, called "the most highly-engineered golf ball product we have ever come out with."

According to Ogg, the Tour i(s) is the softest ball Callaway has produced, but what makes it special is a large degree of spin separation, which makes it possible to put a lot of spin on iron shots and very little spin on drives.

"The ball has a high core compression differential," he said. "That is the difference between the compression of the inner core and the outer core. When you have a high-compression outer core, the ball holds it shape better when you're hitting wedge shots so you can give it more spin."

The greater force of a driver, he said, will penetrate the outer core and compress the soft inner core. That reduces spin and creates greater distance.

"It morphs to the shot that you want," Ogg said, "yet retains all the distance of the previous Tour i golf balls." The Callaway Tour i(s) will be available in mid-January for about $43 per dozen. In the video below, Ogg talks more about the ball.

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August 24, 2009

Ryan Moore's Winning Clubs

Posted at 11:55 AM by David Dusek

Ryan-Moore-2009Wyndham_600Endorsement contracts can be very lucrative, and golf fans are used to seeing players, their bags and their apparel covered in logos and insignias. Often these contracts pay professional players a flat rate for using a certain number of clubs, and contain incentive clauses, which can add tens of thousands of dollars to the player's bank account if he wins a PGA Tour event. Win a major and those numbers go up a lot more.

But Ryan Moore, in an attempt to get back to his pure love of the game, walked away from several endorsement deals before winning the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.,Sunday.

Forsaking the dollars, Moore plays the clubs he prefers, including his S59 irons, which are the same clubs he used to dominate fields in college and amateur events about five years ago.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Ryan Moore used to win the 2009 Wyndham Championship:

DRIVER: Adams Speedline 9032LS (8.5°) with Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech 65 shaft
Adams Speedline 9032 Ti (14.5°)
Adams Idea Pro Gold (18°, 22°)
Ping S59 (4-PW)
Ping MB (54°), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°)
Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport 303
Callaway Tour i

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