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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 04, 2010

Ryder Cup Bags: Overton, Fowler, Mickelson, Watson, Woods

Posted at 1:41 PM by David Dusek

Rickie Fowler Ryder Cup Titleist Rickie Fowler:
DRIVER: Titleist 909D2 (7.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F2 (13.5°) with a Mitsubishi 'ahina 80 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 710 MB (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (47°, 53°, 59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Circa '62 No. 3 GSS
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Phil Mickelson Ryder Cup Callaway Phil Mickelson:
DRIVER:
Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic (7.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
HYBRID: Callaway Prototype (22°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Thump X shaft
IRONS: Callaway X-Forged (4), X Proto (5-PW) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway JAWS (53°, 60°, 62°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Blade
BALL: Callaway Tour ix 

Jeff Overton Ryder Cup Mizuno Jeff Overton:
DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (10.5°) with Fujikura Motore F3 60 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Mizuno F-60 (13.5°) with a Fujikura ROMBAX 8X07 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Hi Fli CLK (20°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904 shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-33 (2), MP-68 (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts<
WEDGES: Mizuno MP T-10 (5°2), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Bubba Watson Ryder Cup Ping

Bubba Watson:
DRIVER:
Ping G15 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy prototype shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G15 (17°) with a Project X 8A1 shaft
IRONS:
Ping S59 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-W (52°, 56°, 63°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts>
Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

 

Tiger Woods Ryder Cup Nike Tiger Woods:
DRIVER:  Nike Victory Red Tour (10°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:
  Nike SasQuatch Sumo (15°, 19°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103g shafts
IRONS:
 Nike Victory Red Blades (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES:
  Nike Victory Red (56°, 62°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER:
  Titleist by Scotty Cameron Newport 2
BALL:
  Nike One Tour

(Photos: Mickelson, Watson, Woods/Robert Beck; Fowler, Overton, Thomas Lovelock)

Ryder Cup Bags: McDowell, Westwood, Fisher, Kaymer, Poulter, Donald

Posted at 11:33 AM by David Dusek

Graeme McDowell Ryder Cup Callaway Graeme McDowell:
DRIVER:Callaway FT Tour (8.5°) with an Aldila Voodoo SVS 6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway FT-i Tour Squareway (15°) with an Aldila RIP Beta 60 shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Pro (18°) with an Aldila NVS 85 shaft, (21°) with an Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft
IRONS: Callaway X Forged (4-9) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged Vintage (48°, 52°, 58°) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #7
BALL: Callaway Tour ix

Lee Westwood Ryder Cup Ping Lee Westwood:
DRIVER:
Ping G10 (9.0°) with a Aldila PGA Tour Only Prototype XNV6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:
Ping i15 (14°) with a UST Mamaya V2 76X shaft, Rapture V2 (19°) with Aldila NV75 X shaft
IRONS:
Ping i10 (3-PW) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
WEDGES:
Ping Tour-W (54°, 58°) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
PUTTER:
Ping Redwood Anser
BALL:
Titleist Pro V1x

 

Ross Fisher Ryder Cup Titleist

Ross Fisher:
DRIVER: Titleist 909D3 (8.5°) with a True Temper Project X X7A3 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 (13.5°) with a True Temper Project X X8A4 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (17°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 710MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport GSS
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

 
Martin Kaymer Ryder Cup TaylorMadeMartin Kaymer:
DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 70 Alpha shafts
FAIRWAY WOODS:
TaylorMade R9 (13°), Burner (17.5°) and with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Tour shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade RAC TP (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC (54°), TP with xFT (58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser 2
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

Ian Poulter Ryder Cup Cobra Ian Poulter:
DRIVER: King Cobra ZL (9.5°) with a Fujikura 6.0 Motore Speeder X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F3 (13.5°) with an Aldila RIP 70X shaft; Titleist 906F2 (18°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: King Cobra Pro CB (4-7), Pro MB (8-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Rife Antigua
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

 Luke Donald Ryder Cup MizunoLuke Donald:
DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (9.5°) with a ACCRA XC65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R9 (13°) with an ACCRA XC75 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Hi Fli CLK (17°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP T-10 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL:
Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photos: McDowell, Westwood, Fisher, Kaymer, Donald/Robert Beck; Poulter/Fred Vuich)
October 01, 2010

U.S. Ryder Cup team switches rain gear Friday

Posted at 11:18 AM by David Dusek

Matt Kuchar When it comes to things like rain jackets, bags and other golf accessories, no news is good news. Golfers don't scrutinize these items like they do drivers, irons and putters, but when you need them to work, they had better work.

Earlier in the week the company that made the U.S. team's rain gear, Sun Mountain, wrote on its Facebook page, "Weather will most likely be a factor at this year's event. May the team with the best outerwear win."

But on Friday during the opening four-ball matches at the 2010 Ryder Cup, the rain gear worn by Matt Kuchar (above) and the rest of the U.S. team got heavy, retained water and didn't keep the players dry as water poured from the sky.

Darren Clarke"[The raingear] didn't perform the way we would have liked it to perform," said U.S. team captain Corey Pavin when interviewed on ESPN. "So we have remedied that and have some new raingear."

 Once the course was deemed unplayable and players retreated to the clubhouse, staffers for the U.S. team hit the merchandise tent and bought several rain suits made by the company that is outfitting Darren Clarke (right) and the rest of the European team, ProQuip.

The Scottish company supplied the European team with foul-weather apparel in the previous two Ryder Cups and is the official suppler of waterproof gear for the European Tour. It has also made foul-weather apparel for the last two U.S. Solheim Cup teams.

Rory McIlroy couldn't help but needle the U.S. team during the delay, Tweeting, "Just have to say that our waterproofs are performing very well."

Sun Mountain's public relations firm released the following statement Friday afternoon:

Sun Mountain has been designing and selling outerwear for more than two decades. We have provided rainwear to 3,000 plus PGA of America Professionals and over 150 tour players, and supplied outerwear to numerous U.S. teams, including the Walker Cup and the 2000 and 2009 Presidents Cup teams. Sun Mountain has staff on the ground at the Ryder Cup working in conjunction with the PGA of America on this issue.

Had the rain gear worked well, it's likely that few people would ever have known that it was made by Sun Mountain. The PGA of America forbids the companies that make apparel and accessories from publicizing the relationship, selling the merchandise or using it in advertisements. Sun Mountain couldn't even put its logo on the products. Neither could Belding, the company that made the golf bags for the U.S. team, which allegedly leaked during Friday's deluge.

In light of current events, maybe that anonymity is a good thing for the companies involved.

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(Photos by Robert Beck/SI)

September 29, 2010

Tiger Woods practices with a Nike putter, again!

Posted at 11:04 AM by David Dusek

At the last tournament Tiger Woods played across the pond, the 2010 British Open, he surprised a lot of golf fans by using a Nike Method 001 putter instead of the trusty Scotty Cameron he'd used to win 13 of his major championships. Woods explained that he'd always had trouble putting on slow greens, and he felt that the Nike putter would help him handle to greens at St. Andrews more effectively.

The experiment lasted three days, and Woods switched back to the Scotty Cameron putter for the final round.

This week at Celtic Manor, as he and his teammates prepare to defend the Ryder Cup, Woods has been spotted not only using his heel-toe weighted Scotty Cameron putter (left in photo), but also a Nike Method 003 putter, a mid-size mallet (right in photo).

Tiger-Woods-Ryder-Tues-Putters_600x600

We'll have to wait and see which putter makes its way into Woods's bag on Friday.

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(Photos: Jon Super/AP Photos)

September 28, 2010

My Bag: Rickie Fowler at the Ryder Cup

Posted at 10:30 AM by David Dusek

"My favorite recovery club is my 59° Vokey. I hit a variety of shots with it, and it's my go-to club."

Rickie-Fowler-Ryder_450x600


DRIVER: Titleist 909D2 (7.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F2 (13.5°) with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 86X shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea a7 (17°), Idea Pro Black (20°) with Matrix Ozik XCON HM2 X shafts
IRONS: Titleist 710MB (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Circa 62 No. 3
BALL:  Titleist Pro V1x

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

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

September 21, 2008

Ian Poulter's Ryder Cup clubs

Posted at 8:25 PM by David Dusek

Poulterryder_450x600 LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- There was controversy when Nick Faldo decided to use a captain's pick on Ian Poulter, instead of selecting Darren Clarke or Colin Montgomerie. However, his decision was vindicated by Poulter's outstanding and inspired play. In fact, Poulter's four points were the most earned by any player on either team.

Here are the clubs he had in his bag:

Driver:                     Cobra Speed Pro S (8.5°)
Fairway woods:       Cobra Speed Pro (15°, 18°)
Irons:                       Cobra Pro MB (3-PW)
Wedges:
                   Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°, 60°)
Putter:                     Odyssey Tri Force 3

(Photo by Bob Martin/SI)

Anthony Kim's Ryder Cup clubs

Posted at 7:48 PM by David Dusek

Kimryder_sun_600 LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Anthony Kim dazzled crowds during the Ryder Cup, not only with his rhinestone belt buckles, but with the quality of his play. The 23-year-old Ryder Cup rookie was one of the emotional leaders of the team, and his win over Sergio Garcia in Sunday's singles matches set the early tone for the United States' victory.

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

Driver:                 Nike Sumo 5000 (7.5˚)
Hybrid:                Adams Idea Pro (14˚)
Irons:                   Nike Pro Combo (2-iron), Nike Forged Blades (3-PW)
Wedges:              Nike SV (54˚, 59˚)
Putter:                Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Select T10
Ball:                    Nike One Platinum

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

September 20, 2008

Update: Mickelson's foursomes ball strategy

Posted at 5:01 PM by David Dusek

Kimryder_ball_450x600 Earlier this week, I asked Phil Mickelson how he and the American team would handle the ball issue in the foursomes matches. Not everyone plays the same ball, so in alternate shot the players often hit shots with an unfamiliar brand.

Mickelson told me that he planned to use his partner's ball off the tee, and his partner would use Mickelson's ball off the tee. "Off the tee it's not going to make too much of a difference. It's the distance control and how it comes off the irons and the trajectory and so forth," he said. "We will be hitting our own balls with our iron approach shots. I just don't think it will be a factor."

Well, that's not how it worked out. In both of Mickeson's foursomes matches with Anthony Kim (right ), the pair used Mickelson's Callaway Tour ix ball on every shot. Kim ordinarily plays a Nike One Platinum ball.

(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

Holmes and Weekley's Ryder Cup Clubs

Posted at 3:45 PM by David Dusek

Holmesryder_fri_450x600 Using a Rife Barbados belly putter, J.B. Holmes (right) was in contention at the PGA Championship until a final-round 81 derailed him.

In his first Ryder Cup appearance, he's switched back to the putter he used to win the FBR Open last February, the TaylorMade Monza Spider belly putter.

Here is a list of the other clubs in his bag at Valhalla:
Driver                      Cobra L4V X (8°)
Fairway woods:      Cobra Speed LD-X Pro (13°, 18°)
Irons                        Cobra Pro CB (3-PW)
Wedges                   Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°, 60°)
Putter                      TaylorMade Rosa Monza Spider belly
Ball                          Titleist Pro V1x

Boo Weekley, Holmes' playing partner both Friday and Saturday afternoon, is known as one of the most solid ballstrikers on either side of the Atlantic. To make his job a little easier, he uses a hybrid (a Cleveland HiBore XLS) and cavity-back long irons, but he prefers classic blades for his mid- and short-irons for more control and workability.

According to Cleveland Golf, these are the clubs in Weekley's bag:
Driver: 
                   Cleveland HiBore XL (9.5°)
Fairway woods:
      Cleveland HiBore XLS (15°), HiBore (19°)
Hybrid:
                    Cleveland HiBore XLS (3i)
Irons:
                       Cleveland CG Red (4,5), CG1 (6-PW)
Wedges:
                  Cleveland CG10 (52°), CG14 (58°)
Putter:
                     Never Compromise GM2 Exchange #7
Ball:
                         Titleist Pro V1x

(Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

September 17, 2008

Paul Casey's new secret Nike putter

Posted at 4:08 PM by David Dusek

Casey_putter_face_600x450 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — We recently told you that Paul Casey switched to the new Nike Victory Red TW blade irons. This week at the Ryder Cup, the Englishman will also be using a Nike prototype putter.

When I had a chance to speak to Casey about it, he was excited to tell me how well he was putting with his new flatstick, but did not want to go into the details or discuss the technology incorporated in it. He wouldn't even give me its name.

The putter, which is a traditional heel-toe weighted blade, looks similar to Casey's former putter, the Nike Unitized Leo. However, the face of the putter, which appears to be milled stainless steel, has a series of small red grooves that Casey says allowed the ball to start rolling more quickly on the putting surface. Click on the top image for a better look.

On the sole of the putter there is a small cut which appears to be filled with a polymer. That cut would likely be designed to enhance feel and alter the sound of the ball striking the face.Casey_putter_sole_600x450

Although Rick Nichols, Nike's Tour field manager, would not answer questions about the putter, he did say that the Texas design and code etched into the sole are essentially a serial number so Nike knows exactly which prototype it is. The FW part of the code stands for Ft. Worth, where Nike's golf design headquarters are located. Click on the bottom image for a closer look.

Stay tuned for more information about this new Nike putter soon in The Shop.

Golf balls won't be an issue in foursomes matches

Posted at 9:13 AM by David Dusek

Mickelson_ryder_tue_600LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There are 12 players on the United States Ryder Cup team, and they don't all use the same ball. So in the alternate-shot matches, how do teams decide which ball to use?

I asked Phil Mickelson — the only player on the U.S. team who uses a Callaway ball — if he would encourage his potential foursome teammates to hit a few shots in practice rounds using his Tour ix ball, or if he might practice using another ball.

His answer was perplexing at first, but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made.

"What we do in alternate shot is, I tee off with their ball and they tee off with my ball because we can switch balls each hole," he said. "So it really doesn't become much of a factor, because off the tee it's not going to make too much of a difference. It's the distance control and how it comes off the irons and the trajectory and so forth. And we will be hitting our own balls with our iron approach shots. I just don't think it will be a factor."

Here's a list of the golf balls used by each member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team:

Callaway Tour ix -          Phil Mickelson
Nike One Black -           Chad Campbell, Stewart Cink
Nike One Platinium -    Anthony Kim, Justin Leonard
Srixon Z-URS -              Jim Furyk
Titleist Pro V1 -            Steve Stricker, Boo Weekley, Hunter Mahan
Titleist Pro V1x -          Kenny Perry, J.B. Holmes, Ben Curtis

(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)




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