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May 25, 2011

Rich Beem switching to Scratch irons

Posted at 3:48 PM by David Dusek

IRVING, Texas — Rich Beem, the winner of the 2002 PGA Championship , has trouble finding irons.

"I've always liked offset in my irons," he said Wednesday on the range at the TPC Four Seasons, site of this week’s Byron Nelson Championship. "Over the last couple of months I've been using Ping G15s, which are great and have a lot of offset and I really like the way they look. But at the end of the day I just wanted something that was a little smaller and had more of a blade look."

This week he's playing a set of Scratch Golf AR-1 irons (5-PW). Scratch, which first launched in 2003 with a line of handcrafted wedges, has also made clubs for Ryan Moore, David Duval and Cristie Kerr.

Beem said he's keeping his Ping G15 4-iron in the bag this week. He is also still using two Callaway X Series JAWS wedges.


Beem said that Scratch made him a set of irons during the West Coast Swing, but the heads were too big, so the company made him another set.

"I was home after Charlotte and I knew my iron game had been atrocious all year," Beem said. "I said to myself, 'You need to try another set of irons.' I went to the Scratch irons and I really liked them. I think they are fantastic, good looking and have a really solid feel."

The AR-1 irons are made from forged 1018 carbon steel, the same soft material used in many of the company's wedges. They have perimeter weighting but feature a thin topline at address.

As of Wednesday morning, Scratch probably wasn't aware that Beem planned to use its clubs at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

"The funny thing is that I came out here looking for the Scratch guy this morning," Beem said, "and he's not here this week!"

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January 14, 2011

David Duval signs endorsement deal with Scratch Golf

Posted at 10:30 AM by David Dusek

Scratch Golf Logo There was a time when David Duval, who shot 59 at the 1998 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and won the 2001 British Open, was the No. 1 player in the world. Since then, Duval has only shown flashes of brilliance, most notably at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage, where he tied for second with Phil Micklelson and Ricky Barnes.

Having split with Nike, Duval's long-time sponsor, the Jacksonville, Fla., native has now signed a deal with Scratch Golf to go with his other big new deal, Perky Jerky. A release by the company says Duval will use the company's clubs and have its logo on his bag and hat.

"David Duval is one of the best players of his generation and we are excited that he has decided to become a part of our company," said Ari Techner, president of Scratch Golf. "David has won championships all over the world and has an enormous following in the golf industry. We think he is a fantastic addition to our Tour staff."

Duval has 13 victories in his PGA TOUR career and is a past recipient of the Vardon Trophy and the Byron Nelson Award. In addition to his major championship, he has won THE PLAYERS, THE TOUR Championship and been a member of two Ryder Cup and three Presidents Cup teams.

"I am extremely excited to join the Scratch Golf family," said Duval. "I put their clubs in play last season and they really made a difference in my game. In addition to playing the clubs, I look forward to working with the team at Scratch to develop some new products and grow the brand in the coming years."

Duval is the second former world No. 1 to play Scratch products. Cristie Kerr, who ascended to the top ranking in the women's game in 2010, has been playing Scratch wedges since 2009.

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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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