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July 24, 2011

Winner's Bag: Sean O'Hair at the Canadian Open

Posted at 7:24 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9°) with Matrix OZIK HD7 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner TP (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83X shaft; r7 TP (17.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 83X shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue TP (21°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki AXH 500 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Forged MB (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP w/xFT (52°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Select Fastback
BALL:  
TaylorMade Penta TP

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(Photo by Ben Nelms/Reuters)

May 11, 2011

Sean O'Hair switching to TaylorMade's Forged MB irons

Posted at 10:15 AM by David Dusek

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — There's no way 175 players on the PGA Tour have a better iron game than Sean O'Hair. But according to the computers that track greens in regulation, so far this season there are.

For O'Hair, a 27-year-old with more than $14 million in earnings over the past five seasons as one of the best ballstrikers around, that's unacceptable.

"New Orleans was my fifth missed cut in a row," he said leaving the practice area. "So I just said to myself that there needs to be a change."

SeanOHair-TaylorMadeMB-Players_600x450 Tweaking his swing is part of that change, but another major part is a new set of irons. This week at The Players, O'Hair will be using TaylorMade's Forged MB blades

"Over the last couple of years, because of the groove issue, I've had a difficult time trying to find irons that will flight the ball the way that I like," O'Hair said. He said that he's not too concerned with how the new grooves effect his shots out of the rough because like other pros, he's learned to handle flier lies. It's the shots from the short grass that have given O'Hair headaches.

"Out of the fairway, at least for me, I'm noticing that I am not getting the same flight every time," he said. "I'm looking for a penetrating flight; I don't like my irons to go super-high and I don't want them to come out so low that I cannot stop among the greens."

O'Hair has always played TaylorMade irons that feature a small cavity back or perimeter weighting system. He previously played TaylorMade's Tour Preferred irons, which have weight notches in the heel and toe. Earlier this year he tried new Forged CB irons, but they sent shots too high, especially with the short irons. The Forged MB irons offer plenty of feel and predictability, and a low, piercing flight.

"I'm looking for a certain miss," O'Hair said. "I always want my miss to be on the right. I may over-cut it or push it a bit, but when my misses start landing 10 or 15 yards short then I've got an issue. But if they're only three or four yards off on a missed shot, then I know these are the irons for me. That's what I've seen with the MBs, which I have not seen for two years."

TPC Sawgrass is a tough place to bring a new set of irons and a work-in-progress swing, but O'Hair seems encouraged by what he was able to achieve while taking last week off. Don't be surprised if he proves the green-tracking computer wrong.

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December 06, 2010

Sean O'Hair tests new white TaylorMade R11 driver

Posted at 7:00 AM by David Dusek

Golfers who are really into gear have been buzzing for weeks on message boards and blogs about white drivers. First, there was the all-white Cobra Limited Edition ZL, which Ian Poulter put into play and won with in Asia.

Next down the Great White Way will be TaylorMade's yet-to-be-released R11, the next generation of 2010's R9. A few images of Sean O'Hair testing the club were obtained by Golf.com.

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As you can see, the crown of the club is white, but the sole is black.

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The photo below, while slightly out of focus, clearly shows a TaylorMade technician adjusting the bottom of the club using a torque wrench.

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The video below shows several TaylorMade staff players's reactions to the R11 driver:

Keep checking back on GOLF.com for more information on TaylorMade's R11 driver.

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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

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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.

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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.

Titleist
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)

October 10, 2009

Sean O'Hair's Presidents Cup Clubs

Posted at 1:14 PM by David Dusek

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Here is a complete list of the club that Sean O'Hair is using this week at Harding Park:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 (10.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 74 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade TP Burner (15°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 83 shaft; r7 TP (17.5°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki Tour shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (4-9)
WEDGES: TaylorMade Z TP (48°, 50°, 54°), Cleveland CG 12 (60°)
PUTTER: Rossa Daytona
BALL: Penta TP

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(Photos by David Dusek)

August 27, 2009

Vijay Singh Turning to Training Aids to Improve Putting

Posted at 6:53 PM by David Dusek

Vijay Singh Putting Ruler JERSEY CITY, N.J. — When Vijay Singh was paired in the final group with Tiger Woods Saturday at Hazeltine, his putting, specifically his short putting, proved to be his downfall. The Fijian missed several critical putts and fell from contention.

On Wednesday at Liberty National, Singh, using his traditional-length Never Compromise Milled Series 1 putter, hit several putts along a metal yardstick. He was not aiming at a hole, but instead trying to make the ball smoothly roll down the 1-inch wide, 3-foot-long stick. When he was successful, Singh knew that his putter's face was square at impact. (Click on the top image for a better look.)

A short time before, Sean Vijay Singh Putting StickO'Hair had shown Singh a training aid, a Putting Stick, that is designed to help players practice the same drill. O'Hair's caddie, Paul Tesori (who used to be on Singh's bag), told me that O'Hair had recently started using the devise because he'd had good results with it as a junior. (Honestly, it's a 46-inch piece of 3/8-inch thick Plexiglas.)

Chad Reynolds, Singh's caddie, borrowed the devise after Singh had putted on the yardstick for about 10 minutes. The winner of last season's Barclay's Championship seemed to like it. (Click on the lower images for a better look.)

If Singh is going to successfully defend his Barclays crown, as well as his FedEx Cup title, he may need to log some serious hours with these training aides.

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May 03, 2009

Sean O'Hair's Winning Clubs

Posted at 7:41 PM by David Dusek

Sean O'Hair Quail Hallow During the CBS television broadcast, announcers noted that Sean O'Hair failed to make a putt longer than 10 feet all week at the Quail Hallow Championship. But O'Hair won thanks to outstanding ballstriking — he finished the week third in greens in regulation (75%); seventh in average driving distance (312 yards); and tied for 19th in driving accuracy (51.8%).

O'Hair is also the third player to win on the PGA Tour this season using TaylorMade's new R9 driver (Brian Gay/Verizon Heritage, Pat Perez/Bob Hope Classic).

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

DRIVER:                      TaylorMade R9 (10.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 74 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:    TaylorMade R9 (13°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 83 shaft; r7 TP (17.5°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki Tour shaft
IRONS:                        TaylorMade Tour Preferred (4-9)
WEDGES:                    TaylorMade RAC (48°, 50°, 54°), Cleveland CG 12 (60°)
PUTTER:                     TaylorMade Rossa Monza Corza
BALL:                         TaylorMade TP Red with LDP

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)




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