Three of the most dynamic swingers in the Open Championship will be benefitting from clothing technology provided by Adidas Golf. Jason Day, Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson will be sporting a combination of Adidas puremotion apparel that features bonded shoulder seams and flex rib panels on the sleeves, shoulders or back for enhanced freedom of movement. Garcia will wear adizero shoes throughout the tournament, while Johnson and Day will wear more traditional pure 360 shoes.
Category: Sergio Garcia
In light of the growing controversy over Sergio Garcia's racially insensitive comments about Tiger Woods at an awards ceremony at the European tour's BMW PGA Championship, Garcia's primary equipment and apparel sponsor, TaylorMade-adidas Golf, released a statement regarding the incident:
Sergio Garcia's recent comment was offensive and in no way aligns with TaylorMade-adidas Golf's values and corporate culture. We have spoken with Sergio directly and he clearly has regret for his statement and we believe he is sincere. We discussed with Sergio that his comments are clearly out of bounds and we are continuing to review the matter.
Garcia apologized for his remarks at a press conference Tuesday, and Woods responded to the incident via Twitter, saying the comments were "wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate..." but that "The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf."
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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11S (9°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana 103X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RocketBallz (15°) with Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina 70X shaft; Burner SuperFast 2.0 (18°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana 103X shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Forged MB (3-PW) with Nippon NS Pro shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade ATV (50°, 58°) with Nippon NS Pro shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Tour MA-81
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP
Photos: See pros' bags from Kiawah
If you were hoping to see Sergio Garcia once again wear an all-yellow outfit at the Biritish Open as a tribute to the Tour de France, sorry, you're going to be disappointed. Here is what El Nino and Dustin Johnson, two of Adidas Golf's flagship players, will be wearing this week, as well as the Ashworth apparel slated for Justin Rose.
"For me, it's all about feel. If I like it and it looks good and then when I hit it I feel I can control the ball and the flight, that's good enough for me." – Sergio Garcia
DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9°) with an Aldila RIP Beta 90 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (15°, 18°) with Aldila RIP Beta 90 shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (3-PW) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP w/xFT (50°, 58°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Corza Ghost
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP
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Sometimes you have to grind and hustle for weeks to get the story and other times you've just got to walk a few blocks. On Tuesday morning I made my way to the Golfsmith store in midtown Manhattan and was given a chance to talk with Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia. The two TaylorMade staff players where there as part of a 'White Out' promotion to hit some drives down 54th Street using an TaylorMade R11.
Here's what they had to say about the club and the whole concept of a white, adjustable driver.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The next version of the TaylorMade R9 driver family is making its debut this week at Augusta National Golf Club.
The R9 SuperDeep is black with red and white trim, like the R9 SuperTri, but is designed to optimize the games of accomplished players.
"If you go back a little ways in our driver line, back to the 510 Tour [2002-2004], it's got that type of head shape," says Paul Loegering, one of TaylorMade's PGA Tour reps.
The SuperDeep is the driver on the right in the photo above, and as you can see, the face is not as wide as the SuperTri's, but it is much taller.
"For better players, it will produce less spin. They will be able to play a driver with more loft, but that doesn't create more spin." That should translate into more distance, but less forgiveness. "It's not going to have the high MOI [Moment of Interia] of the SuperTri," Loegering says, "but this type of player isn't really looking for that."
While the R9 SuperTri features a 460cc head and three adjustable weight ports, the SuperDeep's 460cc head houses two adjustable weight ports. However, it does feature TaylorMade's adjustable head design—called Flight Control Technology—which allows golfers to unscrew the head from the shaft and then re-attach it into one of several positions to create a draw, fade or neutral bias.
According to Loegering, Sergio Garcia loved the look of the driver at first sight. He has practiced with it twice this week and will likely put it in the bag on Thursday morning. Another TaylorMade staff player, Kenny Perry, has also asked TaylorMade to make a SuperDeep driver to his specifications.
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Gear Notes: Padraig Harrington's New Putter, Retief Goosen's New Driver, Robert Karlsson Bending Irons
What's unique about the Backstryke 2-Ball? The shaft goes from the golfer's hands straight to the center of the putter, then bends into the back of the head. This puts not only the face but nearly the entire putter in front of the point where the shaft enters the head. (Get it? Back-strike.)
According to Odyssey reps, Harrington said, "It goes right where I am aiming it." When the rep started describing the putter's design, Harrington stopped him and said, "I don't want to know anything about it. All I know is that the ball goes right where I am aiming, and that is good for you."
Retief Goosen had been using a TaylorMade r7 SuperQuad driver for about four years before he recently made a switch. While he has tried different versions of the company's R9 driver, he told me, "Because I have long arms, I'm struggling to get one that can be made flat enough for me."
While visiting TaylorMade's truck two weeks ago at Pebble Beach, Goosen was shown the new Burner SuperFast driver. Intrigued, the South African took a few and started practicing. According to TaylorMade, Goosen doesn't want a driver that misses left, so after every left-side miss, a TaylorMade rep manually bent and adjusted the face, loft and lie angle of the driver. Unlike TaylorMade's R9 family of drivers, the Burner SuperFast does not have movable weights or a head that can be unscrewed and re-attached using a torque wrench.
By the time Goosen walked away with his new driver, it had been bent 4° flatter than standard. At the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, he added a 15° TaylorMade SuperFast 3-wood and also and switched to a TaylorMade Rossa Spider belly putter as well.
Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia (who recently switched to a TaylorMade R9 SuperTri driver), spent about an hour grinding the bottom of his new TaylorMade TP wedges with xFT in the company's tour van. The 54° and 58° clubs feature TaylorMade's removable face plate design, so Garcia will not have to repeat the exercise when the grooves on the clubs start to dull.
In Tucson, both Rory McIlroy and Geoff Ogilvy pulled 60° Titleist Vokey Spin Milled wedges out of their bags and replaced them with 58° wedges. Sweden's Robert Karlsson, who won the European Tour's Qatar Masters on Feb. 2, took things even further.
According to a Titleist rep, Karlsson had been using a 47° pitching wedge, a 50° gap wedge, a 55° sand wedge and a 60° lob wedge. He ditched the 50°, 55° and 60° clubs in favor of a 53° and 58° wedge and a 21° 3-iron. Karlsson then had Titleist reps weaken the lofts in his MB irons by 1° so he would not have any gaps in his set.
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(Photos: Harrington, Stuart Franklin/Getty Images; Goosen, David Dusek)
DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade R9 (15°), r7 (17.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103 X shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade R9 TP (3-PW) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade rac (54°, 58°)
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Monza Corza
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP
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GOLF.com first told you about the five-piece TaylorMade Penta TP golf ball in August. In this video from TaylorMade, Dean Snell, senior director of ball research, explains how he got the company's staff pros—including Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Retief Goosen—to try it.
Retief Goosen made a switch to TaylorMade's new R9 TP irons before the start of the Presidents Cup in San Francisco in September. Now two more high-profile TaylorMade players have made the switch to the company's newest better-player irons.
Sergio Garcia put a set of R9 TP irons in his bag before the start of the Madrid Masters in early October, and has them in the bag again this week at the Castello Masters in Castellon, Spain.
This week Garcia is also playing new TaylorMade RAC wedges that feature grooves that conform to the new 2010 regulations.
Meanwhile, Paula Creamer, who is playing a Japanese LPGA Tour event this week, has been Twittering about her new irons:
Thurs. 5:55PM Eastern: I am using new TaylorMade irons this week. They are the new R9 TP irons and are awesome. I haven't changed my irons in almost 3 years!
Thurs. 6:05PM Eastern: These R9 TP irons are the new groves. I loved my r7 irons but it was time for a change. Plus in January I have to change to the new groves.
Fri. 5:26AM Eastern: The new irons worked well today. I missed 4 greens. Still trying to figure out how far I hit them. That is the hard part for me right now.
Here is what GOLF Magazine had to say about the game-improving R9 irons in its November issue.
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The ball, which took three years to develop, won't be available to the public until Dec. 1. It is golf’s first five-piece ball, and according to TaylorMade officials, was added to the USGA’s conforming ball list on Wednesday.
The goal for the Penta was to optimize its performance in five key areas: with the driver, long-irons, middle irons, short irons and partial wedge shots. (Get it? "Penta," five.)
The cover of the Penta TP is made of a soft urethane material to promote a high-spin rate, but lower trajectory on wedge shots and pitches for more control. The outer mantle layer, which can be found directly under the white cover, is the most-easily compressed. Of the three mantle layers in the Penta TP, it's the fastest, and TaylorMade says it is designed to create optimal spin and flight conditions when ball speeds are below 120 mph (short irons for tour pros).
The middle mantle layer is semi-firm, and TaylorMade designed it to be compressible on shots with a ball speed between 120 and 140 mph (mid-irons). According to a TaylorMade memo, the inner mantle is designed to create high-launching, low-spinning shots with a ball speed between 140 and 160 mph (long irons).
Encased under all those layers is the core, which is made from an extremely fast, low-compression material that only the fastest swingers will be able to activate. However, TaylorMade says those who do can expect more ball speed and less spin on drives for increased distance.
TaylorMade expects the Penta TP to be widely used by its Tour staff players, and the ball has not only been tested by Garcia and Goosen, but also by Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Justin Rose. But TaylorMade says the ball should also appeal to slower-swinging players and a wide range of amateurs because it has been designed to increase ball speed (for more distance) and provide feel around the greens.
Sergio Garcia's biggest win came last year at the Players Championship. Although he led the field that week in driving accuracy and greens in regulation, he kissed his putter after defeating Paul Goydos in a one-hole playoff on the famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass.
Garcia went on to tie for second at the PGA Championship last year and won the European Tour's Castello Masters in Spain and the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. In fact, Garcia rose to No. 2 in the world rankings using that putter, a Scotty Cameron Newport.
But this season has been rough for Garcia on the greens. He's still one of the best ballstrikers around—hitting 67% of the greens in regulation—but poor putting has sent his scoring average up 2.56 strokes per round, to 71.68. Garcia ranks 173rd in average number of putts per round (30.17) and 155th in putts per green in regulation (1.812)
"I obviously am not feeling 100 percent with my game at the moment, and it shows," Garcia said in his press conference Tuesday. "I'm just not having a great time on the course."
At the Masters, Garcia arrived wielding a 44-inch TaylorMade Spider belly putter. He tied for 38th that week and was never a factor in the tournament. In fact, he made more news with his derogatory remarks about the course and subsequent retraction.
Garcia, still trying to break out of his putting funk, has now switched to a unique new putter. It is 42 inches long, and the head is from an extended-length TaylorMade Rossa Monza Corza.
The standard-length version of the Corza has slots cut out of the frame (top right), but the extended-length model is solid to add weight (bottom right). TaylorMade reps say that Kia Ma, the company's putter guru, ground the sides to make the shape more pleasing to Garcia's eye.
The grip on the putter also extends farther down the shaft than normal, making it look a little like Angel Cabrera's extended-length i Series 1/2 Craz-E B.
"It's similar in a way, I guess," he said Tuesday. "I saw his last week, and I think it's a little bit different because he grips it pretty much from the top. I grip it pretty much normal and kind of let a little bit of the putter stick out."
Garcia also said, "By the grip being a little longer, it's harder for me to make the top part of the grip move, so I'm working with the clubface instead of that. So that's usually what happens to me when I start putting badly. So I'm just trying to see if I can get some confidence and feel good with something."
While Garcia is hopeful that this putter will provide the spark he's looking for, it's clearly on a short leash.
"Unfortunately I can't predict the future," Garcia said. "So I don't know. At the moment I'm staying with it. We'll see how it goes."
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Photos - Garcia: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images; Putter: GlobalGolf (top), TaylorMade (bottom)
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Sergio Garcia has gone back to using a belly putter this week. This time it's a TaylorMade Rossa Monza Spider.
Garcia nearly won his first major championship using a TaylorMade Rossa Corzina belly putter at Carnoustie in 2007. Even though his ball lipped out on the 72nd hole, forcing a playoff that he eventually lost to Padraig Harrington, Garcia putted well that week and many people suspected he might stick with the belly putter.
As we reported, Garcia pulled the Cameron putter out of his bag late last season in favor of a putter that he helped to design with Kia Ma, TaylorMade's putter guru.
While the Spider is a high-MOI mallet, it is designed to be swung on the same inside-square-inside arc as Garcia's blade putter. The advantage of a belly putter is it helps players release the putter head more easily, which produces a smoother roll.
On Thursday at the Masters, Garcia needed 29 putts during his opening round and shot a 1-over 73.
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If you weren't a fan of Sergio Garcia before today, you now have a good reason to join his fan club.
According to Advertising Age, anyone who buys a TaylorMade R7, R9 or Burner driver from Golfsmith by April 11 will get a full refund if -- and that's a big if -- Garcia wins the Masters.
The good news? Garcia played great in several big events last year, and he won the Players Championship. But he has yet to win a major, and his record at Augusta isn't stellar -- he's missed the cut three of the last four years. Still, according to the article, Golfsmith isn't taking any chances:
(Golfsmith) purchased an insurance policy against the odds of Mr. Garcia winning The Masters and so will not be giving away millions.
For complete details on the promotion, click here.