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February 04, 2009

Reader Question: What's Up with Sergio Garcia's Putter

Posted at 3:50 PM by David Dusek

Sergio_garcia_bag_dubai_2009_400x60 Ernest, a Shop Blog reader, recently posted a comment about Sergio Garcia's putter.

If you look up Sergio Garcia's Winning Clubs you will notice that he is, according to Golf Magazine, playing a Taylor Made putter. Everyone knows that Sergio has gone back to a Scotty Cameron Prototype that he used many years ago.

That was true Ernest, but not any longer.

After getting some putting advice from Stan Utley, a newly-named GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher, Garcia switched to a vintage Scotty Cameron Newport 2 to win the 2008 Players. In fact, it was the same putter he'd used in the late 90s, including at Medinah during the 1999 PGA Championship.

Garcia continued to use that putter until last November, when he took a TaylorMade Rossa Daytona putter and ground areas of the heel and toe in a TaylorMade truck. He sent that putter to TaylorMade and the company made Garcia a Daytona to his exact specifications (right down to the stainless steel finish).

The image on the right is of Garcia's clubs and was taken two weeks ago in Dubai. I've enlarged the putter in the photo. If you click on the image you'll get a closer look.

It shows just how fast the world of golf equipment changes. If you look closely at the photo, you might also notice that Garcia has switched to TaylorMade's new R9 driver, having played last season with the Tour Burner. He said this week, "Not only do I feel like I can shape this driver [the R9] both ways but I have easily gained 10 yards."

I'm pointing this out to show that yes, I do read every comment posted in the blog. I encourage you to ask questions about any club or manufacturer you like in the comments section below the posts. Whenever I can, I'll do my best to get the answers and post them in The Shop.

November 10, 2008

Sergio Garcia making equipment changes

Posted at 7:24 AM by David Dusek

Taylormadetourpreferred_600 Sergio Garcia recently said that one of his short-term goals was to supplant Phil Mickelson as No. 2 in the world rankings. He made the move with his victory at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. To help him in his quest, Garcia enlisted the help of some new gear.

He recently switched from TaylorMade's Tour Burner driver to the company's new r7 Limited (9.5°). The Limited, which was released in August, has a more triangular shape and three adjustable weight ports (the Tour Burner does not have adjustable weight ports).

Having played TaylorMade's rac MB TP irons previously, he also seems to have switched to the new Tour Preferred irons (3-PW). His new clubs have a small, undercut cavity  and allow the company to position weight patents in the heel and toe areas.  The Tour Preferred irons also feature TaylorMade's Inverted Cone, which is designed to expand the sweet spot. Click on the image above for a better look.

Sergiogarciavolvomasters_600But the most significant change is Sergio's flat stick. In the weeks leading up to his victory at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in May, Garcia had reverted to a vintage Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter that he'd used in 1999. But after shaping and grinding a TaylorMade Rossa Daytona himself, he sent the putter to the company and had them make a special silver-colored version. Like the Cameron, it's a classic heel-toe weighted design with a plumber's neck and single alignment line. However, unlike off-the-rack Daytonas, Garcia's does not have a red-grooved AGSI+ insert.

No word on how the new putter tastes.

(Club photos provided by TaylorMade;
Garcia photo by Paul White/AP Photos)

August 10, 2008

Sergio Garcia's PGA championship clubs

Posted at 9:33 PM by David Dusek

Sergio_pga_sunv_600x450 Losing the 2008 PGA championship to Padraig Harrington won't hurt as much as losing the 2007 British Open at Carnoustie for Sergio Garcia. After all, Sergio didn't watch one of his putts lip out on the final hole that would have won the tournament. He played his heart out, but it still has to hurt.

Sergio did a fantastic job of using his driver to hit knockdown shots below the blustering winds at Oakland Hills on Sunday. It's a tricky shot, but when you've got some of the best hands in the game, it can useful.

The golf ball Garcia uses helped him pull it off. While most amateur golfers would be better served by a ball with a lot of spin, which helps maximize hang time and distance off the tee, Garcia uses the TaylorMade Red LDP. The LPD stands for Low-Drag Performance, and according to TaylorMade, it is especially good in windy conditions. By playing the ball back in his stance, and limiting his follow-through, Garcia was able to produce a lower trajectory on tee shots.

Garcia is a feel player, and his clubs are old-school. While more and more players are migrating to cavity-backed irons, Garcia is still swinging blades. And here's a little tidbit the guys in the TaylorMade van have told me: Sergio grinds his own wedges. That means he literally shapes the bounce to his liking using a sanding wheel. Talk about taking equipment matters into your own hands!

Here's a list of the clubs Sergio used at Oakland Hills during the 2008 PGA championship:

Driver                  TaylorMade Tour Burner TP (9°)
Fairway woods     TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5°), r7 TP (17.5°)
Irons                    rac MB (3-PW)
Wedges               rac Satin TP (54°, 58°)
Putter                  Titleist by Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Ball                      TaylorMade TP Red LDP

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

May 12, 2008

A look in Sergio Garcia's bag

Posted at 10:40 AM by David Dusek

Garciakissandylyonsap Statistically speaking, Sergio Garcia did not putt especially well at TPC Sawgrass last week, and he missed a short birdie putt in the playoff against Paul Goydos. But his circa-2000 Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter will be in the bag for a while. You just don't kiss a putter after winning the Players Championship and $1.71 million and then go look for a new one.

Don't look for any changes in his woods or irons either. In swirling winds, Garcia ranked first in both fairways hit and greens in regulation for the week.

El Nino has been one of TaylorMade's marquee players for years. According to the company, this is what the Spaniard had in his bag at the Players:

Driver TaylorMade Tour Burner TP (9˚)
Fairway Woods TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5˚) and r7 TP (17.5˚)
Irons rac MB TP (3-PW)
Wedges rac Z TP (54˚ and 58˚)
Putter Titleist by Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Ball TaylorMade Red LDP

Garcia's performance stats for the week (rank):
Average driving distance —  283 yards (41st)
Fairway percentage — 76.8% (1st)
Greens in regulation — 77.8% (1st)
Putts per round — 31 (tie for 69th)
Putts per green in regulation — 1.786% (tie for 39th)

(Photo: Andy Lyons/AP)

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