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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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