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May 09, 2010

Winning Clubs: Tim Clark at 2010 Players Championship

Posted at 8:35 PM by David Dusek

Tim Clark Players Sunday

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri (9.5°) with a Fujikura Motore F1 1.0 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner (14.5°) with a Grafalloy ProLite shaft; Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead Plus  (17°) with an Aldila RCH 36 shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue Dual (19°) with a UST Mamiya Irod X shaft
IRONS:  Srixon I-404 (4-9) with Rifle 6.0 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG14 (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot Two-Ball Long
BALL:  Srixon Z-Star

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May 05, 2010

My Bag: Henrik Stenson for TPC Sawgrass

Posted at 2:57 PM by David Dusek

"I'm trying to get a little piece of everybody. Actually, I have a contract with TaylorMade for my driver and the bag, and a ball-shoe-glove deal with Titleist FootJoy. I stick with what I like. The way I'm playing lately, I might have to start looking around. You can see the dings on my putter from where I've pounded on it I'm very happy and proud to have won at Sawgrass. I'm going to try to come back and be in decent shape so I can put up a strong defense. It feels as if I have been hit-or-miss for the last couple of years. It gets frustrating. In the past, in 2005 or '06, I was consistent, but I didn't win. I've win the last two years, but the consistency hasn't been there. You can't have everything."

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 (10.5°) with a Grafalloy Blue X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway Big Bertha (12.3°, 16.6°) with Grafalloy Blue X shafts
IRONS: Srixon I-506 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (51°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Yes! C-Groove Donna
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Stenson keeps plenty of other interesting things in his bag:

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Banana Case: "I found it in a  supermarket in Japan. I had been complaining to my caddie, Fanny [Sunesson], about the squashed bananas in my bag. It was more of a fun thing when I bought it, but then we realized it isn't bad. It's practical, and it works."

Key Chain: "It says KISS MY ASS in Gaelic. That's the only phrase I've learned from Padraig [Harrington]. A few years ago I played a pro-am with a couple of Irish guys, and I repeated the saying. I saw them at the dinner table this year, and they gave me the key chain. They found it in the Dublin airport, so they bought it and gave it to me. I put it in the bag and kind of forgot about it. It's for good luck, but it hasn't been working too well so far."

Energy Bars: "I like BumbleBar, and the other I use is Green+. They're good for energy and come in lots of flavors."

Swedish Coins: "I've been marking  y golf balls with one-krona coins for the last few years. It's the coin you usually end up with when you get change back, so I chucked a few in the bag."

Tees: "I just use tee pegs to repair greens instead of a divot tool. I'm a master craftsman with a peg. Plus, you can always find one. I don't like walking around with a bog metal thing in my pocket."

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Srixon, TaylorMade, Titleist, and Callaway clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

(Photos by Fred Vuich/SI)
April 19, 2010

Winning Clubs: Jim Furyk at 2010 Verizon Heritage

Posted at 10:17 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 70 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5°) Mitsubishi Diamana White Board shaft
HYBRID: Srixon Hybrid (20°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904HB shaft
IRONS: Srixon Z-TX (3), Srixon I-506 (5-PW) with Apollo Hump shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG15 (50°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist prototype
BALL: Srixon Z-Star X

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway, Cleveland, TaylorMade, Srixon and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

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March 21, 2010

Winning Clubs: Jim Furyk at 2010 Transitions Championship

Posted at 8:59 PM by David Dusek

Jim Furyk Srixon Equipment
 

DRIVER: Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 70 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5°) Mitsubishi Diamana White Board shaft
HYBRID: Srixon Hybrid (20°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904HB shaft
IRONS: Srixon Z-TX (3), Srixon I-506 (5-PW) with Nippon Pro 950 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG15 (50°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist prototype
BALL: Srixon Z-Star X

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December 18, 2009

Bag of the Day: Robert Allenby

Posted at 10:42 AM by David Dusek

Robert Allenby has long been known as one of the best iron players in the world. This year the Australian worked hard to improved his putting, and his hard work was rewarded late in the season. Although he lost his singles match to Anthony Kim, Allenby played well in the Presidents Cup in September and won 2 1/2 points for the International team. He then won the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa on December 6 and  the Australian PGA Championship for the fourth time by shooting a 66 on December 13.

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Here is a list of the clubs that Robert Allenby is using:

DRIVER: TaylorMade Tour Burner (9.5°) with a Royal Precision Saber 65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Srixon W 403 (14.5°, 18.5°) with Royal Precision Saber 65 shafts
IRONS: Srixon I-701 Tour (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (56°, 60°)
PUTTER: Bobby Grace M1
BALL: Srixon Z Star

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(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

December 11, 2009

Bag of the Day: Jim Furyk

Posted at 12:31 PM by David Dusek

Before winning the 2009 Chevron World Challenge on Sunday, Jim Furyk's last win was at the 2007 Canadian Open. But that win, coupled with his 11 top-10 finishes and two runner-up performances, helped push him up to No. 6 in the world rankings this week.

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DRIVER: Titleist 909D2 (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 70 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5°) Mitsubishi Diamana White Board shaft
HYBRID: Nickent 3DX (20°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904HB shaft
IRONS: Srixon I-506 (3, 5-PW) with Nippon Pro 950 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG15 (50°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL: Srixon Z-Star X

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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

December 02, 2009

Bag of the Day: Henrik Stenson

Posted at 1:53 PM by David Dusek

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Here is a complete list of the clubs Henrik Stenson is using:
DRIVER: Callaway FT-3 (9.5°) with Grafolloy Blue shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:  Callaway Big Bertha (13°, 19°) with Grafolloy Blue shafts
IRONS: Srixon I-506 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Tour Vintage (52°, 58°)
PUTTER: Yes! Donna
BALL: Srixon Z-Star

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(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

October 11, 2009

Tim Clark's Presidents Cup Clubs

Posted at 2:16 PM by David Dusek

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Here is a complete list of the clubs that Tim Clark used at Harding Park:

DRIVER: TaylorMade r7 Limited (9.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax TP 55 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5°) with Grafalloy Prolite shaft and Callaway Steelhead + (17°) with an Aldila RCH 36 X shaft
HYBRIDS: TaylorMade Rescue Dual (19°, 25°) with UST Irod X shafts
IRONS: Srixon I-404 (5-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG 14 (48°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey 2-Ball long (45")
BALL: Srixon Z-Star

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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

October 07, 2009

Golf Balls Give Hints to Foursomes Pairings

Posted at 3:02 PM by David Dusek

SAN FRANCISCO — In the foursomes (alternate-shot) matches this week, the players who are paired together will often play different brands of balls. The prevailing wisdom is that the teams should tee off with the ball preferred by the player who will hit the approach shot. Performance of most low-spinning, multilayer balls is fairly similar off the tee, the thinking goes, but the players would notice a different feel when hitting irons and wedges. Since distance control from the fairway is critical to setting up birdies, you want the player who is going to hit the approach shot to use his preferred ball. The rules allow the teams to switch balls after completing a hole.

Anthony Kim Callaway BallOn Wednesday morning, as the American team practiced on the back nine at Harding Park, I snuck a peek at the balls the players used off the tee, and I used that information to make a guess as to Thursday's pairings, which will be announced later this afternoon.

1. Jim Furyk and Justin Leonard: Furyk was teeing off on the even-numbered holes using a Nike ONE Tour ball. He typically plays a Srixon Z-Star X.

2.  Anthony Kim and Phil Mickelson: Kim, who plays a Nike ONE Tour, used a Callaway Tour ix ball off the tee on the even-numbered holes (photo).

3. Zach Johnson and Kenny Perry: They both use a Titleist Pro V1x, but Perry asked Zach if he could use one of his balls on the tee at 13. "His is a little bit different than mine," Perry told a bystander. It's very possible that they use a Pro V1x ball from different model years.

4. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker: Woods teed off on the odd-numbered holes using a Titleist Pro V1  instead of his Nike One Tour.

5. Hunter Mahan and Sean O'Hair: After hitting O'Hair's TaylorMade Penta TP off the tee on 13, Mahan said, "Wow! It spins a lot." Mahan uses a Titleist Pro V1x.

6. Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover: Both players use a Nike ONE Tour D ball.

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May 11, 2009

Henrik Stenson's Winning Clubs

Posted at 10:23 AM by David Dusek

Henrik-Stenson It's a tradition at the Players Championship for the winner to donate a club to be mounted on the wall inside the Sawgrass clubhouse. After leading the field in driving accuracy last year, Sergio Garcia handed over his TaylorMade Burner driver.

The most appropriate club for Henrik Stenson to donate would be his 2004 Big Bertha 3-wood. He used the club frequently off the tee and hit 73% of the fairways.

"It’s a course that sets up nicely for my 3-wood," Stenson said.  "I didn't hit many drivers here this week, and I don't think I really had to."

One of the longest hitters on the European Tour, Stenson hit several 3-woods more than 300 yards. On the par-4 15th hole Sunday, he hit the 3-wood 302 yards — without a tee.

"It's 13 degrees, and I hit it far," he said jokingly Sunday evening. "I hit a good one down 18 the other day, and I think [ShotLink] said 318 or 313 or something like that. When you get one going on these fast, firm fairways, it can run on."

Stenson said his stock 3-wood typically flies 270.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Stenson used ton win the Players:
DRIVER:                      Callaway FT-3 (9.5°) with Grafolloy Blue shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:     Callaway Big Bertha (13°, 19°) with Grafolloy Blue shafts
IRONS:                        Srixon I-506 (3-PW)
WEDGES:                    Callaway X Tour Vintage (52°, 58°)
PUTTER:                      Yes! Donna
BALL:                          Srixon Z-Star

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(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

September 17, 2008

Golf balls won't be an issue in foursomes matches

Posted at 9:13 AM by David Dusek

Mickelson_ryder_tue_600LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There are 12 players on the United States Ryder Cup team, and they don't all use the same ball. So in the alternate-shot matches, how do teams decide which ball to use?

I asked Phil Mickelson — the only player on the U.S. team who uses a Callaway ball — if he would encourage his potential foursome teammates to hit a few shots in practice rounds using his Tour ix ball, or if he might practice using another ball.

His answer was perplexing at first, but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made.

"What we do in alternate shot is, I tee off with their ball and they tee off with my ball because we can switch balls each hole," he said. "So it really doesn't become much of a factor, because off the tee it's not going to make too much of a difference. It's the distance control and how it comes off the irons and the trajectory and so forth. And we will be hitting our own balls with our iron approach shots. I just don't think it will be a factor."

Here's a list of the golf balls used by each member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team:

Callaway Tour ix -          Phil Mickelson
Nike One Black -           Chad Campbell, Stewart Cink
Nike One Platinium -    Anthony Kim, Justin Leonard
Srixon Z-URS -              Jim Furyk
Titleist Pro V1 -            Steve Stricker, Boo Weekley, Hunter Mahan
Titleist Pro V1x -          Kenny Perry, J.B. Holmes, Ben Curtis

(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

May 15, 2008

Old-School Allenby Swings Special Irons

Posted at 8:06 PM by David Dusek

Allenby_2 Don't let the air-pillow brace on Robert Allenby's right forearm fool you. This Aussie is no easy-swinging plinker. Behind his visor and trademark sunglasses, Allenby is one of the PGA Tour's premier sharpshooters.

"I'm always hitting a fair amount of greens," he said on the range at TPC Sawgrass last week. He is one of the leaders in greens in regulation this season, hitting 69.72% and ranking fifth in the category on Tour.

"I’m not really finicky about my irons, but I love what I've got," he said. However, the irons he has -- Srixon Forged I701 Tour irons -- are unique for two reasons.

First, while it's not uncommon for Tour pros to have their irons custom-made, Allenby's irons have additional metal added to the toe to make the heads three millimeters longer than standard I701s. Three millimeters is .118 inches, or about the length of the lead on a sharpened pencil. "It's enough so that when I look down at it, the club is the way I like it."

This adjustment is done to the irons in their raw state, before they have been sanded and chromed. But as minuscule as the adjustment is, it shifts the center of gravity (CG) of Allenby's irons subtly toward the toe. "In most forged irons, the CG is in a little, toward the hosel, from the center," says Srixon's Dean Teykl. "What this does is push it out more toward the center."

Second, Allenby's current set has slightly less offset than his previous set. And for a player who likes to maneuver the ball, that makes a big difference.

"I've noticed that I hit these irons a lot straighter," he said. "I used to draw the ball a lot, and I think it was because of the offset."

The more offset a club has, the more it promotes a right-to-left ball flight for right-handed players. Golfers who battle a slice, like many mid- and high-handicap players, benefit from offset because their shots tend to fly straighter. But as Allenby explained, that offset works against players who want to work the ball from left to right.

"I found it hard to hit a cut with offset clubs, which is only natural because when you open it up the clubface is still a little bit shut. Because these clubs are a little more onset, I think it's easier to hit a cut or a fade, which is great because I feel like I can bring the ball down a little softer into the greens by hitting it with a cut. I feel like I am hitting them just a little bit higher."

Allenby is old school, and when the topic of hybrids comes up, the classic Aussie tough guy in him really comes out. "S--- no, I don't carry a hybrid. Those are the worst clubs. I've got a 5-wood."

Because the rough on the Tour courses is so thick, Allenby admits that hitting a 4- or 5-iron is tough, but, "You can choke down on the 5-wood and get it down in there. With a 5-wood, it doesn't matter. It can be sitting in a hole, it can be sitting in a divot in the fairway, and you can still hit a normal shot."

And this marksman's normal shots find the dance floor.

(Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)




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