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February 26, 2012

Winner's Bag: Hunter Mahan at WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Posted at 8:46 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G20 (9.5°) with a Fujikura Speeder 6.2 Tour Spec shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G20 (13°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 8X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 85X shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Forged Anser (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Nome
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by David Dusek)

February 27, 2011

Luke Donald: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Posted at 6:03 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9.5°) with a ACCRA XC65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R9 (13°) with an ACCRA XC75 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Hi Fli CLK (17°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP T-11 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Darren Carroll/SI)

Martin Kaymer: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Posted at 2:29 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki A70 Alpha shafts
FAIRWAY WOODS:
TaylorMade R9 (13°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 73X Tour shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade R11 TP Rescue (18°) with a UST Mamiya VTS Hybrid shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade RAC TP (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP with xFT (54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser 2
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)
February 23, 2011

Ross Fisher fine tunes his driver in the desert

Posted at 7:45 PM by David Dusek

Ross Fisher Titleist Accenture_450x600 MARANA, Ariz. — Ask almost any pro if there is a miss off the tee that simply can't be tolerated, and you'll hear the same thing—left. A draw tends to roll out and get deeper into trouble while faded shots tend to stop more quickly.

Ross Fisher uses a Titleist 910D3 driver, but because he had been missing left too often leading up to this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, he had two in his golf bag Tuesday morning before he started his practice round.

"They're very similar," he told me outside the clubhouse. "They've both got 8.5° of loft and the same shaft [Project X X7A3]. I've been struggling a little and missing shots left, which with my older driver I wasn't doing at all."

To help Fisher hit more fairways, Titleist reps gave him two 910D3 drivers with slightly lighter weight plugs. Shaving those few grams of weight let the club builders add weight inside the driver heads in the toe area. That redistributed weight should, theoretically, keep the clubface from closing too quickly and help Fisher create the left to right ball flight he prefers.

"I tried it out [Monday] and it was pretty good," he told me with a smile.

During his 4-and-3 win over Robert Allenby on Wednesday, Fisher only missed one drive to the left. That was on the 13th hole, a par 5 playing 573 yards. But thanks to an excellent approach shot from 154 yards that stopped 10 feet from the hole, he still made birdie to win the hole and go 3 up on Allenby.

On the day, Fisher hit nine tee shots more than 300 yards, including a 344-yard bomb that split the fairway on the par-4 fifth hole.

While Fisher was seemingly able to adjust to his tweaked driver in a flash, he's a real stickler when it comes to another part of his equipment.

"I'm quite meticulous when it comes to grips," Fisher admitted. "If it doesn't feel right, it's like, 'That feels thicker,' or 'That feels thinner,' and the guys will tell me that it's the exact same thing that was on there before. But I'll just tell them it feels different. You know, this is our livelihood, we've got to be meticulous."

The bottom line when it comes to Fisher's grips is that if one doesn't feel right in his hands, he'll likely ask that they all be re-gripped.

Chris Tuten, the director of player promotions for Titleist Golf, laughed when I talked to him about Fisher's penchant for the perfect grip. The technicians in Titleist's tour van can properly re-grip clubs in their sleep, but Tuten said that Fisher has sent clubs back to be re-gripped up to four times before the start of an event before deciding that everything was just right.

When everything is just right for Fisher, watch out. His semifinal finish at this event in 2009 and win at the 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship on the European Tour prove that he can be a tough match play competitor.

Here's a complete list of the clubs in Fisher's bag this week:

DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (8.5°) witha Project X X7A3 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F (15°) with a True Temper Project X X8A4 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (17°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 695 MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X400 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport 2
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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February 25, 2010

Gear Notes: Padraig Harrington's New Putter, Retief Goosen's New Driver, Robert Karlsson Bending Irons

Posted at 12:38 PM by David Dusek

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Ireland's Padraig Harrington won three major championships using an Odyssey 2-Ball Blade putter, but he has switched to Odyssey's yet-to-be-released Odyssey Backstryke 2-Ball (right).

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."

TaylorMade
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."

Retief Goosen TaylorMade Driver 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.

Titleist
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)

February 21, 2010

Winning Clubs: Ian Poulter at WGC Accenture Match Play Championship

Posted at 7:47 PM by David Dusek

Ian Poulter Cobra Clubs

Here is a complete list of the clubs Ian Poulter used to win the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship:

DRIVER: King Cobra ZL (9.5°) with a Fujikura 6.0 Motore Speeder X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 (13.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax 7X07 shaft, Titleist 906F2 (18°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: King Cobra Pro CB (4-7), Pro MB (8-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Rife Antigua
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by David Dusek)

March 01, 2009

Geoff Ogilvy's prototype putter and winning clubs

Posted at 9:17 PM by David Dusek

Geoffogilvytitleistputter Geoff Ogilvy is one of the most down-to-Earth and approachable major champions around. Instead of a having high-end courses or an exotic resort's logo on his bag, you'll find the logo of Mojo Pies, a meat pie business he is involved in with fellow Scottsdale-based tour pro Tim Clark. Enough said.

During my 20-minute conversation with him on the range at the Ritz-Carlton Course at Dove Mountain this week, we talked at length about his equipment. I wondered if he would be willing to discuss his prototype Scotty Cameron for Titleist putter — the same putter he used to win the 2006 U.S. Open — and as it turned out, he was very open about it.

"Scotty [Cameron] made me two or three that are exactly the same from black carbon steel, so they won't rust," he said as he chewed a protein bar. "The one I won with at Winged Foot got a big rusty and manky, and by the end of the year [2006] it got a few rusty patches on it that I didn't like. I got him to refinish it, so I now have three. Placing it next to the other two, I can't tell which is which."

The putter itself is a Newport, and while Ogilvy says that he sometimes tries other putters, he never strays from that shape.

"It's always been a Newport of some sort," he said. "I have varied the metals sometimes just to get a different look, a different feel. I used stainless steel for a while, I tried a charcoal mist for a while."

He notices a slightly different feel from metal to metal but said, "After a day or two it feels like your putter again because they all look so similar."

In Ogilvy's mind, putting with a slightly different flat stick is a way to stay enthusiastic. He is a believer in the "new putter theory" — everyone putts great with a new putter.

"Your central nervous system enjoys change," he told me. "The new putter theory is not BS, that's a fact and it works for everyone. So sometimes if my putting feels a bit flat, I'll change putters, but it's not like I'm completely changing putters. I just want to look at something new, something fresh. People might think you are just trying to escape all the bad karma in your other putter, but your brain likes change and it gets you excited about putting again."

Results like he enjoyed in Arizona should help him stay excited about his putting for a long time.

Here is a complete list of the clubs in Ogilvy's bag this week:

Driver:                         King Cobra S9-1 Pro D (10.5°) with Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft
Fairway woods:          King Cobra S9-1 Pro (15°, 20°) with Fujikura Sapphire shaft,
Irons:                           King Cobra Pro MB (3-9) with Royal Precision FCM Rifle 7.3 shafts
Wedges:                     Titleist Vokey Design (50°, 55°), Spin Milled (60°)
Putter:                         Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport prototype
Ball:                             Titleist Pro V1 (2009)

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(Photo by Chris Carlson/AP)
 

February 28, 2009

Ogilvy Successful With His New 3-Wood

Posted at 11:05 AM by David Dusek

Geoffogilvycobragolf MARANA, Ariz. — Four months before he won the 2006 U.S. Open, Geoff Ogilvy defeated Davis Love 4 and 3 to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The following year, the Aussie advanced to the final before losing 3 and 2 to Henrik Stenson. On Friday, Ogilvy defeated Camilo Villegas 2 and 1 to advance to the quarterfinals of this season's event.

When I spoke with him this week on the range, Ogilvy said he made a tough equipment change last week at Riviera and started carrying a new Cobra S9-1 3-wood.

"The 3-wood is the hardest club in your bag to get right," he said. For most Tour players, the 3-wood is the only wood that needs to create the same launch conditions, and fly the same distance, both off the tee and from the fairway.

Ogilvy had been using a King Cobra X-Speed 3-wood. "It was awesome, and I could choke down on and do different stuff with it," he said. "It was quite versatile. The new one is very good, too."

For Ogilvy, who said he tends to create a lot of spin with his swing, finding just the right 3-wood is especially tough. "I tend to hit the ball high, but if I find a 3-wood that creates the flight that I want to see it tends to go too far because it doesn't have enough loft," he said.

That may sound like a nice problem to have, but for Ogilvy, it genuinely is cause for concern.

"I would be hitting it 300 with a driver, 280 with a 3-wood and 225 with a 2-iron. That's not right," he explained. That large distance gap between the 3-wood and 2-iron could put him in a bind on the course. "The balance for me is finding one that goes far enough for me to be happy, but not go too far."

Ogilvy had been testing the S9-1 on the range since the Mercedes Championship in January, an event he won. He admitted its performance has always been a little better than his old 3-wood, but, as he repeated, "It's just changing a club that is hard to change."

This week, Ogilvy also swapped out his King Cobra Pro CB Forged 2-iron and put in a 5-wood. The 5-wood's loft has been bent from 18° to 20° to help Ogilvy make the ball stop faster on the undulating greens of the Ritz-Carlton Course at Dove Mountain.

Here is a complete list of the clubs in Ogilvy's bag this week:

Driver:                       King Cobra S9-1 Pro D (10.5°) with Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft
Fairway woods:        King Cobra S9-1 Pro (15°, 20°) with Fujikura Sapphire shaft,
Irons:                         King Cobra Pro MB (3-9) with Royal Precision FCM Rifle 7.3 shafts
Wedges:                    Titleist Vokey Design (50°, 55°), Spin Milled (60°)
Putter:                      Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport prototype
Ball:                          Titleist Pro V1 (2009)

Geoff Ogilvy Swing Sequence | GOLF Magazine Interview

(Photo by Chris Carlson/AP Photos)

February 25, 2009

Angel Cabrera's Unique Not-Quite-Belly-Length Putter

Posted at 9:59 AM by David Dusek

Angelcabrerapingputter_00x350 MARANA, Ariz. — One of the most interesting matches slated for the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship pits Angel Cabrera, winner of the 2007 U.S. Open Championship, against Phil Mickelson.

The Argentine has experimented with many different types of putters — including blades, mallets and belly putters — since his win at Oakmont. This week he's using a 39-inch Ping i-Series 1/2 Craz-E B. It's four to five inches longer than most standard putters, but shorter than a belly putter. Click on the photo for a better look.

When I asked him about it Tuesday afternoon, Cabrera said through an interpreter, "I used a 39-inch putter in 2005 when I won the BMW Championship on the European Tour. I played well with the putter back then."

Cabrera explained that he had lost some feel on the greens recently, and he hoped that going back to this putter would help him regain his touch.

Not only is the length unique, so is the grip. It's designed for a belly putter and extends well down the shaft. However, Cabrera holds it and swings it in a traditional style.

"It's to compensate for the weight of the putter," he said.

According to Ping, the head of Cabrera's putter weighs 385 grams, which is 20 grams heavier than the head of a standard-length i-Series 1/2 Craz-E putter. Therefore, the weight of the grip improves the putter's balance.

February 24, 2009

When Working with PGA Tour Pros, the Answer is Always Yes

Posted at 9:19 AM by David Dusek

Titleist_van MARANA, Ariz. -- Some players are picky about their equipment, but others are a little nuts. Case in point, Ross Fisher.

The 29-year-old Englishman, who is currently ranked No. 38 in the world, asked to have his clubs re-gripped Monday morning. Peter Bezck, working in Titleist's tour van, removed the old grips without touching the layers of tape underneath. He then put new grips on that were identical to the old ones and sent them back to Fisher

However, around lunch time, Fisher's caddie shook his head as he approached Bezck and the Titleist tour van. Fisher felt the grips were now too big, even though none of the three wraps of tape under his grips had been touched.

To make the grips  feel small, Bezck had to cut the fresh grips off, use a blowtorch to soften the old tape and then scrape it off with a box cutter. He carefully applied a layer of masking tape, and then a layer of double-sided tape before sliding another new set of grips into place.

As the old saying goes, the customer is always right. Even if he's a little crazy.

February 22, 2009

Tiger will come back with a new driver

Posted at 7:57 PM by David Dusek

Nikesqdymodriver_600 Tucson, Ariz. — Tiger Woods will be using a new driver this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The world's No. 1 player, and the event's top seed, will be swinging a Nike SQ Dymo (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83x shaft. Tiger won the 2008 U.S. Open using a Nike SasQuatch Tour (7.5°) with the same shaft.

Woods' Dymo does not feature Nike's new STR8-Fit technology that allows the face angle, loft and lie angle of the club to be adjusted. (Read more about the Dymo here).

As for his irons, Woods will be using a new set of Nike's Victory Red Forged Blades. They are based on the clubs that had previously been made for Tiger.

Instead of switching to Nike's new Tour ball, for now, Woods will continue to use the Nike One Platinum ball.




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