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June 19, 2011

My Bag: Y.E. Yang at the 2011 U.S. Open

Posted at 5:56 PM by David Dusek


DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (8.5°) with an Aldila RIP 70 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (13°) with an Aldila NV 85 shaft
HYBRIDS: TaylorMade Rescue TP (17°, 19°, 21°, 23°) with Aldila NV Hybrid shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade Forged MC (6-PW) with Rifle prototype shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC (50°) Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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April 08, 2011

For Choi and Yang, hybrid clubs are helping to tame Augusta

Posted at 7:42 PM by David Dusek

KF-Choi-Fri-Masters_600 AUGUSTA, Ga. – The most famous hybrid club in golf history is Todd Hamilton's Sonartec MD, which he used all over Royal Troon en route to winning the 2004 British Open. A close second would be Y.E. Yang's TaylorMade Rescue TP, the club he used to stiff his approach shot on the 72nd hole at Hazeltine and win the 2009 PGA Championship.

This week at Augusta National, there are plenty of hybrids in K.J. Choi's bag that could become just as famous if he can win the Masters. Choi, who finished third in the 2004 Masters, used four in the opening round on Thursday.

"Three weeks ago, I felt that to contend at major championships, I had to be able to get the ball up in the air, higher, and to stop the ball on the greens better," Choi said through his interpreter Friday afternoon. "That's why I put the hybrids in the bag. When I tried it, it made playing the par 3s much easier. I still don't feel that I'm 100-percent comfortable with those hybrids, but I still plan to continue using them."

The longest iron in Choi's bag Thursday was a 7-iron, but on Friday he put his 6-iron back in the bag and went with only three hybrids.

YEYang-Masters-Fri_600x450 Yang, who shot an even-par 72 Friday to finish at five under par, carries four hybrid clubs all the time. The longest iron in his bag is a 6-iron.

Yang's coach, Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brian Mogg, said Yang had a lot of confidence in the clubs after his PGA Championship win, adding a 4-hybrid to the 2- and 3-hybrids he already carried. Then, at last season's Byron Nelson Championship, a 5-hybrid was added.

"We started calling him grandpa," Mogg said Friday, "because his bag looked like something an old man would carry."

But Mogg quickly pointed out that Yang grew up on Jeju-do Island, South Korea, which is a really windy place. His inclination is to keep the ball low. The hybrids, along with the hard work Yang and Mogg have put in on the range over the last few seasons, have helped him develop a higher ball flight that is helpful on the PGA Tour.

When I asked Yang if he thought about using an iron instead of a hybrid this week because the course is playing firm and fast, he said no.

"I've tried it a few times, especially when it's dry," Yang told me through his interpreter. "But even if it's a logical decision, sometimes it's a confidence issue. I'm just more confident with a hybrid than an iron right now. I've thought about it, but in the end I think I hit my shots very well with my 5-hybrid rather than my 5-iron, which would have been the logical choice if I was going to take one out. So, I'm going to stick with the hybrids for now."

Mogg said that while he can't think of any other pros that carry more than four hybrids, no one is snickering or laughing about Yang's set make-up behind his back.

And if Yang or Choi makes another hybrid famous en route to winning a green jacket, they never will.

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(Photos: Choi, John Mabanglo/Getty Images; Yang, Harry How/Getty Images)

August 12, 2010

My Bag: Y.E. Yang at the PGA Championship

Posted at 2:35 PM by David Dusek

"I recently upgraded my driver and irons to new ones, and I really like the new driver—the TaylorMade SuperFast." — Y.E. Yang



DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (8.5°) with Aldila NV X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (13°), V Steel (18°) with Aldila NV X shaft
HYBRIDS: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°, 21°, 23°) with Aldila NV X shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade R9 TP (6-PW) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC TP (50°), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Spider Vicino
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP


Eagle/Parrot Headcover: "We can't figure out what it is, but I thought it was an eagle, and eagles are always good on the golf course."

Hand Warmers: "I need them, especially in Europe. I used a whole bunch at Pebble Beach and also in Scotland."

Camera: "I decided to get a camera with video to check on my swing on site. My caddie or manager takes the video. Primitive, but efficient."

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(Photo by William Rutledge)

April 13, 2010

Gear Notes: 2010 Masters

Posted at 1:47 PM by David Dusek

Phil-Mickelson-Callaway-Driver_450x600 Callaway
Phil Mickelson cracked the crown of his Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic driver at the Shell Houston Open. (A nearly identical driver, the FT Tour, is now available to the public.) Like a patient in critical need of an organ transplant, the club was flown to San Diego on Easter Sunday, where it was met at the airport by the head of Callaway's R&D team, Dr. Alan Hocknell.

According to Callaway, the company, "performed an 'unprecedented repair,' removing the body from the clubface while never taking off the shaft in order to ensure that the loft and lie remained secure."

Hocknell said, “We decided to remove the carbon composite body from the face, and we’ve never done that before, so everyone was a bit nervous. But through a lot of teamwork, we had a new body and weights installed by 1:30 p.m. on Monday."

Meanwhile, back in Augusta, Mickelson texted Hocknell: "How bad is it, Doc? Is she gonna make it?"

Needless to say, the patient made a full recovery, was flown back cross-country, and helped Mickelson win his third green jacket. For the week, Phil hit 60% of the fairways and averaged 297 yards per drive.

YE-Yang-TaylorMade-Putter TaylorMade
Y.E. Yang, winner of the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine, pulled his Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball putter out of his bag before the start of the Masters and used a TaylorMade Monza Spider Vicino (right) during the championship. Yang took 115 putts at Augusta and averaged an impressive 1.6 putts per green in regulation.

Mike Weir, Henrik Stenson and John Rollins all put new TaylorMade Burner SuperFast drivers in the bag for the first time at the Masters. Sergio Garcia became the first player to put TaylorMade's yet-to-be-released R9 SuperDeep driver into play. He hit 68% of the fairways for the week and averaged 285 yards per drive.

Adam Scott, whose tie for 18th marks his best performance at Augusta since 2002, had been playing a Titleist 909 D2 driver this season. But in order to get more roll on the firm fairways at Augusta National, the Australian decided to play a lower-flying 909 D3 driver instead.

Matteo Manassero, who at age 16 was the youngest player to ever compete in a Masters, also finished as the tournament's low amateur with a final score of four over par. Manassero, who has a bag filled with Titleist clubs, swapped out his AP2 3-iron in favor of a higher-flying hybrid club, a Titleist 909H (21°), so he could stop the ball more quickly on Augusta's firm greens. The young Italian star plans on turning professional in less than three weeks, so look for him to become a Titleist staff player soon.

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(Photos by Mickelson: ; Yang:John Biever/SI, insert Harry How/Getty Images)

January 11, 2010

Gear Notes: Sean O'Hair, Paul Casey, Stewart Cink and Others Swing New Clubs

Posted at 12:05 PM by David Dusek

YE-Yang-TaylorMade-Equipment_600 TaylorMade
During the off-season, Sean O'Hair switched from TaylorMade's Tour Preferred irons to the company's new R9 TP irons.

Martin Laird, Nathan Green, Retief Goosen and SBS Championship runner-up Rory Sabbatini are all playing TaylorMade's new TP wedges with XFT, which have interchangeable face plates that allow golfers to replace old and worn grooves without having to switch clubs.

2009 PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang (top) asked TaylorMade to build him a new 3-wood that produced a lower ball flight and would keep his shots below the winds swirling in Hawaii. Yang used a 13° TaylorMade Burner TP at Kapalua.

Paul-Casey-Nike-Driver_600 Nike
All four Nike staff players who competed last week at Kapalua—Stewart Cink, Paul Casey (right), Stephen Ames and Lucas Glover—used one of the company's Method putters. The Method line of putters should begin arriving in pro shops around Feb. 1.

Casey and Cink both used Nike's new Victory Red STR8-Fit Tour drivers, but stuck with their trusty SQ II fairway woods.

I was well documented that SBS Championship winner Geoff Ogilvy is now a Titleist staff player, having switched from another Acushnet brand, Cobra. Bo Van Pelt also competed at Kapalua as a Titleist player for the first time. Van Pelt used:

DRIVER: Titleist 909 D2 (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
FAIRWAY: Titleist 909 F3 (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73 X shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (17°) with a UST Mamiya Proforce V2 104 shaft
IRONS: Titleist Forged MB (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold SL shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (51°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold SL shafts

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(Photos: Yang/Eric Risberg/AP; Casey/Robert Beck/SI)

December 10, 2009

Bag of the Day: Y.E. Yang

Posted at 10:33 AM by David Dusek

At the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine, Y.E. Yang became the first golfer to come from behind and defeat Tiger Woods when the game's No. 1 player had the lead going into the final round. Since then, he had a solid performance in the Presidents Cup and has risen to No. 31 in the world rankings.


Here is a complete list of the clubs that Y.E. Yang is currently using:

Driver: TaylorMade r7 Limited (8.5°) with Aldila NV 75X shaft
Fairway woods: TaylorMade Burner (13°), TaylorMade V Steel (18°) with Honma ARMRQ shafts
Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°, 21°) Alida NVS 105 hybrid shaft
Irons:  TaylorMade R9 (5-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade rac (52°), Nike Victory Red Forged (58°)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Two-Ball
Ball:  TaylorMade TP Red LDP

October 07, 2009

PGA Champ Yang Bumming Golf Balls from College Players

Posted at 5:52 PM by David Dusek

SAN FRANCISCO – Like many other TaylorMade staff players, 2009 PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang has switched to the company's new five-piece Penta TP golf ball.

However, at a recent corporate outing at The Institute Golf Course in San Marin, Calif., Yang noticed that he only had one ball in his golf bag.

Because the Penta TP is not in stores yet, Yang considered buying a few sleeves of his old ball, the TaylorMade TP Red, in the pro shop. However, the shop only carried Titleist and Callaway golf balls, so Yang was stuck.

According to his interpreter, Brian Park, a pro shop worker told Yang to wait a moment and then returned with six TaylorMade balls he'd collected from members of the UCLA golf team who were practicing at the facility.

Ironically, Yang played at the outing with Jamie Lovemark, a former All-American at USC who recently turned pro. "Y.E. tossed him a ball on the tee," Park said, "and he simply tossed it back."

No word on whether Lovemark remarked about the Trojans' 28-7 win on the football field last season.

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August 27, 2009

Yang Switches to TaylorMade's 5-Piece Penta Ball

Posted at 7:02 PM by David Dusek

TaylorMade Penta Golf Ball JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- At the 2009 PGA Championship, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen tried out the yet-to-be-released, five-piece TaylorMade Penta golf ball. Last week at the Wyndham Championship in Charlotte, Matt Bettencourt, James Driscoll, Justin Rose, Jay Williamson and Casey Wittenberg also started using the ball.

Now, according to TaylorMade representatives, Y.E. Yang, the man who walked away with the Wanamaker Trophy at Hazeltine, has put the Penta into play at the Barclays Championship. Yang had previously been using the TaylorMade TP Red LDP.

As we reported in early August, the Penta has been designed to optimize its performance in five key areas: with the driver, long-irons, middle irons, short irons and partial wedge shots. The ball will be available to the public starting December 1.

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(Photo by David Dusek)

August 16, 2009

Y.E. Yang's 2009 PGA Championship Winning Clubs

Posted at 7:00 PM by David Dusek

Yang-resave Here is a complete list of the clubs that Y.E. Yang used to win the 2009 PGA Championship:

Driver: TaylorMade r7 Limited (8.5°) with Aldila NV 75X shaft
Fairway woods: TaylorMade Burner (13°), TaylorMade V Steel (18°) with Honma ARMRQ shafts
Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°, 21°) Alida NVS 105 hybrid shaft
Irons:  TaylorMade r7 TP (5-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade rac (48°), Nike SV (58°)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Two-Ball
Ball:  TaylorMade TP Red LDP

(Paul Sancya/AP Photo)

March 08, 2009

Y.E. Yang's Honda Classic Winning Clubs

Posted at 9:33 PM by David Dusek

Yeyang_600 You don't see a lot of pros that have five head covers sticking out of their golf bag. But Y.E. Yang made the most of a very unique set to win his first PGA Tour event.

Earlier this season at the Buick Invitational, Yang was using TaylorMade's new R9 driver. In this win, he switched to the company's final r7 model, the Limited, which was released at the end of last summer. The r7 Limited features three ports that are designed to hold interchangeable weights, just like the new R9. According to TaylorMade, adjusting the weights can promote a side-to-side ball flight change of up to 35 yards.

But why would a professional player want to carry an 18° fairway wood, a 19° hybrid and a 21° hybrid? In a word: versatility.

An 18° fairway wood (a 5-wood) is designed to hit high shots either off the tee or from the fairway. Hybrids handle those shots well, but also shine in the rough and from awkward spots on the course. And it would not surprise me to learn that Yang's 5-iron (typically 25°-27°) had been strengthened to decrease the gap between it and the 21° hybrid.

Yang used a hybrid magnificently from the left rough Sunday on the 16th hole after his drive hit a tree. He was able to hit under a tree branch and still get his ball into the left fringe, where he went up-and-down to save par. Hitting a long iron out of the deep rough would have made the shot much more difficult.

Carrying two hybrids instead of a 3- and 4-iron helped Yang hit 72% of the greens in regulation, ranking him third in the category for the week. It also gave him more versatility — and would likely do the same for you.

According to TaylorMade, this is a complete list of the clubs Y.E. Yang used this week:

Driver:                      TaylorMade r7 Limited (9.5°)
Fairway woods:      TaylorMade Burner (13°), TaylorMade V Steel (18°)
Hybrid:                     TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°, 21°)
Irons:                        TaylorMade r7 TP (5-PW)
Wedges:                   TaylorMade rac (48°), Nike SV (58°)
Putter:                      Odyssey White Hot Two-Ball
Ball:                          TaylorMade TP Red

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(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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