Perry adds 64-degree wedge after playoff loss at Augusta

>> Kenny Perry added a 64-degree wedge to his bag last month. After his playoff loss at the Masters, Perry said he should have used the club when chipping from the edge of the 17th green.

Instead he chose an 8-iron for the shot, which he skulled across the green. Perry said he has a difficult time controlling his right hand on low-running chip shots.

How does Perry chip with a 64-degree wedge? As he explained it, he accelerates rapidly through the shot, keeping the clubhead low to the ground. The result is a chip shot with maximum spin.

Perry used the 64-degree wedge from beside the 18th green on the first playoff hole, nearly sinking the chip.

>> Angel Cabrera’s victory was the first in the Masters for a Ping staff player. Coming in Ping’s 50th anniversary year, it was even more meaningful for the company.

Cabrera used a Ping Rapture driver (7.5 degree). It was the same model that he used to win the 2007 U.S. Open. His driver shaft was an Aldila NV ProtoPype 80X.

His other Ping clubs: Rapture V2 3-wood (15.5 degree), G10 2-iron, S57 irons (3-PW), Tour-W 54-degree wedge, Tour-W TS (Thin Sole) 60-degree wedge, i Series 1/2 Craz-E B (Belly) putter.

>> Padraig Harrington played with a 47.25-inch Titleist 905R driver. The shaft was a Harrison Striper Long Drive model.

Harrington has used this strategy for three consecutive Masters, carrying an extra-long driver for higher tee shots. Harrington won all three of his major championships with a 45.75-inch Wilson Dd6 Plus driver.

Although green Victory grips have been discontinued by Golf Pride, Harrington is still able to obtain Victory grips with a .62-inch core. This means they are extremely thin. He regripped all his irons at Augusta.

>> Martin Kaymer’s contractual obligation as a full-line, Titleist staff equipment player has ended, according to a company official. “He is free to play whatever clubs he chooses,” the official said in an e-mail. The parting apparently occurred because Kaymer couldn’t convert to a Titleist driver. At the Masters, Kaymer played with an original Ping Rapture driver, the same model used by Cabrera. He also used a Titleist 909F2 3-wood (13.5 degree), Titleist ZM irons (2-9) and Vokey Design pitching (48 degree), sand (54 degree) and lob (58 degree) wedges. Kaymer still has a ball-shoe-glove endorsement deal with Titleist and sister company, FootJoy.

>> Greg Norman, who signed recently with TaylorMade, finally discarded his Callaway Steelhead III driver in favor of a TaylorMade Tour Burner (15 degree). Norman also played at the Masters with two TaylorMade Rescue TP clubs (17 and 19 degrees).

>> Tiger Woods is not the No. 1 idol for all young golfers. Ryo Ishikawa, 17, is a huge fan of Ian Poulter and had a Poulter headcover on his backup driver during practice rounds at Augusta. The headcover has “hair” sticking up and a likeness of Poulter’s face.

>> Short shots: Shingo Katayama signed a new equipment deal with Japanese clubmaker Daiwa to use its OnOff brand. His contract began in April, and the Masters was his first tournament using the clubs. Katayama, formerly a Nike staff player, still had Nike Pro Combo 6-9 irons. . . . Jim Furyk added 1 degree of loft to his 5-iron and decreased the loft of his 3-iron by 1 degree. He also bent his 7-iron a half degree flatter. . . . Todd Hamilton replaced a 3-iron with a 3-hybrid . . . . Sergio Garcia used a Rossa Monza Spider belly putter.

>> Stewart Cink found an old hybrid club in his garage and considered carrying it for use on the 240-yard fourth hole at Augusta National. However, he carried a Nike Sumo 5-wood instead.

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