Long drive champ uses Adams driver
James Achenbach talks about the new models of the Titleist AP1 and AP2 irons, which are more appealing visually and have vibration-dampening technology.
• In Mesquite, Nev., 21-year-old former hockey player Jamie Sadlowski of St. Paul, Alberta won his second consecutive Re/Max World Long Drive Championship with a 384-yard drive in the Oct. 30 final.
Hitting at 1,600 feet elevation, Sadlowski used a 6.5-degree Adams 9032LD driver and a Pinnacle Gold FX Long golf ball. (The 9032LD, available in lofts of 4.5 to 8.5 degrees, is the long-drive version of the 9032LS driver for consumers.) The FX Long ball, about to be replaced by the new Pinnacle Gold Distance, was the official ball of the Re/Max event.
Meanwhile, Long Drive Hall of Famer Bobby Wilson, 53, swung the same 6.5-degree Adams 9032LD driver to win both the senior (45 and over) and super senior (53 and over) divisions. Wilson, who lives in North Little Rock, Ark., hit his longest drive of 378 yards in the senior final.
Sadlowski and Wilson used a House of Forged graphite shaft (48 inches). The finals were held at night under cool conditions and will be telecast by ESPN on Christmas Eve.
• Ian Poulter used a Rife Antigua putter to win the Barclays Singapore Open. Poulter switched to the Antigua earlier this season at the Zurich Classic.
Rife has experienced its biggest success on the Champions Tour, where it has been the top putter in play at 37 of the past 52 Champions Tour events.
• Never underestimate the effect of a new club: Troy Matteson switched to an Odyssey White Hot Tour No. 2 and shot consecutive 61s on his way to winning the Frys.com Open on Oct. 25.
Also in Matteson’s bag: Titleist 909D2 driver (8.5 degree; Aldila NV 65x shaft), Ping TiSi 3-wood (14 degree; Fujikura Vista TS 70x shaft), Titleist ZB irons (3-7), Titleist ZM irons (8-9), Titleist Vokey Design wedges (48, 54 and 60 degree) and a Titleist Pro V1 ball.
• How about John Cook and his new Nike Method putter? At the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Cook led the field in putts per green in regulation and in putts per round. He won by five strokes.
In a world of adjustable drivers, Cook played a Nike SQ Dymo STR8-FIT driver (8.5 degree) that was set to a position of 1 degree up and 1 degree open.
• Matt Every, who won the Nationwide Tour Championship, is a Bridgestone staff player who used a combination of Bridgestone J36 Pocket Cavity (3-4) and J36 Cavity Back (5-PW) irons.
Also in Every’s bag: TaylorMade R9 driver (9.5 degree), TaylorMade R9 3-wood (15 degree), TaylorMade Burner 5-wood (17.5 degree), Cleveland CG12 wedges (54 and 60 degree) and a Rife Aussie putter. His ball was the 2009 Bridgestone B330-S.
• Sergio Garcia and Paul Goydos have switched to the new R9 irons from TaylorMade.
• Rickie Fowler, 20, is the latest young gun to use a Titleist Scotty Cameron prototype putter. These putters are called prototypes because Cameron generally makes a slight alteration to a standard model.
The putter used by Tiger Woods often is called a Cameron prototype, although it looks identical to a Titleist Newport 2.
• In the Frys.com playoff between Fowler, Jamie Lovemark and Troy Matteson – won by Matteson – all three players had True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts in their irons. This is the most popular iron shaft on the PGA Tour.