PINEHURST, N.C. – Here is a complete list of the clubs that Rickie Fowler is using at the 2014 U.S. Open:
DRIVER: Cobra BiO Cell (11.5 degrees with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft)
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cobra BiO Cell (13.5, 18.5 degrees with Aldila Tour Blue TX 75 shafts)
IRONS: Cobra AMP Cell Pro (4-9 with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
WEDGES: Cobra Tour Trusty (47, 51, 55, 59 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
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Editor's note: Check out Martin Kaymer's complete bag here.
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PINEHURST, N.C. – Martin Kaymer opened the U.S. with back-to-back 65s. He also carried back-to-back 3-irons.
That another way of saying that, yes, Kaymer is playing Pinehurst No. 2 with two 3-irons.
They look identical - same TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (Muscle Cavity) heads, same True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue steel shafts.
However, one of the 3-irons has been turned into a 2-iron. Its stock loft of 20 degrees was bent to 17 degrees. He's using both mainly off the tee.
Technicians in the TaylorMade tour van received so many requests from players for long irons that the supply of MC 2-iron heads was quickly exhausted. They started bending 3-irons to 2-iron loft.
Kaymer, though, said he preferred the look of the altered 3-iron. The 3-blade, he noted, is slightly larger than the 2-iron.
Bending irons in this fashion is nothing new. Gary Player did it frequently during his career. Fred Couples once carried two Lynx 8-irons bent to different lofts. Jason Day occasionally has used a TaylorMade 2-iron bent to 1-iron loft.
The entire MC set has stock lofts that are not as strong as ...
PINEHURST, N.C. – The closest equipment counts at the U.S. Open were in irons, where Titleist edged TaylorMade 35-31, and putters, where Odyssey nosed Titleist 50-47.
Otherwise, it was pretty much business as usual: Titleist dominated golf balls and wedges, TaylorMade topped drivers and fairway woods, Adams won hybrids, and FootJoy swept the shoes and gloves.
It was no surprise that Ping, known as an all-around golf company, emerged as a contender in most categories (third in irons, putters and hybrids; fourth in drivers and fairway woods).
Callaway, in addition to the popularity of its Odyssey putters, was second in fairway woods, third in drivers and fourth in irons and golf balls.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, is a mercurial golfer whose career has been earmarked by hot and cold streaks. However, after he missed the cut at Pinehurst No. 2 with rounds of 79 and 69, he seemed remarkably composed.
Glover can be a thoughtful golfer, and here at the 2014 U.S. Open he perhaps established himself as something of an equipment trendsetter.
Glover’s putter had a graphite shaft. Although graphite shafts are used in many full-swing clubs, they are practically never found in putters, where steel shafts are standard issue in most brands and models.
Glover's putter is a new Bridgestone True Balance TD-03.
Brandt Snedeker attracted considerable attention this week when he switched to a Bridgestone True Balance TD-02 putter with a steel shaft, but Glover's TD-03 is more revolutionary.
Here's a rundown on the True Balance TD family, which includes 01, 02 and 03 models.
The 01 is an offset mallet, the 02 is a double-bend, heel-shafted mallet and the 03 is a blade in the Ping Anser style. The O2 is sold with a steel shaft and rubber grip, while O1 and 03 models come stock ...
Here is a complete list of the clubs Martin Kaymer has at the 2014 U.S. Open:
DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR 460 (9.5 degrees with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6 X shaft)
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade SLDR (14 degrees with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 X shaft)
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (2-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts)
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP with xFT (54, 58 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts)
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser 2
BALL: TaylorMade Lethal
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Here is a complete list of the clubs Ben Crane used to win the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic:
DRIVER: Titleist 913D2 (9.5 degrees with a Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara 50 X shaft)
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 (14.5 degrees with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board +72 X shaft); Titleist 913F.d (18 degrees with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board +82 X shaft)
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21 degrees with a UST Mamiya Proforce AxivCore Hybrid 100 X shaft)
IRONS: Titleist 712U (4), 714 AP2 (5-9) with Aerotech SteelFiber i95 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48 degrees with an Aerotech SteelFiber i95 shaft; 56, 60 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #5
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – There are a lot of players who can hit Tour-caliber golf shots, but to contend at major championships a player must know more than how to feather a 7-iron or hit a power fade with a driver.
At the ripe old age of 25, Rory McIlroy can hit every shot in the book and has plenty of major experience.
He opened with 63 at the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews to take the lead, and followed it with an 80 in windy conditions the next day.
He led the Masters in the final round in 2011 but imploded on the back nine. He turned it around and ran away with the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club two months later. Then he crushed the field at the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort for his second major title.
Those experiences, the good and the bad, have shaped his approach to the majors. On the eve of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, McIlroy is getting crafty and clearly has a plan for his equipment and course management.
After practice rounds on the Donald Ross masterpiece last Monday and Tuesday, he ...
It's no secret the pros on the PGA Tour can be awfully finicky about their way their wedges look at address, slide through the sand and feel from the fairway. If it's not perfect, it's not going in the bag.
Based on the feedback of staff players, Callaway has created the new Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind wedges and announced they will be in stores starting July 18 for $129.99 each.
Forged from 1020 carbon steel, the Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind wedges feature the same grooves found on the original Mack Daddy 2 wedges that Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Chris Kirk and Matt Every used to win PGA Tour events. Callaway said the grooves are 39 percent larger and produce 25 percent more spin than the grooves in Callaway's previous wedges while still conforming to the USGA's 2010 groove regulations.
The ovals between the grooves are a surface roughening treatment. After spraying a gritty, powder material on the face to roughen the hitting area, Callaway uses a laser to create the ovals. In time, as the surface of the wedge roughens with use, the ovals wear away.
The Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind ...
Here is a complete list of the club that Hideki Matsuyama used to win the 2014 Memorial Tournament:
DRIVER: Srixon ZR-30 (9.5 degrees, with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 TX shaft)
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Razr X Black (15 degrees, with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-9 TX shaft)
HYBRID: Tour Stage X-UT (19 degrees, with Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 shaft)
IRONS: Srixon Z-945 (3), Z-925 (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic gold S400 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 RTX CB (48), CG-17 prototype (54, 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport 2 prototype
BALL: Srixon Z-Star XV
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In winning the BMW PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy carried no iron longer than a 4-iron. He also had no hybrids, although he did use two fairway woods. A look at his bag:
DRIVER: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5 degrees, neutral position, with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage XTS 70X shaft)
FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike VR_S Covert (15 and 19 degrees)
IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9)
WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (47, 52 and 56 degrees) and Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep (59 degrees)
PUTTER: Nike Method 006
BALL: Nike RZN Black
A look inside the bag of Stanford's Cameron Wilson, who won the NCAA men's individual title on Monday at Prairie Dunes.
DRIVER: Ping i20 (8.5 degrees, with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Series shaft)
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha (14 degrees, with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Series shaft)
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 (18 degrees, with Matrix Ozik Altus Tour Hybrid shaft)
IRONS: Miura LH-Blade (4-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Slate (56 degree and 60 degree; both with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts); Nike VR Forged (52 degrees, with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft)
PUTTER: Bobby Grace NYC Personal
BALL: TaylorMade Tour Preferred
Here is a complete list of the clubs Adam Scott used to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial:
DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (9.5 degrees with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 X shaft)
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F.d (15 degrees with a Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 shaft)
IRONS: Titleist 712U (2); Titleist 680 (3-9 with KBS Tour X shafts)
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (48, 54 degrees with KBS Tour X shafts); Titleist Vokey Design TVD-K Grind (60 degrees with a KBS Tour shaft)
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Futura X Long
BALL: Titleist Pro V1
SHOES: FootJoy D.N.A. (size 10.5 Narrow)
GLOVE: FootJoy StaSof (size Regular Medium)
A look inside the bag of USC's Doris Chen, who won the individual title at the 2014 NCAA Div. 1 Women's Championship on Friday at Tulsa CC:
DRIVER: TaylorMade R11S (9 degrees, Aldila RIP Phenom shaft)
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RBZ (15 degrees); Adams Speedline SuperS (18 degrees)
HYBRID: TaylorMade RBZ Rescue (21 degrees)
IRONS: TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour (4-PW, Nippon NS Pro 950 shafts)
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey SM4 (54 and 58 degrees)
PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Tour Monte Carlo 12
BALL: Titleist ProV1x golf ball
Phil Mickelson didn't win last season's U.S. Open at Merion, coming in second for a record sixth time. But his account was still happy because Lefty earned $696,104 for that second-place finish. This year, thanks to a promotion from Callaway, your account might become a Phil fan.
If you demo a new Callaway Big Bertha driver, Big Bertha Alpha driver or Big Bertha fairway wood at a participating dealer, you will be given a code that will let you enter Callaway's "Big, Big Bertha Payday" event. The contest winner will be awarded a check for the amount of money Mickelson wins at this year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
To learn more about the Callaway Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha drivers, as well as the Big Bertha fairway woods and watch exclusive videos about the clubs, click here.
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