Wednesday, January 31, 2007

What's In Tiger's Golf Bag?

Tiger Woods wins his opening tournament for 2007 at the Buick Invitational. It was played at Torrey Pines Golf Course where Tiger seems to win quite a bit. Do you want to know what he was carrying in his golf bag during his win?

Driver: Nike SasQuatch Tour 8.5°
3 Wood: Nike SasQuatch 2 15°
5 Wood: Nike Ignite T40 19°
Irons:  (3-PW) Nike Blades
SW:     Nike Pro Combo 56°
LW:     Nike TW 60°
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Studio Stainless Newport 2
Ball:   Nike One Platinum

This was Tiger's 3rd Buick Invitational in a row and 5th overall. It also continued his winning streak to 7 tournaments, which is now 2nd best in golf history to golf legend Byron Nelson's 11 in a row. Torrey Pines Golf Course will be host to the 2008 US Open Championship.

Tiger needed his 'A' game on Sunday because there were a lot of golfers within 1 or 2 strokes of he lead going into the back 9. Charles Howell III gave Tiger a run for his money in the last 4 holes, which forced Tiger to take his game to the Tiger level. Tiger finished with a round of 6 under 66 to win by 2 strokes over Charles Howell III, and 3 shots of rookie sensation Brandt Snedeker. Not that Tiger needs the money, but he took home $918,000 for the win.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

What's In Hale Irwin's Golf Bag?

Hale Irwin wins the 2007 MasterCard Championship at the Hualalai Resort Golf Club in Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii. This was his first win in 15 months. He cruised to a 5-stroke victory with a 62 on Saturday and a closing round of 65 on Sunday. Do you want to know what he was carrying in his golf bag during his win?

Driver: TaylorMade r7 Quad 9.5°
3 wood: TaylorMade 200 Tour 15°
5 wood: TaylorMade 200 Tour 17°
Irons:  TaylorMade rac LT (3-PW) Irons
SW:     TaylorMade rac 52°
LW:     TaylorMade rac 58°
Putter: TaylorMade Rossa Modina
Ball:   TaylorMade TP Red

Hale took home $290,000 for winning the championship. His TaylorMade Rossa Modina putter was hot all weekend with an average of 25 putts per round.

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What's In Charley Hoffman's Golf Bag?

Charley Hoffman wins the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic as his first win on the PGA tour. The 90-hole tournament was played over 4 courses in the Palm Desert area of California. Do you want to know what he was carrying in his golf bag during his win?

Driver: Titleist Pro Titanium 905R 8.5°
3 wood: TaylorMade r7 15°
Hybrid: Adams Idea 18°
Irons:  Titleist Forged 680 (3-9) Irons
PW:     Titleist Vokey Design 48°
SW:     Titleist Vokey Design 56°
LW:     Titleist Vokey Design 60°
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Red X
Ball:   Titleist Pro V1 prototype

Hoffman took home $900,000 for winning the championship and breaks into the top 100 of the PGA tour rankings. He finished birdie eagle to get to -17, which was good enough for a tie for first. He birdied the first playoff hole for the win.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

5 Steps To Golfing In The Wind

If you've been golfing for a while then you know that you don't always get to play golf in perfect weather. There are golf days when you're playing in the rain or it's really cold out, but the hardest time to play is when it's windy. I'm talking about the kind of winds that gust 25 to 40 mph.

When the wind is blowing this hard it will do some pretty crazy things with your golf ball if you don't keep it down and out of the wind as much as possible.

If you're able to perform these steps then I guarantee you'll cut at least 3 to 5 strokes off your score during these conditions.

1. Take a wider stance than normal. About 2 to 3 inches wider, which gives you a more stable base.
2. Move the ball back in your stance about 2 to 3 inches.
3. During your backswing try to keep your weight on your left side. This will help you with step number 4 below.
4. Make a sweeping swing through the shot and make a thin divot. This will help reduce spin and give you a little bit more roll.
5. Take more club and swing a little easier with more control. This too will reduce the amount of backspin to keep the ball from ballooning up.

The only way you're going to be able to play these type of shots is to go to the golf range and practice them. If you can get out to the range on a windy day even better.

A visual tip that I use sometimes while on the range is to imagine a clothes line about 10 feet in front of me that's about 18 to 24 inches off the ground. I'll take a 5 or 6-iron and try to have the initial ball flight go underneath the clothes line.

I know other golfers who imagine themselves hitting their golf ball through a tunnel that's about 24 inches high. Try one of these or make up your own, but the key is to practice these shots so that you're prepared for the wind the next time you play in it.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

What's In Paul Goydos' Golf Bag?

Paul Goydos won the 2007 Sony Open this last weekend at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. Goydos birdied 3 of the last 4 holes to win by 1 shot over Charles Howell III and Luke Donald. Do you want to know what he was carrying in his golf bag during his win?

Driver: Titleist 905S 8.5* Driver
Other:  Callaway 5 Plus Steelhead 5 Wood
Irons:  TaylorMade rac TP Forged (3-9) Irons
Wedges: Cleveland 485 (60*) Wedge
Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Putter

Goydos took home $936,000 for winning the tournament and it was his first win in 256 starts over 11 years. He hadn't won since the 1996 Bay Hill Invitational, which was when Tiger Woods was still an amateur and Nick Faldo was winning the Masters. This will give him a big confidence booster for 2007. Let's see if he can carry it through for a few more tournament wins.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

What's In Vijay Singh's Golf Bag?

Vijay Singh wins the 2007 PGA Tour season opener. He won the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Championship at the Kapalua Golf Club in Kapalua, Hawaii last weekend. Do you want to know what he was carrying in his golf bag during his win?

Driver: Cleveland HiBORE XL 9.5°
3 wood: Cleveland Launcher Steel 13°
5 wood: Cleveland Launcher Steel 17°
Irons:  Cleveland Black Pearl (3-9) Irons
PW:     Cleveland Black Pearl
SW:     Cleveland 900 56°
LW:     Cleveland 900 60°
Putter: Never Compromise Milled Series
Ball:   Titleist Pro V1x prototype

Vijay took home $1,080,000 for winning the championship and he moved into the 5th spot of the World rankings. Vijay is looking to get back to his brief #1 World ranking form this year after having somewhat of a dissapointing 2006.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Top 10 Golf Clubs For The Month Of December

Here are how the Top 10 Hottest Golf Clubs for then end of 2006 finished up.

1. Ping Eye 2 Iron set
2. Titleist 905R Driver
3. Callaway X-18 Iron set
4. Nike SasQuatch Driver
5. Mizuno MP 60 Iron set
6. Alien Alien 2 Pro Series Wedge
7. TaylorMade r7 quad Driver
8. Ping G2 Driver
9. Ping G5 Driver
10. TaylorMade r5 Dual Driver

The Ping Eye 2 Iron set has regained the #1 spot by overtaking the Titleist 905R Driver, which has slipped to #2. The hottest golf club is the the Callaway X-18 Iron set, which has moved from #7 to #3. Ping has a big presence with 3 of the top 10, which includes the Ping Eye 2 Irons, Ping G2 Driver, and the Ping G5 Driver.

Just in case you missed it, here's my post of The Hottest Golf Clubs (Nov 29th), which is how the top 10 clubs finished for the month of November.

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