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Shoot Like a Pro! The Clubs the PGA’s Best Drivers and Putters Use

Monday, August 31st, 2015

When we choose our club and step up to that tee, we all want to believe that we play like a pro. When the driver connects with the ball and sends it flying toward the pin… our hopes go with it. Hole in one? Will we land in the rough? Have to chip out of the sand? Land on the green but 20 feet away from the hole with an impossible slope? These pros face these same challenges… and with16 hours a day of practice… you can, indeed, play just like them. Otherwise, check out the clubs they use to get the job done, and watch a few videos while you’re here.

Longest Average Drives: Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy Driver Swing

Rory McIlroy Driver Swing

Longest recorded PGA Tour drive
In Sept. 25, 1974, Mike Austin rocketed a drive 515 yards while competing in the U.S. National Senior Open Championship at Desert Rose, Las Vegas. What’s even more amazing was that Austin, now deceased, was 64 at the time he set the record.
Longest average driver in the PGA today:
Not quite 515 yards, but definitely a respectable distance. Rory McIlroy has a 306.6 yards average drive during his career.

What’s in Rory’s bag?
Driver used: Nike Vapor Pro
Also in his bag:
3-Wood: Nike Vapor Speed (15 degrees, Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X shaft)
5-Wood: Nike Vapor Speed (19 degrees, Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X shaft)
4-9 Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (Royal Precision Project X 7.0 shafts)
46-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Forged (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
52-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Forged (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
56-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Forged (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
59-Degree Wedge: Nike Engage Dual Sole (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
Putter: Nike Method 006

Rory McIlroy’s Driving Method:

Rory McIlroy Driver - Extreme Slow Down

Rory McIlroy Driver - Extreme Slow Down

Phil Mickelson: Trick shot

Phil Mickelson Trick Shot

Phil Mickelson Trick Shot

It’s no secret. Despite his failed attempt at the Barclay’s this weekend, Phil Mickelson is the king of the trick shot… and following along with the modern saying of “pics or it didn’t happen”, he’s released a few videos demonstrating his trick shot mastery.

Phil Mickelson trick shot over Roger Cleveland

Phil Mickelson trick shot over Roger Cleveland

Phil Mickelson backwards shot

Phil Mickelson Backwards Shot

Phil Mickelson Backwards Shot How-To Video

Phil Mickelson Backwards Shot How-To Video

What’s in Phil’s bag?

Equipment is accurate as of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (8/9/15).

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125X

Other clubs in his bag:
Driver: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki J 60X

3 Wood: Callaway X Hot Pro 3Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 70X

Utility: Callaway Apex UT (18 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125X

Utility: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125X

Irons: Callaway X-Forged ’13 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125X

Putter: Odyssey PM Prototype
Loft: 5 degrees
Grip: SuperStroke JP 40

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft Prototype

Jason Day: Putting

Jason Day Putting

Jason Day Putting

Ranked #2 for putting as of the 2015 Barclay’s, Jason Day’s short putt technique is second to… well… Jimmy Walker.

What’s in Jason’s Day’s bag?

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider IB Black Prototype

Driver: TaylorMade R15 460 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage S TiNi 70X (tipped 1 inch)
Swing Weight: D3

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade AeroBurner 3HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage S TiNi 80X
Specs: Actual loft is 14.5 degrees

Irons: TaylorMade RSi 2 (2 iron)
TaylorMade RSi TP (4-PW)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7
RSi TP Specs: Irons are bent between 2.5 and 3 degrees strong

Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Tour Grind (47, 52 and 58)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X

How to putt like Jason Day:
Walk the line and get a feel for the pitch of the green.

“You’re not walking around the putt,” Day said recently at a media outing presented by Adidas at Reynolds Plantation. “In this case, you’re walking the line so you may be feeling something with your feet that you can’t see, even if you’re staring down from the hole to the ball. You’re able to feel the actual putting line.”

Why? Your eyes can sometimes deceive you. Course designers are notorious for optical illusions, using the lay of the land to trick your eyes into either seeing breaks that aren’t there, or hiding subtle breaks that are.

The only way to tell for sure is to use your sense of touch, through your feet.

PGA article on making fewer putts: http://www.pga.com/golf-instruction/lesson-learned/putting/four-tips-help-make-more-putts

Callaway Iron Selector

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Budget Golf is pleased to announce our new Callaway Iron Selector application on our website!  The Callaway Iron Selector helps take the guess work out of finding the correct Callaway iron for you!  To use this handy feature, select any in-line Callaway iron on our website and click on on the iron selector link.  Follow the prompts and in a matter of minutes you will be brought to the Callaway iron that best suits your game!  If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to give one of our customer service representatives a call to help select the right set of sticks for you!!!

Tour Striker Swing Trainer

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Check out the new Tour Striker Swing Trainer!  We just got these in and I after spending a little time in our practice area, I was already noticing the benefits of this swing trainer.  The Tour Striker is designed to teach golfers how to properly hit down on the ball at impact.  The leading edge of the Tour Striker is rounded and the face is located high up on that curve, forcing you to deliver the club with a descending motion in order to make contact with the ball.  The Tour Striker features a cast stainless head and comes stock with a light weight regular flex steel shaft.  Of all the new training aids on the market this year, I think the Tour Striker may be the best!

Taylormade TR3 True Path

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Putting has always been the worst part of my game and I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the Taylormade TR3 True Path Putting Trainer.  The Taylormade Putting Lab has spent years studying the putting strokes of the game’s best players to determine their common errors as well as their best techniques.  Lab tests have shown that most advanced players have a stroke that is no more than two degrees either inside or outside the line and the most successful putting strokes are either straight back and straight through or slightly arched from open to close.  TR3 True Path putter trainer helps develop what Taylormade engineers believe to be the easiest and most natural putting stroke, a slight arched path that that flows from open to close.  The TR3 will provide consistency in the putting stroke path, instant feedback on putter face alignment, improved muscle memory for proper putting tempo, as well as visual and audible feedback on putting path flaws.  If you are having trouble on the greens, I highly recommend the Taylormade TR3 True Path Putting Trainer.  There is a reason many touring professionals trust this device over any other putting aid on the market, it works!!!

Putting Cyclops

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Finally, a putting trainer that is designed to help you keep your head in place.  The new Putting Cyclops is a unique putting aid that can be adapted to both right and left handed players and the device will accommodate a wide variety of putting strokes.  The Putting Cyclops was designed by LPGA Tour players looking to find a way to keep their head in place throughout the entire putting stroke.  A common mistake that most golfers have is that they tend to directly watch the putter head or look at it in their peripheral vision.  This causes you to take your eye off of the ball and the movement of your head will often make you open or close the putter head causing your ball to roll offline. (more…)

Hank Haney’s Swing Band

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Hank Haney has worked with some of the world’s best players including Tiger Woods and now you can benefit from his teachings without the huge price tag!  It is now your time to learn what Hank has been teaching to over 200 professional golfers worldwide.  The new Hank Haney Swing Band is designed to slip over your wrists to teach you the correct wrist position throughout the swing.  The Swing Band will help put your wrists and arms in the correct swing plane and show you the correct grip pressure to maximize power and accuracy. (more…)

Tour Sticks Golf Sticks

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Step onto any practice range at a professional golf tournament and you will definitely notice these new Tour Sticks Golf Sticks populating the bags of today’s top touring professionals.  The Tour Sticks Golf Sticks are the hottest training aid on the market right now and are an absolute must have for anyone looking to make dramatic changes to their golf game.  Tour Sticks are a portable multi-functional training tool that is used to reinforce the fundamentals of the swing.  Golfers can now work on their swing plane, alignment and aim with the use of one simple tool. (more…)

Spring Ahead Golfing Tune-Up

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The birds are chirping, the tulips are poking through the ground, and the Masters is only a few weeks away meaning Spring has finally sprung!  Golf season is upon us and like many of you out there, I cannot wait to hit the links.  However, before I do, I like to start every golf season with a much needed tune-up and I feel that most golfers would definitely benefit.  Before I even touch my clubs, I like to begin each season with a little body and swing maintenance. (more…)

Wilson Golf Masters Promotion

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Always wanted to go to the Masters?  Well, now is your chance!  Buy a set of Wilson DI9 irons now through March 29th and earn a change for an all expense paid trip for 2 to the Masters this year.  I have never seen a promotion like this offered from any manufacturer before.  The Wilson Masters Promotion includes round-tripairfare for two, 2 days/1 night in a local hotel, two weekend Masters Tournament passes, food and beverage, and exclusive Wilson Staff VIP gifts.  Not a bad deal for those looking to buy a new set of irons! (more…)

Trekker TC3 Freestyle Cart

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The new Trekker TC3 Freestlye golf cart has already been making some waves in the golf industry.  The Trekker TC3 was recently awarded a Golf Digest Gold Medal in it’s famed Equipment Hot List and was also a huge hit at this year’s PGA show!!!  The cart was developed to ensure a pleasurable walking experience and is easily the lightest, best-rolling, and balanced golf cart on the market.  The TC3 is a push cart and is not designed to be pulled.  Contrary to popular belief, pull carts twist and contort the body and increases stress on both the spine and shoulders. (more…)