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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

Jordan Spieth Crushes Day One of the Masters

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Fortune smiled on Jordan Spieth on day one of the 2015 Masters, coming in at 8 under par (64) to become the youngest ever to lead the event after 18 holes.

jordan spieth crushed day 1 of 2015 masters

Holes 12, 13, and 14 transformed from tragedy to triumph as a short putt on 12 appeared to be headed just right of the hole, but found its way in for a birdie, putting him at 6 under. At the par-5 13th hole, luck was on his side as Spieth’s tee shot flew right, ricocheted off a tree and landed square in the fairway, leading to yet another birdie. 14 looked troublesome as the only bunker-less hole on the course, but Jordan maintained his cool and made a Masters-worthy shot which put the ball on the green for… you guessed it… another birdie.

One hole 15, Spieth appeared to have used up all of his luck, bogeying the par-5, but pulled it together with his ninth birdie on the 18th to come in at a near record-setting 64, 8 under par, second only to Greg Norman and Nick Price.

None of the previous 3 players to play an opening round of 64 or better have gone on to win the Masters. Greg Norman who shot a 63 in 1969 after 18 holes finished second, in 1990, Mike Donald finished 47th after finishing round 1 with 64 and in 1940, Lloyd Mangrum finished second after ending day 1 with a 64.

The world is watching!

Arnold Palmer Invitational

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

The media has been buzzing about the return of Tiger Woods however at this weeks Arnold Palmer Invitational, the King still holds the crown.  For one week out of the year, Arnie is the main focus and when his “army” comes to visit at Bay Hill, the first tent they come to is filled with memories and moments of the king that made him one of the most beloved and well-respected figures in the history of the game. (more…)

Why does Ernie Els, a tireless globetrotter, is keen to curtail his travel schedule?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Ernie Els came to a small Pacific Ocean island all the way from Florida for launching his 2010 PGA Tour season. Even for a tireless globetrotter like Els, it appears like a really long way to make it for just one tournament, namely the Sony Open. (more…)

Selecting a pair of gloves for female golfers

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Golf gloves are essential for hand protection and game enhancement. The gloves should be so designed that the golfer would be assured of good grip while grasping the club. (more…)

A passion for golf

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

If you are passionate about anything, you will want to be the best at it. People who are passionate about golf can go to any extent to improve their game. They will invest in a good set of golf clubs and other equipments. They will hire a professional coach and take golf lessons from them. (more…)

The joy of golf

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Golf gives you the opportunity to exercise with pleasure. It will help you keep fit and healthy. (more…)

Golf for women

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

When it comes to golf, women have a mental advantage over men. It is only the physical brawn that differentiates them from men. (more…)

Jose Maria Olazabal Not Sure Of Captaincy

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Jose Maria Olazabal insists that he has not been offered to become Ryder Cup captain for Celtic Manor in Wales in two years’ tenure. He admitted that Thomas Bjorn, who is the chairman of Europe’s players’ committee, did speak to hi a couple of weeks ago, but the job was not offered to him. (more…)

Avoid Golf Comfort Zones

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Many golf  players get restricted with their so-called comfort zones, which prevents them from scoring their optimum. The comfort zone creates a problem when players play better than they expect themselves to play. However, this happens only to ‘general’ players and not those who are professionals. (more…)