Jim Furyk Wins the THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca Cola Using a $39 Yes! Sophia

September 26, 2010 by puttistry · Leave a Comment
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Tournament: THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca Cola
Winner: Jim Furyk (Wikipedia | PGA Tour Profile)
Key: Bunker save on 18 (landed two feet from cup for tap-in par).  In all, he was nine of nine on bunker saves. PGA Recap | Interview
Quote: “I putted with it in Chicago where I was struggling with the greens because they were slow and I liked it there, and these were very quick and I liked it here. It will go with me. It will be used either way, and it is a Yes! putter, same putter that Retief won his U.S. Opens with. Not the same putter, but the same company.  The reason I picked it up, to be honest with you, it’s the only one in the shop — it was the only 8802 like, whatever you want to call it, heel shafted putter. They had some that were bigger, more like a mallet head that were heel shafted, kind of like Faldo used to putt with in his heyday, but they had lines on them, and I wanted something without a line. I just wanted it as simple as it could be, heel shafted. It was the only one in the shop of about 300 putters. At the time I didn’t think it was all the that pretty to be honest with you, but it’s getting a lot better looking every day.”
Putter: Yes! Sophia (source) The C-Groove Sophia model is a traditional, heel shafted blade style putter made of 304 stainless steel.| Read: Jim Furyk and the tale of the priceless $39 putter

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Dustin Johnson Wins the BMW Championship Using a Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport Prototype 2

September 12, 2010 by puttistry · Leave a Comment
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Tournament: BMW Championship
Winner: Dustin Johnson (Wikipedia | PGA Tour Profile)
Key: Made up a three-shot deficit against Paul Casey with a strong back 9. PGA Recap | Interview
Quote: “Even though I didn’t make a lot of putts today, I made the short ones, and all my putts I hit on line. I hit them where I was looking. You can’t read them all right; it’s just not going to happen. I hit everything exactly where I was looking.”
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport Prototype 2 (source) Scotty’s Studio Select Newport 2 with its crisp, familiar lines has been expertly refined and improved from subtle milling enhancements to its new sole profile. With its bold, Tour-inspired Cherry Dot graphics, precision milled 303 stainless steel head, and factory interchangeable weights, it’s Scotty’s most technologically-advanced Newport 2 ever.  Sole weights can be changed by the Custom Shop to suit a player’s preferred setup relative to putter length and desired headweight. The stepless shaft provides a clean appearance at address, and the Newport 2 comes with a milled sight line in the flange.  With its high toe profile aiding in a correct setup at address and its plumbing neck providing a full shaft of offset, the Studio Select Newport 2 is Scotty’s definition of a high-performance putter. | Also see What’s in My Bag Video

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Charley Hoffman Wins the Deutsche Bank Championship Using a Scotty Cameron Red X

September 6, 2010 by puttistry · Leave a Comment
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Tournament: Deutsche Bank Championship
Winner: Charley Hoffman (Wikipedia | PGA Tour Profile)
Key: 11 Birdies. PGA Recap | Mike McAllister Column | Interview
Quote:  “14 was I think the crucial shot of the tournament where I blocked it way right off the tee and I think I got a fortunate bounce to stay somewhat in play and hit the shot off the cart path in the front bunker and hit a pretty good bunker shot up there to four feet and made that for par to keep everything going.”
Putter: Scotty Cameron Red X (source) The new Scotty Cameron Red X3 and Red X5 mallets feature refined shapes with a new glare-resistant Charcoal Mist finish for unmatched looks and feel. Both models are precision milled from 303 Stainless Steel and finished with a black anodized aluminum soleplate with red graphics that conceals the precise internal weighting. The Red X3 features a classic, single bend shaft with ¼ shaft of offset for the ideal toe-flow through the stroke. Its design takes a classic mallet into another realm of performance and style. A solid face. New graphics. A new finish. And a single sight line to guide the way.

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Michelle Wie Wins the CN Canadian Women’s Open Using a Nike Method Putter

August 30, 2010 by puttistry · Leave a Comment
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Tournament: CN Canadian Women’s Open
Winner: Michelle Wie (Wikipedia | LPGA Tour Profile)
Key: Three consecutive birdies on the back nine on Sunday. Interviews (Thu Fri Sat Sun) | Final Standings
Quote: “I made a lot of crucial putts out there today.  I made a lot of putts, but at the same time I made a lot of really crucial putts.”
Putter: Nike Method #5 (source) Adopted on Tour and proven by two Major victories in 2009, the revolutionary new METHOD putter was born of innovation and fueled by the demands of our Tour athletes. The Polymetal Groove Technology provides a faster, positive forward roll at impact for the kind of accuracy and consistency Tour professionals demand. (from manufacturer).

Matt Kuchar Wins The Barclays Using a Rife Barbados Putter

August 29, 2010 by puttistry · Leave a Comment
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Tournament: The Barclays
Winner:
Matt Kuchar (Wikipedia | PGA Tour Profile)
Key:
Tournament leader Martin Laird three-putts on 18 forcing a playoff with Kuchar.  PGA Recap | Helen Ross Column | Interview
Quote:
“The greens were so firm and so fast today. It was just completely different. It was amazing the transformation they made in a matter of a day. So it was hard to get balls close. It was hard to make putts. Just the greens were so firm and fast and almost crusty on top that I knew if I could hang in there, make a few more birdies I had a chance because there was potential to move backwards.”
Putter:
Rife Barbados (source) Like all putters from Rife the Barbados is Tour driven. Since its introduction on the PGA Tour late 2006 this oversized mallet putter has found its way into the bag of three of the top 50 players on the PGA Tour whom have enjoyed immediate success (winner of the 2006 Australian Masters). The Barbados is designed to have a pleasing shape wrapped around a three line center cavity section creating a strong alignment aid. By moving the mass to the outer edges of the putter, the Barbados is extremely stable. It also features both RollGroove and LieAline technologies. As with all Rife putters the Barbados is 100% milled and made of mild 304 stainless steel. (from manufacturer).

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Ai Miyazato Wins the Safeway Classic Using An Odyssey White Hot XG Teron Putter

August 24, 2010 by puttistry · Leave a Comment
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Tournament: Safeway Classic
Winner: Ai Miyazato (Wikipedia | LPGA Tour Profile | My favorite things)
Interviews: Sat Sun
Quote: “I would say my short game is so much improved than when I came to the U.S. Because, like, when I came on the tour like first couple years, I try to — well, the first couple years I tried to get more distance off the tee, and as a result I didn’t really work too much on my short game. But after that I worked harder on my short game and maybe that’s why my game improved….The last couple weeks I just trying so hard to make it happen, like trying to — like trying to go in like almost every time. But then right now I really stay in the present and really focus on my stroke, so it’s more less tension. So that’s why my putting feels good.”
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Teron Putter (source) The Odyssey White Hot XG utilizes a multi-layer insert for phenomenal performance with any golf ball. Inspired by high-performance, multi-layer golf ball technology, the White Hot XG insert takes two materials with different properties and combines them to take the level of feedback and feel to an all-new high (from manufacturer).

Arjun Atwal Wins the Wyndham Championship Using a Ping Karsten Series Craz-E Putter

August 23, 2010 by puttistry · Leave a Comment
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Tournament: Wyndham Championship
Winner: Arjun Atwal (Wikipedia | PGA Tour Profile)
Key: Atwal led the tournament in total putts with 109.  AP Recap | Golf Magazine Recap | PGA Notes (Interviews: Thu Fri Sat Sun)
Quote: “You know, you always — until you do it, you don’t know and I’m just so glad that putt went in. I was really nervous over that putt. It was the most nervous I’ve ever been in my whole entire life…My heart rate was probably like 150 at the time but my caddy told me that, you know, hey, listen, you made enough putts to win. I have. The last European Tour event that I won in Malaysia, I holed about a 20-footer on the last hole to get in a playoff. I went back to that and couple other putts that I’ve made in my life and kind of calmed myself down before I hit it.”
Putter: Ping Karsten Series Craz-E (source) For golfers preferring the performance of a steel face with an insert feel, the Karsten Series meets the criteria. An elastomer insert in the cavity provides enhanced feel while maintaining the solid response of a steel-faced putter. Weight savings from the new cavity shapes were redistributed to the perimeter to increase each putter’s moment of inertia for added forgiveness. Multi-level alignment aids are designed into most models. (from manufacturer).
Editor’s Note: Ping putters have been winning at a torrid pace the last half of the PGA season.

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Martin Kaymer Wins the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits Using a Ping Karsten Anser 2

August 15, 2010 by puttistry · Leave a Comment
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Tournament: 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits
Winner: Martin Kaymer (Wikipedia | PGA Tour Profile)
Key: Two clutch 15 foot putts: par save on 18 and birdie on the second playoff hole to tie it up with runner-up Bubba Watson. (Recap | Recap 2)
Quote: (on 15 foot par save on 18 to maintain tie) “It took me a long time to read that putt.  I can remember from Monday and Tuesday, I made that putt a lot of times in the practice rounds, and I was sure it didn’t break that much but my caddie, he brought out this little book with how much the putt will break, and it took us a while to figure out where my target is going to be.  But then I just decided on where I wanted to go and I hit a pure putt and I knew once I hit it, it has a good chance; and when it was a foot or two foot short of the hole, it was always in the middle of the hole. Obviously it was a very important putt, but for me, for my future, I think it’s very important that I know whatever happens, I can make those very, very important putts.”
Putter: Ping Karsten Anser 2 (source) For golfers preferring the performance of a steel face with an insert feel, the Karsten Series meets the criteria. An elastomer insert in the cavity provides enhanced feel while maintaining the solid response of a steel-faced putter. Weight savings from the new cavity shapes were redistributed to the perimeter to increase each putter’s moment of inertia for added forgiveness. Multi-level alignment aids are designed into most models (from manufacturer).

Bill Lunde Wins the Turning Stone Resort Championship Using a Ping JAS Craz-E Moment Putter

August 10, 2010 by puttistry · Leave a Comment
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Tournament: Turning Stone Resort Championship
Winner: Bill Lunde (Wikipedia | PGA Tour Profile)
Key: Closing with three rounds in the 60s.  AP Recap (Interview)
Quote: “I went from scrambling to make pars to having 9-irons that I could hit close. So first part was driving the ball well. That really gave me the opportunity to make birdies and get myself in position to have a good putt at birdie.”
Putter: Ping JAS Craz-E Moment (source) JAS putters rely on multi-metal technology and a lightweight nano-nickel insert to improve feel and forgiveness. The Craz-E Moment model is also designed with multi-tiered alignment systems to improve accuracy. Engineered with a stainless steel outer body and urethane inner section to maximize the perimeter weighting, the putter provides an extremely high MOI to keep putts on line. The polymer insert is coated using nano-nickel technology to produce a solid sound and feel. (from manufacturer).

Hunter Mahan Wins The Bridgestone Invitational Using the Ping IWI D66 Putter

August 8, 2010 by puttistry · Leave a Comment
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Tournament: Bridgestone Invitational
Winner: Hunter Mahan (Twitter | Wikipedia | PGA Tour Profile)
Key: Two clutch putting par saves over last four holes.  Recap (Lesson | Lesson 2) | Golf Digest: 10 Rules From Hunter Mahan |  Press Release
Recent Quote:
“…I’m a streaky putter. I’ve really been working hard on that part of my game for last year or so. Now I actually feel pretty comfortable on the golf course. What’s been difficult is taking some of the changes I’ve made in practice to tournament golf. I think not having a bogey over the last 36 holes at Phoenix is a sign that my short game is coming around.”
Putter: Ping IWI D66 (source) The iWi Putter Series puts customization in your hands. Instead of changing putters, just change the weight to your desired feel. Want more mass towards the heel or toe to match your stroke, insert a 20- or 28-gram tungsten weight. In all, there are nine weight combinations when you choose the optional weight kit (sold separately). Each putter in the iWi line comes standard with two 12 gram stainless steel sole weights and a two-piece 304 stainless steel/elastomer insert to give you the feel and performance found in PING putters for nearly 50 years (from manufacturer).

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