“I went from hitting the greatest shot of my life to the poorest shot of my life within 20 minutes”
Gotta feel sorry for the guy, he almost had one arm in what was supposed to be his new green jacket until he missed his chip on the first hole of the playoff. Kenny Perry might have gained more fans by losing The Masters than he would have by winning it. “I’ve received hundreds of cards and letters from people who genuinely care about me,” Perry said
This Week he makes his return at Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Kenny Perry answered some questions at the Zurich Classic press confrence this week, Keep Reading for transcripts from the Interview that day:
This year at the 2009 Tokyo Golf Show Taylormade’s booth was front and center with a long list of new products that should excite golfers on both side of the pond. The headliner was the new R9 Driver which was released in the USA in a different size of 420cc’s while the Japanese market has both the 420cc and an exclusive R9 MAX 460cc version. Yes the MAX 460 is USGA conforming. The R9 460cc driver features only one weight instead of 3 and we were told by Taylormade Japan design department that due to the increased size the additional weights would be unnecessary making the head way to heavy.
What Else is Different?
The stock shaft is the new Fujikura Motore (Japan version) available in Regular (53g mid kick), Stiff/Regular (55g mid kick), Stiff (64g mid-high kick) and X-Stiff (65g mid-high kick) flexes.
The R9 Max is also available with the Fujikura Motore F1 TP 65J (Japan version) in Stiff (68.5g low-mid kick) or X-Stiff (70g low-mid kick) at an additional charge.
The R9 Max is also available from Taylormade Japan with top of the line Japanese Market shafts including the Fujikura Japan Motore Speeder VC6.0, Graphite Design Tour AD EV-6 and Diamana Kai’li 60 at an additional charge. These are considered the hottest shafts in Japan and ordering these gets you the actual shaft, not TM branded and colored shafts. All three shafts are strong kicking peformance control shafts. The Kai’li is the lowest launching of the bunch and amazing at taking the right side out of play. The EV and Speeder are mid to high launch max carry shafts. The EV spins low and carries far and the Motore Speeder is the worlds first 7 axis shaft with superb control.
This year at the Tokyo Golf Show Geotech Golf Japan showed off some of their hot new releases like the new hand ground Japan forged and produced GT Tour Wedge designed with no offset and a tear drop shape with the optimal amount of trailing edge relief for the better player who likes to manipulates the face.
Overall Geotech had a ton of new releases adding to the Black GT line and introducing a new SP series for the mid-low handicap player. Geotech is a brand known for many new releases each year and expect no less for 2009 as they plan to release 25+ new models into their already vast product line.
Geotech is one of Japan’s well know component brands, and offers components at an amazing performance to price ratio. They have been in the golf business in Japan for over 20 years.
Brian Gay Victorious at the Verizon Heritage Classic
Texas born Brian Gay’s best position prior to today was 31st on the money list in 2008. After his performance and win today his stock has increased pushing him up in the world rankings. With only 1 pro victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera last early last year Gay is showing some serious potential for this golf season. Already in 2009 Gay finished tied for 5th at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Tied for 6th at the FBR Open and Tied for 18th at the Mercedes Benz Championship.
Gay shot a 64 7 under to win breaking the 13 year old record finishing at 20 under 264. Gay came into the final sundays round with a significant lead and pulled even further from the pack to seal the deal for his second win on the PGA Tour.
To view Brian Gay’s Player Stats and to see what’s in his bag please follow the jump to read more.
Mizuno JPX, Black Limited MP Craft, E600 Forged Irons and more…
This year Mizuno highlighted the completion of the New 2009 JPX line featuring all new Japan only Mizuno products like the JPX E600 Driver, Fairways, Utility, Irons, and Putters. GTI is most excited about the E600 Forged Irons which are rumored to be produced at Endo Japan the worlds premier Japanese Foundry.
In the video if you take a look between 0:33 – 1:25 you can get a good look at examples of Mizuno’s Custom Program stamping, model and paint fill options.
Other special products worth noting are the already sold out Limited Edition MP Craft BLACK driver and the Mizuno Quad Series shafts that have struggled to gain popularity although TSG testers who desire a more penetrating ball flight rave about the butt stiff models fitting the bill.
“This moment and Oakmont triumph were the happiest moments of my life”, said Master Tournament winner, wearing the traditional Green Jacket which is given only to winners of one of the most traditional Golf Tournaments.
After a sudden death playoff with Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell, Cordoba’s man won Master in Augusta National and went down in history as the first Argentinean who won two Major Tournaments; 2009 Augusta National and 2007 US Open.
Cabrera finished four rounds with 276 shots, twelve under par; and won playoff game one shot ahead.
Cabrera and Perry were co leaders together with American Chad Campbell who, during the first distressing playoff in hole 18, was eliminated with one shot above par.
Cabrera beat American Kenny Perry in the second playoff hole.
Cabrera finished first on Saturday but did not have a good start in the fourth round. He made bogeys in holes 4, 5 and 10 and a birdie in hole 3.
Also, Cabrera had to face World number one Tiger Woods’ and Phil Mickelson’s recovery in fourth round.
However, Augusta’s Champion was not discouraged by players’ pressure or game’s difficulties. He was determined win.
Widely regarded as one of Japans great all time golfers along with the likes of Jumbo Ozaki and Tommy Nakajima, Shingo Katayama has made the move from being a long time Nike pro to the much smaller ONOFF brand. Widely regarded as the face of Japanese Nike, it is a surprising move but a good fit for ONOFF.
Katayama who showed up at the press conference donning his typical cowboy style golf hat now with a ONOFF logo on it was also all decked out with his new clothing and shoe sponsors. He will now wear Dance with Dragon one of Japan’s premier boutique brands and wear signature Asics golf shoes.
Katayama is also changing his ball from Nike One to Titleist Pro V1x. His new bag will feature:
ONOFF 2009 Driver
ONOFF Fairway Wings Woods
ONOFF Iron Plus Forged CB
All this new gear will be on display at the Masters in Augusta this week where Katayama hopes to contend.
ONOFF is a subsidiary of Daiwa Sports, which also include GIII and Roddio Shafts. Asics has long been a premier running shoe and fashion shoe maker in Japan known for style and functionality.
Check out all his latest gear in the TSG Pro Shop!