He held on, held tight and pushed away all challengers to take home top honors in New Orleans…the question is, what was hiding inside that golf back of his that helped him snag the #1 spot and the $1.1 million prize that accompanied it?
A Peek in the Bag
Glad you asked. It’s always interesting to take a peek inside the bag and see who is playing what, when, and why. Looks like Kelly is still very much supporting Cleveland Golf in his bag, but to take home the victory in New Orleans, a new shaft was placed on his clubs, the Miyazaki prototype shaft. Apparently he’s not the only golfer to strap that into his clubs, as Vijay Singh is also jumping on the Miyazaki bandwagon.
Custom Shaft for Cleveland Driver
The new shaft is apparently very rigid and tailored to fit players who swing extremely fast, as it helps resists twisting. Nevertheless, here are the clubs Kelly needed to take home the number 1 spot:
DRIVER: Cleveland Launcher (7.5°) with Miyazaki prototype X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 906 F4 (13°) with Graphite Design Pershing 85g X shaft
HYBRID: Cleveland HiBore XLS (16°) with Graphite Design YS Hybrid 85 X
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour (3-9) with True Temper Black Gold X shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (47°, 53°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts
PUTTER: Cleveland Classic #3
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x (2009)
Miyazaki Shaft Not Available in Retail
I wonder how many tour victories Titleist already has this year. While the Miyazaki shaft Kelly played is currently unavailable to anyone other than Tour Pro’s and people with very lofty connections, rumor is that it might hit the market later in the year. If you’re a player with a very fast swing, keep your fingers crossed for that one.
Congratulations Kelly, Congratulations Cleveland
Congratulations to Jerry Kelly, and Cleveland for getting a big time win.
(AP Photo/Bill Haber)
2009 Mizuno 2 Letter Press Wedges
Mizuno Japan has already sold out of a very limited and exclusive run of Custom Grind Black Mizuno Wedges.
The wedges are officially named “Jypers 2 letter press” featured in two grind variations. People are calling them 2 letter press silver stamp and gold stamp wedges. They are forged of S25C in Japan at Mizuno’s Chuo factory.The silver stamp model features a triple flat sole and is based off of a prototype Model T series while the gold model features a special quad flat sole and is based off of a prototype R series wedge.
Both models are finished using a flat black dye and share the new running bird emblem. The only other text besides that is on the neck where it says MIZUNO with no paintfill. They also use dots to signify loft.
Sold as a 2 wedge set in a fancy box lined with velvet both the silver and gold stamps are only available in 52 & 58* lofts with Dynamic Gold Wedge Flex Shafts and Tour Velvet Rubber Round 60’s.
Sorry these are Already Sold Out…:(
The only source to find these beauties was on TourSpecGolf.com, Its unfortunate but they have already sold before they could even be listed in their ProShop. Many times TSG’s most rare and desired products never make it to the photoshoot going directly from Japan to the VIP’s doorstep.
Follow the Jump to see images of the Silver Stamp and information on both models.
Tiger Woods swings by the oval office to meet with President Obama last monday
(image via TheGolfChannel.com)
Ozik Releases it’s new top of the line performance shaft
Matrix has created new levels of structural strength and combined them with advancements in spin control. “HD” refers to the hexdecagonal (16-sided) internal platform on which the new designs are built. With the stronger 16-cutt butt section, Matrix engineers were able to better structure and strengthen the tip without adding overall weight and, at time, even lowering balance points to better match today’s high MOI, low CG heads. The result is a stronger tip-strength-to-weight ratio than found with any previous Matrix Ozik.
The internal HD structure can be made more consistently uniform than a circular design, further reducing the need for specific orientation during installation.
In terms of performance, players should look forward to flatter, more piercing Tour-type ball flights and a more stable feeling than they have ever experienced with a Matrix Ozik shaft.
Construction and Materials:
16-Cut Hexadecagon Internal Structure (patent pending)
20 Individual material layers
18 High Modulus graphite layers
1 Full length layer of Japanese Ballistic Zylon
7″ of Matrix-wound 24ton, 50 count Boron Fiber
Strategically-placed section of 1KA Woven fiber
TSG Testing Results:
TourSpecGolf has put a couple of these shafts into the hands of low handicap hard hitting test subjects and overall the results have been promising and impressive. Official TSG club tester Tatsuro Oshimoto says:
The Ozik TP7HD shaft lowered my ball flight and reduced wayward dispersion for me. I swing at 115mph and found the stiff flex to be a little soft with no tipping whatsoever. I had TSG send me the strong flex to install into my Nike Dymo driver and this is the perfect flex for my swing. I was able to work the ball considerably more than other shafts I have tested and found a better forward kick with the ball hitting the ground running. I am so pleased with this shaft that I do not want to return it. I wish I could afford it because I feel it would save me a couple of strokes a round at least. The distance gain over my tester Prototype Diamana shaft was noticeable but more importantly the improvement in my ball flight, dispersion, and forward kick. I give this shaft a huge thumbs up and of the many shafts I have been fortunate enough to test for TSG this is my favorite by a considerable margin.
To learn more about the complete line of Ozik Shafts and to learn where you can purchase a new TPHD model please click here
“I had a one-stroke lead over her after the 15th, she missed her putt and I knew that, with a birdie, I was going to take a two-stroke lead with two holes left to play, so I made the decision to go for it,” Ochoa said. “I had a good putt, a little bit soft, but it fell. … That was beautiful.”
New Orleans might be shaping up to be a pretty kind little trip for Jerry Kelly if he can just hold onto the lead he has this morning. The simple fact that he shot a bogey-free round at 3-under yesterday means that he is fairly set up to take home top honors today. All he has to do is hang on.
$1.1 Million or Fun…You Decide
When asked his motivation for this tournament, you’d think the $1.1 million purse would have something to do with it? Au contraire, because all Jerry Kelly wants is to have some fun. When asked how he’d approach his round today, here’s what Kelly had to say:
“I’m going to try to have fun and see what happens…That’s the key to my success when I come to a place like this. I have fun outside the ropes and inside the ropes.”
Luckily for Kelly and the rest of us, when it comes to fun he’s in the best place possible. New Orleans, with its music, bars and nightlife is certainly a hotspot. The question is, will the fun he’s looking for in New Orleans translate into a fun end of the day this fine Sunday and a giant check? Time will tell. Truth is, he’s got some work ahead of him.
Marino Making A Surge
Some of that work will just be keeping Steve Marino out of his head and off the top spot on the scoreboard. At the close of yesterday, Marino had made a healthy charge towards the leader by shooting an impressive, albeit shakey at times, round that put him in second place all alone at -10. If anyone is in position to take out Kelly, it will be Marino, but once again, he too has some work to do.
Time to Tune In
Tune in today, it should be a finish worth catching and hopefully will have a few of the lesser known stars of the PGA Tour taking home a bit of spotlight alongside their paychecks.
(image via UPI.com)
Looks like windy conditions couldn’t stop Lorena Ochoa from shooting an impressive -4, 69 yesterday at the Corona Championship Tournament in Morelia, Mexico. That round of golf put her in the driver’s seat of the tourney by a slim one stroke lead.
Ready To Win, But Respectful Of Petterson
When asked about her performance up to this point in the Corona Championship, which started with consecutive bogey-free 65s on Thursday and Friday, she finished up yesterday with an impressive eight birdies, but two bogeys and a double bogey. Here’s what she had to say, according to Golf.com:
“I was aggressive, but I can’t be perfect every day…I missed a couple of shots, and that’s just the way golf is. I’m still happy because I’m still on the lead and the goal is to remain there. Sunday will be complicated. Nothing is going to be easy. Suzann has the desire. So do I. I have to respect her.”
Suzann is Suzann Petterson who is nipping at Ochoa’s heels in this tournament. Petterson is sitting in 2nd place at the start of today, one stroke behind Ochoa. After failing to convert a birdie chance on 18 yesterday, Petterson was interviewed:
“Whatever happened, happened, there’s nothing you can do about it. I’m happy because there are still 18 holes to play…It was a good round, not perfect. I managed to gain ground on Lorena, which was one of my goals. … Hopefully tomorrow, I can go out and shoot as low as I can.”
Fan of the LPGA or not, anyone who is a fan of Golf should be tuning into this final round. Bottom line is, these women are good.
Looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Tiger Woods, at least for the next two tournaments. That’s right, according to reports from PGATour.com Tiger Woods has indeed committed to playing in the next two events, both the Quail Hollow Championship next week and THE PLAYERS Championship the week after that. Good news if you’re more of a Phil fan than a Woods fan, as Phil Mickelson will also be playing in both.
According to PGATour.com:
“Woods’ schedule has remained in flux since returning earlier this year from an eight-month absence following reconstructive knee surgery. His last appearance was at the Masters two weeks ago when he tied for sixth.
Woods won at Quail Hollow in 2007 but couldn’t defend last year because he was recovering from his first knee surgery to repair cartilage damage. That surgery also kept him out of last year’s PLAYERS Championship. Woods would eventually return to win the U.S. Open before undergoing season-ending knee surgery eight days later.
“We are very happy to have Tiger coming back,” said Executive Director Kym Hougham. “With the exception of Joey Sindelar, who has moved on to the Champions Tour, we have all of our past champions returning. The patrons and the community of Charlotte are in for a real treat this year.” “
So, fan of Woods or just a fan of golf in general, it’s pretty clear you won’t want to be missing the next two weeks worth of golf. If for no other reason than to see Tiger and Phil square off again in Masters fashion. Tune in…it’s getting good.
As we speak, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans is going on and unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Andres Romero is playing at exactly the same level as he was last year when he took home top honors. Nevertheless, there is still another day of tournament left, so who knows what could happen. One of the things we find most interesting here, is looking inside a Pro’s bag and seeing what tools he or she is using to make a charge at the top spot of the leaderboard.
What’s in Romero’s Bag?
Today we’re lucky enough to get a peek inside Andres Romero’s bag. The first thing you’ll notice is he’s quite obviously supporting Taylor Made and almost every piece of his arsenal comes from them. He plays a Titleist ball, not surprisingly, and a Rife Antigua putter. Here’s the tools of his trade for this weekend’s tournament:
DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 (9.5°) with Aldila One NV prototype 80 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade R9 (15°) and Burner TP (17.5°) with Aldila One NV prototype 80 shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade R7 TP (3,4) with True Temper X100 shafts; Tour Preferred (5-PW) with Rifle Project X shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Rife Antigua
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
Credit: Fred Vuich/SI
Taylor Made To Surprise Us This Year?
I’ll be curious to see what Taylor Made is coming out with in the next few months. They’re always good for an annual surprise or two as far as a new product. Nevertheless, tune in today and tomorrow for the last two days of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. See if we can’t will Romero higher up the board.
(image via Golf.com)
It’s absolutely no secret that Tiger Woods is the most popular golfer in the world. You know it, I know it, and everyone else who’s ever even heard the word “Golf” knows it. What I dig about Tiger Woods, however, is his ability to still have fun with himself and when not on the course, not take himself entirely too seriously. Want proof? Watch any one of his television ads up to this point, or better yet, watch some of the stuff he’s done for EA Sports as far as viral videos go.
Tiger Struts His Stuff
Since today is Friday, I thought we’d end the work week with a bang and show you one of his most rent commercials. In this bad boy, he’s strutting his stuff to none other than “Staying Alive,” and making it look comedic and good at the very same time. Granted the first Gillette commericals were a bit odd and didn’t exactly go over very well, but with this one, they totally redeemed themselves.
Poking Fun At Yourself Key To Victory?
The ability to balance being the best at whatever you do, with still being willing enough to poke fun at yourself is a good trait to have, and I’m beginning to wonder if it might just be the thing that keeps him on top despite everything that goes on around him. Maybe that is his winning secret.
Nevertheless, check out the commercial, it should be a great way to cap off your work week. Stayin’ Alive, after all, aren’t we?