Teeing Off

June 05, 2011

MY BAG

FOR THE MEMORIAL

Nick Watney

"I want to see pretty and clean lines from my clubs. And I want them to be simple, nothing too exotic or crazy."

1. DRIVER

Titleist 910 D3 (10.5°)

Titleist.com

SHAFT: Mitsubishi Rayon

Diamana prototype (X flex)

Mitsubishirayongolf.com

2. FAIRWAY METAL

Titleist 910F (15°)

SHAFT: Mitsubishi Rayon

Diamana Blueboard 93 (X flex)

3. HYBRID

Titleist 910H (21°)

SHAFT: Aldila

Voodoo XVS9 (X flex)

Aldila.com

4. IRONS

Titleist

AP2 (three through PW)

SHAFTS: True Temper

Dynamic Gold X100

Truetemper.com

5. WEDGES

Vokey Design (54° and 60°)

Vokey.com

SHAFTS: True Temper

Dynamic Gold S400

6. PUTTER

Scotty Cameron

Newport Tour

Scottycameron.com

7. BALL

Titleist Pro V1x

8. SHOES

FootJoy FJ Sport

Footjoy.com

GRIPS

Golf Pride

New Decade Red/Black 58 round

Golfpride.com

TECH TALK

LINE GAMES

Callaway's D.A.R.T. alignment system uses the brain's perceptive abilities to get the ball rolling on the right path

DAVE PELZ has done research showing that when it comes to the direction of a putt, 80% of the influence comes from the face angle at impact and 20% comes from the path of the clubhead. Knowing that, Callaway designers set out to help golfers get the face square. To do so they relied on the Gestalt theory of perception, which argues that even when the eye sees random curves and lines, the brain works to organize them into recognizable shapes or patterns. According to Callaway, the D.A.R.T. (Direction and Realignment Technology) system uses this perceptive ability to help golfers hole more putts.

The red lines don't meet visually, but your brain unconsciously extends the lines to form a triangle.

The point of the triangle is not the point of impact but at a spot at the center of the ball in front of the white directional line.

If the face angle is off, even to a degree that can't be seen, the triangle can help you perceive the misalignment.

TWO PHOTOSFRED VUICH (BALL, BAG) PHOTOSTREETER LECKA/GETTY IMAGES (WATNEY) PHOTOCOURTESY OF FOOTJOY (SHOE) TWO ILLUSTRATIONSCOURTESY OF CALLAWAY THREE ILLUSTRATIONS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)