Teeing Off

February 20, 2012

MY BAG

Bud Cauley

FOR THE NORTHERN TRUST OPEN

"My favorite club is my nine-iron. I've had five holes in one with it."

1. DRIVER

Titleist

909D2 (7.5°)

titleist.com

SHAFT: Mitsubishi

Diamana White Board (X flex)

mitsubishirayongolf.com

2. FAIRWAY METAL

Titleist

901Fd (13.5°)

SHAFT: UST Mamiya

Proforce V2 (X flex)

ustmamiya.com

3. HYBRIDS

Titleist

910H (17° and 21°)

SHAFTS: Fujikura

Speeder 904 (X flex)

fujikuragolf.com

True Temper

Dynamic Gold S100

truetemper.com

4. IRONS

Titleist

MB712 (four through nine)

SHAFTS: True Temper

Dynamic Gold S300

5. WEDGES

Titleist

Vokey Design SM (48°, 56° and 60°)

SHAFTS: True Temper

Dynamic Gold S300

6. PUTTER

Scotty Cameron

Newport 2

scottycameron.com

7. BALL

Titleist

Pro V1x

8. SHOES

FootJoy

Icon

footjoy.com

GRIPS

Golf Pride

Tour Velvet

golfpride.com

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

OFF A CLIFF

Without a rule change to spur sales, wedge purchases dropped last year

WHEN THE USGA imposed new specs for grooves—ruling that they be shallower with more rounded edges—the association told clubmakers that they must stop manufacturing the old grooves on Dec. 31, 2010. Naturally, golfers flocked to golf shops before the new year to stock up on the stickier, spinnier square-grooved wedges. The year-over-year sales spike caused by the rule change became clear in the final month of 2011, when wedge sales dropped back to normal levels.

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Wedge Sales

2010 vs. 2011

1,353,900 December 2010

828,000 December 2011

Wedge Sales

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PHOTOKOHJIRO KINNO (BAG AND BALL) PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (CAULEY) PHOTOCOURTESY OF FOOTJOY (SHOE) CHARTTREVOR LAZARUS (CHART)

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)