TEEING OFF

April 09, 2012

MY BAG

Phil Mickelson

FOR THE MASTERS

"I'm always looking to change something to get an advantage. If you make even a subtle change, it can salvage you a stroke here or there and make the difference."

1. DRIVER

Callaway

Razr Fit (9.5°, adjusted to 8°)

callawaygolf.com

SHAFT: Mitsubishi

Diamana 'ahina (XX flex)

mitsubishirayongolf.com

2. FAIRWAY METALS

Callaway

Razr Fit (15° and 18°)

SHAFTS: Mitsubishi

Fubuki K (X flex)

3. IRONS

Callaway Razr X Forged (four-iron); Razr X Muscle Back (five-iron through PW)

SHAFTS: KBS

Tour (V.2 flex)

kbsshafts.com

4. WEDGES

Callaway X Series Jaws, vintage finish (52°, 60°, 64°)

SHAFTS: True Temper

Project X 7.0

truetemper.com

5. PUTTER

Odyssey prototype

odysseygolf.com

6. BALL

Callaway Hex Black Tour

GRIPS

Golf Pride Black and White

golfpride.com

TECH TALK

MASTERS TWEAK

Nike gave its Concept putter a face-lift for Augusta

OVER THE LAST few years Nike has rolled out special editions of certain clubs and shoes to go with particular events, such as Union Jack--styled shoes for the British Open and a Ryder Cup--stamped putter, to name a few. This week the company has put out a version of its Method Concept putter in shades of green and yellow that shout "Masters." The shades are eye-catching, but the Concept doesn't need much help getting attention. It has a distinctive appearance and an interesting technology story.

The high-density steel arm moves the center of gravity low and back.

From above, the head has the look of a blade with the stability of a mallet.

The lightweight aluminum face reduces mass up front and provides distinct feedback even as the polymer insert dampens vibration.

SEE

TRY

BUY

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TWO PHOTOSFRED VUICH (BALL, BAG) PHOTOROBERT BECK (MICKELSON) PHOTOCOURTESY OF NIKE (PUTTER)

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)