Search

TEEING OFF

April 09, 2012
April 09, 2012

Table of Contents
April 9, 2012

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NCAA TOURNAMENT FINAL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
PRO BASKETBALL
BASEBALL
DESTINATIONS
FICTION
  • In his latest novel, the best-selling author of The Firm—and dyed-in-the-double-knits baseball fan—spins the tale of Cubs first baseman Joe Castle, the most scintillating phenom to hit the big leagues since ... maybe ever. In this exclusive excerpt, the son of a veteran Mets pitcher describes what happens when a fresh-faced star in the making crosses paths with an embittered hurler who knows he's past his prime

Departments

TEEING OFF

MY BAG

This is an article from the April 9, 2012 issue

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

@GOLF.com

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