Search

MY BAG: Michael Phelps

March 11, 2013
March 11, 2013

Table of Contents
March 11, 2013

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
MIAMI BASKETBALL
  • THE HURRICANES HAD NEVER BEATEN A NO. 1 PROGRAM, NEVER BEEN IN CONTENTION FOR A TOP TOURNAMENT SEED AND NEVER WON AN ACC CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THIS SEASON. SO WHY DOES ALL THIS SUCCESS FEEL SO FAMILIAR?

THE POWER ISSUE
  • OVERREACHING OVERLORDS BUILDING (AND BUYING) EMPIRES ON THE BACKS OF THE YOUNG AND THE STRONG. SHIFTING ALLEGIANCES AND SHIFTY DEALS. AND DRAGONS! (WELL, NO.) THE STRUGGLE FOR INFLUENCE ATOP THE GAMES WE LOVE CAN SEEM LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A FANTASY EPIC

  • By Text by Albert Chen

    SI RANKED (THEN SHUFFLED, STARTED OVER AND RERANKED) THE 50 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN SPORTS. DON'T LIKE OUR LIST? TRY US AGAIN IN A YEAR WHEN, INEVITABLY, TODAY'S LEADERS WILL BE UNDERPERFORMING OR UNDER ASSAULT. FOR NOW, YOUR LEADER ...

  • OVER HIS TWO DECADES AT THE HELM OF THE NHL, GARY BETTMAN HAS INCURRED THE FROSTY WRATH OF FANS—AND A NATION. BUT IS HE REALLY AS TERRIBLE AS EVERYONE SAYS?

  • WHEN TAKING STOCK OF THE CURRENT NHL COMMISSIONER, CONSIDERATION MUST BE GIVEN TO THE LEAGUE'S ROGUES' GALLERY OF FORMER LEADERS

  • ATTENDEES AT THE ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BANISH A 300-POUND OFFENSIVE TACKLE, BUT PLENTY OF THEM COULD BENCH-PRESS ONE. AT THE CITADEL OF STRENGTH, ACOLYTES WORSHIP—AND VENDORS PEDDLE—POWER IN ITS PUREST FORM

Departments

MY BAG: Michael Phelps

"The irons feel great and look cool too. I'm going to say that nobody else has red, white and blue on their clubs like I do."

This is an article from the March 11, 2013 issue

1. DRIVER

Ping G25 (9.5°)

ping.com

Shaft: Ping TFC 189D

2. FAIRWAY METAL

Ping G25 (15°)

Shaft: Ping TFC 189F

3. HYBRID

Ping G25 (20°)

Shaft: Ping TFC 189H

4. IRONS

Ping G25 (four through nine)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

truetemper.com

5. WEDGES

Ping G25 PW (45°), UW (50°)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Ping Tour (54°, 58°)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

6. PUTTER

Ping Scottsdale TR Senita, 35½ inches

7. BALL

Titleist Pro V1x

titleist.com

GRIPS

Golf Pride Tour Wrap Midsize 60 Round

golfpride.com

See close-up images of Michael Phelps's gear at GOLF.com/ping

TECH TALK

Spin Cycle

CLEVELAND'S 588 RTX WEDGES BOAST HIGH-SPIN GROOVES

Club companies have been investing major resources in wedge design since the advent of "condition of competition" (a.k.a. lower-spinning) grooves in 2010. Cleveland's Rotex (RTX) clubface showcases three technologies to increase spin in various playing conditions. Its Tour Zip U-grooves are 16% larger (by volume) than in previous 588 series wedges. Durable laser-milled microgrooves on the surface of the face increase friction against the ball while a Rotex milling process—which forms semicircular, downward-oriented marks—creates additional roughness. You'll find the grooves in 588 RTX (muscle back) or 588 RTX CB (cavity back) wedges. Vijay Singh and Ted Potter Jr. play the 588 RTX on Tour, while Charlie Beljan uses the 588 RTX CB.

PHOTOROBERT BECK (PHELPS)PHOTOKOHJIRO KINNO (BAG)PHOTOKOHJIRO KINNO (BALL)PHOTOSNAP36 (WEDGE)PHOTOCOURTESY OF CLEVELAND (GROOVES ILLUSTRATION)Microgrooves plus a semicircular mill pattern on the surface of the face complement the club's U-grooves.