That putter came out in 2013, but it was far from the oldest club in Hahn's bag. Hahn also had a Titleist 910H hybrid (from 2011) and a 2007 TaylorMade Burner 3-wood -- a model that has a current trade-in value of $6.41.
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: TaylorMade SLDR 460 (Fujikura Motore 6.2), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade Burner, 14.5 degrees
Hybrid: Titleist 910H, 18 degrees
Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB 14
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (54 degrees); Titleist Vokey TVD-K Grind (58 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 2-Ball
Brandt Snedeker's winning bag of clubs has a couple of interesting sticks, namely his driver and putter. Sneds' driver is a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast -- a driver introduced in 2010 and one with a current trade-in value of $20.34. The putter is an Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie, a club that the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am champ has used primarily for nearly a decade. At 34 inches in length it is approximately an inch shorter than standard.
Snedeker's wedges also have a bit of a personal touch as his 52-degree Bridgestone J15 is bent to 51 degrees and his 56-degree is bent to 55 degrees.
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330
Driver: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (Fujikura 661 Tour Spec X), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: Ping G25, 15 degrees
Hybrid: Ping Anser, 17 degrees
Irons (4-PW): Bridgestone J40
Wedges: Bridgestone J15 (52, 56 degrees); Titleist Vokey TVD K-Grind (60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
Bobby Jones is making adjustable putters
The Bobby Jones putter line has been in the hands of PGA Tour players for a while, but they've now made it available to all of us amateur players. The line is completely made in the USA, which is something that is becoming less and less common. They're bringing adjustability to putters by making the hosel and shaft interchangeable. There are over 20 different hosels. The best way to make sure you're using the right one is to go to a fitter. The hosel, shaft and grip are one piece that detach from the head via a screw. You can also change the lie and face angles. The putters start at $699, and if you want to replace your hosel and shaft, each costs $150.
A golf simulator good enough for an Olympic team
Simulators are a growing part of the game, we're seeing them everywhere from people's basements to bars. But they're not just for recreational use. The Korean Olympic team is using this model, Golfzon's GDR (Golfzon Driving Range), in their practice sessions. It shows you all the stats you need like distance, ball speed and spin, and gives you the option of either hitting on the range, practicing short game, or playing a few holes. My favorite feature was in the putting section - You can change the position of the ball to putt uphill, downhill, or side-hill. And you can change the speed of the green anywhere form 9 to 12 on the stimp meter.
Conventional trophies are an obvious prize for club championship and member-guest tournaments, but we spotted a pretty cool alternative from a company called Winner's Awards Group. The Coconut Creek, Fla.-based group makes "championship belts" -- a la professional boxing and wrestling. The belts are pretty substantial as they're made with gold-plated brass plates that can be customized club/course logos.
Nick Chiera, the company CEO, said he started making them about four years ago but has seen an increase in demand within the last 12 months. He has expanded the line to include silver "mini belts" as runner-up prizes for this year and is also making belts for non-golf events, such as prizes for fantasy football leagues.
Chiera says that the championship belts, which cost between $250 and $300, are popular for lower-profile events at many golf clubs, the award become a unique offering that helps distinguish the tournament from others on a club calendar. Some clubs also use it to create a year-long tournament, with the belt being passed to different players based on weekly challenge matches.
"It's big with team events too, with the victorious team winning or retaining the belt," Chiera said. "It's just meant to be fun."
There's history to it too: the before the claret jug, the R&A used to give a belt to the winner of the British Open.
Watching Scotty Cameron's cult listen to its leader
"I'm part of the cult, I'll admit it," said Steve Bocci, a PGA of America professional who despite his willingness to "admit it" then asked to keep the name of the club he works at under wraps. "When I heard he was going to be in the booth, I had to see him in person."
Also watching and waiting for Cameron was Lucy Anderson, a 17-year-old junior golfer from the Tampa area who had a putter cover she was hoping to get signed. "All my friends want these headcovers," Anderson said, standing near a display of them. "If they knew I was here, they'd be way jealous."
The cult has spoken.
Ben Hogan's prototype clubs
On display at the Ben Hogan booth (who is reemerging force in the golf club/equipment space) are a handful of prototype clubs that he used to tinker around with. Pretty cool.
Only at the PGA Show can you see products unveiled that won't be available until May. One such "soft launch" came this morning from Callaway, which introduced its Mack Daddy PM Grind wedge.
The wedge, which features a very high toe, was used in its prototype stage by Phil Mickelson at last year's PGA Championship. The club has evolved since then as Lefty offered input on improvements.
The somewhat unique shape allows for aggressiveness on short game as it provides more surface area on the face, grooves that go all the way across the face, and a high toe that moves weight higher. The additional versatility provided by the extra surface area allows golfers to accelerate through the ball on shots around the green.
-- E. Michael Johnson
Brooke Pancake serves up an order of ... waffles?
A little breakfast to kick off the PGA Merchandise Show seems only appropriate, and who better to serve show attendees than Brooke Pancake. The LPGA Tour pro and former University of Alabama All-American was in the booth of her apparel partner, Chase 54, offering up grub to passersby.
The choice of food, however, was different than you might expect. Pancake recently signed a endorsement deal with Waffle House -- a surprise given International House of Pancakes seemed to be favorite for her services in the breakfast-food category -- and she had samples of their waffles to give out.
"This will be the first time that the Waffle Nation will be cheering for a Pancake," president and CEO Walt Ehmer said in a release.
-- Ryan Herrington
Golf Digest's home for the week
Walker had good memories with the club as he won twice with and topped the Nationwide Tour money list in 2004. In addition to a little sprucing up, Walker also had tungsten added to the sole to get the feel Walker desired. The putter was in in Walker's bag at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and stayed in for the Sony Open in Hawaii, which he won. "I got it back last month and put it back in the bag as soon as I saw it," said Walker.
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 915D2 (Aldila Rogue Tour X), 9.5 degrees
3-Wood: Titleist 915F, 15 degrees
5-Wood: Titleist 915F, 18 degrees
Irons (3): Titleist 712U; (4-9): Titleist MB 714; (PW): Titleist Vokey SM4
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (54, 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport2 GSS