A YEAR OF CHANGESI've hit more golf balls this year than any other season. I started working with TrackMan guru Joseph Mayo last fall. There were so many things wrong with my swing, I could go on for hours. We've made huge changes so that I get into more consistent positions like the best players in the world. My goal is to be playing out here until I'm 50. I think I will be.
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TWO-SPORT ATHLETESIt's been cool getting to know athletes like Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals and Cody Ross of the Diamondbacks, who lives like 200 feet away from me. Larry's getting into golf now, which is cool. We've talked about teeing it up after the NFL season. A lot of the Cardinals play golf. I'll ask many of them to play in our Operation Game On charity tourney next year.
specs: Callaway Big Bertha V Series, 9 degree loft, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue Board X-flex shaft, 70 grams, 45 inches, D-2 swingweightI grew up playing the Callaway Big Bertha War Bird driver, so it's cool for me to go back to playing this. I just love the way this looks. Plus, the all-black gives me such confidence looking down at it.
specs: Callaway X2 Hot Pro 3-wood, 15 degree loft, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue Board X-flex shaft, 43 inches, D-2 swingweightJust like the driver, the look of this club really appeals to me. But what I really like is, it's simple -- no weights, nothing funny. Just a nice, basic 3-wood head. And the ball really launches off the clubface.
specs: 2-iron: Callaway Apex UT, 18 degree loft, 4- through 9-iron: Callaway X Forged, KBS Tour S-flex shafts, 125 grams, Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound (upside down) gripsThe Apex UT driving iron really gives me control. It's great for better players. I started playing it the first week it was released, at the John Deere.
specs: Callaway Mack Daddy 2: 47, 52, 56 and 60 degree lofts, KBS Tour S-flex shafts, chrome finishesBefore this year, I carried only three wedges. I struggled on wedge shots of 100 or 90 yards. I was either spinning my 60-degree too much or not taking enough off the 52. Adding a 56-degree has made a huge difference in my game.
specs: Odyssey Versa Jailbird, 35 inches, 4 degree loft, 71 degree lie angleMy putter has done most of the work for me this season. I switched to this model at Torrey Pines and finished T-2. Its black-and-white color scheme makes lining up putts easy. It sets up square every time. I'm back to putting cross-handed. It's made a difference.
My only headcoverThis means more to me than anything. It's why I have only one headcover -- this Operation Game On boxing glove. It's a charity my dad started, which raises money for wounded veterans. Not enough is done for our troops. They make the ultimate sacrifice.
A piece of home on the roadThe Madison Club, near where I grew up in California, has these great divot-repair tools and ball markers. A buddy from Torrey Pines High, Mike Hartford, caddies for me. He pulls every club for me. That's the ultimate trust.
Simple red lineI like nice and simple looks on my clubs and the ball. My only mark on my Callaway Speed Regime 3 ball is a red stripe. This version really goes far but has that balata softness on shots around the greens, too.
Souped-up rideI told you, I'm a kid at heart.This Nissan Project GT-R is my baby. Trust me, this thing is absolutely insane! It's got almost 1,200 horsepower. The guys at DDW Motorsports in Scottsdale work on it for me.
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A blowout event to support the troopsI have a huge vision for taking what my dad -- a vet himself -- started and helping him elevate it. We're partnering with TheCHIVE.com to host an event in Arizona next November. We'll have athletes and celebs, including PGA Tour pros. Our goal? To raise millions for wounded vets. It's rewarding to use my status to help those who need it.